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?
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.
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.
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.