Shopping for the best tech gifts for the holidays? Here are our top picks for Christmas 2014. Whether you’re shopping for him, for her, or for the kids, there are tons of great gift ideas to help you cross those last couple of people off your holiday shopping list.
1. GoPro Floaty Backdoor
If you know someone in your life is getting a GoPro for Christmas, you can send them one of the many cool accessories for this rugged camera. If you plan to use your GoPro while surfing, swimming, diving, or sailing, you need some sort of floatation device to keep your GoPro from sinking to the murky bottom. Not only does this floaty backdoor provide flotation, but it also makes the GoPro a lot easier to spot in churning water. For GoPro users that get anywhere close to a body of water, this is kind of a must-have accessory.
If your lucky giftee doesn’t normally go near the water, you might prefer the LCD Touch BacPac.
Price: $10.99 (45% off)
2. Nest Learning Thermostat
While Nest itself may be kinda pricey, it basically pays for itself over time with the energy savings you get. Whoever you give this gift to you will definitely appreciate a gift that helps them save their hard-earned cash. This thermostat can be controlled from a smartphone, laptop or tablet.
3. Fire HD 6 Tablet
This tablet has been getting rave reviews for its beautiful screen and zippy processor. When you buy this tab, you can get 30 days of Kindle Unlimited for free. Choose from over 700,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks for $9.99/month. You also get free, unlimited storage in Amazon Cloud Drive for all photos taken with your Fire devices, plus free storage for all Amazon content. This is the perfect gift for fans of books or music.
Price: $99 and up
4. Wi-Fi Crock Pot
Slow cookers are all the rage right now among home cooks. But this Crock-Pot ain’t your momma’s slow cooker. You can adjust cooking time, temperature, shift to warm, or turn off entirely using the Free WeMo App from your smartphone or tablet. The slow cooker has a six quart capacity, and has some parts that are dishwasher safe.
Price: $129.99 (13% off)
5. Panasonic DMPBDT330 4K Upscaling 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
You can learn more about this Blu-Ray player in the video above from Panasonic. This upscaling Blu-ray player is great because of its fast load times and Energy Star certification. As a nice bonus, this Blu-Ray player has a great silver finish that looks very luxe and modern. If you want upscaling that rivals true 4K quality, this player is a smart buy.
This Blu-ray player from Panasonic can also play back CDs, DVDs, and even read JPG files. This is a great Blu-ray player to buy if you’ve just purchased a 4K TV. As of this writing, Amazon has this player for about 40 percent off list, so click the link below to check out the reviews.
Price: $119.99 (40% off)
6. Nikon COOLPIX S30 10.1 MP Digital Camera
If you want a nice digital camera on a budget, the Nikon COOLPIX S30 has an impressive array of features. It has a 10.1 megapixel sensor, and is waterproof up to three meters. This is a solid option for people who are interested in casual photography, or those who want to experiment with taking underwater shots.
7. 4M Salt Water Powered Robot Kit
If you live near a beach, then this is definitely the robot kit to buy. This is an expensive racing robot kit that requires only charcoal and salt water to power up. That makes this a great toy for families who are making an effort to go green.
Because this robot kit has small parts, kids under three years should not play with this toy. The manufacturer recommends this “how to make a robot” kit for ages eight and up.
8. HP Stream 11
The HP Stream is the perfect small laptop for ladies, especially because it comes in cute colors like sky blue and magenta. It weighs under three pounds, and has a 32GB hard drive (so expect to store a lot of your stuff in the cloud.) This laptop comes with a terabyte of cloud storage for a year, a $25 Microsoft App Store credit, and Office 365 Personal for one year ($69.95 value).
9. Nokia Lumia 830 with Fitbit Flex
Amazon is running a promotion where you can get a Nokia Lumia 830 with Fitbit Flex for $0 down. The Flex is an slightly older device, but it’s still very popular. The package deal is an awesome gift for someone, or you can split up the Fitbit from the phone and cross two people off your gift list. And if you decide to keep one of these items for yourself, we promise we won’t tell.
Price: $0 down
10. Logitech G930 Gaming Headset
Pictured above is the Logitech G930, a wireless gaming headset with 7.1 Surround Sound. If there’s a gamer in your life, this headset would make an awesome gift.
Price: $99.99 (38% off)