It’s official: The sleigh has been upgraded, the reindeer are in training and the elves have filed the flight plans. Santa Claus is coming to town once again.
Besides leaving you with little time to improve your naughty/nice ratio, that means two things: first, you need to write your letter to the man in red; second, it’s time to get your shop on. Can’t endure browsing for hours on end? Worry not, we’re here to take the strife out of seasonal shopping with our inventory of inspired Christmas gift ideas – all of which are just a quick click away. Whoever you’re buying for, there’s sure to be something appropriately awesome nestling in the guides below – and there are more on the way. You can thank us on Boxing Day.
Stuffcool WC510r Wireless Charger (₹2999)
Still trying to explain to your mobile-content-viewing parents to keep their phone upright while charging and watching? Save your breath and splash out the WC510r. Pop a phone on this Qi-enabled wireless charger and it’ll keep the viewing angle just right. You can use it at work too and avoid those missed notifications.
Lego Fire Station (₹7999)
There’s no better way to spend the holidays with kids than by tipping out a box of bricks and getting your festive build on. The only downside? Having to pick them all up afterwards. Do both at the same time with this epic Fire Station set. The 509-piece building set features a 3-level fire station with office, a relaxation room, a scout tower, a waterside dock, a separate garage with large opening front door, a landing pad for the detachable scouting drone with spinning rotors and a camera. Have fun!
Mapuguaquén stereo speaker ($690)
An active sound system made of clay sounds like the kind of experiment your mother wouldn’t approve of for the fear of washing the dirt off. Anyhow, introduce her to the “daag achche hain” school of thought, and this stereo speaker will surely win her over. The acoustics developed by German and Dane engineers fuse art in electronics and amplification with ancestral craft techniques to make this sustainable and very aesthetic looking speaker. Do your bit now… or in the next 10 years, this will be a list of underwater gift ideas!
Everlane Reversible Puffer (₹13,170)
Want winter warmth without the waste? You could sew together a scratchy jacket from three hessian sacks and an old skipping rope. Or, for a less rustic solution to fast fashion, try this Everlane jacket. A bomber that’s better for nature, the outside of this thing is crafted from 12 recycled bottles, and the fill is made from recycled comforters and pillows.
House of Marley Exodus ANC (₹29,999)
It’s not easy being green, especially if you’re an audiophile. You want the best possible listening experience, but you know the materials that go into making your high-end headphones aren’t necessarily the most eco-friendly. House of Marley’s flagship wireless noise-cancellers aim to change that by being crafted from FSC-certified wood, stainless steel, recyclable aluminium and leather (sorry about that last one, vegans).
Simond Thermal Base Layer (₹1499)
Sweating while shivering is one of the strange realities of winter running, but this base layer keeps chest and arms warm without trapping moisture. This body-mapped sweatshirt is designed to stay close to the skin without hugging it; the stretchy fabric is both breathable and absorbent. Sweat is let out; warmth reflected back at the wearer’s muscles.
Polar Ignite (₹13,430)
Polar’s sleek, stylish, waterproof watch tracks heartbeats through winter runs and icy bike rides alike. More than that, the FitSpark training guide serves up ready-made workouts for all fitness levels, while recovery measurement, sleep stage tracking and in-built breathing exercises aim to look after health long after the sweat has dried. Available in various finishes and with a battery that can last for five days, its features belie its price.
Apple AirPods Pro (₹24,990)
Whether it’s Eminem or Enya, the right playlist could shave seconds off a PB… but dangling cables can distract runners of all fitness levels (and musical tastes). These dinky Bluetooth buds will spur ‘athletes’ on, while the capable ANC will keep you focussed on running without cutting the music. There’s voice control via Siri, and up to five hours on one charge.
Nescafé É Smart Coffee Maker and Travel Mug (₹6499)
After all that booze, you might need more than just Christmas spirit to get you out of pyjamas to walk gracefully into the new year. This lightweight coffee-making mug can pump out proper espresso wherever you go. Simply place it on the plugged in docking station, pair it with your smartphone with the Nescafé É connected mug app, choose the beverage you want and add the ingredients. You’ll soon have a steaming brew to move you!
Logitech MX Master 3 (₹8995)
Spare a thought for those scrolling through long lists and accounts everyday. What they need is the electromagnetic MagSpeed wheel on this sculpted mouse. Capable of whizzing through 1000 lines of spreadsheet in a single second, the silent scroller can also be switched to ratchet mode for instant precision when needed.
MARSHALL STOCKWELL II (£129)
Marshall amps are cool. That’s a fact. Built for the back of vans and topped by gnarly knobs, the iconic boxes have done the business for everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Motörhead. Bring that rock and roll to your Bluetooth rodeo with the Stockwell II. Styled like its full-size forebears and topped by a guitar strap handle, the speaker packs punchy sound, EQ knobs and a battery that can last longer than Live Aid. And, like any good touring accessory, it’s built tough, with a steel grille and IPX4 waterproofing to survive any beers thrown from the front row.