Xiaomi Yeelight (£49)
If you know someone who could politely be described as a heavy sleeper (and impolitely as The Bedbadger), get them this smart Bluetooth LED lamp.
Its sunrise-imitating Wake-up Mode will slowly begin brightening their room half an hour the alarm is due to go off, while the Night Mode’s soft orange glow will help them get a better night’s sleep. You can also turn it virtually any shade imaginable with the dedicated app. Not bad for something that costs less than a Philips Hue Bridge.
Polaroid Snap (£90)
Polaroids have swung back into fashion as some of us yearn for something more tangible from our snaps than a couple of social media ‘likes’. What other camera can print your snaps right away, as well as saving them to SD?
The Snap uses thermal printing wizardry, which means there’s no ink. Don’t worry, you can still shake your shots so they develop quicker (we know it doesn’t work, but we still like it). Snap a selfie with your beau to be, jot your number on the back and hand it over – 60% of the time it works every time.
Celestron Travel Scope 70 Refractor Telescope (£60)
The price tags for beginner telescopes (whether Newtonian or refractor) usually rocket up into the hundreds, but if you just fancy a ‘scope to lob on the backseat of a bike and take out to the hills then this travel refractor model is a celestial bargain.
An optical length of 400mm and 70mm aperture is enough to pick out some of eternity’s larger entities, and the 5×24 finder scope lets you narrow down the sky before you take your eye to the big guy (though it pays to do pre-trip research using the bundled software). Best of all, there’s also enough room in the bundled rucksack for a late night picnic egg or two.
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