Some gadgets make everyday jobs easier, some are neat and clever and some are, frankly, a little pointless but huge fun! We’ve put together our top gifts for gadget lovers for 2019, and these are sure to please the pickiest recipients. Here’s what we’ve found.
1. Eye home and pet monitoring cloud camera, Humax
Keep an eye on what’s happening at home from your smartphone, tablet or computer when you’re out and about. Secure recording are made to the cloud every time the camera is activated, stored free on a seven-day rolling programme. Download and store recordings to your mobile device as needed. All recordings are encrypted for additional security to keep your content private. The Eye camera costs £99 and is available from Humax.
2. Computer kit, Kano Computing Ltd
We think this may be the coolest thing we’ve ever seen – it’s a ‘build your own computer’ kit. It includes everything you need, plus 150+ hours of tutorials. It’s not only a great present for children, it’s also guaranteed to keep your techie other half out of the way on Christmas Day! Recommended by no less than Steve Wozniak of Apple fame, it costs £149.99 and is available from Kano Computing Ltd.
3. aFunk Portable Bluetooth Speaker Black Edition, Kreafunk
This neat little portable speaker gives clear, deep audio; the circular design allows for 360 degree sound, making it perfect for sharing your favourite tunes with friends. It’s available in several colours you could mix and match your speakers and looks good enough to have on show with its gun metal grille and leather handle. Was £95, now £65, available from Cuckooland.
4. Masterclass deluxe cook’s blowtorch, KitchenCraft
Keen cooks will appreciate this deluxe blowtorch, used for searing, caramelising and melting. Technical aspects include an adjustable, anti-flare flame which works at all angles, safety lock, fuel level window and a refillable cylinder for easy refilling. Highly useful for skinning peppers and tomatoes, caramelising sugar toppings on desserts such as creme brulee and tarte tatin, browning meringues and crisping joints of meat. Priced at around £30 to £35, see the KitchenCraft website for stockists.
5. Soup maker plus, Cuisinart
This soup maker plus is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for a whole host of comforting recipes. It can do any combination of sautéing, cooking, simmering, stirring and blending all inside the thermal glass jar, so it’s perfect for soups, risottos, curries, sauces and much more, and you only have one thing to wash up. Ideal for the winter months, it costs £140 from Cuisinart.
6. World’s smallest vacuum, Prezzybox
This tiny little vacuum cleaner has an excellent suction facility for its size, and would be perfect for keeping in the office (crumbs out of keyboards), the car (crisps out of seats) or in the kitchen (flour, everywhere). It can be recharged via a USB cable, and comes with two attachments. £11.99, available from Prezzybox.
7. Glitter colour changing vintage lamp, Yes I Want It
Remember we said that some gadgets were pointless but brilliant? Step forward the glitter colour changing lamp! It’s been styled to look like a retro lava lamp – just shake it to turn the light on and watch the glitter shimmer and move. Battery operated. It costs £6.99, available from Yes I Want It.
8. Smartphone magnifier, Getting Personal
The smartphone magnifier allows you to watch all of your favourite videos on an eight inch screen by just slotting your phone behind the magnifying glass. The magnifier is designed to look like a retro TV set and costs £22.99 from Getting Personal.
9. Pocket microscope, NPW Gifts
Perfect for popping in a pocket before you go for a walk, this tiny microscope will help you see leaves, insects and more in close up detail. Powerful optics reveal clear sharp focus at 30x magnification. No batteries required. £8.50, available from NPW Gifts.
10. OneStep+ i-Type camera, Polaroid
The perfect gift for people of ‘a certain age’ – who remembers the excitement of waiting for that little square of paper to pop out? Updated for the 21st century, this Polaroid camera features double expose, light painting, a next-level control with remote trigger, secondary portrait mode and powerful flash and costs £140 from Amara.1