Groov-e Athena (£35)
The promise of a stuffed stocking should be more than enough to get you out of bed full of energy on the 25th. Stick this digital ticker on your bedside table and your smartphone will start the day the same way: topped by a 5W wireless charger, the Athena will keep your blower’s battery brimmed without an ugly wire in sight.
Sadly, it won’t do the same for you once the Christmas spirit makes way for those cold January mornings. Sorry.
Google Titan Security Key (£50)
Using your puppy’s name as a universal password might put paid to forgotten login details, but even Buster’s fiercest woof can’t fend off pesky cyber baddies. For tighter tech security, try Google’s Titan Key – less fun to tickle, but far better at preventing fraud-related pickles.
Actually a two-part bundle of a USB stick and a Bluetooth fob, either element can be used to verify your identity when you try to access your Google account, alongside a range of other apps and websites.
Huawei Band 3 Pro (£48)
Eat, drink and make merry, they said. ’Tis the season, they said. Now, fifty mince pies and one Yule log later, you can do a decent impression of a bauble. Need help shifting the festive ballast? Strap Huawei’s fitness band below your hand and its suite of tracking smarts should help you get back to pre-season fitness.
With a heart-rate monitor, GPS and 12-day battery on-board, as well as an AMOLED display and modes for all sorts of sports, it’s a borderline Christmas miracle at less than fifty big ones.
All-new Amazon Fire 7 (£50)
Contrary to what Tina Turner once suggested, some things simply aren’t the best. And they don’t need to be. Case in point: the all-new Amazon Fire 7.
It can’t hold a candle to the power and versatility of the iPad Pro, but if all you want is a straightforward slab for browsing the web, binge-watching Netflix and mindlessly scrolling through your Facebook news feed, you don’t need anything better. In any case, with Alexa on-board and a faster processor than before, the latest version is no loser.
Roku Premiere (£40)
Elf might be a 21st-century Christmas classic, but there are only so many times you can witness a grown man goofing around in a green suit before the whole escapade begins to grate. Avoid Will Ferrell fatigue and augment your festive viewing options with Roku’s latest streamer.
Compatible with a host of free TV services, the affordable box also plays nice with plenty of paid platforms and – here’s the cinematic kicker – supports streaming in 4K Ultra HD and HDR, so the Christmas cheer will be bright and clear.
Rocketbook Fusion (£35)
Convinced that Father Christmas has got your naughty/nice ratio all wrong? Revise his review by recording your good deeds in this hybrid notebook. Packed with a range of different templates, simply scrawl your list on the synthetic paper with a Pilot FriXion pen, then scan it with the Rocketbook app.
Once you’ve checked it twice, you can fire a digital copy off to the North Pole customer service desk, before wiping the page clean and noting down all the bad behaviour that the big man didn’t need to know about.
Sennheiser CX 300S (£39)
You don’t have to be a Grinch to treasure the occasional break from all the jingling bells and general merrymaking. And, while most noise-cancelling cans cost more than stocking-filler cash, these sound-isolating Sennheiser buds sound pretty fine for less than £40.
Shipped with four cushion sizes to fit snug in every lughole, they do a stellar job at keeping those fleeting moments of festive escapism free from background noise. Until someone warbles Walking in the Air at operatic volume, at least.