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Features | 26 Oct 2023

Christmas gift guide for tech lovers 2023

We bring you the best fun-filled gift ideas for the tech-focused person on your nice-not-naughty list.

If you’re gift-hunting for the hard-to-please tech lover in your life this festive season, then rest easy – we’ve got you covered. From the perfect presents for pre-teens, to the greatest gifts for grandparents, we’ve found the gadgets and gizmos that will make everyone’s year.

Bairns, weans and other tykes

Amazon Echo Dot Kids, £64.99

The Echo Dot is the ideal first smart speaker for the curious tyke in your household and not just because you can choose between cutesy owl or dragon versions. It can stream over 1,000 hours of kid-friendly Audible books, interactive games and educational content to entertain and inspire. Plus its version of Alexa will only give kid-friendly responses to questions, and will filter songs for explicit lyrics. Parents can set the volume and establish daily time limits, too.

VTech KidiZoom Duo, £64.99

Easy-to-grip, intuitive to use and almost indestructible, this is the best ‘my first digital camera’ on the market. Kids aged three and up can easily snap away, then add funny filters and stamps to their artwork. Endlessly entertaining at the Christmas table.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Kids, £139.99

If you want to give someone small the gift of reading, then this ereader could be just the ticket. It is water-resistant, comes with a cheerful cover, and includes a simple dictionary and vocabulary building function to help young readers. There are no apps, videos or games to distract and while it is pricey, they won’t outgrow it anytime soon. It comes with more than 1,000 books for the first year.


Debate Mate courses, £20 per session

If you have a wee chatterbox in your life, then channel their verbosity with a virtual debating club. Designed for kids aged six to 16, courses are all led by a pair of young mentors, sourced from top UK universities. Courses take place online, after school or on weekends. Subjects range from current affairs to entrepreneurship and are designed to nurture curiosity while developing confidence, critical thinking and teamwork.

Lego Technic App-Controlled Transformation Vehicle, £109.99

It’s Lego, but not as Boomers know it. Clever kids can build the vehicle (complete with suspension, cockpit, tracks and truck bed), then steer and send it zooming around the house using the CONTROL+ app for iOS and Android. No danger of Christmas day dragging into boredom.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5, from £37 a month and £39 upfront

photo showing the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 Android phone

Credits: Samsung

Credits: Samsung
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5

A full-size smartphone that folds down to the size of a credit card for easier transportation. You can use it folded, flexed or fully open. The cameras can produce crisp shots, while the battery supports fast charging. Even the professionally unimpressed will struggle to suppress their happiness.

Philips Smart Sleep Wake-Up Light, £99.99

If you know somehow who struggles to get up in time for school, then this alarm clock could help. It wakes them up using bird sounds that gradually increase in volume, along with a light that progressively gets brighter, mimicking dawn in the natural world. It promises a gentler, more refreshed morning routine. You may end up wanting one for yourself.

STEALTH PS5 RGB Light Up Twin Play & Charge Cables, £12.99

The perfect stocking-filler for the gamer or other on-the-go gadget aficionado in your life. These USB-C to USB-A cables can charge handheld devices such as PS5 controllers or Nintendo Switch consoles. So far, so useful. But what really sets them apart is that they glow in the dark, in neon rainbow shades.

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Victrola Eastwood Turntable with Bluetooth, £109.99

If the family audiophile is still resisting the MP3 revolution, never mind streaming, then let them revel in their old vinyl collection with this retro, three-speed record player. The built-in Dual Bluetooth connectivity means one can not only listen to those LPs on wireless Bluetooth speakers. One could also connect the record player’s built-in speakers wirelessly to a device such as a smartphone. Perhaps the modern world isn’t so bad after all.

Wireless Charging Tray, £29.99

The perfect gift for a parent who finds their chargers magically disappear, only to reappear in their children’s bedrooms. ‘Wireless’ phone chargers are common, but few are as good-looking as this one from London’s Design Museum. The sculpted tray is big enough to hold your keys, loose change and any other pocket lint at the end of the day. If you’re feeling especially flush, the Carl Friedrik Charging Tray (£195) is luxuriously lined with leather.

Ember Mug2, £129

Buying for a new parent this year? Look no further. The Ember Mug’s temperature control technology keeps tea or coffee warmed exactly to your preferred temperature for up to 1.5 hours. If you place it on top of the included charging coaster, it will keep it that way all day. Anyone who has looked after a newborn (and watched their tea grow cold with every feed, nap time or nappy change) will tell you just how transformative this technology is. If you’re not fussed about the exact temperature, or just don’t want yet another battery-powered device to keep charged, Chilly’s Series 2 vacuum flask coffee cups are not only a cheaper alternative. They also come in a variety of colours and patterns.

Moleskin Smart Writing Set, £229

There are few things better than starting the new year with a crisp new notebook. Except, perhaps, with a crisp new notebook that speaks to your screens.

This one looks every bit as chic as you would expect from the cult Italian company. Charge and use the black ball-point pen that comes with it, however, and it will automatically track your notes and doodles, making a digital copy of them all in the accompanying app for iOS and Android. It will even transcribe your handwriting into digital text, so you can copy and paste it into documents. World domination (and/or the realisation of your creative genius) here we come.


Apple AirTag, £35

Add this smart little location tracker to your keys, wallet or anything else that has a habit of getting lost. Its built-in speaker will then play a sound on demand, and you can track it using Apple’s ‘Find My’ app for iPhones. The Tile range of trackers is an alternative compatible with Android as well as iOS handsets.

MasterClass, from £10 a month

Retirement isn’t the end of an era, it’s the beginning of a new one. A little like BBC Maestro, Masterclass is a website in which world-class, world-famous experts teach you the tricks of their trade. Whatever their interest, there’s a MasterClass for that. Whether it’s creative writing with Margaret Atwood or R&B performances with Usher.

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