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Tech the Halls with Cool Electronics

The 2013 Holiday Guide for Gadgets and Gear for the Tech Geek

Make the tech fan on your holiday list light up with the season’s hottest new electronics.

Do You Hear What I Hear

Give the gift of awesome sound with TRACKS  on-ear headphones by SOL REPUBLIC.  These stylish, virtually indestructible headphones feature bass-rich V8 sound engines and can be customized with  interchangeable headbands, cables and sound engines and with inline mic and music control  compatible with most Apple, Android and Windows devices.  $99,

Hard Case

Keep that sleek and slippery new smartphone or tablet safe from scratches, bumps, drops and dirt with a protective case from Otterbox, with styles to suit everyone, from the lightweight-but-tough Reflex Series for the active everyday user to the ultra-impenetrable waterproof Pursuit Series for the extreme adventurer.  $19.95 to over $100.  Pictured: Defender Series for Galaxy Note 8 – $69.95.


My Type

Whether they are playing video games or making a business presentation, the tech geek on your list will find many handy uses for the Favi Entertainment Wireless Keyboard.  It features a touchpad mouse and connects via Bluetooth for easy control of smartphones, tablets, computers or even smart TVs.  The intuitive key layout allows for fast and accurate typing while reducing hand and finger strain.  $35.99, Amazon.

Rocking A-Round the Christmas Tree

The music lover on your list will have a ball with the Sony Portable Bluetooth Speaker, a compact palm-sized speaker that goes anywhere.  Use Bluetooth technology to wirelessly connect and stream 360 degrees of sound or NFC connectivity to pair it with a smartphone. $69.99.  Sony Stores nationwide.

Small Charge

For the plugged in person on your list, CableKeeps from Nice by Design charges up Apple devices in style. The compact charger includes a base that doubles as a mini easel to hold a handheld device up and out of the way, next to a wall outlet.  The cord wraps around the charger to keep it neat and tangle free in a pocket or purse.  $15.99, The Container Store and