Winter Survival Kit – On the Sofa

The wind’s cold and the ground’s hard. The sofa’s soft. If you’re going to be stuck indoors all winter, you might as well be p

The wind’s cold and the ground’s hard. The sofa’s soft. If you’re going to be stuck indoors all winter, you might as well be prepared. Here's the top kit to while away the long winter nights

Sony PS3

From £300

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For a media hub in your living room you can’t do much better. Blu-ray and upscaled DVD playback is superb and it can store your digital music collection on its hard disk. A recent Christmas price cut and two bundled games makes it exceptional value.

Sun Jar

£20

www.firebox.com

Missing the sun’s friendly face? Capture a little of his light by placing this ingenious jar next to your window – the solar panels will store up enough of the sun’s energy to make the jar shine through the evening, and hopefully bring a little more happiness into your blue Christmas.

Projectiondesign M25

£5,000

www.projectiondesign.com

With all that festive telly and DVD pressies, get prepared with a proper home cinema – and that means a wall-filling picture in good-as-it-gets 1080p hi-def. The M25 is the world’s smallest Full HD projector, so it won’t block Auntie Mabel’s view.

Flavia Fusion

£80

www.myflavia.co.uk

In the fight against Jack Frost, hot drinks are like a suit of asbestos, and the Flavia can pour them out in next to no time. There’s a healthy choice of drink cartridges, from nerve-jangling coffees to hippy-pleasing herbal teas.

Fatboy Beanbag

£149

www.iwantoneofthose.com

Too full to make it to the sofa? Thanks to Fatboy, you can slump prone on the über-comfort of a beanbag sofa – just don’t sit so close to the burning yule log or those polystyrene balls in the beanbag may start to melt.

Guitar Hero III (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)

From £30

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The British winter is about as pleasurable as drinking a pint of vinegar. We recommend battening down the hatches for six months of solid hibernation. And what better way to while away the winter months than with your trusty axe and the latest leg in your rock career.

Nintendo Wii£180www.nintendo.co.ukWhy run on the spot to keep yourself nice and toasty this winter? Instead, wave your arms around like a frightened semaphore chap with a Nintendo Wii (left). The included Wii Sports game alone will bring July home faster than a bullet with a train to catch.