Christmas tech gift guide – we test the BEST gadgets and games for Xmas 2021

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DEAR Santa, there’s loads of new tech this year – and we want it all!

The Sun’s tech experts have put together a festive list of all the gadgets, gizmos and gaming goodies to fill your stocking in 2021. This list is updated regularly with products we’ve actually tested, so keep checking back.

Christmas tech gifts – what gadgets are hot in 2021?

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A salon finish every day…but far cheaperCredit: Dyson

Dyson Supersonic

This very posh hair-dryer is quiet, seriously effective, and now comes with a new attachment that hides your fly-away hairs. Brilliant.

  • Supersonic at Amazon for $439.99 – buy here
  • Supersonic at Dyson for £299.99 – buy here
Alexa, let's go shopping!

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Alexa, let’s go shopping!Credit: Amazon

Amazon Alexa

Alexa remains one of the best ways to “smarten” up your home, so jump on the voice assistant bandwagon with the budget-friendly Echo Dot.

  • Echo Dot 4th gen at Amazon for $59.98 – buy here
  • Echo Dot 4th gen at Amazon for £49.99 – buy here
Power of the pods

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Power of the podsCredit: Apple

Apple AirPods

These wireless Apple earbuds hardly need an introduction. If you’ve got an iPhone, don’t wait any longer – upgrade your audio game today.

  • AirPods at Amazon for $119 – buy here
  • AirPods at Amazon for £106 – buy here
Ryzen above the rest

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Ryzen above the restCredit: Dell

Alienware M15 Ryzen Edition R5

Gaming is all the rage, so why not upgrade yourself or a loved one with a super-charged laptop. We’ve been impressed with the Alienware M15 Ryzen Edition R5 – and you will be too.

  • Alienware M15 at Amazon for $1,488 – buy here
  • Alienware M15 at Dell for £1,299 – buy here
Tag it or lose it

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Tag it or lose itCredit: Apple

Apple AirTag

These handy location tracker tags attach to your keys, handbag or luggage. So you can locate them with ease using an iPhone if they’re ever lost.

  • Apple AirTag at Best Buy for $29 – buy here
  • Apple AirTag at Amazon for £29 – buy here
A quick pix-me-up

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A quick pix-me-upCredit: Google

Google Pixel Buds A-Series

Google’s brilliant answer to the Apple AirPods, but with a slightly lower price tag.

  • Pixel Buds A-Series at Best Buy for $99.99 – buy here
  • Pixel Buds A-Series at Google for £99.99 – buy here
Smart glasses for smart people

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Smart glasses for smart peopleCredit: Facebook / Ray-Ban

Ray-Ban Stories

These “smart” sunglasses built with Facebook have built-in cameras, so you can capture moments as you go.

  • Ray-Ban Stories at Best Buy for $299 – buy here
  • Ray-Ban Stories at Ray-Ban for £299 – buy here
I-want!

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I-want!Credit: Apple

iPhone 13

Apple’s new iPhone 13 is brilliant, with a better camera, improved battery life and new colours to boot. You can bag it for $799/£779.

Google-vision

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Google-visionCredit: Google

Google Nest Cam

Google’s Nest Cam is an impressive indoor/outdoor rechargeable smart camera that you can check from anywhere – giving you the ultimate peace of mind.

  • Nest Cam at John Lewis for £179.99 – buy here
  • Nest Cam at Best Buy for $179.99 – buy here
Flip out

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Flip outCredit: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

This foldable Samsung smartphone harks back to beloved flip-phones of the early noughties – but it’s packed with 2021-grade tech to rival an iPhone.

  • Galaxy Z Flip 3 at Amazon for £949 – buy here
  • Galaxy Z Flip 3 at Amazon for $949 – buy here
Apple rumble!

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Apple rumble!Credit: Apple

Apple Watch Series 7

Apple’s latest smartwatch is brimming with tech, including a blood oxygen sensor, a portable ECG, loads of fitness tracker tech – and a bigger screen than ever before.

  • Apple Watch 7 at Amazon for £369 – buy here
  • Apple Watch 7 at Best Buy for $399 – buy here
Face first

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Face firstCredit: Facebook

Portal Go

Facebook’s Portal Go is a portable Alexa speaker with a 10.1-inch screen that you can use for video calls (even over WhatsApp).

  • Portal Go at Amazon for £199 – buy here
  • Portal Go at Best Buy for $199 – buy here
Virtually real

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Virtually realCredit: Facebook / Oculus

Oculus Quest 2

This is the first must-have VR gadget – high-quality, no need for a PC, and offering free roaming and hand tracking. Exceptional value for money.

  • Oculus Quest 2 at Amazon for $299 – buy here
  • Oculus Quest 2 at Amazon for £299 – buy here
This electrified ukulele is a great gift with a tech twist for music fans

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This electrified ukulele is a great gift with a tech twist for music fansCredit: Fender

Billie Eilish ukulele with electronic pre-amp

This tech’d up Billie Eilish ukulele from Fender has a built-in Fishman Kula pre-amp so you can plug in and go electric. An epic meeting of worlds for music fans. And you could even thrown in a Fender app membership and learn to play properly.

  • Ukulele with pre-amp for £249 – buy here

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Shoot to thrill

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Shoot to thrillCredit: Activision

Call of Duty Vanguard

The blockbuster shooter franchise is back with Call of Duty Vanguard, returning to WW2 to explore the birth of the special forces.

  • Call of Duty Vanguard at Amazon – buy here
Ready for Christmas kick off?

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Ready for Christmas kick off?Credit: EA

Fifa 22

It’s 2021, but the big footie game of this year will be Fifa 22. So make sure you get the right game at Argos for loved ones. Fifa fans won’t have any trouble, mind.

  •  Fifa 22 at Amazon for £54.99 – buy here
It plays to win

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It plays to winCredit: Sony

PlayStation 5

This wildly popular console will be in high demand for Christmas – in fact, you’ll be lucky to even buy one.

X marks the spot...

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X marks the spot…Credit: Microsoft

Xbox Series X

Just like the PS5, the Xbox Series X is one of the consoles of the moment. Buy one if you can. Even Santa will struggle to get his hands on this…

Switch it up this year

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Switch it up this yearCredit: Nintendo

Nintendo Switch OLED

As if there weren’t enough new consoles to tempt the world, Nintendo has refreshed its beloved Switch console with a much better screen, double the storage and a new design. It’ll be hard to find in stock, but it’s a great gift.

  •  Nintendo Switch OLED at Amazon – buy here
Balls to the walls fun

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Balls to the walls funCredit: EA

Madden 22

Madden 22 is to Americans what Fifa 22 is to Brits. This football (American football, not soccer football) game will be all the rage for Christmas 2021.

  • Madden 22 at Amazon for £69.99 – buy here
A whole new world

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A whole new worldCredit: Amazon

Amazon’s New World

This brand new MMO from Amazon is very promising, and can be purchased as a gift via Steam. There’s no monthly fee, and there’s a huge fantasy world to explore with friends – or strangers!

Fantastic fantasy

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Fantastic fantasyCredit: Square Enix

Final Fantasy 14

One of the most popular MMOs in the world – and a bona fide Warcraft rival – FFXIV has hundreds of hours of brilliant content to sink your teeth into.

Devilish fun

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Devilish funCredit: Blizzard

Diablo 2 Resurrected

One for lifelong gamers, Diablo 2 Resurrected is a remastering of the iconic nineties Blizzard game – now with much better graphics.

Racing ahead

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Racing aheadCredit: Thrustmaster

Thrustmaster TMX Pro

This epic racing wheel with pedals and gear paddles is the ultimate upgrade for your PC or Xbox racing rig.

  • Thrustmaster TMX Pro for £249.99 – buy here
  • Thrustmaster TMX Pro at Amazon for $219 – buy here

All prices in this article were correct at the time of writing, but may have since changed. Always do your own research before making any purchase.

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