Gift Guide: Tech

That hot new piece of tech has always been a fallback gift for the guy you can’t shop for. But latest doesn’t always equal greatest. Before you go dropping a decent amount of cash on some shiny electronic shot in the dark, consider one of these that get our stamp of approval.


For the music lover, you could get a pair of headphones or a new set of speakers, but you run the risk of finding out they love the ones they already have. For an audio gift they don’t already have a version of, get them Woojer. The matchbox-sized device can be clipped to a belt and it will reproduce bass frequencies and deliver a tactile sensation to the body. Now they can feel what they hear. $99

GoPro Hero4 Black

GoPro released a few new action cams this year, and the Hero4 Black is their finest of the bunch. With a more powerful processor and faster video frame rates, it’s like giving the gift of movie studio-quality recording. If you want to save some money, any GoPro model will do, but if you want to give them the best, the Hero4 Black is where it’s at. $500

Amazon Fire TV Stick

The future of TV has little to do with a cable box. With the Fire TV Stick, you can access Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, all your music, and tons more just by plugging it into your TV. It’s not the only option out there, but the price is great, the voice search actually works, and it outperforms the competition in almost every aspect if you ask us. $39

Fujifilm X30

For a portable camera with the power of a full-size DSLR, consider the Fujifilm X30. A souped-up version of the X20, the X30 has a 2.6 million-dot OLED with silly little lag, built-in Wi-Fi, and all the goodness the last version had. Plus the retro styling looks mighty sharp. $599

Slingbox M1

There are a variety of apps that give you some limited TV access on your phone or tablet. The Slingbox M1 doesn’t give you some access, it gives you total access. With it, someone can watch all their live television right on their mobile device in HD. On top of that, they can schedule recordings, watch what’s on their DVR, and much more. $150


The NomadPlus makes an additional iPhone backup battery unnecessary. Just slip the standard charger you already have into it, plug it in, and it’ll juice a phone and charge itself in the process. It can deliver a 100% charge to your phone after you unplug it. Perfect for those who travel. $39

BeoPlay A2

For audio quality you can trust, turn to Bang & Olufsen. Their A2 portable Bluetooth speaker delivers rich bass and sound that can fill any room. Combine that audio quality with its sharp good looks, and you have one of the finest wireless speakers on the market. $399

Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard

Peck away at your phone or tablet long enough and you’ll start to really miss a physical keyboard. This Bluetooth version from Logitech works with both phones and tablets and has a built-in cradle for either one. $50

Seek Thermal Camera

Slap this little device onto an iPhone or Android device, and it transforms the phone into a thermal imaging camera. It can be used for security, for work around the house, or just to make that next game of hide-and-seek a lot easier. $200

Dropcam Pro

Dropcam has changed the way we view home security. With stunning video, a 130-degree field of view, and 8x zoom, the camera puts you in control of supervising what’s going on. Whether to protect a home, to keep an eye on a child or pet, or just to make sure nothing fishy is going on at the office, the Dropcam Pro is the way to go. $199

Das Keyboard 4

Once you help them make the switch to a mechanical keyboard, they’ll never go back to a traditional. And once you give them Das Keyboard 4, they won’t want any other mechanical version. The sleek blank keyboard features gold-plated key switches that last up to 50 million keystrokes. $173

The Bluetooth Gramophone

Combining some old-school charm with modern technology, this Bluetooth Gramophone is ready to fill a room with sound and style. Inspired by horn speakers of the 1920s, the Bluetooth Gramophone is crafted from high-quality steel and solid walnut. $399

Also checkout out our Tech Gift Guide for more cool gift ideas!

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