Who said you had to wait for Christmas to come around to get presents for your nearest and dearest? It’s never too early (nor late!) to show appreciation for our loved ones with an end-of-year gift, especially with tons of promotions still going on. Not sure what to get? We gotchu – we’ve got three gifts for three different price ranges per category to suit your budget. So here’s a lowdown on how to treat your BFF… or yourself. No judgement. Hehe.

So we’ve divided gifts into 3 budget ranges:

$: Under RM70

$$: RM71-149

$$$: RM150 upwards

MUSIC:

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Lazada Malaysia

Balada by Pastel Lite

There aren’t many albums like Balada this year. Balada is a reintroduction to Malaysian music, through the lenses of Eff Hakim and Faliq Mohd. The highlight of the album, ‘Masa Kita’, can definitely melt one’s heart during the holiday season. 

Lazada Indonesia

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DiMarzio John Petrucci Signature Cliplock Guitar Strap

This gorgeous blue stitched black nylon cliplock guitar strap is definitely on many guitarists’ wish list – so go and make someone’s day with this practical yet stylish accessory! Major points if the guitarist likes swinging his/her guitar around or performs regularly. If your guitarist friend prefers it in another colour, no worries. This strap comes in red stitching as well. Currently it’s marked down on MusicBliss from RM144 to a reasonable RM129.

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Roland GO:MIXER

In the DIY internet era, everyone can make music at home. You don’t need to record a demo at your local studio anymore, because Roland GO:MIXER gives you what you need in a easy to carry package. With its mobility, now even you or your music-loving friend can record music like Khalid, anywhere you want. With just your smartphone and this trusty gadget, you can create high-quality audio tracks. The GO:MIXER is now available at Roland Asia Pacific!


Lifestyle:

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Rastaclat Classic in Arashi Blue

You’ve completed your look. You’ve got the apparel that speaks your style. However, you still feel like you’re missing something. You look in the mirror, wondering about this feeling, pondering this emptiness you wish to fulfill. You look at your wrist. It feels bare. You notice that you need a bracelet. Lucky for you, we happen to know a kick ass one, in the form of a Rastaclat. You need it, no questions asked. Keep a look out… a lucky reader may score one of these!

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Mille Personal Blender

What’s the use of looking good if you don’t feel great? With the Mille Personal Blender from Courts Malaysia, you can always be on-the-go with your favourite smoothies and juices. This totally easy to use and affordable appliance will definitely suit your health-savvy friend. Psst… there’s a giveaway for this!

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Nike Sock Dart

The Sock Dart is an underrated shoe, which makes it perfect for you to stand out from the crowd that wears Vans and Converses and Air Force Ones. Not only is it comfortable and elastic, it’s also on sale at Sole What, so go forth and purchase, and be different from the mainstream. You got this, you hipster person, you.


Beauty

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Mille Hairdryer in Black

Make sure your friend never has a bad hair day with this gift. This Mille Hairdryer is the perfect, small budget-friendly gift for that friend who loves styling their hair. Not only is it easy to use with its 2-speed setting, it’s an adorable gift anyone would be happy to receive.

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Velvet Vanity: Teenage Fever Bundle

Who doesn’t love liquid lipstick? Get in on the trend with four colours that fit every occasion, and every mood. While we might not be teenagers, free to experiment with all shades of the rainbow anymore, be a dreamboat and gift this bundle. Plus, you’ll be supporting a local brand!

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tarte Tartelette in Bloom Clay Palette

tarte cosmetics always brings their best with their line of highly pigmented shadows so make sure your friend is always in bloom with this palette. Perfect for every occasion, they’re sure to love it.


Tech

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JBL T110 In-Ear Headphones in White 

For those on the go or need a hands free set, the JBL T110 are the perfect budget earphones that don’t suck. So for that friend that is afraid to carry an expensive pair of earphones around, this could be the perfect compromise between cost and quality. Did I mention that they’re also tangle proof with their flat cable design?

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Lenovo Heartrate Band G03

A budget smartwatch that doubles as a fitness tracker, you can’t go wrong with the Lenovo G03. This is perfect for that friend that is always late and never looks at their phone. They will not only have a watch to remind them of the time, but the constant notification reminders you will send them.

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Samsung Galaxy Note FE N935 in Blue Coral

To pair with the smartwatch and new earphones, a new phone would be great. For overall best value buy, the Samsung Galaxy Note FE is takes great photos, videos and comes with a stylus that won’t break the bank, much. Think of it as the perfect ‘level up’ gift for your non techie friends and perhaps those Apple users contemplating the iPhone X.


Geek:

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Overwatch

You can get one of the best video games in the universe for just half of its usual price. Sale ends on January 2nd, 2018 so better hurry your butt up! *;)*

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Comixology Holiday Sale

Now is a good time to buy lotsa comics ‘cause Comixology is having a gigantic holiday sale across major publishers such as:

– 80% off Marvel comics

– 88% off DC comics

– 78% off Star Wars comics

– Save 50% on Boom Studios comics using the code ‘BOOM50’ at checkout

– Save 55% on IDW comics using the code ‘IDW’ at checkout

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Milky Overload Artwork

This collaborative steampunk artbook is brought to you by a bunch of awesome local artists. Come for the aesthetics, stay for the quality. You can thank me later!