Are you looking to go all out and spoil someone this Christmas? This gift guide has some great ideas for tech presents for when you really want to go the extra mile! Read on to find out what we chose.
What’s this? A sat nav AND a dash cam, all rolled into one? That’s right! This Garmin nuviCam combines two bits of dashboard bling into one, keeping your vision free and only needing one power supply. As a sat nav, it comes with free lifetime traffic and free European maps, and has great features like lane guidance and speed limit indicators. The dash cam part uses GPS to record when incidents occur, too!
Why we love it: The nuviCam gets really clever when the camera and sat nav are working together. It can do things like warn you if you’re driving too close to the vehicle in front, or if you’re drifting out of your lane. Smart!
The Nextbase DUO is a dash cam with two cameras – you might have guessed by the name! One of them points out of the front of the car, and the other points out of the rear. The rear-facing camera has a zoom lens, so that you can get a good view of what’s going on behind, too.
Why we love it: As well as having two cameras, the Nextbase DUO comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a top end dash cam, including a G-sensor to save your footage in case of a bump and a GPS sensor to record your speed and position.
Are you looking to get a present for someone who’s a keen cyclist? The Garmin Edge 1000 is top of the game when it comes to GPS cycling computers. As well as features like suggesting new routes and being able to follow routes you’ve set, the Edge 1000 lets you record the data from your rides to look at later. The performance bundle includes a speed sensor, cadence sensor and heart rate monitor, to give them loads of stats to look at while they enjoy their post-ride coffee.
Why we love it: The Edge 1000 is also designed to work well with smartphones, giving you things like notifications and call alerts as well as weather updates on the screen. As well as that, you can upload and download rides wirelessly to the Edge 1000, and use live tracking to let your loved ones know that you’re safe out on those long rides.
If you saw our post ‘What are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?’, you’ll know that we’re big fans of this new in-car tech. Car stereos with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto let you use apps from your phone in your car. That means that the music and navigation on your phone can be controlled from your car’s controls or via voice commands.
Why we love it: This stereo is a great way to bring your car into the 21st Century without having to buy a new car! If you know someone who uses their car nearly every day, this can make those long journeys much more enjoyable.
What if the person you’re buying for already has a bike, a bike computer, and all the kit they could want? A GoPro! It’ll let them record their adventures in stunning HD to show off to their friends and family. The Hero4 Session is the smallest ever GoPro, and can be mounted just about anywhere on a bike or person for a great view of the action!
Why we love it: This GoPro is much smaller than the others, but it doesn’t sacrifice on video quality! You can still record at a variety of frame rates, from 1440p at 30fps through to 720p at 100fps, as well as taking great photos and time lapses. That means you can record videos at higher than full 1080p resolution as well as getting great slow motion by turning up the frame rate! Want to know more? Check out our buyer’s guide to action cameras.
So there you have it – our top picks for gifts when you really want to go all out at Christmas. What’s on your wish list this year? Let us know in the comments below!
To get some more inspiration, head over to our gifts page – we’ve got something for everyone.