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Visual Gift Guide: 100 Drool-Inducing Tech Presents for Christmas 2012
Welcome to DailyTekk’s first annual Visual Gift Guide where we show you the top 100 hottest tech gifts for the holiday season. While other tech sites are reviewing products one by one, we’re giving you the good stuff all at once. So here’s your chance to virtual window shop your way to Christmas bliss. How convenient that we just published 100 awesome shopping tools to help you save time and money this year (just before Black Friday and Cyber Monday). Aren’t we useful?!
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Merry Christmas! This is your first present: a list of potential gift options that can be purchased for that special geek in your life (even if that is you)! Seriously, it can be hard to keep up with the latest and greatest tech gear throughout the year so we’ve done all the heavy lifting for you. From smartphones and tablets to fun and games to the coolest cameras and speakers to the latest necessaries (necessary accessories) you’ll find it all here. Oh ya, there’s something for every price range so nobody will be left out. Prepare to drool. Make sure to leave a comment and tell us what tech items YOU want for Christmas.
- Random & Cool – If you are in a hurry, just look here.
- Photo & Video – DSLRs are here of course plus many cool surprises.
- Sound & Audio – You’ve never seen a cooler collection of speakers.
- Necessaries (Necessary Accessories) – From camera bags to iPhone wallets and more.
- Tablets & Smartphones – There are a lot of options. Here are the best.
- Fun & Games – iPad pinball flippers, RC spy planes, iPhone laser blasters and more.
- Deck the House – Home electronics central.
- Stocking Stuffers – If it fits in a stocking it lives here.
- Miscellaneous – Other cool stuff worth checking out.
JBL SoundFly – AirPlay-enabled Wi-Fi speaker for iOS devices which plugs into your wall outlets. $199
GoPro Hero3 Black Edition – The Wi-Fi enabled HERO3: Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro, ever. No expense was spared during its development, resulting in a GoPro that is 30% smaller, 25% lighter and 2x more powerful than previous models. $200-400
Boxee TV – Give people one device to watch all the major TV channels in terrific HD, add Internet video from places like Netflix, YouTube and Vudu, and music from Pandora and Spotify. Then, let people add unlimited recording of as many TV shows as they want… and watch them anywhere! $100
Sifteo Cubes – These cubes are a new interactive game system that communicate wirelessly and respond to each other and your gestures through a near unlimited supply of games. $130
Nebula Macbook Keyboard Stickers – Stickers for a Mac keyboard. The letters and symbols are visible but they are not transparent so they will not utilize any back lighting. The stickers have a glossy finish, not matte. Even though the stickers have a strong adhesive, they can come off easily if desired, but will not come off during every day use. $10
Nike+ FuelBand – Through a sports-tested accelerometer, Nike+ FuelBand tracks your daily activity including running, walking, basketball, dancing – and dozens of everyday activity. It tracks each step taken and calorie burned. It also tells the time of day. $150
Hue Wireless Lightbulbs – Set your lights to gradually brighten over time, waking you up in a rather more civilized fashion. Better still, why not create a scene from the image of a dawn sun and turn hue into your own personal sunrise using the accompanying app? $200
Crux360 iPad Keyboard Case – Compatible with iPad 4 (newest iPad) and previous models. Features an all new “snap in” from the front design – which makes it very quick and easy to insert and remove your iPad. Compatible with various types of screen protectors. $99
Eton Boost Turbine – Durable back-up battery with a hand turbine power generator that provides power when you need it most. For everyday or emergency use, BoostTurbine2000 enables you to charge your mobile device anytime, anywhere. $60
LaCie CloudBox – Keeps you connected to your world. All your music, movies, photos, and more, accessible on all your devices, and easily shareable with your family and friends. $120
Cookoo Smart Watch – Stay connected anytime, anywhere with the cookoo watch—the wearable extension of your smartphone that helps manage your connected life. $130
TYLT Band Car Charger – The Band Car Charger boasts a sleek new ribbon style look and features that won’t disappoint. $40
Dropcam – Plug it in. Select your Wi-Fi network. Name your camera. And that’s it. Dropcam HD is online in three fast, pain-free steps. With the free Dropcam apps, you can watch from anywhere. Just download the app, login, and start watching on your iPad, iPhone, or Android. $150
Quirky Converge Docking Station – Show your gadgets some love! Converge is a docking station that shows off your electronics while they charge. Wires slip in easily, stay in place with the help of soft TPE grips, and stay out of sight. $40
iPhone Boom Mic – A compact mic for iPhone video recording that sounds as good as it looks. $40
Nikon 1 V2 Camera – Turn life’s fast-moving adventures into amazing visual stories. Slow down reality and freeze exactly the right moment; preview end-result photos before you even shoot them; blend motion, stills and sound in a new way. $800
Digital Time-Lapse Camera – Making a time-lapse video always seems like a good idea … but then it starts raining. And a pigeon turns your camera into a preening station. Meet the Digital Time-Lapse Camera: here to solve all of your time-controlling, video-making, weather-fearing troubles! $199 (case is $45)
Contour Roam2 – The ContourROAM2 is the easiest – and most stylish – way to shoot action video. Packed with useful features like 4 HD video modes, an Instant-On Record switch, a 270° rotating lens, and Contour’s signature laser alignment, you’ll have everything you need in a compact, easy-to-use camera. $199
Kogeto Dot 360 Video Cam – More than a lens for your iPhone. It’s a fast and fun way to shoot fully-interactive 360 degree video which you can then share instantly with your friends online. $50
FUJUFILM XF1 – Lightweight, durable aluminum body parts and synthetic leather covering enhance the feel of the camera in the hand, with texture that resembles genuine leather. $500
Sony Action Cam – Go bigger, faster, higher, harder. Action Cam will get the shot—you’ll get the glory. With a ruggedized housing waterproof2 to 197 ft., you can take this fearless little camera to the surf, slopes or streets to capture your favorite action-packed activities.
Sony Cyber-Shot RX1 – 35mm full-frame 24.3MP Exmor® CMOS sensor, ISO 100-25600, 14-bit RAW image capture, f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens with 9 aperture blades, P/A/S/M modes, Full HD 24p/60i/60p video with manual control. $2,799
Panasonic Lumix GH3 – Meet the DMC-GH3, a new and highly evolved model from LUMIX, creator of the world’s first digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM) camera. $1,299
Impossible Instant Lab – Transform your digital iPhone images into real instant photographs that you can touch, caress and share with friends. $230
Sonos Sub – Fills an entire room with thick layers of deep, bottomless sound that let you hear and feel every chord, kick, splash and roll. You won’t just hear the difference our wireless subwoofer makes—you’ll feel it in your bones. $600-700
Audio Candy Plus – A compact and fully portable MP3 player equipped with an LED screen for navigating between an FM Radio tuner, SD card input and auxiliary input. It’s great for all occasions and locations. $30
Denon AH-NCW500 Globe Cruiser – If you’ve ever owned multiple sets of headphones and struggled over which ones to pack for your next trip, Denon’s ultra-versatile AH-NCW500 will solve your problem. Get Bluetooth and noise-canceling functions in a great-sounding, comfortable headphone built for the busy traveler. $500
BeoPlay A9 Speaker – Superior sound big enough to fill even the most spacious loft – wirelessly from your favorite devices. $2,600
Klipsch Image X7i In-Ear Headphones – With a ceramic design that’s as sleek as it is strong, the Image X7i headphones offer legendary sound that’s built to last. Full-range armature drivers deliver deep bass, clear mids and crisp highs straight to your head. $199
McIntosh McAire – Integrated audio system delivers the legendary McIntosh look and sound quality in a compact size. Built in AirPlay allows you to wirelessly stream music via your Wi-Fi network from your Mac or PC based iTunes library, as well as music stored on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. $3,000
Joey Roth Ceramic Subwoofer – The Ceramic Subwoofer extends your system’s frequency response down to 40 Hz. While you will physically feel bass-heavy music, you’ll also notice new richness in vocals and acoustic instruments. $700
TDK Wireless Charging Speaker – Taking the cords out of the equation, the TDK Life on Record Wireless Charging Speaker delivers a new sonic experience that is truly unfettered. $400
Beats Pill – Built to act not only as a powerful, compact speaker for listening to music but also as a portable system for taking calls, the Pill does it all with the freedom of wireless. $200
Apolis Transit Issue iPhone Wallet – A case that provides optimal protection for your iPhone as well as providing a sleek, professional look for both business and personal use with the ability to hold cash or cards. $48
DSLR Pro Pack – Designed for equipment-intensive photography, our DSLR Pro Pack camera bag offers a generous carrying capacity. The large volume main compartment has an array of fully customizable dividers to safely house all kinds of camera bodies, lenses and flashes. $150
Mophie OUTRIDE – OUTRIDE is a hardware and application solution that puts the power to record and share tricks, tracks, rides and epic moments in the hands of action land and water sports enthusiasts, using only their iPhone. $130-150
Retro iPhone Handset – Your futuristic phone now has the ultimate old school accessory. With volume control, noise reduction and a high quality speaker, the Retro Handset will put your Bluetooth device on ice. $20
Mission Workshop Advanced Project Series – Monty – These messenger bags feature quick-access outboard pockets, internal zippered pockets, custom aluminum strap hardware, and detachable cross-chest stabilizer. $249+
Capture Camera Clip – The handy aluminum clip allows you to rigidly hold your camera to any backpack strap or belt. This eliminates the need for a neck strap, sling, holster or bulky camera bag, and keeps your camera quickly accessible allowing you to be physically active without it swinging and swaying. $79.99
BookBook for MacBook Air – To keep your Air safe, BookBook has two rigid, hardback covers for impact protection. A tough spine and reinforced corners add another layer of defense. Inside the slim case, your Mac rests between two super soft, chocolate brown, padded cushions, which look amazing against the silver finish on MacBook. $80
Little Pocket Book – Thin iPhone 5 case and wallet. $60
MacBook Sleeve by Travelteq – Handmade top quality vegetable tanned Italian leather. Can be used for Macbook, iPhone and business cards
iPhone 5 – The thinnest, lightest and fastest iPhone ever. $200+
Nokia Lumia 920 – PureView technology with Carl Zeiss lens captures blur-free videos even if the camera’s shaking or in low light. Thanks to its Optical Image Stabilisation.$149
Samsung Galaxy Note II – GALAXY Note II’s 5.5” HD Super AMOLED screen offers better clarity and a 16:9 screen ratio – perfecting all viewing experiences. The innovative design of the GALAXY Note II includes a bigger screen while maintaining a slim body to fit just right in your hand. $299
HTC Windows Phone 8X – A new, iconic design that keeps you connected while also reflecting you. Unique color options, a seamless look, a screen to personalize—all serving up people and passions that matter most. $TBD
DROID RAZR MAXX HD – Features a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD display, LTE networking, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera, a front-facing camera, Android 4.0, a Kevlar back, water-repellent nanocoating, and a microSD card slot. $200
Google Nexus 10 (10 Inch) Tablet – With the world’s highest resolution tablet display, all new multi-user features, immersive HD content and the best Google apps—Nexus 10 has something for everyone. $400
Surface by Microsoft – From touch to type, office to living room, from your screen to the big screen, you can see more, share more, and do more with Surface. $500+
Kindle Fire HD – Unlike other 7″ tablets, Kindle Fire HD delivers rich color and deep contrast from every angle, with an advanced polarizing filter and custom anti-glare technology. $199-249
Nook HD+ – Packed with pixels, NOOK HD’s brilliant display delivers text, graphics, and video with stunning HD clarity. Which means every book, movie and app looks better than ever before. $269
iPad Mini – Every inch an iPad. There’s less of it but no less to it. $330-660
GameDock – GameDock turns your iPhone 4+, iPad 2+, or iPod Touch 4+ into a retro videogame console. Supports two player games and HD TV output. $125
Duo Pinball iPad Controller – Experience some pinball wizardry and relive your favorite arcade moments with Duo Pinball, the app-supported pinball controller for iPad. Flipper buttons and a spring-loaded plunger make pinball gameplay unbelievably real. $60
Spy Hawk RC Place – The Spy Hawk is a 3 channel mini glider that comes with a built in FPV (first person view) video system that sends a high quality, 5 megapixel live feed back to the 3.5” LCD screen on the transmitter. It features a state of the art stabilisation system that makes it super easy to fly, with a little practice. $400
Romo iPhone Robot – Turn your iPhone into a fast, roving iPhone robot. $138
OUYA – Android-powered game console where all the games are free to play. $99
NEOGEO X – In 1992, the NEOGEO AES (Advanced Entertainment System) console was released, an amazing, groundbreaking new home system that literally brought the arcade to the home for the very first time. Now, on the 20th Anniversary of this Retro Gaming Classsic, The Limited Edition NEOGEO X Gold has a worldwide release date of the 6th December 2012. $200
Moto TC RC Cars – Wreak Havok With Your Remote Touch-Controlled Monster Truck. Drive from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch via Bluetooth. $30-60
ICADE 8-Bitty – This wireless game controller sports classic a D-Pad and button layout reminiscent of retro 8-bit game consoles from the 80’s and 90’s. The 8-Bitty works with your iPad and iPhone to play apps using a game controller with real tactile input. $25
MaKey MaKey Invention Kit – Let’s say you load up a piano. Then, instead of using the computer keyboard buttons to play the piano, you can hook up the MaKey MaKey to something fun, like bananas, and the bananas become your piano keys. $50
SUPABOY Portable Pocket SNES Console – At home or on the go, the SupaBoy plays your favorite Super Nintendo and Super Famicom cartridges anywhere you are. $79.99
iMac – The desktop in it’s most advanced form ever. Performance taken right to the edge. $1,300-2,000
3M Streaming Projector Powered by Roku – Experience your favorite online entertainment on the big screen with instant cinema. Let the magic of projection bring your friends and family together like never before. Enjoy your favorite movies and shows 120” across.
Logitech Harmony Touch Remote – There was a time when your standard remote was enough. Today, home entertainment is anything but standard. There are more devices, more channels and more options than you could ever have imagined. That’s why Logitech is rethinking the remote with the Harmony Touch. $250
Slingbox 500 – Extend your living room TV experience in sparkling 1080p high definition. Tune in to your favorite programs on your PC, Mac, tablet, smartphone or connected TV. Wirelessly archive your videos and photos and enjoy them on the big screen. $300
Kenwood Cooking Chef – Incorporates induction cooking with all the standard features of a food mixer making it the first food mixer to cook your meal. $2,000
Wireless Smartphone Photo Printer – This is the printer that connects wirelessly to an iPhone or Android-powered phone and prints vibrant color photographs. An iPhone running a free app transmits pictures over a home Wi-Fi network to the printer, allowing you to print from anywhere in the home. $220
SmartThings – SmartThings makes it easy to connect the things in your physical world to the Internet. You can monitor, control, automate, and have fun with them from anywhere – at home, office, or on the go. $150+
Nest Learning Thermostat – Most people leave the house at one temperature and forget to change it. So Nest learns your schedule, programs itself and can be controlled from your phone. Teach it well and Nest can lower your heating and cooling bills up to 20%.
Z3 Telescopic iPad Stand – The Z3 is versatile, lightweight, convenient and folds flat in just 3 moves. Its telescopic stem combined with a joint allowing for the alteration of the iPad’s angle means the device can be held without compromise in any scenario. $170
Logitech Harmony Link – Turns signals from the Harmony Link app into infrared commands that can control your TV, set-top boxes, music systems and many other home entertainment devices. It even has an IR mini blaster that allows it to send signals through closed cabinet doors. $100
Belkin WeMo – WeMo makes your home a more convenient, easier place to be. When you return home, your lights are on. Leave the room, and The TV turns off. Turn off a light downstairs after you’ve already turned in. $50-100
MakerBot Replicator 2 – With a resolution capability of 100 microns and a massive 410 cubic inch build volume, the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is the easiest, fastest, and most affordable tool for making professional quality models. $2,199
Samsung Apps Refrigerator – Now available with a Wi-Fi enabled LCD screen loaded with apps. It’s never been easier to organize your food and your family. $3,699
iPod Nano 7th Gen – About the size of a credit card — and just 5.4 mm thin — the new iPod nano is the thinnest iPod ever made. The 2.5-inch Multi-Touch display is nearly twice as big as the display on the previous iPod nano, so you can see more of the music, photos, and videos you love. $150
PowerLine Powercup inverter – This clever device fits perfectly into your cupholder and charges multiple devices on the go. $50
Whooz – Vinyl identification labels for your iPhone, iPod, and iPad cords. $10
Eye-fi Wireless SD Card – The first memory card to automatically upload photos & videos using WiFi. $100
USB Bracelet – Unique 2GB Scandinavian USB drive bracelet with real braided leather cord. $40
Makr iPhone Sleeves – Natural Shell Cordovan® Horween® leather. Skived and rolled edges. Hand sewn, painted and polished. $95-200
Sensu iPad Brush – The Sensu portable artist brush & stylus works great for capacitive touchscreens like iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Google Nexus S, and other devices. This 2-in-one tool truly shines when used with your favorite drawing and painting apps, such as ArtRage, Sketchbook Pro, Paper by Studio 53, Procreate, Auryn Ink, and SketchTime. $30
AviiQ Ready Clip – Tangled cables anyone? No more worries with the AViiQ™ Ready Clips. They easlily clip onto your bag or pocket for easy transport and their small size make tangled cables a thing of the past. $20-30
SpareOne Emergency Phone – Freed from the need of power outlets, you can use the amazing AA battery-powered SpareOne anywhere within range of a GSM cell tower. Even without a SIM card, SpareOne has one-button emergency dialing (911, etc.), and can be geo-located in an emergency.
Master Lock Dialspeed Padlock – Electronic directional interface offers speed, ease of use, & multiple personalized codes. Organize and protect personal and valuable information with secure, convenient, digital storage at the Master Lock Vault.
Wang Buds – Headphone-sized sound in small and bright earbuds that stay put. $80
Minty Geek – A fusion of compact components with easy-to-use instructions for every level of understanding that slot into a neat little mint tin. A minty fresh idea that makes learning electronics and building circuits so fun and easy! $40
Samsung “3 Proof” SD Cards – Sporting a stylish brushed metal design, this card has a capacity of 16 GB and is designed to be used with a digital camera, DSLR camera, camcorder, or PC. Samsung’s “3 Proof” technology makes the card waterproof, shockproof, and magnet-proof to protect your important data. $18-30
Drobo Mini – Made of a cutting-edge metallic carbon fiber with a soft-touch rubberized finish, Drobo Mini is small, rugged, and feels as cool as it looks. From the modern materials to the wraparound light indicators to the drive bay design, Mini is truly big storage in a small box. $650
Logitech Washable Keyabord – Designed to look and function like new – even over time. From a light dusting to a soak*, this washable keyboard with drainage holes is easy to clean and easy to dry. $40
FridgePad – Use the FridgePad to store and display your iPad so that it’s ready to be used at a moments notice. $48
iRig MIX – The first mobile mixer for iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. iRig MIX offers the same controls you would expect from a professional DJ mixer (crossfader, cues, EQ and volume controls, etc.) in an ultra-compact mobile mixer that can be used with a huge variety of iOS DJ mixing and other apps. It is a complete DJ system for rehearsing, performing and recording. $100
Intelligent Design Titanium Mouse – The eccentric design made of plastic resin, high quality titanium and a scroll of stone surpasses all expectations about a computer mouse. Instead of being a practical object, this mouse was designed to be an expression of identity, luxury and elegance. $520
Instacube – Liberating Instagram photos from your smart device, Instacube feeds your favorite images wirelessly at 3x the size. $150
Mini TV for iPhone – Can amplify 15 dB in sound and 2.5 times in view, much better audiovisual experience you can enjoy. Fancy retro design makes it a desk decoration as well. It can serve as either horizontal or vertical stand for iPhone4/4S. $50
Doxie One Portable Scanner – Say hello to Doxie One – the easy new way to go paperless. Doxie scans all your paper, photos, and receipts – no computer required. It’s tiny and mobile, so you can take it everywhere. And Doxie works with Mac, PC, iPad, and the cloud, so your scanned information is always with you. $149
Double Robot – Double is the simplest, most elegant way to be somewhere else in the world without flying there. The minimalist design and intuitive touchscreen controls allow you to freely move around without inconveniencing others. $2,000
iShower Bluetooth Radio – The iShower provides incredible flexibility by letting you pair up to five devices, enabling you to listen to streaming music from your playlists, music apps or favorite online service from multiple devices. Because it is water resistant, it can be used in the shower, by the pool or even next to you at the beach. $100
72 Inch Portable Video Glasses – High quality virtual 72 inch display with 4GB included microSD card and up to 32GB memory. $100
Projecteo – The tiny Instagram projector. $25