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The best festive party gadgets

Planning a festive knees-up over Christmas? Throwing a big party for New Year’s Eve? Then the organisation has probably started already.

But as well as stocking up on beer, wine and enough buffet food to feed the 5,000, this may be a good time to invest in some new gizmos and appliances too.

To help out with what you’ll need, here are my top picks to make things go with a swing. Just don’t forget the mistletoe.

Sony MHCEC79I.CEK CD Mini Hi-Fi System with iPod Dock

Everyone knows that a good party needs good music – and it doesn’t get much better than out of a Sony Hi-Fi. This sleek mid-range model plays the radio, shop-bought CDs or your own MP3 mash-up discs and has a bass booster for stronger sounds. Best of all is the attached iPod Dock, meaning that if your guests don’t like your choice of tunes they can simply plug in their own.

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X Factor Lucky Voice Party Box

If your friends are anything like mine, then once it gets to about 11pm you’ll want to stop listening to music and start creating it. If you are planning to bring the X Factor to your front room then this branded special edition pack is the way to do it. Simply plug the control box and microphone into your home computer for a karaoke machine with thousands of songs to choose from. Unfortunately if you want Simon Cowell as well, that may cost a little bit extra.

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Venom Wii Sports Pack Extra

Remember when party games used to involve pinning a tail on a donkey or attempting to do the limbo? Well now, thanks to the Nintendo Wii, there’s much more exciting things to try like physically competing at virtual sporting events. A nice touch is to buy a couple of these packs and equip your guests with a steering wheel, tennis racket, golf club and baseball bat – as well as silicon covers to help stop the Wii remote flying out of your hand if things get a little too spirited.

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Husky HUS-HM4 2.3 Cubic Foot Gross Capacity Chiller

The product description here simply reads “keep the beers cool with this mini chiller” – and there’s nothing else beyond those eight words I really need to tell you, except that you can get it with either Stella Artois or Budweiser branding.

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Proline POP2 Popcorn Maker

You may be able to buy most of your party food from somewhere, but for real top quality popcorn there’s no other option but to do it yourself. This maker takes just two and a half minutes and even comes with eight forks so you can all dig in once it’s popped.

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Okoia CAN6 Candle Lights

As night falls, it’s always nice to close the curtains and celebrate by candlelight. Luckily there’s even a gadget for that. These individual rechargeable electric candles provide the same atmosphere as real ones, but are safer when drunk and won’t need replacing when the wax runs out.

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Black & Decker PV1805N-GB Handheld Cleaner

Sadly the one thing every party guarantees is a mess to tidy up afterwards. This pivot nose bagless Dustbuster from Black & Decker won’t make facing the morning after any easier, but it will help get the cleaning over quicker.

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