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uSwitch tech gift guide 2017: we pick our favourite gadgets

Stuck for ideas for a gift? Of a mind that a gadget must be just the thing? You're in luck.

uSwitch Tech recently went for a looksee at all the gadgets are either A) Already making waves among tech-fixated types or B) Set to be on everyone's wishlist this Christmas when they hit Currys and PC World shelves later this year.

Here are our highlights reels...

Jonathan Leggett

Jonathan Leggett

Content Editor

Fujijam Instax Mini 8 camera - £79.99

Fujifilm instax camera

This is the cutest and most charming gadget we’ve seen. And by some distance.

In a nutshell, it’s a neat instant camera that serves up pleasing Polaroid-style business-card-sized photos, with a gorgeous soft glow that bathes everyone and everything in a fuzz of temps perdu.

It’s not just for hopeless nostalgics, though. In a nod to the me-me-me smartphone generation, it’s got a small mirror that sits flush to the lens so you can see how you’re looking before you snap a selfie, too.

Get the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 instant camera.

Polaroid Play 3D Pen - £29.99

3D printer pen Ru

Old-fashioned, craft-based toys and games that encourage creative play just don’t cut it with today’s tech-savvy pre-teens. But this pen that lets you create 3D models freehand might just turn things around.

You can use templates to create models. Or if you’re feeling particularly inspired, you can work up your own designs. It’s like having a lo-fi 3D printer in the home.

Get the Polaroid Play 3D pen.

HP Sprocket Mobile Photo Printer - £99.99

HP Sprocket phone printer

HP’s Sprocket is a pocket-friendly photo printer for printing-off snaps from smartphones or tablets.

Connect it via Bluetooth and you can print up to 30 photos on a full charge and control everything from a dedicated app.

Get the HP Sprocket Mobile Photo Printer.

Christine Torlay


Account Manager

Fujifilm Instax SQ10 instant digital camera - £249

Fujifilm instant digital camera

An instant camera with that comes with Instagram-worthy filters? Yes please! A modern update on the classic Polaroid camera, the Instax SQ10 lets you edit your photos before you print them.

Once you've taken your photo, you can add filters, layer pictures and adjust the brightness before you hit print.

Get the Fujifilm instant digital camera.

Stylpro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Drier - £70

Stylpro makeup brush cleaner

As a beauty writer, this had to be in my top three. As anyone who regularly uses makeup brushes will understand, cleaning the brushes is a complete faff. And then there's the dreaded bristle-clumping if they don't dry properly. Which takes forever anyway.

The Stylpro Makeup brush cleaner and drier completely cleans and dries your brushes in seconds. Seriously.

All you need to do is pop any brush into the adapter, put it in the cleaning device along with the cleaning solution and switch it in. In seconds, your brush is completely clean and bone dry. Total game-changer.

Get the Stylpro makeup brush cleaner and drier.

Nespresso Expert coffee machine - £299.99

Nespresso smart coffee machine

Become an instant barista with this perfectly compact machine.

The newest addition to the Nespresso family has made it so easy to get the perfect coffee at home, by letting you choose everything from temperature to cup size.

You can control the machine with an app on your phone, so you can schedule it to make you a drink for when you wake up or get in from work. You can even monitor your stock of the Nespresso capsules to ensure you never run out.

Did someone say extra hot caramel macchiato? Coming right up!

Get the Nespresso Expert coffee machine.

Ru Bhikha

review ru

Commercial Manager

LG Smart 4K Wallpaper OLED TV - £7,999

LG OLED Wallpaper TV

There is nothing not to love about this outrageously stunning screen. Seriously, once you’ve seen it, you’ll never want to watch another TV ever again.

As the name would suggest, this TV is ultra-thin and will give you the next level in audio-visual technology.

Better still, it even comes with free delivery, installation and a three-month Netflix subscription.

Get the LG Signature Wallpaper TV.

DJI Spark drone - £519

DJI Spark drone

DJI is bringing drones to the masses by making the Spark very intuitive and easy to use. And it’s small enough to fit into the palm of your hand.

Perfect for beginners wanting to add some serious spark to their Instagram feed or holiday videos.

Get the DJI Spark Drone.

Ring video doorbell - £229

Ring video doorbell with chime

See who’s at your door on your smartphone and tablet and talk to them with two-way audio no matter where you are. You’ll never miss a parcel again and you can even set up motion detection for security. Best of all, installation is an absolute doddle.

Get the Ring video doorbell.

Catherine Hiley


Content Editor

Dyson Robot 360eye Vacuum Cleaner: £799.99

Dyson robot vacuum

Having to vacuum your own house is one of the main reasons why being an adult is overrated. But if I had a device that did it all for me while I was out, I would have much more time to watch Disney films and work on my pillow fort.

Get the Dyson Robot 360eye vacuum cleaner.

Polaroid Play 3D pen: £29.99

Polaroid 3D pen

It does take a bit of getting used to, but if you’ve got bags of creativity and patience, you can create no end of mini models and works of art. And let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to doodle in 3D?=[

Get the Polaroid Play 3D pen.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera & 10 Shot Bundle – Pink: £64.95

Fujifilm instax camera

This is undoubtedly one of the cutest gadgets on the market at the moment. With a great retro design and a range of candy colours to choose from, it’s the perfect accessory to go with your revamped Nokia 3310 or platform trainers. The grainy quality of the photos looks just as nostalgic as the low-fi Instagram filter. And you get your photo printed instantly. Proper old-school.

Get the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 instant camera.

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