The Gen.T Christmas Gift Guide 2019
For the dreamy creative
Got a friend or sibling who always has their nose in a book and has put 'writing a novel' at the top of their New Year's resolutions list for the last decade? Suspect they still haven't written a single sentence? Get them started with this buttery soft Smythson leather notebook.
And if you think they need more inspiration than that, how about signing them up to a six-month online novel-writing course? Curtis Brown Creative is based out of London but teaches online courses to students around the globe, no matter what time-zone. Hundreds of their former students have got book deals: what could be a better incentive than that?
For the frequent flyer
Whether it's a baby screaming, a couple arguing next to you, the rattle of the drinks cart or simply the roar of the engines, an airplane is one of the worst places around to work or relax in. Unless someone buys you pair of Sony WH-1000XM2, which not only blocks out all sound, but also has an atmospheric pressure feature that adjusts the headphones according to the current altitude. They're so effective they can even make economy class enjoyable. Almost...
For the tech lover
Worried you haven't given Mark Zuckerberg enough money this year? Consider the Oculus Go, the latest VR headset from the company acquired by Facebook for US$2.3 billion. The Oculus Go represents a major step forward for VR headsets in terms of both usability and price point. The Go doesn't have to be connected to a smartphone or computer to work, and retails at just US$250. VR purists say that this freedom from wires comes at the cost of screen resolution, but for those looking to enjoy VR on the move, the Oculus Go can't be beat.
For the fitness fanatic
Thought skipping was for little girls with pigtails? Blow those old-fashioned, gendered views out of the window with the Tanagram skipping rope. This LED-embedded rope displays your fitness levels as you jump, adjusting itself to your speed and telling you when you are ready to move up a gear. It will also show how many calories have been burned, the interval training data accrued and how well you have fared compared to your previous day's performance—and any jumping buddies nearby. Skipping, but with brains.
For the music lover
At some point in our adult lives, work, relationships and babies mean that dropping everything and heading to a four-day festival is more of a rarity than it once was. With this gift, you can recreate those heady days in your living room. This wireless speaker from Marshall, supplier to the world’s hardest-rocking bands, is for serious music lovers. It's also, let's be honest, unbelievably cool. Despite packing a lot of technology into its tiny size, the Marshall Kilburn II looks and feels like a classic analogue amp—the way Marshalls have looked since the '60s.
For the Instagram obsessive
For any budding nature photographers, or any Instagrammers who like to get up close and personal with their subject matter, the Olloclip Multi-Device system is transformative. Pop it on your iPhone and it will add a macro, zoom, fisheye and more to your smartphone camera with its adjustable clip, which comes with one snap-in lens from the Connect X range. The 21x close-up lens in particular is ideal for anyone who wants to get rich, close-up shots of flowers, butterflies and insects.
For the burnt-out founder
They've got black rings under their eyes, their phone is surgically welded to their hand and they start muttering about unicorns and angels in their sleep. If you have a friend whose startup has stolen their sleep, use luxury wellness platform Compare Retreats to find them the wellness retreat right for them, such as Amanpuri in Phuket. Or book a specialised wellness programmes like Aro Hā in New Zealand or The Ranch Malibu in California. They will thank you for it afterwards, we promise.
For the friend who has everything
They have a million-dollar watch, Balenciaga trainers and every single gadget on the market. The only thing you can buy a friend who has everything is an irreverent gift—and really, it is impossible not to smile when you're rolling along the beachfront on a customised Hermes skateboard. Throw in a few skateboard lessons and the teenager inside them will be grinning with gratitude.