Come festive season and you're always wondering what sort of gifts you're going to receive.
There are times you get stuff that's so brilliant it sets the benchmark for gifts thereon, and then there are times you receive things that only deserve a space in the bin.
Between these two kinds of gifts lie our fave - the ones that are practical and actually add value to our lives. Here are 10 of them:
1. The Shower Tower soap
When a souvenir meets a soap, we get this cute shea butter soapenir.
Price: AED 95. Buy it here.
2. A pair of GEOX shoes
Who would complain about being on their feet all day long when you've got a cool pair to keep your company? Btw, it's a collaboration with designer Patrick Cox.
Price: AED 690. Buy it at GEOX, MoE.
3. Foreo Luna face brush
Ditch the facial appointment and invest in a Luna brush instead. Its gentle exfoliation abilities will give you the festive glow.
Price: AED 950. Buy it at Harvey Nichols or Bloomingdale's-Dubai.
4. Simplehuman smart sensor mirror
You're never going to walk out of the house looking like you're celebrating Halloween. This brilliant tool's best feature is its tru-lux light system which closely simulates natural sunlight’s full colour spectrum to show every detail.
Price: AED 980. Buy it at Tavola stores.
5. Dubai Backgammon set
A fan of the game? Why not take it a step higher with a set that reflects the city you call home?
Price: AED 1,050. Buy it here.
6. Philip Stein Horizon bracelet
If the stress bug hasn't attacked you yet, you're one lucky person. But when it does, you'd like to have this accessory. Its Natural Frequency Technology helps to improve focus and cope with stress. Plus it looks fancy.
Price: AED 1,205. Buy it at their boutique in Burj Al Arab.
7. A Hario Buono kettle
Just what you need to boil and pour water precisely over ground coffee. This copper kettle will be a showstopper in any kitchen.
Price: AED 550. Buy it here.
8. Havaianas flip flops with a sparkly white Swarovski crystal
It might not be beach season but a pair from the special collection is always a good thing.
Price: AED 195. Buy it here.
9. Canon D30 waterproof cameras
Besides being a compact, thin and lightweight camera that produces very good photos and video, did we mention it works in water depth of up to 82ft? And if you're new to underwater photography, you'd be happy to know it is easy to use with its limited number of buttons and dials.
Price: AED 1,199. Buy it at most electronic stores across Dubai.
10. Electric pie maker
Festive season without pies would be criminal. Thankfully this star of a machine makes it possible and hassle-free. Use it for quiches and tarts too.
Price: AED 230. Buy it here.