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Sony NW-A100TPS Walkman 40th Anniversary Limited Edition

Sony NW-A100TPS Walkman 40th Anniversary Limited Edition

The iconic Sony Walkman is back! Except, it doesn’t play cassette tapes! To be fair, where would you get them – the Woolworth’s bargain bin? Although packaged to look like Sony’s game-changing 1979 portable music player, this 40th anniversary edition is an all-digital affair. So, under the retro bonnet, you’ll find an Android music player that wirelessly streams hi-res music via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

£400  amazon.co.uk  

Lego 1989 Batmobile

Lego 1989 Batmobile (30th anniversary edition)

Michael Keaton as Batman, Jack Nicholson as the Joker and an iconic Batmobile – the Batman flick of 1989 had it all. Now you can recreate Batman’s ride in minute, bricky detail with this 3000+ piece Lego set. Is it for you? Is for your kids? Does it even matter? £220 is a small price to pay for bridging the generation gap.

£220  lego.com

Pioneer DDJ-WeGO4 (White)

This compact gadget is ideal for the kind of DJ who enjoys sleeping and doesn’t want tinnitus. Pioneer’s deck is elegantly designed, looks great on a coffee table, and allows you to mix tracks from your phone, laptop or tablet (an iPad fits in the slot at the top). It also teaches you how to mix seamlessly, pulling in songs from your Spotify, SoundCloud and iTunes playlists.

£269  djkit.com

Oculus Quest VR

Oculus Quest VR headset

Christmas can be hellishly stressful. So when the Brexit debate rears its ugly head, why not escape into an alternate reality? This wireless virtual reality lets you go ‘hands-free’ as you explore virtual world or knock the stuffing out of Mike Tyson in a virtual boxing match, using the supplied Touch controllers. Peace and goodwill to all, yeah.

£399 amazon.co.uk

Line-Us Drawing Robot

Line-us Robot Drawing Arm

Linus – ‘Line-us’ – is a tiny robot arm holding a pen. It copies out whatever you draw on your iPhone or iPad’s screen. You can even teach it to sign documents or write letters for you. The arms mimics your motion in real-time, recreating your digital swishes on a piece of paper, greetings card, or mortgage application form. An brilliant talking point for the tech-obsessed.

£99  conranshop.co.uk

Amazon Fire Tv Cube

Amazon Fire TV Cube

This Fire cube is not aimed at pyromaniacs. Instead, this video streaming gadget gives you front row tickets to a festive film bonanza. You get crisp 4K films from Netflix and Amazon Prime, plus access to a host streaming apps and games. Plug it in and ask Alexa for her recommendations (or demand she play all the Home Alone‘s.)

£110 amazon.co.uk

Apple AirPods Pro

Ember Ceramic Mug

The invention of the decade. A mug that keeps tea and coffee at a precise drinking temperature so it never goes cold. Synch the mug with the Ember app and set a preferred temperature for tea and another for coffee. The mug’s heating element keeps the brew to within a degree for up to an hour (longer if you place it on the ‘charging saucer’). This isn’t just about solving some massive first world problem… No, hang on, it is. Pure genius, though.

£114  amazon.co.uk

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple’s teeny wireless earbuds have grown up. The new Pro version boasts world-class noise-cancelling that blocks out the world and detailed sound with a lot more oomph than the standard AirPods. You can gift them in any colour as long as it white. Unless you pay uber-customisers ColorWare to add a bespoke lick of paint.

£249  currys.co.uk

Bose Frames Rondo

Bose Frames RONDO Audio Sunglasses

US audio maker Bose has somehow managed to squeeze an entire sound system into a pair of sunglasses using ‘micro-acoustic’ tech. Wearers can wirelessly stream music from any Bluetooth phone or tablet, as well as take calls and access voice assistants such as Siri. Simply add ‘sunglasses that play music’ to your Christmas list and await shock, confusion and, ultimately, disgust.

£200 bose.co.uk

Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless Earphones

Put simply, the most stylish wireless earphones ever. They automatically play when you put them in, then pause when you take them out. Choose from a range of handcrafted acetate finishes. You can even personalise the buds with a gold monogram. Perfect for the millennial aristocrat.

£279  masterdynamic.co.uk

Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 i-Type

The instant camera is back. Designed for the modern age, this Polaroid snapper features a rechargeable battery, improved viewfinder and a powerful flash. Just get yourself some i-Type film and you’re off to the races.

£120  selfridges.com

Beeline Velo Smart Bike Compass

This award-winning gadget will save the directionally-challenged cyclist from location-based cock-ups. Rather than attempting to read Google Maps while cruising along, mount this device on your handlebars for simple arrows.

£99  beeline.co 

Smeg Drip Filter Coffee Machine

Filter coffee is making a comeback, and rightly so. The ‘drip’ method  might take longer than a pod machine, but you extract more flavour from the ground beans that sit in the little paper cone. Smeg’s new drip machine does dripping for you, with an auto-mode for sleepy mornings. Choose from two brew levels: light or intense.

£179  ao.com

Nintendo Switch Lite 

This handheld-only console (the natural heir to the Game Boy’s throne) is cheaper than the normal Switch but a bit tougher and a bit less complicated. Pick it up and play Mario Kart anytime, anywhere – no virtual reality, no augmented reality. Just you and those goddam banana skins.

£200  johnlewis.com

 

 

Keecker

This mind-blowing robot has a built-in HD projector. The idea is that you chuck out all your televisions and summon this voice-enabled ‘bot to screen TV and films. It moves discreetly from room to room at your command. Just say, ‘Keecker, project hardcore pornography onto the bedroom ceiling’ and you’re in business. Merry Christmas.

£1,990  keecker.com

Pro-Ject Collector’s Edition Yellow Submarine Turntable

The Yellow Submarine is a belt-driven, submarine-shaped turntable that pays tribute to the iconic Beatles film, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. It rocks a glass platter, custom yellow cartridge and S-shaped aluminium tonearm.

£389  audiodestination.co.uk

Courant Catch3 wireless charger

Courant Catch:3

This stylish accessory tray covertly charges your wireless gadgets. Just toss your phone onto the tray and it will start to charge without ever having to plug it in. It works with Qi-enabled wireless charging gadgets, which is most Android smartphones, the latest iPads and iPhones, plus true wireless earbuds such as the Apple AirPods.

£175  fortnumandmason.com 

Fitbit Versa 2 Special Edition 

You don’t need to spend £500 on an Apple Watch. This premium Fitbit is half the price and provides access to Amazon Alexa, a far more accomplished (and helpful) voice assistant than Siri. Aside from tracking how many tins of Quality Street you get through, the device improves your sleep, tracks your heart rate 24/7 and has a 6 day battery life. Buy it from Currys – you get a free Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker.

£219  currys.co.uk

Oral B Genius X A.I. toothbrush

Artificial intelligence comes to the humble toothbrush. Finally, you can now use algorithms to get clear, whiter teeth – with less effort. The accompanying smartphone app tracks where you miss a bit, giving you personalised feedback on your sub-par performance.

£120  amazon.co.uk

Gravity Industries Jet Suit Experience

Possibly the greatest ‘experience’ gift ever: learning to fly a jet pack that’s not only real and works, but is actually safe. Once you arrive at a hanger 90 minutes outside London, you’ll learn to pilot the Gravity Industries Jet Suit, invented by a British rocketman Richard Browning – and become one of an elite bunch of people who have experienced the joy of flying without wings. See it in action here.

From £5,000  gravity.co

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