Best gifts under £250 for Christmas 2016

The best tech and gadgets under £250 on the market today - all part of the T3 Gift Guide 2016

Hey there! If you've got £250 to spend on someone then you'll want to make it count! 

Make sure you're the favourite family member this Christmas with a selection of these excellent presents. 

We've also got the best prices for you to pick from as well - or a link to the main etailer if it's not broadly available. 

£250 can go a long way, so whether you're buying for teens, your other half, or parents, we have you covered.

TomTom Adventurer

Head off the beaten track with TomTom's new Adventurer watch. Upload your walking or running route before heading into the wild and the watch's built-in GPS will help you stay on track. The Adventurer keeps tabs on your ticker, thanks to a built-in heart rate monitor, and gives feedback on altitude, distance, ascent, gradient, pace and calories burned.

Dualit 3 Slot Vario Toaster

For those days when two slices of Nutella on toast ain't enough... Dualit's three-slot kitchen essential, designed with a classic 50s styling in a range of colours, features a mechanical timer and ejector lever to get your toast popping. And if your hangover isn't quite ready for a toasty hat-trick, you can set it to only two slots instead of all three.

Pro-Ject Primary Phono USB

The Pro-Ject Primary USB is a super and rather stylish silicone belt-driven turntable with built-in phono stage and USB output for recording to a Mac or PC. The 8.6-inch aluminium tonearm is pre-configured for the supplied Ortofon OM 5E pick-up cartridge and as we found out when we tried it, the only setting up you really need to do is to connect up the belt and attach the sturdy acrylic lid (although you'll need to move the belt from 33rpm to 45rpm should you need to switch to singles at any time). It's available in black, white or red, too (we like the red the best). 

£239 | Henley Designs

Snooper DVR-4 HD Dash Cam

The DVR-4 is like having an extra set of eyes in your car. It'll alert you to any of the 10,300 UK speed cameras in its database and warn of impending forward collisions. The on-board camera films each journey so, in the event of a smash, you'll have HD footage, stamped with time, date and GPS location data, to back up those insurance claims.

Monster Elements

Looking for a pair of headphones to impress? Look no further. The Elements family delivers substance as well as style -- with 'wireless as good as wired' the mantra here. You get on-ear swipe controls and super sound with Bluetooth 4.0 and aptX. What's more, the battery life means you can listen to music for around 24 hours. They're super comfortable and lightweight, too. 

£199.99 | Selfridges

Oral-B Limited Edition Genius 9000

One of the best electric toothbrushes we've ever tried now comes in a super bling, limited edition rose gold. Aside from tooth-cupping round brush heads designed to remove extra plaque and dastardly stains, the Genius features pressure sensors to protect your gums. Revolutionary facial recognition tech is also on hand to ensure you clean your entire mouth, so no more excuses!

Crosley Bermuda

Based on a vintage Dansette set, Crosley's belt-driven, two-speed turntable, complete with matching stand, is a joy to behold. A Diamond Stylus needle and dynamic full range stereo speakers bring the best out of your wax, and an auxiliary input means you can play tunes from your smartphone. Ideal if you don't own any Timmy Mallet on vinyl.

Beats Solo 3 Wireless

We really love the new Beats Solo3 Wireless. It's a well-built wireless headphone that sounds good in both wireless and wired modes. They are comfortable to wear and the battery life provides up to 40 hours of listening time. The remote control built-in to the right ear cup is intuitive and easy to use. But the newest feature is the W1 chip, Apples new Bluetooth technology, that improves battery life and makes pairing the headphones with Apple effortless. 

Kobo Aura ONE

Designed with input from real-life book worms, Kobo's awesome new e-reader features a vivid 7.8-inch Carta E Ink screen with edge-to-edge design that fits more words on each page. The Aura ONE's front-light screen automatically adjusts the brightness based on time of day, reducing exposure to blue light at night, and it's waterproof for bath-based reading sessions.

Cocoon Security

Cocoon is a home security device supported by Zurich and Aviva Insurance (yes, you can get a discount through Zurich). It works using sound-based technology and is controlled by your phone. The tech is powerful enough to detect tiny sounds from any room and really does work. It can stream HD video to your iOS or Android device, record audio, sound a 90db alarm (ouch), detect motion and work in the dark. Wowsers! 

£199 | Cocoon

Angelcare Digital Baby Monitor

Say hello to your new parenting wingman, Angelcare's three-in-one monitor system. As well as visual and sound monitoring, an additional sensor pad sits beneath baby's mattress to keep tabs on movement. An alarm will notify you if no movement has been detected for 20 seconds, so you can quickly check on your tot.

Motorola Moto G4

This Android handset is one of the most feature-packed budget smartphones around. An Octacore processor makes light work of running multiple apps, a killer 13MP camera handles photography, and a 5.5-inch full HD display caters to your gaming and video-watching needs. When you order online, fire up Moto Maker to upgrade your G4 with additional RAM and a personalised colour scheme.

Pebble Time 2

If the original Pebble Time didn't make your 2015 Christmas list, upgrades to the second gen wearable will surely make it a contender for this year. We love its 50 percent larger, vivid colour e-paper screen that sits inside a sleek rounded bezel and brushed, stainless steel casing. The water resistant Time 2 also features a built-in heart rate monitor for 24/7 tracking.

Brydge Pro 12.9 for iPad Pro

This awesome keyboard turns your 12.9 inch iPad Pro into a laptop - it's without doubt the best iPad keyboard we've yet tried, with backit keys. It connects to your Apple tablet via Bluetooth. Precision engineered out of aluminum, there' s plenty of travel in the keys. It's not the most lightweight of accessories at around 700g, but it will add to the experience of using your iPad. It's also available in an iPad Pro 9.7 version which also works with iPad Air and iPad Air 2. 

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Flyte Levitating Lamp

We'd love to tell you this levitating lamp is powered by magic, but the Edison bulb is actually illuminated by electrical induction through the air and floats on a bed of magnets. Amazingly, the shatter-resistant bulb will glow for 12 hours a day for 11 years before it needs replacing, and the sustainably sourced walnut base can also wirelessly charge your smartphone.

Price: £225 | Buy Flyte Levitating Lamp

Panasonic KX-HN6031EW Home Monitoring & Control Kit

Ditch your home security worries with Panasonic's ace security kit, centred around a secure wireless hub and Panasonic's Home Network app. In the box is a pair of easy-fit window/door sensors that message your smartphone or sound an alarm when triggered, a smart plug so you can control electrical devices remotely, and an indoor camera with motion, heat and sound sensors.

littleBits Gizmos and Gadgets Kit

A toy that's educational //and// fun. The Gizmos and Gadgets Kit is rammed with all the tools and parts needed to build 12 brilliant inventions from scratch, ranging from a wireless doorbell to a bubble-blowing machine. Once you kids have built everything on the list, help them rebuild and get creative with original inventions.

Magimix Nespresso Prodigio

Enjoy a steaming cup of your favourite coffee as soon as you wake, thanks to Nespresso's connected, programmable coffee machine. Simply program your favourite brew into the Nespresso app, load the Prodigio with your chosen Nespresso coffee capsule and the machine will do the rest. You did remember to buy milk, right?

Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine

If trail running is your bag, slip into Salomon's rugged new Alpine shoe. Carbon chassis technology keeps your feet comfortable and stable, even on the steepest inclines; protective toe caps and ankle pads eat sharp rocks for breakfast, and Salomon's Quicklace system introduces speedy one-pull tightening. Water resistant fabric and ankle gaiters will keep the damp out this winter.

Price: £200 | Buy Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine

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