Christmas Gift Guide 2013: 12 tech and gadget stocking fillers

Looking for tech presents to slip into Santa's stocking this Christmas? We've got you covered

The mince pies and sherry are on the mantelpiece, the big prezzies are wrapped up beneath the tree. But what's Santa going to stuff your stockings with this year?

We've rounded up some awesome gifts and prezzies that won't break the bank – and will fit into a sock.

Soundmagic ES20 (£25)

These in-ear headphones may be cheap as chips, but they won't disappoint – our review found them "unbelievably good for the money," with plenty of detail, good dynamics and a wide soundstage. For anyone who's getting a new phone or tablet this year, a good pair of headphones is essential, and these won't break the bank.

Kensington Evap Rescue Pouch (£11)

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a waterproof phone like the Sony Xperia Z1 and Samsung Galaxy S4 Active – and as we've discovered, even if you do, your phone's vulnerable to water damage.

This rescue pouch is packed with absorbent material that'll trap moisture, saving your phone from the wet. Okay, it's one of those boring, sensible presents – but the recipient will thank you when they drop their phone in the sink.

Stickygram Fridge Magnets (US$15)

Turn your Instagrams into a prezzie with this printing service, which turns your retro-filtered snaps of artisan burgers into lovely fridge magnets. It's a nice personalised gift; for extra layers of hipster irony, send someone a set of Instagrammed snaps of their fridge. You'd better hurry if you want to order them though – the cut-off date for orders to the UK is 18th December.

Nerf Jolt N-Strike (£7)

The Nerf equivalent of those little guns that ladies in James Bond films hide in their garters, this pocket-sized pistol will let you sneak up close to your target and blast two Nerf darts into them. Perfect for office wars in the New Year.

Doctor Who Home Dalek Mug (£12)

Exterminate inferior crockery with this fearsome Dalek mug. Unlike other sci-fi merchandise, it won't look out of place in a stylish modern kitchen with its minimalist graphic design. The Science Museum has a 3-for-2 deal on, too – so you can pick up TARDIS and Cyberman mugs from the same line.

Tech Tool Pen (£13)

DIY enthusiasts will be tucking this behind their ear as soon as it's out of their Christmas stocking. This handy little pen features imperial and metric rulers, a spirit level and Philips and flat-head screwdriver tips – ideal for assembling all of those Christmas gifts.

12 gadgets and presents for DIY fanatics

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Sky Now TV box (£10)

Sky's rebadged Roku turns any tellybox into a Smart TV, with apps including the BBC iPlayer, Demand 5 and – of course – Sky's own Now TV VoD service. What you won't get is rival streaming movie services Netflix or Lovefilm – but when it's this cheap you can hardly complain.

Read our hands-on review

Wacom Bamboo Solo Stylus (£10)

Designed by graphics wizards Wacom, this stylus is an ideal companion for a mini tablet – whether it's for scribbling notes or doodling an artistic masterpiece. Who knows, it could turn you into the next David Hockney.

Mu Folding USB Plug (£25)

Yes, we're aware that a plug is not the most exciting gift to unwrap on Christmas Day. But this is no ordinary plug – it's won a brace of awards for its innovative design, which folds down to just 14mm thick. Perfect for charging a smartphone on the go.

Minecraft Paper Craft Shelter Pack (£13)

Let's get physical – this craft set brings construction game Minecraft from pixels to paper, with 48 pieces to build a shelter, Steve and a Tame Wolf from the game. If you can bear to drag yourself away from the computer for one minute.

Mujjo Premium Touchscreen Gloves (£25)

Finally, someone's realised that poking and prodding at a screen with the tips of your touchscreen gloves is fiddly and awkward. What you want is a pair of gloves that are completely made from capacitive thread, letting you use your entire hand to swat at your smartphone screen. These are those gloves. Hooray!

PKParis K'2 16GB USB key (€30)

This tiny 16GB USB key is gorgeous to look at, and clever too. One end is a standard USB connector, while the other is a micro USB connector for use with smartphones. And when it's plugged into a micro USB port, you can slot a microSD card into the USB plug for extra storage. Brilliant.

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