The best gifts for him for Christmas 2017

Treat the man in your life to the best audio gadgets, mobile and grooming tech, gaming gear and more

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Whether you’re buying for your husband, boyfriend, son, brother or buddy, there’s a huge array of exciting gift choices for the men in your life. Whittling the options down to a budget-friendly list can be difficult, but luckily for you we've already done the hard work. 

Yes, we’ve scoured the web for the best gifts for guys, from action cams and consoles, to connected speakers and in-car tech. Whether you live with an adrenaline junkie, a gaming nerd or an audiophile, we’ve have some great ideas here and at a range of budgets, too. 

Ready to ace your present-buying for him this Christmas? Then pop one of these crackers under the tree...

GoPro Hero6 Black

The perfect pressie for daredevils

Reasons to buy
+Hands-free voice control+4K/60fps top resolution+Night modes for low-light action+Waterproof to 30-metres

The ideal gift for adventurers, GoPro’s top flight action camera is packed with tech to immortalise every second of your man’s adrenaline-fuelled antics, whether he’s hammering down mountain bike trails with mates or enjoying pool time with the kids during the family holiday. 

A powerful new GP1 chip ensures unbelievable image quality, whatever the activity, and the 4K/60fps top resolution gives footage a pro sheen. Slow-mo shots have also had a major overhaul here, thanks to a new 1080p/240fps setting coupled with advanced digital image stabilisation.

If he’s cursing the darker evenings, he’ll love the amazing low light performance and night photo modes of the Hero6.

Apple Watch Series 3 Nike+

Boost his health with an all-rounder fitness watch

Reasons to buy
+Track popular activities+Phone-free operation+18-hour battery life+Waterproof to 50 metres

Has he been talking about getting healthier in 2018? If so, Apple’s stylish, sports-orientated Watch Series 3 Nike+ could be the perfect companion to help him smash those New Year fitness goals.

It doesn’t matter if he’s hill running, cycling, swimming or attacking a HIIT workout at home, the Watch 3’s built-in heart-rate monitor will track his cardio health. GPS sensors measure distance, speed and route and an altimeter tracks elevation, so he’ll always be in the loop on his performance.

Opt for the cellular model and he can still answer calls, send texts, use Siri and stream music phone-free, even if he’s 50 lengths deep at the pool or halfway through a marathon.

Sphero BB-9E

Unleash his dark side this Christmas

Reasons to buy
+App-controlled droid+Realistic movement+Interacts with the films+Droid Trainer included

Sphero’s BB-8 was the must-have gift last Christmas, but if your man sides with the First Order instead of the Resistance, the peppy little droid probably wasn’t his cup of tea. Now, however, he can quench his thirst for the dark side with BB-9E.

Zoom this badass Bluetooth droid around the living room using smartphone controls. And when the family inevitably sits down to watch Star Wars during the Christmas holidays, BB-9E will interact with key scenes in the film. 

But that’s not all! Pop BB-9E in the supplied Droid Trainer, open the app and guide him around holographic simulations of locations from the films, including a massive Star Destroyer. This is the droid you’re looking for.

Samsung Galaxy S8+

The smartest Christmas gift for mobile nuts

Reasons to buy
+Stunning bezel-less screen+Iris scanning security+Powerful 10nm processor+Bixby personal assistant

If the man in your life spends hours on his phone playing games, binge-watching Netflix or updating Instagram with gym selfies, you’ll earn major brownie points by planting this mobile powerhouse in his hands on Christmas day.

The 6.2-inch bezel-less, edge-to-edge Infinity Display is something to behold, but the S8’s dazzling screen isn’t the only thing worth shouting about. 12MP Dual Pixel sensor rear and 8MP front cameras produce epic videos and stills, while water- and dust-proofing means it’ll keep rocking in all conditions. 

In the security department, iris scanning ensures no-one else can get their hands on his private info. Give the gift of top-end smartphone tech this Christmas, but only if he’s been a really good boy.

PlayStation Pro

For taking holiday gaming to a new level

Reasons to buy
+4K gaming and movies+Enhanced performance+Liquid cooling+1TB hard drive

Christmas is the perfect time to upgrade an ancient console, but if you’re going the whole hog you may as well splash out on a killer console like Sony's liquid-cooled 4K HDR PS4 Pro behemoth. 

Inside is an impressive haul of tech, including an 8-core Custom AMD 'Jaguar' CPU and 8GB GDDR5 of graphic memory, to enhance gaming speed and deliver smooth graphics and more immersive detail.

With games like Destiny 2, FIFA 17 and Infamous Second Son / First Light all PS4 Pro ready, Sony's premium console is bound to be the star of his show this Christmas. We’d suggest he doesn’t open it until after Christmas dinner, though, as once it’s out of the box you probably won’t see him until February.

Philips SW9700

Is he ready to ditch the Wookiee look?

Reasons to buy
+60 minutes use per charge+151,000 cuts a minute+For wet and dry shaving+Self-sharpening blades

Help your man scrub up in time to entertain your guests on Christmas Day with Philips' new Star Wars-themed premium shaver, fitted with V-Track Precision PRO blades to cut through Wookiee-thick facial hair. 

72 self-sharpening blades deliver an astonishing 151,000 cuts per minute, with eight-direction CountourDetect heads ensuring no part of his face goes unshaven. If he’s prone to shaving rashes, three comfort settings, from sensitive to fast, will help him achieve the perfect shave before his skin starts resembling that of Darth Maul's.

The Philips SW9700 is also sealed, so he can use it as a dry razor or add foam and enjoy a wet shave in the shower.

Jarre AeroBull Speaker

It’ll be puppy love with this bulldog speaker

Reasons to buy
+2.1 HD stereo sound+120W high-def stereo sound+Bluetooth and physical connections+Available in three colours

If music is your man's best friend, he’ll think this eye-catching canine Bluetooth speaker is the absolute dogs.

The Jarre AeroBull delivers 120-watts of high-definition 2.1 stereo sound courtesy of two front drivers and a low-turbulence, ported subwoofer. Led Zeppelin, Kanye, Taylor Swift... All genres of music sound incredible on Jarre's pooch-shaped speaker.

Connecting an audio device to the AeroBull is easy, thanks to Bluetooth 4.2 or a 3.5mm line-in, so the only real difficulty is choosing between glossy red, glossy white or a matte black finish.

Fizzics Waytap

One for the man cave

Reasons to buy
+Ideal for lovers of draft beer+Use with cans and bottles+Battery powered+Countertop friendly

For many, nothing beats a few pints of festive cheer to wind down from a hard year's work. If that sounds like the ideal Christmas gift for the man you're buying for, the battery-powered Fizzics Waytap is worth a punt.

This simple to use gadget transforms the look, texture and taste of bottled and canned beer into a gloriously smooth drop of draft. Achieving boozy perfection is simple: insert a bottle or can and pull the lever. 

Soundwaves add Micro-Foam to the bubbles before the Waytap dispenses beer with a fresh, flavoursome twist and a delicious, creamy head. Cheers!

Navdy

Drive safer with an award-winning HUD

Reasons to buy
+Hands-free notifications+Promotes driver safety+Powered by Google Maps+Voice control
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This Google Maps-powered head-up display is a thoughtful gift for regular drivers, especially with winter upon us. The Navdy wirelessly connects to Android or iOS smartphones, transforming into a nerve-centre for in-car navigation, smartphone notifications, music and more.  

Getting from A to B with the Navdy is easy. Use voice control to navigate to a specific destination or to find local services such as parking or petrol stations. The Navdy also dictates messages, emails and notifications out loud, and phone calls can be started and ended with simple hand gestures. 

As an added safety measure, the Navdy can text family or friends a real-time interactive map displaying current location, route and ETA.

Finisterre Nimbus Jacket

Help him conquer the long, cold winter

Reasons to buy
+Wind- and water-resistant+Recycled insulation+Durable ripstop material+Warm microfibre collar

He’ll be able to tackle everything the elements throw at him this winter with the lightweight, durable Nimbus jacket from ethical outdoor clothing brand Finisterre on his back.

The Nimbus is wind- and water-resistant, constructed from premium ripstop material and comes loaded with PrimaLoft Silver Eco recycled insulation for optimum warmth, even when wet, so he’ll stay toasty and dry when the conditions are anything but. 

If he’s heading away for a weekend in the wild, Finisterre's lightweight jacket packs neatly into an inside zip pocket for portability and can be used as a pillow during long-haul journeys.

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