Gifts for a Gadget Geek

Nikon CoolPix AW100 (Courtesy of Nikon)
Nikon CoolPix AW100

Nikon CoolPix AW100 Digital Camera

Nikon has long made some of our favorite point-and-shoots. Finally, it added armor. The CoolPix AW100 is waterproof, and its rugged exterior is designed to withstand drops up to five feet.

Skullcandy Fix Earphones

Skullcandy Fix
Skullcandy Fix (Inga Hendrickson)

Skullcandy’s Fix earphones are a worthy ­upgrade. They’re comfy enough to wear every day, pump out better sound than those cheap ones most players come with, and are ­secure enough for the ­occasional jostle.

Kodak Playsport Burton Edition Zx5 Camcorder

Kodak Playsport Burton Edition Zx5
Kodak Playsport Burton Edition Zx5 (Courtesy of Kodak)

Your younger brother who loves to post YouTube footage of his park and pipe sessions? Kodak's waterproof, shockproof Playsport Burton Edition Zx5 camcorder is the only high-def handycam you should even consider giving him.

Leatherman Sidekick

Leatherman Sidekick
Leatherman Sidekick (Courtesy of Leatherman)

It's tempting to buy chintzy multitools as last-minute stocking stuffers. Don't do it. Nothing is worse than a poorly designed multitool that's annoying to use or, worse, simply breaks after a few outings. Better to spend the extra money on one they can rely on, like the 15-tool, stainless steel Leatherman Sidekick. We've tested dozens of knife-tool combos, but only one lives permanently in our pack, and it's a Leatherman. We rely on it because it's nearly indestructible and quick-deploying, but it's also nice to know that it was built by a company that truly believes in what it makes. When natural disasters like the Joplin, Missouri, tornado strike, Leatherman—which has a company-wide philanthropic bent—doesn't just donate money to aid the victims. It also sends multitools.

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