Christmas Gift Guide 2018

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Christmas Gift Guide 2018

by Julia Paddon

Gadgets

christmas gift guide 2018 gadgets

  1. The new zzysh Champagne Preserver lets you treat yourself to a celebratory glass of bubbly without worrying about the rest of the bottle going to waste.  Made using Swiss patented technology, zzysh preserves the natural aroma, flavour and fizz of sparkling wines after opening.  Designed by entrepreneur Manfred Jüni, it is compact, portable and cost-effective.
    £79.90 from zzysh.me
  2. This Christmas, give the gift of safety. Dash Cams are the most popular in-car technology on the market and the fastest growing consumer technology in the UK. The best-selling Nextbase 412GW is a Which? Best Buy and the perfect gift for the drivers in your family.
    £96.75 over the Christmas period from nextbase.com
  3. The Mini O makes it easy to keep an eye on what’s happening in any room as its base quickly clamps to any magnetic surface for simple set up. It’s ideal for parents who are looking for a baby monitoring system giving a one-stop solution for looking or listening. With a sleek design, two-way audio, HD day-and-night video and motion detection alerts straight to your phone, this affordable solution will complete any nursery or offer true peace of mind knowing your home is protected.
    £39.99 from Argos

Grooming

christmas gift guide 2018 grooming

    1. Braun’s Multi Grooming Kit 3085 is the ultimate 9-in-1 multi-tasking tool. It’s detachable smart clipper comb trims facial hair to 13 precise length settings, and includes a dedicated ear and nose trimmer, precision edge trimmer, smart hair trimmer and body grooming heads that let him truly master his personal grooming, from head to toe.
      £52.49 from Boots
    2. The Face Spa Pro Gold 3 in 1 from Braun is the perfect multi-tasking gift. With a precise epilator and facial cleansing brush, which cleanses six times more effectively than manual face scrubs alone, and with a new Skin Vitalising Pad, skin will be beautifully clean, ready to ring in the New Year.
      £169.99 from Boots
    3. Aqua Blade from Wahl is the perfect Christmas gift for the man in your life. The blades are self-sharpening so it’s the only beard trimmer they’ll ever need and even comes with a lifetime guarantee. Plus it charges quickly for speedy last minute trims.
      £89.99, on offer at £59.99 in November and December from wahlstore.co.uk

Practical

christmas gift guide 2018 practical

  1. Ideal for a multitude of activities when you need to be hands free in low light conditions including; camping, walking, mountaineering, fishing, hunting, and even as an emergency light at home! It offers different beam ranges and key features include; reflective head strap, motion sensor brightness mode, distance sensor with auto dimming, and up to 69 hours run time.
    £17.99 from uk.gpbatteries.com
  2. Three practical tools for the outdoor adventurer from Bear Grylls, the Ultimate Kit has everything you’ll need to survive the world’s toughest dadventure, the fixed blade is loaded with innovations and the survival bracelet is the best piece of equipment when you need a paracord to secure a tent.
    £59.99 for Ultimate Kit, £74.99 for Ultimate Fixed Blade, £19.99 for Survival Bracelet from Amazon
  3. The rechargeable PR57 can be paired with GP’s range of portable powerbanks. With a range of 1000 lumen, this powerful flashlight features three brightness levels plus strobe to suit different applications and needs, tactical dual switch for direct one-handed operation, instant strobe and momentary-on, PWM regulation for accurate light output at different levels.
    £84.99 from uk.gpbatteries.com
  4. Get straight to the point with the brand-new Salter Cactus Digital Kitchen Scale. With a history in accuracy and precision, the Cactus Scale keeps your kitchen looking sharp and your measurements on point. Save time in the kitchen with the “Add & Weigh” function so you can throw all of your ingredients into the same bowl. Like a real cactus, it doesn’t need watering but, it does measure liquids for you. Botanical is in, prickly cactuses are on trend and who doesn’t love a little greenery to brighten up their kitchen? Lightweight and slim line, it’s truly built to last with a whopping 15-year guarantee.
    £19.99 from salterhousewares.co.uk

Audio

christmas gift guide 2018 audio

  1. House of Marley’s No Bounds Sport Bluetooth speaker. This compact but powerful speaker can fill a room with music using 360 degree sound projection or entertain you as you train. IP67 water and dust resistance capabilities mean it’s ready to be the best companion at any sports event or weekend outdoor exploration – it even floats! The integrated charging cable and 12 hour runtime makes sure you’ll never be out of power. Just pick up, and go.
    £79.99 from thehouseofmarley.co.uk
  2. Tile Pro Bluetooth tracker features longer range, louder volume and replaceable batteries, to help you keep track of the things that matter most, such as your keys, wallet, bag and just about anything else. Ring it when you’ve misplaced your belonging, if it’s close by, and use it in reverse to call your phone – even when it’s on silent. If you fear you’ve left your belonging further away, check where your item was last seen on a map, or tap into Tile’s community, the world’s largest lost-and-found network, which will anonymously help find the lost or stolen item almost anywhere in the world.
    £30 from thetileapp.com
  3. This tiny cubic portable speaker packs a punch! The 2 inch square speaker driver design fits easily into the palm of your hand yet the sound from it seems to come from a much larger speaker. The Three button control located on top of the speaker lets you easily control your audio. You can answer calls, power on/off and playback control. Mobile phone ringing? no problem – simply change your portable speaker into a speaker phone with the call button. Any portable speaker needs to be durable and that is what the MP200 offers. With a splash and dust protected IP54 rating this makes sure the speaker is protected from both dust and water spray. Available in 5 colours, there is one to suit everyone…
    £19.99 from edifier.com
  4. Sphero Mini packs tons of fun into a tiny, app-enabled robotic ball. Drive using the Sphero Mini app, or with your facial expressions in the new Face Drive feature. Use Mini as a controller to play different games, or program your robot with the app. It’s the next big thing!
    £49.99 from sphero.com

Kids Tech

christmas gift guide 2018 tech kids

  1. Design and build glowing badges that light up with electro thread. Bring your own designs to life through the amazing power of electro conductive thread! Suitable for any skill level, these kits are great at helping kids learn about electric circuits.
    £19.99 from techwillsaveus.com
  2. Sophisticated, responsive and packed with learning designed to delight, Dash brings the magic of coding and robotics to every child at an affordable, family-friendly price point. Working in tandem with a tablet or smartphone and a growing suite of free apps compatible with more than 35 iOS and Android devices, Dash makes interacting with difficult computer science concepts as easy as finger painting.The programmable robot enables every child to explore STEM principles and gain access to vital 21st century skills in a language they can understand. Coding is essentially the new literacy, Wonder Workshop provides kids with hands-on experiences while helping to make concepts including conditionals, variables and sequences accessible.Packed with sensors and capabilities, Dash will race, dance, sing, and even respond to a child’s voice. Working with Blockly and Wonder apps this little robot will transform from inanimate object to a loyal partner in fun; the responsive robot coding companion a child has always wanted.
    £154.99 from makewonder.com
  3. The first wearable device for kids that can be coded to react to movement with easy-to-learn block based learning. Introduce your children to the exciting world of coding whilst maintaining a seriously playful edge. The perfect Christmas gift for an inquisitive child!
    £54.99 from techwillsaveus.com

Children

christmas gift guide 2018 play stuff

  1. Available in several stylish colours, the eye-catching cube allows children to take control of how and where they listen to music and stories – simply place a chosen Tonie on top of the Toniebox and the audio content will start playing; remove the Tonie and it will stop. There are a range of tonies available for children to collect from cherished classics such as The Gruffalo and The Little Prince as well as new imaginative stories. They have also introduced a very special The Snowman Tonie to transport children on magical snowy adventures this Christmas. Each Tonie has its own content so that children can operate the Toniebox themselves for hours of fun listening to stories. For parents that love story time too, the Creative-tonies, have 90-minutes available for you to record or download your own audio so you can create your own very special family stories that everyone can enjoy and listen too.
    £79.95 for a Toniebox, Tonies £14,99 from tonies.com
  2. These ‘take anywhere’ buddies called Wrapples have a special snap on feature that is perfect for wearing on the wrist or school backpacks and make the ultimate style statement. With over 50 interactive sounds, light-up emotive eyes, talking and singing, these cute collectable pets are irresistible! There is a total of three lovable characters to collect! Will you get Skyo, Una or Princeza?
    £16.99 from character-online.com
  3. Keep baby entertained on this soft mat no matter where you go. This portable baby gym features a hanging apple, a bee with fluttering wings, and a flower that will delight little hands and eyes – and it doubles as a stylish tote bag. Suitable for ages 0+ Months.
    £85.61 from Amazon

Toys

  1. Swirl Unicorn is a magical furry friend from the North Pole! A shy but enchanting northern unicorn with a glittery candy cane horn. This pristine unicorn has a pink coat with white fur and a bushy tail. Add one-of-a-kind fashions and accessories to your unicorn for endless fun this Christmas!
    £21.50 from buildabear.co.uk
  2. Blast off to another world with this four-stage rocket ship complete with planetary Lander! Conduct your very own imaginary deep space voyage. Suitable for ages 3+ years.
    £65 from Amazon
  3. Care Bears are the group of adorable, cuddly bears with a special mission to teach the importance of caring for others. Featuring cheerful colours and super soft huggable fabrics the Flair/Just Play bears are suitable for age 2+ and will no doubt bring cuddly Care Bear companionship to a whole new generation of kids.
    £15.99 from flairplc.co.uk

Fun

christmas gift guide 2018 fun

  1. This set contains everything needed for children to build their own functional mini greenhouse with the ENGINO construction system. The set includes plant pots and a watering pipette to enable them to put their greenhouse to use by growing plants as they learn more about photosynthesis in the included booklet. Age 8+
    £79.99 from Amazon
  2. Dream Tents are fun bed tents that are easy to attach to any single or junior bed. They bring fun to bedtime or make a great reading nook – they’re available in four fun themes including Dinosaur, Unicorn, Space and Winter Wonderland.
    £19.99 from smythstoys.com
  3. This set includes everything needed to create two mini snowmen characters using new Floof, lighter-than-air compound. The perfect answer to snow play the sunshine can’t spoil ! Age 3+
    £12.99 from smythstoys.com

Packaging

christmas gift guide 2018 packaging gifts

Vanilla Reindeer’s funky personalised gift bags and packaging are simple to create, and hilarious to gift. The boffins at Vanilla Reindeer are using the latest tech so you can add your own favourite photos and fun messages to give gifts a unique Christmas sparkle. Fully personalised packaging combines contemporary design with the very latest in digital print with gift bags and bottle boxes guaranteed to delight all those special people in your life.
From £5.99 from vanillareindeer.com – use offer code XMAS10PR for 10% off first purchase

Doll Play

christmas gift guide 2018 doll's play

  1. The Silver Cross Susie Interactive Doll can recognise her own pram when the included sensor is put into the pocket on the underside of the Silver Cross 5 in 1 Pioneer dolls pram. She will tell you she wants to go for a walk, when she is close to her pram and cry and want to go back in it when taken out. She can giggle, cry, talk, be fed with her bottle and tell you if she has had enough or wants more.
    £44.99 from playlikemum.com
  2. This versatile Silver Cross Pioneer 5-in-1 doll’s pram in vintage blue is a pushchair and a carry cot all in one! It’s the real star of the show! For 4-8 year olds. Adjustable handle height 46-85cm.
    £64.99 from playlikemum.com

Home Comforts

christmas gift guide 2018 home comforts

  1. Exclusive to the V&A, this beautiful hamper makes the perfect gift for foodies. Loaded with luxury treats, each wicker basket is carefully crafted and filled with indulgent treats, including Cartwright & Butler’s Yorkshire fudge, biscuits and afternoon tea. The foodie package also contains beautiful William Morris print tea towels and six gorgeous coasters.
    £75 from vam.ac.uk
  2. Venchi’s Christmas soft teddy bear comes with assorted chocolates including Red, Gold and Silver mousse.
    £19.50 from venchi.com
  3. The Leesa pillow is perfectly engineered for any sleeping style and features a micro-fibre outer fill, temperature regulating Outlast and memory foam middle for optimum cooling and support. The pillows’ temperature cooling technology was developed by NASA and it is designed to keep your neck and spine aligned, while keeping you cool.
    £79 from leesa.co.uk
  4. The Scuff slipper has a soft suede upper and genuine sheepskin lining for warmth and comfort which is a distinctive feature of all UGG Australia styles.
    £79 from hurleys.co.uk

The Office

christmas gift guide 2018 office

Tried, tested and loved by the On: Magazine team, the VARIDESK standing desk helps burn up to 50 calories per hour, when used for 4 hours per working day – that’s 1,000 calories per week, or 48,000-52,000 per year, which is the same calories burnt as running over 18 marathons! All by just standing at work. To accompany this, the VARIChair is designed to engage your leg, back and core muscles. It gives you the freedom to move throughout your day, letting you stay active while seated or leaning. The durable, cushioned seat and articulating pedestal offer a wide range of motion, so you can rock or stretch while sitting. Featuring a low back design that encourages good posture, it also has a weighted base, so it stays put while you do the moving.
£365 for VARIDESK, £250 for VARIChair from uk.varidesk.com

Active

christmas gift guide 2018 nuevo club tracksuitNuevo club have an array of that essential wardrobe piece for men, the streetwear tracksuit. There’s a terrific range of poly tracksuits and cotton tracksuits. Comfortable loungewear can look stylish so why not match it up with one of the t-shirts or, for a smart casual look, pair a hoodie with some skinny jeans. This signature poly zip up hoodie in black, with burgundy and white stripes down arms is slim fitting with burgundy embroidery to left chest. Match it with the Signature Poly Track Pant in black with white & burgundy striping to legs, also slim fitting with black embroidery across the leg.

£39.99 for pictured tracksuit, £32.99 for bottoms from nuevoclub.co.uk

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