Christmas gift guide: This year’s best tech gifts

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We love our technology at Hi5 and we know you do too. Here is our list of the best gadgets, gizmos and much more to buy your loved ones this year.

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Amazon Echo Plus

The Echo Plus is the first of Amazon’s intelligent speakers that comes with a built-in smart home hub. In a move that’s sure to accelerate the growth of Internet of Things technology, you’ll be able to use Alexa’s voice control to control smart lightbulbs and appliances.

You can also get the power of Alexa (and Google Assistant) in your car with the Logitech ZeroTouch, which allows you to text, chat, navigate and control music handsfree.

Sonos PlayBase

A top-class speaker that blends sharp looks with powerful sounds. Made to bring cinematic audio to your living room, the PlayBase is the only speaker you really need to watch TV and stream music.

Sonos are the king of multiroom speaker systems, allowing you to play music all over and adjust the settings easily from your tablet or phone. The PlayBase is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, allowing you to play your favourite artist in the living room, just with the sound of your voice.

Nintendo Switch

The first truly innovative games console in a generation, the Nintendo Switch combines all the power of a traditional home-based console with the convenience of a portable device (albeit larger than previous incarnations like the Gameboy).

The selection of games is still quite limited, but the console has received rave reviews from all corners of the gaming industry.

Bitcoin

Like to give out cash for Christmas? Give your money a technological upgrade and send your family some Bitcoin.

Giving Bitcoin isn’t just giving money, its gifting an investment (and for many people, an obsession). By the time next Christmas comes along, the money you gave them could be worth ten times as much. Or it could be worth nothing – but at least it will give you something to talk about around the dinner table.

How you physically ‘give’ someone Bitcoin isn’t that straightforward. But with the threat of Bitcoin hacking growing, you can help loved ones protect their cryptocurrency investment with a secure hardware wallet like Ledger.

Fitbit Ionic

2016 is the year Fitbits and other fitness tracking devices made their mark on the Christmas market. This year, fitness trackers got sexier. Fitbit have pushed the boat out, adopting a sleek finish and an Apple Watch look.

The new Ionic Fitbit now offers swimming compatibility and even allows you to make payments, just like other smart watches.

And in an age of increased connectivity, you will also be pleased to know that you can get a Fitbit scale to help track your weight over time.

Bose SoundSport

Fitness technology is more popular than ever before. If you don’t fancy a fitness tracker, how about fitness-fitted earphones.

I have included Bose’s SoundSport headphones on the list primarily because I think it’s the best piece of tech I bought this year. These headphones performed wonderfully and helped me shift my belly – they even survived being dropped in a puddle.

JETech Ultra-Slim Wireless Charging Pad

Did some lucky devil you know get a new iPhone 8, 8 plus or X for Christmas? How’s this for a fun stocking filler.

After all, we hate to see people not making the most of the technology that’s available to them.

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