Top tech Christmas gift ideas
If you're struggling to find gifts for your loved ones this Christmas then we've got you covered.
We’ve teamed up with Sky Mobile to share our pick of the must-have tech gadgets to please everyone in your life – even that seemingly tricky relative who has everything!
For the person who wants to stay connected
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s the importance of keeping in touch with friends and loved ones. Smartphones make for the perfect gift for this reason. Not only do they provide a wide range of options for staying connected with others, but they can also keep us informed with what’s happening around the world.
Network of the Year Sky Mobile have some of the best deals and mobile packages to help sort you out this Christmas. Including the latest iPhone 12, starting from just £34 per month with no upfront costs. With the best ever iPhone display, fast download speeds (allowing your loved ones to download shows, upload photos and stream high-quality videos even faster), and night mode on every camera.
As a more budget-friendly alternative, the iPhone SE packs the most powerful chip into the most popular size iPhone, taking stunning photos and offering a generous battery life – perfect for anyone who is always out and about!
If your loved one prefers Android, bag a deal with the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G. With a revolutionary new zoom feature, you can utilize 30X Space Zoom – simply find something to zoom in on, and pinch in or swipe on the zoom bar to find moments you might have missed otherwise.
For those working from home
More of us are now working from home than ever before, and doing so creates a whole host of challenges. One of those is finding a way to reduce the noise created by family members or flatmates so that we can focus on the task at hand - or even so we can carve out a few moments of quiet for ourselves.
If you’ve never tried a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, you really are missing out. They’re one of the true wonders of the modern era as they can totally tune out any unwanted sounds or even ambient noise while making everything sound better. Sky Mobile offers a range of headphone and audio accessories to suit everyone’s needs, including Wireless Earbuds, Bluetooth Headphones and Apple EarPods. Plus, if you’re an existing customer you can cash in your spare data to get money off with Piggybank rewards.
For the whole family
Tablets offer great style, power, portability and can be put to a range of good uses, both around the home and out and about. Plus, prices start low which mean you've got plenty of budget options if you just want to give your kids something simple to play around with.
With an Apple iPad from £10 a month on Sky Mobile, you get a product that is incredibly thin and light, with up to 10 hours of battery life to keep you going all day.
The Android selection has just expanded with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, allowing you to work on-the-go, binge watch your favourite shows, and create amazing works of art – all powered by Samsung’s most powerful chipset.
For the multi-tasker
Powered by a virtual assistant, smart speakers are able to answer questions, set timers, reminders and alarms, order you a takeaway, tell you the weather forecast, and control any other smart devices in your home.
If that isn’t enough, they will also play your favourite radio station, playlist or podcast, just like you’d want your standard speaker to do.
For staying in touch with your kids
Treat your kids to the new SPACETALK smartwatch - the mobile phone, GPS tracker and watch all rolled into one. Designed with your kids’ safety in mind, you’ll have full parental control with the AIIMyTribe app, giving you peace of mind when they’re not with you. And that’s not all. You don’t need to worry about social media, internet or camera access, so it’s the perfect gift for kids aged 5–12
The gadget costs £9 a month from Sky Mobile, and comes with 2GB of data and unlimited calls and texts.
For the book lover
eReaders enable you to carry literally thousands of books in one slim, lightweight device, which is especially useful when you’re travelling.
They are connected to Wi-Fi, and sometimes the mobile phone network too, making it even easier to download a new book when you’re on the go.
For the person who is always on the go
Controlled by an app, a smart plug lets you turn on and off any appliance that plugs into a standard wall socket. You could schedule a lamp to come on at certain times, start your day with the kettle already boiled, turn on your slow cooker whilst at work, or automatically turn off appliances to save on energy.
For students, teachers and budding artists
The Apple Pencil is a smart stylus you can use to make handwritten notes during class or in a meeting, mark up emails and screenshots, create incredible works of art, and more - all on your iPad. Think of it like a regular pencil or pen (just don't try to use it on actual paper, because that won’t work). Available on Sky Mobile.
For those who need their caffeine fix
If you know a recently transitioned home-worker, one of the most worthwhile investments for them could be a quality coffee machine.
Primarily it’s a choice between pod, filter and bean-to-cup machines – but there is a product to suit every budget. Plus, many of them look seriously chic, won't take up too much counter space and are more than capable of handling your favourite flat white, cappuccino or morning Americano.
For the animal lover
With location and activity tracking, a smart collar can help make sure your dog or cat is both safe and healthy.
They sync up with your smartphone via Bluetooth and have batteries that last up to a year.
For the person who has everything
Not just for the security conscious, an outdoor smart camera also makes a fascinating nature-cam.
Many are competitively priced and more straightforward than ever. There’s even totally wireless smart cameras, which run for weeks off batteries, eliminating the need to drill holes into your wall.