If you're stuck for a good Yuletide gift for your nearest and dearest, how about saving them from the assimilated-by-the-Borg look by enabling their car for Bluetooth?

After all, you don't want them joining ranks of the "my call's more important than your life" idiots who still use hand-held mobile phones while driving - and let's be honest, even if you don't mind looking like a cyborg, Bluetooth headsets can be fiddly to use.

One way could be to buy them a new car. Some 50 percent of the new cars sold next year will have Bluetooth built-in, or so I was told recently by Steve Miller, the boss of Nuance EMEA. (His interest is that Nuance sells voice control and recognition technology to phone and car makers alike.)

That's a slightly expensive option though, so what about older models? In the past, that too was expensive, as it meant fitting a car kit, but that's changed, and now you can do the job with gadgets that simply plug into what we used to call the lighter socket* or clip onto the sunvisor.

These devices have built-in speakers and mics, thanks to digital signal processing technology that's good enough to get rid of road noise - and they don't need a separate microphone on the dashboard or visor.

Several now include one of those short-range radio transmitters to send music and calls from the phone to the car's speakers as well, so you get the benefits of a built-in car kit without the complexity.

Examples are Parrot's PMK5800 at £70, and the £80 Venturi Mini. Venturi even had the bright idea of adding a USB connector, so if you have a USB charge cable for your phone - as many of us do - the gadget will charge it too.

There's sure to be more if you look around.

*What do we call it now - "the charger socket"? Or simply "the car's power outlet"?