8 Super Useful Christmas Gifts Under $35
When it comes to Christmas gifts, it’s not the size (nor the price) that matters. In fact, they’re typically cool and useful things that won’t break the bank.
Here are some of the best one-of-a-kind finds that are so cute you may keep them for yourself instead. The best part? They’re all under $35.
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1. Wine Pourer and stopper set
This adorable bunny wine pourer and stopper gift set from Totally Hot Stuff is a party game-changer which aerates wine as you pour. Include this in your friend’s stocking and get ready to take turns to channel your inner sommelier as you serve and re-cork wine like a pro. Save everyone from the spills and messes and concentrate on soaking in the festive cheer.
Image: Totally Hot Stuff
2. Metal straws
Go green this Christmas, and help your friend join the Straw-Free Movement with a pack of metal straws. This thoughtful and practical gift will surely be appreciated by your BFF — after all, it’s a small step towards saving the environment and the marine animals. Choose from straws of different sizes and colours from online retailers like Qoo10 and Lazada. Most come with pretty drawstring or tie pouches, or even swanky felt cases. Let the giving back spirit extend to Mother Earth this Christmas!
3. Selfie light rings
Everybody loves taking selfies, so gift your bestie with the ability to take flattering snaps with this portable mini selfie-light ring. This handy contraption easily snaps onto a phone’s camera and casts an adjustable glow onto the face, so your pal can take photos any time, any where. While it seems like a silly idea, you’ll be thankful when you see the difference it makes to your usual selfies and wefies. You can order one from Qoo10 for under $15.
4. Life-sized ice cream sandwich cushion
Upsize the fun this festive season! Surprise your bestie with a good ol’ fashioned ice cream sandwich (that doesn’t melt) from The Farm Store at an affordable $32.90. Quirky and cute, this sweet cushion will be sure to bring back memories. Let this mouth-watering huggable piece accompany your friend through all her Christmas movie marathons. Not a fan of ice-cream? Shop other life-sized cushions in interesting designs such as Tamago sushi, Ang Ku Kueh or even Steamed Rice Cake.
Image: The Farm Store
5. Lip moisturisers
They don’t call it ‘Merry Kissmass’ for no reason. Help your girly girl out by giving her a good reason to keep her lips moisturised. It’s a bonus if she’s going on a winter getaway. You can’t go wrong with something from Sephora, such as Nyx’s Soft Matte Lip Cream or Pixi’s Lip Lift Max Lip Treatment. If you’re really on a budget, drugstores such as Guardian and Watsons also offer affordable options that are no less effective or adorable. There are even some in the shape of donuts or cupcakes!
6. Glam earrings
Your friend will never say no to a pair of cute ear candies. Here’s a tip: Small studs and loops are out, and fashionably big dangling earrings are in. Help your BFF amp up her accessories game with adorable pieces from stores such as Thrifty Thieves, Tessellate.Co, or all-time favourite Lovisa for affordable #earringsofthedaythat your BFF will 100 per cent love. We personally adore the quirky and bold Lunar Blue from Thrifty Thieves and the Kira Boho Dreamcatcher earrings ($25) from Tessellate.Co — an elegant pair that allows you to opt for your choice of stone such as Moonstone, Labradorite and Turquoise.
7. Putitto figures
Introducing the Putitto – adorable mini figures that hang off your bowls and cups. This cute contraption is great for friends who love to take #foodie shots. From Pikachu to Disney princesses to cats, hedgehogs, hamsters and anime characters, there’s no shortage of characters you can get your hands on. And who can resist such a cute gift that makes your meal that much more interesting? Have your pick of interesting pieces at Tokyu Hands, Amazon or Qoo10.