‘Tis the season to be techy. And as we emerge from another national lockdown, thoughts will inevitably shift to Christmas.
If you’ve been too busy to think about what the fam might want in their stocking this year, then fear not. We’ve compiled a list of the top 20 gadgets that would make ideal gifts this yuletide.
Christmas 2020 won’t be like any other year, but it has to be said the tech is better than ever.
Whether your loved ones are into gaming, need a new smartphone or just want to mix things up in the kitchen – there’s something here that’ll fit the bill.
Best tech gifts 2020
We’ve hand-picked the top tech you can buy this Christmas right here. All I want for Christmas, is USB…
DJI Mini 2
DJI’s tiniest flyer boasts imagestabilised 4K/30 video and 31 minutes of fuss-free flying. It’s also light and small enough to go unregistered, removing any potential barriers for aspiring drone enthusiasts hoping to fly without becoming a registered operator.
Bringing everything that makes its top-end smartphones so good but at a significantly lower price, OnePlus delivers a first-class Android experience, complete with a speedy fingerprint scanner, lengthy battery life, impressive quad camera work and 5G – and it’s all wrapped up in a good-looking curved design.
Sage 3X Bluicer Pro
Fusing the functions of a blender and a juicer, this powerful liquid love child whips up smoothies, impressively pulverises large chunks of fruit and veg in exchange for fresh mouth-watering juice, and even makes a fine frozen cocktail too.
Nintendo Game and Watch
Nintendo takes us back to the early ’80s with an updated version of its nostalgic gamer. Loaded with the original Super Mario Bros and its sequel, and with a D-pad/twobutton layout, it doesn’t get more old-school than this.
If you cherish your personal audio experience, you’ll need a pair of wireless buds up to the sonic challenge.
Hook these on to your lugholes, hit play on your favourite track, and prepare to be amazed by the most well-rounded and refined soundscape ever encountered on a product bearing the Beats name.
Oculus Quest 2
The original Quest broke free from the shackles of cables and changed the game for untethered VR.
The successor raises the bar even higher, offering sharper visuals and, ultimately, all the ingredients for incredible and virtually flawless standalone virtual escapism.
Nespresso Vertuo Next
When instant coffee isn’t cutting it, Nespresso’s cute little coffee machine swallows capsules in exchange for coffee in five different cup sizes, from an espresso shot to a giant alto.
Made from 54 per cent recycled material, it’s planet-friendly too.
Bose Frames Tenor
Bose is flexing its innovative muscle to bring you a pair of audio-equipped smart specs vying for a bit of face time while you get your sweat on. While they look like regular stylish sports sunnies on the outside, each arm contains an impossibly tiny speaker firing sound directly into your ear. Clever.
Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 10274
You may have to impatiently wait until 2021 to watch the much-anticipated Ghostbusters: Afterlife on the big screen but you needn’t wait that long to get your hands on the 2,352 plastic bricks that make up this awesome replica of the movie’s iconic car.
Apple HomePod Mini
Apple’s bauble-shaped smart speaker will play your Christmas playlists in 360 degrees and look good wherever you plonk it, thanks to its mesh fabric-wrapped design and a touch-sensitive panel that illuminates when you summon a now speedier Siri.
Want to know more? Check out our full review of the HomePod mini here.
SodaStream Spirit Hydration pack
The SodaStream is a much-loved ’90s household icon but if you still like your beverages with a side serving of gas, SodaStream’s carbonating contraption still serves up flavoured fizzy drinks and transforms everyday tap water into sparkling H2O, while eliminating the need to buy plastic bottles.
Ring Video Doorbell 3
If you know someone with an affinity for sofa-based lethargy, this 21st-century video doorbell, now with reduced false motiondetection alerts, improved connectivity and better battery life, will allow them to see who’s at their door from anywhere, or without having to get out of PJs.
Foreo Luna 3
This vibrating facial cleanser, with hygienic silicone bristles and 8,000 T-Sonic pulsations, delivers a deep facial cleanse that’ll do wonders for your stay-at-home skincare routine.
Beosound A1 (2nd gen)
You’re spoilt for choice with wireless speakers. Still, where performance is concerned, Bang & Olufsen’s disc-shaped waterproof speaker brings undeniable style and substance, impeccably crisp sound for up to 18 hours and app-based Alexa compatibility to do your voice-based bidding.
Children’s Dyson Ball vacuum cleaner
Kids love to pretend to help with the housework, which makes this Dyson replica such an ingenious invention.
The children think they’re getting a shiny new toy but as it has real suction power, you’re actually tricking them into cleaning up. Well played.
Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1
Fusing smartphone photography with instant printing, this app-friendly device spits out square-format instant prints, features Automatic Exposure and OneTouch Selfie Mode, and is ideal for photography enthusiasts.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
This is a must-have Android Wear smartwatch that blends form and function remarkably well. Expect rotating bezel controls, ECG and blood-pressure sensors, Bluetooth and 4G options for internet connectivity, and the option to receive calls like a spy. Available in 41mm and 45mm options.
Sony makes some of the finest noise-cancelling cans on the planet so if you know someone after an excellent wireless solution, Sony ’phones offer detail-rich sound, conversational awareness, auto-play/pause functionality and a comfy design, all while flanking your face.
Royole RoWrite 2
Royole wants to bring your handwriting into the 21st century with one of the best writing-to-digital notebooks around.
Watch its electronic digitising wizardry work as it converts words into editable text, accurately captures doodles and boasts over 2,048 pressure sensors that mean strokes are impressively transferred accurately pretty much every time.
Die-hard Lewis Hamilton fans and wannabes inspired by his recent triumph would probably love nothing more than to hop on their local track with this cool battery-operated go-kart.
It maxes out at 19mph, has mobile app integration for firmware updates (obviously), and has got big and little kids written all over it.
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