Stuck for what Christmas present to get for a gadget lover this year? We can help. We’ve found some of the best contraptions that are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of any techie.
Google Chromecast, the search giant’s little Wi-Fi streaming dongle, has made smart TV services cheap enough for everyone. Just plug one into the back of any TV with a HDMI port and you can access apps like Netflix and BBC iPlayer wirelessly.
If the gadget lover in your life prefers music to TV, Google’s new Chromecast Audio can upgrade their old speakers. All you have to do is plug it into a standard 3.5mm audio socket and you can send tunes from your phone to your speakers wirelessly.
Buy Google Chromecast and Chromecast Audio.
Smartwatches are the new must-have accessory for gadget lovers as they give much more convenient access to apps and notifications, and the Samsung Gear S2 is the best smartwatch we’ve seen yet.
It’s stainless steel body and circular face give it a classic look and feel, while the rotating bezel around the screen makes it easy to use. And with more than a thousand apps available to download, a waterproof design and 4GB of internal storage, it’s really practical too.
Buy the Samsung Gear S2.
Remote control cars have always been popular Christmas presents, but traditional ones are a bit fragile and not all that smart. Sphero Ollie is a modern smartphone controlled car for the tech lover.
It’s super tough, so can handle mud, stairs and jumps with ease, and it’s programmable smarts let you do amazing stunts.
Buy Sphero Ollie.
What Christmas present do you get a gadget lover who already seems to have every gadget going? An Airwheel X8.
This electric unicycle adds a fun techie twist to getting around. With a top speed of 12mph and a range of 25 miles on a single charge, it can get you further than you might think. And what’s more, it’s small enough to pick up and carry like a suitcase. But be warned, the government has advised that a 180-year-old law means these are currently illegal to use on public footpaths.
Buy the Airwheel X8.
Action cameras are becoming more and more popular. Their tough designs and small sizes make them perfect for recording everything from family events to one-off experiences.
The Kitvision Escape HD5 is cheap action camera that makes it easy to record in crisp HD quality. It even comes with a range of mounts and a waterproof case so you can record even more.
Buy the Kitvision Escape HD5 action camera.