We’re well into December and Christmas is just over 2 weeks away – and if you’re anything like me there’s at least one friend of relative who is impossible to buy for.
If they’re a gadget lover you can breathe a sign of relief as here’s my Top 5 Gifts for Gadget Lovers (2013), and there should be something for everyone!
1. House of Marley Uplift Earphones
I love House of Marley, their products are great and their earth-friendly materials recycling ethos is something they genuinely believe in and don’t just trot out for PR value.
If you’re looking for a good pair of in-ear headphones that won’t break the bank but are still good quality, look no further than their Uplift model that have a sturdy aluminium chassis, produce great sound, are compatible with mobile phones allowing you to use them if a call comes in, and only cost £29.99.
>> House of Marley Uplift Headphones on Amazon
2. Veho Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Getting good sound out of your phone or mp3 player can be tricky, but take a long the Veho Bluetooth speaker and your problems are solved.
It connects to any Bluetooth enabled phone, mp3 player or even laptop and produces astonishing sound for its size. It has wireless touch controls to pause your music or skip tracks, and includes a standard headphone connector for anything without Bluetooth. Its powered by its own rechargeable battery that lasts up to 5 hours and is a snip at only £27.
>> Veho Portable Rechargable Wireless Speaker on Amazon
3. Portable Battery Charger
There’s nothing worse than running out of battery power on your phone or tablet when you’re travelling and there isn’t a plug socket in sight. Solve all your charging needs with a portable battery you can keep in your bag and charge your devices when they run low on power.
With USB out the Proporta Turbocharger will charge any mobile phone, gaming device or tablet, including the iPad. Price varies on how much charge you need – the Turbocharger 7000 contains a 7000 mAh battery and will fully charge most phones twice and tablets once. It costs £55 but will last you for years.
A cheaper Turbocharger Pocket only costs £12.95 but will only charge your phone to about 35%
4. Roku Streaming Television Box
Roku is a little box that connects to your TV and allows you to watch streaming television and movies from virtually all the major streaming providers including Netflix, NOW TV, BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, Spotify and the entry level Roku LT starts at just £49.99. Tip: Make sure you check if you have any bandwidth limits with your internet provider so you don’t end up with an increased bill in January!
>> Roku LT
Alternatives: Sky Now streaming box only costs £10 and lets you watch only Sky services and selected On Demand services, but lacks the full range that Roku does. If you want High Definition streaming and faster wireless upgrade to a Roku 2 for £79.99
5. Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7”
With the release of the Kindle Fire HDX the original Kindle Fire HD is now great value. The 7” e-reader and full fledged tablet is now available on Amazon from £119. Supporting all of Amazons streaming video and music services, along with one of the largest selections of ebooks the Kindle Fire HD is a great all round entertainment device.
>> Kindle Fire HD 7” on Amazon
Alternatives: Go up to the Kindle Fire HDX for a faster experience with higher resolution (from £199) or down to the simpler Kindle if you really only want to read books (from £69).