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The best presents

for Christmas this year!

Running late on your Christmas preparations and desperately looking for ideas to gift your family and friends this year? Here are some easy and inspirational gift ideas to please everyone.
No worries, you can thank us later!

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Art of The Middle East: Modern and Contemporary art of the Arab World and Iran by Saed Eigner and Zaha Hadid

We stumbled upon this illustrated book at Abu Dhabi Art this year that provides an accessible overview of modern and contemporary art in the region from 1945 to the present.
Available online with Kinokuniya  | 164 AED

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The April Tse-Tse Vase

Imagined by the creators of Tsé-Tsé, this unique vase has become an iconic design over the years and still looks as amazing as when it was first launched.

Available in three sizes, it is made of 12 or 21 glass tubes fitted into zinc coated metal frame. You can really play along with the vase that can be arranged as various shapes, such as a farandole or a ring.

Just put a flower in each of the 12 or 21 soliflore tubes and we promise this design gift will stand out and become the highlight of the room.

Available to order online in 3 sizes (small, medium and XXL) on Made in Design UK and France that both deliver in the UAE | Prices between £106 and £162 depending on the size

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Go classic with this sensory collection by Avantcha Teas

We recently discovered Avantcha, a new UAE-based premium tea retailer, that has released a trio of winter blends during the holiday season.

These gift-wrapped seasonal flavors makes the perfect gift in December. The Avantcha Noel is a blend of the finest quality black tea, mixing orange zest and cinnamon.

The 100% Organic Winter Apple blend is prepared with green tea and features classic green apple notes enhanced by cinnamon and pink pepper. The box also includes Cocoa Orange Masala Fusion, prepared with Oriental spices including ginger and licorice root, and a splash of dark chocolate.

The collection comes with 64 ready-to-fill fleece tea bags and this set is affordably priced at 133 AED and can be ordered online and delivered to your doorstep.

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Vinyls came their come back

You have probably noticed this year has seen the revival of the old-school record players. We just found out that The One in Abu Dhabi has a huge corner dedicated to our preferred classics from the Wall by Pink Floyd to The Beatles or more recent albums such like Linkin Park. You’ll definitely find room for your own taste and interestingly they also propose frames so that you can not only listen to your fave tunes but also showcase your collection at home.
Large collection available at THE ONE in Abu Dhabi | From 199 to 399 AED 

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Funky retro styling phones

If you are into vintage and retro stuff, then you may succumb to these cool and colorful retro phones that are available in plenty of colors. Such an arty object with a vintage flair will impress your guests when offered as a gift.
Available at Virgin Megastore Abu Dhabi
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The Highlife Dubai art frames

Credit Image: Highlife Dubai

We have already mentioned these Dubai made, original vintage looking art frames that depects expat life in the UAE. After a successful first collection, Highlife has come up with more designs. WE especially like the 4 Highlife Dubai postcards -A5 size- framed either in a row or 2×2 (priced at 495AED).

Available to order online

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Girls, girls, girls…

Searching for a gift idea for teenage girls can be the most difficult but we are in luck this year with these fun glam frames we just discovered. With its label “DRAMA QUEEN’S ROOM Enter with gifts“and neon bulbs around the frame mimicking a Vanity mirror, the teens will definitely adore it.
Available at The One in Abu Dhabi | 349 AED

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Make our own Clasp Purse craft kit

For the teenagers who are into DIY crafting, this is a brilliant kit and we love the packaging with golden letters and the the vintage style of the purse.
The kit includes everything from pattern, instructions, cotton polka dot fabric and floral fabric, paper twine, needle and thread, and a nice purse bobble clasp.
Available at Lakeland in Dalma Mall | 140 AED
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The Dangerous Book for boys


A book that boys are very proud of owning and reading it also encourages them to do things by themselves and become curious, inventive and overall smart cookies. Encased in a red fabric it is like a treasure for children to cherish and may explain why it has become a bestseller in no time.  Mixing different tricks and hands-on projects to make it into a learning by play, boys will learn how to make a periscope, as well as learn all about subjects from the solar system, dinosaurs, to girls, the golden age of piracy, juggling, fishing and so much more… Probably one of the rare books that manages to keep boys away from their technology toys for a while…
Available online at Kinokuniya | 124 AED

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Junior Jamie Paint your own apron

Although ACE wont be on our list for finding Christmas gifts for children, we did find some very very original stuff for the little ones when browsing there.  We especially like the ‘Paint your own Apron’ from the Junior Jamie collection. The kit contains a PVC coated apron and different pens for them to decorate their apron in a very unique way.
Available at ACE located in Dalma Mall | 129 AED
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The Marquee Nightlight for a Baby Room

Looking for a gift for a new born? You won’t go wrong with this vintage and glamorous nightlight by Pottery Barn Kids. The star shaped nightlight will provide a comforting bed glow without compromising on style in the bedroom.
Available at Pottery Barn Kids in Dalma Mall |130 AED




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