Just remembered that it’s Christmas in a week’s time and you’ve bought absolutely no presents for your family yet? No worries, only you and half the country. Here’s our last-minute techy gift guide to suit every kind of tech fan, from movie junkies to big kids.
For the tech fan: Samsung Gear S2
If you’ve got a fair bit of cash to spend on your last-minute present, and your intended receiver owns an Android smartphone, then check out the Gear S2 by Samsung. This excellent smartwatch is packed with loads of great features, from fitness tracking to funky little games, plus a very unique scroll wheel for navigating through the gorgeous interface.
We also recommend the Motorola Moto 360 (2015), which is compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones. The funky design, colourful screen and smooth performance make for a quality smartwatch.
For the fitness enthusiast: Jawbone UP3
If you’ve got a jogger in the family, or anyone who likes to watch their figure, the Jawbone UP3 is a solid choice. This fitness tracker enjoys a comfortable design, solid battery life and can track a variety of activities, not just pavement pounding.
For the early riser: Pure Siesta Rise
Pure’s latest DAB radio alarm clock enjoys a classic styling, but with full digital radio support so you can wake up to a wide range of music, or your favourite breakfast DJs.
There’s an FM mode, presets to store your favourite stations and three alarms that can be set independently, complete with snooze function. Best of all, the digital display can be turned down to as faint as you like, so your slumber isn’t disturbed.
For the media lover: STK Intense Wireless Headphones
These Bluetooth headphones can be quickly and easily paired with any phone, tablet or compatible device and offer a comfortable listening experience thanks to the well-padded cups and adjustable band.
Sound quality is very strong for the price and there’s no leakage, so you won’t disturb anyone else in your immediate vicinity.
For the adventurous: STK Neptune Power Bank
Anyone who’s always venturing forth into the wilderness for a ‘fun’ weekend of camping and hiking, will know the ballache of running out of battery life in the middle of Epping Forest.
This super-rugged STK power bank is the answer, powering up your phone or other USB device to full when most needed, while also providing a handy LED torch for those late night bladder evacuations. And with its IP67 creds and rubbery design, the Neptune won’t die if it gets bashed about or dropped in your Bovril.
For the big kid: NERF ECS10
If someone in your family is still a massive kid at heart, then look no further than the NERF ECS10 blaster. This insanely customisable dart shooter can be kitted out with sniper scopes, blast shields and all manner of cool custom accessories, making it the ultimate NERF blaster.
It’s accurate, it’s powerful and it’ll annoy the piss out of your dad on Christmas day.
For the photography lover: Olloclip 4-in-1 lens
Transform your iPhone’s camera with this excellent 4-in-1 lens from Olloclip, which allows you to get some seriously impressive macro shots, fisheye snaps, wide-angle photos and more. The Olloclip snaps onto your iPhone quickly and easily and holds firm over your phone’s lens, adding the desired effect.
For the gamer: Microsoft Gameband Minecraft
Minecraft lovers will adore this cute Gameband wearable, which can be used to backup your creations to take around to a friend’s house.
We also recommend checking out our guide to the best mobile games controllers, tablets and accessories for more gaming gift ideas.