Christmas tech gift guide 2018
It can be so hard finding the right Christmas present for friends and family so we've put together a handy gift guide for the top tech to buy your loved ones this Christmas!
Fitbit Charge 3
Guide price £129.99
A health and fitness tracker is a great Christmas present for active people or someone looking to live a healthier lifestyle. The new Fitbit Charge 3 is a lightweight wearable which can track activity and monitor heart rate and sleep patterns. It has a number of great features including reminders to get moving, smartphone notifications, guided breathing session and it monitors the number of calories burned. Priced at £129.99, the Charge 3 offers a middle ground between the very expensive, often unaffordable wearables and the cheaper models with limited features.
Fitbit Ace (age 8+)
Guide price £79.99
The Fitbit Ace is a new wearable, designed specifically for children over the age of 8. It is a health and fitness tracker which will help kids keep fit and have fun at the same time. As a parent, you can set challenges and goals to be active and the Ace will reward the wearer with an onscreen animation when they hit their targets. The lightweight model has a battery life of up to 5 days and can be used to track sleep habits and encourage a healthy sleeping pattern.
Guide price £389.99
The Sonos Beam is a smart soundbar which is the ultimate gift for music lovers. It's a sleek looking, compact soundbar which looks great under a TV and provides amazing sound for films, gaming, TV, music and more. With Amazon Alexa voice control, you can simply use your voice to play a song, change the volume or watch a film. The Beam is an advanced soundbar at an affordable price point and can be a starting point for a whole home of Sonos.
Guide price £49.99
The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom is a robust portable speaker which provides incredible sound for its size. The waterproof speaker is great for parties, a day at the beach or even to take in the shower. With 10 hours of battery, there's no need to worry about it dying during a party. The speaker uses Bluetooth connection so everyone can be the DJ and it can connect to another UE Wonderboom to take the sound to another level.
Guide price £279.99
The Nintendo Switch is a brilliant gift for game enthusiasts this Christmas. It's a home console game that you can take on the go. The Switch offers three game modes, TV mode which connects to a TV and can be played by multiple people, Tabletop mode which uses the Switch's screen and can be played by two people and Handheld mode which can be played as a single player using the console. The Nintendo Switch can also be linked up to eight other consoles to play multiplayer games. There are lots of games to choose from and is bound to be a hit at Christmas.
Instax Mini 9 camera
Guide price £64.00
An instant camera is a fun way of capturing memories with instant prints. The Instax Mini 9 is a compact model available in a range of colours. It has a selfie mirror on the front for capturing the perfect selfie and a close-up lens for high quality images. The High-Key mode helps adjust the camera settings to suit the surroundings to give a clear image every time. The Mini 9 prints credit card-sized photos instantly and can be given to a friend or stuck in a photo album.
HP Sprocket 200 portable photo printer
Guide price £94.99
Portable printers have become popular recently and are great for printing photos on the go from a smartphone. It creates small, 5 x 7.6 cm prints which can be shared with friends and family. The HP app enables you to add stickers, text and more to photos and you can even print pictures straight from social media.
Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet
Guide price £79.99
The Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet is a great present for an affordable price. It has an 8-inch HD screen and can be used for reading, using apps, watching videos or playing games. One cool feature is the addition of Amazon Alexa which provides hands-free functionality so you could play a song using your voice. The Fire 8 offers is an excellent tablet with a great number of features for only £80 and is the best tablet in this price range.
Guide price £159.00
Apple Airpods are a pricier gift but would be perfect for an Apple lover who's always on the go. The wireless in-ear headphones work with Apple products and can be used to listen to music, make phone calls and get directions. They provide 5 hours of listening time and can sense when you take them out of your ear to know when to pause your audio. The Airpods can also be used hands-free with Siri integration so you could use your voice to make a call or play a song.
Bose noise-making Sleepbuds
Guide price £229.95
These are the perfect present for light or restless sleepers (or a partner who's fed up of your snoring!) They're designed to provide the best night's sleep possible by blocking out surrounding noise using soothing sounds. With a 16-hour battery life, they won't die during the night and the wireless design avoids any tangled wires. An additional feature which we love is the wake-up alarm which will only wake up the wearer using sound directly through the headphones.
Nespresso Vertuo Plus
Guide price £99.00
The Nespresso Vertuo Plus is a great present for true coffee lovers. It uses Nespresso's new pod technology and is designed to work with the new Vertuo pods. The machine scans a barcode on the pod to create the perfect blend for the chosen capsule and uses centrifusion technology ensure coffee consistency. The Vertuo Plus has a sleek design which will look great in any kitchen, and the one-button control makes the machine simple to use. Our favourite element is the 15-second heat up time which means you won't be waiting long for your caffeine kick.
Rega Planar 1 Plus
Guide price £329.00
A turntable is a perfect present for vinyl lovers this Christmas. If they've got a passion for music, they'll love the Rega Planar 1 turntable. It's an award-winning turntable with crystal clear sound and a sleek design. It's an easy to use turntable and it's simple set up could have their favourite vinyl record playing on Christmas Day.