Treat the gadget lovers in your life with this selection of 50 Christmas gifts to suit any budget.
Whether you're looking to treat yourself this Christmas or want some inspiration when buying for others, we've rounded up enough tech kit to fill a dozen stockings.
While some people appreciate Amazon or iTunes vouchers (they're perfectly good presents), buy one of the 50 gifts listed in the following pages and they'll know you've put some thought into the decision.
We've covered a wide range of prices, and include a good few ideas at the lower end of the price spectrum for these cash-strapped times. If you can't afford a new laptop, why not opt for a present such as Belkin's CushDesk, which will make an existing laptop that much more comfortable to use.
However, if you've got a bit more cash to spend, there are plenty of options including laptops, tablets, digital cameras and gaming PCs. We've done most of the hard work for you: all you need do is choose the wrapping paper. (Click the images to view them at full size.)
Christmas gift guide 2012: index
1. Best Christmas gifts: under £25
SanDisk Cruzer Fit - £15
Everyone needs a USB flash drive, and they don't come any smaller than the Cruzer Fit. Even this 32GB version (the highest capacity in the range) is affordable, and it's small enough to be permanently left in a USB port. It's ideal for a laptop, tablet or even a car stereo, where you don't want a long drive sticking out. Alternatively, it's perfect for carrying everywhere with you – you can even hang it around your neck, thanks to a built-in lanyard loop. See all storage reviews.
Griffin Stylus - £12
Smartphones and tablets are becoming ubiquitous, so chances are you know someone with at least one touchscreen device. Griffin's basic stylus is great for drawing, sketching or writing on capacitive screens, and it's an ideal gift for anyone obsessed with Draw Something, or keeping fingerprints from their screen. The integrated clip attaches to a pocket. There's no built-in pen, though, so if you want a dual-purpose stylus/pen, try the Incipio Inscribe Dual Ink.
Gelaskins - £10
Personalising your gadgets is easy, thanks to the thousands of available cases for just about every model of smartphone, tablet and e-reader. Gelaskins add to your device scratch-protection and, since they're less than 1mm thick, you can still use a standard case. There's a huge range of designs, plus you can download matching wallpaper for your smartphone or tablet.
Sony USB Portable Power Supply - £15
Just about all gadgets charge via a USB cable, so this battery pack is ideal for emergency top-ups. It's small enough to carry in a bag or pocket. All you need is a USB cable, and you can connect the Portable Power Supply to charge a smartphone, tablet or an e-reader on the move. The 2,000mAh battery can charge an iPhone to almost 100 percent.
Belkin CushDesk - £20
Using a laptop on your lap is convenient, but it might not be the best idea for your health. Some laptops become dangerously hot in use, and you can develop neck- or wrist strain from adopting an awkward typing position. The CushDesk goes a long way to solving both problems, with a cushioned base and a hard top on which to rest laptops with screens up to around 16in. It's available in a variety of colours.
E-volve Touchscreen Gloves - £13
These one-size-fits-all gloves will keep your hands warm this winter, but won't prevent you using your smartphone or tablet's capacitive touchscreen. Thanks to conductive fibres woven into the fingertips, the E-volve gloves allow you to carry on playing Angry Birds without freezing off your digits.
Targus Defcon CL - £25
Plenty of tech kit has a Kensington-style lock slot, yet most people don't take advantage of the added security it can provide. The Defcon CL has a combination lock, so there are no keys to lose – you just need to remember the code. Provided that the cable is looped around or through an immovable object that a thief can't simply steal, the Defcon CL is a good deterrent.
Xbox 360 Wireless gaming receiver - £20
Ever wished you could use your Xbox wireless controller to play games on your PC or laptop? Well, now you can, thanks to this USB receiver. Simply plug it in and install the software, then press the connect button to link your controller with your PC. It works with other Xbox 360 wireless accessories, too, including the Racing Wheel, and has a 30ft range. The receiver supports up to four controllers (and headsets) for multiplayer games.
Belkin Micro Car Charger - £15
Most cars don't have a USB charging port, but you can add one by popping an adaptor into your vehicle's 12V socket. Belkin's Micro Car Charger provides 5V at 2.1A, so it will charge almost all USB devices. If you need a second USB port, try Scosche's Revolt C2, which costs around £20.
Aquapac - £20
Electronic gadgets don't play nicely with water, so it's worth protecting your gear if it's in danger of getting wet. Waterproof Aquapacs are available for phones, e-readers, cameras, tablets and MP3 players. Aquapacs allow you to answer your phone or interact with a touchscreen, and even take underwater photos with a standard camera.
Breffo Spiderpodium - £15
This flexible stand can be bent into all sorts of shapes to hold in place your smartphone, camera or other small gadget. Its eight legs are sufficient for clinging on to both your device and another object. A larger version, the Spiderpodium Tablet, costs around £20 and is suitable for holding a tablet.
USB cup warmer - £9
It's the age-old problem: you've got far more USB ports on your PC than you have peripherals to plug in. What a waste. This USB cup warmer could be the perfect solution, also able to stop your coffee getting cold before you've had a chance to drink it. The gadget makes clever use of USB power to heat a small element to 40ºC, so your beverage should be drinkable even an hour after it was made.
Belkin 4-Port Flexible USB Hub - £18
Laptops, especially netbooks and Ultrabooks, tend to be rather short on USB ports. To get more ports you need a hub. Belkin's Flexible hub has three USB 2.0 ports for connecting printers, mice, keyboards, USB disks and other peripherals. The fourth 'port' is a Micro-/Mini-USB connector, which lets you hook up a variety of smartphones and other gadgets. There's enough power to charge most smartphones, but not tablets.
Sculpteo 3DP cases - £20
The best gifts are the ones you make yourself. You can create an iPhone case using the free 3DPCase app, which will be printed in 3D and shipped within a few days. There are several basic designs, which you can customise at will. The Free-Hand case, for example, profiles two faces in your photos and cuts them out of the case's rear.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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4. Best Christmas gifts: £100-£199
ViewSonic VX2336s-LED - £130
This 24in monitor may do away with frills such as an HDMI input, speakers and a USB hub, but its in-plane switching (IPS) panel offers excellent image quality. Its accurate colour reproduction makes it suitable for photo or video work, and it's not bad for gaming either. Viewing angles are inherently good, so colours don't shift as you move around. At this price, you'll struggle to find a monitor with better image quality.
Braven 650 - £159
A wireless speaker lets you play music from any Bluetooth-equipped phone, tablet or music player within 10m. The Braven's battery is said to last 20 hours, while a full-size USB port lets you use some of that power to charge mobile devices on the go. The 650 also works as a hands-free speakerphone. Audio quality is great, given the small dimensions.
Atomic Floyd SuperDarts - £199
These in-ear headphones are primarily made from steel, with a steel remote and yet more metal where the Kevlar-braided left and right wires split. This makes them quite heavy, but audio quality from the dual-driver design is impressive, with thumping bass and crisp (if not brash) treble. You also get a couple of adaptors and a carry case.
Google Nexus 7 - £159
The Nexus 7 was the first premium 7in tablet to arrive at this previously unbelievable price. Google and Asus have got just about everything right here, from the Nexus' gorgeous display to its slick Android Jelly Bean operating system. The tablet can also access thousands of apps in the Google Play store, and supports NFC. There's no rear camera, and no way to supplement the 8GB of storage. A new 32GB model costs £199 from Argos.
Orbitsound T9 - £199
For those who dislike the messy wiring of surround-sound speaker sets, or need something to improve on the puny speakers of your TV, a sound bar is a good alternative. The Orbitsound T9 is remarkably compact, given its room-filling sound. The included subwoofer should be easy to hide away, too. A handy iPhone/iPod dock and a battery of ports make it even more useful.
Sonoro Troy - £140
The retro-looking Troy comes from German audio company Sonoro. It's both speaker dock and charging system, with its 3.5mm audio inputs and pair of USB ports covering most devices. A removable tray hides the ports and wires, and on the underside is a stand that's ideal for a thin tablet. The sound quality and volume levels are adequate for all bar audiophiles. It's available in red, lime green, grey and black.
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5. Best Christmas gifts: £200-£499
Acer Aspire V5-571 - £450
Provided that you're not buying for a hardcore gamer, the Acer V5 is a great-value laptop. It looks more expensive than it is, and has a decent screen, keyboard and touchpad. It also performs better than you might expect at this price, thanks to a Core i5 processor and 6GB of RAM. The 500GB hard disk should be enough for most people, and there's a DVD writer and USB 3.0 support, too.
Humax YouView DTR-T1000 - £279
Humax makes great PVRs, with easy-to-use interfaces that make it simple to find programmes to watch and record. This box has a 500GB hard disk for around 200 hours of HD recording. Twin Freeview HD tuners allow you to record two shows at once, or watch a different show to the one you're recording. YouView lets you watch on-demand content from the past seven days.
Apple iPod touch - £249
The latest iPod touch is as impressive as its price tag. It borrows a few features from the iPhone 5, notably the 4in screen. It's impossibly thin at 6.1mm and has a 5Mp camera with an LED flash. The touch runs iOS 6, so you get great features such as Flyover maps and, for the first time on a touch, Siri. If you can't afford an iPhone 5, it's the next best thing.
Nikon D5100 - £450
A step up from Nikon's entry-level model, the D5100 is easy to use, yet produces stunning photos. It has a 16Mp sensor (the same used in the excellent D7000) and an impressive 11-point autofocus mechanism. On the rear is a 3in articulated LCD screen for reviewing images. The D5100 can also shoot full-HD video at 24- and 30fps, with full-time autofocus, even when using the LCD screen as a viewfinder.
GoPro HD Hero 2 - £299
This rugged, waterproof camera is available with a range of mounts, allowing you to attach it to almost anything. We like the vented helmet mount included with the Outdoor Edition, which lets you capture your downhill mountain-biking prowess, then send a clip of where it all went wrong to ‘You've Been Framed'.
Apple iPad - £399
There are many Android tablets to choose between, but the iPad remains king of the hill. The fourth-gen iPad benefits from a high-resolution Retina display and, with the latest version of Apple's iOS, the iPad gets the Siri voice assistant, too. The choice and quality of apps is second to none. It's also a fantastic playback device for video.
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6. Best Christmas gifts for £500 and over
Toshiba Portégé Z930-10X - £799
The Z930-10X is a great example of a sensibly priced Ultrabook. It doesn't have the best specification, but it's fast and lasts for hours between charges. The Toshiba's waif-like chassis is 17mm thick and weighs just over 1kg. Its matt screen repels distracting reflections, and there are plenty of handy connections, including USB 3.0.
Chillblast Fusion Orb - £799
If the old family PC is on its last legs, here's a great upgrade. The Fusion Orb is supplied with a 24in IPS monitor, speakers, a Blu-ray drive, a webcam and Wi-Fi. A Core i5-3570K processor and 16GB of fast RAM offer nippy performance, while a 120GB SSD helps to make everything feel more responsive. Even gamers will be pleased, with a Radeon HD 6850 inside. An excellent choice.
The Cube - £800
3D printing is quickly gaining popularity and, although printers are still expensive, they're just about within reach of rich enthusiasts. The Cube is a home printer that can print 3D designs up to 5.5in-square. It comes with everything you need to start printing, and includes 25 designs. You can print ornaments, cups, plates, stands and more.
Samsung ES6800 - £850+
A couple of rungs down from the range-topping ES8000 is this lower-priced ES6800 TV. It comes in four sizes: 32-, 40-, 46- and 55in. With a slim frame and four-legged stand, it's a showpiece for your living room with picture quality to match. Two pairs of glasses are included for deep and immersive 3D action. Samsung's Smart Hub provides access to iPlayer, ITV Player, Netflix, Lovefilm, Vimeo, Skype and more. Wi-Fi's here, too.
Panasonic HC-X900 - £699
Although our phones and tablets can record HD video, the quality isn't even close to that of a dedicated camcorder.
The HC-X900 shoots gorgeous full-HD footage, and has an excellent stabilisation system that helps to counteract shaky hands. It supports 3D video via the optional conversion lens, and has a range of manual settings and a rear viewfinder.
Apple MacBook Air 13in - £699
The MacBook Air is arguably the ultraportable laptop of choice, and can even run Windows if you're not taken with Apple's slick Mountain Lion OS. It's expensive, but has an Ivy Bridge processor, an SSD and fast USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt data-transfer connections.
The aluminium shell is durable and beautiful, and the battery lasts up to seven hours.