Christmas Gift List: the ultimate round-up of 2017’s best tech gifts.
Struggling for Christmas gift ideas? Here’s our round up of this year’s best tech presents for every special person in your life
2017 has been a phenomenal year for the tech industry, and now that Christmas is rolling around, we have compiled a list of the best gear and gifts from this year to make the tech-head in your life happy this Christmas.
For the Tech-savvy Home Owner
Amazon Echo vs. Google Home
Google Home, Google’s venture into the smart speaker market comes with Google Assistant, full integration with other Google devices and the ability to deliver a personalised briefing each morning. Google Home comes in at a reasonable £89 from most retailers.
Amazon’s Echo, with Alexa, comes in a wider range of sizes, styles and colours than Google Home, ranging from £49 to £109 from Amazon directly. The ability to interchange the shells is a unique feature, as well as the ability to handle multiple commands at the same time.
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For the Music Lover
UE Roll 2
The UE Roll 2 is cheap, cheerful, and full-bodied in sound for a small budget bluetooth speaker. Whilst other pricier options might boast a better bass, for the price the UE Roll 2 cant be beaten.
A good option for those with a good home audio system that needs a push into the 21st century. The chromecast audio transforms any speaker system into a smart, bluetooth enabled system, similar to what its TV based big brother does but only for audio. For just £35, it is a complete steal.
For the Photographer
Polaroid ZIP mobile printer
Want a polaroid but don’t want to have to carry one round with you all the time? The ZIP has you covered. The special paper required can be quite pricey, but it gives your mobile phone pics that polaroid feel there and then, without the need for the full set up.
Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 9
On the other other hand, if you like things the old fashioned way, the new Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is the way to go. Packed with a bunch of cool features such as a brightness adjustment dial and selfie mirror – you’re sure to get perfect photos instantly every time. Available in a range of cool colours, it’s a steal at only £64.95.
For the Fitness Guru
A different kind of activity monitor, the Moov now forgoes the watch and screen elements of its competitors and just sends biometric data to your smart phone. As a result, it’s capable of monitoring more advanced activities, such as swimming and boxing. With a battery that lasts months, this band will be hard to beat.
For the Fashion Conscious
We’ve all been there – stranded on a night out and unable to order an Uber home because your phone’s just run out of juice (blame it on the fire Snapchat stories you were posting all night). That no longer has to be an issue. The Mighty Purse contains an inbuilt, hidden portable charger and USB cable so you can charge your phone on the dance floor.
Fossil Q Accomplice
It looks like a normal analogue watch on the outside, but really the Q Accomplice is a hybrid smartwatch. It’s able to send the usual data to your smart phone about the steps you’ve taken (or not!) etc, but also can control certain phone functions. Oh and the normal watch battery inside lasts for 6 months, so no need to plug it in every night.
For The Reader
The Kindle Oasis
The King of e-readers is back with another iteration of the much loved Kindle. The Oasis, Amazon’s new flagship e-reader comes with full integration for audio books, a lightning fast e-ink display as well as a six week battery life.
For the Big Kid
Imagine a combo of a tamagotchi and wall-e and you get cozmo. The lovable programmable lil’ robot is a winner for kids and adults alike, just make sure you look after him otherwise he actually gets sad!
The Nintendo Switch
Nintendo’s latest handheld console that is also a full console? You will have already seen the rave reviews about Nintendo’s latest attempt to shake up the mobile gaming market.Embed from Getty Images
For the Person who has (almost) Everything
Monoprice Mini Delta
Because 3D printers are amazing, and at £160 pounds, if you can survive the steep learning curve, this could be that make-or-break gift.