Yes, it’s almost Christmas time again, only a few more weeks to go and hopefully your shopping duties are well underway. It seems only a year since the last one…
If you are stuck for Christmas present ideas then this post rounds up a few suggestions for the gadget fan in your life. Perhaps your partner owns a tablet and you’re not sure what they might like, or perhaps you’re thinking of buying someone their first tablet… either way, we’ve got some great suggestions to explore.
If you are looking to buy a tablet for yourself or family then we even have a dedicated buying guide to help you out.
This list covers a range of tablet related Christmas presents that should go down a treat.
1. A Nexus Device
Well, it was an obvious suggestion! If your friend or relative is a Nexus fan, you have the money, and they don’t already have the full set, they are definitely going to appreciate the rest of the Nexus range!
- Nexus 5 - The latest in the range, the 5″ Google phone
- Nexus 7 - The 7″ tablet, well regarded as best in class
- Nexus 10 - the larger 10″ tablet from Samsung
2. Bring your Apps to the big screen: SlimPort
The SlimPort allows you to view your apps directly on the TV. Whilst it might not be obvious why you’d want to do that on first glance, it is actually a very useful piece of kit.
Now that all the major UK channels have fairly decent and reliable Android apps, a tablet is a great way to get 4OD or iPlayer onto a TV. You can read the previous nxtab posts over here and here. Note that this does not work with the first generation Nexus 7 (2012) edition.
3. Nexus 7 For Dummies
I’m sure the person you buy this for won’t be offended! If you know someone who has recently bought a tablet but is perhaps struggling to get the most out of their new device then a book would really help.
So the first piece of help you can offer - buy them this book. And then if they still need some questions answered, send them over to this site and we’ll help with any remaining problems! There are also a number of more general Android books out there, this book might be a better a choice if they also have an Android phone.
Amazon vouchers can be used for all the usual tablet accessories but if the person you are buying for uses the Cloud Player of Kindle app then they’ll be mighty happy to spend it on some new books or music. Don’t forget, the vouchers can also be used in Amazon’s own Android app store.
Click through here to buy an Amazon.co.uk voucher.
5. Android Toys
Let’s face it, if you are a Nexus fan you are also an Android fan! There are a whole range of Android themed toys available on the market, from soft toys to build your own. We recommend this little fellow, a perfect little stocking filler for the Geek in your life:
Think Geek - Figurine Android ...
|Amazon.co.uk - £6.99|
6. Tablet Case
If your friend or relative doesn’t already have a protective case then they will appreciate this gift. They come in a whole range of styles at a variety of prices to suit your budget. Splash out on a premium leather case or go for something practical yet more affordable? You take your pick.
We have some suggestions in the accessories area of the site, you can also check out my recent review here, or check out the reviews on Amazon.
7. Google Story
Android will always be tied closely to Google and their range of products, so Nexus fans will be interested to know the background behind the most successful .com company on the planet! This book tells the fascinating and well researched story behind the company. Check it out here.
8. Remote Controlled Toys
There are a whole range of remote controlled toys that can now be controlled via your tablet or phone. For example, all kinds of helicopters, cars or even vans are now available, download the supplied app and away you go. Do check compatibility before buying any of these.
9. Battery Pack
I am a massive fan of these external battery packs. I’ve had mine for over a year now and it has been a big life saver, this is a gift that will be highly valued. It really comes into its own whilst travelling, if you’ve ever been frustrated by having to watch your power usage whilst on the move then you’ll know exactly what I mean.
These external battery packs allow your tablet and phones to keep going far longer than they would otherwise.
10. Android T Shirt
And finally, one for the real Android fans only perhaps? But if your friend or relative is a true Nexus fan then they’ll love this little green fella printed on a T-Shirt.