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Photos: Top 10 retro gifts for techies

From Lego Wii controllers to R2-D2 headphones...
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By Shelley Portet on
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Lego Wii controller

From Lego Wii controllers to R2-D2 headphones...

If you're on the hunt for the perfect Christmas gift for the techie in your life then look no further, as silicon.com has compiled a list of the best retro-themed tech prezzies.

Lego Wii controller

This Wii controller will put Lego lovers in a nostalgic frame of mind and get them happily clicking bricks together on Christmas morning.

While brick fiends can't build the entire controller from Lego, they can customise the case with 31 different Lego tiles. The controller can also be further customised with any spare Lego bricks they may have at home.

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80's iPhone case

1980s iPhone case

The ultimate in retro phone cases, this 1980s-style iPhone case is a reminder of the days when lugging a phone around meant building some serious muscles, and touchscreens were the stuff of sci-fi.

On a more practical note, the case also works as an iPhone stand.

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iCade for iPad

iCade features a chunky joystick and eight authentic arcade-style buttons which can be used to play classic games downloaded from the Atari Greatest Hits app. More modern games including the ubiquitous Angry Birds can also be updated to work with iCade.

The iPad arcade stand is compatible with both the iPad and iPad 2 and requires two AA batteries.

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MyTunes MP3 amp

The MyTunes MP3 five-watt amp gives a bit of retro rock-chic to the stripped-down stylings of Apple's iPod.

Just like a true rock 'n' roll amp, it allows you to adjust the bass and treble levels so music can be tweaked to your personal taste.

The amp can be powered by either three AA batteries or a USB connection.

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Stylophone original

Stylophone

For a really retro gift, how about a Stylophone? Complete with the classic Stylophone box, this gift will transport the recipient right back to the 1970s, minus the terrible haircuts.

Unlike the first Stylophone, with these instruments you can control the volume and play along to MP3 tracks.

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Star Wars R2-D2 Headphones

Star Wars R2-D2 headphones

What list of retro-themed techie gifts would be complete without a nod to all-conquering Star Wars?

These headphones channel R2-D2 in a way that should get even the most serious techie smiling on Christmas Day, and are compatible with most mobile phones.

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Reconditioned Classic Polaroid Camera

Reconditioned classic Polaroid camera

Nowdays, if you want to find candid snaps of friends and workmates on a night out, you just have to take a look at Facebook or check the photos on your phone. But this wasn't always the case - in the old days, capturing a moment and sharing it instantly meant owning a Polaroid camera.

Get your hands on the device that spawned a thousand Instagrams with this classic reconditioned Polaroid camera.

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10 key calculator

10-key calculator

For laptop lovers who miss the number pad, this calculator fills the void.

It works as a calculator in its own right, but can be connected to a computer to act just like a number pad on a regular keyboard.

The calculator and number pad works for both Windows and Mac and connects via mini USB.

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Revo Heritage Deluxe Table Radio

The Revo Heritage Deluxe Table Radio gives DAB radio a retro-chic makeover.

With walnut veneer and aluminium casing, this radio looks the part, and with a seven-watt amplifier you get all the style of the 1960s with all the sound quality of the present day.

It even has an iPod/iPhone dock and can play audio files from any USB device.

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Back to the future Delorean

Back to the Future Mark I DeLorean

Finally, for a truly retro gift, why not treat the techie in your life to a replica model of the Back to the Future Mark I DeLorean?

Complete with lights and 10 sound effects including a screeching halt, return from time travel and a 'no power' sound, this car is all you need to live out the film that made gilets and hoverboards cool.

And if you really want to splash out, for around £70,000 you can buy a full-size, drivable replica of the iconic car, although the makers warn that travelling at 88mph will not take you back to the future.

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