GIFTS FOR TECH LOVERS
THE ONES AT THE CUTTING EDGE
A smart selection of state-of-the-art techie gift ideas that make the perfect Christmas present for the gadget guru in your life
Speakers just got smart
For out-loud listening, the music lover in your life probably has their eye on a smart speaker. And when we say smart, they really are. The Sonos One, for instance, blends superior sound with Amazon Alexa for hands-free control of your music and more. Cooking dinner and want your tunes a bit louder? Looking for a lullaby to send the kids off to sleep? Need to pause from a distance? Tell Alexa and your wish is the Sonos One’s command.
For eye-catching colour and room-filling sound, the UE Megaboom delivers on both fronts. The portable, wireless speaker brings 360-degree acoustics wherever you go, whether you’re relaxing at home or in the midst of your next adventure. It’s even compatible with Siri and Google Now for voice integration and hands-free control.
Gadgets for gamers
Games consoles have come a long way since the days of the Atari 2600, with graphics that are eye-rubbingly realistic, immersive soundtracks that draw you in and super-sensitive controls that put you firmly in control.
For those looking to get lost in their games, it’s all about virtual reality. VR headsets allow the wearer to step into the game and be right at the centre of the action, with stunning visuals right in front of their eyes and 3D audio for added authenticity.
Snap it up
Help that budding photographer capture every moment this Christmas and beyond with a top-notch camera. Some of the latest models have features like touch screens, autofocus technology and 4K video functionality. Some are even selfie-friendly with different lenses and screens that can be flipped 180 degrees.
Buying for a seasoned snapper instead? Make their Christmas with a specialist lens for a different view of the world. Or, if it’s adventure they’re after, an action camera like the GoPro HERO6 is a Christmas must have.
Lost in sound
Good music deserves great headphones. Over-ear, on-ear or in-ear, headphones are all ears – and if you’re buying for someone who likes to go about life to their own beat, a set of premium headphones will put you top of their thank you list.
The LEGO City Cargo Train Super Pack is exclusive to us and will keep kids busy well past Boxing Day. It includes more than 1,300 pieces to build a remote controlled, motorised train, along with a train station and metres of extra track. They’ll be impatient to start making models with the K'Nex Classic Constructions Building Set.