Christmas is just around the corner, so it might be worth starting to look into what you should get your loved ones, or, if you’ve been good this year, what you should ask Santa for (he exists I tell you!). Now, 2015 has been a stellar year for technology, both useful and useless, with everything from Virtual Reality headsets storming the market, to driverless cars becoming a reality, to the the ‘rise’ and fall of the Apple Watch and Google Glass. In the wake of all of this, we bring you five somewhat affordable gifts that would be perfect for Christmas:
iPad Mini – £239.00
Cheaper than a regular iPad, but just as useful, and with a more compact frame. The resolution rivals that of the iPad Air and possesses an A7 processor that outstrips many of its rivals, all the while ensuring that it can actually fit in your bag (I just hate to imagine what the iPad 7 will look like…). A simple notebook and pencil won’t suffice in today’s high-tech environment, and, let’s be honest; Angry Birds is more enjoyable than Hangman. Furthermore, it’s an Apple product, and a list recommending tech to Exeter students wouldn’t be complete without one.
For those fitness fanatics:
The Jawbone Up2 – £49.00
What will you be Up2 over Christmas? For some of Exeposé’s more fitness fanatical readers, exercise will be a given. You’re going to want to ensure that your health and sleep regimes won’t be knocked out of sync by Christmas gluttony. Wearable on any wrist, the band comes with an inbuilt sleep tracker that also functions as a silent vibrating alarm, for just that little extra kick in the morning. Paired with downloadable Jawbone Up software, which you can download onto your phone, you’ll be provided with a plethora of tools by which to live a healthier lifestyle.
For those tasty beats:
Bose Soundlink Mini II – £140.00
These Bluetooth speakers may not be cheap, but they boast outstandingly clean audio quality and are loud enough to disturb people’s sleeping patters from the other side of campus. With an extremely long battery life that can be recharged via a portable charging cradle, and a durable aluminium body, you can rest assured that you’ll be pumping out a non-stop party until the twelfth day of Christmas, when the police eventually arrive to shut said party down.
For those stuck in the library:
AeroPress Coffee Maker and USB Thermoelectric Cooler – £25.00 and £13.31
Good news everybody! Once the New Year begins, so does the exam season! Once again, you’ll be spending your life stuck in the library, crawling over a mountain of textbooks in order to pass your exams. You need to stay awake, but how? You look towards the vending machines, but the coffee is rubbish and AMT has closed for the night. What you need is an AeroPress Coffee Maker. Taking only 20 seconds to operate, you just need to bring your own boiling water and beans to produce a caffeine-filled American, or a shot of espresso. Want milk? Simply use the supply you brought with you in your USB Thermoelectric Cooler, it’s quite literally a USB fridge.
For those who like their liqueur:
Perfect Drink Bartending System – £32.49
Do you enjoy a nice martini every now and again, but are too afraid that you’ll mess up the formula to make one yourself? Well, worry no more. With a smart scale that connects to your mobile device via a downloadable app, you can measure your contents to the nth degree to create the perfect drinks. With a range of recipes and adaptive system to boot, you’ll finally be able to serve up the perfect vodka martinis, leaving your friends shaken, and maybe even a little bit stirred.