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Holiday Gift Guide 2019: What to buy for the person who has everything

This marks the last and final gift guide we have for you this season. When you’re in the spirit of giving, it is always better to give than to receive (but we’d never say no to more presents). But it can be really tricky, especially when you’re buying for those who literally have everything.

Allow us to break it down to you and help you fix your problems on what to get, if you’re still unsure of what to buy for that one last Christmas party you’ll be attending soon.

While you’re at it, check out some of our other gift guides as well including one for fashion-savvy men, travel bugs and even some last-minute ideas for your Secret Santa parties.

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For self-proclaimed javaphiles

The Lattissima One is a great way for coffee lovers to enjoy the best of both worlds — the usual Espresso and Lungo and your mid-day Cappuccino or Latte Macchiato. Coffee purists will be able to have their coffee black, and at the same time offer a rich and creamy drink for their guests. Its sleek and compact design makes it an easy fit into the kitchen. Throw in the limited edition Nordic-inspired capsules while you’re at it.


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For bookworms

For those who can finish reading a whole novel in a day, we know it is hard to ask you to put that book down. So we think a great gift for ardent bookworms is the Dyson Lightcycle task light that allows them to control the desired lighting for ultimate comfort to the eyes, especially when it comes with over 1,000 Lux brightness, glare protection and low optical flicker. You can also adjust colour temperature and brightness to your preferred daylight intensity or activities through the Dyson Link app. While it lasts for 60 years, we know that it is a desk lamp that you can take everywhere thanks to its sleek and contemporary design features.


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For casual puffs

Another sophisticated electronic to gift to your buddy is the IQOS 3.0 Duo. It is an updated version of the predecessor with a selection of colour ways to choose from including gold, blue, white, grey and copper. Like the older models, users must put the device back in the case to charge after each time they use it — which makes this perfect for casual smokers or those who are looking at ‘cutting down’. It is easy to use and recharges in mere 30 seconds.


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For aspiring home cooks

Learning to cook takes a lot of discipline and practice. What better way than to have a little help from the latest Thermomix TM6. You can prepare home-baked bread, prepare hassle-free meals for the family or explore new dietary concepts like paleo diet and clean eating. Instead of having to invest in pots and pans, a new stove and other appliances, you can help the aspiring homecook in your life to learn how to make simply dishes with guided inbuilt step-by-step recipes available with the machine. Imagine having all the necessary functions of stirring, mixing, grinding, kneading, whisking, chopping, weighing, steaming, simmering, sous-vide and emulsifying, all in the new Thermomix TM6 — the perfect gift for any aspiring cooks.


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For selfie kings and queens

When it comes to smartphones, one that takes great photos is definitely a plus point. That’s why we are turning the tables for iOS-dependent users with the brand new vivo NEX 3, the brand’s first premium flagship smartphone. While there are many functions that would benefit gamers and those who are always on the go, it is the perfect gift for friends who simply love to take selfies — especially if they are a tad bit narcissistic. Triple Camera Setup comes with superior 64MP main camera, 13MP wide-angle lens and a 13MP telescopic camera to ensure a full photographic experience. Those who’ve mastered the art of taking selfies will also love the 16MP Elevating Front Camera that takes the NEX 3 to a whole new level with its unique selfie experience.


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For music lovers

We know those who dig good music are reliant on a good pair of earbuds to enjoy every beat to the fullest. That’s why we think the new AirPods Pro would be a great gift for music lovers out there. With its Active Noise Cancellation function, background noise will be removed to provide a uniquely customised, superior noise-cancelling experience — allowing users to focus on what they are listening to. The function continuously adapts to your surrounding as well, so automatically analyse the environment noise and gives you the best music to your ears. The transparency mode also makes the AirPods Pro an even more desirable gift for that friend who literally has almost everything.


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For green fingers

If you’ve already bought your tree-hugging friend plants every year for Christmas, it’s time to up your game with an outdoor speaker that doubles up as a portable bluetooth speaker for any occasion. The Sonos Move offers its signature high-end soundscape with a 10-hour battery life to last you through pool parties, barbecue dinners at your patio or any garden-themed gatherings. Enjoy rich bass and crisp dialogue on this speaker that also supports both Alexa and Google Assistant for voice controls. After the festivities, the Sonos Move plays the role of providing great music while gardening.


Martin Teo
Martin has a bent for history and food culture, especially of the Peranakan heritage. Since the pandemic, he finds joy in plant parenting and continues to expand his collection of Philodendrons, Anthuriums, and Syngoniums. He's now on a lookout for the elusive Philodendron Florida Beauty to add to his urban garden.
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