Stuck for a gift for the office round-robin of gift-giving? Want a little something extra to give alongside your nearest and dearest's 'main present'? Let our Secret Santa-friendly round-up of stocking-fillers lead the way.
All prices are correct at the time of writing.
1. Tamagotchi Bandai 20th Anniversary: £19.95
Yes, 20 years after Tamagotchis were all the rage, the popular virtual pet is making a comeback. And it’s still got the familiar rounded shape and comes in a range of candy colours, so it looks just as you’ll remember it.
As with the original, you’ll need to feed it, clean up after it and make sure it has enough sleep and exercise to ensure it grows up big and strong. So you might need to enlist your mum’s help once again to keep an eye on it while you’re at work.
3. Anti-theft tech backpack with USB charging and earphone port: £19.59
Think of this less as a common-or-garden backpack and more a Sport Billy-style utility bag. It’s got plenty of pockets for laptops, smartphones and tablets, as well as lockable sections, to keep them secure.
But it also makes room for a USB port and power pack for charging your pocket tech while you’re on the go.
Make your home just that little bit smarter with an Amazon Alexa smart lightbulb. You can create beautiful light effects with 16 million colours. And every colour is dimmable. Switch light modes on the PlusMinus App, led Wi-Fi smart light dimmable bulbs can match different occasions including kitchen, living room, gym, door, table lamp, cafe, bar, party, makeup.
Ever wondered how some people manage to get such great shots of their dogs? Well, with a brightly coloured ball hovering just above the phone, it’s not hard to see why the camera appears to have the pooch’s undivided attention.
This selfie stick comes with a ball and an attachment to keep the toy in place while you take your photos. So you’re pretty much guaranteed to get perfect pet pictures every time.
A much less expensive alternative to a FitBit, the Mi Band measures your heart rate, counts your steps and tells you how many calories you’ve burnt off. It also analyses your sleep to tell you the length of time you’ve slept for and how much deep sleep you’ve had.
Best of all, you can control and view all your stats in a really simple, easy-to-use app. If you’re looking for a stocking filler for someone who wants to go on a health kick in the New Year, this is the perfect present.
On the surface, this may seem like quite a boring present to hand over on Christmas Day, when everyone’s eating themselves into a stupor. But smart scales are all the rage at the moment. And it’s not hard to see why.
Smart scales not only tell you accurately how much you weigh, but they also tell you your body fat, muscle mass, BMI, BMR, bone mass and visceral fat. It logs it all on an app that you can download on your phone, so it’s really easy to track your weight loss.
9. Duracell Powerbank 6700 mAh external battery pack: £17.99
Give the gift of life this Christmas. With the Duracell Powerbank, you can get hours of additional battery life when you’re out and about. Simply keep it charged up in your bag and use it whenever your phone is dying.
If the bold future we promised had come to pass we’d all have labour-saving robot butlers by now. Busying themselves with chores and attending to our whims, while we chillax with a steaming hot brew.
Alas, we’re still waiting for that future and, for now at least, we’re still hidebound by housework. But at least we have mugs that stir themselves. After a hard day at the coalface of ecommerce, every little helps.
Pretty much anyone with a smartphone will be all too familiar with the dreaded low battery warning. Luckily, this external battery back will give your phone a much-needed boost when you’re out and about. And it’s small enough to fit in your bag or pocket too.
Best of all it comes in a range of cute emoji designs. My favourite is the unicorn, just in case Santa’s reading this.
Although it’s just the standard Google Cardboard viewer dressed in R2-DR livery, this is a serious object de desir for the uSwitch Tech team.
Not only does it look great. It’s also the perfect way to experience the official Star VR Jakku Spy app that takes you inside George Lucas’ flyblown, lived-in universe and casts you as a Resistance secret agent.
The Star Wars viewer is also available in Stormtrooper, BB-8 and Kylo Ren varieties.
This knitted beanie is aimed at keeping you warm when you’re out and about without having to compromise on using your smartphone.
It'll play music from your device via Bluetooth so you won’t get tangled up in wires when you're trying to listen to your music in the wind and rain.
The discreet buttons on the side look like part of the design, but they’re actually controls for the speakers, so you can adjust the volume, change songs and even answer calls all by pressing your hat.
If you’re heading off on a high-seas cruise this Christmas, you’ll have spliced the mainbrace, assembled a stout crew and ordered double rum ration. All you need now is a telescope.
With its vintage stylings, this neat little monocular looks the part. It also works well in a range of light conditions and magnifies up to 25X. And it’ll come in handy as a prop when Talk Like A Pirate Day comes around again.