The Best Christmas Gadgets For Her by Gary Marshall
Some tech firms haven’t quite got the hang of making products for women: a quick look around the shops shows that for some, making gadgets for girls of any age simply involves taking an existing model and making it pink. Thankfully not everybody thinks that way, and there are lots of decent products around that don’t look like they should belong to Barbie.
If the person you’re buying for already has a Kindle, a tablet, a laptop or a smartphone, a luxury case makes a good gift – but beware of supposedly leather cases that come with bargain basement price tags, as that leather is the kind you only find on plastic cows. Think designers such as Barbour (available from John Lewis), or beautiful Italian leather cases from Maxwell Scott. They’re not cheap – Maxwell Scott’s iPad case is £85 – but they’re pretty and useful, as are the £149 luxury iPad cases available from notonthehighstreet.com. If she’s just got herself an iPhone 6, Apple’s £35 genuine leather cases are good value too.
One good gift for smartphone or tablet owners is a wireless speaker, such as Bose’s excellent SoundLink Mini (£179), Sony’s SRS-BTM8 (£85) or JBL’s Flip (£100). Cheaper speakers are available, but you do get what you pay for.
If she doesn’t already have a tablet, there are stacks of options including the latest iPad Mini (from £229) and the larger, more expensive iPad Air (£399), Amazon’s newly updated Kindle Fire HD (from £79) and a whole bunch of cheap tablets such as the heavily discounted Asus MeMO Pad, which is down to around £80. Don’t forget Tesco’s Hudl, too, especially if you’re a regular shopper. Tesco regularly runs promotions that double your Clubcard points when you buy a Hudl or accessories. Kindles make great gifts too, and there’s a brand new one at the top of the range: the Kindle Voyage (£169) has a better screen and automatic brightness. The Kindle Paperwhite is still a great buy at £109, and the cheapest Kindle is now just £59.
Many women’s letters to Santa will include the initials GHD, whose hair straighteners have been tucked under Christmas trees for several years now. The firm’s latest range is the GHD Curve, a collection of curling wands and tongs that cost £110.
For sporty types there are stacks of gadget gifts, such as the Fitbit Flex activity tracker (£75), the Zepp motion sensor for tennis players (£129), Garmin’s Forerunner GPS watches (£89) and the TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch (£149). Don’t forget headphones, either Philips’ ActionFit Sports (£30), Sennheiser’s PMX 685i Sports (£35), Monster’s iSport Victory (£130) and Pioneer’s SE-E721 (£40) have been specifically designed for runners and won’t pop out or fall off.
If you really want to delight a gadget fan, this year’s hot technology is the smartwatch – of which LG’s G Watch R is one of the nicest. The price hadn’t been announced as we went to press but the Android-compatible smartwatch is likely to be keenly priced. Sadly the one smartwatch many of us were really hoping to see in our Christmas stockings, the Apple Watch, isn’t going to appear in 2014 after all; its launch has been put back to some point in 2015.