The coolest gadgets for your Christmas wishlist
It's that time of year again, when we all start thinking about what we'd like for Christmas. In case you haven't yet written your letter to Santa, there's still time! Whether you're creating a wishlist for friends or for family, adding some health and fitness books as well as some of this year's coolest gadgets to it is a great idea. Because there's so much tech out there (and because we're a bit gadget-obsessed), we thought we'd come up with a few ideas to help you get your wishlist started. From eco-friendly LED lamps to iPhone powerbanks, there's sure to be at least one of these gadgets you can't wait to own, and who knows, you may be lucky enough to receive one as a gift!
Looking for an Android tablet to watch your favourite movies on, that packs a punch performance wise? At just £125, the Hudl 2 tablet is a great alternative to a pricey iPad. It looks great, it comes in a range of bright candy colour - we love the blue - and it boasts a more powerful processor and larger screen than its predecessor. Perfect!
Kobo Aura H20 E-Reader
if you like reading in the bath (or on the beach), you might want to invest in this e-reader. The Kobo Aura H20 is the world's first waterproof e-reader and if you drop it in the bath, it remains waterproof for up to 30 minutes (up to a depth of 1m). It boasts a 6.8" anti-glare screen and it's easy to read; in fact it's our new favourite e-reader! Featuring a ComfortLight system which gently illuminates the screen for reading in the dark, it also promises 2 months of battery life, so it's the perfect travel companion, and all for just £140.
Available for £14.95 from Red5.co.uk this handy speaker uses Near Field Audio technology for crystal-clear sound. You don't need to remove your phone's cover or case, and there are no wires, docking system or complicated setup instructions to worry about. You just place your phone on top of the speaker and prepare to enjoy your favourite tracks! Measuring just 16cm x 17cm x 4cm, this speaker is truly portable and is powered by 3 x AA batteries, so you can take it anywhere!
Tryble Headphone Earmuffs
For frosty or snowy wintery days, how about some headphones that look as good as they sound and will keep you cosy too? The Tryble Headphone Earmuffs are just £19.99 from Firebox.com and can be used with any smartphone or tablet. Super snuggly, with a stylish knitted finish that will keep you cosy no matter how cold it gets outside, the sound quality is also pretty good, considering the price! Great for that morning run you keep meaning to go on...
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Cardboard iPhone Projector
If you're old enough to remember enjoying family slide shows on a retro-projector, or if you just fancy projecting images or video onto your wall, this is a great, low-cost way to do it. This awesome retro-style cardboard projector with 8 x glass lens is perfect. Just insert your phone and off you go. A great way to share holiday photos with friends and family!Available for £15.99 from Firebox.com.
3 in 1
iPhone users, get yourself over to Iwantoneofthose.com and pick up the handiest gadget of the year, hands down! This nifty little device acts as a powerbank to recharge your iPhone, an LED torch, which provides up to 50 hours of light, and a hand-warmer, which can keep your hands warm for up to 5 hours. We want one!
GPaws Pet GPS Tracker
Anyone who enjoyed The Secret Life of The Cat documentary on the BBC probably has some curiosity as to what their cat gets up to when it's outside. Previously, short of going for a run and following your cat, you would never know, but now, you can find out! The small G-Paws Pet GPS tracker is easily attached to your pet's collar, and when they come home, just plug it into your PC to see where they've travelled to using Google Maps. Get it at Firebox.com now for £49.99!
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Satechi Touch USB Led Lamp
We're huge fans of eco-friendly gifts and ways to save energy (and money), so we love this cool concept, which turns almost any bottle into a table lamp. Just place the lamp in the opening of the bottle and plug into any USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port. Touch the silver top to turn on and off! It's an LED light, which means not only does it last for 50,000 hours, it also only uses 1.2 watts of power – amazing! Amazon sell these for around £20.
Bladefish Underwater Video Camera
For just £34.95 from Prezzybox you could have this cool sports and underwater video camera, which records video at 30fps and is waterproof up to 10 metres. Great for watersports, cycling, walking or active pursuits such as bouldering, this camcorder comes with a Lithium-ion battery for up to 2 hours recording time and the option to add a Micro SD card for additional storage. Its easy one-touch control and variety of different clips/attachments means you'll never miss a shot again!
Seyvr Phone Charging Wallet
What's that, a wallet that can also charge your Android smartphone? Here at Expertrain HQ, it seems like we're always plugging in our smartphones (we're totally not addicted to Facebook - it's for work, honestly!), so this would come in really handy! This luxurious cowhide leather wallet looks really premium, and is available in a choice of black or brown. It can hold up to 6 cards and cash, and has an integrated cable to charge any Android phone that uses a micro USB charger. With its 1400mAh battery, this is the perfect way to boost your phone's battery life and the wallet battery itself can be recharged in just 2.5 hours. Pick yours up for £49.95 at Cuckooland.
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