Team Expat took some trouble to source out some cool gift ideas to suit an assortment of interests. Do explore our gift line-up.
For the expat who loves to travel
With its sleek, streamlined designs, the Bellroy wallet will bring its recipient much joy! An Australian wallet maker known for their ultra-slim designs, premium quality and prices, Bellroy carries wallets catered for every lifestyle—from the minimalist to the jetsetter to the adventurer. Our personal (and popular) favourite would be the Travel Wallet, which allows travellers to fit in 10+ cards, their passport, tickets, bills, and a travel pen, AND still stay slim enough to fit into your back pocket. Perfect for the expat who’s racking up frequent-flyer points.
Travel Wallet, SGD169.29
For the sporty expat gone techie!
Miss playing basketball back where you came from, or aim to step up your game? No worries! In this generation where there’s an app for jolly-well almost everything, you can buy a 94fifty Smart Sensor Basketball that works with an app to coach you into playing better. The app tracks your ball-handling and shooting skills, and you can set different skill-based basketball workouts like you do for treadmill workouts.
94fifty Smart Sensor Basketball, Price varies
For the expat with a poetic soul
Okay, so notebooks are quite cliché, we admit. But what if they came embellished with ideal quotes to live by? Then, they become frame-worthy, if not highly personal! (Note from writer: “I once kept the cover of a notebook for framing purposes and hung it on my office wall for the appreciation of all my loquacious colleagues. It said “My degree of sarcasm depends on your degree of stupidity.”) With covers carrying quotes from classic writers like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and E. E. Cummings, these notebooks give your creative soul or friend plenty of room for sudden jolts of inspiration on the go.
Paris Expats Literary Notebooks, SGD 21.80
For the expat bookworm
Finding the perfect book for a book lover can be tricky: After all, how do you know that they haven’t read that particular book yet or if it’s any good? Our advice? Give them a Book of the Month Membership, and every month, they get to choose to receive one of our Judge’s five new selections for Book of the Month, a bookmark from the club and a handwritten note from the Judge who selected the book—it’s a gift that never stops giving.
Book of the Month Membership, Price starts at SGD 23.98 for one month
For the expat with a taste for the finest
Meeting over drinks is a tradition that transcends geographical boundaries, and everyone has that one friend who loves whiskey. Gifting a bottle of whiskey is commonplace, but not a bottle of single malt whiskey The Glen Els The Journey. What makes The Journey unique is the taste—mild at first with balanced notes of fruitcake, before developing into a complex mixture of fine vanilla-caramel sweetness, thick toffee, and mildly sweet oak. It’s a great introduction to German whiskey if they haven’t tried it yet, but also has enough complexity to sip and enjoy after dinner together.
The Glen Els The Journey, Price depends on seller
For the expat who loves to eat chocolate, minus the calories
To eat is to live, to live is to eat, and who could resist a good chocolate cake? Someone who’s watching his or her weight, that’s who. Fret not, for we have the perfect gift suggestion for this person: A Christina J. Wang Chocolate Fudge Cake Scarf. The scarf contains an illustration of a chocolate fudge cake broken into its individual components by artist Christina J. Wang, which will not only elevate the status of its wearer to a fashion forward individual, but also works as a conversation starter.
Christina J. Wang Chocolate Fudge Cake Scarf, SGD 388.11
For the expat who wants to smell nice
Gifting deodorant may seem like an odd decision at first, especially when it could end up backfiring on you! Like, what are you trying to imply there? However, if you know a close expat friend who is complaining about the humidity of the weather in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or any Asian destination for that matter, Live Beautifully Natural Deodorants are a splendid choice. They come in nifty travel sizes, with an amazing variety of appealing natural scents to appeal to both women and men. What makes these deodorants unique is their claim (in their exact words): Live Beautifully deodorants are not antiperspirants. They are an all natural alternative that will help you sweat less, sweat cleaner and smell better. (Note from writer again: I swear, I am not an ambassador for this product… I just tried it once and never had another bad armpit day in my life again, despite sweating profusely daily in my all-year-round hot, humid country!)
Live Beautifully Natural Deodorants, SGD 5.65 to 12.00
For the expat with kids in tow
Console games and iPads were at one time all the rage. But this year, why not get your kids something unique AND educational at the same time—like the Kindle for Kids Bundle? Designed specially to encourage reading among kids, this special edition Kindle comes with features like Vocabulary Builder and Word Wise to improve to your kids’ vocabulary development, and Kindle FreeTime to track your kids’ reading accomplishments. It also easily holds thousands of books, so you or your kids don’t have to carry a heavy backpack around. Now your kids will have no reason not to read!
For the expat who loves photography
You would be hard pressed not to find jet-setting expats who don’t like to take photographs wherever they land. Why not help them take their hobby one step further with the new Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera. With just a pop-up flash and no viewfinder, this nifty gadget combines nostalgic instant polaroid photography with modern, digital technology—using the ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology, you can now instantly print full colour and smudge-proof photos right after an image is captured, or you can save it on a micro SD card (up to 32GB) to view it later on your computer and share it on Facebook and Instagram. Unlike other Polaroid and digital cameras, the Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera is also pocket-friendly, so it will fit perfectly in your friend’s shirt pocket, handbag—and life.
Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera, SGD 140.41
We hope you like our 2015 roundup of cool Christmas gifts to bestow your loved ones with. If you have more unique and useful gift ideas to add to the list, feel free to share them with us in the comment box below! Our warmest Seasons Greetings to all