Want to know which gadgets are gift-worthy this holiday season? Sit tight and hang on, because we’ve put together a list of the best gifts worth giving to your friends, family and anyone else that might be on your holiday shopping list.
We’ve got the guide broken down into a few price categories, as well as some product categories later on down the list. Check it all out below.
Gadget Gifts Under $25
HDMI Cables: These make great stocking stuffers if there’s a big ticket gift like a Blu-ray player, game console or an HDTV to unwrap. Don’t get hung up on silly $100 cables from Best Buy, pick up one online for less than $10 and the only difference you’ll see is in your wallet.
Sennheiser HD 202 II Headphones: Do you spend a lot of time with headphones or earbuds on your ears? Want something a little cozier and cheaper. Theses Sennheiser headphones offer good insulation against ambient noise and a deep bass response.
Joby Gorillapod: These are great little flexible tripods that let you mount a camera just about anywhere. They even make ones with magnetic feet that you can stick to a car or any other magnetic surface. And for the ladies, they also come in pink.
Transcend 32GB SDHC memory card: All you photo and video buffs out there can always use more storage for your cameras. The Transcend 32GB class 10 card is a solid performer that wont break the bank.
Gadget Gifts Under $50
SanDisk 64GB SDXC memory card: At just under double the cost of a 32GB card this would be a welcome addition to any photographer with the equipment to take advantage of all that storage.
Apple EarPods: Apple has made improvements to their ear buds with the addition of the EarPods this year and at $29 the price is right. They also come with a mic and remote built in. That is a solid deal!
Roku LT Streaming Media Player: Need to stream content to your TV? Roku has a very affordable option with the LT model player for under $50.
Gadget Gifts Under $100
Kindle: If you’re and avid reader and don’t want the bulk of a tablet, just a neat tidy way to read and neatly store your favorite books, then a Kindle is perfect.
Apple TV: If you love streaming your content or are thinking about giving it a try, then you’ll probably love Apple TV. There is loads of content like movies, TV shows and games.
Sony 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi: If you’ve been thinking about joining the 3D revolution, but don’t want to break the bank to do it Sony’s model BDP-S590 player is certainly a worth while choice. You even get WiFi built in for those internet apps like Netflix.
iPhone 5 – This one is a given, but the iPhone 4S is still a great phone at just $99 with a contract.
Samsung Galaxy S III – As the front runner in the Android race, the Galaxy S III offers great looks, terrific interface, powerful processor and generous 4.8-inch screen, letting you work and play all from one device.
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD 4G – If you are looking for a durable smartphone the RAZR MAXX HD may be just the ticket, protected by Gorilla Glass, DuPont KEVLAR fiber, and water-repellent nanocoating.
Samsung Galaxy S II – Even though the Galaxy S3 has emerged as the Android front runner, the Galaxy S2 is still a great phone that can be found at deep discounts.
Apple iPad: What can you really say about the iPad other than it’s the top tablet. If you want a tablet that “just works” get the original and still king iPad.
Kindle Fire HD: If you like the Kindle Fire the Kindle Fire HD is even now even better and comes in a 7-inch and and new 8.9-inch model or if the budget is tight the original 7-inch Kindle Fire is still available.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2: Some believe this is the ultimate Android tablet with the power to rival the iPad.
Google Nexus 7: A contender to the Kindle Fire HD and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 the Nexus 7 offers a budget price and performance to match the “bigger” players.
Cameras and Camcorders
Nikon COOLPIX P7100 – The P7100 is a solid performer and right now B&H has a sweet deal at $299 and this also includes a Pearstone camera bag and 8GB SanDisk Class 10 SDHC card.
Sony Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Camera – Sony turned the photo industry on ear with the introduction of the NEX mirrorless camera line and things just keep getting better. The NEX-5R comes with built in WiFi for direct upload to Facebook and downloadable apps.
Canon EOS Rebel T3i – As a staple in the DSLR community you can’t argue with the proven performance of the Rebel line, and the T3i will give years of quality service. The best part is that from now thought January 5, 2013 is a $100 discount bring the price down to $599 and if you order from B&H you get a free 16GB SDHC class 10 memory card.
Computers – Laptops
Apple MacBook: While mobile devices are taking the world by storm, a great laptop just cant be replaced in many situations and the MacBook Pro is great companion to have around when you just need a bit more. Available in 13 inch, 15 inch and 17 inch models there is a size to fit most everyone. If something slightly more portable is in order the MacBook Air may be just the ticket, with 11 inch and 13 inch sizes available.
ASUS VivoBook 11.6-Inch Touch Laptop: If you are on a tighter budget a Windows 8 machine will do the job nicely. Get benefits of a laptop and tablet in one portable solution.
B&H Photo/Video or Amazon
Computers – Desktops
Apple iMac: The Apple iMac may be the perfect blend of form and function. Everything is packed neatly into a monitor-sized housing, which results in a clean workspace without the need to have cables strewn about. The available power in the iMac line makes it a doable computer for those who want to take their photo and video editing a little more seriously.
Apple Mac Mini: With a compact form-factor and the wonderful OS X interface, the affordable Mac Mini covers just about every casual computer user’s needs.
Western Digital WD TV Live Hub: A network device that connects to your HDTV. You’ll be able to use it to stream movies, music, and photos that are stored on your home computer over your network and display them on your TV. It features a wired Ethernet port, and an optional Wi-Fi adapter is available. A 1TB hard drive is installed in the unit, allowing you to store files locally.
***Samsung 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV: Samsung really knocked it out of the park with the thin chrome bezel line of 3D LED TVs. The picture is ultra sharp and the entire set is razor thin. The 0.2 inch bezel gives the screen a seemingly infinity edge. Integrated internet and WiFi make this TV a great option for 3D connoisseurs.
Toys For The Kiddos
Fuhu NABI 7-Inch Tablet: All the reviews for this kid friendly tablet that comes loaded with loads of games and learning apps, but the great thing about it is that it is full functioning stuffed with a NVIDIA Tegra 3, 1GB of memory and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Syma R/C Helicopter:
Vtech Kidizoom Digital Camera:
If All Else Fails…
Magazine Subscriptions: There is a magazine for just about anything you can think of out and that’s why magazine subscriptions make great gifts. Everyone likes to relax and read a good magazine to find the perfect article, waiting, or just lounging around.
Just get a freaking gift card. Gift cards are a great way to show that hard to buy for person that you care enough to let them get what they really want anyway. They’re quick and easy, and there’s really no one out there who can’t find something worth buying at B&H or Amazon.