The best tech gifts for those obsessed with gadgets

Friday, 11th December 2020, 3:26 pm
Updated Friday, 11th December 2020, 3:33 pm

From smart stocking fillers to major life-enhancements, these tech gifts are hand-picked for gadget aficionados. These are Christmas gifts that will last far beyond the season.

We’ve included potential prezzies covering a wide range of price points, from nifty little bluetooth trackers, to robot cleaners that will free up so much free time for the recipient. Provided they've yen for the latest and greatest tech, they'll love any one of these marvels.

All the products have been tested by our reviewer, and found to be the standouts in their field - earning our coveted seal of approval.

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Anker PowerPort III Nano USB-C Wall Charger, £29.99

Best tech gifts: Anker PowerPort III Nano USB-C Wall Charger, £29.99

The more a person loves tech, the more time they are likely to spend charging their devices, whether that’s the latest iPhone, a pair of wireless headphones, or pretty much any other portable tech.

The 20W Anker PowerPort III Nano wall charger makes charging quicker and therefore more convenient, with charging speeds up to three times faster than the bog-standard alternative. It's the ideal stocking filler for the lucky tech lover in your life.

Please note that there is no cable included with this charger, so you may need to add one to your order. The charger is compatible exclusively with USB-C cables. Buy now, £29.99, Anker

Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 Mesh System (RBK752) AX4200, £446

Tech gifts: Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 Mesh System (RBK752) AX4200, £446

The growing number of connected devices we use these days is taking a toll on our internet infrastructure. Everything from laptops and smartphones to robot vacuums, smart assistants and games consoles could now be connected to a home’s WiFi all at once, leading to slower loading times and poor performance.

This is where the Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 mesh system can help. Featuring a router and a satellite, the system simply connects to an existing modem or gateway and delivers a strong signal throughout the home.

We tried this out in a two-storey house with some internet connectivity problems, and found that the signal was strengthened greatly both upstairs and down, with download and upload speeds improved by 10-20%.

One of the key benefits of the Orbi WiFi 6 mesh system is that it uses a new generation of internet technology called WiFi 6. Not only is this newfangled WiFi fast; it’s also designed to support lots of connected devices at once, much better than previous WiFi iterations ever could.

That’s what makes this an ideal, extra-special gift for someone who really loves tech. Buy now, £446, AO.com

Motorola Moto G 5G Plus – 64GB, Surfing Blue, £269.35

Tech gifts: Motorola Moto G 5G Plus – 64GB, Surfing Blue, £269.25

Feature-rich, sleekly finished and future-proofed with 5G connectivity, the Motorola Moto G 5G is a technological marvel. This is made all the more impressive by the fact this handset costs far less than just about any other 5G-ready phone on the market.

In our hands-on testing, we found the Moto G 5G a dream to use. The user interface is fast and responsive, thanks, no doubt, to the phone’s octa-core Snapdragon processor.

And an even more dazzling feature is the Moto G 5G’s 6.7", FHD+ screen, which delivers sensationally sharp images on a cinematic scale. From a tech-lover’s perspective, this is surely one of the most exciting mid-range phones of the year. Buy now, £269.35, BT

Chipolo One Ocean Edition Bluetooth Key Finder, £25

Tech gifts: Chipolo One Ocean Edition Bluetooth Key Finder, £25

This handy Bluetooth tracker can be attached to keys, backpacks, purses and just about any other belongings that might be misplaced from time to time. Once the tracker is paired with a smartphone via the Chipolo app, it can perform a variety of functions to help locate the attached item, including sending a notification when it’s left behind, and playing a tone at the press of a button within the app.

We found these features both easy-to-use and effective at finding our reviewer’s perennially lost keys.

The design of the Chipolo One Ocean Edition is superficially similar to many other Bluetooth trackers: a plastic circle. But there’s something different about this tracker – and the clue’s in its name. The Chipolo One Ocean Edition is made from recycled ocean plastic, including material from used fishing nets. Plus, $1 from the sale of every tracker goes to the ocean cleanup organisation, Oceanic Global. Buy now, £25, Oliver Bonas

eufy RoboVac G30 Edge, £279.99

A robot vacuum is surely the ultimate gift for a tech-loving loved one. Not only are these robots smart and slightly sci-fi, they can also be a genuine godsend around the home, hoovering on your behalf at the tap of a connected smartphone’s touchscreen.

If you’re thinking of gifting someone a robot vacuum, the eufy RoboVac G30 Edge would be an excellent choice. In our testing, we found this model to have excellent cleaning capabilities relative to similarly-priced rival options, gathering dust and detritus effectively from both hard floors and carpet.

One of our favourite features of this model is its boundary strip accessories, which can be used to set no-go zones for the robot to avoid during cleaning. Buy now, £279.99, Eufy

Airthings Wave Mini indoor air monitor £69

Airthings Wave Mini indoor air monitor £69

This little gadget can unlock some fascinating insights into a home or other indoor space.

The Airthings Wave Mini is a battery-operated indoor air quality monitor. It measures a space’s humidity, temperature, and levels of airborne chemical particulates. You can read the monitor’s measurements via an app on your connected smartphone, which provides reports and notifications about your air quality.

Not only is the Wave Mini’s data interesting; it could also prove valuable, through flagging up potential air quality or humidity problems in the home. Based on our testing, it turns out that following changes in your air quality from day-to-day is surprisingly addictive. Buy now, £69, Maplin

EZVIZ DB1 3MP Wired Video Doorbell, £134.99

EZVIZ DB1 3MP Wired Video Doorbell, £134.99

What smart home could be considered complete without a video doorbell? The Ezviz DB1 3MP is a great example of this security-enhancing type of tech – and it comes at a very good price. High-tech highlights of the doorbell include passive infrared (PIR) human detection, a 180-degree vertical field of vision, and two-way talk that can be used to greet guests (and potentially to give trespassers a stern talking to) via a smartphone app.

Setup and installation of the DB1 3MP is tricky compared to your average household gadget – but in a way, that’s just another reason why it makes a fine gift for people who love tech. Buy now, £134.99, Argos

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