Christmas Gift Guide 2018: Gifts for him

Men and boys are notoriously difficult to buy presents for, or so we’re told. So if you’ve found yourself head-scratching for what to put under a tree this Christmas for a man then don’t worry we’ve got your back.

Our list covers all budgets: from something to put in his stocking, to something that’ll blow his socks off, this is where to find it.

Gifts under £20 for him

Gifts under £20 for him: Anker SoundCore Mini

Anker Soundcore Mini £20.99

Although technically it just scrapes over the £20 bar, we’re including it anyway, and you won’t regret the extra £0.99 spent. That’s because the Anker Soundcore Mini just packs in so much sound and features for such a small speaker. Bluetooth? Check. Aux? Check. And it also has MP3 playback over microSD, a mic for hands-free calls and, the truly oddball extra, a built-in FM radio so you can even get some Christmas radio on the go. All able to fit in the palm of your hand as well. Santa can’t top that.

Gifts under £20 for him: The Room

The Room (Switch) £9.99

Christmas stockings are all about puzzles that’ll tease your brain while the turkey settles and way into Boxing Day – at least that’s what we believe. The Room on Switch capitalises on the latest craze of escape rooms and condenses that down to a device. And as you search for clues, keys and hidden panels it’s infused with just the right amount of horror to keep you alert for the rest of the holidays.

Gifts under £50 for him

Gifts under £50 for him: Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) £49.99

If you’re looking to splash out a bit more on a speaker, with Alexa chucked in, then Amazon Echo Dot is the way to go. Smart home control is where Alexa really shines, with the range of supported products huge, ranging from the Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner to Philips Hue bulbs and beyond. You can create routines to control multiple devices together. So if he needs a little help in the house then look no further.

Fifa 19

Fifa 19 £41.99

What makes a better winter present than a reminder of summer? And by summer we mean football. The greatest football game has a new edition with so many new modes and other great treats with you’ll almost believe that football came home after all.

Gifts under £50 for him: Black Ops

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 £49.99

Keeping with the Christmas means time for games and what better to twin with FIFA than the latest from Call of Duty? After successfully claiming the World Cup you can then shoot your way right through to the New Year on Call of Duty Black Ops 4.
This year’s CoD has done away with the single player campaign and expanded its three distinctive multiplayer segments so the whole family can work their way through the leftovers whilst shooting the hell out of each other across PvP mode, a cooperative zombie mode and a battle royal called Blackout.

Gifts under £100 for him

Gifts under £100 for him: Kindle

Kindle £59.99

Perhaps though multiplayer shoot everything in sight is not exactly his style and he needs a good excuse to escape the family seek out some solitude. In which case Amazon enter our list for a second time with another budget version of a gadget, this time with its no thrills Kindle.
It may not have all the design quirks or fancy features of more eminent e-books, see Kindle Voyage if you’re a stickler for backlight or high-resolution displays and want to spend a little more, but for only £60 the Kindle does exactly what an e-reader should. It gives you the ability to turn a hardback collection into one 6inch portable device and grants you access to Amazon’s online book collection. It’s reading done simply and done well.

Gifts under £100 for him: Amazon Fire

Amazon Fire HD £79.99

OK – It’s a hat-trick of Amazon budget gadgets, we know. But when they’re cramming in this much bang for your proverbial buck there’s not a lot can you argue with. The Amazon Fire HD 8 combines the best of an e-reader, with an 8-inch screen to access Prime and Alexa thrown in as well. Basically if you were reading this list and had it narrowed down to the Kindle and the Amazon Echo Dot, then this has just solved your problem into an all achieving tablet that comes in way under £100.
Though to truly get the most out of it we recommend splashing out an extra £30 to get the ‘Show Mode’ charging dock addition.

Gifts under £100 for him: Audio-Technica SonicFuel ATH-AR3BT

Audio-Technica SonicFuel ATH-AR3BT £99

Solid wireless headphones, which are made for good sound rather than use in a gym in mind, for less than three figures are becoming increasingly difficult to find. The Audio-Technica SonicFuel ATH-AR3BT are simply good quality headphones that deliver a great audio performance with aptX Bluetooth for better sound compression and do not bother to try to do any unnecessary extras.

Gifts under £200 for him

Gifts under £200 for him: Spotify

Spotify (year’s subscription) £120 12x£10-a-month

Staying with music, what makes for a better Christmas present than one you can keep enjoying until Christmas next year? Not much in our book. For any wannabe music aficionado or for over a year’s access anyone with even a passing interest in music would love unlimited access to the over 35 million songs that make up the Spotify library.

In addition its strongest features includes making collaborative playlists with friends, so you can share with him some tunes for an upcoming party or just educate him with some music. It’s the gift that will keep on giving for both of you all through the year.

Gifts under £200 for him: Moto G6 Play

Moto G6 Play £169

If music is already sorted for the year and beyond then what he’ll need is a phone with enough storage to make the most out of it when commuting or stuck in the snow over the festive period. The Moto G6 Play provides a generous amount of space, for its price, at 32GB. It loses some of the added features of the Moto G6, which you could get for an extra £50, such as higher-resolution camera and better camera. But if he’s more about having a practical phone that has storage and keeping standard features, that are becoming increasingly luxury, like a headphone jack then this phone ticks all the boxes.

Gifts under £200 for him: Withering Steel HR Watch

Withering Steel HR Sport Watch £189.95

Need some motivation to run off some Christmas turkey, the Withering Steel HR Sport Watch is here to monitor every step taken. First and foremost though it is a watch, and designed to look as such, with the fitness tracker as a secondary function. That said it is quite an extensive secondary feature possessing, on top of the basic things like heart rate and step counter, 30 different work outs that it can track including activities like zumba.

Expensive gifts for him

Expensive gifts for him: Panasonic FZ950/FZ952

Panasonic FZ950/FZ952 £2499

If he’s been exceptionally good this year then look no further than the Panasonic FZ950/FZ952 OLED. There’s really not too much to expand on. You like film? TV? You like watching crisp defined pictures with powerful sound? Then this top of the range 55-inch, different sizes available, Panasonic TV is up there with the best of the year.

Expensive gifts for him: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus £779

To really truly splash out this Christmas then this is the current barometer for a smartphone. The slick design makes some pretty recent iPhone and other android editions look obsolete already. Every additional feature that the Moto G6 Play, above, lacked the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has and then some. The screen is both big and brilliant at 6.2 inches and resolution of 2960 x 1440, with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. This is a phone with it all for a Christmas with nothing held back.

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