Stuck for what to buy your not-quite-a-loved-one this Christmas? We’ve all been there.
Whether it’s that distant cousin you only see on December 25th or the neighbour whose name forever escapes you in the elevator, picking out presents for peripheral pals is never easy.
Luckily for you, we’ve sifted through sackloads of sub-£100 gadgets to deliver a selection of the finest gifts you can grab for less than a ton.
Give it a browse and you’ll be sure to find something that’s more than a stocking filler but less than an “I love you” – because Kevin from No. 9 deserves better than chocolate. Or is it Keith?
Walli The Smart Wallet (£90)
Ah, the Christmas party: paper crowns, pub grub and the last dregs of your dignity being washed down with copious quantities of lager. Bag yourself a Walli and at least you can cross a lost wallet off that list.
No matter how much festive spirit is coursing through your veins, Walli will ensure you never leave your stash of cash behind: paired via Bluetooth, it’ll ping your smartphone if you stray too far without it, while a smart pocket will keep tabs on your favourite card. What a champ.
Soundcore Flare (£70)
Take your festive party from bleak midwinter to In Dulce Jubiglow with this 360-degree wireless speaker from Soundcore.
A bassy noise-maker with a 12-hour battery life, the Flare’s party trick comes from the technicolour light ring on its base: switch the shade to suit the tunes and it’ll pulse to the beat better than any glower you know.
Withings Sleep (£80)
Santa Claus might know when you’re sleeping, but his sleep cycle analysis isn’t a patch on this smart night time pal from Withings.
Simply slip it under your mattress, pair it with your phone and prepare to snore: dozing data and in-app coaching will have you snoozing sweetly in a jiffy – ideal if you fancy getting a better night’s kip on the regular
Audio-Technica ATH-SR30BT (£99)
Blocking out carol singers has long been the pursuit of choice for committed Scrooges come Christmas time. Not until now, though, has it been so easy to silence the Yuletide warblers for so long.
Fire up your longest playlist: these wireless cans from Audio-Technica can go for a whopping 70 hours on a single charge – which means 3 days free from silent nights. Sort of.
Ryze Tello Drone (£99)
Even pro pilots should know better that to launch this palm-sized flyer in a room full of fairy lights, unless broken baubles and shredded tinsel are top of their wishlist.
Stick to the garden, though, and this DJI-powered mini-drone should prove itself a proper Christmas hit, what what with its built-in trick shots, accessible controls and 100m range. Just remember to avoid no-fly zones or it’ll be more than Rudolph’s nose that’s red.
Mophie Powerstation Plus XL (£89)
It’s hard to beautify something as plain as the humble power bank, but Mophie’s made a darn good go of it with this fabric-wrapped number.
Packing a 10,000mAh capacity that’ll juice your mobile several times over, it also comes equipped with an integrated Lightning cable, a 10W USB-A output and the ability to recharge wirelessly. Really, though, we just want to stroke that furry finish.
Klipsch R6i II (£99)
There’s no sweeter sound than the ping of the microwave announcing that your latest batch of mince pies is piping hot and ready to devour.
Less delicious but almost as pleasing to the ears are these buds from Klipsch, with dynamic sound, punchy bass and zero crumbs.