The Christmas lights have been switched on in city centers, festive songs are playing on the radio and turkeys have been ordered – and you know what that means…
…Ho Ho Ho, it’s nearly Christmas!
That means now is probably a very good time to start thinking about the presents you need to buy for friends and family. Or, at the least, make your own Christmas wish list for them to buy for you!
To lend you a helping hand, here are our Top 10 festive Christmas present ideas for every budget – starting with a small Xmas stocking filler and ending with something festive that will fill your whole front room.
Is it a fish? Is it a keyring? Is it a memory stick that can hold up to 1,000 songs? Actually, this cool 3-in-1 present does it all and, coming in at just over a tenner, is the perfect Christmas morning extra for a young one.
The clock radio is a perennial Xmas favourite from down the ages, but Philips has given it a modern makeover here in both look and features. This radio’s mirrored design means it stands out on the bedside table and the ability to plug in a portable music system, alongside the standard FM/MW radio, provides a choice of tunes to wake up to.
It feels strange to list a 7.1 megapixel camera as a Christmas stocking filler idea – but costing just £25, this Vivitar lists itself. Of course there are vastly superior cameras out there if you’re willing to spend 5, 10 or 20 times the money – but for a starting snapper this still has a 2.4inch preview screen, scene and balance adjustment and anti-shake technology.
The festive period is a time for family and here’s a Christmas gift so that you’re always able to SEE them. This high-definition webcam comes with a built-in microphone and is fully compatible with Skype and similar software – so that you can make free video calls via your computer at any time of day or night. Suddenly, your aunt in Australia no longer seems that far away.
If a friend is getting a computer for Xmas, and you want to get them something to go with it – then this is the prefect accessory for the less tech-savvy. The one-off payment gives a year’s worth of help over the phone, via webchat or even with an expert able to connect and remotely control the PC or Mac in question. It is great value too – covering all the computers in the recipient’s home and all the stuff that connects to them too, including printers, sat nav, MP3 players, games consoles, digital cameras and camcorders.
Moving up the price range, for those wanting to spend £100 or more, there’s lots of excellent Christmas technology on the market to suit all ages. Most music lovers will probably have an iPod or MP3 player by now but, if you notice that they’re still using the regular headphones that came in the box, why not upgrade them to a pair of Bose. Well-known as the kings of audio, a pair of Bose headphones makes a very sound Christmas present, if you’ll pardon the pun.
If you’re planning on overindulging during Christmas, and let’s face it who isn’t, then this should probably be on your list for Santa. With eight different fully adjustable settings, Bodi-Tek’s Elite 3 is the best way to tone up those muscles without leaving the comfort of your own home. Something to think about when you’re on your sixth mince pie.
We probably didn’t need to list the new 3D handheld console from Nintendo here, because if you’ve got a child between the ages of eight and 15 then they will have been begging you for one for months. Just remember to buy yours before the inevitable Christmas Eve sell-out.
The latest iPad starts at £400 but, if your Xmas budget is big enough, then it still offers great value for money. If you added up the cost of buying separate gadgets for everything an iPad can do – portable TV, e-book reader, web browser, music system, word processor, camera, digital photo frame, games machine and more – then it’s actually saving you hundreds.
This is the ultimate Christmas present and the one guaranteed to make someone love you forever and ever. A 55 inch Samsung Smart TV will set you back more than £2,000 but with outstanding picture quality, HD and 3D, built-in Freeview, internet connectivity, social media apps and more, it’s the ultimate centrepiece for any living room.
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