Best tech gifts 2016

Christmas is right around the corner, which means shopping season is well under way. We've got some great tech gift ideas that are bound to help you out. It's not just geeks who love tech: your mum, dad, partner, kids, best friend and even your gran would love to receive some of the gifts in our ultimate Christmas 2016 gift guide.

We've got everything from the very best phones, tablets, laptops, consoles, games, wearable tech, headphones, speakers and tech accessories to gadgets and gifts just for Minecraft lovers, Lego enthusiasts, Star Wars fans and more, so read on to find a present to suit everyone you need to buy for. Also see: What are my consumer rights this Christmas?

In the run up to Christmas you're bound to want to look the part too. We've found the most nerdy Christmas jumpers around, from Star Wars and Superheroes to Pokemon and PlayStation. Take a look here.

Read on for our ultimate Christmas gift guide 2016.

Best Star Wars gifts & gadgets

With the new film Star Wars Rogue One only a few months away, and looking to be worth the wait this time, we’ve rounded up the coolest gadgets and gifts available. Whether it’s a Christmas present, reward for surviving the prequel years, or just plain old avarice, these are most certainly the goods you’re looking for.

Take a look here.

Best LEGO gift and gadgets

We've gathered some of the coolest LEGO themed gifts and gadgets for the LEGO fan in your life. No matter what age they are, there's bound to be something here that'll excite them!

See our LEGO Christmas wishlist here.

Best Minecraft gifts and gadgets

The popularity of Minecraft just keeps growing, so we expect that there will be lots of block-shaped presents beneath Christmas trees this year ready for excited fans to enjoy. We've gathered lots of our favourite gifts and gadgets for your Minecraft-loving friends and family, which you'll find here.

Best subscription boxes for nerds

A subscription to a mystery box is the gift that keeps on giving. You can choose to gift three, six or twelve months of most of the subscription boxes in our round-up of the best nerdy options, and the recipient will get a box of geeky goodies every month. Cool, right?

See the best subscription boxes for nerds here.

Best Christmas gifts for kids 2016

Kids increasingly want - and expect - high-tech presents but few people can afford or want to give their childrens iPads for Christmas. There are many cheaper options when it comes to tablets and other techny gifts for kids, as demonstrated in our round-up, which you can read here.

Best non-tech gifts for tech lovers

From circuit board jewellery to floppy disk coasters, these Christmas gifts are perfect for tech-lovers who already have all the tech they need.

Take a look at all 11 gifts for computer lovers here.

Best smartphones for Christmas 2016

It's the Christmas gift everyone has a use for: a smartphone. But you don't have to be Scrooge to be put off by the £500-plus price of some of the flagship phones. Follow the links below to find a phone to suit your budget and your recipient:

Best phones of 2016
Best Android phones of 2016
Best budget phones of 2016

Best tablets for Christmas 2016

A tablet makes a great Christmas present for your nearest and dearest, as always-on devices that let you work and play. We've found that tablets can be a big hit with the over-50s, as well as teenagers and commuters.

Click here to see our favourite tablets for Christmas 2016.

Best kids tablets for Christmas 2016

Buy your child a tablet for Christmas and you'll guarantee a perfect day for all involved – you get back your tablet and the kids will be quiet all day.

Click here to see our pick of the best kids tablets.

Related: How much screen time is healthy for children

Best power banks for Christmas 2016

What do you give a tech lover who has everything? An accessory. And what better phone- and tablet accessory than a power bank. Keeping your mobile device going as long as you, these cool gadgets make the best stocking fillers.

Click here to see 20 of the best power banks available.

Best instant printers for Christmas 2016

With more and more of us relying on smartphones and tablets as our everyday PCs, the humble printer is becoming less common in the average family home. While you likely share your digital images over Facebook and Instagram, we doubt you have a physical copy. And that's a shame, because physical photo albums and frames still have their place.

A new type of photo printer is revolutionising the Polaroid of the past, offering to print photos directly from your smartphone and allow teenagers to pin up their favourite selfies to their mirrors, and doting parents to frame photos of their kids.

These printers are portable, allowing you to take them with you wherever you go, and print out happy memories of your day.

We've rounded up four of the best instant smartphone photo printers, any of which would make an excellent Christmas present. See our pick of the best instant printers here.

Best smartwatches for Christmas 2016

With the launch of the Apple Watch this year, smartwatches have rapidly become one of the hottest gadgets to own, so is likely to be high on the Christmas wish lists this year.

Click here for the best smartwatches of 2016.

Best activity trackers for Christmas 2016

With so many of us pledging to lose weight in the new year, a fitness- or activity tracker is an ideal Christmas gift.

To see our favourite activity trackers, click here.

Best headphones for Christmas 2016

Our list of the best headphones to gift this Christmas has something for everyone, whether you're looking for the best audio quality for the best price.

Click here to take a look.

Best speakers for Christmas 2016

The best speakers can cost hundreds of pounds, but getting better (or simply louder) audio from your phone, tablet or laptop is easily achievable without spending a fortune.

We round up the best Bluetooth speakers to gift this Christmas here.

Best e-readers for Christmas 2016

The ideal gift for a book worm, an e-reader lets you hundreds of books into a single slim and light digital device. E-readers are cheaper than tablets, optimised for reading, and with much better and battery life.

Click here to see 7 of our favourite e-readers.

Best drones for Christmas 2016

Drones are the new remote control car, and they don't have to cost a fortune.

Click here to see the absolute best drones that may well cost you a small fortune, but we've also got a round-up of the best cheap drones here.

Best games consoles for Christmas 2016

A new games console is one of the most exciting gifts you can open on Christmas morning, because the endless entertainment that follows can last all the way until next Christmas (and you'll know just what to get them next time – a game or two!)

See the best games consoles available in our chart here.

Best games for Christmas 2016

We've all got a number of games on our smartphones and tablets, but a full-on game makes a great gift this festive season – and a relatively inexpensive one in terms of tech. Follow the links below to discover some of our favourites.

Best PC games 2016
Best PS4 games 2016Best Xbox One games 2016

Best gaming keyboards for Christmas 2016

Another option for gamers, this time the PC-loving variety, is a new gaming keyboard. We've picked out six of the best gaming keyboards available to buy in the UK, so take a look here.

Best gaming mice for Christmas 2016

Alternatively, how about a gaming mouse? You'll find 7 of the best gaming mice to buy for Christmas in our round-up by clicking here.

Best board games for Christmas 2016

Not tech at all, but here at PC Advisor we have a particularly nerdy taste in board games that we think lovers of computer games will enjoy so we couldn't resist putting together a list of our favourites.

There's a bewildering variety of games to choose from, but we're here to help. Forget Monopoly and Risk - board games these days can be far more in-depth and amazing.

Take a look at 10 of the best by clicking here.

Best portable hard drives for Christmas 2016

Portable hard drives are another bit of tech that sounds a bit on the boring side but can actually be so useful and a brilliant gift for anyone who needs to back up files or store videos and photos that don't quite fit onto their laptop or PC. Plus, being portable and all, they'll be able to take them wherever they need to.

See our favourite portable hard drives with space of up to 2TB by clicking here.

Best laptops for Christmas 2016

A laptop could make an amazing present this Christmas, and it doesn't necessarily have to break Santa's bank. Click here to go to our favourite laptops to gift this year, and here to go to our favourite budget laptops.

Best laptop bags for Christmas 2016

If your gift's recipient already has a laptop, how about a laptop bag? We've reviewed 12 of our favourite cases, rucksacks and messenger bags for style, comfort and practicality.

See our favouite laptop bags for Christmas by clicking here.

Best cases and covers for Christmas 2016

We've rounded-up the best cases and covers for some of the most popular smartphones and tablets on the market. Just click on the links below to be taken to the full article.

Best cases for iPad Air 2
Best cases for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s
Best cases for iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus
Best cases for Samsung Galaxy S6
Best cases for OnePlus 2
Best cases for Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

Best non-tech gifts for tech lovers

Here's another ideal gift for gadget lovers who already have everything: the CouchCoaster.

It's a drinks holder which has weighted legs and sits on the arm of your sofa to provide a place to put your cup of tea, can of beer or glass of juice. It comes in various colours and has a removable plastic insert for smaller drinks, such as a can or even a wine glass. Ideal for those sofa gaming sessions (or Netflix binges).

We found it works really well and keeps mugs and cans firmly in place even with the occasional accidental knock. 

You can buy it for £19.99 from

Best touchscreen-friendly gloves

Need gloves that work with your iPhone or Android smartphone or tablet? These special touchscreen gloves will keep your digits warm and digital devices working.

View our round-up of the best touchscreen gloves here.