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.

Check out our list of gadget gift ideas for less than £50

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.

Check out our list of gadget gift ideas for less than £100

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).

Check out our list of money-no-object gadget gift ideas for big spenders

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.

Check out our list of gadget gift ideas for gamers & gaming geeks

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.

Check out our list of gadget gift ideas for tech kids

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.

Check out our list of gadget gift ideas for fitness fanatics

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.

Check out our list of sustainable gadget gift ideas for eco-friendly people

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.

Check out our list of retro gadget gift ideas for nostalgic nerds

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.

Check out our list of gadget gift ideas for photographers

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.

Check out our list of DIY gadget gift ideas for makers and tinkerers

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.

Check out our list of gadget gift ideas for Apple fans

15 gadget gift ideas for Android fans

Gutted that Google ditched the dessert branding for Android 10? Don’t let Alphabet take away your treats: from quiche to queen of puddings, pick a suitable sweet and repeatedly Tweet its name until the search giant gets the message. 

Marketing mischief complete, celebrate your guerrilla victory by stashing a fresh batch of Android gear in your stocking. Need a few ideas? From smartwatches to charging docks to TV streaming sticks, all of the kit in this list is ideal for Android devotees. The pudding’s up to you.

Check out our list of gadget gift ideas for Android fans

15 gadget gift ideas for music lovers

It’s not easy being an audiophile. You spend months crafting a Christmas megamix, sourcing lossless versions of the classics and mastering them into a high-fidelity playlist with added sleigh bell, only for some joker to skip the queue and stream a low-res bootleg of Dominick The Donkey – ‘for the banter’.

Detest their mule music? Don’t lower your standards for the sake of undeserving ears: stick this tuneful tech at the top of your wish list and escape to a world of sonic satisfaction this Christmas. From noise-cancelling cans to remastered records to speakers you can speak to, these melodious gifts will be a bigger hit with music lovers than a FLAC back-catalogue of their festive favourites.

Check out our list of gadget gift ideas for music lovers

15 kitchen gadget gift ideas for food lovers

Christmas feasts might be fun to munch, but creating them can be an exercise in festive patience. Coated in cranberry sauce and nursing a soggy nut roast, it’s all you can do not to cancel the banquet and order a takeaway turkey.

Don’t throw in the gravy-stained towel: take the pain out of seasonal cuisine and upgrade your Chrimbo cooking with this clever culinary kit. From blenders to mixers to digital assistants, add these gastronomic accessories to your Yuletide arsenal and you’ll be plating up like a merry Masterchef.

Check out our list of kitchen gadget gift ideas for food lovers

15 gadget gift ideas for movie fans and film lovers

Cosying up to watch films with the fam might be a Yuletide tradition, but screening the same flicks every year is a front-row ticket to surefire festive lethargy.

Banish blockbuster boredom with this A-list motion picture kit: from streamers to soundbars to pocketable projectors, it can't improve the acting in A Christmas Prince, but it can make your cinema grotto great again. Just add popcorn.

Check out our list of gadget gift ideas for movie lovers

15 gadget gift ideas for travellers and explorers

It’s about the journey not the destination, they say – but it’s hard to be a happy traveller when a dusting of snow has delayed your flight and this year’s Christmas is happening at Heathrow.

Upgrade your getaway with these nomadic items: from backpacks to trackers to self-cleaning bottles, this globetrotting gear offers a one-way ticket to smarter travel – no miles necessary.

Check out our list of gadget gift ideas for travellers, nomads and explorers

15 of the best Lego sets

Snow might be the coolest medium for creative winter building, but no powder palace can survive the sun that comes in spring. For construction fun that lasts the year, Lego’s what you need – and there’s no shortage of ideas in this Christmas list: from Batmobiles and Star Destroyers to dinosaurs and rockets, these brick-built kits are sure to keep eager builders busy well into 2020.

The best bit? Whether you follow the instructions or assemble using blueprints from your brain, whatever you piece together won’t melt when you’re finished. It might be stood on by a grown-up, though.

Check out our list of Lego gift ideas