Gadget gifts: Garmin Nuvi 1490T

James Baggott

At this time of year a trip to distant in-laws is often on the cards. As if that wasn't stressful enough, the last thing you need is marital relations stretched to the limit when you get lost on the way! Treat yourself to the very latest sat nav from Garmin and even the darkest roundabouts of Milton Keynes won't trouble you!

This is the Garmin Nuvi 1490T. It has a huge 5-inch touchscreen that displays clearly laid out and easy to follow maps. There's traffic jam-spotting technology too so you can avoid the Boxing Day carnage, plus speed camera detection (that actually works) will help keep your licence free of points.

It speaks the street names you need to take out loud, which is handy, and has lane guidance for motorways. There's even some useful city guides that give restaurant reviews and allow you to use the unit on foot with simple to follow directions. It comes with European mapping, an excellent Bluetooth handsfree kit and a sensible price.

Price: £251.99