Unsure what to get your kids this Christmas? We've got tablets, turntables, films, headphones and lots more gear that they're likely to love.

Today's kids are more tech-savvy than ever. So if you buy them a lame gadget, they're going to let you know.

But don't worry, buying for them doesn't have to be expensive. These are some of the best kid-friendly gadgets around, and they don't cost the earth. Epic, as the kids would say.

Amazon Fire Kids Edition / Amazon Fire

£100 / £50

This tablet promises to survive whatever the little ones throw at it, thanks to its kid-proof rubber case. And if it does break, Amazon promises to replace it for free, thanks to its lifetime guarantee. Just don't tell the kids - they might see it as a challenge. Are your kids a little older?

The Amazon Fire might be more up their street. It's a bit more grown-up, and earned a stellar four stars in our review. Plus it only costs £50. Bargain.

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Lenco L-85

Tested at £120 / Now £100 at Amazon

When we say this is the DUPLO of the turntable world, we mean it as a complement - it's something to get started with before you graduate to the more sophisticated LEGOs of the deck world. The semi-automatic plug-and-play deck is one of the simplest around, and it supports USB recording. It's affordable, and it comes in a bright green colour too, which is sure to appeal to the kids.

Lenco L-85 review

SoundMagic E10C

Tested at £40 

The E10s were already our favourite budget headphones, and now they've got even better. SoundMagic has added a three-button universal remote that's a big improvement on the one-button of old. It makes these headphones simpler to use than ever. And for only £40, the sound quality is fantastic. Buy them, and the kids are guaranteed to wear them all of Christmas Day.

SoundMagic E10C review

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Roku Streaming Stick

Tested at £40 / Now £29 at Currys

Roku's Streaming Stick is a very clever little device. Plug it into your TV's HDMI socket, and it hooks up to your home wi-fi network, turning your telly into a smart TV. You can then stream video, play games, access apps and more. No kid's going to turn their nose up at that.

Roku Streaming Stick review


Tested at £30

AKG has won a string of awards for its budget headphones, and this five-star pair is another worthy addition to the canon. Sound is clearly balanced, they're well built, and comfortable to boot. Amazing to think they can be had for under £30. Of course, don't tell the kids that.

AKG K52 review

Google DayDream View

£69 at Carphone Warehouse

You don't have to spend thousands of pounds to get into virtual reality. This headsets acts a shell for your phone - just slot in your mobile, and the VR experience will play on the screen, dropping you into a completely virtual world. It's more comfortable than other shells, and about a tenth of the price of a proper VR headset. The only downside? At the moment, it only works with the Google Pixel and Motorola Moto Z.

Now TV Kids Pass

£2.99 a month

We're big fans of subscriptions - they're the gifts that keep on giving. Your £3 a month gets you a wealth of children's entertainment, including six TV channels, showing 'Morph', 'SpongeBob Squarepants', 'The Gruffalo', 'Adventure Time' and 'Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries'. Should keep the kids quiet into the New Year and beyond.

Now TV Smart Box review


The Jungle Book on Blu-ray

£16 at Amazon

Jon Favreau's live-action remake of the animated classic is an absolute treat for the eyeballs. It's closer to Rudyard Kiplin's novel, making it a bit darker than the Disney original, and maybe a little less fun. But the stunning CGI delivers thrills of its own - witness the intricate details of Shere Khan's fur, or Baloo (voiced by a perfectly cast Bill Murray) staggering around the scene.

Younger viewers will prefer the playfulness of the original, but if the kids are ready for it, this adaptation has a lot to offer.

The Jungle Book review