Giz UK's Gift Guide for Ourselves

By Gizmodo UK on at

Recently we've been going over all the different gifts you can buy yourself, or others, over the Christmas season. But while you've been doing that, we've been looking over all the things we would really love with envious eyes. Things we want, but probably can't justify spending money on.

So, without further ado, here are all the gifts we here at Giz would buy for ourselves if we had unlimited resources and money.

James O'Malley - Interim Editor, Political Nerd, Reluctant Grand Tour Critic

Sonos Playbar

Since I got myself a Sonos a few years ago, I've swore by it. It pipes music around my house, wherever I am, without relying on an app - and the company even recently launched direct integration with the Spotify app. I've even plugged in my TV using the 3.5mm socket in the Sonos Play 5, so I can wander between rooms and still hear what's going on. Brilliant, right?

The only problem with this is perhaps the ultimate first world problem: Because of my current set up, it doesn't allow me to have a full surround-sound system. So what I want is the outrageously pricey Playbar, which connects to the TV through an optical connection, and will therefore provide a 'proper' way of piping sound from the TV around the house - and will enable me to then use my existing Play 5 speakers for surround sound. It'll mean that during Prime Ministers' Questions, it'll actually feel like I'm there in the Commons chamber swearing loudly at everyone on screen.

£569 | Buy it here

LG OLED E6 Series

The problem with tellies is that it is often hard to find an excuse to upgrade. My partner and I bought our current telly in 2011 and, annoyingly, it still works great. This means we still haven't had the excuse to upgrade to 4K, or HDR, or any other modern technology. This anxiety was heightened recently when I went to a demo at the BBC of some footage from Planet Earth 2 in 4K and HDR (the bit with the jaguar and capybaras from Episode 2, specifically). You can see every hair individually - it was incredible.

If I was flush with cash though, I'd definitely pick up either the 55 inch or 65 inch E6 series. OLED will mean pictures will look great, and the tiny bezel means that it will look suitably space age.

£2,499 | Buy it here

A Time Machine

Let's not kid ourselves, 2016 has been pretty awful and because of wheels that have been set in motion in the US and here in Britain, the forecast for 2017 isn't looking great either. So if any of the major tech companies would like to gift me a time machine, it'd be brilliant to skip ahead a couple of decades - by which point we might have remembered just what a great idea liberal democracy is. And if I emerge into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, I'll be able to hop back in the time machine and go to New York in about 1964, to encourage Donald Trump to go to art school instead.


Aatif Sulleyman - News Editor, Serial Porn Watcher

Panasonic ER430K Ear and Nose Hair Trimmer With Vacuum

Tweezers make me cry, scissors are a faff (plus I’m pretty sure my brother’s been using them for other things), and my nose hair has started sprouting at a phenomenal rate. I officially need a nose hair trimmer, and not any old one. I’m talking about the Panasonic ER430K, the nose hair trimmer other nose hair trimmers think dirty thoughts about.

You can use it in both wet and dry conditions, and the inbuilt vacuum sucks out freshly cropped nose strands so they don’t muck up your sink or hang about in your nostrils, waiting for the most inopportune moment to fall out.

Price: £19.95 | Buy it here

Lenovo Yoga Book

Miniature, unfamiliar-looking and delightfully weird, the Yoga Book is a gadget I genuinely think is capable of being used as a chat-up line. A poser’s dream, it turns your ink doodles into virtual drawings -- and that’s so much more fun than you might realise. Though it isn’t perfect, I absolutely still want it.

Price: £450/£550 | Buy it here

Tom Pritchard - Editorial Assistant, Reluctant App Wrangler, and Site Pop Culture Expert

NVIDIA Geforce GTX Titan 

The one bit of decent tech I'm really missing from my repertoire is a proper gaming PC. The problem is that I'll only pay up for something really spectacular, but can't justify the inevitable cost because I don't spend much time playing games these days. No one can say the GTX Titan graphics card isn't spectacular, and someone buying it for me would make do wonders for my bank balance. It is, after all, nearly two months rent to buy this damn thing.

Oh and if someone could throw in an i7 at the same time, I might be tempted to give you a hug.

£1,099 | Buy it here

GoPro Hero Session

These days more and more people are getting dash cams in their cars to produce evidence in the event of a crash. As someone who cycles to get into the centre of town (cheaper than a car, and faster than the bus), I could do with the same sort of thing. Not for drivers mind, for idiot pedestrians who don't look where they're going. The Hero Session is small, powerful, and has a great reputation.

 £149 | Buy it here

Lego Death Star

Lego is great, and the Lego Death Star has always been the granddaddy of their sets. While Lego has always been pricey, and a handful of sets have breached the £200-mark, Lego's taking the piss a bit here. £400 for the newest iteration of the battle station, which isn't all that much different than the last model (that can be found for £100 less from price-gouging resellers, mind)

I would love to have it, but I refuse to spend £400 on it. It's a shame that Lego never really depreciates in value.

£400 | Buy it here