What should you get that gadget-loving friend for Christmas? Don’t fret about busting your budget on expensive gadgets – our list of under $50 gift ideas will inch you closer to finding the perfect present for both your pal and your wallet.

#1 Remax Lipstick Power Bank, $13.90, Megafash

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A tiny lippie-shaped power bank that holds 2400mAh capacity, this trooper will fast-charge your pal’s drained battery without weighing down their carryall.

#2 Bluelounge Cableyoyo Earbud Cable Management, $19.90, Megafash

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Know a friend who ruins their earphones easily? Get ‘em sorted with this earbudy carrying case. Available in three colours, it’s made of a durable silicone material, simply wrap the cable around its spool – it has a magnet in the middle of its spindle to hold dangling earbuds in place. And it takes seconds to unravel; simply place your finger in the middle of ‘yoyo’ and pull.

#3 Luckies Smart Phone Projector 2.0, $45, Naiise

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The Smartphone Projector 2.0 creates a nifty cinematic experience by magnifying your phone screen up to eight times, allowing users to project images and videos wherever, whenever.

#4 DP Electronics Asnap Selfie Ring Light , $45, Naiise

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Treat your selfie-loving friend to the ultimate selfie ring light. It ups the game by providing not one but five different types of lights in varying intensity – from yellow and warm light for cloudy days, to Rembrandt Light for face adjustment, to white and cold light for picture perfect snaps at night festivals. Easily clip it on to your device (mobile, laptops and tablets) and snap away!

#5 Mustard Super Hub USB Hub – Playhub, $29.90, Naiise

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Boasting a retro game remote design, this hub connects up to four USB devices into its 2.0 ports, all at the same time. This will come in handy for students with laptops that have limited ports; how else will we charge our phone/portable charger/tablet and more?

#6 Logitech Mouse, $29, Lazada

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Save your pal from tap tap tapping away on their keyboard by gifting them one of these Logitech mice. It fits nicely into the palm of the hand and comes with the Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking Sensor Technology for even greater precision. Plus, this series comes with trendy designs – pick one that fits your friend’s personality.

#7 Xiaomi Touch Screen Mi Band 2 Smart Bracelet, $45, Lazada

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Able to measure your heart rate, steps taken and even monitor your sleep cycles, the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is a highly affordable option that’ll get the basics settled. If your friend’s thinking of investing on a more expensive activity tracker, have ‘em try this on for starters.

#8 Urban Outfitters Clear Cube Bluetooth Speaker, $18

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Unable to decide on a colour scheme for your gift? Pick up this transparent wireless speaker instead. This Bluetooth-enabled sound blaster comes in a compact design that’ll complement any room décor – its only downside is that it only plays two hours wirelessly and takes up to an hour to charge. But its novelty design will be sure to score points!

#9 Urban Outfitters Clear Pixapet, $10

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The minimalist version of the Tamagotchi, choose from over 160 breeds of Pixapet and have your very own digital pet, right in your pocket!

#10 Urban Outfitters Clear Casette Player, $38

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Do it the Star-Lord (Guardians of the Galaxy) way and indulge in a pre-Internet/CD/Spotify era where cassettes were the only way to music on the go. Available in two colours (clear and pink), this ultra retro gift also comes with AM/FM radio for even more audio variety.

#11 Urban Outfitters Handheld Pac-Man Arcade Game, $25.95

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A game boy and arcade machine rolled into one, the Handheld Pac-Man Arcade Game comes with a start/pause button, joystick and other controls for you to easily manoeuvre Pac around the screen. Forget smart phone games, Pac-Man’s where the fun is at!

#12 Urban Outfitters Plug-in TV Double Dragon Arcade Game, $19

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Time to dust off your TV! Enter ‘80s nostalgia with this arcade game that’ll have you team up with twin martial artists, Billy and Jimmy Lee as they battle against their rivals. Simply connect it to any TV with Audio RCA cables and you’re good to go.

What would your ideal Christmas present be? Share your wish list in the comment section!

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Soak Up The Festive Cheer At These Christmas Events!

7 Dec 2017 by Isabel Pang

It’s time to crank up the festive meter! Whether it’s admiring the dazzling light displays, splurging on carnival games, satisfying your food loving soul or getting crafty with seasonal décor, here’s a guide for all your yuletide musings.

Christmas Fairs

Christmas Wonderland

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Gardens by The Bay. Get ready to be mesmerised by the sea of twinkling lights that’s brighter than all the previous years. If the fun carnival games and seasonal treats doesn’t get you in the festive spirit, how does skating under the stars or a trip to Sana’s Grotto sound?

Date: 1- 26 December
Venue: Gardens By The Bay
Tickets from $4, visit www.christmaswonderland.sg for more information

The Great Christmas Village

The spirit of Yuletide is very much evident in The Great Christmas Village. Walk through the civic plaza dressed as a charming Christmas village with European-inspired décor and traditional ornaments. Amusement rides and gourmet galore, this is a magical place indeed!

Date: Until 25 December
Venue: Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
Check out their event page here!

Flashbang

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If you enjoyed the Artbox fair earlier this year, you’re going to love their festive edition! The eyegasmic food, interactive exhibitions, neon light art pieces, performances, games and workshops – it’s going to be filled with Instagram worthy opportunities at every corner.

Date: 9 to 30 Dec
Venue: open-air carpark at Grange Road and 313 Discovery Walk
More details available at www.flashbang.asia

Pets Jingle

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What is the holiday without time spent with your loved ones? Both hoomans and fur, feathered or scaly friends are welcomed at the largest lifestyle Christmas carnival. Even if you’re not up for the various costume contests, indulge in the varied vendor booths and other exciting stage programs. During this jolly time, the event also honours the memory of lost or departed furkids with a Christmas tree light-up.  

Date: 9 to 10 December
Venue: Singapore Turf Club
Entry only for those aged 18 years old and above, visit their Facebook page for more information

Concerts

Moonbeats Xmas Party with Ryan Hemsworth

Moonbeats Christmas with Ryan HemsworthRyan Hemsworth is back in Asia to celebrate the festivities, so get your dancing shoes on. This Canadian artist will put on a dazzling display of his songs for you to dance the night away. With music spanning across all genres, party goers will be in for a treat – whether you’re into hip-hop, R&B or indie rock, Hemsworth has your covered!

Date: 22 December
Venue: MAO Singapore
Tickets from $25, find out more at www.moonbeats.asia

The Nut Cracker

2017 The-Nutcracker-PerformanceThere’s no better time than now for a Christmas classic tale! Brought to life through ballet by the Singapore Dance Theatre, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King will take you inside the enchanted world of sugar plum fairies, toy soldiers and dancing snowflakes.

Date: 6 to 10 December
Venue: The Esplanade Theatre
Tickets from $55, www.sistic.com.sg

SSO Christmas Concert

SSO singapore symphony ochestraListening to Chrimbo jingles is a sure fire way to fill up on the Christmas spirit. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra presents a collection of musical treasures complete with a sing along session – don’t hold back! Jingle bells, jingle bells…  

Date: 15 to 17 December
Venue: Victoria Concert Hall
Tickets from $88,  www.sistic.com.sg

Shopping

Merry Market
If you’re running late on your list of Christmas gifts, the Merry Market is going to be stocked with present potential merchandise – it’s shopping time! Pick something unique from the array of local beauty products or fashion labels, vintage collectibles, artisanal pastries and original art pieces.

Date: 19 to 26 December
Venue: Tanglin Mall and Great World City
More information available at www.fleawhere.com

MOX Market

MOXFrom your celebration outfits and perfect presents to the indulging sweet treats, MOX Market is back for a Christmas edition with 210 stalls to satisfy your holiday needs.

Date: 8 December to 24 December, Friday to Sundays
Venue: Capitol Piazza (Outdoor Plaza)
Find out more at www.fleawhere.com

Sustainable Christmas market
It’s the season of giving after all and who better to show your appreciation for than Mother Earth? Support the vendors who are all about sustainable produce and crafts – Bring home some carbon neutral beers from Craft Beverage Supply, all natural granolas and nuts from Amazin’ Glaze, organic Lebanon produce from Salut Lebanon and many more. For something a little more exciting join in on the fun of organic cooking and food sampling or sign up for a fermentation workshop!

Date: 9 Dec
Venue: Mercure Singapore, 28 Stevens Road
Entry is free, more details available on their Facebook page

Public Garden

Public-Garden-2017-Teenage-MagazineThis is where brands all over Asia will converge for a one stop Christmas shopping experience. The sky is the limit at Public Garden, any brand from any industry with a good concept is welcome to join so you can strike off multiple gifts from your checklist at a go. Say goodbye to squeezing through crazy crowds at renowned departmental stores!

Date: 9 to 10 Dec
Venue: Suntec Convention Hall 403
Find out more at www.public-garden.com

Workshops

Santa’s Workshop at The South Pole

Christmas Workshop singapore 2017If you’re down for getting busy with your hands, sign up for a Christmas workshop – learn how to make Santa’s pin badges, Christmas themed fondant cookie bars, calligraphy and customised gift wrappers. With an ongoing festive music line up, carnival games, face painting and a photo booth, it’s arguably the jolliest place to be!

Date: 15 – 17 December
Venue: South Beach, 26/36 Beach Road
More details are found on their Facebook page

Christmas Pop-up Market & Workshop

Christmas-pop-up-and-workshops40 vendors, 3 different workshops to sign up for and an opportunity to meet @Mongabong in the flesh! Whether it’s a handmade gift or buying an interesting knick knack, you’ll definitely find something for your loved ones here.

Date: 23 – 24 December
Venue: Studio Three Sixteen; 219 Henderson Rd #06-04
Learn more from their Facebook page

Food

Christmas Souperchef Specials

Soup-SpoonNot all of us will have a home cooked Christmas feast to indulge in, but Soup Spoon’s festive menu is here to save the day with their seasonal pasta, Christmas meats and wholesome broths that will warm you up in time for the holiday! The ordering period closes on 27 December, you can check out the menu here.

IKEA Christmas Buffet Dinner
Mmmm, who could deny the shiok feeling after every meal at IKEA? Purchase your tickets directly at the IKEA restaurants for a seat at their annual yuletide buffet, we’re already salivating at the thought of their meatballs! Tickets are from $10 and sold on a first come first serve basis, find out more here www.ikea.com.

Manhattan Fish Market

MFMarketIf the traditional Christmas meats aren’t to your liking, how about a meal from depths of the deep blue? Manhattan Fish Market presents a clawsome menu with lobster at the centre of attention! See what else is available here www.manhattanfishmarket.com

What are your plans for Christmas? Share them with us in the comment section!

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With Christmas just round the corner, it’s time to rise up to the challenge of finding the perfect gifts. To guide you along the process, here are some important things to remember when picking out presents for your loved ones. 

#1 

Doing it the gift card way? Make sure it actually gets redeemed by purchasing the gift card from a store which has items the recipient actually shops at. For example, it’ll make more sense to give your makeup-loving pal a gift card from Sephora instead of iTunes – otherwise, it’ll just be like donating money to the store. Alternatively, you could also purchase gift cards to places where the recipient would like to splurge at, but doesn’t. This could apply to restaurant vouchers, spa vouchers and more. 

#2 

Whether it’s giving handmade presents from non-profit organisations or products from social enterprises that give back to charity, make your Christmas even better by gifting socially conscious presents. From shopping eco-conscious lifestyle products at Shop For Social or buying handmade candles made by single mothers from Cha Cha Cottage, you’ll be able to lend support to meaningful causes while spreading festive cheer. 

#3 

Similar to the point above, if there’s someone who’d prefer not to receive a present (or says they don’t need anything), you could try making a small donation in their name to a charity of their choice. Everybody wins in this situation. 

#4 

Instead of reaching for the fanciful wrapping paper this Christmas, give Mother Earth a small gift too by using recycled paper or putting your present in a reusable shopping bag or tote. Not only does this also encourage people to be more environmentally friendly, your wrapping materials will cost less and last even longer. 

#5

If you’re thinking of buying someone cheap equipment or something that relates to their favourite hobbies, don’t. It’s a thoughtful but risky gesture because chances are you wouldn’t be as familiar with what they need. So unless you’re able to quiz ’em on it beforehand, it’s better to avoid niche presents. 

#6

Need ideas on what to get your friends, co-workers or relatives? Try asking them about their new year resolutions to get an idea of what they’d like or find useful. Also, it’s hard to go wrong with small gifts that’ll come in handy in everyday life, such as a retractable phone cable for the friend who’s always bringing their portable charger around, or even buying an organisational app for your pal who’s always on the go. 

#7 

For those group gift exchanges where you’re unsure on what to gift, opt for giving a present that can be used up. This could mean everything from perishable goods like cookies or chocolate, to items that can be used in everyday life, like candles or a really good hand lotion. 

#8

Avoid scrambling for last minute gift ideas by assembling a wish list for your friends and family throughout the year. It could be jotting down that offhand comment your dad made about wanting a particular gadget, or noticing how your BFF always shares posts about a certain beauty product – it’s all about the little details. Also, pay attention to the type of gifts they give others; it’ll show you the type of gifts they’d appreciate and point you in the right direction. 

#9

With that being said, the above doesn’t apply to buying pets for your loved ones (no matter how much they’ve expressed their desire for one!) unless you’re willing to take on the responsibility of caring for said animal. Studies have shown that many gifted pets are given away within the first year because their owners aren’t able to provide the commitment, effort and expenses required to take proper care of them. So even though a cuddly puppy/kitten/goldfish may seem like a wonderful gift, please avoid doing so at all costs. 

#10

Have a loved one living overseas? Order them a present online and ship it directly to their doorstep. Alternatively, you could surprise them by ordering them their favourite food via delivery – a relatively inexpensive way to bring ’em joy.

#11

If the potential recipient of your gift prefers thoughtful presents, you could show them how much they mean to you by gifting them with a scrapbook filled with your favourite memories, sweet messages and words of admiration. It’s like giving them an exclusive view of themselves through your eyes – totally unique and extremely flattering.

#12

Seeking the perfect present for adventurous types? Try giving them the gift of experience. It could be gift vouchers to the local paintball arena, go-karting circuit or even for a bungee-jumping session – they’d probably appreciate it way more than a traditional cookie cutter gift.

What other gift giving tips do you have? Share ’em with us in the comment section!

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Not heading out of town this festive season? Hit up these staycation-worthy boutique hotels for a fun and memorable time with the fam! 

Amoy 

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Grab the chance to be a tourist in Singapore by going on a staycation at Amoy. This oriental-themed boutique hotel is located at Chinatown and even incorporates an actual museum, the Fuk Tak Chi Museum into the entire experience. Don’t worry about Amoy being stuck in time though; this quaint staycation spot comes fully furnished with modern amenities so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. 

Book your stay at Amoy hotel on Expedia.com.sg at a discounted rate of $268 per night (original rates start at $298). 

The Daulat

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Tucked away in Little India, The Daulat is a cosy boutique hotel that’s perfect for those seeking a fuss-free staycation. Its close proximity to various tourist spots, such as the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and the colourful House of Tan Teng Niah allows families to soak in the vibrant sights and sounds easily. Make it a staycation to remember by visiting each of these spots and snapping family photos while at it! 

Book your stay at The Daulat on Expedia.com.sg at a discounted rate of $161 per night (original rates start at $215).

Hotel G 

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The new kid on the block, Hotel G is a lifestyle hotel which ranks its 308 rooms according to Good, Great, Greater, which kinda implies you’ll never have a bad stay here. And this cosy hotel features retro-styled decor with a touch of whimsy that’ll appeal to visitors of all ages – it’s like a home away from home!

Book your stay at Hotel G on Expedia.com.sg at a discounted rate of $126 per night (original rates start at $149).

Andaz Singapore

The latest addition to the prestigious Hyatt family, Andaz (which means ‘Personal Style’ in Hindi) Singapore boasts a whopping 342 rooms, each elaborately designed and featuring floor-to-ceiling windows. Apart from its luxurious amenities, the hotel offers a wealth of dining options such as the Alley on 25, which is a collection of shophouse-themed eateries serving up scrumptious local fare, the 665°F restaurant for premium meats and seafood lovers, and Mr Stork, a uniquely designed rooftop bar that offers a panoramic view of the city. Also, treat yourself to complimentary refreshments at the Sunroom lounge and work off all the food you’ll be gobbling down at their outdoor pool and 24-hour fitness centre. 

 Book your stay at Andaz Singapore on Expedia.com.sg at a discounted rate of $370 per night (original rates start at $420). 

M Social Singapore 

M Social Singapore

Living up to the vibes its trendy name evokes, M Social is a chic boutique hotel that’s right up the alley of any modern millennial. Located in Robertson Quay, the Philippe Starck-designed hotel offers up four different-themed rooms across its 293-room capacity – including Pinterest-worthy loft-style rooms with attached outdoor terraces. We love how its decor encapsulates the modern essence with its tall ceilings, neutral colour schemes and sleek lines, while providing a homely atmosphere through its plush decor. 

Book your stay at M Social on Expedia.com.sg at a discounted rate of $180 per night (original rates start at $261).

Hotel Mono

Hotel Mono

Old world meets new at Hotel Mono, a boutique hotel disguised as a monochromatic masterpiece. Located in Chinatown, you’ll be able to spot this black-and-white establishment from a mile away. Minimalist lovers will love the sleek yet structured geometric designs and furnishings that are employed throughout the compound; it’s a tad simple as compared to the visual vibrance of other boutique hotels, but it also allows visitors the opportunity to escape into the monochromatic sanctuary they’ve built.

Book your stay at Hotel Mono on Expedia.com.sg at a discounted rate of $130 per night (original rates start at $145).

W Singapore  

We imagine staying at W Singapore would feel very much like going on a vacation fit for celebrity A-listers. Located in Sentosa Cove, this exclusive hotel has 10 distinctly-themed rooms ranging from posh to ultra luxurious. Its mid-tier room, the Away room, features its very own plunge pool (complete with jacuzzi jets!) amidst other luxurious amenities – if you’re looking for a hotel to host your ultimate dream staycation, this is it!

Book your stay at W Singapore on Expedia.com.sg at a discounted rate of $378 per night (original rates go up to $1,650 per night!).

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Soak in the festive mood with spectacular light shows, charity runs and lots of merry-making fun – we give you the run down on December’s exciting must-sees and -dos! 

Shawn Mendes Illuminate World Tour

Illuminate Tour Singapore Shawn Mendes

It has been three years since his second album, but the Canadian pop heartthrob is back and ready to light up our world with his sold-out maiden headline gig in Singapore. Prepare your hearts for an emotional display of guitar acoustics and soulful vocals as you get serenaded with crowd favourites like ‘Stiches’, ‘Treat You Better’ and ‘Mercy’. 

Date: 9 Dec
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Star Theatre
Tickets from $88, find out more at www.apactix.com

BookFest 2017

BookFest 2017

Back for its 11th edition, the annual extravaganza brings us the best deals on the latest electronic gadgets, stationery items and hidden literary gems. As you stock up on the back-to-school essentials, don’t miss out on meeting some of our homegrown authors such as Sumiko Tan and Mr Kiasu at their exclusive book signing and sharing sessions. 

Date: 15 – 24 Dec
Time: 10am to 10pm
Venue: Suntec Convention Centre
For more information, visit www.bookfestsingapore.com

Circus! Science Under the Big Top

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Ever wondered how circus performers teeter across the tightrope effortlessly without breaking their bones? Singapore Science Centre takes you behind the scenes of a circus performance, which unveils the trade secrets behind every theatric spectacle. 

Date: Now till 18 Mar
Time: 10am to 6pm
Venue: Singapore Science Centre
Tickets from $13.50, find out more at www.sistic.com.sg

Twilight Encounters at Night Safari

Twilight-Encounters

There’s more than just nocturnal wildlife at the Night Safari ­– for five weeks, the animal sanctuary will be set aglow with geometric light sculptures, iridescent walking trails and even a neon light show. Don’t forget to get your glow on with some face painting goodness! 

Date: Now till 31 Dec (Friday and Saturday only)
Time: 7.15pm to 12am
Venue: Singapore Night Safari
Tickets from $30, visit www.nightsafari.com.sg for more information

Christmas Wonderland

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Gardens By The Bay. The 2017 edition of the annual yuletide fair welcomes a dazzling display of lights, fun carnival games and seasonal treats to indulge in. If that still doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, how does skating under the stars or a trip to Santa’s Grotto sound? 

Date: 1 – 26 Dec
Time: 4pm to 11pm
Venue: Gardens By The Bay
Tickets from $4, for more information visit www.christmaswonderland.sg

Santa Runs For Wishes

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Christmas is all about the spirit of giving! Help the Make-A-Wish Foundation bring joy to the hearts of little ones – dress up as Santa or an elf and sweat it out with fellow do-gooders at this 5km charity fun run! Spreading the holiday cheer while getting in shape? Sign us up! 

Date: 9 Dec
Time: 7.30am to 11am
Venue: Promontory at Marina Bay
Tickets from $32 for more info visit www.santarunforwishes.sg

Marina Bay Singapore Countdown

Count-Down

End off 2017 with a bang at the biggest year-end celebrations yet! With an exciting lineup of carnival games, gastronomical delights and spectacular fireworks to look forward to, there are plenty of fun activities to keep you in high spirits as you countdown to the new year. 3… 2… 1!

Date: 31 Dec
Time: 5pm to 2am
Venue: Civic District, The Float, The Promontory and Bayfront Event Space
For more information, visit www.marinabaycountdown.sg 

What will you be up to this December? Tell us in the comment section!

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