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Christmas Gift Guide 2016: Budget Buys

These don’t cost a lot and are still great options


Parrot Airborne Caro Travis


This drone may be small but it comes with plenty of features for the asking price. For the more inexperienced pilot, it has the tools to get anyone more confident with their skills. The Airborne Cargo can reach speeds of 11mph and with the simple push of a button the drone can perform 90-degree or 180-degree stunts. It also has a camera so you can take photos in the air. It comes in a few colours and decors can be added, there is also Lego-compatible bricks on top. Spare parts can be purchased and are easily replaceable so newcomers don’t need to worry too much.
£80 | $100 |


Amazon Fire Tablet


The seven-inch tablet has a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and either 8GB or 16GB of memory built in but that can be increased with a microSD card up to 200GB. The tablet runs Fire OS and can run apps for reading books, watching films and playing games. Amazon claims that the tablet is more durable than the
iPad Air 2.
£50 | $50 |


3Doodler Start


3D printers are seen to be expensive but the 3Doodler takes the basics of the concept and applies it to a small pen. Insert the colour stick you wish to use, wait for the device to heat up and you’re away building 3D objects. It’s safe for children and if you make a mistake the plastic can be touched as soon as it comes out of the pen.
£50 | $50 |


Google Chromecast Audio


Why would you need this device if you can already connect your phone or tablet to speakers via Bluetooth? Well, the Chromecast Audio can stream music in higher quality and by using Wi-Fi it will save battery on your device. There are currently a number of streaming apps available, such as Spotify, BBC iPlayer Radio and Google Play Music to name a few.
£30 | $35 |



Nerf Dash Button


The Dash Button is connected to your Wi-Fi and orders what you need, simply press the button and an order of 30 nerf darts is made. Using the Amazon app orders can be cancelled and if you press the button a number of times it won’t dispatch another order until the one before has been delivered.
£5 | $5 |


This article first appeared in Gadget issue 14. For the latest tech news and reviews, buy the latest issue of Gadget here or download the digital edition.