Can’t decide what to get your partner, friends or children this Xmas as little stocking fillers? Chris Price picks out 10 of the best gifts out there, including iPhone and Android smart phone cases, DAB digital radios and Bluetooth speakers.
Like a modern day lava lamp, this great value LED beside table lamp can show light in many different colours as well as three different levels of brightness to suit your mood (although unfortunately not different patterns). Just choose from one of the colours above. However, that’s not all. As well as a colourful LED night, the lamp also doubles as a Bluetooth speaker with sound coming out of the top of the unit. It’s the perfect gift for the teenage bedroom.
2. Ted Baker Soft Feel Case for iPhone 6/7 – Citrus Bloom Black
OK, it’s not the cheapest iPhone case you can buy, but what price quality (well £25 as it turns out). Sure to impress your friends, this official Ted Baker case has been designed to fit the Apple iPhone 6/6s and 7 models. A runaway favourite, it boasts a hard shell, tailor-made in a lightweight, contoured and ultra-portable style. According to Ted Baker, the all-over opulent floral print in black offers a ‘luxurious palette of black and fuchsia, offset against oriental, earthy tones of green with a zest of lemon yellow bringing new life to the iconic design’ I wouldn’t go quite far but it does look very nice.
Available in pink or purple (pictured), this portable Bluetooth (v. 2.1) speaker delivers a rich sound, ideal for boosting audio from your smartphone or web tablet. Featuring a massive 1000 mAh rechargeable lithium battery for up to 20 hours of playback, it wirelessly connects to your device. All you have to do is turn the speaker on and it will automatically search for your Bluetooth music source. Alternatively, there’s a 3.5m aux port which lets you connect non-Bluetooth devices. The Kitsound Blutooth speaker system also acts as a speakerphone, with a built-in mic and hands-free function allowing you to take calls. What’s more, the sound system comes with a stylish carry case with compartments for the stand and cables.
4. KARZEA™Dual Layer Plastic 3D Flowing Liquid Luxury Bling Glitter Stars Case for Samsung S6 G9200
Available in several different colours (including golden, light blue, green, rose, pink, red, silver and purple!), this glitter case for the Samsung S6 Android smart phone will certainly get you noticed. What’s more with a price tag of under £5 it’s great value for money.
One of the cheapest digital (DAB) radios around, this greeny-blue coloured Bush radio offers great value for money (it’s also just been reduced by £10). As well as being able to tune into hundreds of digital radio stations, you also have the option of listening to your own music via the wireless Bluetooth connection. There’s even an LCD display and alarm clock, so you can wake up to your favourite music.
Billed as the perfect gift for aspiring inventors and plant enthusiasts, the DIY Thirsty Plant Kit has been created by design-led British label Technology Will Save Save to entertain everyone from 8 to 80 (and beyond). Designed to use solar energy rather than batteries, it will work with any plant. Just follow the instructions to create a sensor out of the plaster and electronic components (included in the set) and you can build a contraption that’ll alert you when your plant needs watering! By adding an Arduino Yun Board and a couple of jumper wires you can even get your plant to tweet you when it’s thirsty! Further details on the Technology Will Save Us website.
7. StarWars powerchargers
What do you buy the Star Wars fan who has everything – well nearly everything. How about one of these powerchargers for a mobile phone? Available in several different character designs, they house a 2600MaH battery to ensure you never run out of charge – unless you spend all your time watching Star Wars films on your mobile phone, then you probably will eventually. Available exclusively from Halfords for £15.
8. KitSound ID On-Ear Headphones with Mic/Remote, Blue
Express yourself with these affordable and colourful KitSound ID headphones (also available in yellow and green variations for £19.00). Timeless over-ear design, swivel ear-cups and an adjustable headband create the perfect fit. Along with 40mm drivers, you can enjoy clearer, punchier sound for longer. What’s more, you can even make and take calls thanks to the built-in microphone and remote. For easy transportation the headphones also fold up to a more compact size.
9. M&S Running Light
A very simple idea, these LED lights from M&S attach to your laces to keep you safe while outdoors in the dark. Perfect for the jogger or the cyclist, they can be attached in a few seconds to your shoes. Costing just £5, they’re great value for money too.
10. Pocket Selfie Stick and Props Bundle
Here’s a present that looks like a lot of fun for this Christmas. It’s a Pocket Selfie Stick which comes with a load of props, such as moustaches and glasses, to make yours or, more likely, your children’s selfies more exciting. The Selfie Stick is wired so it’s compatible with most smart phones and the props are easy to assemble. Whether you’re at a party or just feeling a bit bored at home, you can take the perfect selfie with this fun selfie stick and props! This lightweight and extendable stick features a built in remote and will support Apple iOS (5.01 and above) and most Android phones (4.2.2 and above, excluding HTC) using the “Camera 360” application.