Best Christmas Gifts 2014: Top 10 Electronics Gifts

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Looking for that perfect tech gift? Here are some great electronics you can give as Christmas gifts this year. Whether you’re shopping for him or shopping for her, there’s something on this list that will appeal to both your budget and the tastes of your lucky giftee. Read on to see which electronics gifts we recommend this holiday season.


1. GoPro HERO3+: Black Edition

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Now that there’s an even newer GoPro model, you can expect to see lower prices for the GoPro HERO3+. Lots of big box stores had deep discounts on this camera on Black Friday. If you missed those deals, it’s still worth considering this rugged camera as a gift for the outdoor lover in your life. The GoPro HERO3+ offers a lighter housing, improved image sharpness, better battery life, and faster built-in Wi-Fi than older GoPro models.

Price: $399

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2. Cobra XRS9370 High-Performance Radar/Laser Detector

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If someone on your Christmas list has a need for speed, this auto accessory makes a great gift. This radar detector alerts the driver to the presence of police running radar speed checks. Santa may know whether you’ve been naughty or nice, but the cops will be none the wiser. (Note: radar detectors are not legal in all states or jurisdictions, so only use this product in accordance with your local laws.)

Price: $59.95 (33 percent off)

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3. Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone

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Looking for a no-contract phone for a loved one this holiday season? This Nokia Lumia 520 go phone is perfect for anyone who wants to avoid huge cell phone bills, or for those who really only need a cell phone for emergency purposes. This phone boasts the Cortana digital voice assistant, a 5MP camera, and a four-inch LCD display. This phone gives you 4G coverage with data plans starting at $40/month.

Price: $29.99 (70 percent off)

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4. Samsung Gear Fit

In the video above, the Wall Street Journal reviews the Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit is the slimmest of all the Galaxy Gear smartwatch offerings. The Gear Fit allows you to quickly respond to notifications and track your heart rate. You can easily customize the look of your Gear Fit, which makes the experience feel more personalized. You can get this fitness tracker for under $100, one of the lowest prices we’ve seen since this tracker debuted earlier this year.

Price: $99.99 (33 percent off MSRP)

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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 percent off)

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6. Skiva PowerVault Lightning External Battery Pack

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Looking for a practical gift for a work colleague, or maybe a stocking stuffer for a tech savvy teen? A portable battery pack is a great option.

This is a portable, self-contained charger for your smartphone or tablet, and it will work with both Android and newer Apple devices. This battery pack contains a 2600 mAh battery, which means it can fully recharge a new iPhone 6 and still have a bit of charge left over. With winter storms on the way, this is a great little gadget to have around the house so you can recharge your phone if your power goes out. It’s Apple MFi Certified, too.

Price: $28.99 (64 percent off)

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7. Amazon Fire TV

Check out a review of this streaming media player in the video above.

Amazon’s Fire TV has a whole host of cool features, including voice search, customizable parental controls, karaoke, and ASAP (an algorithm that reduces buffering by predicting what you want to watch next and pre-loading it.) It also comes with an optional game controller, making this an ideal set-top box for people who love video games.

Price: $99

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8. Freedom Spot Photon 4G Mobile Hotspot

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A mobile hotspot is a great gift for someone who is always on the go, but always needs to stay connected. This hotspot boasts about six hours of battery life, and can support a connection for up to eight devices at once. You can get additional free data each month by referring friends or completing special offers. To check coverage in your area, visit FreedomPop’s website.

Price: $99

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9. Automatic

Learn how this tech gift works in the video above.

Automatic is a little box that plugs right into your car’s diagnostic port, which is usually located on the driver’s side under the steering wheel. This little box syncs with both your smartphone and your car’s onboard computer system. Automatic offers a ton of different functions, from demystifying exactly why your check engine light is on to analyzing your driving habits so you can get the most bang for your buck at the gas pump.

It also remembers where you parked, and can send help to you in the event of a crash. Automatic works with most gasoline-powered cars sold in the United States since 1996. There are no subscription fees and it’s really easy to set up.

Price: $79.99 (20 percent off)

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10. Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle – Kinect Sensor Edition

Check out an unboxing video featuring this bundle in the video above.

A shiny new Xbox One bundle might be the perfect addition to your husband’s man cave, your kid’s bedroom, or even as your main media hub in the living room. This bundle comes with a Kinect sensor, the Assassin’s Creed Unity game, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, a wireless controller, chat headset, HDMI cable, and power supply. Do note that you may want to invest in additional controllers.

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Price: $449 (10 percent off MSRP)

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