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Christmas Gift Guide 2018: Stocking fillers

If you want to fill the stockings of your loved ones with chocolates and satsumas that is a worthy tradition to uphold.

But in case you’re looking for a little more variety, we’ve put together a list of great stocking fillers – from the cheap to the downright extravagant.

Stocking fillers under £20

Stardew Valley £14.99

A screenshot of a scene from a game called Stardew Valley

Giving someone Stardew Valley is like giving them a gentle massage without the effort or physical contact. A simple game that sees players restore and expand a rundown farm in a small village, to a gentle electronic soundtrack, it’s one of the most relaxing games out there. You may not be able to really escape the city to live on an idyllic farm, but this will make you feel like you have. Available for PC, Nintendo Swith, Xbox, and PS4.

Case Mate Waddler iPhone Case £4.95

View from top of a brown Case Mate Waddler Penguin case for iPhone 5S kept on a silver background

Every stocking needs a gimmick gift – and this one is both a gimmick and genuinely useful! Phone cases get ragged and old and need replacing, and why not with a rubber penguin?

Stocking fillers under £50

HTC One M9 Dot View case £15.58

A blue Dot view case held in hand horizontally displaying TRUSTE

A phone case that does more than just protect your phone, this Dot View case displays notifications using a retro dot matrix UI. It also lets you play games through the cover, and control music playback, and it’s available in a range of colours.

When in Rome £24.99

Left angled view from top of a book name When in Rome kept on a table

Bringing the family board game into 2018, When in Rome is a family friendly board game driven by Amazon’s Alexa that’s entertaining both as a game and an auditory experience. There’s no need to keep score – Alexa does that for you – so players can concentrate on winning, and appreciating the genuinely great voice acting on display.

Stocking fillers under £100

GHD Air £99.00

View from top of a black GHD Air hairdryer kept on floor

A hairdryer – even a really good one – might not be exciting enough for some people to be a real present, but as the one functional thing in a stocking of fun, it’s perfect. And when it comes to haircare, you can’t get better than GHD. It’s powerful, well-designed, and perfect for controlling an unruly mane.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller £54.99

A Nintendo Switch standing with it's controller kept beside

While the Switch’s versatile JoyCons are great in their own way, sometimes you want a proper solid handset. But since the Pro Controller isn’t included with the console, plenty of people are getting by without them. Well, Christmas is a time to help someone have that little extra luxury they couldn’t quite justify for themselves – so treat your loved one to a slightly more comfortable gaming experience.

Stocking fillers under £200

Tivoli Andiamo £189.00

A silver Tivoli Andiamo speaker kept on wooden floor

Just a really pretty bluetooth speaker. Just really ridiculously good looking. Sleek speakers with a nice little strap that lets you hang it up wherever you want, it’s simple yet elegant. It’s no slouch on sound quality either, giving a much richer tone than you’d expect form a speaker of its size, and the battery lasts an impressive 20 hours.

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 £113

View from top of an InstaX SQ6 camera kept on a stone

Instax cameras have been around for a while now and they’re as popular as ever – and looking really good. The design of the SQ6 is incredibly stylish, with several colours available, including a Taylor Swift edition if that takes your fancy, and the bigger square pictures give more range than the smaller, portrait ones.

Snapchat Spectacles 2 £149.99

A wallpaper of Snapchat Spectacles 2 - Nico Veronica

Snapchat Spectacles are exactly the degree of frivolity you want in a stocking. Spectacles! Just for Snapchat! Well, not just for Snapchat – you can post the footage and photos you record through the Spectacles wherever you want – after you’ve downloaded them via Snapchat. So essentially they’re a comfortable, easy to use point-of-view camera, for all your point-of-view needs.

Expensive stocking fillers

Tefal Actifry Genius XL £174.99

A white Tefal Actifry Genius XL kept on a table with fried and baked food kept beside

More than just a chip machine, the Actifry lets you cook a wide range of dishes, with room enough to cook five main meals at once. It nine auto cook settings, but also lets you cook manually – which really means it’s as creative as you are.

Sonos Beam £399.00

Right angled view of black Sonos Beam soudbar mounted on a white wall with holes

The first Soundbar from Sonos, the Beam might just be one of the best on the market. It simplifies TV watching by letting you control your TV through the bar, it integrates with Alexa – it does away with the need for any other speakers in your living area. The soundbar is available on its own, or as part of a 5.1 surround sound home theatre system.

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