Christmas gifts everyone will love and actually use

From wallet-friendly finds to splurges under $400, you can’t go wrong with these foolproof Christmas gift ideas.

  • Christmas gifts everyone will love and actually use

Text by Disa Tan

Hate the thought of gifting something that won’t be appreciated by your loved ones? Impress them with these practical Christmas gifts while adding flair and functionality to their living spaces. 


Qualy Save Turtle Coaster, $10.90

Christmas gifts coasters

Great for the eco-conscious colleague or friend, these coasters are made from the usual debris littered along the beach. The black sea turtle coaster comes from discarded fishing nets, the dark grey from disposed plastic bags, and the white from recycled bottles. You’ll be making progressive strides towards reducing ocean pollution with these coasters of recycled materials, which have one of kind textures.

Scented Soy Candle Workshop, $33.25

candle making workshop

Candles make predictable Christmas gifts but a build-your-own-candle workshop? Now, that’s something different. Led by an instructor, this 45-minute session at The Scent Supply Co lets one blend and customise their favourite scent from over 100 choices.

Bookings available at

$40 to $100

UMBRA Spindle Display Storage Box, $46

storage box

A space-saving and elegant solution to organise trinkets and jewellery, the Spindle has three drawers lined with soft fabric to keep items from shifting or getting scratched. The modern pivoting design and white glossy finish makes a classy statement on the dresser, nightstand or any tabletop.

Vitra Elephant Mousepad, $55

Vitra elephant mousepad

Made of high-quality leather and from sustainable sources of leather leftovers, this eye-catching mousepad is inspired by the iconic Eames Elephant. The soft and pleasant texture of the leather will surely be appreciated by its user. Available in six understated colours so you can pick all six as Christmas gifts for friends.

$100 to $200

Coastal Serving Board, $141

Christmas gifts serving tray

The holidays are very much about merry feasting and this handmade serving board makes an appropriate gift for anyone who enjoys dining or hosting in style. The board is made from a maple plank with a special resin technique to create that realistic, one-of-a-kind shoreline design.

Halim Stair Night Light, $142

Christmas gifts night light

Like functional art, this mesmerising nightlight depicts a whimsical scene of two movable figures ascending a staircase. The arched doorway and other gentle architecture details will transport anyone to a more relaxed state of mind.

$200 to $300

Smeg Mini Kettle, $208

Smeg kettle

The retro good looks of this adorable little kettle from Smeg will surely delight the tea lovers in your life. Small but mighty, the 0.8-litre kettle has a 1400W power output for superfast boiling, while consuming less energy than a standard kettle. Other practical features include a 360-degree swivel base, automatic shut-off at 100 degree Celsius and a manual opening for the easy filling of water.

Vapour Wall Clock, $300

Royal Selangor clock

Instead of numerals, this pewter wall clock has a glorious sweep of crisp pewter ridges marking out the hours on its face. It’s designed by local award-winning designer Nathan Yong and this sleek timepiece details the modernity and clean-lined beauty of pewter.

$300 to $400

JBL PULSE 4 Speaker, $339

JBL speaker

It’s easy to be the life of the party with these ambient speakers that put up a lightshow with their sound-responsive colours and patterns. Available in black or white, this Bluetooth speaker delivers up to 12 hours of tunes with a single charge and has a IPX7 waterproof design to combat any accidental spills.

SONY THE INZONE H9 wireless noise cancelling gaming headset, $399

Sony headset

A game-changer for your gaming buddies, this headset’s 360 Spatial Sound for Gaming feature allows players to pick up on the most subtle of sounds. That leads to an immersive experience where users can precisely detect their opponent’s position, movements and the gaming environment.

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