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Best Christmas gifts: 2012 Christmas gift guide

The best tech gifts for your friends and family

We continue our Christmas gift guide 2012 with a look at some great technology gifts for those with slightly deeper pockets.

2. Best Christmas gifts: under £50

Fitbit Zip - £49


At a time of year when resolutions about eating, drinking and getting fit are made, there's no better gift at this price point than this activity tracker. The Fitbit Zip is a tiny monitor that's worn somewhere on your person (a pocket will do) to track the steps you take, calories you burn and distance you cover. A small display shows your daily progress, and you can check various other stats online.

Fitbit Zip

Red5 AppQuiz - £30


If you've got an Android or iOS device, you can go head to head with up to three other players in this fully interactive quiz game. The universal dock accepts tablets and smartphones, while four triggers ensure there are no arguments over who buzzed in first. The quiz includes thousands of questions, plus some mini-games. It's a bit like an interactive version of Trivial Pursuit, hosted by virtual quizmaster Chuck Boldheart. Additional content and quiz packs are available.

Kanex MySpot - £49


One for the business traveller, the MySpot is a handy gadget that plugs into a hotel room's ethernet socket and emits a strong Wi-Fi signal for your smartphone or tablet. It's ideal if you don't want to get landed with a room that has a weak or absent Wi-Fi signal from the hotel's own wireless network. The hotspot requires USB power, so you'll need to plug it into a laptop or a USB charger.

Kanex MySpot

TwelveSouth BookBook iPhone 4/4S case - £49


It's hard to stand out of the crowd if you're an iPhone case, but the BookBook does just that. This real leather case looks exactly like a miniature tome, and it's hand-sanded to achieve an authentic ‘distressed' look. Flip it open and there's space to store credit cards and a photo.

BookBook iPhone

Plantronics Gamecom 780 - £40


When you want to play first-person shooters late at night, without disturbing everyone else in the house, a headset is the answer. The retro-looking Gamecom 780 offers 7.1 virtual surround sound and plugs into your PC or Mac via USB. Controls are mounted on the left ear-piece. See all headphone reviews.

Plantronics Gamecom 780

Griffin Helo TC Assault - £49


If you're after something light-hearted, look to this smartphone-controlled helicopter. Just slip your Android or iOS handset into the battery-powered transmitter, plug it into the headphone socket, and download the companion app. The app lets you fly the Helo TC and fire its two missiles at your target.

Griffin Helo TC Assault

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