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Christmas gift guide: affordable gifts under $30

Strapped for cash? Or no idea what to get for your office Secret Santa? Here’s a list of thoughtful presents that won't break the bank

2017 Monthly Wall Calendar ‘Inspire’ ($29.90)

2017 Monthly Wall Calendar ‘Inspire’ ($29.90)

New year, new you

If your friend’s been chirping about getting organised for the new year, every year, then there’s no better gift than a large wall calendar – so hopefully they’ll be reminded to keep to their resolution this time. This organiser comes with (admittedly) cheesy inspirational quotes, in gold foil typography, by the likes of Helen Keller and Jack Canfield.

Get it at Kikki K stores island-wide. 

Pins and Patches ($19.90)

Pins and Patches ($19.90)

All shiny and chrome

Got a fashionista in the #squad? Help spruce up their denim jackets or sneakers with a set of decorative brooches and clips that come in shapes like a vinyl record, red hot lips and quirky speech bubbles. Because you know what they say: a little bit of bling goes a long way.

Get it at Mango stores island-wide. 

Sweet Snuggles Hand Warmers ($5.90)

Sweet Snuggles Hand Warmers ($5.90)

Baby, it’s cold outside inside

Everyone has that one colleague who constantly whines about sub-zero temperatures in the office. So here’s a gift to keep them toasty all day: a pair of hand warmers that’ll do the job and look adorable at the same time.

Get it at Watsons stores island-wide. 

Float on Air: Concrete Series ($22-$30)

Float on Air: Concrete Series ($22-$30)

Tumblr plant #aesthetic 

Because cacti are so 2015. What you’d want to get for your Secret Santee is this air plant that comes in six sleek concrete pot designs, including a quad, pentagon and prism. Each planter is also accompanied by a spray bottle – no green thumb needed. Plus, they make pretty cool paperweights, too.

Get it at Float on Air

Real Colour Nail Christmas Set ($14)

Real Colour Nail Christmas Set ($14)

Tips on fleek 

Looking for a simple stocking stuffer for those obsessed with nail art? Then look no further, because this miniature beauty kit will sort you out. Each set comes with three types of nail varnishes – a basic solid colour and two bottles of glitter and sequin polish – that are all Christmas-themed.

Get it at innisfree stores island-wide.

Patterned Socks Gift Box ($30)

Patterned Socks Gift Box ($30)

For happy feet 

When you’re running out of gift ideas (or short on cash), just turn to the most practical items. And who says they’ve got to be boring? Freshly Pressed is a Singapore-based team that offers bright and colourful socks – you'll find everything from argyle patterns to designs inspired by Marvel heroes – that’ll make any foot happy.

Get it at Freshly Pressed

My Little Nut Kissful Lip Care Set ($21)

My Little Nut Kissful Lip Care Set ($21)

Wishing for a Christmas kiss 

‘Tis the season to pucker up. These lip balm sticks come in three shades such as peach, strawberry and cherry, and promise to moisturise, firm and soothe those kissers – making any lip mistletoe-ready and prepped in time for a New Year’s kiss.

Get it at Etude House stores island-wide. 

Arpenaz Hiking 10L Hiking Backpack ($3.90)

Arpenaz Hiking 10L Hiking Backpack ($3.90)

Got your back

Here’s one for the outdoor enthusiast. This backpack is just right for a quick hiking trip – it's large enough to pack valuables like a water bottle, some snacks and a windbreaker. The bag’s lightweight material and multiple compartments also make it a handy travelling essential.

Get it at Decathlon stores. 

Read our guide to Christmas 2016

The ultimate guide to Christmas in Singapore

Never mind the tropics – Christmas is still the most magical time of the year in sunny, snowman-free Singapore. Read on to find out the best events, festive meals, Yuletide desserts and, of course, a gift guide that has ideas for just about everyone. From all of us here at Time Out Singapore, here's to a very merry Christmas!

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By: Time Out Singapore editors