There are plenty of high-tech gadgets to choose from this holiday season from smartphones to tablets to gaming systems, but it can be difficult to decide what is worth the cost.

"What's crazy to me is $738 billion estimated to be spent this holiday season and I think such a large portion of that is from gadgets and technology especially on those high ticket items.," said Katie Linendoll, the tech expert from

Experts recommend consumers begin their search for a new gadget by deciding the type of product  they would like to buy before going to the store.

"Because you can go into a store and get very carried away. And, technology is not something that you want to buy on the spur of the moment," said Jackie Harper from

Harper, who tests new electronic gadgets, said it is important to find a store that lets consumers get some 'hands-on' experience with the gadgets and devices.

"You have to touch and feel before you buy any technology," said Harper.

Never rush to make the purchase.   Harper recommends after discovering a product that "feels" good, do more online research and price comparisons and consider price-matching to try and get a better deal.

"If you find an ad for a price that's lower, take it in, the most that they can say is no," said Harper.

Many parents wonder whether to buy their children a kid version of a high-tech gadget.  Linendoll said the answer should be no.

"I say don't waste your money. Pay a little bit more. Get the Amazon Kindle Fire or iPad. Have a future proof device that everyone in the family can use," said Linendoll.

For gaming consoles, there is a battle between two new products, the Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

"I think it's a little early to make a real hard assessment at this point, but what I'd recommend for families, I'd probably go on the Xbox One side," said Linendoll.

When deciding on technology, Harper said bottom line make sure you are comfortable with the product.

"So, buying Apple because your husband likes it or because your best friend likes it, you may not care for it at all," Harper said.