Christmas gifts can be hard to choose. Finding the perfect present takes time and careful consideration – but sometimes you just need a little inspiration. And that's where we can help. If you're looking for Christmas gift ideas for family, friends or colleagues then read on, because this page is your definitive Christmas gift guide for 2021.
We've collated all our top Christmas gift ideas and gift guides on this page, as well as links to other Christmas-themed articles that you might find useful.
Here at T3, we're all about discovering beautiful things that make life easier, or more productive, or more fun. Whoever you're buying a Christmas gift for this year, we've got a wealth of ideas for every budget.
Read on, but be warned – you're just as likely to end up buying things for yourself!
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For a quick hit of Christmas gift inspiration, scroll through some of the year's most popular, exciting, and best-in-class products and services. From photos and fragrances to fun toys like Nerf guns, here are the items we regularly see flying off the shelves – not just at Christmas but all year round.
Sony PlayStation 5: £449.99 | Find stock here
This is the hottest product of 2020 and 2021 and securing one in time for Christmas is going to be the Turbo Man mission for many over the coming months. If you missed your chance to pre-order a PlayStation 5 in the first and second weeks of orders being live, then don't worry – expect most retailers to have PS5 pre-orders back in stock in the coming weeks, and certainly on launch day.
Xbox Series X: £449.99 | Find stock here
Perhaps the second most in-demand product this year (after the PS5) the Xbox Series X pre-orders finally went live in September, but as expected they flew off the digital shelve almost instantly! Don't worry, if you didn't get your chance to grab a new Xbox console you will get another chance soon as stock is being added all the time – just head over to our stock finder page.
Nintendo Switch | Find the best Nintendo Switch deals here
Okay, the Nintendo Switch isn't as new or powerful as the two consoles above, but it's just as likely to be a hit this Christmas. The Switch is ideal for families, with plenty of Child-friendly party games to keep everyone entertained over Christmas. Best of all, it's also more affordable and easier to find than the consoles above as well.
Amazon Echo Dot with Clock (4th Generation): £59.99 | Amazon
You can now get the brand-new Amazon Echo Dot with Clock for the stocking-filler price of just under £60, an absolute bargain. The recipient can then use it to get Alexa to read the news or weather report, stream music, control smart home devices such as Philips Hue lights and so much more.
Google Nest Hub Max: £189 | Currys
This is not a cheap Christmas gift but it's a really good one. The Google Nest Hub Max does everything that the Google Nest Mini above does but the bigger speaker makes it ideal for listening to music while the 10" HD screen is perfect for a spot of YouTube watching or making video calls in conjunction with the front facing 6.5MP camera. It's currently £30 off its full price, too.
Apple Airpods with wireless charging case: £169-£199 | Amazon
Apple’s reimagined wireless headphones are high on a lot of people’s Christmas gift lists. Just pull them out of the charging case and they’re ready to use with your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad or Mac.
Noise-cancelling headphones: £23-£330 | Amazon
Give the gift of superior sound quality and noise cancellation this Christmas. The Sony WH-1000XM3 cans are the best noise-cancelling headphones you can buy, and Bose is another great brand to look for – but there are plenty of options for smaller budgets too.
Amazon Kindle: £69.99-£319.99 | Amazon
An Amazon Kindle is a fantastic Christmas gift for any fan of reading. The Kindle Paperweight would be our top choice – it’s the best in terms of value and performance. But if you've got a bigger budget, the waterproof Kindle Oasis is a great shout.
Magazine subscription: from £6 | Magazines Direct
A magazine subscription is a gift that keeps on giving all year round. Magazines Direct has something for everyone, whether they're interested in tech, sports, gaming, photograph, movies, music, or home and garden. You can even get a subscription to T3 magazine – we hear it's rather good.
Disney Plus | 12 Month Subscription | £59.99
A Disney+ gift subscription is an easy way to give one year of Disney+ to someone special. When you purchase the gift subscription for £59.99, you’ll be paying for their first year of Disney+, with full access to hundreds of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars blockbusters, as well as National Geographic documentaries. Gift subscriptions can only be redeemed by new Disney+ subscribers.
Mixbook Photo book: from £7.79 at Mixbook
A personal photo book filled with memories makes a meaningful Christmas gift – and one of our favourite photo book services is Mixbook. It’s affordable, easy to use, and print quality is excellent.
Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance Starter Kit: Available now | Amazon
A Philips Hue starter kit has everything you need to get started with the Hue colour changing bulbs. These bulbs can change between 16 million colours and thousands of shades of white and the included Hue Bridge means that the bulbs can be controlled remotely via a smartphone app or smart assistant such as an Amazon Echo or Google Nest device. The kit is available with B22 bayonet bulbs, E27 screw-in bulbs or GU10 spot lamps, and each kit contains three bulbs and a Hue bridge.
Luxury food hamper: £14-£330 | Not on the High Street
There’s a wealth of fantastic foodie hampers for all budgets to choose from at Not on the High Street. They’ve got boozy hampers, vegan hampers, cheese-themed options, chocolates, luxury hampers overflowing with items, and lots more – all stunningly packaged.
Anker Nebular Solar Projector | £549.99 from Amazon
Upgrade your Christmas movies this year by setting up your very own home cinema. Capable of projecting a 120-inch image at 1080p resolution, with stellar image quality thanks to HDR10. Despite its diminutive size, the Solar Projector features autofocus and auto-levelling. You can cast content straight from your phone or stream content directly on the device thanks to the Android TV operating system and the hundreds of compatible apps.
Electric scooter: £200 – £1000 from Pure Electric
Have you heard, you can get electric scooters for adults now? Not only are they incredibly fun, they're also practical, and can be used for speeding up the commute (if you don't get caught by the police). We'd recommend the excellent Pure Air, as it's the best all-rounder out there.
Watches and jewellery : £100+ from Goldsmiths
Looking to really splash out this Christmas? Why not treat your loved one to a watch or piece of jewellery. This will guarantee a treasured gift that will be remembered for years to come.
Christmas gift ideas: Shop by category
We're not done yet... Here, we've rounded up the best Christmas gifts for little kids and big kids alike. There are lego sets, Star Wars toys, home and kitchen items, Christmas presents for sports fans and lots more.
Best Christmas gifts: toys
Best toys for Christmas
Need a playful present? These are hottest toys for kids this year, from the creative and educational to pure silly fun.
Best board games for Christmas
Forget boring old Monopoly… have more fun with the family with these fantastic games, from silly party games to epic strategic battles.
Best Lego sets for Christmas
Lego is awesome. We've curated the best sets here, from the Lego Star Wars series, to high-tech Lego Technics, Lego Mindstorms, Lego Harry Potter and Lego City.
Best Nerf guns for Christmas
Look no further for the perfect Nerf-based Christmas gift for the foam-projectile lover in your live. These glorious Nerf blasters come in all shapes and sizes, from the sublime to the extremely ridiculous – and at all budgets too.
Best remote control cars for Christmas
Whether you want off-road, monster-trucking action; rubber-burning, tarmac-chewing supercar madness; or a kid-friendly roadster to whizz around the living room, here are the best RC cars you can buy.
Best Christmas gifts: Home
Best cheap Le Creuset sale deals for Christmas
Everyone loves a Le Creuset pan. Check out these deals to get the premium cookware at a lower than usual price. It's one of the best Christmas gifts you can buy for people who love cooking (or, ahem, yourself).
Best pod coffee machines
Coffee pod machines produce consistent results that are notoriously difficult to attain using standard espresso machines and most bean-to-cup models. They're a popular Christmas gift – we've found the best ones in this guide.
Best chef's knives
A chef's knife is a jack of all trades and master of several. It's like the AK47 of the kitchen, and can make for a great Christmas present – we've curated the best ones here.
Best vacuum cleaner
The best vacuum cleaners are design classics that look great inside your home – and make cleaning a breeze. Just be careful how you present this Christmas gift...
Sure, on paper a mattress may look like an unconventional Christmas present – but never underestimate the gift of an amazing night's sleep. We've found the best mattresses you can buy, for all budgets, and a lot of them have big discounts on them right now.
Best Christmas gifts: Fitness
Best running headphones
Headphones are a particular good Christmas gift for fitness fanatics. Here you'll find the best headphones for running, the gym, work outs, sports, cross-fit, cycling and fell trekking.
Fitbit used to be known for its fitness trackers but by now, they offer more than just simple wearables that track steps and calories. A new Fitbit is on top of everyone's Christmas wishlist and given the wide variety of available models, you can pick one that suits every price range. For the best prices, check out the best Fitbit deals guide.
Best running shoes
Running has become everyone's favourite pastime activity in the last half a year so getting your loved ones a new pair of running trainers is definitely a good idea. Does mum or dad prefer to run in the countryside? Check out the best trail running shoes guide for the perfect kicks for off-road people.
Best workout shoes
Gyms might be closed but that shouldn't stop anyone from working out at home. The best workout shoes will provide grip, comfort and stability, a surefire hit this Christmas.
Best Christmas gifts: Tech
Smartwatches are an ideal Christmas present. Not only are they super-useful throughout the year, they can also help the recipient with any New Year weight loss goals. We've review the best smartwatches for any user here.
Have you got budding photographer in your house? Why not treat them to an upgrade? Because yes, while smartphone cameras are very capable now, they're still no match for a traditional camera. We've reviewed the best mirrorless cameras, best compact cameras, best DSLRs, and even the best instant camera!
Best noise cancelling headphones
Noise cancelling headphones can block out the sounds of planes, trains and colleagues – and have superb sound quality too. They make brilliant Christmas gifts, and we've found the best ones here.
Considering buying a laptop for a Christmas gift? Have a browse through our constantly updated, expertly curated, definitive list of the best laptops for working, gaming, designing, studying or anything else.
Kit someone out with a top smartphone this Christmas. Every quality phone worthy of your consideration can be found in our best phone guide.
Tablets remain popular Christmas gifts. Find the best option for friends, family or yourself with our top picks of the best tablets on the market today.
Best gaming headsets
Need a Christmas gift for a gamer? Have a look through the best gaming headsets available for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
Best smartwatch for kids
Want to encourage your little one to exercise more? A smartwatch designed specifically for children is the answer. These handy little devices not only make fitness fun, with goals and achievements, they also teach children how to tell the time.
Best Nintendo Switch games
From incredible first-party exclusives such as the wonderful RPG magic of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the platforming masterclass that is Super Mario Odyssey , to the quirky and fun Paper Mario – these are the games to buy a Nintendo Switch player.
Best Xbox games
if you own an Xbox then this page is your one-stop-shop for all the latest - and the very best - games you can buy, download and play right now!
Best Christmas gifts: Beauty
Best fragrances for men
Is there a better Christmas present for a man than fragrance? We don't think so. We've collected the best smelling colognes, aftershaves, and eau du toilets around.
Best perfume for women
Perfume is always well received – especially if it's one of the carefully selected entries in our list. It makes buying
Best hair dryers
Okay, a hair dryer doesn't sound like the most amazing gift ever – but once the person receiving the gift realises how much time a good hairdryer can save they'll be thanking you form the bottom of their heart.
Best hair straighteners
A new set of hair straighteners is an excellent Christmas gift. We've reviewed the very best models around, so you know you're making the right decision.
The best Christmas gifts: Shop by retailer
Prefer to browse for Christmas gift ideas at Amazon, Walmart, John Lewis et al for inspiration yourself? Here are the Christmas gift pages of our favourite retailers...
- Christmas gifts at Amazon: browse the best presents
- Christmas gifts at John Lewis & Partners: see today's best offers
- Christmas gifts at Not On The High Street: shop top xmas gifts
- Christmas gifts at Boots: better than half price deals
- Christmas gifts at Debenhams: 3 for 2 mix and match gifts
- Christmas gifts at Very: up to 30% off
- Christmas gifts at I Want One of Those: browse for inspiration
- Christmas gifts at Goldsmiths: Browse watches and jewellery now