There’s some amazing new tech out there, from state-of-the-art VR headsets to top of the range drones. If you’re thinking of splashing out on a Christmas present for someone special – or just want to treat yourself – we’ve come up with the ultimate gift list for tech lovers.
Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker with an inbuilt virtual assistant. If you’re looking for a gift to make someone’s life easier, this is it.
Using just your voice, you can get Amazon Echo to carry out loads of handy tasks such as playing music, controlling your home’s lighting and heating, or ordering food from your local takeaway. It’s also great at answering questions - if you want to find out train times or local traffic conditions, just ask.
Price: £ £ (rated out of 5)
Buy Amazon Echo from Currys.
Oculus Rift VR headset
For a top quality VR (virtual reality) gaming, Oculus Rift is the headset you need to be thinking about.
It’s not cheap, and you need a powerful computer to run it, but it’ll give you one of the most awesome VR experiences available. It really is the latest in VR technology.
You interact inside Oculus' virtual worlds with an Xbox One controller, so you can jump straight in to the action using a control system you’re familiar with. There are 40 games available, with something for everyone - from Minecraft and traditional puzzle games to spectacular deep-space battles.
Price: £ £ £ £
Buy the Oculus Rift VR headset from Currys.
Playstation VR headset
Sony’s PlayStation VR headset works with the PS4, making it the must-have give for that special PS4-owning someone in your life… or yourself, if you’ve got a PS4.
There's an impressive range of games available online in the Playstation store, and lots more titles are scheduled. Just like the Oculus Rift, you’ll be able to control the Sony Playstation VR with something you’re familiar with – your trusty PS4 controller. Plus, you can let others see what you’re experiencing, with a Mirror mode that projects the game onto your TV screen.
Price: £ £ £
Buy a Playstation VR headset from Currys.
GoPro HERO5 action camcorder
Looking for the ultimate Christmas gift for a tech-loving action junkie? Then go for the latest GoPro.
This tough and robust piece of kit has been designed to cope with all sorts of outdoor action, from cliff climbing to muddy mountain bike trails. It’ll even handle underwater action, as it’s waterproof down to depths of 10 metres.
Quality-wise, you’ll be shooting videos in crystal-clear 4K, with advanced imaged processing giving you unbeatable stability and sharpness. You can also take high-resolution 12MP photographs using single, burst and time-lapse modes.
Price: £ £ £
Buy the GoPro HERO5 action camcorder from Currys.
Dyson 360eye robot vacuum cleaner
It’s a great time to be alive - robots can now do our hoovering for us. And this Dyson 360eye robot vacuum cleaner is the daddy of them all, with twice the suction power of any of its robotic rivals.
As its name suggests, it’s got a 360 degree vision system to make sure it never misses a spot. It can clean anywhere, with powerful suction for any floor type, and it’s the only robo-vac with a full-width brush for better dirt removal.
Best of all, you can arrange cleaning times and monitor progress from your smartphone. Think about what this means - you’ll now be able to do the hoovering when you’re lying on the couch. Can there be a better gift than that?
Price: £ £ £ £ £
Buy the Dyson 360eye robot vacuum cleaner from Currys.
DJI Phantom 4 drone
The DJI Phantom 4 is the Rolls Royce of drones, and it’s perfect for beginners and expert drone fliers alike. It’s safe and easy to fly even for novices, with the ability to brake instantly and hover precisely. And it comes with an obstacle sensing system that keeps it clear of anything that could affect its flight.
The drone has an ActiveTrack feature that gives you the ability to track and circle around moving subjects, and experienced drone flyers can use the DJI Phantom 4’s Sport Mode to increase its max speed by up to 25%. Flight time is an impressive 28 minutes, and the high performance onboard camera can capture stunning 4K footage video.
Price: £ £ £ £ £
Buy the DJI Phantom 4 drone from Currys.