Harmony 510 Universal Remote
Given, my extent of knowledge with universal remotes consists of ones that cost $9.99 at Vons. However, set up always seems to be impossibly hard. So, even though this remote is filled with beau coups of (probably) awesome features, I only care about one. You can plug this into the USB port of your computer for online set-up.
Is your guy a remote hog? Does he need to control everything with a remote? Now you can get him a Universal Remote from Harmony that will allow him to be commander of his universe!