Practical Christmas Gift Ideas
With just under a month for us to round up Christmas gifts for the fam, it’s only natural for some of us to feel the heat. Shopping for our loved ones, in theory, should be a piece of cake, but we all know the feeling of burning hours flitting from shop to shop in search of the perfect gift, only to end up with something way out of our budgets.
And while many of us will see the correlation between the expensive price tag and love, our parents and siblings tend to respond with this: “Aiyo, why you anyhow waste money?!?!” If you’re sick of being chided after every gift exchange, here’s a list of practical Christmas gift ideas for every member of the family, guaranteed to be appreciated and put to good use.
1. Oral B Dual electric toothbrush set – for your parents and grandparents
Shopping for our parents is hard, after all most of them are all about that “I only need your presence, not presents” life.
Instead of yet another pair of earrings for mom and tie for dad, kill two birds with one stone with the Oral-B Pro 2 2900 set. Not only are these toothbrushes rechargeable and able to last two weeks at a go, but they come with two brush modes – daily clean and gum care – for a bit more function sans all the boomer confusion.
The pair comes in a sleek black, and its other nifty benefits include a built-in timer for optimal brush time and advanced Pressure Control to alert the user if they are brushing too hard, all while removing up to 100% more plaque than a regular toothbrush. That’s a boon if you’re considering gifting these to grandparents, too, as their teeth might require gentler brushing.
Price: Now at $149.25 (Usual Price: $199)
Get the Oral-B Pro 2 2900 Dual Handle Pack Black Edition
2. Star Wars & Frozen-themed electric toothbrush – for the kids
If the last thing you want to do is add another toy to your child’s burgeoning toy stash, do away with the clutter and surprise them with a Disney-themed Electric Toothbrush pack to bring joy to the tooth-brushing process.
There are two rad designs to choose from to delight both genders: a Star Wars design to appeal to the lightsaber-wielding and a Frozen-inspired one for the Elsa and Anna lovers. These toothbrushes also pair with the Oral-B Disney Magic Timer App to keep young ones entertained and brushing to collect virtual stickers.
Oral B Pro 100 Star Wars Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: Now at $59 (Usual Price: $79)
Get the Oral B Pro 100 Star Wars Rechargeable Toothbrush
Oral B Frozen Kids Vitality Electric Brush Gift Set
Get the Oral B Frozen Kids Vitality Electric Brush Gift Set
3. Bear Fruits Hair Mask & Cap – for your sister
Whether your sister is a unicorn-haired hypebeast or someone who is plagued by the curse of dry and frizzy hair, there’s a high chance she’ll appreciate these cute and quirky Bear Fruits hair masks.
These individual sachets contain just enough treatment for one use and come with a cute reusable shower cap that matches your mask of choice. Special mention goes to the Flamingo hair cap that could very well double up as your headgear for next year’s Halloween.
Take your pick from their range of six treatments to tackle everything from unruly tangles to dehydrated locks. Priced at an affordable $10.50, you can also mix and match different masks for a more substantial Christmas gift.
Price: Now at $10.50 (Usual Price: $14.90)
Get Bear Fruits Hair Masks & Hair Caps
4. Gillette Limited Edition Gold Razor – for your dad and brother
I think it’s safe to say that not all men were born to sport full beards. Some can’t grow beards for the life of them, and others just can’t stand the fuzz. And if the men in your family fall into one of these categories, they’ll definitely need a razor in their lives.
Now I know what you’re thinking – razors can’t possibly make appropriate gifts, but this Gillette Limited Edition Gold Razor just might have you changing your mind. The sleek gold design of the handle along with the magnetic razor stand will have this razor looking like a statement piece in the bathroom.
With a precision trimmer, a blade stabiliser and a lubrication strip, this gift will be sure to remove any five O’clock shadow without those pesky razor knicks and burns.
Price: Now at $34.90 (Usual Price: $39.90)
Get the GILLETTE Proglide Limited Edition Razor Set
5. Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Products – for your mum
Mothers are the most selfless people in the world, often sacrificing their wants for our whims and fancies. And while scarves and jewellery are all good and great, gift mum something she’ll need this year – a little TLC in the form of a skincare pack.
Pump moisture back into weathered skin with the Olay’s range of retinol products that are formulated to deliver 24-hour hydration and combat fine lines and wrinkles. Get the Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 moisturiser, eye cream and serum trio to make your gift a complete set.
P.S. The products are touted to show results in just 28 days, so she’ll be giving her skin a new lease of life right before CNY rolls around.
Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Serum 30ml
Price: $54.90, 2nd buy at 50% off
Get the Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Serum 30ml
Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Moisturiser 50g
Price: $54.90, 2nd buy at 50% off
Get the Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Moisturiser 50g
Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Eye Cream 15ml
Price: $54.90, 2nd buy at 50% off
Get the Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Eye Cream 15ml
BONUS: Pantene Miracles Treatment and Milk Jelly
If you want to go the whole nine yards, you can throw in a couple of Pantene’s hair treatment products into your care pack. Go for the Pantene Miracles Treatment Dual-Active Oil Serum – this little atas-looking hair oil makes the perfect stocking-stuffer and will keep her locks smooth and shiny.
For more heavy-duty repair, zoom in on the Pantene Miracles Milk Jelly, a deep conditioning treatment to tame even the wildest frizz and give her hair that salon treatment look and feel.
Pantene Pro-V Miracles Vita Fusion Dual-Active Oil Serum 42g
Price: Now at $23.90 (Usual Price: $29.90)
Get the Pantene Pro-V Miracles Vita Fusion Dual-Active Oil Serum 42g
Pantene Miracles Milk Jelly 200g
Price: Now at $19.90 (Usual Price: $24.90)
Get the Pantene Miracles Milk Jelly 200g
Practical Christmas gift ideas for the family
If you want an easier time shopping for the people you’ve lived with your whole life, this list of practical gifts will let you fully embrace the gifting season without having to worry about the nagging that comes with it.
To ease the hassle of scouring high and low for all the different Christmas presents, all the products above can be easily found at any Watsons store or for purchase online. Thanks to Watsons’ ongoing Christmas promo, you’ll be able to score most of these products for up to 25% off their usual prices.
Plus, you’ll get to enjoy a further 10% additional savings – $30 with $300 spent – when you purchase participating Procter & Gamble (P&G) products. These include Oral B, Gillette, Olay, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Bear Fruits, Aussie, ModestEgo, Whisper, Tampax and Always. Even if you’re not gift-shopping, you’ll be saving more when you stock up on your daily essentials during this period.
Christmas gift ideas for the family at Watsons
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Clothes maketh the man, wrapper paper maketh the gift. If you are not one for gift wrapping, fret not; you can enjoy free gift wrapping services at selected* Watsons outlets to save yourself the hassle of doing it yourself.
*Free gift wrapping available at the following Watsons outlets: Parkway Parade, Tiong Bahru Plaza, Causeway Point, Toa Payoh (HDB), Jurong Point, Compass One, Tampines Mall, Great World City, Waterway Point, JEM.
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