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Christmas gadget gift guide – best tech presents for any budget in 2019

CHRISTMAS is right around the corner, so it's time to treat the gadget geeks in your life.

The Sun's tech experts have been testing all the latest goodies – here's a full list of the must-have buys for Christmas 2019.

Best tech gifts under £50 for gadget fans this Christmas

This iconic smart speaker is powered by Amazon's Alexa digital assistant, and controlled by your voice.

Play music, ask questions, control your smart home and more – all without lifting a finger.

  • Echo Dot at Amazon for £24.99 – buy here

Philips Hue is the biggest name in smart lighting, and this starter kit makes it easier than ever to upgrade.

You'll be able to control your lights from your smartphone, set lighting schedules and even hook the whole system up to an Alexa speaker for voice controls too.

  • Philips Hue starter kit at Amazon for £48.99 – buy here

This is undoubtedly the must-have game of 2019's festive season.

The latest addition to the Call of Duty franchise has a fast-paced (and very British) campaign, paired with an endlessly replayable multiplayer mode.

  • Call of Duty 2019 at GAME for £49.99 – buy here

Best tech gifts under £200 for gadget fans this Christmas

Stadia is Google's attempt to replace your console: it's a gaming controller and access to "cloud-streamed games".

Like Netflix for gaming, Google beams games over the internet to your telly, laptop and even your phone – and it's brilliant.

  • Stadia at Google Store for £119 – buy here

So popular that they almost need no introduction, AirPods are Apple's unbelievably popular wireless earbuds.

They'll change the way you think about listening to music or podcasts, because they're so impressively easy to use.

  • Apple AirPods at Currys for £138 – buy here

This is undoubtedly one of the best-value GoPro action cameras you can buy.

Owners will love snapping Full HD footage and 10-megapixel photos, and the touchscreen makes it easy to use. Better still, the camera is waterproof, so it'll work in pool and sea alike.

  • GoPro Hero 7 White at Amazon for £144.99 – buy here

Discs are so 2018 – that's why Microsoft has invented a disc-free version of the Xbox that costs less than the full-fat model.

You'll be restricted to digital downloads and game-streaming services, but that's no problem for the modern gamer.

  • Xbox One S Digital at Amazon for £169.99 – buy here


Know a fitness fanatic? Or just think a loved one needs to get into shape? A Garmin running watch could be the answer.

These popular watches can track your steps, calories and heart-rate, logging it all in an app. And you can even get customised training plans directly from Garmin to boost your fitness regime.

  • Garmin Forerunner 235 at Amazon for £174.99 – buy here

Nintendo's pared-down version of the Switch won't hook up to your TV, but retains almost everything else that's great about the full-size console.

The Switch Lite is portable, great value for money, and gives you access to Nintendo's beloved roster of video games.

  • Nintendo Switch Lite at Amazon for £199 – buy here

Best tech gifts under £300 for gadget fans this Christmas

Google's Nest WiFi is a worthy replacement for the dusty router you received from your broadband provider.

It promises strong connection through the home, and even gives you voice-controlled Google Assistant functionality – a great Alexa rival.

  • Google Nest WiFi at John Lewis for £230 – buy here

Launched in 2019, the AirPods Pro are an impressive upgrade to the original AirPods.

You'll pay nearly £100 more, but the perks include water-resistance, a more comfortable and better-sealing design, and active noise-cancellation to shut out the din around you.

  • Apple AirPods Pro at Argos for £249 – buy here

Beats headphones keep getting better (and haven't lost their fashionable status either), and the Solo Pros are no exception.

These cans look great, work completely wirelessly, and offer active noise-cancelling to boot.

  • Beats Solo Pro at Amazon for £269 – buy here

Best tech gifts if money is no object

This cordless vacuum cleaner is guaranteed to turn your loved one into a housework obsessive. It's got no wires, a 60-minute run time and an LCD screen on top to show you remaining vacuum time.

The bin blasts out dirt at speed (so emptying it isn't a chore), and is 40% bigger than previous models.

And it'll suck up dirt on any surface, including hard-wood flooring and deep-pile carpets.

  • Dyson V11 Absolute at Dyson Store for £599.99 – buy here

If you’re a student or office worker who wants a device for media, mobile gaming, and getting some work done, the iPad Pro is a great option.

And if you’re a creative type – someone who designs or illustrates professionally – then the feedback from the community is assured: the iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil is, for some, the best option out there.

For most, the iPad Pro can replace your tablet and laptop, and, in some rare cases, even a phone and TV.

  • iPad Pro 2018 at Currys for £699 – buy here

If you're looking for a serious TV upgrade this Christmas, Samsung's QLED screens are among your best options.

This reasonably priced 49-inch set boasts a pin-sharp 4K resolution and support for wide-colour, wide-contrast HDR telly.

  • Samsung QLED 49" 4K at Samsung for £699 – buy here

Apple's iPhone 11 is among this year's best phones, with a large 6.1-inch screen, a powerful A13 processor and six colour options to choose from.

It's also got a very impressive dual-camera system on the back that will let you take stunning snaps in almost any environment.

  • iPhone 11 at John Lewis for £729 – buy here

All prices in this article were correct at the time of writing, but may have since changed. Always do your own research before making any purchase.

In other news, find out why Christmas lights could be ruining your WiFi this festive season.

Google's Santa tracker went live today with free games to play before Christmas Day.

And gamers will want to read our guide on how to tell the new and old "lookalike" Nintendo Switch models apart.

What gadgets are you hoping to receive this Christmas? Let us know in the comments!

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