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This time of the year, procrastination is almost customary. If you’re overwhelmed, running out of time and haven’t yet done your festive shopping, here are quick yet thoughtful gift ideas to get your loved ones
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Charlotte Olympia’s footwear designs are inspired by vintage Hollywood glamour, and these Matrioska slipper mules are no exception, Boasting detailed embroidery of the famous Russian doll, the handcrafted shoes are a distinctive and quick gift offered on Shopbop.com, which provides free three day international shipping. Price: $365 (AED1,344)
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What do you get someone who has everything? An anti-theft backpack that they probably have not heard of. The product, newly added and exclusively available on UAE online portal dealsaddress.com, is built with a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lock, keeping your belongings safe and sound. The XD Design creation also features a USB cable, luggage scale and multiple pockets. Dealsaddress offers next day delivery in the UAE. Price: $33 (AED120)
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SensAsia spa offers personalised and hassle free gift vouchers that can be hand-delivered to recipients for free, or sent via email. The vouchers cover a range of treatments including facials, scrubs and massages. Add some treats to your gift from the SensAsia product line, such as a lavender neck pillow and soothing pillow mist. Prices start at $54 (AED199).
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Buying a gift for a tech fanatic? You can’t go wrong with Sennheiser’s PXC 550 Wireless headphones, which come with adaptive noise cancellation and earcup-mounted control panel. They’re also great for frequent flyers, as they’re compact, lightweight and have up to 30 hours of battery time, making them perfect for long haul flights. Price: $400 (AED 1,499)
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This gift set includes the waterproof Luna facial brush, made of quick-drying, nonporous silicone, claimed to be 35 times more hygienic than standard bristled cleansing brushes. It comes with day and night cleansers containing mandarin, apricot seed extract and sweet almond. The set is sold on Namshi.com, which offers fast next day delivery. Price: $50 (AED180).
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Backgammon is never a bad idea. One of the oldest board games known to man, it is particularly popular in the Middle East. Believed to be over 5,000 years old, it requires two players that compete to move fifteen checkers off the board. Ridley’s sells mini boards on Namshi, which provides next day delivery. Price: $27 (AED100).
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Sneakers are easier to buy as gifts than loafers, as the fit is likely to be suitable, given the design is less constrictive than formal shoes, especially if the brand is Gianvito Rossi, known for its comfortable footwear. These low-top velvet sneakers are lavish and trendy, but retain a traditional silhouette. Order them online with free delivery from Level shoes. Price: $590 (AED2,170).