You can't spend big on everyone at Christmas. So what do you get for those who didn't quite make your A list? Check out these speakers, streamers, games consoles and music makers, and you should get some inspiration.
Spin Clean Record Washer MKII
One bad thing about vinyl is that it's so damn delicate. This ingenious cleaning device scrubs both sides of the record with brushes, while rollers in the tank keep records safe from damage. Meanwhile, fluid pulls dirt off the record and down into the bottom of the tank. In theory, your records will sound better than ever.
Tested at £100 / Best price £75.99 at Currys
1080p HD streaming? Check. Nippy performance? Check. Private listening mode on the headphones? Check indeed. This last feature is a real standout – plug a pair of headphones into the remote control, and the TV will mute, so you can enjoy whatever you're watching without annoying everyone else in the room. A lifesaver at Christmas.
Flying Vinyl Gift Subscription
The best gifts are those that keep on giving. Flying Vinyl is a great idea – the service curates the best new alternative music every month, presses it to 7-inch vinyl records, and sends it to members in a monthly music box. A three-month sub will cost £57. And if you ask the recipient nicely, maybe they'll let you borrow some of their new records.
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Ultimate Ears Roll 2
Tested at £80 / Best price £74.99 at Amazon
Portable speakers are like meals out – you can spend as little or as much as you like. The Ultimate Ears Roll 2 is very much in the classier end of the spectrum, but while still providing great value for money. Its colourful design is fun and unpretentious, while the full-bodied sound is clear and detailed. Delicious.
Google Chromecast Audio
Tested at £30 / Best price £15 at Currys
Your older hi-fi kit might not be set up for music streaming, but it is once you add the Chromecast Audio. Plug it into any device, and it'll connect to your wi-fi network, letting you ping your audio around from any internet-connected smartphone, tablet or computer. You can even let other people play their music using the guest mode. Careful it doesn't cause a Christmas argument.
Qobuz Hi-Fi Subscription
Qobuz's Hi-Fi service streams all your music in true CD quality (16-Bit/44.1kHz) - and there's also an option, with Qobuz Sublime, to add hi-res downloads into the mix. A three-month streaming subscription costs just under £60, and lets you stream its catalogue of over 30 million tracks either on your phone or direct to your Wi-Fi connected hi-fi. Give it as a gift this Christmas, and you'll get a friend hooked on hi-res audio.
Tested at £50 / Best price £47 at Amazon
If you're looking for a solid pair of comfortable cans that don't break the bank, look no further. The K92s pack plenty of detail and clarity into a package costing less than the average night out. They're comfortable, sturdy, and most important of all, sound fantastic. These are hands down some of the best headphones you can get at this price.
Sennheiser Momentum M2 IEi
Tested at £90 / Best price £64.95 at Richer Sounds
If you're happy to spend a little more, and your recipient favours an in-ear design, the M2s are your best bet. They look nice and modern, with their striking red finish, and deliver expressive highs and full-bodied bass. Perfect for enjoying that new streaming service.
Nintendo Classic Mini: NES
Best price: £49.99 at Nintendo Official UK Store
For anyone who came of age during the era of Super Mario Bros, this will be a trip down memory lane. It looks exactly like the original 1983 console, but shrunk down. It has 30 games preinstalled, including The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man 2, Castlevania, Final Fantasy, Kid Icarus, Ghosts 'n Goblins, Double Dragon II: The Revenge... the list goes on. Do yourself a favour and buy yourself a controller too. Trust us, it'll be money well spent.
Teenage Engineering PO-20 Arcade Synthesiser
Best price: £49 at Gear4music
You don't need expensive equipment in order to make music. This pocket-sized synthesiser and sequencer features 16-step sequencing, 16 sounds and another 16 effects. Buy it for one of the younger members of your family, and it'll keep them entertained for hours. Just make sure they remember you when they're making their Grammy acceptance speech.