Best gifts under £500 for Christmas 2016

Get someone special a treat this Christmas, part of T3's Gift Guide 2016

Christmas 2016 is rapidly approaching and, as every year, it is super important to tackle the manic holiday season with a plan of attack. 

Nailing down your Xmas shopping list should be high up on that plan and, luckily for you, that is where T3 can help.

 Here we have the best tech and gadgets under £500 on the market today.

Apple Watch Nike+ Silver Aluminium Case with Flat Silver/Volt Nike Sport Band

Set the pace this winter with a glorious new wrist-based running partner, the Apple Watch Nike+. The flexible fluroelastomer Nike sport band is lightweight and flexible, with rows of compression-moulded perforations to increase breathability. The athletic S2 dual-core processor keeps apps running seamlessly, while built-in GPS accurately measures your distance, pace and route, displaying data on an OLED Retina touchscreen.

Pioneer AVH-X8700BT

You don’t need a Tesla to enjoy the connected car experience – hook up Pioneer’s smart unit to your dash and pair your smartphone via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Stream music, check messages, take and make calls, access maps, browse the net and watch videos, directly on the seven-inch screen (when you’re not driving, natch).

Olympus Pen E-PL7

Mash up old-school camera style with the functionality of the best digital compact system cameras around. Simple modes make shooting a breeze and a range of filters and effects add spice to your snaps. Enhance your selfie game with the flip down LCD screen, or use the Pen E-PL7’s built-in Wi-Fi to transfer snaps to your mobile for sharing.

KitchenAid Artisan Mini Mixer

Lighter and smaller than the classic KitchenAid mixer, this trusted kitchen gadget will sit comfortably on cluttered kitchen worktops, but there’s still plenty of space in the four litre bowl to whip up a feast fit for a small army. A range of attachments (sold separately) enables you to chop, blend and spiralize your ingredients like a culinary ninja.

Elipson Omega 100 RIAA BT

This aptX Bluetooth (yes, Bluetooth!) capable turntable combines curved edges and a high gloss, acrylic lacquer finish to create something that looks simply stunning. There’s also an Ortofon OM10 cartridge for maximum listening pleasure. With a built-in pre-amp phono stage you can connect it up to just about any Hi-Fi or connect directly to your preferred Bluetooth speaker or Bluetooth-equipped Hi-Fi – great for use with a Bluetooth-enabled soundbar. Simply pair the turntable with your speaker and enjoy fuss-free connectivity with a range of around 10m. There’s also a USB socket so you can record your vinyl to PC or Mac should you so wish. 

£399 | Richer Sounds

LG 43UH661V LED HDR 4K Ultra HD Smart TV

If there’s a PS4 Pro or XBox One S on your Christmas list, you’ll need a TV with enough grunt to handle either consoles’ HDR and 4K streaming capabilities. LG’s fully-loaded 43-inch set is just the ticket, bringing unrivalled immersion to your gaming and viewing. The LG’s 4K upscaler will give your old Blu-rays a new lease of life, too. 

Bluesmart Black Edition

Ease the stress of your New Year getaway with this super smart suitcase, featuring a built-in battery for emergency smartphone charging and a nifty GPS location tracker so you know where your luggage is at all times. The stylish hard-shell Makrolon body protects your possessions and gadgets, and built-in digital will scales help you avoid excess baggage fees.

Pryma 01

Add a splash of luxury to your music listening with these luxury cans, handmade in Italy by top-drawer speaker manufacturer Sonus Faber. The closed cups are crafted from lightweight aluminium, with tiny holes enhancing bass reproduction. Oxygen-free copper wiring ensures better power handling and minimal distortion, and the premium leather headbands are interchangeable to match your style.

Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link

One for all seasons… At the core of Dyson’s three in one, app-controlled Pure Hot + Cool Link is a 360° Glass HEPA filter designed to clean 99.5 percent of allergens and bacteria in the air and to kill toxic odours such as paint fumes. It’s also a cooling fan for the summer months and a thermostat-controlled heater for winter.

Ubtech Humanoid Alpha 1S

Further proof that machines will one day take over, the Alpha 1S features 16 servo joints to help him mimic human movements. Load up the supplied 3D visual motion editing software to program your own movements, then control them via the companion iOS/Android app. In preset modes, such as entertainment and education, he’ll sing, dance and read aloud recipes.

Arc'teryx Cerium LT Hoody

It pays to have the right clothing when the colder months hit, and the lightweight goose down Cerium LT hoody from Arc’teryx is the ideal layer. Coreloft synthetic insulation keeps important areas like your shoulders and pits toasty warm, even when wet, a three-part sleeve ensures flexible movement, and the low profile StormHood keeps drafts from your head and neck.

iRobot Braava Jet

This intuitive robot mop systematically cleans hard floors, from stone and wood to tiles and slate, through a clever combination of navigation software and sensors. To operate, simply attach the appropriate pad for the level of clean you’re after – think wet mopping, damp sweeping or dry sweeping – and the nimble Braava Jet will automatically get to work.

Kef Gravity One

Two revered brands. One dazzling new mini speaker. Part of the Porsche Design family, the knock-out Gravity One has a winged body crafted from aluminium, contrasted by a black speaker top. Kef’s miniature Uni-Q driver sits inside, along with twin force-cancelling auxiliary bass radiators, helping the Gravity One to project a room filling, 360-degree hi-fi sound. Get it now!

Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Rose Gold-Tone Smartwatch

Classic timepiece design meets the functionality of Android Wear. This handsome Michael Kors Access Bradshaw smartwatch delivers the convenience of notifications, voice commands and fitness tracking to your wrist. But what’s a smartwatch without personalisation? This one has interchangeable straps and customisable watch faces to complement the sturdy, luxe-looking 44.5mm rose gold case. 

£329 | Michael Kors