Holiday Gift Guide: Tech and Games Galore

A holiday gift guide for the techies and gamers in your life

Do you know someone in your life who really needs to get rid of their half broken phone? You know, the one with the cracked screen, shoddy battery life and missing on/off button?

With all the great choices available on the market, maybe it's time you help them out and choose a phone from our holiday gift guide.

iPhone 5S - $199.99

iPhone 5S

The iPhone 5S is probably the hottest phone out there (or in the top five at least) and would make a great gift for the Apple fanatic in your life.

Unlike the iPhone 4S, it actually feels like you're getting a brand new phone thanks to the addition of Touch ID, new camera, better battery life and faster guts all around.

Boasting new color choices - black, space grey, gold - the iPhone 5S sales start at $199.99 on a two-year contract.

iPhone 5C - $99

iPhone 5C

If you're looking for something a bit more flashy, Apple's neon array of iPhone 5C's is your best bet.

Hate it or love it, we think its still has a spot on our holiday gift guide. Some feel the phone is a bit childish and cheap because of the colors and its polycarbonate exterior.

But if you know someone desperate for an iPhone 5 but can't afford it, you really can't go wrong picking up the 5C since they're essentially the same phone with a few upgraded tweaks here and there.

Starting off at a low $99 on a two-year contract from most carriers also means you'll still be able to buy more than one person gifts. Huzzah!

Moto G - $179

Moto G

Let's face it: some people just aren't tech-centric and would prefer a budget phone over the latest iPhone 5S.

Thank goodness for the Motorola Moto G then! It's essentially the entry-level phone you can get that won't make you stick out like a sore thumb (i.e. it's not an old school flip phone) - but you can still have decently powerful yet simple device.

It's now unlocked and super cheap from Motorola: an 8GB Moto G is $179 while the 16GB will only cost you $199.

Moto X - $199

Moto X

Another popular handset this year, the Moto X debuted to a hesitant crowd but has proven itself to be a great compact, stylish handset with decent specs and good battery life.

Plus it's polycarbonate like the iPhone 5C which makes it less prone to scratches and scuffs.

Oh, and it likes to talk to you. (Not as creepy as it sounds, we promise.) You can speak to your phone at will, using the phrase "OK, Google Now" and the phone will respond only to your specific voice.

The Moto X starts off at $199.99 on a two-year contract for the 16GB version.

HTC One - $199

HTC One

The HTC One released earlier this year but definitely remains a top dog in the phone arena.

It's full HD screen crammed into 4.7-inches, which brings a 468ppi - making everything you're looking at crisp, clean and swoon worthy. On top of that there's a CPU and RAM combo that is barely bettered, a more-than-enough 32GB of storage and top-end Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G/4G LTE connections.

The HTC One is without a doubt the best phone from the Taiwanese firm, and typically sells for $199 with a two year contract, though you can probably find a much cheaper one nowadays.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - $299

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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The latest and greatest from Samsung, the Galaxy Note 3 is a fantastic device, but decidedly not for everyone thanks in part to its hugeness.

It's not going to have the broad appeal of the Galaxy S4, nor catch the eye of the fashion-conscious iPhone 5S purchaser.

But for those with Apple-fatigue and actually would prefer a larger screen (maybe the business types you know?), the 5.7-inches of full HD, 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED display makes the Galaxy Note 3 is the perfect choice. Just be wary that the big phone means it'll cost you big bucks - around $299 to be exact.