“Spare money? Sure we’re sitting on a mountain of it, so much in fact, we didn’t use tinsel this year, we just decorated the tree with bank notes” Said nobody in December, EVER.
To help lighten the burden on your collective budgets, we’ve put together a little gift guide that will hopefully make the season of giving a little more forgiving.
New Look Faux Fur Leopard Eye Mask
When it all gets a bit too much, slip on this faux fur number and recline on your chaise lounge. An ultra soft eye mask is essential for getting some shut-eye on long flights, or when your spouse is up late binge watching in bed. A stylish lifesaver that will set you back only AED 24 – cheaper than upscaling so you have a spare room to banish them into.
AED 24. namshi.com
Max Factor Masterpiece Nude Eyeshadow palette, Rose Nudes
Paint the skin around your eyeballs these specific colours. Because that’s a thing our species does. There’s a dual tip applicator for seamless contouring and a rich palette to blend and lift your tone game to smoky-eyed greatness.
Souq.com, AED 43.48
Nail art accessories
Make the salon regular in your life smile and possibly even save some money. These cute nail art accessories from Daiso Japan add glitz to the most basic of manis. From stackable pots of sparkles to stick-on decals, it’s fair to say this Japanese discount store has ‘nailed’ the talon trend.
From AED 7. Available at Daiso Japan stores across Dubai. Find your nearest at www.facebook.com/pg/daisojapanme
Dirty Dancing printed tee
Nobody puts you in the corner when you’re wearing this. Get the Dirty Dancing fan in your life a fitting tribute in white cotton. Available in extra small, medium or large from H&M, they’ll have the time of their life while they’re wearing it. Order online and collect at your local store for free to save on shipping charges.
Reduced to AED 15. ae.hm.com
New Look faux leather wallet in brown
The perfect gift for the man in your life that – and this is almost a universal constant – has held onto their current fading, dog-eared wallet for way too long. It’s a thing that holds money and cards. Could definitely get away with passing this off as more expensive than it is.
Asos.com/UAE, AED 44.70
Heart & Dagger knitted Jacquard pocket square in burgundy
For gents that dabble with dapper. If you’re buying for a Mr that knows the difference between a cummerbund and a cravat, this could be a smart purchase. Classic, elegant – a flourish to finish off the suited and booted look.
Asos.com/UAE, AED 44.76
Apparently bum bags are back in. Yep, the 80s revival that seems to have gone on since the actual 80s keeps chucking up the items we thought were down fashion’s bin chute forever. This awesome value example does have us tempted though.
H&M, AED 40
Living Royal Jelly Bean Ankle Socks
Sweeten up his look with these OTT ankle socks. The one-fits-all sizing is a gamble, but who ever said no to candy? Living Royal claim to make the coolest socks on earth and if all goes well, you could pick them up at your nearest Virgin Megastore within two hours of ordering online.
AED 39. www.virginmegastore.ae
Cotton canvas backpack
We love this classic canvas bag. A trendy addition to any outfit and especially useful where you may need to carry things either too numerous or awkward to shift by hand.
H&M. AED 50
For the kids
Playgo My Dough Centre (three years and up)
Check out this snazzy little hobby table for modelling putty at a great (sale) price. Your little ones can play at couiffering hair, or creating food masterpieces – without the need for emergency services call outs.
Souq.com, AED 28.33
X Gallop Cross Country Real Racing Remote Control Car
A rechargeable remote control car that at least looks pretty nifty. It’s advertised as having front and rear suspension with coil spring and shock units. There aren’t a huge amount of this particular unit left in stock – but there are countless other RC cars on the various online retailers for under AED 50, including Ferraris and Bugattis for those kids who want a car just like mummy or daddy.
Souq.com, AED 28
L.O.L. Surprise Fashion Crush Mystery Pack
Confession. No idea what these things are but they seem to be infectiously popular. Our understanding is that each one contains a surprise, like a Kinder Egg, without the chocolate. A surprise limited to clothing items for accessorising L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls (sold separately).
AED 29, Virgin Megastore
Giggles Fox Rattle with Vibration
For the super tiny floppy-headed ones, experiencing their very first Christmas, this little number ticks a lot of sensory boxes. It’s cute, it rattles, it vibrates and just look at that colour scheme.
The Baby Shop. AED 21
Gadgets (for him, her, you, anyone)
Nothing says ‘couldn’t think what to get you so I got you this’ – like a portable waffle oven. That being said. This is a device that cooks waffles. A delicious snack any time of day, savoury or sweet. If you’ve given up on waffles, you’ve given up on life.
Noon.com, AED 42
Charge 3 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker With Powerful Bass
Whilst you can’t gift somebody a good taste in music, you can at least give them the means with which to express their musical taste this Christmas. Portable music. It’s got a nominal output of 10-20 Watt.
Souq.com, AED 38.99
Voldemort’s Wand Mini Kit
Potter fans will love this gift. Or even people who hate our wizard mate Harry – because this is the wand that nearly ended him. It makes a beautiful decorative addition to any office desktop.sanctum of the arcane.
Virgin Megastores, AED 49
Spigen Velo A600 Crystal Clear Universal Waterproof Pouch For Smartphones
Don’t fancy playing chicken with your expensive smart phone and the bottom of a pool? This is the perfect gift for someone who is glued to their phone. If adult life requires you to reply to emails, why not do it from the comfort of a lilo? That my friends, is a hack.
Virgin Megastores, AED 49
Rotera Lantern for Tealights
Pretty up your home or outdoor area with Ikea’s stylish Rotera lanterns. At only AED 12 each, treat yourself to both colourways of black and white, then maybe throw in a pack of 30 scented tealights for AED 15. Available in apple, nutmeg and blackberry.
Ikea store, Festival City. Opening hours 10am-11pm (12am Thursday-Saturday). 800 4532.
Think of how many hours we waste in the toilet each year. Tapping away at angry birds or scrolling through Instagram on your phone – desperately trying not to double tap photos posted months before. Why not use that time to perfect your short game? This potty putting set is perfect for all ages – and requires zero green fee payment.
Tarsam Images, Mall of the Emirates. AED 45
Personalised Printed Ceramic Mugs
Whether you’re filling it with tea, coffee, chai, soup or something mulled, everything hot tastes better from a personalised mug. Online printers Print Online will whizz up an eye-catching ceramic cup that is unmistakably yours. Just send them a design and choose from black, white, clear or even a magic number that reveals its secrets when the going gets hot.
Single mug from AED 9. Couples mug (pictured) AED 40. www.printonline.ae
All the prices, were correct and items in stock at the time of writing. Delivery charges not included.