Top 10 Gadget Christmas Gifts for Her

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As Christmas continues to hurtle toward us, it’s time to think about what to buy for the lady in your life. Forget the old reliable standby of pyjamas or a handbag – what your wife/girlfriend/daughter/mother/sister/aunty/secret lover really wants (and needs) is the latest gadget to make her day-to-day life that little bit easier – or a lot more fun. And we’re here to help with 10 great tech ideas …

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Mario Kart 8 for Wii U

The woman in your life is clearly a Mario Kart fan, and has been ever since she played the (absolutely wonderful) N64 version when she was but a girl. So what better gift than a copy of the latest incarnation, Mario Kart 8, for the Wii U? And if she doesn’t have a Wii U yet, well, buy her one of those, too. You know she’s worth it. (And if she is a gamer, then you might want to consider buying her a PS4 or Xbox One, too.)

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Moto 360

If your lady-love is after the latest in wearable tech, then the classically-designed Moto 360 is the perfect gift for her. Comfortable, familiar and crafted with the finest materials, the Moto 360 will keep her up to date without taking her away from the moment. She can glance at her wrist to see updates or just speak to get the information she needs. And the Moto 360 will also keep track of her steps and heart rate thanks to a built-in pedometer and heart-rate monitor.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera

She’s already got a smartphone, so why does she need a camera too? Well, what if she wants to take a selfie while she’s talking on the phone? Or maybe she just wants a really good camera? The 17 megapixel Samsung Galaxy Camera could be just what she needs. It features the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and a 1.4GHz CPU, and has a 4.8-inch 1280×720 HD display, a 21x zoom lens, USB 2.0, Micro USB and MicroSD  slots, a 1,650mAh rechargeable battery, optical image stablisation and 8GB of internal storage. It also has 3G and wi-fi connectivity for uploading images to Facebook.

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Kobo Aura H2O

This is the first waterproof e-reader – the perfect gift for those who love to read in the bath or by the pool. And let’s face it – in the UK, it does rain a bit, so this is also ideal for reading your favourite novel while waiting for the bus in a downpour. The new Kobo Aura H2O is waterproof up to one metre for up to 30 minutes and features a 6.8-inch 265dpi touchscreen with upgraded Carta E Ink technology.

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Stellé Mini Clutch Bluetooth Speaker

The Stellé Mini Clutch Bluetooth Speaker is a fun accessory for any party girl. It’s a stylish and functional clutch bag that incorporates a wireless speaker, speakerphone and room for makeup, making it the perfect gift for the busy fashionista who loves to take her music on the move. Offering the best in sound quality and design, it effortlessly pairs with any Bluetooth-enabled device, including smartphones, tablets and computers. Available in purple, blue love print and diamond.

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SPACED360 speakers

Another Bluetooth-enabled portable speaker, but this one actually looks more like a speaker than a handbag. The SPACED360 was designed by Frank Nuovo (ex Vertu and designer of many of Nokia’s iconic phones) and is powered by patented airSOUND technology that creates an immersive, infinite “sweet spot” by using six powerful radiators to produce a 360 degree sound experience. Measuring only 22x19x8.8cm, the speaker is wrapped in stylish, 3D formed metal grilles and connects to any apt-X Bluetooth device within seconds, boasting a whopping up to 14 hours of music playback.

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Samsung Tab Lite

If your lady doesn’t already own a tablet, then this is definitely one to consider getting for her. At 9.7mm deep, the super slim 7-inch touchscreen Samsung Tab Lite is equipped with a 2-megapixel camera and a rear camera with smart features. Available in four colours, the Tab Lite also comes with a fast dual core processor, 8GB of memory, an SD card slot and thousands of easily downloadable apps.

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Monster Diamond Tears Edge On-Ear headphones

Bold fashion meets unbeatable sound in a stunning diamond-inspired design. The Monster technology experts collaborated with international superstar JYP to develop a headphone that’s world-class in both sound and style. The Monster Diamond Tears headphones feature on-ear design with foam ear cushions for comfort, proprietary driver technology that delivers vibrant high-definition audio, a low-profile, right-angle connector for easy connection to audio devices, and three tangle-resistant cables.

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Digital Christmas Jumpers

These woolly knits are unlike anything else on the festive jumper market and make perfect presents for anyone who loves Christmas jumpers, but wants to stand out from the crowd. They incorporate wearable smartphone technology to animate the designs and the original range was designed by an ex-NASA engineer. To activate the animations, you simply need to download the free app on iOS and Android on to your phone, select the animation, customise it if you like and insert the phone into the jumper’s pouch. Put the jumper on, and voilà – you’re wearing a digitally animated Christmas Jumper – much more interesting than a standard Christmas jumper with snowflakes on it.

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Phone Charging Makeup Bag

Fusing fashion with technology, the Gillan Phone Charging Makeup Bag charges a mobile phone on the go without compromising on style. Inside there is plenty of room for all of her cosmetics and mini-travel essentials, and the discreet 3000mAh Li-Polymer built-in battery holds enough power to give most smartphones up to one-and-a-half full charges. Compatible with most micro-USB devices, tablets, MP3 players and phones – although Apple devices will need to use a separate Apple adaptor. The battery is then simply recharged by connecting to a USB port.

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Stuart O’Connor