Welcome to our little gift guide. It’s been a tough year for most of us so we wanted to put a little fun back into Christmas this year – and we’ve come up with 10 cool gadgets for the man in your life and guarantee he will enjoy at least 3 of them. Which ones, only you would know! Oh, and if you’re a fella reading this, stop now. We don’t want to spoil any surprises, do we. There’s a page for you guys where you can have a look at 10 Christmas Gadgets For Her, from you so off you go…..ta-ra.
Right then girls, it’s just you and me. Lets have a look at our favourite 10 gadgets for this year’s festive season……….
KYMERA MAGIC WAND
If the man in your life is a little bit too obsessed with Harry Potter, then he’s old enough to know better. However, if he’s also the type of guy with a million and one gadgets plugged into the back of the telly, you could do worse than to get him the Kymera Magic Wand. But this isn’t any normal magic wand, oh no, buster. This magic wand isn’t magic at all. You see, it’s really a buttonless remote control. The wand works by using a motion sensor and an infrared beam, which enables you to swish and swirl it all around the place to change channel on your TV, rewind your video or anything you want to do to any appliance in your house that has a remote control you can sync it with. The Kymera Magic Wand will recognize 13 different motions and will cost you £50 – but that’s worth your fella making a right bozo of himself, isn’t it? And he might actually let you have a go…..
SPECIAL EDITION TANDEM Z-1
Some boys just never grow up – I should know, I’m one of them. Give me something to play with for Christmas and I’ll be happy chap – I don’t want socks, DIY manuals, drill bits, or lovely throws for the sofa; I want toys. The Special Edition Tandem Z-1 is exactly what I’m talking about and something you could spend hours with. £25 will get you a 7″ long copy of a Chinook helicopter which your man can control to fly around your house or outside – turning, twisting, soaring up and diving down – this will bring out the inner child of any adult – if it even needs to come out. The only issue I have with this is you only get 10 minutes flying time before you have to charge it up again – which takes a good half hour. However, consider how small the chopper is and how cheap it costs and you shouldn’t really grumble. And 10 minutes flying and 30 minutes charging is still 40 minutes when he’ll be out of your hair.
MESSLESS GADGET CHARGER
I know you probably think that your boyfriend/husband is by far and away the single most untidy and lazy scuzzbag the world has ever seen, but you’d be wrong. That title goes to me, I’m afraid. But if you’re fed up with charger wires from countless iPods, handheld consoles and mobile phones that end up making your plug sockets looking like the severed head of Medusa, then this might be of interest. The Messless Gadget Charger charges gadgets… er…. messlessly – all you need is one plug socket and you can charge up to four different devices, keeping those socket areas tidier than Beppe Di Marco’s beard. You might think that the Messless Charger looks a bit like an upside-down bowler hat, but I reckon it’s more like a futuristic fruit bowl and would happily fit in with the more minimalist homes. The charger is available now for around the £70 mark.
NIGHT VISION GOGGLES
These are marketed for kids, although you may be thinking that there’s no bigger kid than the one that sits in the room shouting at footballers he doesn’t even know about a game he hasn’t even played for six years. Now I know that night vision goggles may bring about Silence of the Lambs-based nightmares, but if your fella has any interest in nature these could be worth a shout. £100 will get you a pair and you’ll be able to see up to 15 metres in front of you in complete darkness, so perfect for spotting the night life unfolding in your garden – especially if you leave some food out for the bats, foxes and badgers. Also good for scaring the living daylights out of him when he gets home late from the pub. Just switch off the lights, wait for the key to turn and watch his face when you yell in his ear….
POCKET CINEMA T-10
If your fella has a penchant for gadgets he’s likely to have all or some of the following – digital camera, mobile phone, mp3 player, hand held games console – and there’s a good chance that he will watch video or play games on one of these formats. The Pocket Cinema will plug into any of these devices and project the image onto a wall or ceiling up to 50″ wide. The T-10 doesn’t come cheap though, and will set you back £220, but weigh this up against the constant nagging to let him buy a 50″ TV and it seems like a fair price. Obviously, the picture won’t be as good as it is on a TV, but I guarantee he’ll be so impressed he won’t even notice. Expect him to take even more time out in the toilet though.
REGA P3-24 TURNTABLE
If you’re feeling extra-flush and your gentleman friend has a pile of records growing moss in the shed, you would be hard pressed to find such a long-lasting, prestigious gift than the Rega P3-24 turntable. Available in several colours, at least one of which will work with the living room wallpaper, one of these turntables will fit in nicely to any room although they are expensive; you won’t get much change from £600. The sound quality is superb and will make any vinyl collection sing through the speakers thanks to Rega’s 35 year history building top-of-the-range record players and will take you back to a time when sitting around and playing records was still classed as a popular romantic night in. Give it a go…you might like it. Even if his 12″ collection exclusively consists of hardcore rave tracks from ‘92-’94.
BEER KEG CHILLER
As everyone knows, there is nothing a man likes to do more than spend the night down the pub with his mates……sorry…… I know. You wanted me to say – spend a romantic night in with his partner. But, with the Beer Keg Chiller you can combine both nights from the comfort of your own home! The chiller holds a 5 litre keg of the beer of your choice and has a cooling system which will make a nice cold pint to sip from at leisure, re-creating the pub environment without the hordes at the bar or queues for the toilets. The Beer Keg Chiller comes complete with a removable drip tray for easy cleaning and a noise-cancelling insulator so you won’t be driven mad by an incessant buzzing noise. You can pick up a chiller for around £150.
MP3 SPY CAMERA GLASSES
Every boy wants to be James Bond and if you want to indulge your man in his fantasies then the mp3 Spy Camera Glasses could be the perfect gift. The glasses have an mp3 player installed on them, with reasonably discreet earphones and also holds a tiny 1.3 megapixel camera, which is super-handy for taking snaps if your fella is keen on outdoor pursuits such as skiing or extreme sports. You get a little wireless remote which you can keep in your pocket or strap to equipment and a USB point to transfer photos and music to and from your computer. At £80 or so, these glasses aren’t exactly cheap, but as a pair of shades they don’t look too shabby and the 1GB mp3 player and camera more than makes up for the price when you bear in mind that a pair of designer sunglasses can cost you upwards of a couple of hundred pounds.
New Years Resolutions, eh? For the last 15 years I’ve been promising to give up the smokes on December 31st, but by approximately 1-1.5 hours after waking up on New Years Day I’ll think – “maybe tomorrow” and that’s it – another year of 20 a day, 140 a week and a horrifying-to-think-of 7280 a year. I’ve tried it all – willpower, Alan Carr, hypnotism, patches, gum, the lot – and sometimes at the same time. This year I’m going to try the Milano E-Cigarette – an “electronic” cigarette without smoke, tar or flame that you can actually use in the pub. You can get 2 different types of cartridges to go in it – either nicotine or nicotine-free. Ideally you want the nicotine-free as Milano claim these to be completely harmless, but when you first start using it, you may want to try the nicotine cartridges first and gradually wean yourself off them. If your fella’s a smoker like me, the £40 it costs to buy this present could be worth an extra 10 years…………….
ALESSI INVISIBLE SHOT LASER WATCH
This is one of those gadgets that looks like it would have been on Tomorrows World in the early 80’s. It looks like a nice chunky bracelet, but pop it up and it fires a laser into the wrist. Thankfully, we’re not quite up to the technology seen in sci-fi films and it won’t slice your boyfriend’s/husband’s wrist off, but instead, will display the time. Great for those dark corners in nightclubs, although most people just use their phones these days. Unfortunately this little gadget is only a concept at the moment, but if you really want one, try and befriend the designer, Andy Kurovets so he can make you one.
So there you go, ladies. We hope we’ve given you a few pointers about the coolest gadgets out there at the moment and guarantee that your man will be ecstatic with any of them as a Christmas gift. In fact, he may impress you might get a dinner date out of it. But we can’t guarantee that…..