Christmas Gift Guide: Lady Geek Picks The 10 Best Gadgets For The Family

09 December 2013

GALLERY >> 10 Best Gadgets For The Family

1. Sonos Play: 1

These stylish speakers look great, with their compact and flexible design fitting nicely in any living room. They can be wirelessly controlled from any device, providing every member of the family with crystal clear sound whether they’re blasting out Bieber or Bach. £169 ­ [a target="_blank" href="http://www.sonos.com">Sonos.com[/a]

2. Samsung Smart TV

Smart TVs are the frontline soldiers in the battle for the living room ­ a battle that is being won, right now, by Samsung. HD 3D viewing, and an eye­watering variety of online content means there’s never been a better time to get smart. Just be careful: voice and motion control adds a new physical twist to the family fight over the remote. From £999 ­ [a target="_blank" href="http://www.currys.co.uk">Currys[/a].

3. Playstation 4

The days when the Playstation vs. Xbox debate was the sole domain of spotty teenagers is long gone. Ever since consoles became entertainment hubs, it’s a battle that concerns the whole family. There’s very little to choose between the two ­ both new consoles offer excellent performance and a fantastic all­round entertainment experience ­ but we’ve plumped for the Playstation 4 over the Xbox One because we’re a fan of its launch titles. £349.99 ­ [a target="_blank" href="http://www.argos.co.uk">Argos[/a]

4. Photojojo Phone Lens

Sick of looking like a wonky ghost in your family photos? Us too. These accessories will instantly improve even the most heinous smartphone photographer. Snap on a magnetic fish­eye, zoom, macro or wide angled lens over your phone’s camera and give your next family portrait a more sophisticated look. From £12.20 plus shipping [a target="_blank" href="/weblogEntries/­www.photojojo.com">­ photojojo.com[/a]

5. Sony Cybershot HX50

This diddy camera packs a powerful punch ­ it’s the smallest camera on the market with a 30x optical zoom, meaning you can pap a snoring Grandad from fifty yards away. £299 ­ [a target="_blank" href="http://www.­%20sony.co.uk">sony.co.uk[/a]

6. Sphero 2.0

The best pet you never had, this robotic ball can be remote­controlled by your phone to send it scurrying across the room. In­built games, challenges and augmented reality make it seriously addictive. Guaranteed to keep kids occupied ­ and adults seething with jealousy ­ for hours. £99.95 ­ [a target="_blank" href="/weblogEntries/­www.apple.co.uk">Apple Store[/a]

7. Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire HD is the perfect family tablet. Not only is it affordable, light and durable (the display is 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, meaning you can pass it round the living room without bomb­disposal gloves) it also lets parents limit the content children can access and set daily limits for activities like games. From £119 [a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.co.uk%20­">­ amazon.co.uk[/a]

8. Electronic Lab 101

Unleash your family’s inner Edison with this entertaining kit, which guides you through several electronics projects. You can even build your own cookie jar alarm and finally catch whoever has been scoffing all the custard creams. £25 ­ [a target="_blank" href="http://www.Notonthehighstreet.com">notonthehighstreet.com[/a]

9. LomoKino

If you’re charmed by Charlie Chaplin or keen on Buster Keaton, then you’ll love this winningly retro analogue camera from Lomography. No batteries, just point the lens, wind the crank and make that classical masterpiece they always dreamed about (at least until their arm gets tired). £65 ­ [a target="_blank" href="http://www.Lomography.com">Lomography.com[/a]

10 Sony Xperia Z1

We’ve all got someone in our family who’s broken more phones than they’ve had hot dinners. As well as being top of the range, spec wise, the Xperia Z1 is built with tempered glass and is fully water resistant, meaning it’s the perfect handset for any tech­savvy klutz. £479 ­ [a target="_blank" href="http://WWW.Sony.co.uk">Sony[/a]

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