Best Christmas 2012 gifts under £50
Apple Smart Cover for iPad/iPad Mini
From £35, apple.com
Available for both the iPad and iPad Mini (the iPad version costs £40), the Smart Cover has pretty much reached the status of iconic accessory: using magnets to clip onto the side of the iPad and gently cover the front, it’s able to put the tablet in and out of sleep mode.
Veho USB Negative Scanner
For the person who has boxes full of old photos cluttering up their attic. This scanner connects to a PC via USB and converts dusty old 35mm negatives into lovely digital photos, ripe for uploading onto Facebook or Flickr.
Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control
Give a Doctor Who fan the time of their life with this Sonic Screwdriver remote control. It's a completely button-free remote that controls your telly (or any other IR-controlled device) through gestures alone – plus it makes a selection of authentic 1970s-vintage bleeps and bloops. Which, mercifully, you can turn off.
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Designed to work with the iPhone 4 and 4S, the Dot allows users to record 360 degree panoramic videos without any need for stitching or other software chicanery – it’s all captured in real time using a clever lens. An accompanying app makes sharing these clips a piece of cake.
Taking remote controlled gadgets (we won’t say “toys”) to the next level, AppCopter is an RC helicopter controlled by an iOS app. You can use a directional pad to control its movement, or turn to your iPhone’s accelerometer for tilt control.