2015 Holiday Gift Guide: tech gifts


Looking for the perfect gifts for the tech heads and gadget geeks on your list? We can help you there. Tech expert Danny Mavromatis (@dannymav), creator of the technology and product review website mavromatic.com, has put together his picks of the season's best tech gifts, from the obtainable to the extravagant.

Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is the perfect gift for someone who loves wearing watches, even ones that just tell time, because with the Apple Watch, they'll get a whole lot more than just the time of day. They'll have the ability to quickly communicate and visualize their day, with Siri available to dictate a message or schedule an appointment at any time. And they'll be able to stay healthy and active with the activity monitor for health and fitness providing plenty of motivation. All this (and more) from the convenience of their wrist.

From $359 | apple.com

Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid

A perfect gift for the Star Wars fan. The BB-8 is an app-enabled personal droid that is almost as authentic as the one featured in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The BB-8 features an adaptive personality that evolves the more you interact and play with it. It even reacts to your voice. The BB-8 can be set to patrol autonomously or it can be guided by an iOS or Android app. This is more than just a toy ... it's an experience!

$180 | amazon.com

Amazon Echo

If someone you know fantasizes about how things will be in the future, then the Amazon Echo is the perfect gift for them. The Echo is not only a streaming music player, but also a personal digital agent in the home. For example, using just your voice, the Echo can get information about local businesses and restaurants, play audiobooks, check your schedule, turn on lights, tell you your commute times and even restock previously purchased items in your Amazon history. Amazon also keeps adding more functionality to the Echo, making it a product that actually gets better with time.

$180 | amazon.com

Audioengine A2+ Powered Desktop Speakers

The AudioEngine A2+ speakers are some of the best-sounding self-powered speakers I've heard at this (or double) price point. While these speakers are small, they rival audio from models twice their size and pack big, full and very crisp sound output. They even pair nicely with a smartphone or tablet plugged directly in the 1/8″ or RCA inputs. A perfect speaker set for a small office, bedroom or work area.

$249 | audioengineusa.com

Keurig Kold

The Keurig Kold is an interesting take on a soda maker. It offers licensed Coke and Dr. Pepper product mixes as well as flavored waters, iced teas, seltzers and sports drinks. It also makes craft sodas -- the Cane Cola is great -- as well as cocktail mixers like a classic margarita and mojito (just add the alcohol). The Keurig Kold cools, carbonates and dispenses. The mix pods cost about $4.99 for a four-pack or $1.24 each, which makes the craft sodas and cocktail mixers comparable to (if not cheaper than) what you'd find at your local boutique grocer. Great for folks who have an entertainment room and want a cold soda made on demand.

$365 | keurig.com

Seek Thermal Camera

Thermal cameras have come down drastically in price, making them accessible to just about anyone now. Seek Thermal has a range of thermal cameras that allow almost any smartphone to be turned into a thermal camera that can be used to locate water leaks in walls and ceilings or insulation issues around doors and windows. It can even help locate electrical safety issues like an overheating junction or switch box. A thermal camera is one of those tools that is not only fun and entertaining, but also extremely practical for detecting and fixing safety and comfort issues around the home or office.

From $205 | amazon.com

Flash Forge Creator Pro 3d Printer

Over the past few years, a lot of progress has been made around 3D printing. Prices have come down while the ease and quality of prints have gone up. A perfect example is the Creator Pro from Flashforge. Its dual-extrusion feature allows for the printing of two different colors or materials at the same time and the heated printing bed makes adhesion of the first layer easy. One of the key metrics of a 3D printer is to have a consistent print repeatability, producing the same quality output each and every time. This printer does just that, leaving more time to be creative without having to fiddle around with settings to get a decent print. It's the perfect gift for the "maker" in your life.

$1,199 | amazon.com

Franklin ProSensor 710 Stud Finder

If you've ever had to find a stud in the wall, you know how much of a pain it is, finding the exact middle of the stud so the screw has enough "meat" to grab on to. Or missing the stud altogether and having extra holes in the wall that require patching. That's all a thing of the past with the ProSensor 710. This handy tool has LED lights that not only find the stud, but also indicate its width behind the wall and do it in real time.

$51 | amazon.com

More gift guides

Looking for the perfect gift? We've got you covered! During the coming weeks, we'll be presenting our picks, including gifts for women, kids, techies and more. Check back throughout the holiday season for more gift ideas.