Christmas, Christmas, Christmas! Or "humbug, humbug, humbug", if the festive period makes you feel a bit Scrooge-like.
Whatever your stance on the season of St Nick, three things are guaranteed:
- You will bend all scientifically accepted notions of the fabric of space by forcing twice as much food into your stomach as should be physically possible.
- You will get into an argument with a roll of sellotape more vicious than any you've ever had with a human.
- You will spend a few lazy days with 'eff all to do.
While we can't help you with the first two, we're well equipped to sorting out that third point. Welcome to The Gizmodo Christmas Grotto! Over the next few weeks, we'll be updating this page daily with all the best Christmas-related finds on the web. From guides on perfecting your Turkey roast to Secret Santa ideas through to the best Christmas TV shows for 2014's break, we'll have all that and more heading into this page. Keep the Grotto bookmarked -- whether you've been naughty or nice, we'll have something for everyone.
You've left it too late. There's no time to have something customised, built to order, captured from outside earth's orbit, made to smell like something she likes or engraved with a special message. Read more >
Some magical fat guy in a red suit thinks he's coming into your house as he pleases in the middle of the night?! Not on your watch. Here's what you'll need to start your own personal War on Christmas. Read more >
Did you ever step back and think about where all of these holiday decorations come from? A factory in China is the easy answer. An entire town of factories specialising in Christmas cheer is the correct answer. Read more >
Forget Amazon deliveries, this is the real reason we should be investing in drone technology. Read more >
If you have kids, the impulse to document every instant of their waking lives is nearly as powerful as the impulse to feed and shelter them. I'll help you find the perfect camera to freeze those priceless moments. Read more >
Dusted yourself down from your Black Friday scrapes and ready to go to war again for the right to own slightly cheaper tech? We salute you. Personally, we expect to still be drunk in front of the sofa, face in a pile of dates, as the Boxing Day sales kick off, but our friends at TechRadar will be finding and collating the very cheapest deals for you Read more >
Instead of buying an utterly crap trinket for Secret Santa, it's nice to give your clandestine recipient something cheap and useful, if only to avoid feeling like a personal Scrooge. Here are ten ideas for actually decent presents to give to people this year, all coming in under the psychologically important £10 mark. Read more >
Forget picking up the Radio Times -- it’s basically 200 pages of adverts. Instead, take a look at our painstakingly-picked televisual tips. These are the very best shows to watch on the gogglebox this Yuletide season. Read more >
Smartwatches have come a long way since they showed up a few years ago. Which ones are best at keeping me from pulling out my phone? I decided to find out. Read more >
Every year after Christmas the Toy Retailers Association picks the most successful toy and gives it the majestic title, 'Toy of the Year'. Let's take a look at some of the most successful entries and our favourite past winners. Read more >
The top end of the smartphone market is looking ludicrous. Why? because it's increasingly easy to get a perfectly decent phone for £100. If you want an Android or Windows phone, it's less and less clear why you need to spend £400 to get one. Here are your best options. Read more >
When offered a trip to the Kettle Chips factory in Norwich, I felt like Charlie Bucket finding his Golden Ticket. This was my Wonka Tour, and I was going to Augustus Gloop it for all it was worth. Read more >
Charlie Brooker's occasionally thought-provoking, consistently depressing modern-tech-taken-apart drama series Black Mirror is heading back for a full-length special in time fill us with Christmas cheer. Its topic? Twitter-blocking people in real life. Read more >
Damn, Walter White's 'tache looks immaculate in 3840x2160. Read more >
Youtube is a great source of short 4K clips that are perfect to show off your new TV. We've collected eleven of the best videos the streaming service has to offer. Read more >
From baggy jumpers to dodgy chocolate liqueurs, we've all found something naff under our Christmas trees where there should have been a shiny flatscreen TV or the year's must-have games console. Read more >
The Family Guy creator croons his way through 13 songs in Holiday for Swing! in a voice that sometimes is a dead-ringer for Frank Sinatra (no joke), MacFarlane breathes new life into some old classics that I happily played on repeat for several hours. Read more >
We talk a lot, at least when it comes to music, about how artists are being short changed by the world of streaming. But I think there’s also a forgotten victim of the rise in popularity of Spotify, Netflix et al: the Christmas gift-giver. Read more >
Drink driving is for losers, and hammering home the point this month will be the Sussex and Surrey police force. As well as charging motorists caught under the influence of drink and/or drugs over the Christmas period, it will be "naming and shaming" offenders on Twitter too. Read more >
Wanting something to strap to your noggin to capture you cycling to the extreme, to send up surveying on your new drone, or to just waddle around experiencing what your toddler sees when they fall over a lot? Action cams are the perfect way to capture these moments where other cameras can't, or won't, go. Read more >
Santa Claus is under surveillance: Google is helping children of all ages to to keep tabs on the portly gift giver, giving them some new technical skills along the way. Read more >
Back in the day, Christmas pudding was one of those things nan would always make from scratch. But for most of us now, it's far too time consuming on top of all of the other cooking tasks required for a sumptuous Christmas dinner. Read more >
Making it even easier to get sloshed on the big day. Read more >
Drones are going to be one of the most popular presents for Christmas 2014. Here's our line-up of the best ones for your gift-buying needs. Read more >
Family gatherings over Christmas are the ripest events of the year for photo-documentation. Rather than leaving the task to Aunt Edna, take those reins yourself. You can capture the finest damn pictures this family has ever seen! Read more >
It's still far from clear when the kind of footpods that Adidas have been messing about with for years suddenly morphed into "wearables". But if you want to track physical activity, there's now a bewildering number of wristbands to do it with. But which are best? Read more >
The Mathematical Formula For the Perfectly Decorated Christmas Tree
It turns out that decorating your Christmas tree isn't necessarily all about taste. Mathematicians at the University of Sheffield have developed a formula for the perfect way to deck the halls. Read more >
Television, and more specifically what to watch, at Christmas can be a minefield. Well, do away with the mainstream broadcasts and consider picking up one of the various TV and movie streaming devices, to put a more personal touch on your holiday viewing. Read more >
If you don't have kids, there are probably knives, prescriptions drugs, poison, and electronics lying everywhere. But now the family is coming to visit with something that could destroy everything you love: children. Read more >
The holidays can drag after a while. If the constant festive cheer gets too much, here's a project to take your mind off things: make your Christmas tree lights flash when you get new email. Read more >
Some of us will spend the next few weeks being dragged round various relative's pads and tortured through long afternoons of small-talk with pea-brained people you don't really want to chat to. We feel your pain. So here's five Christmas-themed drinks to get you through it. Read more
We asked our review-hungry sister site to round up its experts and threaten them with an extreme reindeer fly-by unless they provided us with a list of last-minute gift ideas – and decent online deals to get them, too. They duly coughed up… Read more >
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