Top 10 Gadget Christmas Gifts for Him

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As Christmas fast approaches (we’d tell you how many shopping days are left, but we don’t want to terrify you) it’s time to think about what to get the man in your life. Forget the old reliable standby of a tie, underwear or socks – what your husband/boyfriend/son/dad/brother/uncle/secret lover really wants (and needs) is the latest gadget so that he can be just like everybody else. And we’re here to help with 10 great tech ideas …

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A PlayStation 4 or Xbox One

He’s probably already got a PS3 or an Xbox 360, but now is the time to upgrade to one of the next-gen machines. Both consoles have been out for just over a year, and there are plenty off terrific games for both. And as a bonus, it looks like there might be a price war looming – the PS4 recently fell below £300 for the first time.

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iPad Air 2

There are loads of tablets around, from many different makers, but none is quite as good as Apple’s iPad, is it? And now we have the shiny new version, the iPad Air 2, to drool over. It’s ultra-thin, ultra-light, runs twice as fast as the previous model, features an anti-reflective coating with improved retina display and has a 10-hour battery life. What’s not to like?.

Oh, and don’t forget that there is also the new iPhone 6. He’d probably like one of those, too.

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RAVPower RP-PB22 Deluxe Portable Charger

One of these days, battery technology will catch up with the times and we’ll have iPhones that can run for a week or two without the need for recharging. Until that time, most of us are going tto need to carry with us a portable smartphone / tablet charger. And this little RAVPower unit is a beauty. It’s compatible with Android, Apple and other devices, and has charge speeds of up to four amps with a 13000mAh capacity. Bonus: you can also use it as a torch.

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Nike+ Fuelband SE

It’s the perfect wearable for kicking off that post-Christmas fitness regime. Nike’s Second Edition (SE) FuelBand will track your daily activity and display it as time, steps, calories burned, and “fuel”, and will also allow you to isolate and name special activities. It wirelessly syncs over Bluetooth, and this updated model has a better battery life that its predecessor. Just keep in mind that this sporty-looking device is not the ideal gift for the couch potato in your life.

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Popup Hotdog Toaster

It’s the ideal appliance for when the boys come around to sit and watch whatever particular code of football they are into. Fun, fast and convenient, the Popup Hot Dog Toaster from Nostalgia Electronics will hold two regular-sized hot dogs and two hot dog buns at one time. The toaster features adjustable heat settings, so you can achieve perfect hot dogs every time. The only thing it won’t do is nip down the shops to buy the hotdogs and buns – you will have to do that yourself.

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Tetris Stackable LED Desk Lamp

If your guy is in any way a gamer, then at some point in his life he would have played Tetris. In fact, he might even be playing it right now. So what better way to light up a room than with this seven-piece stackable, interlocking Tetris lamp? Simply connect one of the bricks to the mains power and then, as each new brick is placed in position, they will light up.

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Samsung Curved TV

Remember how, back in the good old days of last century, all TV sets had curved screens? (They were also big and heavy and boxy, with cathode ray tubes at their core, but that’s another story.) Now the flatscreens we’ve got used to for the past decade or so are starting to go back to the curve – although concave this time, rather than the convex screeens of old. The jury is still out on whether the curved screen makes a lot of difference – many critics say that it doesn’t, while others say the curve adds a sleek, immersive dimension that’s missing on flat TVs. So, why not buy your man one and let him judge for himself?

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Amazon Kindle

There are a lot of e-readers around, but none come better than the Amazon Kindle. There are several models to choose from – including the Touch, the Paperwhite, the Fire and the Voyage The best thing about the Kindle, of course, is the easy-to-read paper-like display. It’s also very easy to buy and wirelessly download books to the device – perhaps a little too easy.

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Marshall Fridge

Hey, is your guy a music fan? Is he tired of having a plain looking mini-fridge cramping his style while drinking his brewskis? Well thanks to Marshall Amps, now he can have a mini-fridge that keeps the beer cold AND looks cool. This rock-infused Marshall fridge, which mimics the British company’s classic amplifier, will keep your Christmas drink selection ice cold. Just be careful not to turn it up to 11 – it will freeze your Chrissy champers.

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Batman: The Complete TV Series Blu-ray

The perfect gift for the man who grew up watch the original Caped Crusader (Adam West) and Boy Wonder (Burt Ward) on TV in the 1960s. And for those who are too young to have seen it? Well, time to introduce them to this classic and hilarious high-camp show. Batman: The Complete Television Series features all three classic seasons, including all 120 original broadcast episodes completely remastered in HD. There is more than three hours of bonus material, including new interviews with both West and Ward. POW!

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Stuart O’Connor

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