Gifts for a Gadget Geek

Nikon CoolPix AW100

Nikon CoolPix AW100    Photo: Courtesy of Nikon

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   Photo: 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   Photo: 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   Photo: 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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