Wrap a healthier gift this Christmas
It is almost never a good idea to buy your nearest and dearest any class of kitchen device but we might just make an exception for the Tefal ActiFry, pictured below. And why is that? Because this low-fat fryer will allow us eat guilt-free chips for the rest of our (now possibly longer) lives and will save money too.
A single spoonful of oil in this fryer will be enough to cook 1kg of chips (or sweet potatoes or sausages or whatever else you would normally deep fry).
That is 100 times less oil than a traditional deep fat fryer uses, so not only is the end result better for you, it’s better for your wallet too. It cooks food evenly and without odours so your kitchen won’t end up smelling like Burdocks on a Saturday night and the even better news is that it has fallen dramatically in price in recent months and was selling on amazon.co.ukfor £89.99 (€111) last week.
If you have a swimmer in your life, then you should stop what you’re doing right now and go in search of a waterproof MP3 player. We like the Finis SwiMP3, below, which offers very good quality sound under water without ear buds – it uses bone conduction audio transmission to send the music to your ears through your skull instead.
It has 2GB of storage or enough to facilitate a swimmer crossing the Irish sea several times over. It attaches securely to goggle straps, resting on the cheekbones and does not interfere with swimming technique. It is available from £148.60 (€183.77) on amazon.co.uk.
At €79 on pixmania.ie, the Vistaquest Swim Songs is cheaper but the storage is limited and the in-ear earphones may not suit all types of swimmers.
IT COSTS HOW MUCH?
The Sanyo HEC-DR7700 massage chair is horrendously expensive at nearly €5,000 on therealmassage.ie, but if money were no object we’d love to find this under our tree come the big day.
It uses something called “free thumb” kneading technology to really dig into your muscles after it reclines you into what it decides is an optimum position using zero gravity settings which creates a feeling of weightlessness.
It has a control pad which would fit right in the cockpit of a fighter plane and costs almost as much as one too.
If the Sanyo chair is out of your price league – and let’s be honest here, it probably is – there’s always the Homedics SBM-300H-2EU, right, back massager.