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We say it again and again, because it’s the simple truth. Men love gadgets. And what they most want under the Christmas tree is something that does something. That, basically, is the very definition of a gadget.

Here we’ve picked out eight things that actually do do things, generally in ways that impressed us. Check them out. You’ll probably find something he’d love.

Google Daydream View – $119

After years of teases and substandard products, Virtual Reality is now on the verge of delivering a truly valuable experience. Why not get him into this while it’s still early with Google’s new Daydream View VR goggles.

He pops your phone into the viewer, pairs it with the included remote control and starts seeing things in 3D, and can just look in any direction for an entirely new experience. We especially liked being about to walk through the Palace of Versailles and look around at everything with natural movements.

Check out the Gadget Guy review here, and make sure that his phone is a compatible model.

Google Pixel 2 XL smart phone – from $1399

Virtual reality requires a lot of processing grunt and a high resolution display. So why not match the Google Daydream View with the phone for which it was clearly designed, the new Google Pixel 2 XL.

In addition to handily performing that function – it features the fastest phone processor around at the moment – it has an “Active Edge” so he can squeeze it to make it perform certain functions, and it includes the latest iteration of Android.

And it features an absolutely killer camera. To go with that, Google Lens looks like it’ll even identify and label some of the things he photographs.

Check out the Gadget Guy review here.

Dell Inspiron 13 5000 (8th Gen) 2-in-1 notebook computer – from $1399

If you read down a bit further you’ll find a MacBook Pro on our list of recommendations, but we’ll be the first to admit that it’s rather expensive. How about, instead, a Dell Inspiron computer that provides similar performance for many hundreds of dollars less. We reviewed the optioned up model and it still came in at less than $2K.

And it’s way more versatile, with a fold back keyboard and a high resolution touch screen with pen support. It even works with Windows Hello face recognition log in. A computer that recognises him is the kind of thing that warms every man’s heart.

Check out the Gadget Guy review here.