By Aimee L, Helen Chiang and Terry H

While this might sound shallow and not in keeping with the season of giving, we honestly feel that nothing spoils Christmas more than an awful gift. An awful gift is not so much about the price of the item, but the fact that the gift-giver never even spent a second to think about what the recipient would like, and that to us, is far worse.

As we have have done for the past few years, we scoured the internet and malls, made calls and sent out numerous emails to different PR agencies, brands and companies to find out more about products that we thought should be featured in our annual list, and here are the nine products that made the cut.

Do know that we personally tried, tested and played with each item that we recommended, and felt that these products truly deserved to make the list, and would make for gifts that your recipients would love, use and appreciate.

For The Woman Who Has It All

What do you get for the woman who literally has everything? The gift of pleasure that keeps on giving – without tiring or falling asleep mid pleasuring of course. The Womanizer OG is the world’s first Pleasure Air G-spot vibrator that combines targeted Pleasure Air and vibrations for a powerful orgasmic journey. It works by targeting the G-spot by using the brand’s signature, patented Pleasure Air Technology, which creates pulsating waves and gentle suction that leads to an extraordinarily new kind of orgasm, and I am not shy to say that I put it to the test, and boy-oh-boy did it deliver.

The Womanizer OG is not your run-of-the-mill tacky sex toy. This is the Hermes of sex toys. It is sleek, classy, silent, comes in several subtle colours, is waterproof, retails for $280, and is available here.

For The Hostess (Or Host) With The Mostest

I can’t even boil an egg without burning down the kitchen, but if someone gifted me this absolutely gorgeous cookware set from Cosmic Cookware’s new Pink Berry collection, I would be signing up for a cooking class in next to no time.

The super classy Pink Berry cookware collection is made using a natural ceramic compound that’s free of harmful chemicals and toxins, even when exposed to extreme heat. Not only are Cosmic products made without toxic materials like TEFLON (PTFE), PFOA, Cadmium, Lead, and other “forever chemicals”, each cookware is coated with Swiss-certified ILAG ceramic coating that’s guaranteed to be non-toxic and non-stick. If pink is not your colour, you can opt for their cream or dark blue cookware instead.

The Cosmic Cookware Pink Berry Collection sets retail for between $138-$227 and is available here.

For The Serious Beauty Junkie

Not many people realise just how much of a game changer a good face cleansing device is. While there are loads of face cleansing devices available in the market, it is important to understand that not all of them are created equal. So if there is only one beauty device you can afford to buy, we suggest it be a good facial cleansing device, preferably one without any bristles – as these can cause micro-scratches on your skin.

When it comes to face cleansing devices, there are only two brands that we would recommend with confidence:

The first is the newly launched Nu Skin ageLOC LumiSpa io. This has to be the perfect gift for that someone who wants to stay ahead of the beauty curve, or that techy friend who also appreciates the importance of good skin. This high-tech device has smart sensors and a connected app that provides guidance about your treatment pressure, movement, and coverage and can even send or save personalised treatments from your phone to your device with the app, or create your own treatment by adjusting the time and facial areas.

It also respects the skin’s pH, and helps preserve its natural moisture barrier, and doesn’t disrupt the skin’s natural microbiome balance (important if you want to avoid breakouts and rashes), no matter your age or skin type, making it safe even for those with troubled skin. The ageLOC LumiSpa io comes with a face wash, retails for $515, and is available here.

Another winner when it comes to facial cleansing devices in our books is the FOREO LUNA which we are excited to announce has got an upgrade! With even softer silicone touch-points, the improved LUNAis able to glide even more effortlessly across your skin, preserving its natural elasticity.

The LUNA™ 4 mini, would make for a great gift for a first time face washing device user. The mini-but-mighty must-have for any skincare enthusiast, this smart device offers effortless facial cleansing and a healthy, radiant glow in just one minute! It has a 2-zone brush head and a quick 30-second Glow Boost mode for ultimate ease. We love how well LUNA™ 4 mini sits in our palm, and is so easy to use and comes in such adorable colours and retails for $329.

The LUNA™ 4 is a 2-in-1 Smart Facial Cleansing and Firming Device which would make for a great gift for any beauty junkie. The improved device means that you can now enjoy an effortless skincare routine and tackle signs of ageing at the same time. Tailored perfectly to your skincare needs, LUNA™ 4 offers the choice between Gentle, Regular, or Deep Cleansing modes and also five different Firming Massage routines for pro-level results in the comfort of your own home. The LUNA™ 4 retails for $466.

The LUNA™ 4 men is a 2-in-1 Smart Facial Cleansing and Firming Device for skin and beard. And being the only male writer on the team with a decent amount of facial hair growth, I was the best person to trial it. This is definitely the busy man’s must-have skincare essential, as it takes care of your skin and beard so you don’t have to. Users can choose between Gentle, Regular or Deep Cleanse mode and enjoy an energising firming massage for clean and healthier-looking skin.

This is my first face cleansing device, and I have to admit that it is a game changer. My skin really does look so much better since I started testing the product out, and I believe that any guy, irrespective of whether he has facial hair or not, will definitely love the LUNA™ 4 men which retails for $466.

The new FOREO LUNA™collection is available at sephora.sg, Sephora in-app, and Sephora stores.

For The Girl Friend Who Loves Her Makeup

The Blockbuster Makeup Palette Christmas (Limited Edition) from Sephora, is a makeup lovers dream come true. This amazing all-in-one makeup palette gives you 88 shades, various finishes (think clean matte, shimmer, pearl) and different textures (powders, and creams) so you can create a variety of looks with colours ranging from nude to festive glam.

We couldn’t resist making over everyone in the office with these amazing colours, and we are seriously obsessed! The SEPHORA Blockbuster Makeup Palette retails for $79 and is available at Sephora onlineSephora in-app and Sephora stores.

For That Family Member Who You Hold Very Dear

If your parents or grandparents are like ours, they have an annoying love-hate relationship with air-conditioning and energy bills. Which is why we think the AIRLEO is the perfect gift for them (and yourself too). With the AIRLEO you no longer have to put up with their ugly, bulky standing fans that just move warm air around and around the house, and totally mess with your scandi-decor style.

The AIRLEO which comes in white or black (with luxe gold trim) is the world’s first environmentally friendly and mobile, dedicated cooling system that also promises to save up to 80% of your air conditioning bill. An added bonus is that it is beautiful and will definitely complement your living area, doesn’t take up too much floor space, has wheels so it can be easily moved around the house, and actually keeps you cool.

A Singaporean brand, the AIRLEO is able to eliminate pathogens, bacteria and viruses with its medical grade log 1 UVC module, protecting your loved-ones while keeping them cool through its unique internal propeller blades that create a 3-D air flow that cools you, without the need to cool the entire room.

Using a targeted point-and-shoot system, the AIRLEO creates a spherical space around you, providing cool air wherever you are. It is also far kinder to the environment with its low energy consumption and minimal heated exhaust. You can also download the app and control the device via your phone.

AIRLEO is currently running their Christmas sale from now until the 25th December, where you can buy a unit for just $799 (UP $1,099) and receive a $30 NTUC e-voucher. To find out more, or make a purchase, go here.

The Perfect Gift Or Stocking Stuffer For Everyone

When it comes to skincare, one brand that is both affordable and does not disappoint is CNP Laboratory, and we are loving their new Hyaluronic Derma Tension Collection. Hyaluronic Acid is a must-have skincare ingredient for us, so we are loving this new line, which we feel would make for a wonderful gift to anyone. The collection has three key products, that work well when combined:

Hyaluronic Derma Tension Milky Toner 150ml / $50.40 provides a feeling of firmness and radiance to lifeless skin with hyaluronic acid, collagen, and adenosine. Hyaluronic Derma Tension Serum 50ml / $80.60 provides moisturising, firming results and is packed with highly concentrated Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen and Adenosine. Hyaluronic Derma Tension Cream 50ml / $70.60 is a creamy moisturiser that leaves skin feeling firmer and hydrated with hyaluronic acid, collagen, and adenosine.

You can split the range up as stocking stuffers, or give them as a set, either way, this is a gift that your recipient will definitely appreciate and use. The new Hyaluronic Derma Tension Collection by CNP is available here.

Buying single-use bottled water is passe, not to mention extremely environmentally irresponsible, and what better way to stay hydrated than with a seriously fashionable, and safe water bottle? I mean everyone drinks water, so this is a gift that will most certainly be useful to everyone.

The popular Montigo Ace Bottle, is now available in two new high shine, ultra-luxe, chrome hues: Crimson Carols and Forest Fantasy, and is available for a limited time only in sizes 18oz (530ml) and 32oz (950ml).

Unlike other cheap-ass (albeit cute) bottles available in the market, Montigo bottles are made from durable A2 food grade stainless steel, they keep your beverage cool for up to 18 hours, and warm for up to 12 hours, is BPA/BPS free, and totally safe for daily use, and has a no-sweat technology that prevent slippery condensation.

The special Holiday Edition Montigo Ace Bottle retails for between $54.90 and $64.90 and is available here.

We hope that these suggestions make Christmas gift shopping less stressful for you. But remember, at the end of the day, the best gift you can give someone has less to do with how much you spent, and all to do with the fact that you listened to them (as they blathered on throughout the year), and remembered what they love and enjoy. Happy shopping!