Computerworld's holiday gift guide 2014

From device chargers to cameras, smartphones to speakers, here's the best tech gear to give and get this year.

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Overwhelmed by another hectic holiday season? Not to worry: We're here to help, with great technology gift suggestions for a range of budgets and tastes.

For those who love the great outdoors, we've got a rugged weatherproof speaker and a camera that takes 360-degree photos. For people who juggle multiple devices, there's a clever cable trapper, an elegant mobile tech organizer case and an array of gadgets to keep all their devices charged. For the kid in all of us, there's a build-it-yourself digital camera and a mini-drone that you fly with a smartphone. We've also got a top-of-the-line travel router, sleek smartphones, handy Bluetooth keyboards, a high-end gaming mouse, whimsical science-inspired jewelry and much more.

For each product you'll find a description by a Computerworld staffer or contributor, along with links to product pages and places to shop online. When possible, we've included a range of prices as offered by various retailers, but remember that prices fluctuate, especially at this time of year. And as always, be careful of false deals and scams.

Follow the links above or expand the table below to see our complete gift list. Once you've done that, you can sort the list by clicking on the column headers. You can also search the list using the box below.

2014 holiday tech gift ideas

Price ($)
All-Terrain Sound rugged Bluetooth speaker Audio gear 70
Android Mini Collectibles Fun stuff 8
Apple iPad Air 2 Tablets 499
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Smartphones 299
Apple iPhone 6 Smartphones 199
Automatic smart driving assistant Tech accessories 80
Bigshot digital camera kit Cameras 89
Cobra JumPack portable charger / car jump-starter Charging devices 108
Corsair Gaming Sabre Laser RGB gaming mouse Input devices 70
D-Link Wi Fi AC750 portable router and charger Tech accessories 72
Equil Smartpen 2 Input devices 170
Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 wireless mobile scanner Input devices 200
Google Nexus 6 Smartphones 199
Google Nexus 7 Tablets 189
Google Nexus 9 Tablets 399
Imation Link Power Drive charger / external storage Charging devices / storage 130
Intocircuit Power Castle portable battery charger Charging devices 27
Kenu Airframe car mount for smartphones Tech accessories 24
Kenu Airframe+ car mount for large smartphones Tech accessories 30
Knomo Knomad Air mobile tech organizer Tech accessories 70
Knomo Knomad Mini mobile tech organizer Tech accessories 60
Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 Input devices 40
Logitech Keys-To-Go portable Bluetooth keyboard Input devices 70
Mimoco MimoPowerTube portable battery charger Charging devices 20
MOS Magnetic Organization System Tech accessories 11
Motorola Moto G Smartphones 180
Motorola Moto X Smartphones 100
Narrative Clip always-on wearable camera Cameras 229
NomadKey sync / charge cable Charging devices 29
Oregon Scientific Weather@Home Thermo Bluetooth thermometer Weather stations 30
Panasonic RP-TCM125 in-ear headphones Audio gear 14
Parrot Rolling Spider quadcopter mini-drone Fun stuff 100
Powerslayer energy-saving USB wall charger Charging devices 39
Repair Square cable repair patch Tech repair helpers 3
Scosche reVolt 12W + 12W USB car charger Charging devices 15
Sinjimoru Sync Stand smartphone charging dock Charging devices 24
Sugru moldable silicone rubber Tech repair helpers 12
ThinkGeek Radioactive Elements Glowing Coaster Set Fun stuff 20
ThinkGeek Rutherford-Bohr Model Atom Earrings Fun stuff 25
ThinkGeek Rutherford-Bohr Model Atom Necklace Fun stuff 26
Toddy Gear Smart Cloth screen cleaner Tech accessories 6
Toshiba Chromebook 2 Laptops 330
Tylt Vü wireless charging stand Charging devices 55
UE Boom wireless Bluetooth speaker Audio gear 200
V.360° camera Cameras 400
Whoosh Screen Shine screen cleaner Tech accessories 6

We've focused on the most up-to-date versions of products like smartphones and tablets, but you can often save a chunk of change by opting for earlier models -- that is, if you know your gift recipients won't mind missing out on some of the latest features. (See our 2013 holiday gift guide for some of last year's hottest tech.)

Want even more ideas? Check out some other useful 2014 tech roundups:

Happy shopping -- and happy holidays!

Copyright © 2014 IDG Communications, Inc.

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