Computerworld's holiday gift guide 2016 (with video!)

Have a long gift list? Don't despair -- we've got recommendations that will suit all tastes and budgets.

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We'll bet you've got a bunch of friends and relatives who could really use some holiday cheer this year. Well, we've got the answer for you: Computerworld's annual gift guide.

To suit the tech enthusiasts in your life, we offer recommendations for more than 40 gifts in a range of prices and for a variety of tastes. There are smartwatches and fitness trackers, 3D printers and levitating Bluetooth speakers, backpacks and smartphone sanitizers -- and a bunch of just-for-fun stocking stuffers.

Among our choices are five fashionable -- and useful -- wearables. To see how they look and operate, check out our "Wonderful Wearables" video below.

As always, while we've focused on the most up-to-date versions of these devices, you can sometimes save some change by opting for earlier models -- assuming your recipients won't mind missing out on the latest features. (You can check out last year's selections in our 2015 holiday gift guide.)

Enjoy browsing -- and happy holidays!

Holiday gift guide 2016 contributors

  • For more than 25 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology -- from PalmPilots to VR headsets -- in dozens of books, blogs and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.
  • Michael deAgonia, a contributing writer for Computerworld, is a computer consultant and technology geek who has been working on computers since 1993, with an emphasis on Macs, OS X and iOS.
  • Ken Gagne, a former editor for Computerworld, covers gaming, crowdfunding and retrocomputing. You can see him on the YouTube channel Gamebits and hear him as host of the Polygamer and IndieSider podcasts.
  • Barbara Krasnoff is Senior Reviews Editor for Computerworld, covering hardware, software, gadgets, apps and other tech-related products.
  • Senior Writer Lucas Mearian covers 3D printers, consumer data storage, consumerization of IT, mobile device management, renewable energy, telematics/car tech and entertainment tech for Computerworld.
  • Valerie Potter is Managing Editor/Features for Computerworld, specializing in how-tos, trends and special reports.
  • Contributing Editor JR Raphael serves up tasty morsels about the human side of technology. Hungry for more? Visit or join him on Twitter or Google+.
  • Dan Rosenbaum is president of Center Ring Media and editor-in-chief of Wearable Tech Insider. He's been writing about telephones and mobile technology for more than 30 years.
  • Jake Widman is a freelance writer in San Francisco and a regular contributor to Computerworld.

And special thanks to our video team: Tracy Mayor, Ken Mingis, Alayne Brady and Doug Duvall.

Copyright © 2016 IDG Communications, Inc.

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