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Stuck on last-minute gifting? Here are 10 ideas

Here are our top picks from the world of gadgets, and beyond

[Source photo: Supplied images/ Illustrated by Anvita Gupta, Fast Company Middle East]

It’s the holiday season, so it’s time to start shopping for family and friends. While gifting can be a stifling task for many, we have found some joy-inducing gift gadgets that value comfort and experience. If you want to go off the beaten track and give a non-techy gift, we’ve also factored that in. Here are our top gift recommendations for the season.

3-in-1: Purifier, Fan and Heater

Credits: Philips

We love multi-functionality products. Imagine an air purifier, a fan, and a heater wrapped into one product. Unlike other air purifiers, this one has a compact design. This little luxury is just for you.

Noise-canceling headsets 

Credits: Sony

This is for friends that love to travel, work or spend hours in the gym. Sony’s WH-1000XM5 promises an immersive, distraction-free sound experience. The headphones are engineered with four beamforming microphones and an AI-based noise reduction structure that isolates a speaker’s voice from the noisy background giving them a chance to take calls on the go. 

Milk Frother

Credits: Nespresso

The new Nespresso milk frother is versatile and convenient. Aerocinno has many options to make hot foam, hot milk, and cold foam. This frother can be used with all types of milk – plant-based or dairy. We find this product cooler than the Nespresso machine itself. 

Toaster Oven

Credits: Balmuda

This toaster oven from Japanese electronics brand Balmuda looks like a regular toaster oven, but it’s not. Here’s how it works: You add a thimble of water to a coin-shaped slot behind the door. And then watch as the window fills with steam and the coils glow. We’ve been told that the design was inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film Kiki’s Delivery Service, encouraging users to watch their bread (or pizza, or croissant) be enveloped in vapors and reconstituted to its moist, fluffy self.

Streaming Light

Credits: Logitech

Influencer-style rings are outdated. Logitech’s Litra Glow can be mounted to the top of your laptop. It has wide and soft glow options, allowing users to adjust brightness and color temperatures to find the best light for their skin tone. Originally designed for gamers, the lower light intensity option will glam up everyday meetings. It doubles up as a great last-minute gift. 

Adjustable Laptop Stand 


This adjustable laptop stand is for friends constantly on their laptops as it solves all their posture problems. It’s a thoughtful gift without the frills but has an impact that will have your friend thinking of you at work.

Aromatherapy Melting Wax Lamp 

Credits: XSXV

Sometimes burning candles is unsafe, especially if you have fidgety pets at home. Unlike burning candles with open flames, candle melting lamps use the heat of bulbs to melt the candle wax sans smoke or fire. There is a range available on Amazon with the same functionality. 

Embroidered Christmas Stocking

Credits: MADE51

Hand-embroidered Christmas stockings are a beautiful reminder of the joy of giving. This intricate detailing stocking is crafted by Syrian refugees living in Lebanon; it’s part of UNHCR’s MADE51 initiative. MADE51 features a collection of home products, jewelry, and accessories, each product telling a unique story. 

Flower Bouquet 

Credits: Lego

For your friends that love all things floral, LEGO’s bouquet doesn’t disappoint at all. Featuring 15 stems with a mix of roses, snapdragons, poppies, asters, daisies, and grasses, this LEGO set is interesting to build and can be interestingly displayed in vases.

Double Hoop Candlestick

Credits: H&M

So you need to send someone a gift, but you have no idea what they like. Double-hoop candlestick by uncommon matters x H&M Home adds elegance to any living room and makes for a great last-minute, but timeless gift for anyone. 

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