IF YOU haven't yet made a dent on your Christmas shopping, it's alright - the INQUIRER's here to help.
We've compiled a roundup of the best tech gifts for 2016 and have tried and tested every single bloody one of them, so you can be assured everything on the list has got our tech nerd seal of approval.
We'll be updating this as more devices pass our tests, so be sure to keep this page bookmarked.
LEDWorks Twinkly Smart Christmas Lights
Because everything is smart now, it's only logical that includes Christmas tree lights. This set, designed in Italy, connect directly to sit on the WiFi network, and you can then control it with your phone or tablet. It's very responsive and there's loads of patterns (though you do have to take a bit of time setting the lighting right for your size of tree). Downsides, it runs quite hot, and doesn't have a timer facility, so you still need to remember to turn them off. But as a conversation piece goes at Christmas dinner, it doesn't get much cooler.
It's not a cooking app. It's not a scale. It's both! Yes, Dropscale allows you to run hundreds of recipes on your Apple device (sorry, Android users) and the scale will make sure you're getting it right every time. It's slick and easy to use with its Bluetooth pairing. Plus if you realise you're short on an ingredient, you can just plonk what you've got in the bowl and the recipe will automatically recalculate to suit. Or you could just go to the corner shop.
There's a growing community of users adding recipes and tips too. It's the device you've needed less than just about any other. But that's not the point!
PNY Action Pole/Action Grip
Selfie-sticks are one thing, but it's easy to forget that they can have serious applications for photographers, not just for annoying tourists on Westminster Bridge. The Action Pole and Action Grip from PNY are a much better alternative to cheap and cheerful versions. Neither has a shutter control but we're not so fussed about that. They are very easy to hold, and while the pole extends, the grip floats and even has a secret compartment for valuables. Both have wrist straps. The build quality is great too.
Retron 5 9-in-1 gaming console
What a time it is to be alive. Back in the late 80s and early 90s people had to make some tough choices when it came to gaming consoles. There were quite a few to choose from, but two main dominants. You came to choose one or the other, and only get to experience the rival machine at your cousin's house or something. These days your cousin, and his new racing bike and flashy yo-yo, can shove it. The Retro 5 is one machine to rule them all. A lovely little console thing, that can play all of the things.
The console takes you back to your golden days of gaming, and if you still have the cartridges there are no limits to your nostalgia sessions. Unless, of course, you have to take the bins out or something.
T2 is a funny little thing. It's basically a tea infuser. You put the leaves in, pour water over the top, let it stew, and wonder why you didn't do it with a teabag. Here's the clever bit though, when you're ready, just plonk the T2 on top of the mug and it will pour the tea, perfectly strained. We had a bit of an issue with it knowing when the cup was full, but we also threw the instructions away, so that may well be our bad. But yeah - it makes a damn good cup of loose tea with no bits in it. That's a gadget.
We all need 'em sometimes. Logitech has realised this and released Pop, a system which creates dynamic buttons that can be used to control anything from the lights, to your phone, to anything that a Logitech Harmony remote can do.
The starter kit contains a hub and two buttons. The buttons themselves are in a variety of colours and are all in a very sturdy rubberised casing which blends in beautifully with the wall. When you're getting clever, you can add in some different combinations, such as a long press, for more complex moves. They're practical, but also great fun to experiment with.
You need a hub, so you'll need the starter kit, which is £119.99 on Amazon. Further buttons are £34.99
BB-8 and Force Band
Know a Star Wars fan that you're willing to slash almost £200 on? Look no further. This re-imagined version of Sphero's original wheely BB-8 brings throws a touch of David Blaine into the mix, as strapping on the bundled Force Band lets you control the battle-worn droid by waving your hands around, as if by magic.
It's not magic really, it's Bluetooth, but it's definitely just as fun. Once you're tired of flailing about, settle down and watch Star Wars with your BB-8 and watch him respond to certain scenes. Aw.
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