DIY ELECTRO DOUGH KIT (£20)
If the Electro Dough Kit had been around when we were kids, we'd still be sitting in mum's kitchen crafting cats, before bringing them to life with light and sound. And we'd probably be far happier.
Give your kids the life we missed with this nifty kit. It’s simple and astonishingly good fun: mould something out of Play-Doh (or a home-made equivalent), then add LEDs, buzzers and wires and - hey presto! - you have a flashing dough thing. Genius.
‘Ear Me Out’ Leather Earphone Holder (£8)
For as long as we've been sticking little bits of plastic in our ears to enjoy the glorious gift of music, those same bits of plastic have been tangling themselves into temper-fraying messes of cable and frustration.
Put paid to the mangle of wires usually found at the bottom of your bag with this chic leather holster for you 'phones.
PHILIPS HUE WHITE (£15)
Time was, buying a lightbulb as a stocking filler made you quite the oddball. No longer: at £15 a pop, Hue owners are always happy to have another shiner for their home.
This one might not have the colour-changing skills of its more expensive siblings, but it can still be dimmed and scheduelled from a smartphone - handy for some Home Alone trickery.
IFIXIT Essential Electronics Toolkit (£18)
Predicting problems with electrical presents might not make you Mr Popular come Christmas morning, but when your Dad's dodgy import goes haywire by Boxing Day he'll be glad to have this repair kit.
Equipped with a raft of tools to get your tech back in shape, it'll be the restorative gift that keeps on giving.
PAC-MAN GHOST LIGHT (£15)
Everyone’s played Pac-man, right? That gluttonous glob of yellow has gobbled up more ghosts than the crew of Ecto One - and a whole lot more coins from arcade addicts since it first showed up in the early 80s.
It’s got a colour-changing bulb, so you can choose between Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde whenever you want - or make it flash like someone’s just downed a Power Pill. Wacka-wacka-wacka!
GREEN PAN SQUARE EGG EXPERT (£13)
This is the secret to the geometrically perfect fried egg sandwich:
1. Break your egg into the Green Pan Square Egg Expert, with or without oil (it’s lined with non-stick Thermolon).
2. Fry it. It’ll only take a couple of minutes.
3. Turn your square egg out on to a slice of square, buttered bread.
4. Add ketchup.
5. Add another slice of square bread.
6. Serve on a square plate.
HUMAN AFTER ALL CULT MOVIE CARDS (£20)
What's better than cards at Christmas? Cinematic cards at Christmas, that's what.
Take a standard 52-card deck, print each card with a subtly sublime design inspired by (in)famous movie characters. What do you have? This deck of cult movie cards.
JOBY GORILLAPOD ORIGINAL (£17)
A tripod is an essential tool for any photographer - and a flexible mini tripod is even more so. What’s that? You can’t have more essential than ‘essential’? Oh, do shut up, pedant.
Anyway, Joby has been making it's monkey-like stands for a few years now - and its original remains one of the best. Also available in a sturdier version for your DSLR, its twisty turny legs can be wrapped around anything to give you a stable base from which to shoot with a compact.