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The Ultimate Tech Lovers Christmas Gift Guide 2023


This year we present THE ultimate editor-approved guide for the hard-to-please techie in your life craving extraordinary gadgets. As we do each year, our dedicated editors have scoured the realm of innovation, meticulously curating a trove of avant-garde marvels, that not only meet expectations but shatter them entirely. For those seeking transcendence beyond the ordinary, our curated collection isn't merely a selection; it's an ode to innovation and a testament to the extraordinary.

Each item in this guide is a culmination of relentless trials, bearing the badge of editor-approval, not just for your certainty, but to elevate the joy of your tech aficionado. From the exquisitely unique Nebula MARS 3 projector (our winner this year) for film fanatics, to the groundbreaking LYMA Laser for the family beauty guru, our guide doesn’t merely promise; it delivers an experience into the forefront of technology.

So sit back and relax for the most comprehensive Christmas tech guide that will leave your loved ones feeling inspired, and captivated, exceeding every expectation.

Meet iRobot's powerhouse duo: the Roomba j7 and j7+ vacuums. Having tested both over 90 days, their capabilities really did astound us. Let's be crystal clear—cleaning prowess remains identical between the j7 and j7+; the Combo's allure lies in its retractable mop and self-emptying ease.

Say goodbye to traditional vacuum woes—cables, toys, or pet mess—none faze the Roomba j7. Program it to clean remotely via its intuitive app, mapping your space for a seamless operation, so on your return home from wherever you are, you're greeted by a super-clean domain. Both vacuums surprisingly avoid obstacles effortlessly, freeing you to set schedules and unwind.

Adaptability is key: The j7 seamlessly vacuums carpets while deploying its mop on hardwood, vinyl, or tile. Remarkably, iRobot nails this tech on their first try—a game-changer.

Now, the Roomba Combo j7+ elevates the game with retractable mop arms. Compact, and sleek, with a stylish self-emptying container, this device defines elegance in its matte-black plastic and leather detail on the container. The star? Undoubtedly, the robot arm.

Both excel at vacuuming and mopping, a boon for households with pets or kids. This Christmas, gift the ultimate relief from chores—the iRobot j7 or j7+ Combo, tech gifts that redefine convenience.

Experience the luxury of a salon-worthy blowout, no longer a monthly indulgence but a daily reality, thanks to the Drybar Double Shot Brush.

This powerhouse addition to your haircare arsenal, not only saves pennies but also transcends all hair types, offering unprecedented versatility for those with curls or afro hair seeking flawless styling at home.

The magic lies in the Double Shot's use of ionic technology, sealing hair cuticles while drying—a transformative process that tames frizz and amplifies lustrous shine, promoting healthier hair. The brush's three heat settings cater to varying dampness levels, ensuring optimal performance tailored to your needs.

Effortlessly navigate the brush through your hair, utilising its design—employ the flatter side from roots downward, curving gently at the ends to accentuate layers. Combining nylon and tufted bristles, this brush exercises precise control, effortlessly tackling knots and snags.

As an all-in-one package, Drybar’s Double Shot simplifies your styling routine, presenting simplicity in a single, efficient tool. While it lacks additional attachments for diverse styling, its efficiency surpasses expectations. Notably, achieving a flawless mid-length hairstyle in under ten minutes—is an unrivalled feat in the realm of styling tools.

LYMA Laser £1599

Enter the LYMA Laser—the beauty secret embraced by luminaries like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton, redefining skincare with futuristic prowess. This device, a veritable ally for those in pursuit of dermatological excellence, promises a leap into the future for skincare aficionados.

While its price tag may seem steep, the LYMA Laser transcends expense; it stands as an investment in scientific sophistication, unrivalled in today's market. Branded as the world’s most potent at-home laser device, its instantaneous skin-tightening, redness-reducing, and rejuvenating effects are unrivalled. Also a favourite among Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow, its consistent use stimulates facial muscles, delivering lasting firmness.

Portability meets simplicity in this device, a godsend for makeup artists, facialists, or anyone seeking an uncomplicated yet effective at-home skincare solution. Billing itself as 100 times more potent than LED technology, LYMA's groundbreaking approach defies ageing signs, an observation substantiated by our rigorous 120-day trial.

Bid adieu to conventional beauty staples like Botox, LED masks, and microcurrent devices; the LYMA Laser introduces a paradigm shift in skincare. Expect transformative results—plumper skin, reduced breakouts, and refined texture—an exclusive promise delivered by LYMA.

So impactful were LYMA's results that we've dedicated an in-depth article, exploring the remarkable skin transformations between 30 to 120 days. Stay tuned for this enlightening New Year feature, a testament to LYMA's undeniable skincare revolution

Year after year Scandinavian design helms as interior designer inspiration, and now you can add these touches to your loved ones' kitchen to evoke some stylish personality to the space.

Indulge in the timeless charm of Scandinavian design, an enduring muse for interior connoisseurs by gifting your loved ones the Swan Nordic Range—a captivating fusion of style and functionality, bringing the essence of Nordic sophistication into their kitchen space.

The refined aesthetics of this range draw inspiration from the serene wooden textures and neutral tones synonymous with Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland. This collection is a symphony of elegance, transcending mere kitchen appliances to become statements of artistry.

Starting with the exquisite bean-to-cup espresso machine, this marvel not only captivates with its visual appeal but also delivers a sensory delight with its creamy, expertly brewed coffee. Complemented by a versatile milk frother, it effortlessly elevates coffee experiences, impressing guests with flawless flat whites and lattes in mere seconds. The Swan Retro pump espresso machine not only exudes vintage charm but also ensures an unparalleled coffee experience, adding a touch of nostalgia to any countertop.

Moving on to the elegantly crafted toaster and microwave, they seamlessly blend functionality with Scandinavian aesthetics. The Swan 4 Slice Nordic Toaster in refined grey offers spacious accommodation and sophisticated design, catering to family needs effortlessly. Meanwhile, the Swan Nordic Microwave stands out with its delightful exterior and adjustable power levels—six in total—for versatile cooking options. Its intuitive digital display simplifies navigation, reflecting a departure from conventional appliances.

Swan's Nordic collection transcends the mundane, infusing kitchen spaces with the finesse of interior design. It's a marriage of style and culinary functionality, a transformation that turns everyday appliances into captivating elements of modern elegance. Elevate the heart of the home with these stunning additions—a testament to the fusion of style and culinary finesse.

Enter the realm of optimal health and fitness with Withings, a brand tailored for the health-conscious and fitness connoisseurs seeking to elevate their lifestyle. This holiday season, consider gifting your loved ones a gateway to a healthier, longer life—a gift that transcends the ordinary, a gift that encapsulates the essence of wellness.

The Withings Smart Body Scan Scale isn't just a mere bathroom scale—it's a paradigm shift in health monitoring, representing a worthwhile investment in one's well-being. Boasting a comprehensive design, seamless user experience, impeccable app usability, and, above all, unwavering accuracy, this smart scale becomes a cornerstone for health enthusiasts.

Marvel at the sleek, polished glass-top design—a sight to behold, a breeze to maintain, seamlessly integrating into daily routines. Connectivity to your home's Wi-Fi network makes life easier, allowing effortless synchronisation with your devices. But beyond its aesthetics lies its prowess—it's a health companion par excellence.

This sophisticated scale goes beyond mere weight measurement; it's a holistic health assessment tool. Delve into a breakdown of your body composition, track cardio health, and navigate through crucial metrics like Body Mass Index (BMI), Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), "Metabolic Age," vascular age, visceral fat, and nerve health—each crucial piece of the health puzzle, now available at your fingertips.

What's truly remarkable is its ability to amalgamate diverse measurements, usually the domain of different professionals, into one unified platform. Witness the power of unified health tracking as the Smart Body Scan scale effortlessly syncs data with leading health apps like Apple Health, Google Fit, Fitbit, Strava, and more—a convergence of health data empowering users with a comprehensive overview of their well-being.

Our experience left us in awe—impressed by the sheer depth and breadth of health insights it provides. It's not just a scale; it's a gateway to a world of holistic health monitoring—a Christmas gift that transcends the material, resonating with the spirit of wellness and longevity.

Searching for the ideal gift for the perpetual mover, the fitness enthusiast, or the tech-savvy individual? Look no further than the Google Pixel Smart Watch 2 LTE—a wrist-worthy gadget poised to redefine convenience, style, and functionality. Amidst a sea of smartwatches, this standout device encapsulates the pinnacle of innovation, making it the ultimate choice this festive season.

What sets this piece of tech apart is not just its suite of features, but its seamless integration of Fitbit Premium—an added dimension to health and fitness tracking. Beyond this, the watch boasts a repertoire of impressive functionalities that amplify its allure. A thinner, resilient cover glass, a feather-light body crafted from recycled aluminium, a revamped quad-core processor, and the latest Wear OS 4.0 collectively position it as the front-runner among Wear OS watches. From auto-recognition functions to Personal Safety Checks, and from accurate heart rate monitoring to GPS tracking, its array of features encompasses everything a modern-day enthusiast craves.

Beyond its functionalities lies its distinctiveness—a redefined design that sets it apart from the plethora of watches saturating the market. Its improved battery life and an array of additional functions elevate it to a league of its own, standing tall even against the features offered by the Apple Watch. The Google Pixel Smart Watch 2 LTE isn't just an upgrade; it's a smart evolution from its predecessor.

Imagine being on the move, navigating the wilderness, or embarking on an expedition—the Google Pixel Watch 2 LTE stands as a steadfast companion, enhancing every moment with its reliability and sophistication. For those familiar with Fitbit, this watch offers a seamless transition, ensuring a user experience that's nothing short of satisfying.

This Christmas, gift your loved ones more than just a smartwatch—bestow upon them a testament to innovation, an embodiment of style, and a companion that seamlessly integrates with their active lifestyle.

Stealing the spotlight and claiming the top spot in this year's gift guide is Nebula's MARS 3 projector—a technological marvel that HQ has closely scrutinised, having previously reviewed Nebula's Capsule range. Prepare to indulge in an unparalleled cinematic experience—indoors or outdoors—thanks to this projector's breathtaking capabilities. Our encounter with this device left us spellbound, as it effortlessly redefines what a projector should be.

Immerse yourself in a world of high-quality sound and imagery that transcends expectations. The MARS 3 doesn't just deliver—it astounds. Our only regret was the UK's fickle weather, preventing us from projecting our favourite movies onto the cliffs (yes, it's capable of that). The device stands as a performance powerhouse, offering access to a myriad of apps, including the ever-popular Netflix. Boasting an LED life of 25,000 hours and a crystal-clear resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels, it effortlessly transforms any space into a theatre. The sound quality is nothing short of exceptional, immersing you in a cinematic experience even at low volumes.

Connectivity options are plentiful, with HDMI and USB ports accommodating streaming sticks alongside the projector's built-in apps. Beyond its primary function, the projector doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, and for those preferring analogue connections, an aux-in is also available.

The picture quality is nothing short of breathtaking, complemented by an invaluable auto object detection feature that simplifies setup. Built to brave the outdoors with its robust design, it's portable, seamlessly connects to Wi-Fi or your phone's hotspot, and even features a convenient lens cover that powers down the machine, should you misplace your remote.

Featuring an IPX3 rating, this device holds its ground against water sprays and dust, surviving falls of up to 0.5 meters—a reassurance for those prone to a little clumsiness among us.

In a lineup of numerous tech devices reviewed by our editors, the MARS 3 has soared above and beyond, surpassing every expectation. This Christmas, gift the ultimate cinematic experience to your loved ones—an experience that defies boundaries and brings the magic of the big screen right into their home.

Seeking the perfect gift for that nail enthusiast in your circle—a person perpetually entrenched in the world of nail salons or ceaselessly conjuring up their next mesmerising nail design? Look no further than the Mylee Full Works Kit—an impressive array that's destined to become their eternal companion.

Born into the market in 2014, the Mylee brand arrived with a clear vision: to offer affordable yet salon-quality treatments and products for home use, revolutionising the nail care industry. The kit, along with its professional-grade kit case, embodies this commitment to excellence.

An exquisite palette of colours awaits, empowering your loved one to effortlessly recreate the trendiest designs—whether it's Hailey Bieber's iconic Glazed Donut Nails or a timeless classic, the French manicure. Picture them indulging in self-care, perfectly pampering their nails while cosied up to their favourite film—a quintessential winter evening indulgence.

The starter kit is a treasure trove, housing a professional LED lamp and eight stunning Mylee gel shades, accompanied by an arsenal of salon-worthy products essential for crafting flawless nail designs. This isn't just a kit; it's an invitation to artistic expression, all within the comfort of one's home.

Now, let's talk about the pièce de résistance—the kit case. A marvel in its own right, capable of accommodating up to 84 bottles of nail polish, ensuring your collection remains intact and impeccably organised. Three spacious inner cases offer ample room, alongside dedicated space to safely transport your indispensable LED lamp. It's a haven for every nail enthusiast, providing a sense of order and convenience like no other.

This holiday season, gift your loved one the Mylee Full Works Kit—a testament to sophistication, creativity, and self-care. Elevate their nail game and grant them the tools to transform every nail into a canvas of beauty and artistry.

In today's fast-paced world, a good night's sleep feels like a rare luxury—juggling work, social commitments, and the myriad of responsibilities under the sun, it's no wonder that nearly 30% of the population grapples with chronic insomnia, while millions suffer from ongoing sleep disorders.

Enter the Snoozeband™—an innovative gem amidst the chaos. Nestled within its luxurious design lies a sleep mask that transcends all others. This isn't just any mask; it's a sanctuary for tranquil slumber. Crafted with precision, the slim built-in Bluetooth headphones seamlessly blend with meticulously selected light-blocking fabric, embracing you in unparalleled comfort, and promising a serene sleep experience.

Immersing yourself in its superior sound quality is an experience beyond comparison—pitch-perfect audio that's nothing short of euphonic. And here's the clincher—the ability to remove the speakers, ensuring effortless mask maintenance without the slightest concern.

Impressive battery life stands as a testament to its durability and functionality. The SnoozeBand™ Deluxe emerges as the epitome of sleep masks, promising an uninterrupted journey to dreamland.

In a world where restful sleep feels elusive, gifting the Snoozeband™ is akin to presenting a tranquil oasis—a cherished respite amidst the hustle and bustle. For your loved one craving the solace of a peaceful night's sleep, this opulent mask isn't just a gift; it's a testament to their well-being—a thoughtful gesture promising nights of undisturbed slumber.

The LARQ Bottle PureVis revolutionises on-the-go hydration, banishing musty tastes and odours from reusable bottles with style. The world's self-cleaning bottle boasts prowess with UV-C technology, eliminating up to 99%* of contaminants, to deliver pristine, safe water whether you're in the city or the wild effortlessly. An eco-conscious marvel, it champions sustainability while sparing you the landfill guilt associated with plastic bottles. This sleek, BPA-free flask marries innovation and finesse with functionality, boasting a rechargeable lid for UV-C purification that kicks in every two hours—a game-changer in hygiene. Offering impeccable insulation, comfort, and durability, this bottle redefines the drinking experience. Although it's a premium choice, its long-term savings on filter replacements underscore its value. So elevate your hydration regimen effortlessly and confidently with the LARQ Bottle PureVis—hydration at its zenith.

For those not ready to take the leap but still seeking quality filtration with the same sophistication, the LARQ Bottle Filtered comes in at half the price but still packs a punch. This game-changing portable water filtration system merges top-tier Nano Zero filter technology with zerovalent iron for an unmatched, smooth-flowing drinking experience. Its cool stainless steel marvel, available in Onyx and Granite White, features a textured exterior for a premium feel and enhanced grip.

With double-wall insulation, it maintains the temperature of your drink (whether hot or cold) and each filter lasts up to two months equating to about 40 gallons of water.

The key distinction lies in the cap: a new spout design offers controlled flow without tilting, complemented by a detachable carabiner for convenient carrying.

While the carabiner adds practicality, its build quality and its functionality in transit are undeniable. The cap's different feel is convenient, offering quicker sips without the hassle of unscrewing. Your loved one will embrace excellence in filtration without compromise—a seamless, low-pressure indulgence in every sip.

Amidst a sea of headphones claiming auditory supremacy, finding the perfect sound for the discerning music lover can be an arduous quest.

Enter the illustrious world of Bose—a realm where sonic excellence meets unprecedented innovation. Praised by NFL luminaries like Aaron Rodgers, Bose has etched its name as the epitome of noise-cancelling prowess.

For city dwellers navigating the urban cacophony, these headphones are a haven—a sublime sanctuary cocooning you from the grinding sounds of the bustling underground or the clamour of daily commutes.

Impeccably crafted, these wireless wonders redefine luxury. They're not just headphones; they're a statement—a modern marvel adorning three stunning colour variations. Their advanced connectivity ushers you into a realm of seamless audio indulgence, while their breakthrough spatialised audio offers a listening experience like no other.

Three distinct modes—each a symphony in its own right—await at your fingertips. Enter Quiet Mode, where bass drops resonate in a mesmerising symphony. Embrace Aware Mode, ensuring you revel in your favourite sounds while maintaining awareness of your surroundings. And then, the pinnacle—Immersive Mode, a realm of unparalleled disconnection where full noise cancellation merges seamlessly with Bose Immersive Audio, elevating your auditory journey to uncharted realms.

Beyond the realms of music, studies affirm the profound impact of sound on well-being—its power to alleviate anxiety, regulate blood pressure, and enhance sleep, mood, and cognitive prowess. This gift isn't just a gadget; it's a doorway to a more connected and enriched existence as we approach the new year.

For the enthusiast seeking auditory perfection, these Bose headphones aren't merely an accessory; they're an investment in a realm where sound becomes an experience—a gift that resonates far beyond the ears, elevating every moment into a symphony of sensory delight.

As the new year beckons, the quest for a revamped DIY approach and home improvement fervour grips many—a desire to innovate, to enhance, and yes, to elevate the very entryway to our homes. Enter the Ring 2nd Gen Video Doorbell—an offering that promises not just convenience, but an extra layer of security and sophistication.

For those yearning for the latest in home tech, this iteration of the Ring Video Doorbell beckons. Setting it up is a breeze, a testament to its user-friendly design. The app, a beacon of guidance, leads you through each step with ease. Equipped with essentials including a level, screwdriver, and drill bit, the kit ensures you're ready for the installation. Mount the plate, secure the doorbell, and voilà—a mere 30 minutes bestow you with a wireless entry guardian.

Comparing the 2nd Gen to its predecessor, the visual upgrade is striking—a leap from 720p to a crisp 1080p resolution. This enhancement isn't just about pixels; it's about clarity—where fine details and subtle nuances come to life. Imagine a sharper, clearer image—a window to your doorstep that's not just functional but an aesthetic delight.

The evolution doesn’t stop at resolution. Enhanced night vision ensures unwavering vigilance even in the darkest hours. The addition of motion zone settings empowers you to fine-tune your surveillance, while seamless WiFi connectivity ensures uninterrupted access to the footage. And here's the cherry on top—the option to extend video retention with a subscription, enabling you to revisit moments and memories at your convenience.

This isn’t just a doorbell; it’s a gateway to peace of mind—an assurance that whether you're greeting a friend, receiving a package, or keeping an eye on your domain, you do so with sophistication, clarity, and confidence. Embrace the new year with an upgrade that's not just about tech—it's about securing your sanctuary, one doorbell ring at a time.

Nothing Phone 1 from £279

Picture this: a phone that's more than just a device—it's a symbol of innovation, a manifestation of exclusivity, and a testament to disruption. The Nothing Phone 1, born from London's creative epicentre, erupted onto the scene with such fervour that over 100,000 eager enthusiasts clamoured to be part of its debut—a demand that speaks volumes about its magnetic allure.

Stepping into the spotlight in July 2022, this phone's enigmatic aura persists—shrouded in mystery, coveted by the fortunate few who've had the privilege to embrace its artistry. Yet, let's move beyond the hype and delve into the essence of what truly makes the Nothing Phone 1 stand out.

Beneath the sleek glass and its uniquely visible components, lies a powerhouse. The 'Glyph Interface' lights, a signature feature, become an art form, setting this device apart from the mundane. Functionality meets finesse—swift Android performance, a dual rear camera that captures moments with precision, wireless charging for seamless power, and a display that's nothing short of impeccable, accompanied by audio that's simply divine. And let's not forget the mesmerising LED display, a visual symphony or as we call it, a 'dance of light'.

Setup? Effortless. Migrate your data seamlessly from an Android or iPhone directly to the Nothing Phone 1 via the USB port—simplicity that's synonymous with sophistication.

But beyond its technical prowess, the Nothing Phone 1 represents more—it's a statement, a beacon for those who seek more than just a device. It's for the ones seeking to shatter the societal norms, daring to stand out amidst the crowd. For your loved one who craves a blend of exclusivity and functionality, this isn't just a gift—it's a glimpse into a world where innovation meets artistry, where disruption of conformity is the new norm. Embrace the unconventional, gift the extraordinary—this Christmas, give them the Nothing Phone 1.

Words by Jheanelle Feanny


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