Words by Megan C. Hills and Sunil Makan
From the wireless headphones to speakers with built in Alexa and fitness trackers to hair straighteners these are the best tech gifts for Christmas 2018.
Prince Harry is known to wear one of these and if it’s good enough for the Duke, it’s good enough for us. Smaller and sleeker than a chunky tracker bracelet, these stylish Finnish rings are packed with a ton of sensors and other tech. The Oura ring tracks your activity, sleep and keeps tabs on everything from your body temperature, steps and even your breathing. Available in several different shades, it’s a pretty nifty piece of tech and syncs to an app on your phone.
Rings start at £279, available at Oura
A great hair styler is a total investment piece and luckily, ghd’s released a luxe icy blue version of their best-selling product. Designed to both curl, straighten and keep your hair looking smooth and sleek, it’s as tech-forward as they come with two heat sensors to optimise the temperature.
Priced at £139, available at lookfantastic
Tech teen gifts
Nintendo stans have been waiting a long time for this classic party game and it’s finally dropped. If you thought Mario Kart could get competitive, you’ve obviously never given Mario Party a go as you’ll have to compete with one another to win mini games and collect the most stars.
Priced at £49.99, available at Nintendo
Tech geek gifts
If you or someone you know is a massive Star Wars buff, this little droid is the perfect gift. Perfect for if your landlord won’t let you have a pet, you can instead grab BB-8 from the new gen of Star Wars and make him roll around from an app on your phone. For those who are more old school, there’s also an R2D2 version.
Priced at £96.48, available at Amazon
Tech gifts for kids
It doesn’t get much cooler than this. This Avengers-themed kit both teaches kids how to code and make their own superhero identity a reality. It syncs up to an app which will help walk them through step by step how to assemble the electronic building blocks to create circuits and bring cool new powers to life.
Priced at £149.99, available at Amazon
Tech gifts under £50
Ever wanted to channel your inner Tony Stark and have your own computerised butler? Amazon’s upgraded their voice-controlled speaker and it’s enabled with Alexa, their digital assistant. If you give her a shout, she’ll be able to do things like help you stream music from Spotify, check the weather, set alarms and even work with your other smart home products if you’ve got them.
Priced at £49.99, available at Amazon
The new Shark DuoClean Cordless Upright With Powered lift-Away and TruePet, is designed for homes with pets. You wouldn’t expect such great performance from such a lightweight and cordless vaccum bit it really does make light work of the whole vacuuming thing. And, with an impressive battery run time to boot. Huge thumbs up from us.
£479.99 from Shark.
This powerhouse of a speaker which features RIVA’s Patented Trillium Audio Technology – which means impressive surround sound without distortion at any volume – has Alexa built-in and several methods of connectivity.
£199 from Amazon.
Packing an impressive 20 hours of extra life in here (around 4 charges) this handy Mophie power station with integrated Lightning cable is a real game changer.
£69.95 from Apple.
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