The holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time to start shopping for those you love!
Finding the perfect gift can be difficult, however luckily for you we’ve reviewed the latest technology and compiled our holiday gift guide for 2017!
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Whether it’s a hard-to-buy-for-Dad or a difficult-to-please-Daughter, everybody loves a new gadget to get to grips with over the holidays! Here are our top picks:
Play Music Wirelessly in Every Room
Sonos PLAY:5 | We love the Sonos PLAY:5, a wireless speaker that delivers a brilliant sound throughout your home. Rather than using bluetooth, the speaker uses wifi to connect to your device, meaning there’s less chance of a drop in sound.
You can easily add additional speakers too, so you can play different songs in different rooms. The device can also be used with Amazon Alexa so you can just simply ask for the music that you want to hear!
Charge Your iPhone on the Go
Jackery Bolt | We all know that person who always has a flat battery when you’re trying to get in touch with them! Treat them to the Jackery Bolt, a handy portable iPhone charger that is one of the smallest around.
It comes with a built in lightening cable and has been certified by Apple so you know it’s a product that will work effectively with your device. It’s powerful too and is able to charge an iPhone up to full nearly twice within 2 hours.
Capture a Selfie Like a Pro
Xenvo iPhone Camera Lens Pro | Capture professional pics on your smartphone with the Xenvo iPhone Camera Lens Pro. It offers a wide angle and macro lens, as well as an LED fill light which just pops in to your earphone jack so you can brighten your surroundings.
This is a great gift for the photography enthusiast who wants a handy kit they can carry around easily, or just a fun accessory for that person who is really hard to buy for!
The Next Step for the Fitbit
Fitbit Ionic | For a real treat for the fitness fanatic, there’s the Fitbit Ionic a smartwatch that helps you maintain your fitness regime, includes GPS for tracking speeds and routes, step by step coaching, music storage, apps, and you can even make payments.
You can set goals and track your progress, as well as continuously monitor your heart rate. The watch can last up to 4 days before it needs charging too!
Never Lose Your Phone Again!
Tile Style | Find anything with the Tile Style, the perfect gift for that person who always loses things! The Tile Style is a set of 2 tiles that can be attached to any of your possessions so you can always find them!
Use the app to see on a map where you left your item so you can quickly retrieve it. It’s even smart enough to find a missing phone, just tap the button on the Tile and your phone will start to ring, even if it’s on silent.
Charge Headphones on the Go
Lobyka Twins Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds | For the music lover, a set of Lobyka Twins Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds would be a great gift idea! They are really comfortable to wear, offer a great sound quality and of course they’re wireless so you can get rid of those unnecessary cables.
The headphones also come with a handy charging case that works as a portable power supply so you don’t need to worry about losing power whilst on the go.
The Kindle Can Speak and Swim!
Amazon Kindle Oasis | Kindle fan in the family? Maybe treat them to an update of the Amazon Kindle Oasis, with a higher resolution screen that you can read even in bright sunlight.
This version of the kindle includes Audible so you can also enjoy audiobooks, and now it’s waterproof you can even read at the poolside. The battery is really improved on this device too, so a single charge will last for a few weeks rather than a few hours.
Operate with Only Hand Gestures!
DJI Spark Portable Mini Drone | A real treat for the gadget lover in your life is the DJI Spark Portable Mini Drone, which can be operated using only hand gestures.
We love how the clever drone sets off by recognising your face and allows you to take amazing aerial photos and videos simply by gesturing. It has really sensitive controls and comes with a handy app so you can edit footage and images quickly and easily and share to social media.
The New Original Polaroid Camera
Polaroid OneStep 2 | Give the gift of nostalgia with the Polaroid OneStep 2, a remake of the original Polaroid camera. We love that it looks just like the original, however it now has improved picture quality and is set up ready to go straight from the box.
It has a rechargeable battery and a really powerful flash too, and looks set to be the hot purchase of 2017, so you better move fast!
The Latest Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo 2nd Generation | Give someone the gift of Alexa! The Amazon Echo 2nd Generation offers a new speaker to deliver crystal clear music at your request in to whichever room you want.
It’s the perfect gift for that special someone who has all the apps at their disposal but just needs a fancy piece of technology to bring it all together. Plus the latest Amazon Echo comes in different veneers so you can match it to the decor within your home.
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A present for the home is ideal for couples, or just that person who likes to have all the latest gadgets at their disposal. Here are our recommendations:
Kitchen Aid? It’s a Kitchen Assistant!
Thermomix TM5 | The Thermomix TM5 is like every kitchen utensil and appliance in one product, so ideal for the foodie in your life. It mixes, blends, weighs, steams, stirs, whips, grinds, cooks, chops, kneads…in fact it would be quicker for us to tell you about what it doesn’t do!
We love the touchscreen display too which is easy to use. Also you don’t need to worry about buying them a gift that will take up too much precious counter space as this nifty little gadget only takes the space of an A4 sized sheet of paper.
Fresh Coffee in 35 Seconds
DeLonghi America: Dedica Deluxe Espresso | If someone you love needs a little pick me up in a morning then treat them to the DeLonghi America: Dedica Deluxe Espresso, Silver. We like how compact the machine is, so it’s the perfect addition to your kitchen appliances.
It can prepare a great coffee in just 35 seconds and maintains the right temperature so you can make a few drinks in a row both quickly and easily. Our favourite part is the cup warmer which just makes the system feel that little bit more luxurious.
Your Own Little Indoor Garden
Click & Grow: The Smart Garden 3 | If you’re looking for a gift with the WOW factor then the Click & Grow smart indoor garden is definitely it! Add herbs and grow them indoors without worrying about remembering to water them, as the Click & Grow indoor garden will do that for you.
It works easily with cartridges and comes complete with basil cartridges so you can get going straight away. It’s really easy to maintain and clean too, so a perfect gift for someone without the space to garden or just a lover of gadgets!
Feel the Power in Your Hands
DeWalt DCD791D2 Cordless Drill | If you have a dad that’s difficult to buy for then why not get him a fancy new drill from DeWalt? The DeWalt DCD791D2 Compact Drill/Driver Kit, is lightweight compared to its rivals and we love how much smaller it is too.
However with a brushless motor and 2 different speed variations it certainly offers the power that you’d expect. It also has a built-in LED so you can get a better visibility.
Give the Gift of Pain Relief
Etekcity Shiatsu Back/Neck Massager Pillow | Give someone you love the gift of relief from daily back or neck pain by treating them to the Etekcity Shiatsu Back/Neck Massager pillow. It has 8 powerful shiatsu massage nodes which rotate in both directions to loosen tight muscles.
It also has a heat function to make the whole experience even more relaxing. It’s an ideal gift for that person you know who really deserves to relax as the device can be used at home or in the car whilst stationary to offer relaxation and pain relief.
Cleans Until the Job Is Done
iRobot Roomba 890 | The iRobot Roomba 890 gets to know its surroundings then moves from room to room, cleaning as it goes. When it runs out of battery it simply heads back to the charging station to reboot then heads off again until it finishes the job.
It’s powerful too and can be controlled via an app on your smartphone so you can simply set it off whilst you put your feet up. You might buy this for someone you love but end up keeping it for yourself!
Perfect for Winter Soups
Vitamix Professional Series 300 Blender | There’s so much choice out there in the blender market but we love the Vitamix Professional Series 300 Blender. It’s a great gift for someone who is a whizz in the kitchen as it has different pulse and speed settings meaning you can make something smooth and pureed or more chunky and textured like a lovely winter soup.
The friction from the machine can also heat the contents, giving the lucky receiver hot soup whenever they fancy!
A Treat for the Feet!
PowMax WW-51 Foot Spa Massager | The PowMax WW-51 Foot Spa Massager is a real treat! A nice bubbly foot massage is delivered by 4 massage rollers, to relax tired feet.
The massager also has heat and vibration functions, all encased in a stylish product that looks great in the home. This would make a great gift for that person who is always on their feet and on the go.
One Pot to Do It All
Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 (6 Quart) | Another great kitchen accessory is the Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 (6 Quart), which can do just about anything! It brings together a slow cooker, steamer and warmer, as well as a rice cooker, yoghurt maker, egg cooker, sterilizer but most importantly of all, a cake maker, many more features than its predecessor.
It also works with Alexa so you don’t even need to move a muscle, you can set it going from the comfort of your couch!
Voice Control Your Heating
Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation | If you want to help someone save their dollars then a Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation could be a fantastic Christmas gift! You can control your heating with your voice using Google Home or Amazon Alexa, or via an app on your smartphone and tablet when you’re away from home.
We love how much it cares about you too! After about a week it learns the temperatures you like and as soon as it sees you across the room it lights up to give you the info you need. A perfect holiday gift!
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Whether you’re shopping for a wanderlusting backpacker or a city business traveller, you’re sure to find something on our top picks travel gift list:
Top Spec GoPro Camera
GoPro HERO5 Black | GoPro HERO5 Black is a great choice if you want to treat someone to an impressive GoPro camera that combines convenience and a range of different brilliant features. The GoPro HERO5 Black offers 4K video recording and 12MP photos so you can capture the best quality images.
It’s waterproof even without a housing to 33ft and has a powerful battery that can capture 60-90 minutes of continuous 4K video recording – they’ll be flying off the shelves!
Treat Your Selfie
IOT Group: Rova Flying Selfie Drone | If you know a Selfie King or Queen then treat them to the ultimate piece of tech, IOT Group: Rova Flying Selfie Drone! It captures high quality 12MP images and 1080p video, and can fly confidently avoiding obstacles automatically.
It can last for up to 16 minutes and works well with various social media apps so you can share what you’ve captured whilst you’re away on holiday.
Luggage That Lasts
Briggs & Riley: Baseline International | For those that travel regularly they’ll be delighted with the Briggs & Riley Baseline International wide-body upright carry on luggage. It can flex with you whether you’re using it as carry on or a larger piece of luggage for a longer trip.
It has a built-in suiter and a large u-zip front pocket for accessing extra items. It’s a great piece of flexible luggage, and we personal love the compression panels that stops things shifting around in transit.
Jet off with an Old Fashioned
The Carry on Cocktail Kit | Treat someone to an Old Fashioned on their next flight with The Carry on Cocktail Kit! This fancy little tin includes a recipe card, coaster, spoon/muddler, aromatic bitters and cane sugar so you can rustle up two tasty cocktails, you just need to buy the liquor on board.
When you know someone who has it all, this fantastic little gift is sure to raise a smile and be smuggled in to their bag on their next trip.
Pockets, Pockets and More Pockets
L.L.Bean Stowaway Day Pack | For the hardened traveller, there’s the L.L.Bean Stowaway Day Pack which is made from a strong but super-light and extra-tough fabric. There are tons of pockets including a ‘shove it’ pocket to stuff things in that you grab along the way.
There are also pockets for water and a loop for adding a light if you need it. Plus it packs away in to a small stowaway bag so it’ll fit easily in to a suitcase for your travels.
Handy Yoga Travel Mat
Manduka eKO Superlight Travel Yoga & Pilates Mat | A yoga and pilates enthusiast doesn’t take a break from their art when they’re on the move so why not treat them to the Manduka eKO Superlight Travel Yoga & Pilates Mat.
It’s lightweight and has a natural rubber grip so it’s effective even with light perspiration. It also has a closed cell surface so it doesn’t hold bacteria and is made from natural tree rubber so it’s environmentally friendly too.
Brew on the Move
Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Maker | Brew fresh coffee on the go?! What better gift could you give the busy person in your life! The Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Maker is a cup you can keep in your car or bag.
When you crave a caffeine kick fill it with hot water, add scoops of coffee in to the metal filter then pour hot water over the coffee and ta-dah, freshly filtered coffee to enjoy! It’s one of our favourite travel cups on the market and it means no messing about with paper filters.
Contoured Travelling Eye Mask
Nidra Deep Rest | The contoured Nidra Deep Rest eye mask is the perfect gift for frequent flyers. It has deeply moulded cups that mean the mask isn’t sitting on your eyes so doesn’t compress your eyes during the flight and ruin any eye make up.
The shape of the mask also means that you get a complete blackout, encouraging a lovely deep sleep wherever you happen to be.
An Ultra Absorbent Towel
Packtowl Personal Packtowl | Whether you’re shopping for an outdoorsy type or a gym goer, the PackTowl Personal is a fantastic gift. It’s made from a thin microfibre fabric that feels amazing against your skin but is also extra absorbent, soaking up to 4 times its weight in water.
It also dries quicker and wth a hang loop it’s really simple to store away. It also comes with a zippered storage pouch so it can be packed away easily.
Charge in the Most Inconvenient Places
Belkin Travel Charger with Dual USB Ports | Every professional traveller knows you can’t travel without all your tech fully charged, so take a look at the Belkin 3-Outlet SurgePlus Mini Travel Swivel Charger Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports.
It has a 360-degree rotating plug so you can still charge up in tricky positions and smaller spaces. It’s wall mountable with two USB ports and 3 power outlets, so has just about everything you need to stay connected.
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A good outdoorsy type knows that before you can venture out in to the wilderness you need to have all the gear! Here are our top gift picks for those that love the great outdoors:
Stylish, Resilient Water Bottle
Soma Water Bottle | The Soma Water Bottle is one of the most attractive looking water bottles in the market place, and a wonderful gift for the person who has it all. It’s made from high quality, shatter resistant glass and has a protective sleeve designed for grip that’s available in a number of different colours.
It also has a natural bamboo cap which has been carefully created so it doesn’t leak, ideal to slip in to a handbag or backpack.
A Favorite for Hiking Feet
Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion | Socks might be a holiday cliche but not when you treat someone you love to the Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion socks! They’re trusted by hikers around the world thanks to their style and performance, ‘no slipping, bunching or blisters’, plus they have cushioning at the bottom of the foot to deliver great support.
Most impressively though, they’re unconditionally guaranteed for life so you won’t need to buy another pair next year!
Keeps Liquids Hot for 6 Hours
Hydro Flask | You’ll find TempShield technology in the Hydro Flask Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Leak Proof Sports Water Bottle keeping liquids hot for nearly 6 hours and cold for up to 24 hours.
It also fits in most car cup holders and bike bottle racks, and comes in a number of different colours so you’ll be sure to find the one that suits your special someone!
Includes Light and Phone Charger
The Outdoors Way: Electric Hand Warmer | The Outdoors Way Electric Hand Warmer is perfect for the hunter, fisher, hiker or camper in the family! It can be held easily to warm your hands and is very powerful.
Not only that but it also includes an LED flashlight and a phone charger so you can keep your devices charged too.
Stylish and Comfortable
Patagonia Better Sweater Zip Front Jacket | Keep your special someone snug in the great outdoors by letting them unwrap the Patagonia Better Sweater Zip Front Jacket.
It’s a sweater-knit jacket with a soft fleece interior as well as zip pockets to keep your hands toasty in the cold outdoors. It comes in a wide range of different colours too so you’ll be sure to find one that suits.
Small but Powerful
iCODIS G1 Mini Projector | It’s just the size of a smartphone but the iCODIS G1 Mini Projector is super powerful offering full HD 1080p video and a 120” display. It has Advanced DLP Technology too with high brightness, basically meaning you get a brilliant visual experience.
Using either Wifi or HDMI connection you can connect your device and project whatever amazing YouTube video you just have to share.
Strong, Sturdy and Compact Hammock
ENO Eagles Nest Outfitters: DoubleNest Hammock | Is there anything more comfortable and relaxing than a hammock! The ENO Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock comes with insect shield which means you get odourless and effective protection from the bugs.
It’s strong too and can hold up to 400lbs yet it’s still lightweight and can be packed easily in to a backpack.
High Quality Multi Tool
Leatherman Wave | Choosing a multitool as a gift is always a good move, and we personally love the Leatherman Wave, a true high quality multitool! It’s got just about everything in there, two types of pliers, wire cutters, wire strippers, knives, scissors, ruler, bottle opener as well as screwdrivers.
Our favourite feature though is that it has been designed so it can be used with only one hand, which is very handy!
Use Your iPhone in Water
Lewis N Clark Waterseals Magnetic Self-Sealing Waterproof Pouch | When you want to capture that all important picture in the great outdoors, you shouldn’t let a little water hold you back! Treat yourself or someone you love to a Lewis N Clark Waterseals Magnetic Self-Sealing Waterproof Pouch.
Simply drop your phone in and the magnetic closure protects it up to 100+ft. It’s touchscreen compatible and fits most popular smartphone models.
Dry Wet Boots Easily
DryGuy DX Forced Air Boot Dryer and Garment Dryer | The DryGuy DX Forced Air Boot Dryer and Garment Dryer is a very snazzy gadget and will definitely be a gift that impresses! Whether it’s garments, boots, or gloves the DryGuy can dry up to 4 items at once!
It has rotary blowers and heat, and helps to prevent odours as well as the growth of bacteria and mould. A new must have for the avid hiker or keen sportsperson!
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Toys and Kids Gifts
The hardest people in the family to please: the kids! We’ve taken a look at the must-have toys this year and compiled our top 10, because the holidays are all about the little people:
Create Electric Circuits
Electronic Snap Circuits SC-300 | If you have a budding inventor in the household then take a look at Electronic Snap Circuits SC-300. This clever kit contains various color-coded circuit components that literally just snap together to create real working circuits as well as AM radios, burglar alarms and door bells!
There’s no soldering involved either so it’s safe too, just snap the different elements together. Plus it was awarded the National Parenting Center – Seal of Approval so you know it must be good!
Fun Tricks to Master
Next Generation Yo-yo | Master your spinning tricks over the holidays with the Next Generation Yo-yo, a gift that everyone will enjoy!
It consists of three weighted balls that are connected by a cord and comes with a link to an online trick guide so you can learn and master spinning tricks that are sure to impress!
Build Your Own Robot
Kamigami Robots | Kamigami Robots are a toy that give an endless amount of fun! Children start by building their own robot by folding sheets of plastic then programming it to drive, race and battle via the app.
You can also teach the Kamigami robot tricks and games, so it’s fun as well as being educational. It’s the kind of gift parents will thank you for!
Invent Your Own Color Markers
Emoji Marker Maker | Another big award winning product is the Emoji Marker Maker from Crayola.
Children can get creative by making their own custom colours and then attaching them to emoji stampers. They can then stamp away and carry on making different colors by mixing inks.
A Droid from a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Sphero R2-D2 | Sent from a galaxy far, far away is the Star Wars Sphero R2-D2, a droid with authentic movement from bipod to tripod stances, or trigger emotive waddles.
This app enabled droid has built in speakers and LEDs, however probably the coolest feature is that when you watch films from the Stars Wars saga R2-D2 will react by your side!
Create Rainbow Swirl Desserts
Unicone Rainbow Swirl Maker | For a sweeter than sweet gift theres’s the Unicone Rainbow Swirl Maker which makes perfect rainbow swirled desserts.
The unicorn dessert maker comes with recipe cards as well as all the utensils you need to make the ideal swirl. All the family will enjoy making them and eating them, so it’s a gift for everyone!
Glow in the Dark Basketball Hoop
SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop | A fun game that parents might not thank you for, but kids certainly will, is the SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop. It comes with door mounts and is made from sturdy materials so it’s built to last.
It has a shatterproof background as well as padding on the back of the board so it doesn’t impact on your door. The mini basketball hoop glows in the dark too, so ideal for a little midnight game!
Interactive Finger Friends
Fingerlings Baby Monkey Zoe | Fingerlings are friendly like characters that cling to your finger. They cleverly respond to sound, actions and touch by babbling away, blinking their eyes or turning their heads. Try blowing them a kiss and they’ll give you one back.
These responsive little creatures are sure to become collectables, so maybe start your own collection as when more than one Fingerling join together they sing.
Monopoly with a Mario Twist
Monopoly Gamer | We love this gaming version of Monopoly! Monopoly Gamer uses Nintendo Super Mario characters as the pieces, with the goal being to collect coins instead of cash.
It’s a really fun game that the whole family can play together, and is a fantastic gift to peel a big gaming fan away from the screen for an hour or two!
The Best Minion Toy Yet!
Minion MiP Turbo Dave – Fun Balancing Robot Toy | Every Minions fan needs the Turbo Dave – Fun Balancing Robot. This funny little fella has all the sounds and phrases you’d expect from the Minions plus he can clap, shake and bop!
Use your smartphone to control Turbo Dave and even manipulate his mood. The bonus app that comes with Turbo Dave includes Fart Blaster battles as well as more educational activities like STEM coding.