Christmas gift guide: For the young and young at heart

Techies big and small can be notoriously tricky to buy for at Christmas, but you're in luck this festive period - 2015 has been a bumper year for amazing gadgetry, and you'll find some of the very best in our toy and tech departments at Fenwick stores nationwide.

If you're unsure what to put under the tree for the little and big kids when December 25th rolls around, take a look at our roundup of the latest and greatest bits of kit that will keep the gadget gurus entertained well into the new year...

Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid

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The force is definitely strong with this one and it's undoubtedly going to be one of the must-have gadgets for kids and big kids this Christmas with the next instalment of the Star Wars movie saga set to land in December.

This smartphone controlled droid will be weaving in and out of your Christmas decorations with a manner of cool features such as voice command functionality, authentic movement from the new Star Wars movie and holographic features that allow you to make and record your own holographic videos. Don't be surprised if you don't see the Star Wars lover in your life for days once they've unwrapped this gift...

Star Wars BB-8 Droid by Sphero, £129.99; Available at Fenwick Newcastle and Kingston.

LEGO Star Wars

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There are few gaming gurus that don't love either Star Wars or LEGO (or in most cases, both) so it stands to reason that you simply can't go wrong with a LEGO Star Wars gift when buying for the young and young at heart this Christmas. 

With so many cool bits and pieces to be collected, the look of Star Wars LEGO is second to none. The Force Awakens, the latest instalment of the Star Wars franchise, it going to be omnipresent this December, use the force and grab some of our awesome Star Wars LEGO before there's nothing but Jar Jar Binks left!

Star Wars LEGO, £8.99 up to £249.99; Shown: Kylo Ren's command shuttle, £99.99; Available at Fenwick Kingston.

Sonos Play 5

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There's sure to be plenty of music played during the festive period, and if you want to make sure the sound quality is crystal clear for the Pogues, Mariah Carey and Slade that will be filling homes up and down the country it doesn't come much better than the Sonos Play 5. This fantastic little audio system boasts six state of the art digital amplifiers that ensure you'll be bowled over by the sound quality, and its wireless music solution lets you deliver your favourite tunes throughout your home via a handy smartphone app so that no matter where you choose to relax this festive time, you'll be able to hear your favourite Christmas classics.

Sonos are renowned for the calibre of their sound equipment and their Play series remains amongst their most popular, so don't be surprised to see it sneaking under plenty of trees this Christmas.

Sonos Play 5, £429.99; Available at Fenwick Newcastle and Kingston.

iPad Mini 4


Apple know what they're doing when it comes to tablets, and with plenty of devices from the Californian colossus set to appear under Christmas trees on December 25th the small but perfectly formed iPad Mini 4 really is the pick of the bunch. Apple's iPad Mini 4 is available in a number of different colours and has more technological wizardry going on under the hood than you can shake a stick at. Both thinner and lighter than ever before, this superb offering from Apple is portability perfection and will let you keep up with your emails, play the latest games and watch your favourite TV shows on the go with absolute ease.

An undeniably popular choice amongst the tech aficionados each Christmas, the iPad really does seem to get better and better each year - with a plethora of features such as iTouch ID technology, this intuitive and innovative device will keep young and old alike well and truly entertained into 2016 and beyond.

Apple iPad Mini 4, from £319; Available at Fenwick Newcastle.

Beats Solo 2 Wireless Headphones


Love getting lost in your music? Buying for the sort of person that is seldom far from their headphones? Luckily, Christmas is the perfect time for an upgrade and tech lovers are raving about the brilliance of the Beats by Dre Solo 2 Wireless Headphones. Sleek, stylish and offering unparalleled sound quality, the Beats Solo 2 Wireless Headphones will allow you to immerse yourself in all of your favourite songs and are great for everyday use, working out in the gym and much more besides.

It is the Beats Acoustic Engine™ that really sets these fantastic headphones apart and acts as the catalyst for a sound quality quite unlike anything else out there. Got a daily commute that's a touch on the noisy side that you want to drown out? The Beats Solo 2 Wireless Headphones are the perfect choice, with a decidedly awesome built-in rechargeable battery that lasts 12 hours when using wirelessly and 20 hours when you do decide to plug in. A real win-win gift this Christmas.

Beats by Dre Solo 2 Wireless Headphones, £269.99; Available at Fenwick Newcastle.

80th Anniversary Edition Monopoly

edited monopolyGo for a gift that everyone will enjoy (even the tech challenged) and update your board game collection with the special 80th Anniversary Edition of Monopoly - because Christmas isn't really Christmas without a game-related family argument.

80th Anniversary Edition Monopoly, currently 25% off at £14.99; Available at Fenwick Kingston.


For more gifting inspiration and a chance to win prizes visit Fenwick's  12 Days of Christmas advent calendar in collaboration with The Telegraph.

By Leo Davie