Top 12 gifts this Christmas: Shop for everyone in seconds

We´ve made Christmas simple by compiling a list of our top 12 gifts - from PS4 and Xbox One to iPad Air and KitchenAid mixer...

06 Nov 2013


From cake-makers, coffee addicts and gamers to lazy dads, amateur snappers and teenagers who are always on the go, our Christmas shopping lists take us all over the shop.

But how about finding all the best gifts in one place, in a guide that takes just five minutes to read?

Here are our top 12 gifts this Christmas.

Google Nexus 7 - powerful pocket-sized tablet with sharp screen

Nexus 7 New 1

Google's new seven-inch Nexus 7 tablet is the perfect present for a teenager or partner who's always on the go.

Whether they're commuting to work or lounging in the common room, they'll find the seven-inch Nexus 7 fits in the palm of their hand and is small and light enough (209g) to slip inside their pocket or bag.

With the world's sharpest seven-inch screen, the tablet is fab for watching movies on Google Play or catching up with Made In Chelsea on 4OD.

iPad Air - ultra-light tablet for hipsters who want the best

iPad Air

The iPad Air is the only choice if you're buying a tablet for fashion-forward hipsters and devoted Apple geeks. The lightest full-size tablet on the market, it weighs just 496g, measures 7.5mm thin and has 10 hours' battery life. It's great for showing off to mates at work or college, or browsing the web in style on the sofa.

What about watching video? The 9.7inch Retina display makes chilling with a movie pretty damn special too. Also, if you're buying for someone who already has an iPhone they can sync the Air to get the same music, calendars and more across both.

The iPad Air was called the "best full-size consumer tablet on the market" by tech site Cnet. 

Logitech keyboard cover- slick, stylish and useful

Logitech Fabric Skin

If you've spent the money on the achingly hip iPad Air you can't expect your other half to carry it around in a cheapo case. You wouldn't cover a Vivienne Westwood blouse with a Primark coat after all?

With the Logitech keyboard cover his case will be as stylish as the iPad within - and if he likes to bash out a few work emails on the train home from the office he can use a keyboard inside the cover, which connects to the iPad via Bluetooth. It's also 'liquid repellent' - just in case the guy across the table spills his coffee.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 - perfect for the sofa and Samsung Galaxy phone users

Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

If you're buying for someone who prefers getting cosy on the sofa to heading out to a gig or restaurant, take a look at a larger tablet like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. The 10.1 inch screen will keep the most ardent of sofa-surfer happy as they flit between watching Match of The Day on the iPlayer and their fantasy football team.

If they have a Samsung Galaxy phone they'll find the tablet a cinch to use, as they both have the same Galaxy interface. This is worth considering if they'd prefer not to spend ages learning new systems.

Delonghi Icona espresso machine - their own personal coffee shop

Delonghi Icona

Britons love coffee - knocking back 70 million cups per day. If you know someone who always starts their day with an espresso on the way into the office let them bypass the coffee shop - and save a few quid - with their own machine.
With push-button operation, the Delonghi Icona espresso machine is simple to use - even for folk who crawl from bed resembling befuddled prehistoric man

KitchenAid Artisan - Bake Off brilliance

Kitchen Aid Mixer

Brits have become obsessed with baking - with more than eight million of us tuning into watch the final of Great British Bake Off 2013 and around 85% of us having baked this year.

If your better half is among that number help them get baking with the KitchenAid Artisan mixer, which is as big a star of the Bake Off  tent as Mary Berry. Bask in smug self-satisfaction as they whip, beat and whisk their way to being a domestic goddess. 

Beats Solo - trendy headphones

Beats Solo

Shopping for a teenager who's obsessed with what's in and what's most definitely not? Beats Solo HD is the only way to go. Designed with help from rapper Dr Dre, Beats headphones have been seen around the necks of Eminen, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and countless others.

Solo can be easily folded and popped in your teenager's college bag, while when you call them they can switch off their tunes and speak through the headphone set - no excuses for letting you go to voicemail.

BOSE mini wireless speaker - take their music with them

Your boyfriend is a full-on music geek - obsessed with all the right bands. Now he can take his new favourite band with him wherever he goes with the BOSE SoundLink wireless speaker.

Whether away with work or round a mate's for a few beers, he can play the tunes from his phone, tablet or laptop via Bluetooth - without a wire in sight. It's tiny too, so if he's packing for a trip away or a stag do it won't take up too much valuable space. 

Bose Soundlink

Sonos Play:1 multi-room Spotify-streaming speaker

Sonos Play (1) (small)

Buying for a confirmed audiophile who always has music playing in every room? Help them link it all up with a Sonos Play:1 speaker. With a Sonos system they can play music from iTunes as well as online streaming services such as Spotify and Napster.

The idea is you have speakers in different rooms which connect wirelessly. Music in each room is then controlled via an app on their phone or tablet. If they've often fancied starting a multi-room speaker system but lacked the funds, the cheaper Play:1 is the perfect way to get them started.

Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

The PlayStation 4 goes head-to-head with Xbox One in a battle of the consoles this Christmas. Both are amazing next-generation machines with great games and graphics, but which is right for your teenage son?

PlayStation 4: It's cheaper than Xbox One - costing £349 to Xbox One's £429. It has been suggested PlayStation 4 has slightly more power than Xbox One. It also places no restrictions on sharing games between friends and Sony is known for its long-term relationship with independent games developers. Meanwhile, a share button on the controller allows people to broadcast their gaming exploits to friends online.

The Majestic , Magnificent Play Station 4 (small)

Xbox One: Microsoft is dubbing Xbox One an 'all-round entertainment hub' for the living room. This means as well as gaming, they can watch TV and Blu-ray movies. It comes bundled with the Kinect camera, so switching between games and TV is done by voice control or the wave of a hand. Microsoft has also made a huge investment in cloud gaming, while it's no secret many gamers prefer the Xbox Live online gaming service to the PlayStation network. Xbox one also has some fantastic exclusive games too such as Titanfall and Ryse.

Xbox One Box

Nikon D3200 digital SLR - get serious about snapping

Nikon D3200

If you've got a budding amateur photographer in the family who's itching to become the next David Bailey, this is a perfect camera to help them take the next step.

The Nikon D3200 was handed five stars out of five in a review by tech site Cnet, which when it came to bad features could find simply none.

For those using a DSLR for the first time, there are comprehensive menus and help on hand, while its output helps bring out the best in every shot.

That's our pick of the top 12 gifts this year - use them as your guide and you should have a happy brood come December 25. 

For even more gifting inspiration, check out our 'Home of Christmas' hub online.