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Last minute gifts: ten of the best mobile accessories


LifeProof Nüüd iPad case

Not the cheapest tablet case, but one of the most unusual (main picture). It fits around an iPad generation 2, 3 or 4 and is completely waterproof — you can even send emails from the bottom of a swimming pool, providing you can get WiFi. It is also built to military-specification levels of ruggedness to protect it from shocks.


Cath Kidston phone case

Kidston’s twee, nostalgic designs are enormously popular and have featured on countless household products. As businesswoman Josephine Fairley wrote in the Telegraph earlier this year, the designs “soften the hard edges of a techie world”. The pretty and functional cases are available in iPhone 4 and 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 versions.

From £14.95;

V&A iPhone case

The vast archive of textile prints kept by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has been trawled to find these patterns, which work beautifully on an iPhone 5s case. They are the perfect gift for fashion lovers — an historic slice of 20th-century design mixed with the latest technology.

From £14.95;

Barbour Quilted flip case

English heritage brand Barbour has broken with tradition to produce a range of cases for hi-tech gadgets. Thankfully, it has retained the distinctive and much-loved tartan lining used in its jackets. These quilted flip cases for iPhone 5 and 5s come in navy and olive and have a useful slim storage pocket.


Ted Baker iPhone case

These cheerful cases (right) reflect Ted Baker’s colourful clothing range, so you can match them to every outfit. There are versions for the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c. Slim and stylish, they offer protection from light knocks and scratches.

From £19;

Joules handy hard case

Available in a range of quirky stripe, floral and animal prints (left), the simple but appealing cases from clothing brand Joules will keep your iPhone 4, iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S4 in pristine condition.


Proporta personalised case service

Accessory manufacturer Proporta has created an online design service that connects to your Instagram or Facebook account and creates a smartphone case featuring your chosen photos. You can also upload images or select from Proporta’s collections. Cases are available for iPhone 4, 4s, 5 and 5s, Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, and iPad Mini.

From £19.95 (including delivery);

Proporta Stephenson satchel

At first glance this is a humble school satchel, whether in navy with tarnished brass buckles or brown with chrome buckles. But this bag makes every concession to the latest technology, with removable compartments designed to fit an iPad and Bluetooth keyboard, and a clever fold-down design that allows you to type without removing either. Discrete holes let you plug in chargers while the gadgets are still in the bag.