We round-up the best gift ideas under £100 for Christmas this year, from headphones to cables, radios to MP3 players

Christmas is less than a month away, and once again UK buyers will spend billions on tech presents, with huge numbers of headphones, tablets and TVs expected to be sold over the Xmas period.

But what to buy? Whether you're treating yourself or someone else, here's a list of guft ideas under £50, should you be on a (still relatively decent) budget. 

Feeling flush? Skip over to our page on  gift ideas under £100 or see our full round-up of presents in our complete Christmas Gift Guide for 2013...


In-ear headphones

SoundMagic E10

Five stars

Tested at £35

If it's in-ear headphones you're after this year, then the SoundMagic E10s should definitely appear near the top of your Christmas present list – there's a reason they've won the best in-ear Award for the past three years. With incredibly detailed sound at an impressively low price, they're a fantastic headphone upgrade.


On-ear headphones

AKG K451

Tested at £130 (now available for around £50)

Five stars

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The AKG K451s have won our headphones  Product of the Year gong for the past two years, and should have a space reserved under the Christmas tree.

They provide incredible sound, look good, and are built to last. The fact you can pick a pair up for around £50 is the fairy on the top.


MP3 player

Apple iPod Shuffle

Tested at £40

Five stars

If you're after a cheap, versatile and easy-to-use MP3 player, then the Shuffle is the one for you. Sound quality is just about on a par with other iPods, and the improved Apple buds are bundled in too. Or there's always the SoundMagics...

Digital radio

Aves Air

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Tested at £50

Four stars

An intuitive and great-sounding portable DAB radio. The Aves Air gives users a warm sound with decent bass. You'll almost certainly need to upgrade the headphones, though, as the ones supplied aren't great. 


Digital TV box

Now TV Box

Five Stars

Tested at £10

"Digital TV box" is somewhat underselling it, but whatever you call it, we're still wondering how Sky can release a device like the Now TV Box for such a low price.

Providing access to the likes of BBC iPlayer and Spotify, as well as Sky's own Movies and Sports services on a pay-as-you-go basis, it's a bargain for a tenner – and a perfect Christmas gift for any old TV.


Analogue Interconnect

Atlas Element Integra

Five Stars

Tested at £45

Cables? Glamorous they ain't, but you can't build a decent system without them. If you want to hear your hi-fi system at its best, then this award-winning analogue interconnect will help you on your way. The Atlas Element Integra is a solid upgrade. 


Remote Control

One For All 2-in-1

Tested at £15

Five Stars

Universal remote controls may have fallen out of favour a touch but for getting to grips with a range of products from just one zapper, there's no competition.

Capable of operating your TV and set-top box, this One For All is an accomplished performer which is incredibly easy to use. And cheap!

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by  Max Langridge

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