Christmas gifting in the new normal

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Arranging for a gift to be delivered to a loved one may not be the same as giving it yourself, but it’s still a great way to let others know that you’re thinking of them.

Even if gatherings remain small this festive season and it’s still a challenge to meet everyone in person, you can still pamper family and friends with gifts that they’ll love.

TEXT: MELODY TAN
PHOTOS: HOMETEAMNS, SHUTTERSTOCK

Safe-distancing measures are still in place but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue the tradition of gifting this Christmas. More than ever, finding a way to continue spreading festive joy safely is just the type of thoughtful gesture we need as we look forward to a better 2022. 

Arranging for a gift to be delivered to a friend or loved one may not be the same as giving it yourself, but it’s still a great way to let others know that you’re thinking of them. In fact, since household visits are currently limited to five unique visitors at home and many are still unable to meet loved ones living abroad, the recipients may appreciate your resourcefulness and kindness even more.

TOYS FOR TECH-SAVVY TYPES

After a year in which many continued to work from home, lifestyle and tech-related gifts are a good bet to put a smile on loved ones’ faces.

Whether for Zoom meetings or enjoying your favourite playlist in the evenings, unwrapping a new pair of headphones or a portable speaker on Christmas morning is likely to bring year-round cheer. For that keen gamer in your life, a new gaming mouse or keyboard can make all the difference between dominating the virtual battlefield or resigning yourself to digital defeat.

Logitech

From now until 31 December, enjoy S$5 off when you spend S$25 on Shopee’s Logitech official store. If interior design cred matters to your recipient, the POP Keys + Mouse bundle deals are available in fun colour options like Blast Yellow and Heartbreaker Rose.

Bose

If movie nights (complete with popcorn) are a regular thing in your home, complete the home cinema experience with a sleek new Bose soundbar (who says you can’t buy gifts for yourself?). At the Bose online store, HomeTeamNS members get 10 per cent off selected products and 20 per cent off Twin Bundle Deals – like the Bose Portable Home Speaker bundle for S$1,038.40 (usual price: S$1,298) and a SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker for S$286.40 (usual price: S$358).

Shure

Shure headphones and earphones offer serious sonic quality, whether you’re blasting your favourite tunes while out on a run, watching a movie or attending another Zoom meeting. Treat yourself, or the audiophile in your life, at the Shure online store, which is offering 10 per cent off storewide as well as a free vacuum flask from now until 31 December.

HAMPERS AND GIFTS TO SHARE THE JOY

While some may think hampers offer limited options, Christmas in the new normal has seen companies offer a range of gift baskets and hampers with a surprisingly diverse choice of goodies to suit any budget and personality.

From non-alcoholic chocolate treats to a lavish array of festive tipples and gourmet snacks, both children and grown-ups will be tempted by the offerings from Humming and Noel Gifts.

Humming

From festive floral arrangements to indulgent baskets of fine wines, Humming’s Christmas Collection has something for everyone. A minimum spend of S$80 on gifts or hampers entitles customers to a 10-per-cent discount until 31 December. 

Noel Gifts

Friends and family might be far from us, but not forgotten. Noel Gifts is able to deliver a range of hampers and gift baskets to loved ones in Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Australia, Hong Kong and beyond. Local customers enjoy next-day delivery. HomeTeamNS members will get to enjoy 10 per cent off all Christmas gifts and hampers, capped at S$20 and valid until 31 December. 

Hurry and shop till you drop! HomeTeamNS members can login to the HomeTeamNS Mobile App to reveal the promo codes for all the exciting treats above. Simply click on ‘Benefits’ to reveal the code. Happy shopping!

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