Christmas Gift Ideas 2015: brilliant present and gift ideas from Stuff
We would tell you how many days are left until Christmas, but we don't want to scare you. Actually, we don't need to. BECAUSE IT'S ONLY TWO DAYS AWAY!
But don't worry: we're here to help by taking the pain and effort out of your seasonal shopping. In the linked articles, you'll find hundreds of inspired gift ideas, all just a click away. Whatever you're looking for, you're sure to find something for that certain special someone in your life. Particularly if that certain special someone is you.
Read on for guaranteed* Christmas day success.
*Christmas day success not actually guaranteed, just highly likely
17 Christmas gift ideas for gamers
There's no better way to escape the bedlam of a festive turkey disaster than to dive straight into the latest game. Want to simulate a goat? You can. Fight post-apocalyptic zombies? You can.
From Nintendo Notebooks to cracking controllers, we've compiled the ultimate combo of gaming gear to help your sqaure-eyed friend level up.
12 Christmas gift ideas for Star Wars fans
Oh, is there a new Star Wars film coming out? We’d never have known. We only love it for Episode I – that was the true classic.
Still, if you’re one of the pesky franchise fans who love to quote lines to men in dark cloaks who may or may not be your father, we’ve got the gift list for you.
15 Christmas gift ideas for cyclists
Two-wheeled whizzkids generally love nothing more in life than their road-rolling runaround. And, while they shouldn't have favourites, trying to understand or, god forbid, find a replacement for their much-loved pedaller is like a pot-holed path to purgatory.
Instead, accessorise. Let them keep their wheels as you supply them with every possible light, lock, jacket and, of course, coffee table cycling companion.
Best of all, fitting up your fitness-insistent friend with brilliant bolt-ons means they'll spend most of the day in the garage - so no more protracted discussions about the benefits of carbon cross-beams and the mighty shaved leg.
15 Christmas gift ideas for watch lovers
Horology is a perplexing fascination. Is it the endless ticking? The pleasing circularity of time?
No-one knows, but we all have a friend (or several) who love a good watch or clock (or both). Save precious seconds by perusing our list of top tick-tocking gifts. Best of all, these should be presents that stand the test of time.
15 Christmas gift ideas for photographers
When it comes to camera kit it can be a real present-purchasing minefield. Don't know your prime from your telephoto? Baffled by bags? Confused by lens caps? Don't be.
Anything from this cracking compendium of trigger-happy tech will bring a smile to the face of photography fans - which, of course, they'll instantly be able to capture from several different angles, correctly exposed and beautifully-framed.
Hey, who knows: maybe they'll do your next passport photo for free.
20 Christmas gift ideas for design lovers
That carbon-fibre Christmas tree. Those jelly baubles. The tinsel made of steam. Design decisions don't always go to plan, but they almost always get you noticed - and the festive season is the perfect time to give the gift of quirky kit.
Almost always placing function over form, this here is a collection of largely useless, fantastically designed prezzies.
15 Christmas gift ideas for travellers
Ah, travel - truly the tonic of the soul. Reclining on some faraway beach, Mojito in hand; trekking up a rugged mountain slope to catch the sunrise; haring it down an America highway in a drop-top: whatever tickles your far-flung fancy, there's no better answer to winter blues.
That is, until your battery runs out, your shampoo gets all over your toothbrush and you buy so many clothes that you run out of space to bring them home.
We feel your pain. That's why we've compiled this list of the top tech for footloose festive flyers.
15 Christmas gift ideas for food lovers
Nothing quite satisfies a food lover like, well, food. And there isn't much better than a tasty Turkey and a corker of a Christmas pud.
But Christmas - sadly - comes just once a year. Once the food coma subsides and the final choccies are polished off, desolation and despondency ensue.
That's why we've compiled this list of the best gifts for those with an insatiable appetite - and it's delicious.
15 Chrismas gift ideas for movie fans
Inspired by Iron Man? Jealous of Bond's cocktails? Desperate for Star Wars dress-up? Spin-off gear doesn't come much better than this list of 15 bits of kit for the kitsch-mad movie-lover.
15 headphones for music lovers
There are headphones, then there are headphones. You can cup some cans round your little lobes and enjoy mid-range musical moments, or you can go on an ultra-engrossing personal sonic journey before the 7.57 pulls into Paddington.
If you know someone of the latter inclination, this collection of impeccable ear-feeders is certified to bring them audio delight.
14 Christmas gift ideas for car lovers
Petrolheads are a pain. Always leaving tyre-tracks wherever they go, making engine sounds in the shower and watching Top Gear on repeat. No? Just us, then.
Still, those with a disposition towards all things fast and four-wheeled can be notoriously tricky to buy for. Worry not though: we've put together a proverbial garage-load of gifts to make a car lover go vroom on the big day.
15 Christmas gift ideas for book lovers
The best Christmas present ideas for book lovers
The humble book has entertained and educated over thousands of years, and will continue to do so for thousands more (unless we're wiped out by aliens looking to build a trans-galactic motorway).
Here are some of the best gifts to buy the bookworm in your life - and they're not all Kindles and bookmarks either.
15 Christmas gift ideas for animal lovers
Great Christmas present ideas for animal lovers
If your name is Fido or Tibbles, congratulations: you've gained the ability to read. If, on the other hand, you're the human owner of a furry, feathered, scaly or woolly creature, then this selection of the best Christmas gift ideas for animal lovers should be right up your pet-owning street.
We've even chucked in a few treats for your furry friends, so everyone's happy.
14 Christmas gift ideas for fitness fanatics
Gift ideas for fitness fanatics
Christmas might be the season of excess, but that's all the more reason to encourage some snowy sport sessions (or rainy runs, as the case may be).
Be it springy shoes or wrist-wrapping trackers, we've got the gifts stock full of fitness smarts to turn too much Turkey into rippling washboard abs.
OK, so we're not guaranteeing anything, but at least you'll look darn fine as you wheeze your way back to the sofa for another box set and slice of Yule log.
15 Christmas gift ideas for mad scientists
Gift ideas for mad scientists
Grab your lab coat and put the sonic scalpel on charge: things are about to get scientific.
Christmas might be about coming together and sharing the love over prezzies and grub (apparently), but the real fun is to be had at the makeshift dining table lab, as Dad dissects a mouse and Uncle Jeff jiffies together a genetics machine with little more than some Play-Doh, a microscope and a wire in the mains.
What's more, there's never been a better time to get young boffins scratching their heads: with a chronic shortage of science teachers in the UK, your conscience can be clear as you show your future minions how to raise an army of dinosaurs from the safety of your drone home. Glorious.
23 Christmas gift ideas for Apple fans
Gift ideas for Apple fans
We all know that certain someone who’s as good as fused to their favourite iAccessory. They’ll only put down PewDiePie on their iPhone to play Lifeline on a Watch. Their iPad only gets a rest when the MacBook’s fired up and Apple TV is turned on. Any contraption that comes out of Cupertino - no matter the price - they want it, need it and, probably, have it.
But, once one’s bought all the aluminium-skinned super-tech there is to buy, what’s left to slake a thirst for Apple-flavoured kit? The answer, of course, is to accessorise.
Whether cool cases or wireless charging wizardry, photographic add-ons or ‘Book-hugging mounts, we’ve collected the best in iExtras to compliment your cool-to-touch iOS tech. Enjoy.
12 gift ideas for Android fans
There are well over a billion Android users on the planet right now, but decent accessories for them remain harder to find than brain cells at a Donald Trump convention.
That doesn't mean there aren't any good ones of course - you just have to search harder than you do for iAccessories. And that's exactly what we've done for you.
18 geeky board and card games
Few Christmas traditions are as enduring as the family getting round the table together sometime between the Queen's speech and the James Bond movie to play a game together.
In fact, the only one that rivals is it probably the family getting round the table together and having massive rows while they play a game together...
20 gift ideas for coffee addicts
Starbucks to go? For deep-pocketed lazies. Instant brew? For unappreciative peasants. These days, it’s all about grinding out your own premium caffeinated beverages for a deliciously fragnant energy boost at home.
Steaming for the best beans around? We’ve scoured the web to dig up the finest coffee-related gadgets and presents. Pick one of these gift ideas and forever change the way your friends and family enjoy their morning mug.
15 of the best books for readers
Choosing books for the discerning devourer of all things written is a deceptively difficult task. We're here to help, though, with these 15 stellar shelf-fillers bound to bring book-lovers unbridled joy. You can thank us later.
15 gadget gift ideas for digital Da Vincis
Doodling, sketching, painting, drawing, sculpting. All things that people do. Not us, mind: last time we went near some clay, Miss sent us home with a naughty letter and Tommy had to have his head shaved.
But, for the more talented individuals among us - those who can sketch out a stunning squirrel or mould a majestic mole without a second though - this selection of gifts should be pixel perfect.
15 gadgets gifts and tools for DIY fanatics
This smattering of gifts isn't for people like us. It's for those who mould wood into smooth works of art. For those who know that an olive ring isn't something you'd put on your pizza. For the DIY delectables that get the job done without needing a trip to A&E.
Wearing your hard hat? Good. Like the handiman helpfulness of the seven dwarves, it's off to work we go.
15 gadget gift ideas for retro lovers
Sure, unwrapping a gleaming piece of shiny new kit on Christmas day is pretty awesome. But will that GlassPhone with SmartShaver™ really stand the test of time?
Avoid that question altogether by selecting something from this list. If you know someone who dreams of days gone by, when photos were printed, records were flipped, phones dialled, and toasters were more stylish than most TVs, we've got the gifts for you.
15 gadget gifts for campers, wanderers and explorers
Ah, the great outdoors. Best trodden in a pair of hefty boots with a whisky-filled flask, nature's playground is the perfect place to channel your inner adventurer. Or you could just put up a tent in the garden and use the downstairs loo. Whether you're a ceaseless whittler, insatiable rambler or you just like sitting on rocks, we've bivvied up a veritable stove-load of great gadget gear to give and receive this Christmas.
15 gadget gift ideas for music lovers
They're the ear-obsessed friend that ensures the Christmas carols are played in lossless WAV format. They own Driving Home for Christmas on limited edition tinsel-rimmed vinyl. They refuse to watch the Queen's speech because it's not broadcast in 7.1. So, what do you buy for the audiophile that has everything - including a ceaseless taste for only the best? We've rounded up a selection of Christmas gift ideas for music lovers that'll have them rocking around the Christmas tree right through 'til New Year.
15 gadget gift ideas for gardeners
Muddy-kneed outdoors-y types can be notoriously hard to buy for. After all, once you've filled the shed with all the spades, rakes and hoes on the market, what's left to get? Actually, lots. From colour-changing lights to all-weather sensors, there's no reason not to upgrade the garden into a smart patch o' grass - perfect for plant-loving gadget pals.
19 gadget gift ideas for tech kids
The happiness, the joy, the masses of shiny plastic: all part of the perfect Christmas day. Sadly, many a magical moment has been ruined by the insatiable excitement of the up-all-night little ones itching to see Santa. Don't they know you've got presents to unwrap? Inundate those interrupting youngsters with gifts from this list and they'll be occupied for weeks - leaving you lots of time to enjoy your own wrapped-up wonders (which you definitely didn't buy yourself).
15 gadgets and presents for binary bartenders
Like mistletoe and wine, sometimes a glass of the good stuff just feels like the perfect choice on a Christmas evening. Or a Spring evening. Or Summer, or any other occasion, really. Become friends with beverages with this list of the best boozy gifts - to be enjoyed responsibly, of course.
20 of the best subscription gifts
If bills and junk mail have made your postie unpopular, it’s time to spice up the relationship with one of these regular deliveries of joy. You can get a subscription for just about anything nowadays – beer, meat, even pants. So, whoever you're buying a prezzie for, you'll find a suitable subs package here - even if they're an underpants enthusiast.
19 gadget gifts for music makers
What would Christmas be without a bit of a sing-song? Actually, don't answer that. From technohead nerds to leather-loving rock gods, bedroom DJs to Beach Boys tribute acts, we've got a Christmas gift idea here for every musical gadget lover.
20 great Xbox One games
Christmas is easy if you've got gamers in the family. No hunting around, no racking your brain for ideas - you just choose a good game that they haven't already played and buy it. Easy.
Of course there's always the chance that you're not a gamer yourself (you crazy fool), in which case you'll need this here list of brilliant Xbox One games (or our list of PlayStation 4 games below).
And if you are a gamer yourself? Well, why not buy yourself a treat after all that hard work.
20 fantastic PlayStation 4 games
Buying someone a new game for Christmas is easy if you're a gamer yourself. But if you're not, it's a terrifying ordeal akin to driving down the motorway when blindfolded.
So which one do I buy? Hang on, Halo - I've heard of that. But is it any good? No, wait, is that even available on PlayStation 4? Or is it a PlayStation 3 they have? Why is everyone in this shop so young?
Fear not - all you really need is to find out which console they have, peek at what games they already have, then check out our list of brilliant PlayStation 4 games (or our list of Xbox One games above).
14 gadget gifts for Makers
Short of hiring a crane and erecting a drone racing stadium on the back lawn, Christmas can be a tough time for those of a making disposition.
But, with our list of cracking kits and clever creations, the put-together tinkerers in your life will have enough projects to play with right through 'til next year.