Advertisement
Technology

Best Tech Gifts for the 2015 Holidays

The top tech products to give and receive this holiday shopping season.

You'll find plenty of cool gadgets on store shelves this holiday season from wearables to aerial drones. Here are our picks for best tech gifts to help you stay connected, capture the moment and take to the sky:

Kiplinger's Picks

Best Fitness Band. The Fitbit Charge HR ($150) packs a lot of features into a wristband. It tracks steps traveled, flights of stairs climbed, heart rate and sleep habits, and the small display shows your personal stats, identifies incoming calls to your cell phone and doubles as a watch.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Best Smart Watch. Limited battery life is an issue with the Apple Watch. But if you're an iPhone user, the Sport (starting at $349) brings Apple Pay, iMessage and, of course, Siri to your wrist. Among competitors, our favorite is the LG Watch Urbane ($350). It's compatible with Android and Apple phones, can run up to two days between charges, and receives calls, texts and e-mails. You can stay connected even when you’re away from your phone because the watch uses Wi-Fi to connect to your phone remotely.

Best Instant Camera. The iconic 20th-century camera is making a comeback, updated for the 21st century. The Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera ($180) captures 10-megapixel photos, has a 3-inch LCD display, supports up to 32GB of storage and spits out 2-by-3-inch prints in under a minute.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Best Aerial Drone. For the photography enthusiast looking to expand his horizons, consider the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadcopter Elite ($300), which has a high-definition camera for aerial photos and video. The DJI Phantom 3 Advanced (about $1,000 online) captures professional-quality video and photos.

DealNews.com's Best Tech Values

Louis Ramirez, senior features writer for DealNews.com, forecasts the best deals you'll find during the holiday shopping season:

Advertisement - Article continues below

TVs: Look for bargains on 60-inch TVs. Brands such as Insignia and RCA should sell for about $550 (regularly $600 or more). Among 4K TVs, prices on the 55-inch Vizio P Series and newer M Series models (regularly starting at $900) could fall to about $650.

Laptops: The 11-inch MacBook Air could drop to about $730 (regularly $899) through retailers such as Best Buy. If you prefer Windows, watch for prices of about $300 on the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series models (regularly $400 or more).

Tablets: Prices on the 16GB, Wi-Fi-only iPad Air 2 could go as low as $350 (regularly $499). But the 7-inch, 8GB Amazon Fire tablet sells for an unbeatable $50—and if you buy five tablets, the sixth is free.

Smart Phones: The newest Moto G (Android) is just $180 for the 8GB version. If you buy it unlocked from Motorola, you can use the phone with any of several carriers.

Advertisement

Most Popular

What Are the Income Tax Brackets for 2020 vs. 2019?
tax brackets

What Are the Income Tax Brackets for 2020 vs. 2019?

The IRS unveiled the 2020 tax brackets, and it's never too early to start planning to minimize your future tax bill.
June 20, 2020
Tax Changes and Key Amounts for the 2020 Tax Year
tax law

Tax Changes and Key Amounts for the 2020 Tax Year

Americans are facing a long list of tax changes for the 2020 tax year...and it's never too early to start thinking about next year's return.
June 22, 2020
10 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class
tax deductions

10 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class

Tax breaks aren't just for the rich. There are plenty of them that are only available to middle- and low-income Americans.
June 30, 2020

Recommended

Sales Tax Holidays in 2020
state tax

Sales Tax Holidays in 2020

Sixteen states are having sales tax holidays this year. If you plan your shopping around these tax-free periods, you can save big on back-to-school cl…
July 1, 2020
13 Luxury Goods That Are Cheaper at Costco
spending

13 Luxury Goods That Are Cheaper at Costco

You could be missing out on huge savings: Costco sells a limited selection of luxury goods at discounted prices, both in-store and online.
June 27, 2020
COVID-19: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance to Change Our Spending Habits
spending

COVID-19: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance to Change Our Spending Habits

The coronavirus pandemic has changed everything, including how we spend money. Are you spending less right now? Many people are. Here’s how to make th…
June 17, 2020
24 Best Travel Websites to Save You Money
Travel

24 Best Travel Websites to Save You Money

Traveling is fun and you can do it without breaking the bank — you just have to know where to go online first.
June 12, 2020