There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a crazy, challenging year, and that’s why we’re treating ourselves to some of the hottest new launches this December – after all, they don’t call it retail therapy for nothing!
From tech gadgets to exclusive fashion collaborations and lifestyle items, you’re bound to find some gifts for yourself or your loved ones this festive season.
1. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
As 5G networks are rolled out progressively in Singapore, Samsung has also been releasing a line of 5G phones, with the latest addition being the Galaxy Z Flip 5G.
Now with 5G, the Galaxy Z Flip 5G brings lightning-fast speeds to the palm-sized foldable smartphone so you can enjoy accelerated download times, as well as more reliable and seamless video calls to stay connected with your loved ones!
One of the Galaxy Z Flip’s unique features is its Flex mode where the display automatically splits into two 4-inch screens so you can view content on the top half of the display, and control the phone’s functions on the bottom half when it’s free standing. This upgraded version now allows YouTube with Flex Mode – while streaming on the top half of the device, you can also browse, read descriptions, and comment on the bottom half.
The Galaxy Z Flip 5G will come in two premium colours – Mystic Gray and Mystic Bronze – all encased in glass with a haze finish that is soft to the touch while minimising fingerprints.
The Galaxy Z Flip 5G retails for approx. S$1,998 at major telecommunications operators (M1, Singtel and StarHub), Samsung Online Store, Samsung Experience Stores, as well as major consumer electronics and IT stores including Best Denki, Challenger/Hachi, Courts, Gain City, and Harvey Norman.
2. Jabra Elite 85t
Powered by Jabra’s latest and most advanced Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) chip which silences background noise effectively, the new Elite 85t true wireless earbuds lets you control your ANC experience in five different levels!
You’ll get to determine your ideal of background noise to block, and at the same time, control how much background sound you would like to hear while having the earbuds on by adjusting the HearThrough function within five levels.
With this new function, it’s easier for you to transition between places with different background noise while having earbuds on – turn HearThrough on when crossing a busy road to be aware of the dangers, and turn the ANC on when you want to focus on your work at a café.
The Jabra Elite 85t (in Titanium Black) retails for S$348 at all authorised Jabra resellers. Keep an eye out for a gold beige, grey and copper black (Amazon exclusive) variant; available in the first quarter of 2021.
3. Garmin vívofit® jr. 3
Parents, listen up! With Garmin’s newly designed fitness tracker for kids, the vívofit® jr. 3, you can now add fun to exercise and chore time with band and app themes from popular movies including Black Panther, Iron Man, Disney Princess, Disney The Little Mermaid.
This new fitness tracker tracks your child’s steps, sleep, and daily recommended activity minutes, and unlocks new levels with adventures in the interactive Garmin Jr.TM mobile companion app when daily goals are met!
With the Marvel Black Panther and Iron Man and Disney Princess and The Little Mermaid designs, your little ones can embark on Marvel- or Disney-themed adventures to help their favourite characters in the challenges and unlock more quests. The more they meet their activity goals, the more of the story they’ll get to see and games they’ll get to play!
The Black Panther, Iron Man, Garmin Blue Stars, Digi Camo and Lilac Floral vívofit jr. 3 designs are available now exclusively at KrisShop.com and Takashimaya. All designs including Disney Princess and Disney The Little Mermaid will be available from 11 December at Convergent e-store, Lazada, Shopee and all authorised Garmin retailers at a suggested retail price of S$129.
4. Casio G-SHOCK Circuitboard Camouflage DWE-5600CC
Featuring interchangeable bands and bezels in the quintessential, square-faced model, the DWE-5600CC will be joining the lineup of Casio G-SHOCK’s 5600 series.
This new model comes with three interchangeable bands and two bezels, and as with previous 5600 series models, the band is shaped to reduce shock to the case if the watch is dropped. You’ll also have a peace of mind knowing your watch is all-around protected with the Carbon Core Guard – a carbon fiber-reinforced case for shock resistance.
Casio G-SHOCK’s DWE-5600CC retails for S$369 at all G-SHOCK Stores.
5. Philips Airfryer XXL with Smart Sensing technology
Cook up a storm this holiday season with the new Philips Airfryer XXL with Smart Sensing technology, which takes the guesswork out of cooking, automatically adjusting the time and temperature during the cooking process to ensure that every dish turns out perfectly cooked!
This time-saving (and pretty much, life-saving, really!) airfryer is even designed for family-sized meals and can cook a whole chicken, or even 1.4 kilograms of fries with just the touch of a button. If you’re worried about how you’re gonna whip up your Christmas feasts at home, this airfryer’s your answer.
The Philips XXL Airfryer is the only Airfryer with Fat Removal Technology that separates and captures excess fat, so you can enjoy delicious food that’s crispy on the outside and tender on the inside with maximum taste and minimum fat. It’s also a very versatile cooker with frying, baking, grilling, roasting, and even reheating features. Talk about multi-functional!
The Philips Airfryer XXL with Smart Sensing technology retails for S$549 at the Philips e-store and all Philips-authorized retailers.
6. Maison 21G Bespoke Dual Candle
Combining two halfmoon-shaped scented candles, Maison 21G’s new Bespoke Dual Candles allow you create your very own unique scents for your home by choosing two out of eight fragrances.
The elegant black matte candle set is also complemented with a stylish brass-plated holder, and is perfect as a home décor piece for a modern and minimalist interior.
The individual scents available are: sage, raspberry, sandalwood, rose, amber, cedar, fig and vanilla, and each halfmoon refill can be easily switched out to create a new scent combination – however you want it!
The Bespoke Dual Candle (incl. 2 half-moon candles and 1 holder) retails for S$150 on maison21g.com. The individual refill (S$75) and candle holder (S$30) is sold separately.
7. ECCO ZIPFLEX
There’s comfort, style, and versatility all in one pair of shoes – what more could we ask for?
With a progressive sole design that was inspired by a zip, the dynamic ECCO ZIPFLEX offers extreme flexibility for trails or city streets, and a bold, highly original street style.
Whether it’s for everyday wear or for sports, this highly versatile pair of shoes has a fluid, one-piece and bendy sole that adds to your all-day comfort, and rubber inserts ensure full ground contact for stability and secure footing, for a range of terrains and weather conditions.
The ECCO ZIPFLEX collection is priced from S$279.90 to S$359.90 and retails at all ECCO stores and online.
8. New Balance 327 Collabs – Aries 327 and Levi’s 327
New Balance‘s iconic 327 silhouette has taken on a new look with two exciting collaborations – the Aries 327 and the Levi’s 327! While the timeless silhouette features a 70s-inspired retro runner aesthetic, both the Aries 327 and Levi’s 327 are taking a step away from the original vintage running shoe façade and have a modern twist.
The Aries 327 forgoes the usual nylon and suede for a 100% leather upper, as well as reflective profiles and graphics. The sneakers come in two colourways – one all-white and the other all-black, with hits of red that bring attention to the Aries’ branding down the profile and side webbing.
The Aries 327 retails for S$189 on Dover Street Market Singapore.
Denim shoes? Who would have thought! New Balance is switching things up with this collab with Levi’s® – the Levi’s® 327! Available in three colourways, this sweet pair of kicks features an asymmetric colour-blocking design and hints of denim across the uppers.
The male “navy/indigo/white” colourway sports jean-like blue overlays with contrasts in shading between the quarter panel and overlays on the lateral side, and grey and white contrasts on the medial. The other male “navy/white/grey” colourway features a greyscale motif with muted denim uppers, alongside the signature 327 oversized “N” logo, and is highlighted with Levi’s iconic red tab. The ladies’ colourway is inspired by a light wash denim theme, with offsetting denim underlays and surrounding accents of white overlays.
The Levi’s 327 retails for S$189 at New Balance Paragon, FootLocker, Leftfoot Cathay, Limited Edt Vault, and online.
9. G-DRAGON x Nike Air Force 1 ‘Para-noise’
One year ago, Seoul-born hip-hop star G-DRAGON released his first collaborative Nike Air Force 1 “Para-noise”, and this year, Nike is bringing back a second variation, with a reversed colour scheme to white instead!
Look out for black paint strokes midsoles, and tiny accents such as embroidered flowers and quotes on the shoe itself! The insoles of Para-noise also have a special graffiti design for that ultimate streetwear vibe.
The Nike x G-DRAGON AF1 “Para-noise” retails for S$279 on Nike.com.
10. CHANEL leather accessories and eyewear
If you haven’t been to the Orchard area recently, you probably would not have noticed the newly opened CHANEL Beauty Boutique at ION Orchard, but fret not because we’ve got all the details right here.
This is the first CHANEL standalone beauty boutique in Singapore, and you can expect to find of a wide array of elegant and modern sunglasses, both in seasonal and classic styles!
In celebration of the opening of the new CHANEL Beauty Boutique at ION Orchard, a curated selection of CHANEL small leather accessories will be available in-store too for a limited time only.
The CHANEL Beauty Boutique is located at 2 Orchard Turn, #B2-42/43, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801.
11. Milin x Pomelo apparel
Get your glitz and glam on this holiday season with Pomelo’s newest collaboration with one of Thailand’s top designer brands, Milin!
The Milin x Pomelo 23-piece collection features a range of elegant and bold partywear inspired by Milin’s signature soft and drapey silhouettes – including luxe mini dresses, glittery velvet separates and co-ords adorned with rhinestones, metal chain hardware, and Milin’s signature monogram print. These are the must-have statement pieces for your year-end festive celebrations!
Shop the Milin x Pomelo collection on pomelofashion.com.
12. Rimowa suitcase
This December, luxury luggage brand RIMOWA will dropping a couple of new collections in seasonal colours inspired by the Mojave desert. Some highlights of their latest launch include the RIMOWA Original aluminium suitcase and Personal Cases!
Initially launched in a classic silver aluminium finishing, the new special edition RIMOWA Original aluminium suitcase (S$2,090) will be available in two colourways – Green Camouflage and Pink Camouflage (left).
Joining the line-up is the all new Personal Case collection – a series of ultra-lightweight polycarbonate crossbody bags meant to carry your daily essentials for everyday wear. The Personal Case can be worn as a crossbody bag with the detachable and adjustable leather body straps, or as a clutch. The interior of this hard-shell case features two open compartments, a zipped pocket, and three card slots to keep your items organised.
The RIMOWA Personal Case collection comes in four glossy polycarbonate colours, including black, white, and the Mojave desert inspired seasonal hues, Desert Rose and Cactus. The collection retails for S$1,750 and will be in RIMOWA stores islandwide from 3 December onwards.
13. Bugaboo Bee6
Alright parents, this one’s for you! Baby stroller company Bugaboo has just dropped the Bee6, an upgraded and compact version of the original Bee stroller, now with an advanced 4-wheel suspension.
The perfect companion for urban families, the Bugaboo Bee6 features a one-hand fold, comfortable seat fabrics that will keep your child comfortable and larger puncture-proof wheels with higher suspension that will make it a dream to drive – no more stumbles and falls and running your stroller into things along your way!
The Bugaboo Bee6 retails for S$1,349 at First Few Years, Mothercare, and Motherswork as well as also Bugaboo Official Store on Lazada.
14. Hendrick’s Gin Midsummer Solstice
Hendrick’s Gin has just launched their Midsummer Solstice, a limited-edition gin infused with floral essences that perfectly captures the bright, aromatic intensity of a midsummer day. An enchantingly floral and exquisitely refreshing gin, the Midsummer Solstice’s fragrant notes include zesty juniper with an initial brightness that melts to reveal hidden undertones of orange blossom and exotic ripeness.
Spice things up by adding the Midsummer Solstice into a cocktail – with its deep floral character, your mix will be pleasantly refreshing!
Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice retails for S$49 at major e-commerce retailers like Grab Mart, William Grant & Sons LazMall and iShopChangi. You can also enjoy a selection of Midsummer Solstice tipples at over 50 watering holes islandwide* – find out where here.