The best gifts for £150 and under for Christmas 2017

Bag yourself or a tech-savvy friend or family member a seriously nifty gift to remember this year

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The Christmas countdown is now under way for many, and if you're the organised type you might already by thinking about what you'd like to unwrap on the big day. As a reader of T3, you’ll likely be putting a few gadgets at the top of your wish-list – or thinking about buying them for others.

A budget of £150 will bag the tech-savvy buyer some nifty gifts. Whether you’re looking to jazz up your own Christmas list or you’re on the hunt for gift ideas for family and friends, there are loads of great options here to inspire you. 

So, have a read, drop some subtle hints to your loved ones, and get set for a very merry Christmas!

Sky Viper Spider-Man: Homecoming Spider Drone

Our Spidey sense tells us this will be a Christmas day smash

Reasons to buy
+It's a Spider-Man drone!+Voice feedback controller+Handy assisted flight modes+10 minutes flight time

The Spider Drone, modelled on Tony Stark’s UAV from the hit film Spider-Man: Homecoming, is an agile, superhero-worthy quad designed to wow the crowds with death-defying tricks and stunts this Christmas. What’s more, the voice feedback controller updates pilots during each flight with dialogue from the film.

The 2.4Ghz drone is propelled by four powerful direct drive motors and has a massive 300 foot range. A fully-charged battery will give you 10 minutes in the air and it takes just 90 minutes to recharge and get airborne again.   

For first-time flyers, Sky-Viper flight assist engages auto landing and take-off, and flight speed and controller sensitivity can be adjusted to help you learn the ropes. If you fancy a practice session before taking to the skies, load up the Sky-Viper virtual flight sim on your Android or iOS device.

Fitbit Flyer

Train harder with some fancy new wireless in-ears

Reasons to buy
+Sweat-proof design+Dual sound settings+Six-hour battery life+Music and call controls

Tackle your toughest workouts yet with Fitbit’s super-fly wireless in-ears, designed with a water-resistant and sweatproof coating to handle intense sessions in the gym and outdoors. 

Music can power you through a particularly demanding workout, so it's good to hear that the Fitbit Flyer features a signature sound setting and Power Boost bass amplifier to super-charge the sound of your fitness playlist.

When you’re not working out, the Fitbit Flyer can be used for taking hands-free voice calls – there’s dual built-in microphones, and a three-button control box for answering/ending calls, and for adjusting sound and controlling playback.

Kobo Aura H20 second edition

A waterproof e-reader with added smarts

Reasons to buy
+6.8 inch HD E ink screen+Waterproof design+Blue light reduction tech+8GB storage

The second edition of Kobo’s Aura H20 e-reader is the ultimate gadget for book lovers. For starters, this baby will survive a dunking for 60 minutes at a depth of two metres, so you’ll have no worries reading that bestseller in the bath or indulging in a few chapters by the pool the next time you escape for some winter sun.

The Aura H20’s 6.8-inch HD Carta E Ink display is easy on the eye, with its ComfortLight PRO feature reducing exposure to blue light by emitting the optimum type of light depending on the time of day you're reading.

If reading is your passion, you'll be pleased to hear that the Kobo eBookstore now plays host to over 5 million books. That should keep even the biggest bookworm busy until next Christmas…

Razor A5 Air Big-Wheeled Scooter

Get from A to B in style

Reasons to buy
+Perfect for commuters+Handy folding design+Pneumatic tyres for comfort+Large deck for bigger riders

It doesn’t matter whether you’re gunning it to school or navigating the urban jungle on your way to the office, the Razor A5’s eight-inch wheels and chunky pneumatic tyres help you reach your destination in comfort and at top speed. 

The A5 is one durable machine. Its aluminium frame is built to last and those anti-rattle handlebars, complete with chunky rubber grips, mean you’ll enjoy a quieter ride and vibration-free comfort. Once you’ve reached your destination, the Razor A5 folds down for stowing under your desk or in a locker.

If you’ve ridden scooters before and found their size to be a tad restrictive, fear not – the Razor A5 has an extra-long 13.4-inch deck for bigger feet. The handlebars can be adjusted for taller riders, too.

Salter Cook Bluetooth Scale and Thermometer

Bring your A-game to the kitchen this Christmas

Reasons to buy
+Bluetooth scales and thermometer+Revolutionise your mealtimes+Take accurate measurements+Hygienic and easy to clean

Cook up a storm this Christmas with these high-tech additions to your kitchen. Explore, create and plan exquisite meals using the Salter Cook app to build your own interactive recipe book. Heck, you can even set timers and strike through ingredients within the app as you cook.

The Salter Cook Interactive Bluetooth Kitchen Scale connects to your smart device, enabling you to set targets from any recipe and to see measurements on screen. An add and weigh ‘zero’ function enables you to measure multiple ingredients in the same bowl.

The Thermometer is incredibly accurate, too, with a vast measurement range from -20 to 250-degrees celsius – perfect for checking the progress of meat on the BBQ, probing chilled desserts and more.

Snapchat Spectacles

Let the world experience life through your eyes

Reasons to buy
+Stylish Snapchat shades+Shoot HD video+Charge on the go+Available in three colours

Could 2018 be the year you take your Snapchat game to new heights? If you stick the fancy Spectacles on your Christmas list, we’d say it’s a given.

The stylish, Wi-Fi-connected specs feature a built-in camera that’s always ready to capture your most life-affirming memories, from a riotous New Year’s Eve party to a particularly tense game of Boxing Day Charades. 

To get snapping, press the shoot button and the Spectacles film a 10-second HD clip before automatically saving the results to Memories in your Snapchat profile. The high tech specs charge in their case, so you’ll always be ready to share your favourite moments with the world.

Pure Pop Midi S

Finally, a Christmas gift that’s on your wavelength

Reasons to buy
+Small, stylish DAB radio+Wirelessly stream from your device+20 hours airtime per charge+Alarm and timer functions

If you’re yet to join the DAB revolution, Pure’s sleek, portable Pop Midi S is the perfect excuse to ditch that tired old FM wireless and join the digital masses.

Simple setup and controls make it a breeze to tune into a vast world of crystal clear digital stations, with storage presets for up to 20 of your favourites. Once you’ve had your fill of The Archers, Pure's Bluetooth-packing radio can stream music wirelessly from your smartphone.

The rechargeable battery on the Pop Midi S will keep trucking for up to 20 hours before it needs charging, so you can transport it into the garden or move it around the house without trailing wires. With a built-in alarm and sleep timer functions, this bijou radio makes an ideal addition to the bedroom.

Beeline Smart Bike Compass

Enjoy more time in the saddle in 2018

Reasons to buy
+Dedicated sat nav for cyclists+Save your favourite routes+Universal handlebar fit+Water- and shock-resistant

Never get lost again with this smartphone connected navigation system for cyclists. Whether you’re meeting pals at the pub or delivering an important package, plug your destination into the Beeline app and the handlebar-mounted navigator displays direction arrows and a handy distance countdown to ensure you get from A to B via the best route possible.

The water- and shock-resistant Beeline doubles as a speedometer and clock, and the backlit display is perfect for pedalling through those winter evenings and staying on course. 

With a robust battery that lasts up to 30 days, the Beeline is the definition of fit and forget, leaving you free to enjoy life on two wheels.

Philips Wake Up Light

Brighten your winter mornings with sunlight

Reasons to buy
+Sunlight simulation+20 brightness settings+Helps treat S.A.D.+Built-in FM radio

Waking up on dark winter mornings isn't fun, especially if you have a long commute ahead of you, but the Philips Wake Up Light will stir you to a natural sunrise, regardless of what’s happening on the other side of the curtains.

The Wake Up Light gradually increases from soft red to bright yellow, complete with your choice of relaxing nature sounds, to wake you gently – it sure beats a screaming alarm clock.

Philips’ miracle light isn’t just a great gadget for bleak winter mornings – at night the Wake Up Light simulates the sunset to help your body wind down. The display automatically dims when it senses the room has gone dark, and a midnight light function produces a subtle orange light to help you find your way to bed.

Dualit Classic Kettle

The ultimate gift for professional tea drinkers

Reasons to buy
+Super-fast heating element+Swanky copper detailing+Non-drip spout+Whisper Boil tech

If you’re hosting Christmas this year, you’ll probably be making gallons of tea for your constant stream of family and guests. Well, Dualit’s Classic Kettle has a 3kW element that’s ready to boil up to 1.7 litres of water in double quick time. If you’re really gasping, it can deliver enough boiling water for two cups of tea in under 90 seconds.

The kitchen is often the best place to grab five minutes of family-free chill time, but the last thing you want is a noisy kettle ruining your zen. Dualit’s Whisper Boil tech produces very little noise, so you can quietly regroup before returning to the festive chaos with a tray full of brews. 

The Classic Kettle’s stainless steel body, complete with copper highlights, adds a touch of timeless style to any kitchen, with a comfortable, non-slip silicone handle that ensures delightful pouring. 

That’s the brew sorted. Where are the biscuits?

Manfrotto PIXI Pano360

The pressie that gives your videos a cinematic feel

Reasons to buy
+Remotely controlled motorised head+Enhance your action photography+Versatile and easy to use+Ace for moving time lapse videos

Have you ever watched those gorgeous panoramas and moving timelapse videos on YouTube and thought, ‘I’d love to make one of my own’? Well, Manfrotto brings you a big step further this Christmas with its PIXI Pano360, a compact, 360-degree rotating head that can be remotely controlled. 

You can use the PIXI Pano360 to capture and create beautiful videos with ease, controlling the motorised head via the included remote control or via the companion app (iOS, Android). There are four shooting modes to explore: panorama, time-lapse, video and photo.

Thanks to a 2kg load capacity, the Bluetooth PIXIPano360 can easily support your action camera or smartphone, as well as a range of DSLRs and compact system cameras. It’s equipped with a ¼” thread for tripods, making it a versatile part of any videography setup.

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