Spring has sprung and final exams are in full swing. Why not bribe reward your favourite graduate for achieving a stellar work/play balance over the last few years? They might have the latest offerings from Apple and other hip brands already, but here are a few alternative gadget gift ideas for budgets big and small.
£50 and under
Orange Miami Touch Screen Phone – One of the cheapest touch screen phones on the market, the Orange Miami comes with a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and video capabilities. With prices starting at £39, you can get a snazzy phone for a fraction of the cost of its competitors.
SoundMAGIC PL30 In-Ear Headphones – Retailing at £35, these value-for-money headphones offer a good, balanced sound and noise cancelling qualities without carrying a hefty price tag.
£100 and under
Canon Powershot A480 Digital Camera – Perfect for travelling to foreign climes or festivals, this light-weight camera produces excellent pictures without breaking the bank. The RRP is around £120 but websites like amazon.co.uk are pricing it between £60 and £70.
£500 and under
Cowon S9 MP3 Player – A serious competitor to the iPod, this high-tech player does almost everything except tap dance. As well as having the MP3 and video basics, it also works as an audio recorder, radio, and Flash player – and all for £170.
Nintendo DS – With different sizes, colours and more games than you can shake a stick at, the Nintendo DS is the only games console that caters for practically everyone. Perfect for whiling away those long commutes, the consoles retail between £120 and £150.
Samsung LE19B450C4 LCD TV – Available with either 19- or 33-inch screens, these HD ready TVs come with their own Freeview boxes and an HDMI 1.3 connection. The sets are priced at £177 and £300 respectively.
Advent AIO-101 All-in-one Desktop – An all-purpose desktop that saves the usual set-up time and hassle. With an 18.4 inch screen, the integrated hard drive saves space and means no more messy cables. Complete with a built-in tuner, the computer also be used as an extra TV. Prices start at around £680.