It’s that time of year again! Santa (i.e. you) is about to hit town, so it’s your job to fill those stockings with amazing presents for everyone. Before you run out and buy another boring sweater or generic earrings, check this out. We’ve shopped around and picked out some gifts that are unique and meaningful.
Isn’t that what the spirit of Christmas is all about?
How did this make it to the list?! We all know someone who’s a bit of a health freak… plus people are getting more health-conscious, especially with upcoming New Year resolutions to be healthier.
FibreFit is 100% natural and organic soluble dietary fibre you can add to your meals to make sure you’ve got enough fibre in your diet. It has no additives e.g. sugar, colouring, etc. The fibre comes from the Gum Acacia plant that’s rich in prebiotics (the good stuff that stimulates beneficial bacteria in your system).
What are the benefits of a high-fibre diet? It helps to prevent constipation, lowers risk of digestive problems, lowers blood cholesterol, and controls blood sugar. It also keeps you from pigging out, because fibre keeps you full for longer, so it could be useful for those trying to lose weight. But please note that this isn’t a weight loss product – you still need to eat properly!
What we like about FibreFit is that it can be easily added to your meals, as it comes in convenient sachets and has no distinctive taste. According to the label, three sachets is equivalent to ten bowls of oatmeal. We’d rather go with three sachets.
Perfect for… anyone wanting to be healthy.
#11 Olé (olive leaf extract)
We all know oil from the olive fruit is for health, but did you know that olive leaf extract is just as beneficial? Like FibreFit, Olé, an olive leaf extract product, can be easily added to meals and doesn’t have a particularly strong taste.
Olive leaf extract has more antioxidants than other “super juices” flooding the market, such as goji, acai, guarana, mangosteen, and noni. In addition to fighting free radicals, olive leaf extract helps to combat aging, strengthen the immune system, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure for patients with mild hypertension.
One teaspoon is enough with each meal. You can take it straight from the bottle, mix it with drinks, or add it to food. We tried it with some apple juice, and surprisingly, it tastes quite good.
Perfect for… anyone wanting to be healthy, and those who prefer natural remedies.
#10 I’m MAD charity t-shirts
Simple yet amusing, these t-shirts have nothing to do with MAD magazine. The “I’m MAD” here stands for “Making A Difference”, a campaign run by a direct selling company, QNet; and a non-profit charity organisation, RYTHM Foundation based in Hong Kong.
RYTHM, in case you were wondering, stands for Raise Yourself To Help Mankind. This Christmas, why not let your presents benefit more than the recipient? Consider it a domino effect of philanthropy, paying it forward, or a gift that keeps on giving.
Perfect for… anyone who appreciates a meaningful gift.
#9 Adiva Divine costume jewellery
Let’s face it, if everyone’s buying their presents from the usual high-street brands, there’s a good chance you could run into twin gifts. So we were excited when we found the Adiva Divine range of costume jewellery that stands out with unique designs.
Each piece was designed to make a statement, although some are modest enough to go with any outfit. A stunner is the rose-gold Allegra set, set with pearls and Swarovski crystals.
Reminds us of the exotic Indian-inspired looks in Chanel’s pre-fall 2012 collection.
Perfect for… any female, and even more daring males.
#8 Veloci-Ti Cosmos pendant
How does it work? Veloci-Ti pendants are energised using “Informational Energy Imprinting” technology that charges the metal with energy waves. Visit the official website to see for yourself.
The pendant is made of titanium, one of the more durable metals for accessories, lightweight enough to be worn anywhere – the gym, football practice, a jog, etc.
Sri Lanka’s cricket legend, Muttiah Muralitharan (he’s like the Beckham of cricket) is such a fan of the pendants that he endorses them. Hey, if a superstar athlete says it boosts his performance, who are we to argue? Besides, it looks pretty awesome.
Perfect for… the more active folks out there.
#7 HomePure Water Purifier
There’s a 7-stage filtration system to get rid of sediments, chlorine, bad taste and smells, bacteria, and other organisms notorious for making guest appearances in your water.
According to the website, HomePure is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation, and is a product of German engineering, Japanese technology and Korean manufacturing.
How it works is simple. Hook it up to a water source and you’re good to go. Because of its compact size, it’s portable enough to be taken anywhere. No electricity or fancy gadgets are needed. Bear in mind though that HomePure should be used only with pre-filtered supplied water. If you try to use it with water from rivers, wells, etc… you’ll destroy the filter.
An unconventional gift, but certainly useful.
Perfect for… anyone.
#6 The Ice Queen set by Umayal
Here’s something for the ladies and anyone who appreciates some bling.
The Ice Queen set from the Umayal Collection is a fabulous combination of polished silver and classic freshwater pearls. We think these would be perfect for a wedding, or a fancy dinner… or just lounging around at home. Hey, any excuse to wear them!
Perfect for… ladies.
#5 Physio Radiance skin care
The classy box set comes with the standard cleanser, toner, serum and fluid. What makes Physio Radiance effective is its patented micro-encapsulation technology that encourages your skin to self-regulate and regenerate at a cellular level.
Within a few weeks, there were noticeable differences — a clearer complexion and more even skin tone. We can’t really comment on the anti-aging effects, as we haven’t got many wrinkles, but we would be thrilled to find this under our Christmas tree. (Hint, hint.)
Perfect for… all skin types.
#4 Swiss e-Learning Institute course
How great would it be to take up a course in motorsport management? Check out the Swiss e-Learning Institute, powered by Switzerland’s leading university, the Swiss Management Center. Like the Open University, courses can be completed online, from the comfort of your home.
The Swiss e-Learning Institute also offers courses in management and marketing, amongst others.
Perfect for… curious minds looking to expand their horizons.
#3 Amezcua Bio Disc 2
When the original Bio Disc was launched in 2006, it was a huge hit. It was marketed with the ability to “harmonise the energy of water” to “maximise its positive effect on the human body”. Sceptical? We were too, until we tried its successor, the Bio Disc 2.
How does it work? Place it under a glass of water for a few minutes, and voila, your water is energised. We did feel more awake and rejuvenated, not in the same way as drinking Red Bull, but in a more refreshing way. And somehow, the water seemed to taste better.
The website says if you leave it in the fridge, your food will taste better. Washing your veggies with water charged by the Bio Disc 2 is also meant keep them fresh for longer. What’s more, the site recommends watering your plants with the treated water to energise the plants.
Perfect for… anyone who wants to feel more energised and refreshed.
#2 Bernhard H Mayer watch
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, the Diamond Starlette would be their soulmate. For ladies who love their bling, this baby has 75 diamonds and a mother-of-pearl dial. This is a limited edition piece, so consider yourself lucky if you can get your hands on it!
For men, there’s the La Royale, a stunning combination of gold, silver and steel. Like the Diamond Starlette, La Royale is a limited edition piece.
Perfect for… those who want to keep time and look good doing so!
#1 Q-breaks holiday
Everyone loves a vacation, so we think the #1 present would be a trip to an amazing location. Why not send your loved ones to tropical Thailand, exotic Egypt, or dreamlike Bodrum (the French Riviera of Turkey)?
How about whisking the whole family away to Disneyland?
Q-breaks holiday packages take the hassle out of planning, so you can sit back, relax and have the time of your life. There are beach getaways, family vacations, city escapes, spa retreats, cultural packages and adventure breaks. Most packages are valid for one year, which means you can choose a package now, and travel later.
Perfect for… people who want a dream holiday. That’s one way to guarantee a merry Christmas!