Tech Guide’s 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas: Day 12 – Headphones

It’s the 12th and last day of Tech Guide’s 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas where we’ve been focussing on a different category each day to give you suggestions on the best tech products for your friends and family.

And today we’re talking about headphones and earphones to hear your favourite music, radio stations, audio books and podcasts in the highest quality.

We looked at a range of products that have come across our desk this year.

Here are the categories we’re covering in the Tech Guide 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas:

Day 1: Smartphones

Day 2: Cameras

Day 3: Wearables/Activity trackers

Day 4: Tablets

Day 5: Speakers

Day 6: Gadgets

Day 7: Gaming

Day 8: Smartwatches

Day 9: TVs/Blu-ray Discs

Day 10: Computers

Day 11: Sport Gadgets

Day 12: Headphones



A lot of people wear earphones when they exercise and Jabra’s Sport Coach earphones can not only give you great tunes to train to but it can also act as your personal trainer as well.

Sport Coach connects to your device using Bluetooth so there is no mess of cables.

Through the companion app it can instruct you on a set workout or a workout you can make up yourself from more than 40 exercises.

Read our complete review of the Jabra Sport Coach headphones here.


The House of Marley Legend headphones are built for quality and comfort and deliver impressive sound.

These active noise cancelling headphones block out the ambient sound so you can hear your music even more clearly.

It has high definition 40mm drivers on the inside and a stainless steel 100 per cent recyclable frame on the outside.

And when you’re done, the headphones have a collapsible design and fit inside a small case.


When it comes to excellent sound quality and value for money, the Plantronics BackBeat Sense wireless headphones are hard to beat.

The headphones weigh just 140g and have pillow soft memory foam ear pads so they can be worn comfortably for hours.

Having the added convenience of wireless Bluetooth connectivity means you can stream music from your mobile device without a cable in sight. In fact, the wireless range is up to 100m.

On a single charge the onboard battery can run for up to 18 hours which is perfect for a long commute or long flight.

If you are looking for great sounding and affordable wireless headphones you can’t go past the Plantronics BackBeat Sense wireless headphones.

Read our complete review of the Plantronics BackBeat Sense wireless headphones here.



Dr Dre’s headphones are among the best money can buy and the Beats Solo 2 certainly live up to that standard.

The wireless Bluetooth speakers have a solid feel and offer a comfortable fit thanks to a flexible headband and pivoting leather-padded ear cups.

And when you turn these on and start listening to your music you’ll instantly discover the excellent audio quality they offer with a crisp and clean sound and just the right amount of bass.

And because Dr Dre is now owned by Apple, naturally they are available in colours to match your iPhone.

Read our complete review of the Dr Dre Beats Solo 2 wireless headphones here.


Philips – a company with a long audio heritage – has the Fidelio NC1 which easily hold their own in a crowded headphone market.

These compact headphones are made of fine materials right down to the soft leather cushions on the ear cups.

The lightweight headphones have 40mm neodymium drivers that offer a crisp wide dynamic range.

And with active noise cancellation on board, the NC1 headphones block out most of the surrounding noise so you can hear your content as it was meant to be heard.

Read our complete review of the Philips Fidelio NC1 noise cancelling headphones here.

Here are some other headphones and earphones that Tech Guide has looked at:

Bose QC25 Noise Cancelling headphones

Plantronics BackBeat Fit

Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones














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