Going ga-ga for gadgets
Technology is an integral part of modern life and gadgetry makes for some great Christmas gifts. And with so many products on the market, it’s now possible to get some pretty great tech for just a little cash.
Though there are plenty of gimmicks out there, you can avoid these by paying close consideration to the usefulness of your potential purchase and resisting the temptation to impulse buy.
So, we’ve scoured the net to bring you some seriously cool gadgets and great deals – from a smart speaker for those looking to dip their toes into the smart home market and a tool to help create the perfect selfie, to an activity tracker to help motivate some post-Christmas workouts. We’ve also got an electric toothbrush, and finally, a very handy key tracker – sure to save a lot of frustration for the more scatter-brained amongst your loved ones.
And our five top picks all come in at under £50!
Google Home Mini @ £49
Voice activated smart home technology has kicked off in a major way in recent years, and for just £49, this smart speaker is a snip for those interested in smart home technology, but perhaps not quite ready to make a serious commitment. It connects wirelessly to the internet and features Google Assistant – your very own personal assistant who can answer questions, and control apps like Spotify and products like Nest or Hive smart-thermostats, Philips Hue lights and more. Check it out here.
Joby GripTight ONE GorillaPod Magnetic with Impulse Remote @ £44.99
Fan of the selfie? Have a teenager who fancies themselves as the next big thing on YouTube? Then this might be for you. This clever tripod works with any smart phone, and you can bend the legs to wrap them around objects or create handles for front-facing photos. The feet are magnetic so the tripod can be attached to anything metallic and it also comes with a Bluetooth Impulse remote so that you can take photos while standing up to 90 feet away from your phone. Check it out here.
Oral-B Smart 4 4000N CrossAction electric toothbrush @ £50.00
To keep your pearly whites gleaming like fresh-fallen snow, choose the Oral-B Smart 4 4000N CrossAction. This techy toothbrush has an RRP of £129 so is pretty good value at £50. It connects with the Oral-B app in your phone and guides you with real time feedback to brush better. It promises to remove up to 100 percent more plaque than a standard manual toothbrush and is compatible with a number of toothbrush heads, including Cross Action, 3D White, Sensi Ultrathin, Sensitive Clean, and more. Check it out here.
Huawei Band 2 Pro Fitness Wristband Activity Tracker @ £39.99
Normally priced at £80, this activity tracker might not come under the sub-£50 bracket for long and has a host of great features including an in-built GPS and heart rate monitoring. It has a long battery life – up to 21 days, is waterproof, and features Scientific Sleep Tracking. This keeps track of light, deep and REM sleep stages and is validated by DBIOM AT BIDMC, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. It also offers a Professional Workout Report complete with map of run or activity, heart rate, calories burnt, distance travelled and speed, VO2 max, and more. Check it out here.
Chipolo Classic @ £22.00
Scatterbrained? Absent-minded? If this describes you or someone in your life, this smart little keyring tracker could save a lot of time and frustration looking for lost things. It can be attached to anything that might frequently be misplaced, such as your phone, keys or a favourite child’s toy. Simply pair it with the free Chipolo app on your phone, then, whenever you want to find the item, you just press a button and the Chipolo’s alarm will sound. And if you lose your phone but have your Chipolo keyring, you can press it twice and it’ll call your phone. Check it out here.