Christmas Gift Guide 2016: Amazing Christmas gift ideas for everyone

Stuck for what to buy that special someone? We've done the hard work for you

We would tell you how many days are left until Christmas, but we don't want to scare you. Actually, we will: it's only 9. You could probably work that out for yourself.

But don't worry: we're here to help by taking the pain and effort out of your seasonal shopping. In the linked articles, you'll find hundreds of inspired Christmas gift ideas, all just a click away. Whatever you're looking for, you're sure to find something for that certain special someone in your life. Particularly if that certain special someone is you. 

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13 Christmas gift ideas for cyclists

Two-wheeled whizzkids generally love nothing more in life than their road-rolling runaround. And, while they shouldn't have favourites, trying to understand or, god forbid, find a replacement for their much-loved pedaller is like a pot-holed path to purgatory.

Instead, accessorise. Let them keep their wheels as you supply them with every possible light, lock, jacket and, of course, coffee table cycling companion.

Best of all, fitting up your fitness-insistent friend with brilliant bolt-ons means they'll spend most of the day in the garage - so no more protracted discussions about the benefits of carbon cross-beams and the mighty shaved leg.

Check out our list of 13 great Christmas gift ideas for cyclists here

16 Christmas gift ideas for fitness fanatics

Christmas might be the season of excess, but that's all the more reason to encourage some snowy sport sessions (or rainy runs, as the case may be).

Be it springy shoes or wrist-wrapping trackers, we've got the gifts stock full of fitness smarts to turn too much Turkey into rippling washboard abs.

OK, so we're not guaranteeing anything, but at least you'll look darn fine as you wheeze your way back to the sofa for another box set and slice of Yule log. 

Check out our list of 16 great Christmas gift ideas for fitness fanatics here

15 Christmas gift ideas for Android fans

There are well over a billion Android users on the planet right now, but decent accessories for them remain harder to find than brain cells at a Donald Trump convention.

That doesn't mean there aren't any good ones of course - you just have to search harder than you do for iAccessories. And that's exactly what we've done for you. 

Check out our list of 15 great Christmas gift ideas for Android fans here

11 Christmas gift ideas for animal lovers

If your name is Fido, Tibbles or Mr Kitten Paws, then congratulations: you've gained the ability to read and peruse the internet. And all without opposable thumbs.

If, on the other hand, you're the human companion to said furry friends, then this selection of the best Christmas gift ideas for animal lovers should be right up your scratching post. We've even chucked in a few treats for your pets, so everyone's happy. Bring on the wagging tails. 

Check out our list of 11 great Christmas gift ideas for animal lovers here

9 Christmas gift ideas for binary bartenders

Like mistletoe and wine, sometimes a glass of the good stuff just feels like the perfect choice on a Christmas evening. Or a Spring evening. Or Summer, or any other occasion, really.

Become friends with beverages with this list of the best boozy gifts - to be enjoyed responsibly, of course. 

Check out our list of 9 great Christmas gift ideas for binary bartenders here

8 Christmas gift ideas for Xbox gamers

It was easy, at first: you just bought them a console, put them in front of the TV and left them to it. Now, though, things have changed. That starter pack of games has grown old. One controller simply isn't enough. Even the broadband isn't quick enough.

Fend off a festive Xbox nightmare with these gaming gifts - guaranteed to put a smile on the face of any Xbox gamer.

Check out our list of 8 great Christmas gift ideas for Xbox gamers here

12 Christmas gift ideas for PlayStation gamers

The Sony PlayStation 4 might be a steller piece of kit - and the new PlayStation 4 Pro even more so - but, come Christmas, the basic 'console and controller' setup just won't cut the festive cake.

See, when Uncle Sharma is calling for a Fallout 4 marathon, Dad wants to burn some rubber in Rocket League and Nan's after a button-mashing Street Fighter V tournament, you need some next-level gear.

Fortunately, there's no shortage of peripherals available to add that much-needed extra spice to your PS4. Whether you're in search of superb sound or a solution to sweaty palms during an all-night Christmas Eve session with Santa, we've got you covered.

Check out our full list of 12 great Christmas gift ideas for PlayStation gamers here

17 headphones for music lovers

There are headphones, then there are headphones.

You can cup some cans around your little lobes and enjoy so-so sounds, or you can enter an engrossing sonic journey before you battle your way to catch the next train at Dadar.

If you know someone inclined towards the latter, this collection of impeccable ear-feeders is certified to bring them audio delight this Christmas.

Note: not actually certified. But they're really darn good.

Check out our full list of 17 great headphones for music lovers here

14 Christmas gift ideas for food lovers

Nothing quite satisfies a food lover like, well, food. And there isn't much better than a tasty Turkey and a corker of a Christmas pud.

But Christmas - sadly - comes just once a year. Once the food coma subsides and the final choccies are polished off, desolation and despondency ensue, leaving fans of all things edible with little to look forward to but Boxing Day leftovers. That's why we've compiled this list of the best gifts for those with an insatiable appetite - and it's delicious.

Check out our full list of great Christmas gift ideas for food lovers here

10 great Xbox One games to buy for Christmas

It's been a pretty spectacular year for video games, and if you're shopping for a mate or family member with an Xbox One, thankfully you have some great options. Admittedly, you have a lot of options – probably more than you can keep track of if you're not constantly plugged into the gaming world.

Fortunately, we do keep our finger to the pulse of the games world, and we're happy to share our wisdom when it comes to gifting guidance. Seeking a recent game for an Xbox One or need a refresher on the year's best games for your own wish list? Here are 10 of 2016's must-play Xbox games.

Check out our full list of great Xbox One games to buy for Christmas here

10 great PlayStation 4 games to buy for Christmas

Sony's current console hardware lineup has grown immensely this winter, with the PlayStation 4 Pro, PS4 Slim, and PlayStation VR, but all of it is pretty much for naught without great games.

Fortunately, 2016 was no slouch for awesome PlayStation 4 games, with Sony's own Uncharted 4 leading a diverse pack of exhilarating experiences. So if you're buying for a PS4 fan this Christmas, you've got options… lots and lots of options.

Need some help narrowing down the pack? We're happy to help: here are 10 of the best new PlayStation 4 games from 2016, all ready to be snatched up and shoved into a stocking for can't-miss Christmas bliss.

Check out our full list of great PlayStation 4 games to buy for Christmas here

20 Christmas gift ideas for Apple fans

We all know that certain someone who’s as good as fused to their favourite iAccessory. They’ll only put down Bejeweled on their iPhone to browse eBay on a Watch. Their iPad only gets a rest when they're busy salivating over the latest MacBook. Any contraption that comes out of Cupertino - no matter the price - they want it, need it and, probably, have it.

But, once one’s bought all the aluminium-skinned super-tech there is to buy, what’s left to slake a thirst for Apple-flavoured kit? The answer, of course, is to accessorise.

Whether cool cases or wireless charging wizardry, photographic add-ons or ‘Book-hugging mounts, we’ve collected the best in iExtras to compliment your cool-to-touch iOS tech. Enjoy. 

Check out our list of 20 great Christmas gift ideas for Apple fans here

15 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

When it comes to camera kit it can be a real present-purchasing minefield. Don't know your prime from your telephoto? Baffled by bags? Confused by lens caps? Don't be.

Anything from this cracking compendium of trigger-happy tech will bring a smile to the face of photography fans - which, of course, they'll instantly be able to capture from several different angles, correctly exposed and beautifully-framed.

Hey, who knows: maybe they'll do your next passport photo for free. 

Check out our list of 15 great Christmas gift ideas for photographers here

15 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR TRAVELLERS

Ah, travel - truly the tonic of the soul. Reclining on some faraway beach, Mojito in hand; trekking up a rugged mountain slope to catch the sunrise; haring it down an America highway in a drop-top: whatever tickles your far-flung fancy, there's no better answer to winter blues.

That is, until your battery runs out, your shampoo gets all over your toothbrush and you buy so many clothes that you run out of space to bring them home. We feel your pain. That's why we've compiled this list of the top tech for footloose festive flyers.

Check out our full list of 15 great Christmas gift ideas for travellers here

9 Christmas gift ideas for adrenaline junkies

Christmas is a truly dull affair. No bungee jumps. No swimming with sharks. Just baubles, telly and a whole lot of wrapping paper.

If the thought of Santa shimmying down the chimney isn’t enough to keep your heart pumping, throw some thrills into the festive mix with our exhilerating gift guide.

From super fast Go-karts to windsurfing lessons, adrenaline junkies need look no further for sweaty palms on the 25th.

Check out our full list of 15 great Christmas gift ideas for adrenaline junkies here

19 of the best books for avid readers

Choosing books for the discerning devourer of all things written is a deceptively difficult task.

Sure, you could pick up a bestseller or choose something from the discount section, but doing so is to ignore the relationship a reader has with their latest page-turner. From afternoons on the couch to hours on the bus, burying your head in a book is an intensely involved experienced - so you'd better choose wisely.

We're here to help, though, with these 19 stellar shelf-fillers bound to bring book-lovers unbridled joy. You can thank us later.

Check out our full list of great books to give as Christmas gifts here