Christmas Gift Guide 2019: amazing gadget gift ideas for tech kids, gamers and everyone else

In need of festive inspiration? We’ve got Christmas all wrapped up

It’s official: the sleigh has been upgraded, the reindeers are in training and the elves have filed the flight plans. Santa Claus is, once again, coming to town.

Besides leaving you little time to improve your naughty/nice ratio, that means two things: first, you need to write your letter to the man in red and, second, it’s time to get your shop on.

Can’t face browsing for hours on end? Worry not: we’re here to take the strife out of seasonal shopping with our inventory of inspired Christmas gift ideas – all of which are just a quick click away.

Whoever you’re buying for, there’s sure to be something appropriately awesome nestling in the guides below – and there are more on the way. You can thank us on Boxing Day.

15 gadget gift ideas for less than £50

Need to bring home great gifts without breaking the bank? From tablets to smart plugs to fitness bands, everything in this list can be yours for less than £50 – and it’s all top notch.

Choose a few to suit your recipients, stick them under the tree and reward your thrifty behaviour by blowing the rest of your budget on a cinnamon-scented spa day. You’ve earned it. Or, rather, spent it.

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15 gadget gift ideas for less than £100

In the market for gifts plucked from the vine of affordability? Put down your pitchfork and drop that bag of mulch: we’ve toiled the field of festive tech and harvested a crop of a cracking gifts that all cost £100 or less.

From power banks and dash cams to earphones and smart home assistants, put any one of these treats beneath the tree this Christmas and you’re sure to reap a smile – without emptying the silo of cash.

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10 Christmas gadget gift ideas for big spenders

What should a minted giver get for their nearest and dearest? You can’t purchase inspiration, but you can buy gift cards – which is the next best thing for those devoid of originality. Or, for top-dollar treats that don’t disappoint, consult this money-no-object gift guide free of charge.

From high-end speakers to electric SUVs to projectors that cost more than a plug-in hybrid, this is a Yuletide shopping list for the well-heeled and excessively generous. Service charge optional (but encouraged).

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15 gadget gift ideas for gamers & gaming geeks

Whether it's retro high-score challenges or modern multiplayer melees, Christmas is a crucible for competitive behaviour and, with so many relations under one roof, it’s the perfect opportunity for a round-robin tournament.

Keen to claim the paper crown again this year? From clever controllers to throwback consoles, there’s plenty here to upgrade your gaming efforts – and even more to keep the whole clan entertained.

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15 gadget gift ideas for tech kids

Ah, the unbridled excitement of a childhood Christmas morning. Gobbling the final Advent chocolate. Pulling back the curtains to check if it’s snowed. Scurrying downstairs to see what Santa’s brought. And all before sunrise.

Stumped for what to stash in your little one's stocking? From coding kits to fitness bands to tablets designed for clumsy paws, these clever gifts should make your role as Santa’s assistant that much simpler.

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15 gadget gift ideas for cyclists, gym bunnies and fitness fanatics

Between Christmas cake, cookies and copious quantities of Uncle Peter’s special punch, you need a personal trainer just to plan your way though the December menu.

Lost your form during all those festive feasts? Put down that plate of leftovers and pick up this fitness kit: from running shoes to earphones to multi-sport smartwatches, there’s something here to suit every discipline – and all of it will bolster your New Year’s resolve.

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15 sustainable gadget gift ideas and planet-friendly presents

Maintaining a suitably merry expression isn’t the only thing that’s unsustainable at Christmas: between wrapping paper, temporary trees and all that plastic packaging, the December celebrations can quickly become an exercise in festive waste.

Bring joy to the world without being an eco Grinch by sticking these sustainable gifts in someone’s recycled stocking: from compostable phone cases to Bluetooth speakers crafted from ocean plastic, this ethical gear should get you on your way to a carbon-neutral Christmas.

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15 retro gadget gift ideas for nostalgic nerds

Celebrating Christmas like it’s 1995 might mean no steaming flicks in 4K and no deploying your smartphone as a distraction from pesky relatives, but with this haul of throwback goodies to play with, you wont need to.

Know a host who’s fond of Christmas past? From instant cameras with old-school style to gaming revivals right out of your childhood, this vintage kit is sure to be a hit with any nostalgic recipient. Especially if you catch their reaction with that camcorder from the attic.

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15 gadget gift ideas for photographers

Christmas is a gift for keen photographers. Between snow-blanketed landscapes and candid portraits of relatives catching 40 winks, there’s no end of inspiring subject matter to capture over the festive period.

Eager to avoid the attention of the lens? From superzoom compacts to smartphone stabilisers to wireless instant printers, gift your darling snapper something from this list and they might show their gratitude by respecting your right to rest in peace.

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15 gadget gifts and tools for makers, tinkerers and DIY fans

Decking the halls might be part of the fun, but Christmas is no time to rip up the corridor carpets. Thankfully, there are ways to get your fix of festive fabrication without deconstructing half the house for the sake of hardwood flooring.

From multi-tools to making sets to modular music machines, all of this creative kit is sure to keep tinkerers and bodgers busy during the holidays – and hopefully away from the power tools.

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15 gadget gift ideas for Apple fans

Watch on their wrist, AirPods in their ears, MacBook in their bag and iPhone in their pocket: so dedicated is your mate that, if Apple did tattoos, they’d already be inked in Midnight Green. Alas, for all the kit that’s shipped by the Cupertino corporation, official AirTats aren’t yet an option.

Reward their loyalty the classier way with these Christmas treats: from cables to cases to wireless chargers, they’re the perfect addition to any Apple ensemble – no faded regret necessary.

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