Top gifts for music fans, gamers and gadget addicts this Christmas.
Ministry of Sound headphones MOS005
Retro over-the-ear headphones from London superclub Ministry of Sound come, as you might expect, in a funky black and yellow design. Great power with deep bass output is ideal for immersing yourself in the club atmosphere.
Leatherette padded cans fit with super comfort and cut out external sounds although there is a bit of leakage if you're bothered about annoying others on the bus. Depends on how thumping you want your sounds, really.
Nifty collapsable design means they can be stashed away in your pocket safely. Complete with MoS logo, they look great and, so, it's a great look. Expect to pay about £30. www.ministryofsound.com/headphones
The North Face E-Tip Glove is essential for music lovers on the move this winter. The E-Tip finger ensures full control of your mp3 player with no need to take your gloves off and expose your fingers to the elements. Also available in women’s fit.
£30 from Cotswold Outdoor.
Get power anytime, anywhere with the rather nifty Duracell USB charger, £39.99. You can get up to five hours of extra talktime for smartphones and it will charge two devices on the go. Micro-USB cable (and Micro-to-Mini Tip adaptor) included. Available from most retailers and online at duracelldirect.co.uk or amazon.co.uk.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is a phone that’s also a pocket PlayStation, with six pre-loaded games and neat slide-out gaming keys just like a joypad. Free on a £26 per month contract with Vodafone. vodafone.co.uk
The Microvision ShowWX+ pico projector is a fab new gizmo which connects to your phone or tablet in seconds and projects an image or video on a screen up to 8 feet wide. Available at £222 from cancomuk.com/brands/microvision.
DigitalSilence noise cancelling earphones 321D
Here's a top-of-the-range product from Digital Silence. In-ear noise cancelling phones designed for mobile phones which double up as your MP3 player.
Not only do you get fantastic power blocking out the sounds of your environment, such as the gym's insistence on broadcasting Crap FM, but a switch on the cable allows you to answer your phone if it rings during the music.
And the in-built microphone means you don't have to remove the comfortable soft pods from your ears.
There's hardly any noise leakage too, so no-one has to know that you're listening to Justin Bieber while you work or work out.
The volume and bass are terrific - my Sansa clip usualy struggles with volume on mid-range earphones but there's real impact with these. Expect to pay about £70, but it's worth it if you want - possibly - the last word in quality. www.digital-silence.com
One of the best new cameras on the market this year, the Nikon 1 J1 has a super small body with interchangeable lens, in a range of colours.
Features include Motion Snapshot (which makes your pictures appear to come alive) and Smart Photo Selector (it can take 20 frames at the click of one button, and then instantly selects the best image).
A range of lenses available, from a fixed (prime) lens that is great for portraits, to a zoom lens with a big range that is perfect for travel. From £449 at Amazon all good retailers.
The BeoSound8 is Bang & Olufsen’s powerful and distinctive-looking speaker dock which sold more than 25,000 units in the first six months on the market – and with good reason.
Not only does it boast the high quality build and sound you’d expect with B&O, but the BeoSound 8 is one of the few iDocks on the market that also supports iPads.
Price: £895 from B&O at The Mailbox or www.bang-olufsen.com
The iPad2 will be on many a Christmas wish list this year; give it an extra dimension and greater functionality with the Logitech iPad 2 Keyboard Case.
A sleek aluminium cover with military-grade, high-density padding, it’s £89.99 from www.logitech.com
Can’t survive five minutes without your favourite tunes, even if you’re at risk of getting wet? The 100 per cent waterproof iPod/iPhone and MP3 case from OverBoard is perfect – £15.99 from www.overboard.com