Christmas 2018: Best gifts for kids, mum, dad

December 06, 2018
  • For kids: JRPop speakers from JBL
    1 / 15 For kids: JRPop speakers from JBL

    Available in four colours, theseJRPop speakers are made to be kid-friendly – think rugged materials and a fabric strap – as well as waterproof. Expect up to five hours of play time on a single charge. The best thing is, they light up when music is played! $59 from leading retailers. Visit www.jbl.com.sg.

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  • For kids: Playskool Heroes
    2 / 15 For kids: Playskool Heroes

    Even if your little one isn’t yet a Transformers fan, he’ll love this cool playset from Playskool Heroes. The Transformers Rescue Bots Flip Racers Optimus Prime Race Track Trailer converts easily from a truck into a 38cm-tall bot. That’s not all – the trailer can be turned into a dual track, measuring 76cm long. Now it’s time to launch the Bumblebee and Blurr Flip Racers figures, and race! Ideal for kids from age three. $119.90, from www.toysrus.com.sg

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  • For kids: Hatchimals
    3 / 15 For kids: Hatchimals

    What are inside these mystery eggs? Cute little figurines that glow in the dark! This is Hatchimals Colleggtibles Neon Nightglow 12-Pack Egg Carton in Season 4, which attest to their popularity. To crack the shell, rub each egg’s purple heart lovingly until it turns pink, then gently press down. Ideal for kids from age five. $34.81, from www.amazon.com.sg

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  • For kids: Abbie Rose & the Magic Suitcase: Telling the Otters to Leave Home was a Really Big Mistake
    4 / 15 For kids: Abbie Rose & the Magic Suitcase: Telling the Otters to Leave Home was a Really Big Mistake

    This new instalment of the Abbie Rose series written by humourist Neil Humphreys and illustrated by Cheng Puay Koon will delight preschoolers. As the title suggests, Abbie Rose & the Magic Suitcase: Telling the Otters to Leave Home was a Really Big Mistake teaches kids all about smooth-coated otters that live in Singapore’s wetlands. Buy the book and make a trip down to spot the otterly-adorable creatures in the wild. $12.06 before GST from major bookstores or from www.marshallcavendish.com/genref . If your kid is in primary school, check out Neil’s latest book, Princess Incognito: A Royal Pain in the Class ($14.95 before GST).

     

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  • For kids: littleBits Electronic Music Inventor Kit
    5 / 15 For kids: littleBits Electronic Music Inventor Kit

    Give your child a crash course in electronics while encouraging his or her creativity with the littleBits Electronic Music Inventor Kit. It  comes with all the necessary parts, including a keyboard, oscillator, microsequencer and speaker, to build an electric guitar or air drums. A companion app (for Android and iOS) helps guide users through the construction of instruments. US$69.99 (S$96), excluding shipping, from Amazon.com

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  • For kids: Lego Technic Whack!
    6 / 15 For kids: Lego Technic Whack!

    Cultivate your child’s building spirit with a Lego Technic Whack! model. This 135-piece Lego race-car model is sufficiently complex, but not too challenging for its intended audience of seven- to 14-year-olds. It comes with a powerful motor that propels the car forward with a simple pull-back motion. To increase the fun quotient, the car’s toy engine is designed to fly out when it hits a wall or other obstacles at high speed. $39.90 from Lego distributors.

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  • For Kids: Haruplate #AllFruitNoSugar Jolly Jam set 
    7 / 15 For Kids: Haruplate #AllFruitNoSugar Jolly Jam set 

    If you need a stocking stuffer that’s not a sugary snack, give the little ones this limited edition trio of three 90g jams ($20) that’s made by a local startup founded by parents. There’s blueberry and pear, chunky apple and mango, which are made without artificial preservatives, juice concentrate, or added salt and sugar. Organic raw honey is added to the first two flavours. $20 from Haruplate.

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  • For Mum: Tarte Pineapple of My Eye
    8 / 15 For Mum: Tarte Pineapple of My Eye

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    Mums love Tarte for its dermatologist-tested and cruelty-free makeup that really delivers. This Christmas, why not gift her its Pineapple of My Eye collectors set? The glamorous palette features 24 eye shadows, two blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter. There’s also liquid eyeliner, mascara, and lip rescue in an exclusive new shade of pink. Check out Sephora’s other gorgeous festive coffrets while you’re shopping, too. $85 from www.sephora.sg and in-store.

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  • For Mum: Tiffany & Co. Timeless Diamond limited edition eau de parfum
    9 / 15 For Mum: Tiffany & Co. Timeless Diamond limited edition eau de parfum

    There’s something about the iconic turquoise box that makes every mum’s heart beat a little bit faster. This one houses Tiffany & Co.’s Timeless Diamond limited edition eau de parfum (75ml), which features notes of vert de mandarine, iris, musk and patchouli. $176 from http://sg.shilladutyfree.com

     

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  • For Mum: LG PC389 Pocket Photo Snap
    10 / 15 For Mum: LG PC389 Pocket Photo Snap

    Compact and cute, the LG PC389 Pocket Photo Snap is a retro-cool gift for kids and adults alike. It’s an instant camera with a 5m pixel resolution that prints 30 images on one charge, has a black-and-white mode, and can print photos from Android and iOS devices, too. It’s also the first of its type to print photos with a protective transparent coating that prevents smudges and degradation. $249 from LG retailers; photo paper is $29 (36 sheets).

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  • For Mum: Dyson Airwrap
    11 / 15 For Mum: Dyson Airwrap

    Fun and fascinating aren’t usually how you describe the use of a hair styler, but chances are you would with a Dyson Airwrap – especially when you are curling your locks. Place a section of hair near the barrel and it “magically” attracts and wraps hair around. The Airwrap is also designed to quickly smoothen unruly tresses or add volume to flat hair. Like the brand’s famed Supersonic dryer, the Airwrap promises not to overheat and damage hair. It’s also safe to let your child handle it because the surface always remains cool. $699 (for the complete set), from https://shop.dyson.com.sg

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  • For Mum or Dad: iPhone XR
    12 / 15 For Mum or Dad: iPhone XR

    What a gift! The iPhone XR (from S$1,229 for 64GB) not only boasts superb specs — facial recognition, a powerful A12 bionic chip, a vibrant liquid retina display and a 12MP rear camera are some impressive features, just to name a few — but also comes in adorable candy colours. Get it from telcos or Apple.

     

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  • For Dad: Casio G-Shock x Transformers Special Collaboration Model
    13 / 15 For Dad: Casio G-Shock x Transformers Special Collaboration Model

    This ones for dads and mums who love the two classic brands. The Casio G-Shock x Transformers Special Collaboration Model is especially meaningful as both brands celebrate their 35th anniversary (2018 for Casio, 2019 for Transformers). This special model comprises a special-edition Optimus Prime – leader of the Autobots – a transformable figurine with a G-Shock DW-6900TF model in matching red and blue. The figurine can transform from robot mode to pedestal mode, while still housing the watch. Activating the G-Shock’s backlight will unveil the Autobot logo on the watch’s display. $499 from Casio retailers.

     

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  • For Mum or Dad: Garmin Instinct
    14 / 15 For Mum or Dad: Garmin Instinct

    Are you a sporty family? Get yourselves matching fitness gadgets this Christmas. The new Garmin Instinct is a rugged GPS running watch with built-in heart-rate monitor, three-axis compass and barometric altimeter. Built to endure the elements, the Instinct can withstand temperatures from minus 20 to 60 deg C and being dropped from up to a height of 122cm. It is also water-resistant to a depth of 100m. $499 from Garmin retailers.

     

     

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  • For Mum or Dad: Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II
    15 / 15 For Mum or Dad: Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II

    If your spouse loves to take photos but doesn’t want to lug around a heavy DSLR, the Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II It is a great gift. It builds on the superb prosumer LX100 compact camera and uses the same 20-megapixel Four Thirds image sensor and image processor found in the Panasonic GX9 mirrorless camera. Yet, it has a compact body that houses a 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 lens. It also features a 3-inch touchscreen display and a 2.76-million-dot electronic viewfinder. $1,399 from Panasonic retailers.

     

    Additional reporting from ST

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