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.

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

2014 holiday tech gift ideasPRODUCT

CATEGORY

STARTINGPRICE ($)

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!

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