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Gift or take: A unisex Christmas guide for the practical gifter

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Gift or take: A unisex Christmas guide for the practical gifter
Husband? Girlfriend? Yourself? No one's getting left behind this Christmas

At last, the Christmas season is upon us. If there had to be one stressful element of the most wonderful time of the year, it's buying gifts and the very real possibility of being classified as a horrible gifter. The last thing you want is for your present to end up in your loved ones' clutter a few years down the road, or worse still, have it re-gifted to someone you know. So, forget mantelpieces and useless ornaments and start thinking practical. We're talking holidays, tech devices, coffee machines, and more — and if you happen to pick up a couple of things for yourself along the way, well, there's no judgement here.

Click through the galleries below to vote for what to give away and what to stake your claim on this year. After all, it's Christmas — everyone deserves something, and we're not leaving ourselves behind in this happy occasion. 

1.  Will you gift... Tumi's Calais Backpack in Crimson or their 19 Degree Aluminium in Black? 

The truth is, most folks don't see the need for backpacks (until they travel), which is precisely why they need them as gifts. Pick one in a festive hue — after all, it is Christmas.
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The truth is, most folks don't see the need for backpacks (until they travel), which is precisely why they need them as gifts. Pick one in a festive hue — after all, it is Christmas.
What better way to ring in the New Year than with a gorgeous yet functional suitcase? Tumi's 19 Degree Aluminium is one for the long haul.
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What better way to ring in the New Year than with a gorgeous yet functional suitcase? Tumi's 19 Degree Aluminium is one for the long haul.

2. Will you take... Apple AirPods or the iPhone X?

It's (almost) 2018, so quit fumbling with wires and get on the wireless track with these sleek AirPods. You'll be the envy of all your friends.
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It's (almost) 2018, so quit fumbling with wires and get on the wireless track with these sleek AirPods. You'll be the envy of all your friends.
Stunning hardware, superb photography, animojis — need we say any more?
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Stunning hardware, superb photography, animojis — need we say any more?

3.  Will you gift... a stay at YTL Hotels' The Majestic Malacca or at Kasara Niseko Townhouse? 

Parents love Malacca — Mum can enjoy a relaxing spa session while Dad will have the best time at the free-flow breakfast buffet.
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Parents love Malacca — Mum can enjoy a relaxing spa session while Dad will have the best time at the free-flow breakfast buffet.
Those who love sub-zero climates and powdery slopes will gladly appreciate the kind gesture. Plane tickets aren't part of the deal though...
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Those who love sub-zero climates and powdery slopes will gladly appreciate the kind gesture. Plane tickets aren't part of the deal though...

4. Will you take... Fitbit's Aria 2 or the Fitbit Ionic?

Fitbit Aria 2 is a WiFi smart scale booted with personal goal settings, BMI readings, and professional health advice. Who needs it more — you or your best mate?
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Fitbit Aria 2 is a WiFi smart scale booted with personal goal settings, BMI readings, and professional health advice. Who needs it more — you or your best mate?
Stay true to those 2018 #fitspo resolutions by arming yourself with Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch, which comes with features like contactless payments, swim-tracking functions and in-built music.
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Stay true to those 2018 #fitspo resolutions by arming yourself with Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch, which comes with features like contactless payments, swim-tracking functions and in-built music.

5. Will you gift... Nespresso's Limited Edition Variations Confetto or their Creatista Plus? 

Instagram-worthy latte art? Easy with the Creatista Plus, fitted with an innovative milk steaming wand. Be your own barista with this gleaming device.
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Instagram-worthy latte art? Easy with the Creatista Plus, fitted with an innovative milk steaming wand. Be your own barista with this gleaming device.
Available in limited edition flavours of vanilla, orange, and liquorice, these capsules could easily replace that cup of eggnog you pretend to like so much every year.
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Available in limited edition flavours of vanilla, orange, and liquorice, these capsules could easily replace that cup of eggnog you pretend to like so much every year.

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