2015 Holiday Tech Gift Guide

Unless you’re looking forward to sweaters, ribbed multi-pack socks, and a thrift-shop ready tie this holiday season, you better listen up and take note: Freshness has got a Holiday Gift Guide of the top gear and gadgets from the last year that you’ll need to round out your wish list. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, there’s bound to be something that will fit your fancy, carefully curated from the best of our pages and more. So, let’s get to it! (You can thank us later.)

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Nike x Garmin Forerunner 235

If you’re looking to get back into fighting weight after taking on more than your fair share of pounds his holiday season, the next best thing to having Rocky Balboa yelling in your ear is having this Nike x Garmin Forerunner 235 strapped to your wrist. Combining the best of smartwatch innovation with core athletic functionality – including tracking, sharing, and much more – the exclusive black-and-volt Forerunner 235 is the best way to treat yourself without feeling guilty or having to go back for seconds. Available online via Nike.

 

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GoPro Hero4 Session Camera
Proving that great things indeed come in small packages, the GoPro Hero4 Session saw its introduction this past summer. Half the size and weight as other Hero 4 cameras, the Session is billed as the most wearable and mountable GoPro ever, featuring a waterproof design with a lens capable of shooting 1080p video at up to 60 fps and 1440p video at up to 30 fps, plus eight megapixel photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes. Also delivering two mics, built-in Bluetooth and Wi-fi, and two hours of recording time, the Hero4 is a must-have for every kind of adventurer. Available now directly from GoPro online and in-stores.

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3D Robotics Solo

One of the most innovative and fun products to drop in 2015 has got to be this 3D Robotics Solo, dubbed as the world’s first smart drone. With the learning curve around drones quite steep and the consequences for foul play even higher, the Solo takes a lot of the complexities out of flying the device out of your hands, allowing you to focus more on your subject than the nuances of flying. With two Linux computers and a GoPro camera on board, the Solo allows you to pre-program flight paths or fly manually, both with a fully-controllable camera gimbal making it oh so easy to get a great shot. The Solo is out now, so be the first on your block with one. Shop nowonline and in-stores.

 

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Rose Gold Beats by Dr. Dre Solo2 Wireless Headphones
Beats Music may be no more, but its gear game is far from letting up. Now working closely with Apple, the Beats by Dr. Dre Rose Gold Solo 2 wireless headphones are a clear must-have for any list, using Bluetooth to connect with the iOS family and far more with ease. Users have the option of going wireless for up to 30 feet for about 12 hours per charge or to use the wired option for use limited only by the depth of your music collection. The new Rose Gold Solo2 headphones are available in store and online for $299.95.

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Microsoft Surface Book
If you haven’t heard of the Microsoft Surface line, then we’ve got bigger problems than this Holiday Gift Guide can handle. For the rest of the world, the Microsoft Surface Book took everything we liked about the Surface tablet and even the Apple Macbook and made it – somehow – even better. The brand’s first ever in-house built laptop, the Surface Book has a removable 13.5 inch 267ppi screen, a magnesium body, and a “dynamic fulcrum” that allows for tablet use or as a standard hinge. A larger keyboard, new Stylus Pen, and the latest Intel Core processors just take it over the edge. Buy now online and in-stores.

 

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Leica Q
You have to hand it to Leica with the reveal of the Q. In a time where, to some, the definition of professional photography includes selfies and smartphones, the Leica Q is able to appeal to both new and existing customers. A full-frame fixed-lens camera, the Q pairs with a 28mm f/1.7 Summilux lens and 24-megapixel sensor, bringing with it the “compact” moniker, but barely so. Packed with the precision engineering and no-nonsense design Leica is known for, the Q is gorgeous for its industriousness, not its glamour. It does what most Leicas do – a 3-inch touch screen, 10fps continuous shooting, video capture, and WiFi/NFC connectivity – just with very effective shoot-off-the-hip abilities. Buy now online and at select stores.

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Master & Dynamic MW60 Wireless Headphones
Master & Dynamic may be newer to the headphone game, but their ability to produce sets with appealing retro looks and impressive sound needs no introduction. One of the biggest from the year is this MW60 model, which is enabled by Bluetooth with a nice mix of stainless steel and plush leather. They are available now in both a gunmetal/black leather look and a silver metal/brown leather, each for $549 directly online.

 

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Polk Audio Omni S6 Wireless Speaker
The Polk Audio Omni S6 takes the brand’s reputation for rich sound to new heights, offering you wireless music powerful enough to fill large rooms inside a classic body. To use on its own or as part of a larger set-up, the S6 gives you access to your music, radio, and library from your phone, tablet, or computer with two 4-inch drivers, two .75-inch tweeters, and a four-channel amplifier. The Omni S6 is available in a black and white body from Polk online.

 

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Casio G-Shock GWG1000-1A9 “Mudmaster”
For those who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, there is still a Casio G-Shock for them: the GWG1000-1A9 “Mudmaster.” As the name implies, this model was made especially for those whose work or play takes them where piles of rubble, dirt, and debris reign, constructed with a mud and shock resistant housing, a Smart Access Electronic Crown, altimeter, and 200M water resistance. It also receives time calibration radio signals and has an electronic compass, barometer, and thermometer so you will always be on time no matter the path you take. This Master of G Casio G-Shock model is out now. Cop it now online and at select brand stores.

 

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Apple TV
The new Apple TV delivers the brand’s most polished, well-rounded video experience to-date, boasting speedy response times and a familiar interface that is as attractive as it is helpful. Not only that, it comes with the best remove on the market, allowing you to use Siri to find stuff you want to watch and search services beyond iTunes. While it costs more than other devices, it you’re already a die-hard Apple fan, it will not only fit into your family, it will more than pull its weight. Available now directly via Apple’s online store.

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