Festive shopping is a stressful affair. As shoppers, we all try to believe that the gesture of a gift means more than the thing itself, but when you’re on the other end of the spectrum with a bad or mundane present in your hands, you know very well that isn’t true. People are materialistic, and we’d all prefer something practical or extravagant than another gimmicky mug to add to the army in the pantry. Sure, this generic category of gifts work are appropriate for some receipients (like that HR representative whose name you drew on Secret Santa), but for loved ones, you better believe they won’t be too happy with a faux trophy emblazoned with “World’s Best (insert title here)”.
We’re not sure how a 12kg kettlebell crafted from white Carrara marble would be the most practical for a workout, but when there is a will, there is a way. Even if you can’t bear the thought of this thousand-odd dollar piece being swung with reckless abandon by your receipient, you can be rest assured that The Conran Shop designed it to double up as home décor. Plus, it’s so aesthetically pleasing that you null any risk of your loved one taking the present of exercise equipment as an insult. Or so you hope.
S$1,760. Available here.
In the age where chess is mostly played via mobile apps, the need for a physical set seems redundant, unless it’s a S$17,600 one designed by the late Zaha Hadid. The abstract resin pieces sitting atop a sleek metal board makes for a far more attractive gameplay experience than a phone screen too. If you don’t know anyone that plays chess, still get it for the ‘gram and caption the post, “knight to E5”. What were we saying about leaving the digital world behind to engage with reality again?
S$17,600. Available here.
The experience of listening to good music is a gift everyone can appreciate. Instead of purchasing someone a standard pair of white wireless pods this Christmas, take it a notch up and get them the Sennheiser HE1 — a headphone system that marks the next chapter in the brand’s audiotech innovations.
The system swaps out dynamic drivers for electrostatic technology to convey sound. The clarity is exceptional on the headphones, which comes connected to an aluminium amplifier that rests atop a slab of Carrera marble. Behind its obvious beauty also lies groundbreaking parts that prove the Sennheiser HE1 is more than just a pretty facade, such as the 2.4mm thick diaphragms within the system — the ideal number for optimum sonic quality — and leather earpads for user comfort. You can’t invest in headphones better than this.
S$85,830. Available at Sennheiser.
Tiffany & Co.’s Everyday Objects collection gives things you use everyday an overhaul, luxury style. These ping pong paddles are just one example from a range that spans drinking straws to measuring tape, and it’s also a more entertaining present than a sterling silver proctractor (which the line has, by the way). Tiffany blue leather is fit on sturdy American walnut wood to create paddles that command attention, so gifting this means the sports enthusiast in your life will go to their next void deck match armed and ready to wow. With a trio of Tiffany & Co. branded ping pong balls to go with too, no less.
S$960. Available here.
Humans are extremely hedonistic creatures. We seek pleasure and deign to provide it when we can, and with the Lelo Olga, that giving spirit is very much a possibility. Show your spouse or friend that their pleasure means the world to you by buying them a 24-karat, double-ended adult toy. Forget pearl necklaces or diamond rings — this gold number is where the love is at.
S$4,800. Available here.