Being a new parent is a tough job — satisfying for sure, but if you’re watching from the sidelines, perhaps only enviable to an extent. If you know peers who’ve just welcomed a baby into their lives, or are about to, you’ll discover how much their lives will change. Things like, the name of every member of Hi-5 (both original and second-generation cast) becoming fun facts in conversations; or songs like “Baby Shark” appearing at the top of their YouTube playlists. Calm their frazzled nerves and sudden lack of a social life with these gifts, ranging from the super practical, to the welcome distractions; both are equally relevant.
1. PRISM+ 4K SMART TV, $239 TO $599 [GIVEAWAY]
Available at prismplus.sg.
Every household needs a TV, including new parents; but you know… babies are expensive, but the TV doesn’t need to be! PRISM+ recently expanded its line of gaming monitors to include smart TVs, and at incredible prices. The 55” TV pre-orders at the recent “The Tech Show 2019” completely sold out, and rightfully so with its introductory price of $599! The second batch arrives around March 2020 if you can wait, but if you want one around Christmas, the 43” is on promotion at $459, and the 32” at only $239. And don’t be fooled by the crazy prices thinking these are basic sets; these Smart TVs sport 4K resolution with HDR (all the better to see Hi-5 in all their clarity!), cinematic Dolby Audio surround sound (to hear them sing!), and have a Zero Bezel Design, which creates a more beautiful screen that has a great view from all angles (some of the cast members are pretty cute). And don’t worry — supported apps include Netflix and YouTube. Watch this space… we say these guys are going to be game changers in the TV industry.
2. 59S UVC LED MILK BOTTLE STERILIZING BOX, $209
Available at mothercare.com.sg.
While young parents might not know much about parenting, they ought to know the importance of sterilisation. This sterilising box is pretty much an all-in-one — a multi-purpose box for you to sterilise anything from bottles, tableware, pacifiers etc, has a deodorization feature to remove the milky smell in milk bottles, has a smart drying feature to automate drying based on environmental conditions, is a sterile storage which keeps it warm and bacterial-free and incredibly portable! It also comes in a pastel pink and blue, adding a sweet touch to any nursery room.
3. ARLO PRO 3, $899 [GIVEAWAY]
Available at Harvey Norman, Challenger and Lazada.
Once you become a parent, your child’s safety is your number one priority. All parents want to know that their baby is safe and sound 24/7, and Arlo will help do just that. This wireless security camera system will let parents watch over their precious children from anywhere in the world, whether it’s from their kitchen, office or even when they’re stuck on a business trip overseas. Users instantly get a mobile alert when motion or sound is detected, and 2-Way Audio will also allow parents to reassure their children, even when they’re not around — there’s nothing more soothing than hearing mummy and daddy sing you to sleep.
4. BUGABOO ANT, $799
Available at bugaboo.com.
We’d like to call it your handy travel companion, but this Bugaboo Ant stroller does more than just help parents navigate through the city. This foldable one-piece stroller is lightweight and can be transformed into a literal carry-on!
5. BBTIME BABY BURRITO BLANKET, $7.39
Available at amazon.sg.
It’s a rite of passage for all parents to wrap their baby like a burrito; this blankie just helps them get there faster. Any little bundle of joy will look even cuter, and parents will just have to resist the temptation to keep them in this blanket forever.
6. INDOOR GARDEN PLAYHOUSE, $382.80
Available at Crate & Barrel.
Most high-rise HDB flat dwellers can only dream of a front lawn, especially if your couple friends are still living in their first BTO. Have their little one experience the joy of an outdoor garden with this playhouse, with lush foliage and blooming flowers that’ll make for some imaginative make-believe moments.
7. PERSONAL LAPTOP CHALKBOARD, $59.80
Available at Crate & Barrel.
Let the kids have all the screen time they want with this very analog version — a byte-sized laptop (that’s really a chalkboard), powered by imagination. Does it come with a QWERTY keyboard and the most high-resolution display money can get? You’d best believe it! Swipe both left and right in a continuous motion to clear the screen.
8. LEGO DISNEY FROZEN II ARENDELLE CASTLE VILLAGE, $139.90 [GIVEAWAY]
Available at Lazada.
For the second time in forever, young ones get to relive the Frozen magic with this LEGO set, which richly details the 3-storey Disney castle with spires and flowery patios on one side, and a dollhouse-like look at its interiors on the other. The throne room and bedroom even see movable set pieces, while you’ll get a feel of the land with village market stalls and a row boat — plus Elsa and Anna minifigs, of course. Here’s hoping that when it comes to bedtime, the kids will be able to… Let. This. Go.
9. PLANTOYS MUSICAL BAND, $79.90
Available at The Better Toy Store.
No lie — The Better Toy Store is one of those places that I always enjoy browsing at — and I don’t even have kids — simply because the place is a haven for the most quirky yet intelligent wooden toy sets. Consider it a hipster Toys”R”Us. Take this musical set! If you fancy your kid a little drummer boy — or girl! — the red snare drums, wooden güiro and symbols make for fun band sessions so they can excel in precious hand-eye coordination, rhythm, and musical talent. Can’t tell if you’re showing off this drum set, or the kid playing it!
10. KIPLING X DISNEY FROZEN II COLLECTION ‘SEOUL GO’ FROSTED OLAF, $229
Available at Kipling boutiques at Jewel, ION Orchard and VivoCity.
Frozen fever’s hitting us hard, and whether you know a fanatic kid or a much older kid-at-heart, we’re betting they’ll love Kipling’s series of mystical prints across their range of backpacks, handbags, cross-body styles and more. While some of the Nordic patterns are more subdued, we don’t think anyone can resist the cheery grin and carrot nose of the film’s adorably clueless character.
10. JUMP EAT CRY SKYE PRINTED NURSING ROMPER, $49.90
Available at jumpeatcry.com.
This one’s for the fashionable moms who would want to avoid dull and baggy maternity wear at all cost. Never thought a romper would be suitable maternity wear? Well, think again! While rompers are commonly known to be “difficult to remove”, this one comes with a button-down front which makes it convenient for nursing.
12. BERING CLASSIC 14531-307 BLUE 31MM WATCH, $279 [GIVEAWAY]
Available at cocomi.com.
If you know the concept of a “push gift”, then welcome, you and your peers are all of a certain life stage. A classy, desirable timepiece like this BERING 31mm watch, in a calming deep blue and a minimalist design, would make any new mom happy, even if she’s pressed for time 100% of the day.
13. LOVE & CO. LVC TEDDY BEAR – CUDDLE ME, FLUTTERING HEART, $399 [GIVEAWAY]
Available at love-and-co.com.
It takes a lot of work to raise a child, and all parents should get a reward for taking on this forever-job. Reward the new mom in your life with these adorable earrings — a teddy bear to represent all the bear hugs she’s going to get, along with a little reminder that she’s a star.
14. NIKE AIR FORCE 1 LV8 INFANT, $69
Available at jdsports.com.sg.
Start your little sneakerhead young with these infant-sized Nike’s. These kicks will help baby be as dope as mummy and daddy. Also, no parent would say no to more baby shoes! Trust us, if there was a version of these we could actually wear, we’d be all over them.
15. SGAG THE SINGAPORE DREAM CARD GAME, $20
Available at naiise.com.
What is the Singapore Dream? Maybe this card game will help your clueless friends along the way. With 104 cards of personalities, dreams and actions, you can definitely live out your high-flyer dreams.
More of NYLON’s Holiday Gift Guides, coming soon — stay tuned! Click here to see our full list of gift guides.