If you're spending nearly £200 on a gift, you want to make sure it's the best of its kind. That's where we come in.
We've scoured the shops to find only the best speakers, headphones, radios and more, and all for under £200. The only problem you'll have is choosing which to give as gifts, and which to buy for yourself.
Tested at £160 / Best price £159 at Richer Sounds
These speakers were good enough to beat the still brilliant Q Acoustics 3020 speakers, which is really saying something. They deliver sound packed with verve and insight, strong dynamics and spot-on timing. We're also big fans of the walnut casing. We're sure the recipient will be too.
Monitor Audio Airstream S150
Tested at £150 / Best price £149 at Superfi
It might look exactly like its bigger brother, the Airstream S200, but for our money that's no bad thing. Bluetooth comes as standard for streaming from a phone or tablet, but if you want AirPlay and DLNA, you'll need to buy its pricier sibling. Still, at this price, we're not complaining.
Tested at £150 / Best price £99 at Richer Sounds
Bluetooth headphones don't come much better at this price. They have the build quality of a much pricier pair of cans, and sound quality is on a par with many wired models. They're also comfortable enough for even the most discerning of listeners.
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Tested at £140 / Best price £95 at Amazon
Sure, you could spend a lot more on a Blu-ray player, but when this one is this good, it might be hard to convince yourself. The S6700 has excellent picture quality and comes with a healthy selection of streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Spotify. It also does its best to upscale DVDs to near Blu-ray quality. After a couple of Christmas sherries, you might not be able to see the difference.
AudioQuest DragonFly Red
Tested at £170 / Best price £169 at Future Shop
It might look like a USB stick, but this is actually a DAC and headphone amp that will add some polish to your tunes. It gives songs a more natural, subtle and expressive sound, plus it works with smartphones. Good job it's small enough to fit in your pocket, so you can take it with you wherever you go.
Tested at £150 / Best price £149.99 at Amazon
The Echo is more than just a speaker. Its headline feature is Alexa, Amazon's artificial intelligence-enabled personal assistant that aims to answer any questions you have. It can also turn on the lights, adjust the heating, and so on, providing you have the requisite smart home devices, of course. The sound quality when streaming music might not blow you away, but once you've had a digital butler attending to your every beck and call, there's no going back.
With 4K capability, Freeview Play and TV Anywhere on board, this HDD recorder gives you a wealth of options for enjoying your content. Missed something? Just scroll back in time on the EPG thanks to Freeview Play. Heading to your gran's for Boxing Day? You can stream TV to your smartphone or tablet using TV Anywhere. And the 500GB hard drive will hold hundreds of hours of festive telly.
Ruark Audio R1 Mk3
Tested at £200 / Best price £199 at Sevenoaks
How's this for a stylish radio for the kitchen? The R1 oozes class, with either a walnut, black or white finish – personally, we'd go for the walnut – and clean and sharp OLED display. You control it using the RotoDial on top, and it has both FM and DAB tuners, plus it's futureproofed for DAB+. And the sound? It's as rich and full-bodied as a pound of Christmas pud.
Tested at £120 / Best price £119.95 at Amazon
Purists might sneer at a deck that costs a little over £100, but we love this Lenco for its decent sound and affordable price. It offers great value for money: it's a belt-driven turntable with a built-in photo stage and USB recording. The best plug and play machine you'll get for this price. And look at those colour options.
Tested at £170 / Best price £129.99 at Currys
Hi-res audio doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg. This dinky player from Sony offers detailed sound and expandable memory, though admittedly you have to forego such luxuries as wi-fi and apps. Still, with the savings you've made, you can gorge on hi-res tracks over the festive period.