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Big and beautiful, you will struggle to fit these cracking gadget gifts under the Christmas tree

By Polly Weeks

Published 26/11/2015

Bush 24in HD Ready Smart TV with DVD Player - Black
Bush 24in HD Ready Smart TV with DVD Player - Black
Star Wars Stormtrooper Electric Scooter
Canon PIXMA MG7750 All-In-One Wi-Fi NFC Wireless Printer with Colour Touch Screen
MEADE Infinity 70 Refractor Telescope - Blue
Ride-On BMW S1000RR Motorbike

Use the force: Star Wars Stormtrooper Electric Scooter, £99.99, from www.argos.co.uk - With the next Star Wars film arriving in cinemas on December 18, there are plenty of gadgets and gizmos out there which celebrate the Galaxy Far, Far Away.

However you'll struggle to beat this electric scooter. It comes with a 120x motor and a 24v battery which will give you around 40 minutes of power before requiring a charge. It's suitable for those aged 8-plus and comes with a footbrake. One thing, if you are investing in this, don't forget to purchase a helmet and pads, too.

Star quality

MEADE Infinity 70 Refractor Telescope - Blue, £99, from www.currys.co.uk

Forget wishing the dark nights away, wish upon a star instead. This telescope is a great buy for the amateur astronomer. It comes with a 70mm objective diameter which is wide enough to easily enjoy the sky at night. In addition, it has a 77x eyepiece magnification which will give great detail of the natural display in front of you. If you need a helping hand to understand what you're looking at, pop the accompanying DVD on which features more than 10,000 celestial objects to spot.

The trendy option

Smart Glider Hoverboard, £399.95, from www.red5.co.uk

A gadget so popular with celebrities that the ride-on has become the must-have gadget for 2015, there are now many varieties available suitable for different budgets. You may shirk at the price of this one, but it's actually on sale at Red5 and offers value for money. It comes with auto-stabilising technology to keep you well balanced - that said, you'll need to spend some time in the garden practising so you feel confident on it. Speed wise, you can reach the heady heights of 10mph and you'll be able to travel 15 miles before you'll need to charge it up for a couple of hours. If you are buying this, make sure you know the Highway Laws regarding them - they are banned on pavements and public roads.

On your bike

Ride-On BMW S1000RR Motorbike, £169.99, Maplin

If your children have a taste for adventure, this ride-on will make the perfect gift. Suitable for those aged 3-8 (weighing up to 30kg), it does take a while to charge (8-10 hours) but then it will keep going for a good 45 minutes. Pick between high and low speed settings and make your child feel safe and secure by using the stabilisers. It reaches speeds of 3.2mph and to add to the excitement, there's a horn and also engine start-up sounds.

In Print

Canon PIXMA MG7750 All-In-One Wi-Fi NFC Wireless Printer with Colour Touch Screen, £169, www.johnlewis.com

For a while it seemed like printers were a thing of the past, rather than printing documents out we could just carry our info around on smartphones. However, recently they have undergone something of resurgence. This Canon model is an all-singing, all-dancing printer. It comes with two printer trays so you can easily print both documents and photographs without hassle. There's a touchscreen on the device which is easy to operate, it's cloud connected and you can link to it via Wi-Fi, Ethernet or NFC. Download the Canon PIXMA Printing Solutions app and you can connect your phone/tablet to it.

Smart option

Bush 24in HD Ready Smart TV with DVD Player - Black, £139.99, from www.argos.co.uk

Think Smart TV's have to cost a fortune? This nifty 24in from Bush proves otherwise. Whether you want to use it to watch Freeview TV, or access apps - including Netflix, Youtube and BBC iPlayer - the LED screen will supply you with all your televisual needs. And if you're not ready to say goodbye to your DVDs, this TV comes with a DVD player, too. A TV that will look impressive under the tree and offers great value.

App of the week

Disneylife, £9.99 (free one month trial), from Disneylife.co.uk, App store, Google Play

Want to give a gift that will keep on giving? Why not invest in the Disneylife app.

Brand new to the market, it's full to the rafters of Disney and Disney Pixar movies, as well as books, music, and TV box sets, too. Will appeal to both children and, of course, those Peter Pans amongst us who refuse to grow up.

Top 10 bestselling iPhone apps

1. The Official DVSA Theory Test Kit for Car Drivers by TSO (The Stationery Office)

2. Minecraft: Pocket Edition by Mojang

3. Storage Hunters UK: The Game by UKTV Interactive Ltd

4. Heads Up! by Warner Bros.

5. The Room Three by Fireproof Games

6. Theory Test for Car Drivers UK - Driving Test Success by Focus Multimedia

7. Minecraft: Story Mode by Telltale Inc

8. Monopoly Game by Electronic Arts

9. 7 Minute Workout Challenge by Fitness Guide Inc

10. Facetune by Lightricks Ltd

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