Google Nest Hub Max (£219)
Knee-deep in tinsel and late for your office Christmas lunch, you’ll only be too grateful for the diverse domestic repertoire of Google’s Nest Hub Max. Its video call camera also serves as a sentry to prevent any Home Alone hijinks, while smart home controls are all on one screen. Google Assistant is there, too, and Face Match shows notifications relevant only to the mug that’s looking – which is handy for secret Santa.
When the festive work is done? Crank up the speakers and 3in woofer, launch YouTube Music on the 10in display and prepare to jingle the night away.
Nomad USB-C Cable ($35)
Kevlar can stop bullets, reinforce Formula 1 cars and keep ships moored to the dock. Rumour has it, Santa’s sleigh even has the stuff in its runners. Using it to make a rugged USB-C cable might be overkill, then, but at least you know that Nomad’s reinforced chord won’t let you down after just a few loops.
And the lead’s durability isn’t all that’s extreme: the connector housings are crafted from properly robust alloy, while the wire itself supports 100W Power Delivery for the ultimate in rapid device revival.
Bellroy Pixelbook Go Laptop Sleeve (£45)
Google, as we know, is everywhere. It’s in our homes, on our phones and tracking what we click. Trouble is, it’s hard to turn your back on the tech titan when its stuff is so darn useful. Appease your inner activist by wrapping your Pixelbook Go in this slimline sleeve from Bellroy.
It won’t do anything to protect your data privacy, but its water resistant woven fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles – so at least Greta should be impressed.
Bang & Olufsen H9 (€500)
Plenty has been said about B&O’s brilliant H9 headphones. Stunning on the eyes and on the ears, these wireless noise-cancelling cans blend excellent audio quality with luxury understatement. As if that wasn’t enough to tempt audiophile Android fans to wrap them around their craniums, the latest iteration has gone one better.
Besides stretching the battery life to 25 hours, Google Assistant is now built-in. Simply hit the dedicated button, ask away and in a jiffy you’ll know the latest snow forecast, without even reaching for your phone.
Chromecast (3rd Gen) (£30)
Christmas is a time for sharing, and what better way to spread the festive cheer than by screening that video of grandad’s angry rant at the empty grit bin? Helpfully, Google’s plug-in puck makes Full HD streaming a cinch on any TV, smart or otherwise.
Simply stick it in a spare HDMI port, connect to the Wi-Fi, hit the cast button in a compatible app and – curse the council for its institutional ineptitude! – grandpa’s yelling on the telly.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Iron Man Smart Back Cover (£35)
When Stark Industries makes a smartphone, it’ll presumably be powered by an arc reactor and transform into a full Iron Man suit at the touch of a button. Until that day, this official Smart Back Cover will just have to do. Stick it on your Galaxy S10 and, besides showing your Stark allegiance for all to see, you’ll find a host of exclusive Marvel content automatically downloaded to your handset.
Not fond of Tony? There are eight designs in the range, including a Spidey mask and Captain America shield, so you can pick a different hero to back your blower.
Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch (£279)
For true Android fans, there’s no voice sweeter than that of Google Assistant. And if you want the digital helper with you wherever you go this winter, Fossil’s latest WearOS smartwatch is the ticker to wrap around your wrist. Back with a fresh battery mode that can stretch the juice for multiple days, the real highlight is its new swimproof speaker.
Besides taking calls and sharing tunes, it means out-loud translations, event reminders and weather updates from your Google boo. So you can ignore your siblings this Christmas and ask your watch what’s up.