If you’re one of those people who makes a mad presents-buying dash on Christmas Eve, or you’ve just discovered you’re welcoming an extra guest over the festive period, our gift guide will hopefully make your last-minute pressies haul as slick as Santa’s operation.
We’ve rounded up some popular products for the home, including a food processor to cut down prep time in the kitchen.
Plus, some budget-friendly tech that will sit nicely in a stocking, such as the small Sony SRS-XB01 Bluetooth speaker which you can pick up for around £20.
Read on for 10 gift ideas, in no particular order. Or see how to please your guests with Best Buy food and drink.
£50 and under: 10 home and tech gifts
1. Sony SRS-XB01, £19
- We liked Small and compact, easy to use
- We disliked Fiddly to add optional corded carry handle
Portable Bluetooth speakers are here, there and everywhere. So it’s hard to know what’s good and what’s just a gimmick when you see them scattered about the shops and online.
This Sony speaker is small and lightweight, making it easily portable, and it’s water resistant so is ideal for taking by the pool or leaving in the bathroom. It also has a built-in chargeable battery with a claimed six hours of listening time and comes in lots of different colours – including black, blue, green, red and silver.
Does this speaker punch above its weight, or is it another flop? Read our full Sony SRS-XB01 review to find out.
2. S’well water bottle, £35
- We liked Triple-walled, endless colour or pattern options
- We disliked The slim neck
S’well water bottles are available in almost every colour or pattern you could think of – and you can even choose to personalise it with your recipient’s name. There are three size options: small (260ml), medium (500ml – a standard water bottle size), and larger (700ml).
S’well says the triple-walled, stainless-steel design helps to keep your drinks cool for up to 24 hours (or hot for 12). The bottle feels sturdy and well made, and you can buy replacement parts from S’well’s website.
It’s a great option for anyone looking to reduce plastic waste and keep their drinks cool (or hot) while out and about. Take a look at our best reusable water bottles to see our other top picks, including cheaper alternatives.
3. Cuisinart Mini Prep Pro Food Processor ECH4U, £50
- We liked Great at crushing ice
- We disliked Short cord
This mini chopper comes in silver or rose gold, and is the perfect gift for any aspiring chefs who don’t have much kitchen space to spare.
It can chop, mix and purée ingredients such as nuts, herbs and veg – great for saving time when preparing food in small batches. You can even use it to crush ice.
Using this mini chopper is incredibly simple, as all you have to do is choose between two speed settings and you’re ready to go. You can throw the accessories in the dishwasher when you’re done, too.
Read our full Cuisinart Mini Prep Pro food chopper review for a more detailed overview.
4. Honor Band 4, £34
- We liked Comfortable to wear all the time, bright and colourful display
- We disliked The unexciting design
The Honor Band 4 is a cheap activity tracker – currently less than £34 – and this reflected in its fairly generic appearance, lack of built-in GPS and fairly limited smart features.
It offers a nice set of features, though, in addition to the basic step count, distance tracking and calorie burn. You’ll also get heart-rate monitoring, VO2 max predictions (an estimation of how efficiently your body is using oxygen) and sleep tracking. And it’s water-resistant to 50 metres, so you can keep it on in the pool. Interestingly, considering it’s so cheap, you’ll also get in-depth swim metrics, such as time, duration, distance and pace.
Read our full review of the Honor Band 4 to find out if, crucially, it also tracks accurately.
5. Philips Power Life GC2994/29 iron, £30
- We liked Extra-long power cord
- We disliked Water level not always clear
This relatively affordable steam iron has a coated ceramic soleplate, which Philips says will last four times as long as a stainless-steel one and glide effortlessly across different fabrics.
Its smart navy blue colour, long 2.5-metre power cord and large water tank mean it punches above its price point on specs.
If you have a loved one who hates the ironing, a good iron could make the weekly chores a much more pleasant experience. Take a look at our full Philips Power Life GC2994/29 review to see if this is a savvy buy.
6. Chilly’s Vacuum Insulated Travel Cup, £23
- We liked Comfortable to hold
- We disliked A little pricey
Perfect for the eco-conscious coffee-lover, this stylish reusable coffee cup is made of stainless steel and has double-walled insulation to help keep drinks hot. It comes in a range of colourful designs and you can choose from three different size options – 230ml, 340ml and 500ml.
At £23, it’s pricier than most other reusable cups (some cost as little as £1), but it could make that daily coffee feel like a real treat, while also reducing waste.
We’ve tested the latest insulated steel cups against cheaper bamboo and plastic options. Read our reusable coffee cup reviews to find out if this one makes it into our top picks.
7. Breville Blend Active Pro Food Prep blender VBL212, £49
- We liked Comes with three blending containers, dishwasher-safe
- We disliked Long and thin bottle
With two blending cups, this Breville is ideal for making and taking smoothies on the go. But what sets it apart is the extra food-prep cup, for making dips and sauces, and mini grinding mill for freshly ground coffee and spices.
All together it looks like great value for money. But is it a jack of all trades, master of none? Find out by reading our full Breville Blend Active Food Prep Pro review.
8. Halfords HDC200, £36
- We liked Full HD front-facing camera, large display
- We disliked No GPS
If you’ve avoided buying a dash cam for someone because you don’t want to spend £100 or more, the Halfords HDC200 might be what you’re looking for. It records footage in Full HD and what’s more impressive is that it doesn’t scrimp on features – despite its price, it still comes with wi-fi connectivity which lets you send footage directly to a smartphone.
It’s currently on sale at Halfords with 25% off the original price (£49). So to find out whether it’s a good deal or a dud, read our Halfords HDC200 review.
9. Dualit DMF1 milk frother, £50
- We liked Dishwasher-safe
- We disliked Pouring could be easier when it’s fuller
This cordless milk frother can make both hot and cold froth, so it’s well-suited to cappuccino drinkers and milkshake lovers alike.
It has a large 500ml capacity, which is handy if someone you know regularly makes coffee for two or more people.
Most other frothers can only make a smaller amount in one go. But does double the froth mean less bubbly results? Find out whether it can whip up a delicious creamy froth in our milk frother reviews.
10. Sennheiser HD 300, £45
- We liked Great price, decent build quality
- We disliked No headphone controls
Sennheiser is renowned for high-quality audio products, but it’s not always consistent. On the face of it these on-ear headphones look like amazing value at £45, with a lightweight design and closed cups to reduce sound leakage.
They’re wired, which is maybe why they’re competitively priced compared with wireless headphones, but this won’t matter if your recipient is likely to wear them indoors or on long train or plane journeys.
See whether this pair is a great-value triumph from Sennheiser in our full review.