Best tech gifts and gadgets to buy in 2023
If you're on the hunt for a techy gift, there's no better time than now to grab one. Whether you're shopping for a loved one's birthday, Christmas present, or for yourself, we have choices aplenty.
Looking for the perfect gift for your tech-savvy friend or loved one? Look no further! The RadioTimes.com team has got you covered with our hand-picked guide to the best tech presents.
We've selected a wide range of gadgets and gizmos to suit every budget. From top-of-the-line phones to affordable accessories, games, and more, we've got something for everyone. And if you're running out of time, we've included some great last-minute gift ideas that don't require waiting for postage.
To ensure our recommendations are top-notch, we've personally reviewed many of the items on this list. Our team has spent hands-on time with robots, drones, chargers, phones, and more. So you can trust that our suggestions are based on real experiences and expert insights.
It's the perfect time to be shopping for tech gifts with Black Friday just around the corner. Take a look at our roundup of the top Box Black Friday tech deals, the best Black Friday Sky deals and the best Ring Black Friday deals for more ways to save.
Best tech gifts at a glance:
- Best last-minute tech gift: Disney Plus Subscription, £79.90
- Best gift for a tech lover: Google Pixel 8, £699
- Best gadget gift: Anker Nebula Capsule Mini Projector, £339.99
- Best gamer gift: Nintendo Switch OLED, £309.99
- Best gift for a music lover: Apple AirPods Pro (2nd gen) £229
- Best tech gift for a bookworm: Kindle Scribe, £329.99
- Best tech gift for a fitness fanatic: Fitbit Charge 5, £129.99
- Best kitchen tech gift: Swan SK22110 retro pump espresso coffee machine,
- Best tech gift for self-care: Calmer in-ear device, £19.95
- Best smart home gift: Google Nest Hub, £89.99
- Best last-minute tech gifts
- Best gifts for tech lovers
- Best gadget gifts
- Best tech gifts for gamers
- Best tech gifts for music lovers
- Best tech gifts for book lovers
- Best tech gifts for fitness fanatics
- Best kitchen tech gifts
- Best self-care gifts
- Best smart home gift
Best tech gifts to buy in 2023
Disney Plus gift subscription
This is a fantastic option for those of you that have left gifting until the last possible moment. Disney Plus is currently offering a giftable version of a Disney Plus subscription.
As you purchase the subscription online, you can buy this gift as last-minute as you want without rushing out to the shops and finding that the item you're looking for is out of stock!
The one-year giftable subscription costs £79.90 and the recipient will bag access to a whole range of top shows, including The Mandalorian, Loki and WandaVision. Plus, you might even benefit from this TV subscription...
Take a look at the best Disney Plus offers for this month.
Google Pixel 8
Here at RadioTimes.com, we're always up to date with the latest tech news. The Google Pixel 8 smartphone was announced on Wednesday 4th October which was very exciting news for all tech lovers. If you want to help your loved ones keep au fait with all the latest tech products, then why not consider gifting them a Google Pixel 8?
This new phone boasts superior photo editing tools as well as a Tensor G3 chip with nine CPU cores for better graphics and processing speed. What's not to love?
For more on the latest Google products check out our roundup of everything you need to know about the Google Pixel 8, as well as the best Google Pixel 8 pre-order deals.
Anker 323 Power Bank with USB-C port
This rechargeable power bank from Anker is a perfect gift for a device-crazy friend or relative who’s always working their phone battery too hard.
It can charge any phone or tablet via its USBC input, and it is tough enough to stand up to drops and knocks. Check out buying links below.
If you have a Nintendo Switch, be sure to take a look at the best Nintendo Switch power banks.
Belkin Boost Charge Stand
This wireless charger from Belkin is a fantastic all-round performer, combining a circular pad with a desk stand. Take a look at our round-up of the best wireless chargers for more information.
ASUS Vivobook with Microsoft Office
If you’re looking for a present for a student, this discounted laptop could be perfect. With 4GB of RAM and 64GB of memory, and the full Microsoft Office suite, this is ideal for word processing, research and video streaming.
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For more money saving offers, check out our roundup of the best laptop deals.
LEGO D11 CAT Bulldozer (app-controlled)
For those with a penchant for engineering, construction, science and machinery, this LEGO D11 CAT bulldozer set is the ideal gift. It's a little on the expensive side, but it's high on detail and — once constructed — the model works as a remote control vehicle, complete with movable blade and more eye-catching features.
It's made up of an amazing 3854 pieces, so building this will take time and any would-be builder will have to apply themselves! It's one of LEGO's most sophisticated sets.
Anker Nebula Capsule Mini Projector
Perfect for the cinephile in your life, this projector from Anker will help bring a cinema experience into your living room. The Anker Nebula Capsule Mini Projector displays films and TV in 100 inches and sits conveniently on a table, so there’s no need for fiddly wall or ceiling mounting.
The Honor X8 is a great value smartphone — at just £219 it offers a smooth user experience and a slim, pocketable design.
LEGO App-Controlled Transformation Vehicle
It's two for the price of one with this exciting LEGO product. The vehicle itself transforms into another when it flips over; on one side you'll find an aerodynamic track racer, while the other side is a tracked exploration vehicle.
The best part is that this product is entirely app-controlled, meaning you can have fun with technology while simultaneously enjoying the realistic features of the model.
For more affordable tech gifts, check out our best budget smartwatch guide.
Having won the 2022 BAFTA for Best Game, Returnal is a hot topic. This 'rogue-like' shooter is fast, frenetic and challenging and has been a hit with gamers.
Elden Ring is the most talked-about games of 2022. Set in a rich fantasy world that Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin helped to shape, Elden Ring has received rave reviews, including from our own team; our experts gave it a rare five star rating in our full Elden Ring review.
- Buy Elden Ring (PS5) for
£59.99£35.69 at Amazon
- Buy Elden Ring (PS4) for £39.99 at Amazon
- Buy Elden Ring (Xbox) for £49.99 at Amazon
Backbone One for iPhone
If you have a loved one who loves to game on the go, then you have to check out the Backbone One. This device is compatible across Xbox, Playstation and Steam and you can choose between a lightning and USB-C connector types.
If you're out and about, you can simply snap in your iPhone and play any iOS game or service that supports controllers. You can also download the Backbone app, which will organise your content library and game streaming services into an integrated user experience.
Battlefield 2042 (PS5)
Battlefield 2042 is one of the hottest new releases right now. It’s the latest addition to the hugely popular online shooter franchise, Battlefield. Splitting 128 players into two teams and pitting them against each other is the perfect recipe for frantic FPS chaos.
There is some bad news though, if you were a fan of the WWII campaign offered up in Battlefield V, then you’ll be disappointed to learn there is no campaign offering in this game. However, EA and Dice have attempted to make up for that by creating one of the most exciting and chaotic multiplayer experiences of recent years.
Xbox Series S
Many gift-getters have been doing their best to track down consoles over the last few months, but thanks to the global semi-conductor shortage, it’s very, very hard to get hold of either the Sony PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X – but there is a solution!
The Xbox Series S delivers the same next-gen gaming experience of the Xbox Series X with a few minor compromises. They’re more readily available and can be picked up for a much more reasonable price than their hard-to-find counterparts.
For more on Microsoft’s consoles, take a look at our Xbox Series X review.
Nintendo Switch OLED
The new Nintendo Switch OLED is one of the most talked-about games consoles going right now. While it’s more of an upgrade to the original Switch than a complete overhaul, there’s still lots to like, and the Switch formula is a tried, tested and well-loved one.
Take a look at our full Nintendo Switch OLED console review for more information on this fantastic console. Plus, for a limited time only, you can bag either Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit or The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for absolutely free with these Nintendo Switch OLED bundle deals.
Spider-Man Miles Morales
This title made our list of the best PS5 games to play right now. It’s a painstaking remaster of a hugely entertaining game, and Spideys antics look better than ever following a huge graphical revamp. This is a well-loved game that’s perfect for superhero fans on PS5.
Ghost of Tsushima (PS4/PS5)
Ghost of Tsushima remains one of the most interesting titles on PS4 and PS5 right now. The player embarks on a samurai adventure across the beautifully rendered Japanese island of Tsushima, which is being invaded by the Mongol hordes.
Perhaps the game didn’t do everything it could have to make the most of its open-world setting, but it contains stunning visuals, interesting combat mechanics and a gripping story. It’s still well worth playing for our money.
Sennheiser Momentum 4
Sennheiser is a brand beloved by audiophiles. The latest over-ear headphones hook up to your phone seamlessly using Bluetooth and are a joy to listen to.
We've had hands-on time with this offering from Sennheiser and were deeply impressed. The bass is deep and impactful and the headphones offer a fantastically rounded sound.
If you've got the budget to pick these up as a gift, the recipient is sure to love them!
- Buy Sennheiser Momentum 4 headphones in white for
£309.99£279 at Amazon
- Buy Sennheiser Momentum 4 headphones in black for
£309.99£278 at Amazon
For more audio gifts, be sure to take a look at our picks of the best DAB radio.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)
It's been a busy old times for product launches in the tech world. The latest Apple event, which took place on 12th September, saw the launch of the iPhone 15, Apple Watch 9, Apple Watch Ultra 2 and, of course, the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd gen).
They're the perfect gift for the music lover and Apple fan in your life, ensuring that they have all the latest products. The charging case now has a USB-C connector, and the headphones themselves have automatic ear detection so they can sense when you take them out.
JBL GO 3
The JBL GO 3 is a compact and affordable Bluetooth speaker. It's a good price for gifting and an easy size to wrap and put under the tree — plus JBL is a well-known and reliable audio brand. This little speaker is a great option.
Amazon Prime Music
Amazon Prime subscribers get Amazon Prime Music included with their membership, but if you know a music fan that wants to take their listening experience a step further then Amazon Prime Music Unlimited is a great gift. It's £10.99 a month and gives users access to 90 million ad-free songs.
Plus, there's a 30 day free trial so the recipient can check that Amazon Prime Music Unlimited delivers everything they want.
Audio Technica turntable and Edifier speaker set
The audiophile in your life will love this turntable and speaker set. Audio Technica is known as a reliable producer of good audio equipment, and this AT-LP60 turntable is another good offering from the brand. It’s paired with a set of Edifier speakers so you can enjoy your record collection to the full.
If you're a fan of live music as much as listening to much, then stay up to date with our Going Out section for the latest concert tickets.
Have you got a friend or family member who would read their favourite books all the time if they could? An Audible subscription allows them to listen to audiobooks wherever they want and could be an ideal gift. To get the full lowdown on Audible, take a look at our in-depth guide to 40 of the best audiobooks to listen to on Audible now or try our how does Audible work guide.
The cost for an Audible membership depends on the plan you sign up for. Plans range from £7.99 per month to £109.99 per year. Paying £7.99 a month, you’ll receive one book credit per month, whereas the top yearly membership at £109.99 would see you receive 24 book credits for the year. If you want to test Audible out before you commit, you can trial the service for free for 30 days.
Audible are currently offering three months of the service for just £2.99 a month. That's a saving of over 60% from the original price of £7.99 a month.
If you're after a saving, take a look at the best Audible deals for this month.
Amazon’s e-reader is a fantastic travel companion. Bookworms can take a whole library with them in one small portable package, and the Amazon library is constantly kept up to date with new releases, as well as classics and favourites.
If you want a Kindle with a few extra perks, then the Kindle Scribe is the model for you. Not only do you have all the features and benefits of a regular Kindle, the Kindle Scribe is also a digital notebook where you can journal, write, sketch and take notes on the go.
With a 300 ppi Paperwhite display and a basic pen included, this is a great gift for the creative in your life.
Rocketbook Executive Infinity Smart Reusable Notebook
So what's a reusable notebook? While the Rocketbook Reusable Notebook provides a traditional pen and paper experience, you can blast your handwritten notes straight to connected cloud services including Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote and more.
There's also a very unique delete feature. If you want to erase your notebook, simply add a drop of water and your notes will disappear like magic.
Fitbit Charge 5
We loved the Fitbit Charge 5 during testing. Its comfort, accurate GPS and easy-to-use display bagged it a four-star rating. Take a look at our full Fitbit Charge 5 review for more information.
John Lewis are also offering six months of Fitbit Premium membership completely for free when you buy the Fitbit Charge 5. Don't miss out.
Before you commit to the Fitbit Charge 5, take a gander at the best Fitbit offers for this month.
Huawei Band 6
If you’re looking for a slightly more affordable fitness-tracking gift, why not try the Huawei Band 6? It shone during testing, and our reviewers gave it a four-star rating. Better still, the smartwatch starts from just £58.99 depending on your preferred colourway.
The band is great value for money and carries an impressive breadth of workout modes for users. Take a look at our full Huawei Band 6 review for more information.
Beats Powerbeats Pro
The Beats Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds were deemed the best buds for workouts in our best wireless earbuds round-up. They’re a little costly, but they’re a good quality set of earbuds, and the over-ear arm means they stay in place well, so they won’t fall out while you’re running or in the gym.
Take a look at our full best wireless earbuds round-up here, or check out the buying links below.
Corner boxing trackers
If you need a gift for a gym-goer who’s into boxing – or is thinking about trying it out – these punch trackers from Corner could be the perfect gym accessory. Simply slide the trackers into your hand-wraps, glove up and then the punch trackers will feedback real-time data on how many punches you’ve thrown and the force of each one using the Corner app.
Salter 3-in-1 snack maker
Rated as the best multi-purpose waffle maker by BBC Good Food, this is a hugely versatile kitchen snack-maker that doesn’t take up much room. It’s an ideal gift for students or home-movers thanks to its compact format – and lovers of sweet treats thanks to the fantastic waffles it can produce.
Swan SK22110 retro pump espresso coffee machine
This stylish espresso machine from Swan was rated the best for beginners by BBC Good Food. It’s an ideal addition to any kitchen thanks to its clean-cut design, and it makes espresso making simple. Find buying links below.
Tassimo by Bosch Style TAS1102GB pod coffee machine
If you prefer the pod-based coffee machine system – which is simpler but more expensive in the long run due to the cost of pods – then this is a great option. Heavily discounted at time of writing, this Tassimo by Bosch coffee machine can make over 80 types of coffee and hot drinks, and you can snap one up for a 68% discount. Perfect.
Russell Hobbs mini-fridge RH4CLR1001B 4L/6
This portable mini fridge from Russell Hobbs works effectively as a cooler or a warmer – with the ability to heat to 65 degrees, so it’s perfect for picnics and holidays.
Calmer from Flare Audio is a small in-ear device that reduces stressful frequencies while making sure the user can still hear. It’s ideal for people with sensitive hearing and autism or those who simply get fed up with the noise of their daily commute.
Philips Hue Play
This smart Philips Hue Play light bar helps you to make your home a more relaxing place. It can change the ambience of a room to fit your mood perfectly with ease, and it’s easy to control too – as it’s compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit.
It’s worth noting that the Play also requires a Philips Hue Bridge for your setup to work as intended, but it’s one of the nicest additions to the Philips Hue line-up.
Got aches and pains, or just want the relaxation of a massage? The Theragun Pro is great for muscle therapy and relaxation, with 300 minutes of battery life and a wide range of settings.
It's on the pricey side but the Pro model is the very best massage gun that Theragun offer. Take a look at buying options below.
Lumie Bodyclock Glow 150 Table Lamp
One of the best ways of taking care of yourself is making sure that your body receives enough sunlight, especially during these darker winter months. The Bodyclock Glow 150 is a Class 1 graded medical device designed to help reset your internal clock and the daily cycle of hormones.
The Bodyclock boasts sunrise and sunset features to help your body adjust to sleep cycles. It's also recommended to combat SAD (Season Affective Disorder) and winter blues.
Google Nest Hub
This second-generation Google Nest hub is a perfect core for your smart home set-up. It has a display – unlike the smaller Google Nest Mini – making it simple and intuitive to use. Other smart home tech can be controlled from the Google Nest Hub.
The Nest Hub is responsive to voice commands and can be used hands-free, making it a perfect kitchen companion while cooking or prepping meals.
Google Nest Doorbell
This video doorbell from Google links up with other Google Nest devices in the home and to your phone, allowing you to see any visitors who ring the bell. It’s useful for accepting deliveries, welcoming neighbours and for security.
This battery-powered doorbell also includes motion detection and a two-year warranty. Find buying links below.
Ember Smart Mug
The Ember smart mug does more than simply keep your coffee hot. This handy device can keep your beverage at the temperature of your choosing for up to 80 minutes, which you can select via the app on your smart phone.
Not only that, it's also a sustainable and reusable product that boasts the Project Earth label.
AURA Carver WiFi Digital Photo Frame
There's nothing quite like decorating your home with framed family pictures to really make the space your own. With so many great snaps to choose from, it can sometimes be difficult to narrow it down. Luckily, with the AURA Carver digital WiFi photo frame, you won't have this problem.
Set it up on WiFi, connect to your smart phone and you can choose to display any of the photos you have in vibrant colours and high resolution. Time for a trip down memory lane.
Hive Active Heating Thermostat
This smart thermostat from Hive helps you to closely monitor the temperature of your home and give you full control. It’s perfect for those trying to be a little greener and cut down on energy use too.
The thermostat is compatible with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant and allows you to control the temperature of your home from your phone.
For more ways to turn your home into a smart one, check out the best Amazon Fire TV Stick deals.
Apple HomePod mini
The Apple HomePod mini delivers fantastic audio and the ever-helpful Apple assistant, Siri.
You can control the speaker using voice commands and ask useful questions like, "Siri, what's the weather forecast tomorrow?"
Placing multiple speakers around the house, controlled by a central HomePod, can deliver an immersive listening experience throughout your home.
For more savings, check out our roundup of the best Black Friday Apple Watch deals we've seen so far, as well as the best PS5 Black Friday deals in the UK.