5 Easy But Thoughtful Gift Ideas For Last Minute Shoppers

Still can't decide what to get your loved ones for Christmas?


Don't worry, we've all been there.


Contrary to popular belief, last minute gifts don't have to suck. Here's a list of thoughtful gifts that you can easily get at the last minute (and aren't the typical chocolates or gift cards).


1. Books

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.”


When you give them a book, you 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.


Want to gift a life-changing book? Try 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, a groundbreaker in the self-help genre, and help them take charge of their personal and professional life.




2. Tech Gifts

"Dreams about the future are always filled with gadgets."


Improve their lives with technology! We recommend:


- Wireless Chargers so that they can quickly charge their phones without the hassle of wires.


- Noise Cancelling and/or Isolation headphones so that they can work productively without distracting sounds in the office.


- E-book Readers or Audiobook Subscriptions to help them spend their commute productively.




3. Feel Good Vibes

“Even if you just change one life, you’ve changed the world forever.”


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 your preferred organisation separately.


Organisation 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

"By playing games you can artificially speed up your learning curve to develop the right kind of thought processes."


Gaming is largely considered a waste of time, but it can help impart beneficial skills.


For instance, puzzle, stealth, and strategy games train problem-solving skills, patience and resource management in a fun way.


A passion in games can then be honed into one 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.


Which brings us to our last gift...




5. The Gift of Education

"Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."


Courses are unconventional but totally underrated gifts for your loved ones.


By encouraging them learn a new skill, you give them the opportunity to further their career, improve themselves, and even realise their dreams.


Not sure what to get? Why not help them stay relevant in the digital age? Start by gifting them an in-demand skill set, like data analytics, cloud computing, and game development.


(PSST: Some courses may even provide course fee support for eligible trainees – win-win!)



We hope this list has helped you in your gift shopping this festive season. All the best and Happy Holidays!


Written by: Chloe Thio & Jacob Chong (Gen Infiniti Academy)