Christmas Gift Guide 2020: The Best Home and Living Gifts for Your Parents
2020 has been a year of social distancing and isolation, making it especially hard for family members who live apart to connect. With Christmas fast arriving and Covid-19 measures relaxing, it's the perfect season to spend much-needed quality time with family, and pamper them with thoughtful gifts. We pick out some of the best appliances, gadgets, and home decor pieces that will improve their daily life and remind them that you care.
JBL PartyBox On-The-Go
Karaokes may be closed until pilot programmes begin in January, but that doesn’t have to stop you and your family from having a sing-off from the comfort of your home. The JBL Partybox On-The-Go is just the speaker for that, offering seamless Bluetooth streaming along with a dynamic light display that syncs to the music, and two JBL wireless microphones with advanced performance settings for that perfect sound.
Available online at JBL and all leading retailers.
Featuring a larger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display and powered by Apple’s most advanced A14 Bionic chip, the new iPad Air effortlessly supports your parents’ lifestyle—whether it is reading an e-book, watching Netflix, playing games, or making sketches—while remaining sleek and lightweight. The latest generation of the tablet now offers a 7-megapixel front-facing FaceTime HD camera, along with a 12-megapixel rear camera so that they can stay connected with the family and share high-resolution photos and videos.
Available at Apple and authorised retailers.
If you’d really like to pamper your parents, the V-Zug RefreshButler will take a load off their weekly chores, saving them a trip to the dry-cleaner. Resembling a stylish compact closet, the RefreshButler fits seamlessly into any home, while cleaning and disinfecting garments—from cotton and polyester to linen and silk—as well as shoes and bags. Thanks to the anti-crease function, time is also saved on steaming or ironing clothing pieces.
Available at V-Zug.
(Related: Gift Ideas For Your Socially Distant Loved Ones in Singapore)
Cumbria Crystal glassware set
Let your old man enjoy a 007 moment with this distinctive hand-cut lead crystal glassware set from Cumbria Crystal, perfect for savouring the limited edition Macallan Folio 5 single malt. This one-off set features a Square Spirits decanter and two Old Fashioned Double tumblers hand-blown by UK craftsmen using traditional techniques; it's no wonder that the glasses had a starring role in Casino Royale and Downtown Abbey.
Available at Tatler Curates.
Red Memory – Stop Staring at Me sculpture by Chen Wen Ling
If your parents are into standout home decor pieces, perhaps this artwork can help them elevate their living space. This sculpture is part of the famous Red Memory series, which helped bring Chinese artist Chen Wen Ling to global attention. The statue, which is a bronze sculpture painted red, depicts a carefree yet naughty child and celebrates life’s simplicity, as opposed to the relentless pursuit of materialism. The Red Memory series is seen as a sharp satire on rising consumerism in modern-day China.
Available at Tatler Curates.
Self-Portrait (2011) by Yayoi Kusuma
One of only 30 prints, this is a unique chance to own an artwork by Yayoi Kusuma, one of the most instantly recognisable artists alive today. Part of a series of prints made between 2011 and 2012 it offers a more intimate insight of this famous artist. It will make an exceptional gift for your art-loving parents and is currently available for viewing ahead of purchase at Ota Fine Arts.
More details available at Tatler Curates.
Samsung Family Hub refrigerator
It'll be a jolly good Christmas for Mum this year once she sees this exceptional refrigerator in her kitchen. The Samsung Family Hub is a smart fridge that comes with an intuitive touchscreen and apps that allow you to easily manage groceries, connect with the family and control your smart devices. You can take a peek inside the fridge using its home screen or your smartphone remotely thanks to the built-in cameras. There's also an improved food list feature that provides users with the recommended expiration date of tagged grocery items, making it much easier for your folks to manage food wastage as well as plan their grocery shopping dates.
Available at Samsung.
Dyson V11 Absolute+ vacuum cleaner
We've heard so much about how Dyson vacuum cleaners are both powerful and easy to use, so it makes sense to gift our parents something that's smart yet simple. The Dyson V11 Absolute+ is the brand's latest model in its range of cordless vacuum cleaners, promising to optimise cleaning time whether you're deep cleaning carpets or hard floors. It's a convenient tool because there's no need to change accessories when cleaning different types of floors and the amount of power needed is also automatically adjusted. Additionally, the vacuum cleaner handle features an LCD screen on top that shows available cleaning time plus other real-time information such as power mode, filter maintenance reminders and blockage reports.
Available at Dyson.
Altruistic Alphabet Porcelain Collection
Created in collaboration with Touch SpecialCrafts, these plates are part of the S for Social initiative by Supermama. The collection features designs by artists with intellectual disabilities; part of the sale proceeds will go to the participating artist or a social service organisation (50% of net profit); this allows artists with intellectual disabilities to work towards financial independence.
Handcrafted by artisans in Arita, Japan, each plate is stamped with lettering in gold leaf and represents social values based on the Altruistic Alphabet chart contributed by Lanzavecchia + Wai; the lettering can also be individually customised.
Available at Tatler Homes Curates