Christmas gift ideas: top Christmas gifts for 2014

If you've read our iPad Air review, then you won't disagree that this is sure to be a bumper Christmas for Tim Cook's tech giant.

Back at home, that translates to plenty more festive iPad owners among family and friends, and a sure-fire opportunity for gift-givers to whittle down the possible present market.

Philips Hue Light Bulbs - £180

Christmas gift ideas: top Christmas gifts 2013

Christmas is about novelty and frivolity. And so what better way to begin a festive gift guide than with these iOS-controlled domestic lightbulbs from Philips.

The £180 pack includes a wireless bridge puck and three energy-efficient screw-fit lightbulbs, which can be independently controlled via the iPad (and iPhone) app to dim, brighten or turn innumerable shades of colour on a timer.

TruGlide Duo Stylus Pen - £18

Christmas gift ideas: top Christmas gifts 2013

Despite the late Steve Jobs' insistence on their redundancy, styluses can be a brilliant iPad aid for a range of uses.

TruGlide's Duo Stylus Pen is a case in point. Eschewing the standard rubber tip, TruGlide has patented its own woven microfibre technology to eliminate drag and improve conductivity at all angles, making for the perfect illustration or note-taking iPad accessory.

Best of all, the TruGlide Duo doubles up as a premium ballpoint pen for paper scribbles. You don't have to be an artist to use a stylus, but it helps.

iPad smart case - £55 iPad mini / £65 iPad Air

Christmas gift ideas: top Christmas gifts 2013

A new iPad deserves protection. One way to provide it is with an Apple Smart Case.

Smart Covers are all well and good, but Smart Cases go one better by protecting the back as well as the screen, using aniline-dyed leather and a soft microfibre lining. They also serve a second and third function as a display and keyboard stand.

Let's not forget, Apple is a premium brand. A Smart Cover ain't cheap, but if you've got the spends, we can't not recommend one.

Booqpad - £50

Christmas gift ideas: top Christmas gifts 2013

Students and professionals love the iPad, and the refined Booqpad is a great case for leveraging its function as both a note-taking and record-keeping device.

Open up the book-style case and the iPad sits securely on the left in an inset suede frame lining. Sometimes nothing beats a handwritten note, which is why a paper notepad is tucked in on the right; between the two sits a loop to secure a pen - or the TruGlide Duo Stylus (above), to serve both media equally.

The Booqpad features a range of handy card-size pockets, and comes in sizes for both iPad mini and Air.

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover - £90

Christmas gift ideas: top Christmas gifts 2013

Extended typing on a full-size iPad isn't many people's idea of heaven. So it's with some relief that Logitech released a physical Bluetooth keyboard case that after a year is still the best of its kind on the market.

The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover itself well-sized for comfortable typing, feels responsive, and even has shortcut keys for the commands you use most often, such as copy, paste and undo.

When not in use the keyboard doubles up as a screen protector, which matches the iPad's colour profile and really looks the part. And who can argue with its six-month battery life on a single charge?

Sol Republic Tracks HD Headphones - £100

Christmas gift ideas: top Christmas gifts 2013

On-ear headphones never go out of fashion. But if you want to stand out from the Beats crowd, try a pair of Sol Republic Tracks HD cans instead.

Tracks cans offer high-performance sound drivers that enhance bass and vocals the likes of which easily rivals Beats by Dre Solo, combining audio quality with a robust design that can be customised with a range of limited edition headbands (sold separately).

They're solid and confident, and also exceedingly comfortable when worn for long periods.

JBL OnBeat Rumble - £260

Christmas gift ideas: top Christmas gifts 2013

The JBL OnBeat Rumble is a fine gift for any iPad owner who values big, brash, powerful sound. The speaker dock comes with a handy remote, Bluetooth support for easy wireless pairing, and a sturdy Lightning connector for directly attaching Apple's latest range of iOS products, including of course the iPad mini and iPad Air.

Clearly JBL knows a thing or two about subwoofer design: the OnBeat Rumble offers a truly room-filling sound, providing excellent bass and surprisingly clear highs for your iPad music.

HiRise for iPad mini - $35

Christmas gift ideas: top Christmas gifts 2013

HiRise for iPad mini is a handy little stand for desk use if you're referencing something on the tablet while working alongside a computer. In fact it sits perfectly on any worktop or coffee table if you need your hands free during calls or FaceTime chats, or just want to keep an eye on your favourite app.

The stand sports the company's signature brushed metal aesthetic and steers clear of the mini's ports, speakers and microphone. Lightning cable not included.

Luxa2 Groovy wireless speaker - £66

Christmas gift ideas: top Christmas gifts 2013

The Luxa2 Groovy wireless speaker struck us as almost the perfect marriage of quality portable sound and suave, sleek looks.

It connects to iOS (and many other devices) via Bluetooth and packs a decent level of battery life. It's also pretty loud, delivering clear, high-quality audio in both indoor and outside environments. The Luxa2 comes with a spare AUX input cable for optional direct connection, along with a neat carrying pouch and straps.

iTunes Gift Card - £10 to £100

Christmas gift ideas: top Christmas gifts 2013

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the possibilities a new iPad affords. Seriously, where do you start? The easiest place, we think, is the iTunes Store. And what better way to open up this world to someone than with an iTunes Gift Card.

A gift certificate buys not only music, but games, apps, films, books, ringtones, magazines and newspapers - and the catalogue for every category grows by the day.

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