This is the very popular 2.4GHz XBee module from Digi (formally Maxstream). These xbee modules take the 802.15.4 stack (the basis for Zigbee) and wrap it into a simple to use serial command set. These xbee modules allow a very reliable and simple communication between microcontrollers, computers, systems, really anything with a serial port! Point to point and multi-point networks are supported.
Pair a couple of these XBees modules with a Regulated Explorer, and a USB Explorer and you've got a great gift for that special electronics geek!