Six of the coolest devices for that someone special
Whether it’s an awkward aunt, a tricky teen or a friend who has it all, we round up the best gadget gifts for the people in your life who are difficult to buy for.
1. STARRED UP: Star Wars PowerBank 2600MaH, £15, Halfords
Chargers are at a premium over the festive period when capturing moments on phones and cameras becomes a national sport. This power bank from Halfords may be the solution to squabbles over who’s charging next and when it comes to keeping any gadgets fully charged. All you do is insert the USB into the power bank, connect the device to the other end and then charge away. Weighing just 118g, the gizmo is designed for recharging on the hoof and is perfect for the person who already has every other device under the sun.
2. LIGHT UP: Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 700, £170, John Lewis
The gift of sounder sleep is sure to please even the most difficult of people to buy for. The Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 700 is a shoo-in. After setting an alarm for the time you need to be awake, the Lumie mimics the natural light cycle and gradually illuminates your room, making it easier for you to rise and adjust to the light outside. Before bedtime, you can switch to a blue light that creates a calming atmosphere before you drift off. The unit is quite big, so you’ll need a large-ish bedside table to rest it on, but it’s multifunctional, too, doubling up as a radio and coming with a USB port to charge devices overnight. While this is the latest edition of the Lumie, early models — which come without the added extras like the blue light and radio — start at around £60.
3. BEATS AHEAD: Beats EP, £89.95, uk.beatbydre.com
Hard-to-impress teens might be swayed by these Beats By Dre headphones. They sit comfortably over the ear and come with the trademark ‘b’ on the side. Although audio connoisseurs might bemoan the finer points of the sound quality, the results are decent for listening to music on phones and streaming services, and for teens hoping to block out any embarrassing anecdotes over the festive period.
4. ON THE BOX: Fire TV Stick, £34.99, amazon.co.uk
This Fire TV Stick comes loaded with potential, particularly for friends who like a lot of choice. All you do is insert the ‘stick’ it into the back of the TV and then slump back and enjoy any streaming services you subscribe to (like Amazon Video and Netflix), as well as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Channel 4 and YouTube. There’s also a video rental service and an archive of games to play, although some come at an extra cost.
5. PICTURE PERFECT: LuMee iPhone 6/6S Selfie Case, £44.99, Argos
Although this looks like a pleasant enough rose gold phone case, it’s actually a super-powered rose gold phone case and Kim Kardashian’s not-so-secret weapon in taking flawless selfies. And who doesn’t want better pictures of themselves? When you clip the case onto your phone (this one fits iPhone 6/6S) and click the button on the back, the sides of the case light up so your face is bathed in a flattering light when you take selfies. The brightness level can be adjusted, so the results remain flattering, not frightening. The light is useful for video calls in darkly-lit rooms and ensuring you don’t have spinach between your teeth.
6. BIG FEATURE: Ginger Snap A4 Cinematic Lightbox, £14.99 (was £29.99), Robert Dyas
Versatility is your friend when buying for a hard-to-please person. After all, if they don’t like one aspect of a pressie, they’re bound to like another. This cinematic lightbox from Robert Dyas is a winner on that front. USB powered, the box comes with 120 numbers, letters and blank tiles for the recipient to use to make their own messages. It can also be mounted to the wall. And if you prefer to break free of USB cables, six AA batteries inserted in the back will keep it running.