Technology scares some people – and it’s easy to see why. Although many young people have grown up around computer and tablets, many older people haven’t and find gadgets intimidating.
Buying a Christmas gift for a technophobe is tricky - you want them to enjoy and get the benefits, but it must reasonably intuitive enough to use so they aren’t scared.
Fortunately there are some great gadgets available that aim to do both, here’s our pick of the best life-changing gadgets for the technology shy.
Tesco Hudl 2, £129 (£65 with Clubcard boost)
Tesco’s second-generation tablet is outstanding value for money –particularly for Tesco customers collecting points. Available in eight bright colours, it has a sharp 8.3-inch Full HD screen for watching movies, browsing the web and sending email.
It runs Google’s Android operating system, so you can download apps from the Google Play Store. Tesco’s included a specially designed child-safety app, so you can let your grandchildren use the Hudl 2 safely.
Pure Pop Mini, £60
For regular radio listeners a digital radio is a portal to thousands of channels. Brit-manufacturer Pure has ensured the Pop Mini is very simple to use, with a large clear display, and top button for turning it off and on and adjusting the volume.
Preset buttons let you store favourite channels which you can listen too at the tap of a button, so there’s no need to fiddle with the FM dial when you want to swap between stations.
At just 14cm high, the Pop Mini has been designed for the space conscious, so can be used in the bedroom, kitchen or wherever you listen to music the most.
Nokia 108, £15
Many people want the convenience of keeping in touch mobile phones offer, but find modern smartphones confusing.
The Nokia 108 is the perfect solution, it’s a simple candybar-style phone for making calls and sending texts, but it also includes a camera, FM radio and 1.8-inch colour screen.
The 31-day standby battery life that means you don’t have to keep reaching for the charger. At £15 on pay as you go it’s fantastic value and comes in five bright colours.
Amazon Kindle, £59
Despite being smaller and lighter than a paperback book, Amazon’s cheapest e-reader to date can hold thousands of e-books.
Built-in wi-fi enables e-books to be downloaded in just 60 seconds from the Amazon store, which has 2 million books to choose from – and doesn’t need to be connected to a computer.
Designed especially for readers, the 6-inch display is designed to be similar to paper so won’t strain your eyes (like a tablet) and it’s even legible in bright sunlight. Turn a page by simple tapping the screen.
With a battery that lasts for weeks on a single charge, the Kindle is a great present regular readers.
Be it a PPI request, sales call or a survey, nuisance calls are incredibly annoying, not to mention intrusive and upsetting for elderly relatives.
The BT8500 is a cordless phone that can block up to 100% of unwanted calls, with a 1000-number block list and built-in Call Guardian with various modes for managing incoming calls.
In Announce mode calls from contacts outside your Contacts/VIP/Allowed list, must say their name, International mode blocks foreign calls and Answer Phone mode means all calls (again not Contacts/VIP/Allowed list) have to leave a message. With Do Not Disturb feature only calls from those contacts stored as VIPS will be allowed.
Canon Selphy CP910, £79
Many people enjoy taking photographs, but don’t get around to printing them out and instead they end up sitting on a smartphone or computer, instead of being shown to the world.
The Canon SELPHY CP910 is compact photo printer that can print postcard sized within 47 seconds from a memory card, USB stick or via wi-fi.
On-screen guidance via the 2.7-inch LCD screen (which also tilts) makes it dead easy to use and Auto Optimize even corrects pictures, so there’s no need to use a computer.