As Christmas looms ever larger on the horizon, thoughts are increasingly turning towards the tricky venture of buying presents.
The conundrum of exactly what to get and for whom, is an annual problem that causes headaches for millions every time it crops up. Fortunately, in many cases, you can't go wrong with the latest technological must-have. Within the gadget genre is a dazzling myriad of potential presents.
From the new iPod Nano to an Amazon Kindle, there's sure to be something for everyone. Here are some of the best:
iCade for iPad
In amongst all the revolutionary new technology that either comes with, or has been inspired by, the iPad, comes this ingenious piece of kit with a distinctly retro feel. Transform your iPad into an old fashioned gaming machine, complete with joystick and enjoy a whole range of Atari classic games. When was the last time you spent all of Christmas day playing Asteroids?
Boogie Board Paperless LCD Tablet
The modern equivalent of a gift of pens and paper, but so much more interesting, this wafer thin paperless pad that boasts a pressure-sensitive screen is perfect for the person who simply cannot wait to get creative. This allows you to write, doodle, sketch and whatever else you wish before erasing the lot and going back to the start at the push of a button. An upgrade on the classic etch-a-sketch, this environmentally friendly gift is also great for green enthusiasts.
Sagemcom Sixty Cordless Telephone
This fantastic design effortlessly combines modern functions and capabilities with the pleasing aesthetics of a vintage telephone. Managing to look both hi-tech and classic all at once, this is one present that is genuinely timeless. The base unit boasts a tactile keypad that surrounds a LCD touch screen. Displaying the time is just one of its many functions when not in use and it allows you to easily access your phone book, messages and phone settings at the touch of the relevant section. The lightweight handset is also a great addition.
Ever since their arrival, iPods have dominated the MP3 player market; quite simply, they remain the daddy of music players. The ability to store photos, videos and contacts allow you to personalise your music player so it is perfectly suited to what you need. From speakers to iTunes vouchers, the gift of an iPod Nano opens up a number of avenues for possible extra or future gifts. Available in a range of sizes, the Nano is ideal for everyone from the casual listener to the avid record collector with an extensive and exhaustive musical library.
Polaroid Z340 Instant Digital Camera
Photographers all over the country are celebrating the return of instant photography this year and any amateur enthusiasts on your present buying list are sure to love the Polaroid Z340. Delivering a new twist on a classic concept, the camera merges the genius and ease of digital photography with the convenience and novelty of instant printing.
Every now and again, a gift idea comes along that is well worth that extra bit of expenditure. This year, the Trumstand is precisely that present. An aesthetically stunning speaker dock for an iPod or iPhone, the Trumstand is a serious audiophile gadget. As technologically ingenious as it is aesthetically impressive, with no woofers or tweeters on board, sound is generated purely from the resonance created as a result of the trumpet-like shape of the horn, just like in an antique gramophone. Rarely have the old and the new combined to such mesmerising effect.
Next time you're stuck for gift ideas, have a look at the gadgets on offer and before long you will surely find something to suit everyone.