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Published: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 9:42:07 AM

Give the perfect surprise

Gracious gifts: A delectable range of Godiva goodies for the festive season.

Gracious gifts: A delectable range of Godiva goodies for the festive season.

There’s something delightful for everyone this Christmas.

WHAT could possibly be better than chocolates? Prestigious Belgian chocolatier Godiva presents an array of new sweet creations for your loved ones this Yuletide season. Godiva presents their creations in classic Christmas characters as well as the Christmas tree, Santa Claus, Snowman and the Christmas cottage. Available in delectable flavours such as dark chocolate filled with white chocolate ganache, praline with caramelised hazelnuts and white chocolate filled with orange praline.

Godiva also has a selection of Christmas chocolate truffles in gingerbread, cranberry and raspberry flavours. Take these home in a limited edition holiday gift box or a luxurious hamper filled with more goodies.

Also available is Godiva 2013 Christmas teddy bear, so you know there are more ways to present chocolate as the sweetest gift ever. Price: RM58 to RM1,699.

Nescafe Dolce Gusto
Nescafe Dolce Gusto

Smooth operator

IMAGINE having the perfect cup of coffee in just a few simple steps. Well, you can, with the Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machine. This device enables you to have any cafe-style drink of your choice within one easy-to-use, maintenance-free system. Simply pop a flavour capsule, like espresso or latte macchiato, into the Nescafe Dolce Gusto, arrange the settings and voila, the perfect cup in no time! Just for Christmas, Nescafe Dolce Gusto is offering some special promotions.

Get a full range of 15 flavour capsules for only RM27.99 from its web store. Also available are the Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machines with any three boxes of capsules, from RM599 to RM699 (regular price: RM683-RM783). The web store also has a selection of exclusive flavours like green tea latte, vanilla latte macchiato, espresso intenso and more. Log on to https://www. dolce-gusto.com.my/christmas for more information.

Crabtree & Evelyn Christmas collection
Crabtree & Evelyn Christmas collection.

Garden delights

THE holiday season is a great time to relive fond moments with loved ones. Discover forgotten memories with Crabtree & Evelyn 2013 Christmas Gift collection. Inspired by the wonders and fascination of an English winter garden, the collection contains items scented with notes of seasonal fruits and spices. Each set is adorned in rich jewel-toned packaging, designed to evoke joy and a sense of nostalgia.

For home fragrances, choose from scents like Noel (blend of fresh balsam, persimmon citrus-infused star anise) and Gilded Chestnut (scented with roasted chestnut, autumn berries and whipped butter). There are also Hand Therapy samplers.

If you prefer food items, check out the Festive Food collection which includes spiced ginger biscuits and Christmas pudding biscuits. These beautiful gifts are also available in collectible tins with English Breakfast tea. Prices range from RM40 to RM408. Available at Crabtree & Evelyn retail stores nationwide.

Christmas diva

IF you’re looking for beauty ideas to rock parties this holiday season, take some cues from Sephora’s Lady Barock. Inspired by the looks of Marie Antoinette with a touch of goth and futuristic glamour, Lady Barock is anything but your typical beauty. Achieve her whimsical look with Sephora’s Sweet & Cosmic beauty line. Start by adding some glam to your nails with the Makeup Academy Kit. The set comes with 11 shades of nail polish. Have fun with Gloss de Noel, an ornament-shaped lip gloss and lollipop gloss in pink. Sweet & Cosmic also features products for bath, like the limited edition Enigmatic Premium Box set which includes shower gel, bubble bath and body scrub.

Speedo Aquabeat 2 underwater MP3 player
Speedo Aquabeat 2 underwater MP3 player.

Underwater affair

SPEEDO has the perfect gift for swimmers out there. Have fun swimming with Speedo Aquabeat 2 underwater MP3 player. Designed for optimum comfort, the Aquabeat 2 is easily attachable to swimsuits, trunks and even goggles. Don’t worry about dropping it underwater as the gadget floats right back up to the surface. Aquabeat 2 also boasts features like playlist creation, shuffle modes and is water-resistant for depths of up to 3m. It also has a radio and stopwatch function.

The gadget is available in a 4GB model with the capacity to store up to 2,000 songs. Priced at RM699. Throw in a pair of Speedo Aquapure goggles (RM79) for a secure and comfortable swim with its flexible soft-frame construction.

Quick shave

THERE are plenty of reasons to get out and mingle this festive season. However, getting ready can be quite a chore. Philips products will help you look your best. For the modern man who wants to look dapper in no time, get the Philips AquaTouch Shaver AT940. The shaver is equipped with SmartPivot technology with Super Lift and Cut Action that results in a fuss-free fast shave. Furthermore, it’s waterproof with a built-in Aquatec seal. So he can use it in the shower with shaving gel or foam. Priced at RM399.

For her, there is the limited edition epilator set. Achieve satin-smooth skin with it. The precision epilator works well for sensitive areas, and the luxury smart tweezers will help her shape the perfect eyebrows. Priced at RM199.

Rocking Christmas

FROM enchanting princesses to immortal rockers, Royal Selangor has something for everyone this Christmas. It doesn’t matter what year we live in, rock ’n’ roll is here to stay. Royal Selangor presents the Rock & Roll collection inspired by legendary musicians like Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Items include the Roses trinket box, skull-shaped cufflinks and a pill box with the words “Free Your Mind” on it.

For the young at heart, there’s also the FairyTales collection with items like the Rapunzel mug, Cinderella’s pumpkin coach as bookends and a Thumbelina mug. For those who love subtle Japanese art, there’s the Wave collection. Items like the tea caddy, name card holder and tumbler are adorned with intricate Japanese art patterns.

Just for the festive season, receive an eco-friendly tiger-striped tote bag made entirely from jute fibres for purchases worth RM500 and above. Prices range from RM150 to RM680.

Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Auto-motion Speedway track set
Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Auto-motion Speedway track set.

Merry toys

IT can be quite a challenge picking the right toys for young ones. Classics like Barbie and Hot Wheels are sure to please. How about the Barbie Mariposa Doll? Girls will love Barbie as the Mariposa fairy in her beautiful pink and orange dress. With just a click of her butterfly-shaped necklace, Barbie unfolds her sparkly butterfly wings! There is also a knob on the back to fold her wings back.

Boys will love the Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Auto-motion Speedway track set. Stick the set on the wall and watch your Hot Wheels cars in action as they manoeuvre tricky turns, go over the bridge and more.

To get the whole family in for playtime, get the UNO Blast. Play the classic game with an added twist. When players don’t have a card to play, they must draw one and place it in a slot on the Blast unit. Choose the wrong slot and the unlucky player may end up with every card in the blast unit storage. Prices range from RM99 to RM149.

Born LippyFruity Lip Balms
Body Shop’s Born Lippy Fruit Lip Balms.

Festive scent-sations

THESE novelty Christmas items from The Body Shop are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face! Get your hands on the Ginger Sparkle Shower, Scrub & Moisture set that comes in a reusable gingerbread man-shaped tin. For another great stocking filler, grab the five Fruit Lip Balms set in a fun lollipop box. There’s also the lovely Strawberry Shower, Scrub and Soften collection.

Prices range from RM35 to RM209.

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Christmas, Presents, Gift Ideas

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