This year, it’s not necessary to spend a fortune to get some pretty advanced, useful technology which will impress your other half/child/ parent and lure them unwittingly to believe you’ve spent a lot of your hard earned cash on their Christmas gift! From headphones to wireless speakers and the latest smartphones as well as must-have gadgets, we check out the top 5 Last Minute Christmas Gifts worth buying before the big day.
1. Amazon Echo
Who doesn’t want to shout out commands at home, only for the Amazon Echo – the loyal voice-activated respondent – to efficiently cater to your every whim? From turning lights on or off, to switching on your music or the radio or TV, the intuitive wifi device who answers to the name of Alexa is hotly tipped to be the number one desirable Christmas technology gift this year, sought after by young and old alike.
Just some of the time-saving activities you can use the Echo for include playing audiobooks, radio stations and calling or messaging anyone hands-free who also has an Echo device or the Alexa App. You can also use it for requesting an Uber, ordering a pizza, getting train times – the list goes on! It will certainly keep the whole family entertained on Christmas Day, which is well worth the price alone.
2. Alcatel A3 XL Android smartphone
With the latest series of Peaky Blinders and a whole host of compelling new box sets series capturing viewers’ attentions, avid entertainment fans will want to carry on watching their favourite shows on the go.
Perfect for popping in a pocket on the commute, the A3 XL Android smartphone has a wide 6-inch HD screen which makes watching a pleasure. It comes in grey, white and blue and white and silver and at £139.95 it’s an affordable smartphone with a premium look and feel. It also offers several useful features like fingerprint scanning. This means you can tap your fingerprint on the phone to open it, take a picture, encrypt documents or simply answer calls.
The Luxe Edition of Beats Solo2 headphones offer deep, dynamic sound and, rather handily, a portable compact, folding design meaning you can transport them easily. The 1.36m cord also allows you to move around whilst listening to music.
Comfortable to wear with a padded cushioning over the ears, the headphones come with a handy carry case to keep your headphones protected when out and about. Stylish and expensive looking, these glossy headphones will turn heads and provide the goods in the audio stakes too for a really great price.
The Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Wireless Bluetooth speaker comes in a wide choice of colours including red and orange, blue or light pink to suit every member of the family.
These hardwearing durable wireless Bluetooth speakers are waterproof (can be immersed in water up to 1m for 30 minutes) and drop-proof meaning they’ll be safe during even the most raucous of festive house parties.
The brightly coloured speakers provide 360 degrees surround sound, which is rich, crisp and powerful. For an even more impressive audio experience, they can be paired with eight Bluetooth devices at the same time to achieve fully immersive surround sound.
5 SONY Cyber-shot DSCH300B Bridge Camera
This mini-bridge digital, slick-looking camera packs a real punch in the tech specs. Offering a powerful 35x optical zoom and super HAD CCD image sensor, the Sony Cyber-shot DSCH300B Bridge camera promises to capture the true detail of every shot. The large resolution combines with the sensor to grab more light, rendering moments in rich and colourful colours that can be reproduced as A4 prints.
What’s more, the 360° Sweep Panorama feature captures full landscape shots. Simply press the dedicated button and sweep across the horizon. This function stitches the shots together into one full picture.
Images can also be fine-tuned by automatically removing blemishes, brightening teeth, and more with the lucky recipient able to snap high quality photography thanks to the 20.1-megapixel sensor resolution. And for video there’s 720p HD capability with minimal noise distortion even in darker environments.
Small, compact and comfortable to hold, it’s a perfect gift for those budding photographers who want to wow you with their Christmas snaps.