We've all been there - the clock is ticking but you're still not done with your gift shopping. Regardless of whether you started gift shopping too late or can't decide what to get, we've got your back; last-minute gifts don't have to suck! Here's a list of thoughtful gifts (that aren't chocolates or gift cards) you can easily get at the last minute.
Gift them a whole new world. If you're not sure what to get, check out The New York Times' Best Books of 2019, or BookActually's catalogue by Singaporean authors to #supportlocal (we recommend the bestseller What Gives Us Our Names by Alvin Pang, a short but impactful book great for people of all ages).
Want to gift a life-changing book? No problem. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, a groundbreaker in the self-help genre, shares a model to take charge of their personal and professional life.
2. Tech Gifts
Make use of the exciting technology available! We recommend the following:
- Wireless Chargers so that they can quickly charge their phones without the hassle of wires. Try the Belkin or Huawei wireless chargers!
- Noise Cancelling / Isolation headphones so that they can work productively without distracting sounds in the office. (Sony WH-1000XM3 is currently one of the best in the market).
- E-book Readers (e.g. Kindle Paperwhite) or Audiobook Subscriptions (e.g. Audible) to help them spend their commute productively.
3. Feel Good Vibes
In the spirit of giving, spread the joy by volunteering! Choose one of the many causes available from portals like giving.sg, or volunteer with respective organisations separately.
Company looking to do good together? Check out your corporate giving profile and how you can start or continue your corporate giving journey on Company of Good, or work with a company on the BusinessForGood Directory.
4. Puzzle, Strategy, and/or Stealth Games
Gaming may be seen as a waste of time to many, but it can help impart beneficial skills; for instance, puzzle, stealth, and strategy games train their problem-solving skills, patience and resource management while they have fun.
You could then use this as an opportunity to gauge their interest in game development, a high-income skill. Learning game development allows them to discover potential career options and even earn passive income from the games they make. If they learn how to use Unity3D, the biggest game engine in the world, they could specialise in virtual or augmented reality and simulations in the future as well. Which brings us to our last gift...
5. The Gift of Education
You could choose a course provider and send the available intakes to your loved one for them to choose from. Do note that if they are a Singaporean or PR, they may be eligible for reimbursement of course fees as well, so you might want to work out an arrangement with them (e.g. offering to pay for their deposit or unfunded course fees instead of the full fee) ;)
We hope this list has helped you in your gift shopping this festive season. All the best and Happy Holidays!