With a turkey, a tree, a bumper pack of crackers and more wine than France can produce in a decade, Christmas is an expensive time of year. Worry not: if you're hoping to kit out your significant other, your sibling or yourself with a new mobile phone this Christmas, there's never been a better time to browse for a budget blower.
The days when "budget" was simply shorthand for "rubbish" are long gone. Phones packing the sort of kit tech nerds were dribbling over only last year are on sale for middling prices, while the bottom end of the market is now home to nippy little handsets that tackle your social networking every bit as well as the half-a-grand flagships.
To help you figure out where best to spend your cash, I've rounded up a selection of the best cheap mobile phones around, and some funky accessories too.
First up, the Kestrel from EE. This 4.5-inch Android phone has a slim design, a decent screen and is ready to make the most of super-fast 4G data speeds. Better yet, you can pick it up for only £99 on pay as you go, or for free on contracts starting at £14 per month.
It's exclusive to EE though, so you'll have to be an existing customer or switch networks. As it has the most comprehensive 4G coverage in the UK, switching to EE to get this phone isn't a terrible decision.
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Motorola Moto G 4G
The original Motorola Moto G was one of my absolute favourite budget phones as it packed a solid lineup of specs for a price so low that no competitor could come close. It later received 4G -- as well as a small price bump -- allowing access to much higher data speeds.
Motorola has since replaced the 2014 4.7-inch model with a 5-inch version that lacks 4G. I'm not sure why. Although you can't buy the older model directly from Motorola, it's readily available on Amazon and is still one of the best all-round budget phones you can get.
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Smartphones are brilliant for finding new music, movies and TV shows, but they're mostly terrible at playing them out loud.
Nokia's MD-12 Bluetooth speaker won't be the heart and soul of your house party, but it's powerful enough to do justice to Breaking Bad, Sherlock or, er, Power Rangers on Netflix while you're cooking in the kitchen.
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Joby GripTight GorillaPod
If you want to experiment with slow shutter speeds or time-lapse photography on your phone, you'll need a tripod to keep it stable.
Demobilise your mobile with the Joby GripTight GorillaPod smartphone tripod. It has a clamp to hold almost any smartphone and its legs can be bent into any angle you want, or even wrapped around a pole.
Think getting a phone that packs top kit like a full HD screen and an octa-core processor means spending half a grand? Think again. Huawei's Honor 6 has a pin-sharp 5-inch display, oodles of power, and a decent camera too.
The Honor 6 is available SIM-free on Amazon for only £250 -- far cheaper than you'd typically pay for a phone with such elite specs. If you're shopping for a committed tech-follower, the Honor 6 is certainly worth a look.
If you're tired of the slew of budget Android phones knocking about and fancy going for something a little different, cast your eyes over the Nokia Lumia 635. This 4.5-inch phone runs Windows Phone 8 -- an operating system that displays your apps as large, colourful tiles that show live information.
It's quick to learn and easy to use, making it a decent choice for smartphone newbies. Better yet, it has 4G, colourful, interchangeable cases and a host of Nokia software for photography and navigation. The Lumia 635 can be yours for £119 SIM-free, or free on contracts starting at £12 per month.