Christmas Day is a game of two halves. There’s the eating and drinking, which everyone loves, then there’s the sitting round staring aimlessly at the TV, brain in a vegetative state, body in a food coma.
The devil makes work for idle thumbs, so to help minimise the chances of boredom (at best) and full-blown rows (at worst), we’ve pulled together a list of boys toys that will keep him occupied on Jesus’ birthday and well beyond. All killer, no filler.
We’re going to come out and say it: despite there being a theoretical cut-off point, no man is ever too old for a games console. The Nintendo Switch can be connected to the TV or used as a handheld device, so it’s ideal for encouraging silence on long journeys and crucially won’t have him hogging the telly on Christmas Day. Very smart tech.
Ted Baker Dover In-Ear Headphones
Give him the gift of music and style by treating him to a superior pair of earphones from Ted Baker. After all, not only are a set of grubby old buds unhygienic, they’re not going to do him any favours in the aesthetics department either. This stylish set features everything the fashion-conscious audiophile could ask for and more. We’re talking dynamic hi-fi quality and plenty of Ted’s signature flair.
BB-9E App-Enabled Sphero Droid
No man, no matter how “mature”, can resist the pull of remote control devices, and the urge definitely peaks at Christmas. Enter the BB-9E App Enabled Sphero Droid. Not just any old Star Wars spin-off merchandise, it can be controlled from a smartphone, moves like the movie droids and projects holographic environments from the film series.
The infinitely better answer to a Scalextric set.
GoPro Hero6 Black
In an age of incessant one-upmanship, the theory goes if you went on holiday and it doesn’t look sick AF on your “socials”, did you even go? Behold the GoPro Hero 6 Black, an ultra HD video camera that will capture every last grain of sand and drop of water. It’s the next best thing to having the David Attenborough documentary crew on holiday with you. He’ll have to sort the voiceovers himself though.
Lego Taj Mahal
Lego can be passed off as two presents in one. Yes, kids love it. But really it takes patience, dexterity and steely determination to get it done – ergo, it’s ideal for adult children too. The Lego Taj Mahal is suitably complex enough to keep him occupied well past Boxing Day, when the TV schedule (and family conversation) is running dry.
Ted Baker Fastnet Bluetooth Speaker
For a Bluetooth speaker that looks so slick you’ll want to gaffa tape it to your forehead and wear it proudly around town, British outfitter Ted Baker has the perfect solution. Ted’s Fastnet speaker looks as stunning as it sounds. Crafted from brushed aluminium and leather – yes, actual leather – this little audio treat is the perfect companion for any stylish music lover on the move.
Light-Up Clothes Hanger
Know a man who gets dressed in the dark? This light-up clothes hanger will technically right that wrong with its gentle LED strips, and also solve that age-old problem of finding his way in the dark without pissing off whoever’s sleeping in the room by turning on the light.
Fitness is essentially redundant during December, but after overindulgence season draws to a close, most men will be looking down at their waist in the hope that they can still see those things called toes. Fitness Genes is a postal fitness kit which offers a personalised health and nutrition plan based on DNA profiling. So, he can pop his saliva sample in the post while he’s still scoffing mince pies and have his inevitable new year, new me plan sorted for January.
Google Daydream VR Headset
In the eighties it looked like virtual reality (and flying cars) would be commonplace by now. Unfortunately, we’re a bit behind but Google’s Daydream VR headset is a promising step forward. Once he’s put his phone in the soft fabric headset and hooked it up to apps such as Netflix VR, he’s got a full-screen cinema experience at his disposal. Pound for pound it is way more cost effective than those rip-off IMAX tickets too.
Polaroid Originals Camera
When Polaroid announced there was to be no more instant film produced back in 2008, hipsters and film enthusiasts rightly got hacked off. Now, less than 10 years later – and with the help of some keyboard warriors – the Polaroid film camera is back. Reinvented as the Polaroid Originals OneStep 2, this retro-style film camera will allow him to capture the festive season in either colour or black and white, the old-school way. There’s no selfie retakes here though, sorry.
Planetarium Constellation Star Projector
If he’s still sore about not getting that astronomy set as a kid, now’s the time to right past wrongs. The Natural History Museum’s astronomically sound planetarium constellation star projector will let him get to grips with his inner Dr Brian Cox thanks to its handy audio guide and pointer pen. Well, it’s a start anyway.
Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow
We like a bumper list of tech specs as much as the next guy, but sometimes the greatest pleasures are the simplest. This crossfire bow Nerf gun is not ground-breaking in concept (it’s just firing soft foam tubes after all) but it’s maddeningly addictive to use. Simple yet effective.
Ray-Gun Nose Trimmer
There’s no getting around it, some guys need a gimmick to get anything done. If unsightly nasal growth is not at the top of his to-do list, this ray-gun nose trimmer is the closest thing he’s going to get to a fun reminder. All he needs to do is get trigger happy and those pesky overgrown wires will be vaporised, almost.