The Best Tech Christmas Gift Ideas For 2018
Find the perfect prezzie for the gadget-lover in your life.
From gadgets for beauty-lovers, to the instant way to upgrade your Instagram, to the ultimate way to listen to the A Star Is Born soundtrack, here are the best tech gifts to give even of the trickiest to buy for this Christmas…
Libratone Q-Adapt On-Ear Headphones
How absolutely gorgeous are these? The powerful high-end headphones from Danish audio experts Lbratone are noise-cancelling and super sleek, with a no-mess, long-lasting 20 hour wireless connection and intuitive touch controls. Ariana never sounded so good.
- £219, Libratone
ROLI Beatmaker Kit
For any music fan who wants to make their own beats, this is an incredible gift: it’s basically a mini music studio! Tap away to your heart’s content on the colourful touch responsive lightpad, which allows you to build track loops and tracks fast. It's like having your own drum pad in your pocket! Also included is a 6-month subscription to Melodics, which can teach you the basics or take your finger drumming skills to the next level!
- £209.95, John Lewis
Wisely calling itself ‘The Hair Revolution’, this incredible gadget combs through your hair to carefully knick away your split ends without a trip to the hairdressers. Perfect for anyone who loves taking care of their locks!
- From £94.99, splitenderpro.com
Know someone who’s always playing on their phone? Then this might be the ultimate gift: the Ho Ho Ho Honor Play is the perfect smartphone for gamers! The revolutionary new phone offers a 6.3inch HD display, 3D surround sound and a massive battery, for 15 hours of video streaming. For a proper, uninterrupted Fortnite experience. It’s on sale until the 14th December too.
- £249.99 (usually £279.99), Honor
KiiPix Polaroid Printer
Got a whole load of Insta snaps which would look EVEN BETTER on your wall? This is the easiest way to print them, straight from your smartphone – and without any Bluetooth, wifi or wires. Yes, really! Just open the camera, pop in your phone showing the snap you want printed, press the shutter, turn the wheel and a printed version of your pic will pop out, as if by magic!
- £39.99, Firebox
JBL PartyBox 200
STEP AWAY from the tinny old Bluetooth speaker and upgrade your New Years shindig with the ultimate in party players: The JBL PartyBox 200. This incredible speaker from audio wizards JBL is here to bring the noise by combining powerful, immersive sound with a party light show Pitbull himself would be proud of. And wanna treat your guests to your Lady Gaga rendition of The Shallow mid-gathering? Just plug in your mic or guitar and show everyone that A Star Is Born! And for super simple DJing, you can stream your playlist via Bluetooth or from a USB stick. A show-stopping pressie for the person who loves to get all their mates back to theirs… or to treat yoself!
- £329.99, uk.jbl.com
Hooke Verse Wireless Headphones
These wireless headphones work together with your mobile device to record sound in 3D. It's all very high-tech, but it basically means that they calculate sound and space by measuring the sound waves using the built-in Bluetooth compatible 3D audio microphone - so if you record your fave song at the next gig you go to, for example, you can record the sound 'In 3D' for the best live music recording ever. It's the first of it’s kind, and enables smart devices to convert audio to stereo, which means any videos, music or podcasts, sound crystal clear.
- £145, HookeAudio.com
Timepiece heart rate monitor watch by Oaxis
Swiss watch designer Oaxis's latest watch has been engineered specifically for the fitness lover in your life: think luxury watch-meets-super smart fitness tech! With an inbuilt step counter, heart rate monitor, sleep analysis feature and call and text notifications from your phone, it's ideal for keeping an eye on your fitness routine once you’ve stuffed yourself full of turkey!
- £95, Kickstarter
Tile Pro Bluetooth tracker
This magic little gadget will instantly make anyone’s life easier. Attach it to whatever you’re prone to losing and use it to track anything: keys, wallet, signed BTS annual, etc. Download the app, and the smart little tool will ring loudly *and* show you on a map on the corresponding app exactly where you left it. You can also tap the app to make your phone ring, even when it's on silent. No excuses for being late leaving the house now! The Pro version is the most durable version, while the standard Tile Mate is a great stocking filler.
- £30, thetileapp.com
Braun FaceSpa Pro
A real treat, at home, for the person in your life who loves their spa treatments. It’s the world;s first all-in-one smart device approved by dermalotlogists that promises to boost your whole facial beauty routine. Three different attachments mean it can cleanse, epilate or tone your skin for a rejuvenating glow. Which sounds perfect after a big Christmas party season, tbh.
- £99.99, Boots
Harry Potter Mini Bell Jar Light
Lumos! This super cute little Harry Potter fig is also a handy bell jar light. Cutest reading lamp ever? We think so! Merry Christmas, Muggles!
- £9.99, Firebox
The perfect phone for photo-lovers, take their Instagram grid to the next level with this super high spec new smartphone from Huawei, complete with stunning Leica dual camera to take their photog skills to the next level, even in low light. Whether you’re snapping travel pics, selfies, gigs or cat portraits, the super smart camera can recognise what you’re photographing and optimise settings in an instant to make all your pics look uh-mazing. #InstaGoals
Brainwavz HM100 studio monitor headphones
These nifty on-ear headphones not only look beaut, with a stylish polished wooden cup, but are studio-quality, meaning they've been made to recreate the kind of crystal-clear audio you'd find in a top recording studio. Perfect for any music lover who wants to record for their own Soundcloud - or just listen to their faves at home!
- £152.25, Brainwavz
Fitbit Versa Smart Watch
An awesome gift for anyone who loves fitness and smart tech, this wellness smartwatch features 24/7 heart rate, phone-free music, apps, coaching, sleep tracking, female health tracking and more.
- £199.99, fitbit.com
Robotics company Sphero have brought out their most advanced gaming robot yet: the Sphero BOLT. Just install the app on your phone or tablet and use it to drive the cute little ball for fun and for learning. The smart sphere uses sensors, so it won't crash all over the place, and animated 8x8 LEDs to communicate with you (and to other Bolts!) through infrared colour and flashing lights.
- £149.99, Sphero.com
BB-8 App-Enabled Droid
The BOLT not cute enough for you? Then say hello to Sphero's BB-8! This adorable droid is the perfect pressie for the Star Wars fan that has everything. Leave it to its own devices and it can roll around on it's own, or get it moving using your own instructions with your smart device. Using bluetooth to communicate with cute BB-8 sounds and LED lights, it moves around just like in the movies and even interacts with other droids!
- £99.99, Sphero.com
What's really cool about these headphones is that they’ve got a built-in hearing test technology. That means that the first time you wear them, it adjusts the audio from ear to ear to work out what your brain recognises as the perfect sound for you, and then uses the results to give you 'personalised sound reproduction'. Clever, eh? Oh, and they look good too!
- £299, Amazon
Olloclip Multi-Device Lens Clip
Wanna upgrade your Instagram without getting a whole new smartphone? Whether it’s super wide angle or fisheye lens you’re after, this cool clip with different interchangeable lenses easily clips on to your existing phone camera to attach the perfect lens for capturing the exact angle you want. It means you can take pro pics with a completely different field-of-view than your phone camera could possibly capture on its own! Handily, if you don’t need to know the recipient’s exact make and model of phone, you can opt for this multi-device version, which is compatible with all devices, and can attach over screen protectors and smartphone cases up to 12mm.
- From £59.99, olloclip.com
GoPro HERO7 Black
Give a thrillseeker or travel lover the Instagram upgrade of their dreams with the brand new HERO7 Black, Its new‘HyperSmooth’ feature makes all your footage look beautiful and profesh, without the need for a gimbal.
- £379.99, shop.gopro.com
Hër On-Ear Bluetooth Stereo Headphones
These gorgeous nude and beige headphones are perfect for stylish gadget-lover in your life. There’s a built in headphone and they’re super light, with flexible ear cushions and Bluetooth technology. Thankfully, they offer 23 hours talk time, 21 hours playback time and 840 hours stand-by: which means wherever you go, they’ll be along for the ride.
- £79.99, Selfridges