I don’t know about you but I find my tech loving friends (and children) hard to buy for. There is so much available it’s hard to decide what to buy them and if you’re anything like me it’s hard to keep up with what is current and actually of use to them. Here are a few suggestions for you if you are struggling with gift ideas this Christmas.
1. A Bluetooth Speaker
For those who like their music, a Bluetooth speaker is a great gift idea this Christmas. There are many different speakers available. Here are three that I think would make great presents:
A) JBL GO Portable Speaker -£19.99
The JBL GO streams music via Bluetooth from smartphones and tablets, powered by a rechargeable battery with up to 5 hours of playtime. It is also equipped with a convenient noise-cancelling speakerphone, allowing you to pick up calls without turning your speaker off. Available in 5 different colours – Grey, Pink, Red, Teal or Yellow. Take calls from your speaker with a touch of a button – crystal clear thanks to the noise-free speakerphone.
B) LED Cube Shaped Speaker – £15.99
This cool LED colour changing cube speaker! has 5 colour changing settings. The colours will change along with the rhythm of the music, perfect for a party! You can also answer phone calls on this cube speaker too.
C) Jam Classic Speaker – £14.99
This wireless Portable Speaker from Jam is available in five different colours (red, blue, grey, green and purple). It has great sound quality for such a small compact speaker and is able to connect wirelessly from up to 10 metres away. It will work with any Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as your smartphone, tablets or it can even be used with a 3.5 mm audio output. The built-in rechargeable battery provides over four hours playback when connected to Bluetooth and 12 hours when connected to aux-in
2. Phone and Tablet Cases – from £20
If you’re buying your tech lover a new tablet or phone this Christmas then make sure you buy them a protective case too – the last thing anyone wants is a broken gadget over the festive period. Speck provides extremely protective (and stylish) cases for smartphones, tablets and MacBooks. The cases offer up to 3-metre drop protection for their phone cases, and up to 1.2-metre drop protection for tablets and MacBook cases. The cases feature an IMPACTIUM™ Shock Barrier – it absorbs and disperses shock from impact.
3. In-ear Headphones – £24.99
These in-ear headphones from Sol Republic are a great gift idea or stocking filler for those who like tangle free wires and great sound. They come in a variety of colours and include four sizes of ear tips in matching colours for a comfortable fit.
4. Wireless Headphones with Micro-SD Slot – £23
An ideal gift for those who like to have music while on the go but prefer over the head headphone. The Bluedio T2+ headphones are foldable so don’t take up much space and are easy to carry. What’s more, the up to 32 GB Micro SD card extension and FM radio function will provide you with more optional ways to enjoy music. They have a long-lasting battery life of up to 40 hours. This headset is more than just a pair of headphones but also a music player and radio! The in-built Micro SD card slot (maximum 32GB), you only need to insert a Micro SD card loaded with your favourite songs and then you’re ready to go.
5. Corded Mouse – £49.99
The Penclic D2 Corded 5-button mouse supports operating systems Windows XP or later, Mac OSX version 10.1 or later and most Linux/BSD systems too.
- No extra software/driver installation is needed.
- Operates on almost any surface without any pad or tablet.
- Implements a 5-button and scroll wheel. The left click, right click and middle click are on the pen shaft’s right side. On the pen shaft’s left side the backward click and forward click for surfing are positioned.
6. Wireless Bluetooth Ergonomic Mini Keyboard – £79.99
The Penclic KB3 is a compact and lightweight wireless keyboard. It is designed to help the user be more productive and have fewer work-related aches and pains.It features include:
- Lightweight, durable aluminium casing
- Rounded, low-profile keys for satisfying, fast, accurate typing
- Compact size for better ergonomic positioning
- Luxurious glossy black colour
- Stylish accented return key
- Perfect for working on-the-go
7. Nextbase 312GW Dash Cam – £99
Why not considering giving someone a dash cam this Christmas. It will give both you and them peace of mind whilst they are on the road. The Nextbase 312GW is available at £99 from any UK Halfords store. Halfords also offers a WeFit service, where they can fit your dash cam for you. The 312GW has in-built Wi-Fi which allows motorists of all ages to instantly and easily upload footage to their social media channels, insurer or even the police via the new Nextbase app. After using the Wi-Fi to connect to an iOS or Android device, the Nextbase app becomes your personal mobile store for footage you want to keep or share. Whether that’s because of being involved in an accident, being witness to somebody else being involved in an accident or even just catching something of interest on the road.
Its main features are:
- In-built Wi-Fi to share your footage directly with your mobile via the Nextbase app
- • World’s first dash cam with Powered Magnetic Click & Go mount
- • 140-degree wide-angle view with full 1080p High Definition recording at 30fps
- • Ultra clear 2.7” LED display for ease of playback and menu selection
- • Super slimline design – Dimensions 92 x 56 x 18 mm (37mm inc lens) WHD
- • Six-Element Sharp Lenses made with 6 layers of glass to provide stunning clear images • Inbuilt G sensor and GPS to detect accidents and automatically save video files
- • Easy to install with 4m 12v power cable and Click & Go window mount included
- • SOS data protection prevents the impact/event recording from being deleted
- • Supports SDHC and SDXC Micro SD Cards up to 64GB
8. SteelSeries Stratus XL, Wireless Gaming Controller – £49.99
The new SteelSeries Stratus XL Wireless Gaming Controller for Windows and Android is full-sized, wireless, and based on an ergonomic console design. Other features include 40+ hours of gameplay with two AA batteries (included), LED notification, clickable joysticks, and complete customization of your joystick sensitivity and trigger actuation.
9. ADAPT 250 – £99
The Adapt 250 is a plug and play digital radio interface that converts DAB to FM and transmits wirelessly to the driver’s existing car radio. The device makes all digital stations instantly accessible, whilst providing the extra quality signal that comes with DAB radio, with no need to change a head unit. Boasting a 2.4” (5cm) LCD screen and four clear buttons for maximum accessibility, the ADAPT 250 also has a windscreen mounting system for ease of installation and use. Designed to sit at eye level in the bottom corner of a windscreen, the risk of motorists fiddling with the radio whilst driving is drastically reduced, helping improve safety. Other features include automatic selection of the best vacant FM car frequencies and storing of DAB+ channels, an inbuilt battery to cover stop/start technology and a signal stabilisation system for reception at high speed. These features combined with a unique module tuned aerial, which is included with the product. The ADAPT 250 would be the perfect gift for anyone who is unable to access DAB radio in their cars.
- Large 2.4” (5cm) LCD screen
- Inbuilt battery to cover stop/start technology
- Windscreen mounting system for ease of installation
- Inbuilt signal stabilization system for reception at high speed
- DAB+ signal synchronization to provide improved antenna performance and maximise signal
- Active film antenna
- 4 clear buttons for ease of use in the car
- Automatic selection of the best vacant FM car frequency
- Supports 10V to 30V power voltage range for all vehicles
- DAB+ channels stored automatically
- Fully road tested throughout Europe
- RDS with programme type, clock, date, channel name & radio text
- 3.5mm Aux-In and Line Out jack
10. Velop Whole Home Wi-Fi – from £199
The Linksys Velop will fit in beautifully in any household and provide an extremely fast signal to make your everyday life easier. This completely wireless system has a clean and attractive look and will appeal to anyone as it seamlessly disappears into the design of your own home. No more rough-looking black routers that look like transformers. Linksys has also thought about the non-techy family members and have developed the Linksys app that will guide you through the setup process –it’s simple to set p with no cords and plugs, no codes and no fuss. The app will be a great tool on your smartphone to manage useful features such as parental controls and guest access. The Linksys Velop Whole-Home Wi-Fi will make sure every corner of your home is reached and everyone’s gadgets perform the same – perfect for all those new gadgets that are sure to be under the tree this Christmas.
11. TomTom Runner 3 Cardio + Music Fitness Tracker – £219.99
For those who love to run but love their gadgets too why not treat them to fitness tracker that has plenty to offer. The TomTom Runner 3 would be a great gift that features the following:
- GPS Tracking
- Personalised Workouts
- Advanced Training Modes
- Route Exploration
- Multiple Sports Modes
- TomTom Sports App
- 24/7 Activity Tracking
- Built-in Heart Rate Monitor
- Fitness Age & VO2 Max
- Built-in Music Player – holds up to 500 songs
12. Polaroid Snap Touch Instant Print Camera LCD Screen – £149.99
The Polaroid Snap Touch camera is a great gift for technology loving picture takers. The camera makes it fun and easy to snap, print, and share your snaps. It has a built-in printer so you can share your pictures on the spot. You can choose to print right away or later. You can also capture the moment in high-definition video. Customise your photos with borders, filters, and digital stickers. Bluetooth connectivity lets you connect to the Polaroid print app for more editing features. This digital instant print camera takes an SD card up to 128gb so you can keep snapping away even whilst the camera is printing but also continue capturing moments even if you have run out of paper. The Bluetooth connectivity allows you to print any picture on your mobile device making this the only 2 in 1 device (13mp digital camera with 1080p video recording as well as a mobile pocket-sized Bluetooth printer). Main features:
- 13 megapixels.
- 3.5in LCD touchscreen.
- Built-in flash.
- Includes carry strap.
- Rechargeable battery.
- Li-Ion (included).
A DVD – why not treat your tech lover to a DVD this Christmas – Wonder Woman is available to buy now from Amazon from £9.99. “Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, raised on a sheltered island paradise and trained to be an unconquerable warrior. When an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny”
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