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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: High-Tech Gift Ideas When the Sky’s the Limit

What do you get the tech-loving person who has everything? When the sky’s the limit and budget has no bearing whatsoever, things get interesting.

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In this holiday gift guide, we cover Christmas gift ideas that include some of the high tech gear and consumer electronics that carry a price tag that would make most of us flinch.

There are some pretty cool gadgets that don’t cost a fortune — those are coming over the next few days — but this time around we’re throwing caution to the wind and featuring the gift ideas for those who are shopping without a spending limit.

Here are the best holiday gift ideas for big spenders.

High-Tech Gift Ideas: Apple Watch Edition

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Source: Apple

Wearables are hot this year, and they’ll be popular Christmas gifts.

The Apple (AAPL) Watch is the best-selling smartwatch, but raises the specter of giving something that millions of other people are wearing.

To avoid that issue, Apple added a gold option to these cool gadgets.

For $17,000, you could give an Apple Watch Edition in 18-Karat Rose Gold for an exclusive, high-tech gift.

High-Tech Gift Ideas: Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 Bluetooth Speaker

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Source: Bang & Olufsen

Bluetooth speakers make for great Christmas gift ideas (see our Wireless Speaker Gift Guide here).

Who doesn’t have a mobile device and the need to play music on occasion?

The $599 Beolit 15 from B&O offers 240 Watts of high quality portable, wireless sound in a premium aluminum package with a full grain leather handle.

The Beolit hits the sweet spot between portability and performance.

High-Tech Gift Ideas: BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983

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Have someone on your list who hates having the same smartphone as everyone else?

BlackBerry (BBRY) is always an alternative. And when it comes to BlackBerry — already enough to stand out in a crowd, although not necessarily by choice — the Porsche Design P’9983 sets the standard for exclusivity.

Forged stainless steel and glass weave give a premium appearance to help justify the $1,150 price tag while the QWERTY keyboard might just let them type faster than the virtual keyboard the iPhone and Android users are stuck with.

High-Tech Gift Ideas: Leica X Edition Moncler

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Source: Leica

Smartphones take great photos, but they still can’t match a good digital camera.

Not everyone wants to lug around a bulky DSLR, but you can still get high-quality photos out of a high-tech compact digital camera.

The Leica X Edition Moncler combines technology, craftsmanship, style and exclusivity — only 1,500 are available — in a single camera priced at $2,950.

You’ll be able to take better photos than everyone else with a camera that’s unlike anyone else’s. It’s a win-win.

High-Tech Gift Ideas: Tesla Model S

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Source: Tesla

Tesla (TSLA) makes a good case for offering the ultimate high tech gift: the Model S.

This car is like all the cool gadgets you can imagine, jammed into a single device that goes from zero to 60 in 2.8 seconds.

Sure, the average price paid for a Tesla Model S is nearly $80,000 but the sky’s the limit, right? Plus, with the money they’ll save on buying gas, the lucky recipient of this gift can save several thousand dollars a year in fuel.

Maybe they’ll turn around and get you something nice next year with all that extra cash.

High-Tech Gift Ideas: Sennheiser Orpheus

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Source: Sennheiser

The discerning audiophile isn’t going to be impressed by a set of Beats headphones.

What will get their attention — guaranteed — is a set of Sennheiser’s Orpheus headphones.

With a blend of new and old technology including eight DACS and a valve amp mounted in marble, nothing sounds like the Sennheiser Orpheus.

Nothing costs like these headphones either, at a cool $55,000.

High-Tech Gift Ideas: Samsung 4K Curved Smart TV

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Source: Samsung

High-tech TVs are always popular big-ticket gift ideas.

Samsung (SSNLF) has put all the latest technology buzzwords in a single big screen television: HDR, 4K Ultra HD, Smart TV and curved display.

Even when the sky’s the limit, it’s nice to save a few bucks, and this 65-inch 4K Curved Smart TV — called the best Samsung has ever made — is currently on sale for $4,500.

That’s more than 40% off one of the best displays you can buy. Any movie or TV lover is sure to appreciate this gift.

High-Tech Gift Ideas: Hoverboard Beta

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Source: Hoverboard Technologies

You’ve probably seen the news about all the excitement over “hoverboards.” And their propensity for catching fire….

Those things are toys. The real Hoverboards are being released by a company actually called Hoverboard Technologies.

The select few who receive the Hoverboard Beta as Christmas gifts may have to wait until July to get their $9,995 board, but it’ll worth it.

The Hoverboard Beta has a range of more than 20 miles at 20 mph. It charges in 30 minutes, includes built-in LED lights and Bluetooth music and is even equipped with sonar to keep the board level.

No fire extinguisher required.

High-Tech Gift Ideas: iPad Pro with LTE

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Source: Apple

They may be getting old school, but tablets can still be cool gadgets.

If someone on your list could use a replacement for an old iPad, why not upgrade with Apple’s latest, greatest — and biggest?

Pick the iPad Pro with 128GB of storage and LTE and they can surf the web in big-screen splendor from anywhere, no Wi-Fi required.

Add the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil and the price tag swells from $1,079 to $1,347. For that kind of cash you could buy 27 Amazon (AMZN) Fire tablets, but this isn’t about saving money. This is about quality gift ideas, and it’s hard to beat the iPad Pro.

High-Tech Gift Ideas: DJI Inspire 1 Pro Drone

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Finally, there are few Christmas gift ideas more high-tech (or popular) than drones.

If you’re going to go with a drone, you might as well get the best: $4,499 worth of the latest consumer technology in a literal interpretation of “the sky’s the limit.”

The DJI Inspire 1 Pro Drone is equipped with a professional 4K camera, intelligent flight modes for fewer crashes and better aerial photography, carbon fiber rotors, the ability to hover nearly 400 feet from the ground and a maximum transmitting distance of 3.1 miles.

As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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