Christmas, a magical time of year when families come together to enjoy each other’s company and exchange gifts. But while it’s a time of celebration, it can bring its own stresses and strains - and we’re not just talking about the annual interrogation from your gran about why you haven’t settled down with a nice respectable girl already. No, we’re talking about the pressure to find those perfect presents for your nearest and dearest, not to mention the potential hole it can leave in your wallet.
But never fear, the magical elves at Microsoft have come to your gift-giving rescue, with 12 days of deals on a range of their products to ensure you can find something to suit every taste and personality type. We pick out some of the highlights and give you some pointers on who they might suit.
Product: Surface Pro
Who for: The Itinerant Traveller
They never seem to be in the country and whenever you do manage to catch up they’re busy planning their next overseas trip. You can’t help but admire their globe-trotting ways and love to stay in touch, even if you do worry about how they are paying for all these adventures. So why not give them something that lets them stay in contact with you and the office? They would probably baulk at the space and weight a laptop takes up in their luggage (and you might baulk at the price) so give them a more portable solution in the form of Microsoft’s series of Surface tablets.
For example, the Surface Pro 4 is super thin, super lightweight but, just as importantly, super powerful and super versatile. With 6th Gen Intel Core processors, up to 1TB of storage, 16GB of RAM and the ability to plug it into a Surface Dock, which lets you connect to a full keyboard, monitors and mouse, they can continue to work wherever they are in the world. Even if they aren’t that keen on doing any office work during their trip the 12.3-inch high-res PixelSense Display and Surface Pen are so inviting to use that they’ll be more likely to scribble down a quick note or two to update you on their latest exotic destination.
To sweeten the deal you can currently enjoy some amazing discounts of up to 15% on the Surface Pro 4 Core M and related accessories and over S$100 for the Surface 3 tablet. Just visit the Microsoft Gift site today for more information.
Product: Xbox One
Who for: The Gamer
We all want to have fun at Christmas, and while Auntie might think that fun means an epic game of mahjong you know that most of the younger siblings want to get around the TV for some exciting gaming action. And when it comes to gaming then it doesn’t get much more exciting than the Xbox One this yuletide. It’s the only place you’ll be able to play the latest versions of a raft of leading games like Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Forza Motorsport 6.
As if that wasn’t enough incentive to treat that special someone (OK admit it, we mean you) there’s also the choice of a series of special bundle deals that can save you up to S$200 on a choice of either a 500GB or 1TB Xbox One alongside top-rated games like Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Quantum Break or Fallout 4. Visit the Microsoft site for more details on all the different offers, which also includes savings up of up to 40% on selected games and 20% on all wireless controllers this December.
Product: The Wireless Mouse
Who for: The Minimalist
Always getting scolded for leaving your clothes on the floor or for not clearing up your bowl from the table after breakfast. Yes? Then you probably live with a lover of all things minimal, someone for whom clutter is an abomination, frills an affront and tangled wires the very stuff of nightmares. And herein lies the dilemma, what makes the perfect gift for someone for whom less is more?
Simple, you can help them achieve zen-like perfection by selecting a present that helps streamline their life. From a sleek new wireless mouse to help unclutter their desk to the flowing lines of their special ergonomic keyboard, Microsoft have a range of great accessory choices that are both practical and aesthetically please. What’s more if you visit their website between 3 to 4 December or 9 to 10 December then you can enjoy discounts of 30% off on all mouse and keyboards.