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These smart gifts make great Christmas gifts for tech-savvy friends and family

Christmas is just around the corner, so it’s time to sort through those gifts.

Should you be bouncing around on that perfect TV? After all, you get the benefit of seeing it with anyone’s name on the wrapper.

Use this time before Christmas to buy smart devices for the whole family

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Use this time before Christmas to buy smart devices for the whole familyCredit: Shutterstock

Maybe it’s time to ask for new headphones. Your current ones are probably more used than ever if you’re working from home.

Smart homes are getting more and more advanced and there are now great and increasingly affordable smart speakers, cameras and lights.

I’ve found options for every budget and every member of the family.

Oh, and next week, I’ll be looking at devices you can take with you on the go, along with great fillers.

These portable lights can reinvent your living space

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These portable lights can reinvent your living space

Philips Hue Go

£69.99 from philips-hue.com

When it comes to smart lighting, you can’t beat Philips Hue. It’s easy to set up, with useful apps to work with and lights like this handy handheld number.

Available in a variety of colors, it’s perfect for any surrounding. Add a Hue Bridge for even more possibilities.

The Echo Show can double as a high-tech alarm clock

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The Echo Show can double as a high-tech alarm clock

Amazon Echo Show 5

£79.99 from amazon.co.uk

A GREAT speaker for any place with good sound, but it’s ideal for the bedroom – it would work as a great alarm clock, for example.

You can play the radio or wake up a selected song. Worried about privacy? There’s a physical lens cap that slides across and cuts power to the microphone.

Start enhancing your home's security with Nest

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Start enhancing your home’s security with Nest

Nest Cam Indoor

£89.99 from store.google.com

The latest Nest cameras are worth the price and look super cute. It turns off automatically when you enter the house and turns on automatically when you leave.

It will warn you when it sees something. The camcorder records three hours of footage, but subscribing to Nest Aware saves up to 60 days.

There are several Ring doorbells to choose from

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There are several Ring doorbells to choose from

Ring the doorbell with picture

From £49 at amazon.co.uk

There is a range of video doorbells from Ring (part of Amazon) and they all offer great convenience.

You don’t need to miss a single delivery again, because you can talk to the person at the door over the phone.

The doorbell is easy to use and it even has good night vision so you can see who is outside in the dark.

Victrola Eastwood Compact Turntable

£99 at Amazon or Currys (in store)

WHAT if your music isn’t digital? All those beautiful vinyl records in the attic can be played back on this affordable, compact turntable from Victrola, a name that has been with us since 1906.

It has built-in speakers, but you can connect Bluetooth audio to a separate speaker.

Apple HomePod mini

£99 words apple.com/uk

Apple’s tiny smart speaker sounds great, and like its rivals, it can tell you the weather or a joke as well as play music.

It streams music from Apple Music. To play tunes from your iPhone, simply tap the speaker with your phone.

Now available in five colors, including a very cool yellow.

Buy a great set of headphones at a great price

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Buy a great set of headphones at a great price

Audio-Technica ATH-S220BT

£60, audio-technica.com

Illuminated and enjoyable to wear, these wireless earbuds have an amazing battery life: 60 hours.

The sound is super loud, and they’re great for phone calls too, thanks to their quality microphones.

These headphones are great value and worth a look

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These headphones are great value and worth a look

Nothing Ears (1)

£99 words nothing.tech

These attractive earbuds have been updated with a new black version. But it’s the sound quality that you’ll buy them for.

There’s excellent noise cancellation for less money than you might expect.

A vintage-style radio with high-tech functionality

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A vintage-style radio with high-tech functionality

Radio Ruark Audio R1 Mk 4

£239 from John Lewis

RUARK’S radios sound stunning, and this latest model looks great for the job, too, with its elegant wooden front grille and incredible build quality.

Choose from light cream and espresso finishes.

Apple AirPods

£169 words apple.com/uk

The latest AirPods have taken a big step forward from the previous version, including spatial audio compatibility, creating surround sound effects.

Battery life is even better than the more expensive AirPods Pro.

Disguise your TV as a picture frame when it's not in use

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Disguise your TV as a picture frame when it’s not in use

Samsung TV The Frame

Are from £379 at samsung.com

THIS is a truly exceptional TV, designed to convincingly look like a picture on your wall.

That’s because a special mode works when it’s turned off, with soft backlighting and a bunch of photos and paintings. Custom frames add to the impression.

Sonos portable speaker can leave the house with you

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Sonos portable speaker can leave the house with you

Sonos Roam

£179 words sonos.com

Finally, Sonos has produced a fully portable speaker.

This has Bluetooth so you can play from any phone, anywhere, but when you walk in the house, it automatically connects to any other Sonos speakers you may have.

It’s small but the sound is anything but.

Blu-ray player Panasonic DMP-BDT180EB

79 pounds, John Lewis

STREAMING videos are great, but what about all those DVDs and Blu-rays you’ve collected over the years?

This affordable player is smart enough to upscale whatever it plays to 4K resolution or something closer. And it’s small and slim enough to slide under your TV with ease.

Amazon Fire Stick 4K Max

£54.99 from amazon.co.uk

TV streaming boxes don’t come any smarter than this.

It can control your TV, including the volume, and has access to Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, and more if you have the right subscription. Alexa is also built in.

There are also non-4K versions for your bedroom TV.

Very high quality Grado headphones

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Very high quality Grado headphones

Grado Prestige SR80x open-back headphones

£129 from Richer Sounds

IF you don’t want to feel cut off from the world, then open-back headphones like these are the answer – and no one opens up better than the Grado.

They are comfortable, light, and have a rich, warm sound.

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Bobby Allyn

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