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Our pick of the best gadgets and new tech of 2020 to gift this Christmas


We know what we want to see under the tree (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

‘Tis the season to be techy as there are literally hundreds of shiny new gadgets out there clamouring for your cash.

Thankfully, we’ve picked through the glut of gadgetry to cherry-pick the very best tech toys that belong under your tree this year.

We’ve balanced price with performance and picked out a range of products that fit a variety of areas. Whether you’re an audiophile, photography buff or just need some extra kit for around the house, you’ll find plenty of options here.

And if you don’t fancy buying it for yourself, just bookmark this page and spam your friends and family with it.

Worst case scenario: your mum thinks twice before getting you yet another pair of Christmas socks this year.

The best gadgets and new tech of 2020 to gift this Christmas

Oral-B iO 8 Series 8 electric toothbrush

The smart way to pearly whites

This is possibly the smartest thing you’ll ever put in your mouth. This next-generation brush combines the unique round brush head from Oral-B with gentle micro-vibrations for a fresh, clean mouthfeel.

The interactive colour display signals vital information: Including brushing modes and head replacement reminder, greets you as you power up and gives you a smile for a job well done. Finally, artificial intelligence recognises your brushing style and guides you to cover all your teeth, so you never miss a spot

Buy it for £190 from Boots.

DJI Pocket 2 portable camera

Never miss a moment

The DJI Pocket 2 is the ultimate travel camcorder. When we’re all allowed back out again, this fits perfectly in your bag, or pocket so you can take it anywhere.

A 3-axis gimbal stabilises the camera for smooth video on the move. This technology is also great for creative photos like handheld long-exposure shots.

And no matter how you move, Pocket 2 keeps you and your friends in the shot with ActiveTrack 3.0 that keeps you in frame.

Buy it for £339 from DJI.

Nanoleaf essential A19 smart bulb

Turn down the lights with just your phone

This little light bulb is a seamless introduction to smart lighting for a more connected world.

Unique multi-faceted bulb design and the purest colour performance creates a stunning illumination in your room. High brightness and endless colours will take your space from work mode to game night fun instantly.

You can customise and control the bulb through the Nanoleaf App, Controller or voice commands.

Buy it for £17.95 from Apple.

Great for smaller hands

Apple released four new iPhones this year but our favourite is the runt of the litter.

The iPhone 12 mini features a 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR display with Ceramic Shield, making it tougher than any other smartphone glass.

It runs on an A14 Bionic chip, the fastest chip ever in a smartphone and has an advanced dual-camera system with 12MP Ultra Wide and Wide cameras; Night mode, Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 3, 4K Dolby Vision HDR recording.

All that and you’ll barely notice it in your pocket. Want to know more? You can read our full review of the iPhone 12 mini here.

Buy it for £699 from Apple.

Marhsall Major IV headphones

That’s some serious sound quality (Picture: Heartland Foto)

Marshall’s impressive Major IV headphones deliver 80+ solid hours of wireless playtime. The new, improved ergonomic design means that when you’re deep diving into your music, the tenth hour is as comfortable as the first.

The headphones have been re-engineered with new ear cushions, 3D hinges, a straight fit headband and loop wire with reinforced rubber dampers.

The Major IV can be charged wirelessly, so it’s now easier than ever to charge and go.

Buy it for £129 from Marshall.

Gozney Roccbox portable pizza oven

Pizza on the go

Everybody loves pizza and this beauty will is capable of reaching high temperatures of over 950ºF to give you the ideal balance of thin base and perfectly puffed up, charred artisan crust – in just 60 seconds.

This oven has a built in thermometer, retractable legs and detachable dual-fuel burners. It’s easy to transport and set up – you just click the switch and start cooking.

Buy it for £399 from Gozney

Amazon Echo Dot with clock

An assistant that even tells you the time

The all-new Echo Dot with clock has a spherical new design that works as well on a bedside table as it does on a kitchen counter.

You can see the time, alarms and timers on the LED display and simply tap the top to snooze an alarm.

Naturally, Amazon’s Alexa assistant is built in and ready to help. You can ask Alexa to tell a joke, play music, answer questions, play the news, check the weather, set alarms and more.

The Echo Dot with clock will also control your smart home—use your voice to turn on lights, adjust thermostats and lock doors with compatible devices.

Buy it for £59.99 from Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Music’s gone wireless

Yes, they look like kidney beans, but these wireless Bluetooth earbuds from Samsung fit snugly inside your lugholes and sound great.

They’re the first Galaxy Buds to feature Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and three built-in mics promise best-in-class call quality.

You’ll get up to 21 hours of life on a single charge thanks to the charging case that keeps them secure when you’re not using them.

Buy it for £179 from Samsung

Lego 1989 Batwing

Who said Lego was for kids?

If there’s a Lego fan in the family, then this will keep them occupied over Christmas. Featuring over 2,300 pieces, the original Caped Crusader’s Batwing boasts a removable canopy, fully detailed interior and poseable flaps.

Included are three minifigures, including two you won’t find anywhere else.

Buy it for £179.99 from Lego

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