Holiday 2021 Gift Guide: Tech and lifestyle gifts for the stylish yet practical minded
Every urbanite needs a solid pair of ear buds for life on-the-go. Jabra's latest Elite 7 Pro buds promises to live up to the times with true wireless technology to offer better sound quality, clearer calls, longer listening times, and more flexibility whenever, wherever.
Here's an early Christmas present to gift (yourself) to create the festive mood at home—Cartier's luxurious cashmere and merino wool Panthere de Cartier cushion. Available in red, beige and blue, the cushion features iconic motifs of the Maison's panther, portrayed between two cypress trees, referencing the design on a necessaire gifted by Louis Cartier to Jeanne Toussaint in 1917.
Any self-respecting household needs a good vacuum cleaner, and Dyson's Omni-glide+ is arguably one of the best there is. Featuring the first omni-directional Fluffy cleaner head, it's designed to easily manoeuvre around obstacles on hard floors and in tight spaces while offering powerful suction and convenient, handheld cordless operation.
The recently launched Puma X Maison Kitsune collection offers a range of East-meets-West apparel designed for the sophisticated yet street-savvy. This pair of sneakers particularly caught our eye for its fresh café au lait colour palette and emblematic Maison Kitsune fox logo on the heel!
Tech geek or not, anyone will appreciate a gift like the iPhone 13. With the Pro Max being at the top of the range and boasting pro-grade cameras that capture macro photography and Cinematic videos, this gift will put you in the running for the best Santa among your peers this year.
Price: From RM5,299
Fans of home décor and fine tableware will appreciate a gift like Bonia's exquisite Merlion Set. Made from fine bone China, the Merlion Series is inspired by the blooming seeds of growth, adorning the collection's plates and tea set with peacocks and cranes-both symbols of beauty, dignity, longevity and prosperity.
Know someone who's into DIY crafts and design? This smart cutting machine will make the perfect gift with its 13 tools for cutting, writing, scoring, foiling, and embellishing more than 300 materials including fabric, paper, and leather. It can be used to design accessories, decorative items, personalised greeting cards, and so much more that the creative mind can come up with.
If you're shopping for someone who recently got their hands on a new phone, you can't go wrong with a phone case. This one from Kate Spade New York's 2021 Holiday collection is especially cute with its little red hearts against a classic black case.
Alternatively, make it personal by customising a phone case with your gift recipient's favourite colours and initials/numbers/phrases. Casetify offers a wide selection of designs, colours and customisation options for the latest Apple and Samsung smartphone models. Plus, they are made from 65 per cent recycled and plant-based materials and are compatible with wireless charging technology too!
Price: From US$50 (approximately RM208)
Royal Selangor has curated special gift sets for young and old, naughty and nice alike. The Star Gift Set particularly caught our eye, featuring an intricately crafted Lewis Chess Set and a pair of Nebula White Wine Glasses. What better way to drink and be merry this Christmas? Alternatively, there's the Elves Set (RM1,100) for wine aficionados and the Jingles Set (RM720), which comes with sentimental Disney Music carousels.
Instead of tangible items, why not sponsor a subscription package? If they're covered on music and entertainment, there are also fitness subscriptions like Apple Fitness+. It allows users to choose from a catalogue of workouts and meditations led by expert trainers, while offering in-session metrics, like heart rate and calories burned, that can be synced to an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV for convenient yet fun workouts.
Price: RM19.90 per month / RM119.90 per year
For those on Team Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 is one of the best phones you can buy. As a foldable smartphone with an innovative design, it checks both boxes in terms of style and practicality-and it comes packed with a host of cool features too!
Price: From RM3,999
Featuring more than 25 types of sports tracking such as HIIT, golf, swimming, bouldering, and running, the Garmin Venu 2S is a nifty companion for those with active lifestyles. There are four colourways to choose from, namely Grey Slate, Mist Grey, Rose Gold White, and Tundra Champagne, so you're bound to find the right match for your loved one.
Face masks are here to stay for the foreseeable future, so what else could be more sensible for a gift? Unlike the average types, the UA Sportsmask Featherweight features UA Iso-Chill technology to disperse heat, while providing a secure but not tight fit to stay in place comfortably. It's also fully washable, which makes it more sustainable for daily wear.
Dyson's award-winning hair dryer now comes in a limited-edition Prussian Blue & Rich Copper colourway specially for the gifting season, promising the same fast and powerful blow dry but with stunningly rich copper accents. Inspired by the interiors of the Dyson Electric Vehicle project, the new colour palette makes it a luxuriously practical present for him, her, or they-or yourself.
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