18 Christmas Gift Ideas: The Guide To A Delightful Surprise

Posted 18-12-2020
Posted by Farhan

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When it comes down to it, there are only two factors that really matter for gifting: the receiver and your budget. Fortunately, one of those things is simple enough as you know who you want to treat. Factoring exactly how you’re going to treat them, i.e. your budget, is a whole other story. You could go big for your loved ones with some premium and luxe goods and shop simple for everyone else. Or you could even land in the sweet spot of reasonably-priced presents for the majority of your list, toss in an inexpensive and cheap gift or two for the ones you don’t know well(or straight-up dislike), and then maybe splurge on one big-ticket item. Obviously, it’s up to you, but no matter who you’re angling to give to this year, you should at the very least be able to find the right gift for everyone.

The best kind of present is one that punches above its weight class. They can simply be affordable in price without skimping on their value, or just a thoughtful gift that shows how much thought and research you did on what they will absolutely love to receive.

 

For Beauty Lovers

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Lookfantastic Gift Sets

Skincare, like sunglasses or perfume, is notorious for being wildly hard to gift. It takes a master’s finesse—knowing everything from your recipient’s most recent skincare-related interests, to their skin type, to their Zodiac sign. Gifting skincare is as risky as you would think it will be but there is a saying, “With great risks, comes great rewards”! With careful and prudent planning, you could be on the precipice of introducing your friends or family to their next favourite product! 

Fortunately, in this day and age, you can find an abundance of skincare and makeup products that are not only accessible to target specific skincare concerns but also housed in a festive packaging which makes them the ideal Christmas gift. You can almost find gift sets and bundles when the holidays are around the corner. Whether you’re shopping for colleagues, your granny or tough-to-please teens, our pick of the best skincare gifts makes it easy to guarantee smiles come December 25th. 

 

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Luxury Scented Candles

Since we mostly exist in polite society, certain consumables that help you unwind by chemical means are widely frowned upon. Alcohol on the other hand is similar, except it sort of has the backing of a successful PR team. Binge-watching TV series and gaming on the other hand might seem calming but are they conducive to promote a night of more restful and healing sleep? Maybe not. This is where scented candles come in. Simply light one, sit back, and relax as the burning wicks release the fragrant aromas of essential oils and other fragrances. You can find a wide array of different elegant scents from brands such as NEOM and ESPA, both widely used in luxury spas and hotels. Why not gift a candle or two to your loved ones to give them such a sensorial experience that will not only help them relax but also instil an air of luxury. Or you can just stock up for yourself, who is to say gifting is meant for others.

 

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Sephora - Natasha Denona Triochrome Eyeshadow Palette

Still not convinced you have what it takes to impress your fellow makeup aficionado? Behold, the Natasha Denona Triochrome Eyeshadow Palette – a versatile, 15 pan edit of the brand’s famed formula with three multichrome shades that offer unique tricolour shifts. You’ve probably seen and been impressed by one or two of the only amazing eyeshadow palettes in the market that have at least one pan containing their duochrome shade, but Natasha Denona has once again raised the bar when in the world of eyeshadow palettes. Marvel in the almost never-before-seen iridescence of three metallic shades which has an impeccable formula and pigment. This palette will no doubt give you eyes that will steal the spotlight wherever you may go.

 

Fashion

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Saint Laurent Kate Bag

Nothing feels more rewarding than treating yourself to a new bag housed in a large luxe black canvas box after a long year. When it comes to shopping for bags, the price tags that come with them is not that of a painless experience but it is possible to score that new bag at a generous discount which essentially makes your treat-yourself situation all the more enjoyable. If you find it difficult to decide on which bag works best for you and your wardrobe, always go for ones that are not only classic but also versatile. When it comes to designer handbags, you would not want to fork out crazy amounts of money on a bag that might look good this month but then end up being outdated in the next. The Saint Laurent Kate Bag will definitely be a great pick for you if you prefer timeless elegance as well as the flexibility of it being able to seamlessly go well with your outfits. Besides, isn’t the point of shopping extravagantly is to shell out money on something that was built to last without losing its sparkle?

 

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Furla Metropolis Mini Crossbody Bag

Small bags are currently hot right now and not without a good reason. Bags in fashion serve to compliment your outfit and showcase your personal style. Take the Furla Metropolis Crossbody Bag for example, truly fit to be a statement piece and goes well with your outfits thanks to its dainty yet functional design. While it might be small, the Furla bag can fit your iPhone, hand sanitizers, car keys, and maybe a portable charger, granted if you own one where it is svelte instead of the bulky brick-like chargers. This ensures that you can look cute when you’re out and about while also having all your essentials with you wherever you go. If bigger designer labels are not exactly the right fit for you at this time, Furla makes a great brand to fulfil that itchy handbag craving. 

 

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Burberry Mens Wallet

When it comes to shopping for Christmas presents for men, fine leather wallets are definitely more than a cut above the usual socks or whichever random junk commonly reserved for men’s gifts. Take it a step higher when you gift this Burberry bifold wallet in their signature vintage check in archive beige. The Burberry vintage check print is widely recognised and is synonymous with Burberry’s identity. You can bet that whoever(even you) is on the receiving end of this well thought-out and tasteful gift will without a doubt have a smile plastered on their face.

 

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Nike

Finding gifts for men might seem like a walk in the park at first glance, but when you try to go down to the specifics and conduct research on his interests and wants will surprise you as men are notoriously difficult to shop for. Thankfully for you, you can find a wide selection of pretty much anything online no matter how niche your interests may be especially with the rise of online shopping thanks to a certain pandemic out there. 

Whether or not he is a sneakerhead, you can no almost never go wrong with a pair of Nike Air Max sneakers. Back then, the Nike Air Max was only available with limited colourways and thus not that attractive to many people but the same cannot be said now when you have a multitude of colourways and designs available. You would do well to try get a better understanding of your guy friend’s style to decide on which model of Air Max to pick from or even the right model to help him ascend in terms of fashion from his current wardrobe situation. With models including 1, 90, 95, 97, 98, 270, 720, 2090, VaporMax, along with exclusive collaborations with other fashion labels, the possibilities are endless but you can guarantee that it would make an amazing and well-appreciated gift!

 

Jewelleries

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Swarovski Swan Pendant Necklace

Jewellery can either blend harmoniously with your outfit or enhance your overall look. If you’re an avid believer that diamond prices precede that fact that they are only chunks of carbon, Swarovski is your best friend. With meticulously crafted and cut stones affixed to well-made metals, you can get your hands on some beautiful jewellery such as this Swarovski Swan Pendant Necklace without letting your wallet suffer the brunt of luxury price tags. Swarovski has an amazing range of jewellery spanning across rings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings, and even home decor. You will not have a hard time deciding which piece to be gifted to your loved ones or yourself. 

 

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Swarovski - Gift Card

There is, however, that one issue especially when it comes to those who are either passionate about their choices or simply do not have a clue as to which piece resonates with them. This is when Swarovski gift cards come into play. Leave the heavy-lifting task of choosing to them by surprising them with a gift card, win-win situation either way!

 

Gadgets and Other Electronics

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Dyson

The Dyson Airwrap is a hair-styling tool that can dry and style your hair at the same time. It features an arsenal of different attachments to achieve different looks, including a blow-drying nozzle that helps to pre-dry hair for curling, rounded and flat brushes that allow you to dry your hair while brushing through it and curling iron barrels to help you achieve bouncy curls. The Airwrap applies a special technology similar to jet engines that creates a vortex to pull the hair towards the barrels or attachments, keeping strands firmly against their surfaces while also monitoring and adjusting the heat level to prevent your locks from burning. Now, you might think forking out more that S$600 for a curler is just too much but consider the benefits and how much time and money you can save. When you scour the internet for reviews on the Dyson Airwrap, you can see that many users reported that they managed to save hundreds of dollars a year due to not seeing the need to schedule regular salon appointments to get a blowout. When you think of how much you can save and how many uses you can get out of this magical device for the next few years, consider it as an investment rather than an ordinary Christmas present and hit the checkout button!

 

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PS5

Contrary to popular belief, the way to a man’s heart is not through his stomach. The Playstation 5 is the gateway to his heart which also applies to other people and gamers as well. The PS5 takes gaming to a whole new level with new features and technologies. With all the hype Sony has garnered this year, it is almost impossible to keep the PS5 out of your radar. Granted that the lack of games available was one of the cons listed in numerous reviews but wasn’t that the case with many other devices shortly after their release? It is not uncommon anymore for most of us to spend most of our time at home in the light of this year’s turn of events, so why willingly miss out on the opportunity to instil some fun into our lives.

 

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AirPods Pro

In a bid to get users to transition to wireless earphones, Apple launched the new and improved version of Airpods, namely the Airpods Pro. If you’re a devout Apple user, you can do a whole lot worse than the Airpods Pro with the redesign features a more comfortable fit that is also less likely to fall out, noise-cancellation and as well as Transparency Mode to let the world in.

There are so many things about the Airpods Pro that would make you feel like Apple is, in some ways, quite ahead in technology. From the earbuds scanning your ear as well as tiny air vents to ensure the buds slip in and out without causing you any discomfort. All in all, a pair of AirPods Pro will definitely make an amazing gift so why not splurge on it to put a smile on someone’s face this Christmas(that someone can be you as well).

 

Travel

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The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore

Sometimes, that one amazing gift comes in another shape and form that are not objects embraced in festive gift wrappers. Take advantage of your Christmas leave and treat yourself to a staycation at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore. After Pritzker Prize laureate, Richard Meier, restored the Capitol Building and Stamford House, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore offers luxury accommodations nestled within the hustle and bustle of Singapore's civic district. Don’t let the formal minimal exteriors of the hotel fool you as somewhere within the confines of the amazing property houses an outdoor saltwater swimming pool.  It features an outdoor saltwater swimming pool. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. The hotel is also conveniently located nearby attractions such as the Capitol Theatre, Raffles City Convention Centre, Raffles City Shopping Mall, City Hall MRT Station and other museums.

You can also expect amenities befitting a typical high-end five-star establishment such as their gorgeous en-suite bathrooms with tasteful decor and interior design. You can also start your day with continental breakfast served at the property. You can also enjoy the convenience of currency exchange services, luggage storage, ticketing, and other concierge services all at the front desk. What an amazing place to relax and unwind over the Christmas holidays.

 

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 Luxury Escapes - Gift Cards

Finding someone, anyone, the perfect present is hard. And when you want to go beyond a piece of luggage or tech stocking stuffers (but yes, we've got you covered for that too), the stakes get even higher. As for giving the gift of travel? That might be the trickiest and most personal gift of all. Ace the process and someone may always see you as the reason they cruised through the Tuscan countryside in a convertible. Made an error of judgement and blowing it? You’ll be the one who had gifted them a cruise not knowing that their susceptibility to seasickness will no doubt put a dampener on their cruise trip. It's a slippery slope—but it’s one worth navigating. That's because experiences lead to greater levels of happiness than material goods do, says Cassie Mogilner Holmes, PhD, an associate professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management who studies happiness in the context of gift-giving. “People are happiest when they feel socially connected with others—and often that requires a disconnection from the routine and the mundane of the day-to-day.” Be the catalyst to a loved one's happiness and fun when you gift them a gift card from Luxury Escape and let them enjoy the bliss of travelling while also the room to make their own choices!

 

Food and Beverage

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Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne

Nothing oozes opulence like a bottle of champagne especially if it has that elegant yet playful pink tint to it. The tasting notes of this Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne when hitting your palette involves a melding fusion of crisp freshness accompanied by a fruity vibe. This champagne is a harmonious combination of both elegance and fun. Just because one feels opulent does not necessarily equate to inaccessible luxury but rather enjoyed as an occasional treat reserved for special occasions or in our case, Christmas holidays and the end of this tumultuous year.

 

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Amazin' Graze

Sometimes, the greatest of all gifts don’t necessarily have to come with a large price tag. This Amazin’ Graze Festive Chocolate Bundle is an ideal gift for those who appreciate both milk chocolate and the nuances of dark chocolate. Many fans have reported that the dark chocolate in the snack bundle has a smooth and in-depth flavour rather than the overpowering bitterness that is normally prevalent in some of the lower-quality dark chocolate products. 

 

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HungryGoWhere

Say goodbye to turkey and say hello to king crab. Nothing beats bonding and catching with your loved ones than to sit down together to feast on a magnificent salvo of amazing food. Spend Christmas over comfort food and all sorts of local fare at Ah Hoi’s Kitchen. The restaurant will be presenting a Christmas Festive Set Menu featuring juicy Alaskan king crab, baby lobsters, scallops bathed in mushroom essence. Finding its way into the tantalizing 4-course menu, you can also savour Ah Hoi’s Wok-fried Marinated Chicken with chestnuts and brussel sprouts followed by their signature Steamed Sea Perch with Crispy Bean Crumb which features sweet and savoury sauce with crunchy soy crumbs which adds a whole new depth and texture to the fish. And what meal is complete without dessert? End your meal with a refreshing serving of chilled Mango Coulis with Mixed Berries. 

 

Personal Development 

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Udemy

Having soft skills determines how well you can work in a specific field, but technical skills are the ones that help you land the job in the field of your interest. With many jobs being rendered redundant while selected jobs in both existing and new fields are on the rise, it is imperative that those who are looking to branch out to a new path pick up new skills. Help your loved ones out in gaining new skills by getting them a Udemy course or a few as a Christmas gift. A thoughtful gifted item may be nice, but a skill that will help them out in the long-run is priceless.

 

Feliz Christmas 

Remember what it was like to receive a gift when you were a child? Ripping through the wrapper of your gift before experiencing that fleeting moment of sheer surprise and delight, one so few experiences in your adulthood are able to properly replicate. Gift-giving is truly a labour of love as well as testing the bounds of your receptiveness of the nuances and intrigue of your personal relationships. If all else fails, you also head on over to Saleduck to sift through the Christmas curation of deals to help you find the perfect gift!

 

 

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