Our gift guide for home tech

Check out our top tech gifts to spruce up your home and your look….

11 Oct 2020

When it’s cold outside there’s nothing quite like curling up on the sofa and having a night (or day) in. And what can make it even better? A load of presents to make your place the best it can be.

If you’ve got a friend that loves the quiet life at home, we’ve got you sorted.

 

For beauty fans… the Dyson Corrale Gift Edition Cordless Hair Straightener and Styling Set

 

Does your mate want to make a big impact on New Year’s Eve? The Dyson Corrale hair straightener will give them gorgeous, healthy hair. Kind of like they went to a pro salon… but at home in a fraction of the time.

It does half the damage to hair as a traditional straightener. That’s thanks to its special flexing plates that actually shape around the hair. You apply less pressure and heat but get the same sleek result.

And, if they’re fed up of tripping over cables, it’s cordless too. The battery lasts half an hour, plenty of time to get styled and out the house. Hair need some extra attention? You can always attach the magnetic 360¡ cord.

In this set they’ll get the Corrale straightener, charger and cable, a Dyson designed paddle brush for smooth and silky hair, a detangling comb and a heat resistant travel pouch.

Is this the right gift? This is perfect for anyone who likes easy hair styling, whether it’s poker straight or beachy waves they’re after (check out our article here). Especially if that person has dyed or frizzy hair that needs a little extra TLC. It also works with most hair types, since there are three different heat settings to choose from – catering to both fine and thick hair.

 

For coffee lovers… the Nespresso by Krups Vertuo Next Coffee Machine or Nespresso by Magimix Vertuo Next Coffee Machine

 

Get up in the morning, wipe the sleep from your eyes and brew yourself a completely no-fuss, perfect cup of coffee. It’s every coffee lover’s dream, right? Well, you can give someone that gift with the Vertuo Next.

Pop a Vertuo pod into machine, choose from 5 different cup sizes and let the machine get to work. It uses special Centrifusion tech to spin the pod up to 7000 rotations a minute. So what comes out at the end is a beautifully brewed cup of coffee with just the right level of foam.

Plus, the machine’ll automatically recognise the Vertuo pod type when you put it in. That means there’s no need to faff about with settings- it knows exactly what to do every time. One button and you’re done!

Is this the right gift? If you know someone who’s always popping over to their local coffee shop, this makes perfect sense. They get their barista style coffee fix while saving a packet on café trips. And if they’re worried about their environmental impact, they needn’t be. The Vertuo Next is made from 50% recycled plastic and shuts off 2 minutes after use to save energy.

 

For home sprucer-upers… the Dyson V11 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

 

We know what you’re thinking – a vacuum cleaner for Christmas? But this isn’t your regular hoover. This is an all-singing, all-dancing, stress-busting, time-saving cleaning machine.

Its super smart tech will automatically adjust depending on whether you’re cleaning hard floors or carpets. No messing about with controls or floorheads. Plus it’s cordless with a 60-minute battery life, so you won’t need to keep plugging it in. Just move from one room to the next with no worries.

And, if you want to keep an eye on what’s going on, you can do that too. Its handy LCD screen will tell you how much battery’s left, what power mode you’re using… it’ll even let you know if you need to change the filter or if there’s a blockage!

Now, that’s all well and good. But does it clean well? Yes. Would you expect anything else from Dyson? The Absolute V11 captures 99.7% of dust particles, including nasty allergens and microscopic particles. In fact, you don’t have to come into contact with grime at all, since its hygienic ‘point and shoot’ system lets you deposit all the dust directly in the bin.

Is this the right gift? This is a brilliant one for someone who has allergies or pets… or anyone who just wants to get a few more minutes back in their day. New parents could benefit too, keeping little ones’ lungs free of any harmful particle build-up.

 

For stay-at-home chefs… the Ninja Foodi Dual Zone AF300UK Air Fryer

 

Frying? Healthy? You must be joking. Nope! This Ninja Foodi Air Fryer is an excellent kitchen gadget. Get all the crispy, crunchy fried food you love, but with only one tablespoon of oil. And without the (not so) delightful stench of fat and oil splatters you get with a deep fat fryer.

But it does much more than air fry. It also has a roast setting to get the perfect golden crunch on your roasties. It even bakes and dehydrates fruit and veg. Hello delicious homemade vegetable and fruit crisps!

Feeding an army? Its huge capacity and two drawers mean you can cook two dishes at once. And if you’re worried about timing being an issue, don’t be. You can program the timer so both meals are ready at the same time!

Is this the right gift? While it’s great for committed cooks, the Ninja Foodi is also incredibly easy to use and clean. That makes it a good choice for anyone who wants to get into healthy home-cooking but isn’t sure where to start. If you’re looking for more inspiration, why not check out are article on 5 ways an air fryer can help you in the kitchen.

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