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Nightmare Before Christmas: Gifts For Tough Relatives and Friends

Nightmare Before Christmas: Gifts For Tough Relatives and Friends

So, it’s just 12 sleeps to Christmas Day itself, and we’ve got a confession to make: some of us haven’t started on our Christmas shopping. If you are caught up in the dreaded gifting conundrum of what to get your tricky relatives, you’ve come to the right place. A little tardy though we may be, unprepared, we are not. And with this, here’s the Christmas gifting guide for the colourful people in your life.

The Uncle Who Won’t Stop Talking About Politics

You know the one. Each conversation starts off with an innocuous how’ve you been but you can bet your last dollar how it ends every single time: inevitably tapering off into a mind-numbing, soporific drone about who should’ve won the last election.

Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager, SGD44.95

How to make him stop: The man needs the gift of relaxation. Get him this portable ergonomic self-heating neck cushion to soothe the formidable vein throbbing in his neck. Its highly contoured shape offers extensive versatility in its use, snugly fitting into neck and body contours of lower and upper back, abdomen, calf areas and even under the feet. With multipurpose straps for convenient adjustment and powerful 3D deep-kneading Shiatsu massage nodes that rhythmically rotate every minute to prevent bruising, this compact and contoured pillow massager is sure to melt away any tension that ensues.

The Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager is available here.

That Family Friend Who’s a Self-Proclaimed Whisky Snob

How does one annoy the living daylights out of you? Let us count the ways. He’s the pompous bobo (bourgeois bohemian, that is) whom you and your cousins avoid, but will have to exchange small talk with at the occasional family gathering. Kind of like the flu. The kind who reckons that adding ice to whisky is tantamount to original sin, but also being the type to forcefully swirl white wine and maintain that he’s got his own personal reasons for it.

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How to make him stop: Give him something to really swirl about by introducing him to the Secret Speyside whisky collection from Pernod Ricard-owned Chivas Brothers, a carefully curated fifteen bottle selection of 18 to 30 year old whiskies hailing from four of Speyside’s most elusive or vanished distilleries: Glen Keith, Longmorn, Braes of Glenlivet and Caperdonich. Each distillery reveals a unique and extensive history for whisky lovers to discover and sample some of the previously hidden single malts that have rarely, if ever, surfaced in the past. With diverse tasting profiles that present unexpected notes at the finish, the selection demonstrates the breadth of flavour and character that Speyside distilleries are capable of, offering whisky connoisseurs the rare opportunity to compare peated and unpeated expressions of the same age, from the same distillery.

The Secret Speyside whisky collection retails from SGD130 and is now available exclusively in Duty Free Shopping (DFS) at Changi Airport. More information about the collection here if you intend on being nice this Christmas and take the conversation all the way.

The “F… I Forgot My Tea” Sibling

Several of us at the office are guilty of this one several times over. Your sibling will agree: it doesn’t matter that the mug is perched a mere stretch away from the coffee table, right in their line of vision. There’s always something that sidetracks them until it’s an hour too late.

Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer, SGD15

How to make them stop: Habits die hard. But those of us guilty of this would be very grateful if we were to, say, find this mug warmer which regulates the temperature of our tea waiting under the tree. It’s small enough for you to ferry between home and the office, and with a convenient switch with a light indicator, ensures that it stays at a cosy temperature warm enough for you to nurse your coveted cup of tea when you return to the room.

The Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer is available here.

The Hypochondriac Aunt Who Relentlessly Forwards Fake News

We’ve heard it all, from coconut oil curing cancer to vaccinations causing autism. Though far be it our place to challenge the gods of You Never Know, here’s a way to get her to take it down a notch.

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Personalised vitamin subscription from POP Store, prices starting from $5 monthly

How to make her stop: Give your aunt the gift of peace with this conveniently packaged personalised vitamin monthly subscription from POP Store. Choose from an extensive variety of vitamins based on specific health concerns ranging from bone and targeted organ health to general wellbeing and overall vitality, so she can have the intended results and the satisfaction of being right every once in a while.

Prices begin from SGD5 per month, depending on the selection. More information here.

The Hipster Cousin Who Doesn’t Like Anything

What do you get for someone who knew that something was a thing before it became a thing? Like when they thought Polaroid cameras were really cool before all the basics got one and ruined it for the people who actually appreciate the art of photography. They’ve gone one step further and refused to have an Instagram ever because they’re subversive like that.

Polaroid Zip Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer, SGD79.99

How to make them like something: But we bet their Belle & Sebastian-loving self does not have a portable Polaroid mobile photo printer for the ten thousand photos of their pets doing something impossibly adorable like just existing or hanging up spontaneous moments from past travels. Matter of fact, this handy mini printer is perfect for the upcoming holiday they’ve got planned since it is wireless, meaning they can print photos whilst on-the-go. Did we mention that it’s also compatible with iOS and Android operating systems as well as NFC and Bluetooth-enabled devices?

The Polaroid Zip Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer is available here.