Christmas Gift Guide 2016: 14 gadget gift ideas for design lovers

From quirky cups to elephantine cutlery drainers, here's our list of the year's design doyens

That carbon-fibre Christmas tree. Those jelly baubles. The tinsel made of steam. Design decisions don't always go to plan, but they almost always get you noticed - and the festive season is the perfect time to give the gift of quirky kit.

Almost always placing function over form, this here is a collection of largely useless, fantastically designed prezzies.

Misfit Ray (S$159)

Staying lean is important, but so is a matched wardobe: sporty- looking fitness trackers will mess up your carefully- picked ensemble. Not unless you have the Misfit Ray. It doubles up as a stylish bracelet, necklace or pendant. Who says you can't look good while you're working on looking even better?

Buy the Misfit Ray here

Pro-Ject VT-E BT (S$690)

You don’t have to get a turntable this expensive. Heck, you don’t even need to get a turntable.

But, then, you could play your vinyl records vertically. Over Bluetooth. You could look at the price tag and think, "It's indulgent, but not crazy..." Then you could clear a space on the shelf.

Buy the Pro-Ject VT-E BT here

Lexon Liquid Desktop Organiser (S$65)

Take a plastic box, hold a lighter to it and voilà – a melted chic desktop organiser. What? Not keen?

Fine, get yourself this acrylic glass creation from Lexon instead. A uniquely stylish solution to workstation clutter, the droopy dips of this super stationery store make space for everything from paperclips to Post Its – perfect for office pen hoarders.

Best of all, for fans of multi-functional furniture, it doubles up as a deliciously juicy jelly mould.

Buy the Lexon Liquid Desktop Organiser here

Yamaha Relit LSX-70 (S$399)

This luxury lantern is the gift that gives back. Watch as your pal makes the mistake of assuming the Relit is either a good-looking, extremely adjustable lamp (there's ten different levels of brightness) or a good-looking Bluetooth speaker with aptX compatibility, a tweeter and a woofer. Because, joy to the world, it's both. How you will both howl with laughter.  

Buy the Yamaha Relit LSX-70 here

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