10 best Christmas gift ideas under £500

10 best Christmas gift ideas under £500

Somebody you really love? A friend you need to impress? Deserve a treat of your own this Christmas?

Whatever your reasoning for spending up to £500 on a single gift this year, it'll feel a lot more expensive if you get the wrong one. And that's why we're here. Whether it's a pair of speakers, a portable DAC or a 4K telly you're after, this page is designed to give you a nudge in the right direction.

If last Christmas you gave them a Scart, the very next day they threw it away. Hopefully these gifts will fare a little better.

Fyne Audio F302 floorstanding speakers

10 best Christmas gift ideas under £500

Fyne Audio made a real splash with some very competitively-priced loudspeakers this year, including these Award-winning floorstanders. Somewhat re-writing the rules of performance you can expect from a pair of sub-£400 towers, the F302s are full bodied, musical and wildly entertaining.

Denon D-M41DAB microsystem

10 best Christmas gift ideas under £500

We aren't entirely sure what kind of sorcery Denon uses on its micro systems, but we're big fans. Partnered with a suitable pair of budget loudspeakers - or Denon's own SC-M41 standmounters - the D-M41DAB is one of the finest all-in-ones out there.

Audio Pro Addon C10 wireless speaker

10 best Christmas gift ideas under £500

Audio Pro again took home three wireless speaker prizes at this year's What Hi-Fi? Awards, including a Product of the Year gong for the Addon C10. The largest of the company's boombox-style speakers, the C10 combines impressive scale with Audio Pro's now famously musical presentation.

Ruark Audio MR1 Mk2 desktop speakers

10 best Christmas gift ideas under £500

Gorgeous looks, streamlined design, impressive features and excellent sound quality, the Ruark Audio MR1 Mk2s are brilliant desktop speakers for the money. And the fact they're well under £500 is the icing on the Christmas cake.

Sony UBP-X700 4K Blu-ray player

10 best Christmas gift ideas under £500

Ah yes, there is absolutely no better start to Christmas Day than a bottle of port with a Christmas film. Or is there? What about if that Christmas film was on 4K Blu-ray? Costing less than £200 – so plenty spare to spend on discs to use it with – the Sony will wow you with its crisp, detailed picture and natural colour balance.

Philips 50PUS6703 4K TV

10 best Christmas gift ideas under £500

Of course, a 4K Blu-ray player is redundant without a television capable of displaying its picture. For less than £500 you won't find better than this 50-incher from Philips, which matches the Sony machine with its own keen eye for detail and a dynamic image. Even in HD and standard definition, the Queen's speech will be delivered with such clarity it'll be like looking at the back of a five pound note.

Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones

10 best Christmas gift ideas under £500

We imagine there will be a fair few pairs of wireless headphones being unwrapped this Christmas morning, but not many will be received with such gleeful gratitude as these on-ears from Sony. Our Product of the Year in 2018, the WH-1000XM3s offer a natural-sounding, rhythmic and dynamic performance, and noise-cancelling good enough to block out Grandad's post-dinner snoring.

Bluesound Node 2i streamer

10 best Christmas gift ideas under £500

Coming in just under budget, the Node 2i is one of the most impressive performers from Bluesound's latest generation of multi-room products. It adds myriad streaming services to your hi-fi system with a highly detailed and entertaining presentation.

Chord Mojo DAC

10 best Christmas gift ideas under £500

Delivering much of the sound of its big brother, the Chord Hugo, but at a fraction of its near two-grand price tag, the Mojo is a true feat of hi-fi and engineering. Our favourite DAC costing between £300 and £500, it remains streaks ahead of the competition in just about every facet of its performance.

Beyerdynamic Amiron home headphones

10 best Christmas gift ideas under £500

Beyerdynamic's Amiron home headphones just squeeze into this price bracket, thanks to a rather generous discount on their original £545 price tag. But they'd be worth altering your budget for regardless – clear, insightful and better organised than the Filofax Christmas party.