Smartphones, tablets, and more, oh my! 5 awesome tech gadgets you want for Christmas – and how to get them for free

This holiday season, it’s all about the technology. Smartphones, tablets, computers, and related accessories are flying off the shelves and being placed under Christmas trees across North America.

But as an underwhelming recovery drags its feet slowly from the murky depths of an impacting recession, people are buying less big-ticket items. Thankfully, there’s Techvibes. Below are just 5 of our 24 free Christmas gifts you can win – from accessory bundles and cameras to touch-screen computers and so much more. Win one for a friend, a family member, or – let’s be honest here – yourself!

1. A Nokia N8 smartphone.

One of the newest and hottest smartphones on the market, this well appointed mobile device is sure to impress. Forget your antiquated “dumb phone” – upgrade to Nokia’s finest. Where iPhones and BlackBerry’s have already powerful 5 MP cameras, this N8 blows them out of the water with an incredible 12 MP camera and HD video shooting, with Xenon flash, Dolby surround sound, and film editing software. Heck, you’re not just upgrading your phone, you’re upgrading your camera, too. Valued at $450.

2. A Valet Plus wireless router and connector.

Wireless is the way to go! This Valet Plus Wireless Router and Valet Connect Wireless Adaptor, with a combined valued of $200, offer extended ranges, simple connectivity, and ease of use.

3. A wireless mobile mouse and LifeCam studio webcam.

Wireless is still the way to go! This dual-gift bundle features a wireless mobile mouse and a LifeCam studio webcam, which boasts a 1080p HD sensor, auto focus, high-precision glass element lens, TrueColor Technology, ClearFrame Technology, and a high-fidelity microphone. Valued at $150.

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4. Office 2011 for Mac.

Mac users will surely appreciate this software bundle. Valued at $300, this home and business package features brand-new, advanced editions of Microsoft’s long-loved suite of products: Office, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Plus, take advantage of Microsoft’s new cloud computing options for their Office products, allowing you to access your documents from the cloud.

5. A Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

Introducing the Galaxy Tab, Samsung’s first portable Android device that lets you do more on the go. With a 7” touchscreen, this lightweight device has full web browsing, Adobe Flash support, Android Apps on the Android Market, Google services, movie and music players, an eReader, video calling, rear and front-facing cameras, and a super fast processor. Do more, see more, experience more with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Valued at $650, this will shine brightly under any Christmas tree.