Ok, so summer is but a distant memory and soon our attention will be turning towards…Christmas! Now, if you have a gadget lover in your midst, then you will no doubt want to buy them something that appeals to them, rather than the same old, tired ideas. But, where do you start? Luckily, here is my Top 10 Gadget Gifts Ideas for all budgets that should inspire you…
1. USB Fridge
Now you can enjoy an ice cold beer whilst browsing the net, online gaming or chatting with this natty little USB Fridge. Simply plug it into the USB hub and you have a mini, portable chiller which reaches 8°C in next to no time!
£19.95 (Available at www.gizoo.co.uk)
2.Vuzix Video Iwear
These glasses transform your iPod screen into the equivalent of a 51 inch display viewed from a 10ft distance, allowing you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in a film whilst travelling or chilling. These little beauties also have the capability to view in widescreen and come complete with noise reducing earphones.
£139.95 (Available at www.iwantoneofthose.com)
3. Gun O’Clock
One of the best alarm clocks I have ever seen! Set up the clock, place the gun under your pillow and await the alarm in the morning, shoot the alarm clock like crazy until it stops! If you cannot wait until morning, then you can set up the clock to game mode and work on being a super sharp shooter!
£68 (Available at www.youlikee.co.uk)
4. Boombox Speaker T-Shirt
Taking you back to the old school, this tremendous Tee, that features an ingenious built-in speaker and retro boombox motif! This T-Shirt will blast out the tunes from your iPod – or any other device with a headphone jack – it even comes complete with a graphic equaliser that lights up in time to the beat…Truly loud fashion at its best!
£31.99 (Available at www.firebox.com)
5. Wiki iMusic Wireless Pillow
An amazing invention! The Wiki iMusic Wireless Pillow allows you to drift off to sleep to the sounds of your favourite music, undisturbed by wires and not disturbing your partner. Infinitely more comfortable than headphones, this wireless pillow is like a large fluffy speaker – perfect for bedtime or long journeys!
£24.95 (Available at www.gizoo.co.uk)
6. iPad 2
No Xmas gadget list would be complete without the iPad 2, a must have for those with the budget! What more can I say other than the iPad2 is thinner, lighter and faster than the original and is available in white or black, either Wi-Fi ready or Wi-Fi/3G ready, with memory ranging from 16GB to 64GB. If money is no object, then you will be the Apple of your beloved’s eye if you present them with this on Xmas Day!
starting at £399 (Available at store.apple.com/uk)
Now, if your budget is somewhat less that required and you want to purchase a fun, novelty gift with practical slant, then how about the LavNav? Incorporating a night light and visual target system, the LavNav shines a green light when the seat is down and a red light directly into the bowl when the seat is up. It turns on, when you approach and off again after you leave, shining gentle, sufficient light when and where needed. No more arguments!
£12.95 (Available at www.gadgets.co.uk)
8. Fuji Finepix XP30
Truly the camera of champions, this Fuji Finepix XP30 is a fine piece of precision hardware. Amongst its many features include being dust-proof, freeze-proof, shock-proof and water-proof, it has GPS functions, captures HD movie footage, boasts an impressive 14MP, 28mm wide angle lense and 5xoptical zoom. It is quite literally the superhero of cameras — Now where is my credit card.
£199.99 (Available at www.firebox.com)
9. Thumbs Up Digital Film Negative Scanner Gadget
Sticking on the photography theme, this nifty little gadget transfers the old style 35mm slides or photographic negatives and transfers them into digital files. This device is perfect for someone who has stacks of old family photos and wants to share them in a modern way, bringing old negatives and slides to life and converting them to high-resolution jpegs for handy storage.
£79.99 (Available at www.argos.co.uk)
The smarter, more secure way to shop online, the Smart Swipe is the world’s first personal secure card reader. Simply install the software, plug in the reader to your USB and then you can simply swipe your card at your computer. Now you can shop safe in the knowledge that your card information is truly safe.
£69.00 (Available at www.prezzybox.com)