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Best Christmas gifts: 2012 Christmas gift guide

The best tech gifts for your friends and family

Need to find a gift in that awkward £50 to £99 range? Let our Christmas gift guide be your... er, guide.

3. Best Christmas gifts: £50-£99

Bluetooth Ferrari Enzo - £80


Those with a love for fast cars and a lack of cash to splash will enjoy this Bluetooth Ferrari Enzo. The 1:16-scale car has working headlamps, tail, brake, indicator and hazard lights. It even has suspension and sound effects. To control the supercar, you'll need an iDevice and the free dashboard app. The car has a 10m range and operates via a virtual joystick or gesture control.

Bluetooth Ferrari Enzo

Fitbit One - £80


We like the Fitbit Zip but, if you can stretch to £80, this One is the one to buy. It has a built-in altimeter as well as an accelerometer, which means it can tell you how many stairs you've climbed, and give you a more accurate idea of how many calories you've burned. The Fitbit One can even monitor your quality of sleep.

Fitbit One

Q2 Wi-Fi Internet Radio - £90


This nifty little cube is a battery-powered internet radio that lets you listen to your favourite stations just about anywhere, provided that it's in range of your wireless router. You configure the Wi-Fi settings and up to four radio stations by connecting the Q2 to your computer, then switch between them by turning the cube on its side. The volume can be adjusted by tipping it up or down. There are five designs to choose between.

Internet RaDIO

Roku LT - £50


This tiny media streamer offers excellent value. It plugs into your TV via HDMI, then connects to your router via its built-in Wi-Fi. In essence, it turns a dumb TV into a smart set, providing access to BBC iPlayer, Crackle, Netflix, Facebook, Flickr and other internet services. The LT supports 720p HD video.


Blue Microphones Mikey Digital - £59


Blue Microphones is renowned for producing high-quality mics, and the Mikey Digital is the ideal gift for anyone needing to record great audio on their iPhone or iPad. The pocket-size device plugs in to a 30-pin (not Lightning) connector to record stereo audio. A line-input lets you, for example, record a musical instrument, while a USB passthrough can simultaneously charge your device.


TwelveSouth BookBook for iPad - £69


You could buy an Apple Smart Case for an iPad but, if you want something a bit different, the BookBook will fit the bill. As with the iPhone version, it's made from real leather and looks like an old book – save for the zip around the edge. A flip-up stand provides a comfortable typing angle.

BookBook for iPad

Amazon Kindle - £69


The new Kindle e-reader is hard to beat. It's the most affordable Kindle yet, but slightly faster than its predecessor, with the same long battery life. There's Wi-Fi for near-instant downloads from Amazon's vast book store, and enough memory to store 1,400 titles. If you're after a touchscreen model, the Kindle Touch costs £109, or try Barnes & Noble's £79 Nook Simple Touch.


Jabra Halo2 - £99


This Bluetooth headset works with multiple devices, allowing you to make and take calls from two different phones, or listen to music from A2DP devices. If you prefer a wired connection for music, the Halo2 has a detachable cable that'll come in handy for use with MP3 players that don't have Bluetooth, or for when the batteries run out.

Jabra Halo

Panasonic DMP-BDT120 - £99


This entry-level 3D Blu-ray player offers excellent value. It can play DVDs, 2D- and 3D Blu-ray, and convert 2D content to 3D. Panasonic's Viera Connect internet portal includes BBC iPlayer, Netflix and YouTube, among others. A USB port allows you to play video, music and photos from an external drive. The media player supports a variety of popular media formats and DLNA devices.


Apple TV - £99


The Apple TV connects via HDMI to your TV and offers a slick interface for accessing Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo and, of course, the iTunes Store, from which you can rent or buy films and TV shows. The box will stream content from your iTunes library, while a compatible iDevice can act as a remote control. AirPlay lets you watch videos and photo slideshows from your iDevice on a TV.

Apple TV

Kingston Wi-Drive 32GB - £75


Not all portable devices allow you to expand their storage via a memory card (we're looking at you, iPad and iPhone). Kingston's Wi-Drive helps get around this limitation by providing additional storage in an smartphone-sized package. The 32- or 64GB Wi-Drive's Wi-Fi connection that lets you access its contents on the move. It has a four-hour battery life.


Otone Afineo - £79


These stereo towers from Otone are rated at 32W RMS, which is loud enough to fill a medium-size room. The sound this pair produces belies their small size, partly thanks to their dual-driver design with a downward-firing bass port. Whether you're listening to music, watching video or gaming, the sound quality won't disappoint at this price. Touch-sensitive controls make for a neat look.


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