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No time to shop for gifts? These will put a smile on the faces of everyone in the family.

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Even if your little one isn’t yet a Transformers fan, he’ll love this cool playset from Playskool Heroes. The Transformers Rescue Bots Flip Racers Optimus Prime Race Track Trailer converts easily from a truck into a 38cm-tall bot. That’s not all – the trailer can be turned into a dual-track, measuring 76cm long. Now it’s time to launch the Bumblebee and Blurr Flip Racers figures, and race! Ideal for kids from age three.

HOW MUCH $119.90, from www.toysrus.com.sg

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Compact and cute, the LG PC389 Pocket Photo Snap is a retro-cool gift for kids and adults alike. It’s an instant camera with a 5m pixel resolution that prints 30 images on one charge, has a black-and-white mode, and can print photos from Android and iOS devices, too.

It’s also the first of its type to print photos with a protective transparent coating that prevents smudges and degradation.

HOW MUCH $249 from LG retailers; photo paper is $29 (36 sheets).

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If you’re planning to give your child a watch this Christmas, make it one that doesn’t only tell time, but tracks his active minutes and sleep goals, as well. Available in purple and blue, Fitbit Ace is the brand’s first tracker for kids from eight years old. Set up a family account on its app and you can see his progress and set bedtime reminders.

HOW MUCH $128, from retailers including www.courts.com.sg and www.lazada.sg

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If your kid has been following the Abbie Rose series written by humourist Neil Humphries and illustrated by Cheng Puay Koon, this new installment will delight her, too.

As the title suggests, Abbie Rose & the Magic Suitcase: Telling the Otters to Leave Home was a Really Big Mistake teaches kids all about smooth-coated otters that live in Singapore’s wetlands. Buy the book and make a trip down to spot the otterly-adorable creatures in the wild.

HOW MUCH $12.06 before GST from major bookstores or from www.marshallcavendish.com/genref

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There’s something about the iconic turquoise box that makes every mum’s heart beat a little bit faster. This one houses Tiffany & Co.’s Timeless Diamond limited-edition eau de parfum (75ml), which features notes of vert de mandarine, iris, musk and patchouli.

HOW MUCH $176 from http://sg.shilladutyfree.com

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Fun and fascinating aren’t usually how you describe the use of a hair styler, but chances are you would with a Dyson Airwrap – especially when you are curling your locks. Place a section of hair near the barrel and it “magically” attracts and wraps hair around.

The Airwrap is also designed to quickly smoothen unruly tresses or add volume to flat hair. Like the brand’s famed Supersonic dryer, the Airwrap promises not to overheat and damage hair. It’s also safe to let your child handle it because the surface always remains cool.

HOW MUCH $699 (for the complete set), from https://shop.dyson.com.sg

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Mums love Tarte for its dermatologist-tested and cruelty-free makeup that really delivers. This Christmas, why not gift her its Pineapple of My Eye collectors set?

The glamorous palette features 24 eye shadows, two blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter. There’s also liquid eyeliner, mascara, and lip rescue in an exclusive new shade of pink. Check out Sephora’s other gorgeous festive coffrets while you’re shopping, too.

HOW MUCH $85 from www.sephora.sg and in-store.

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What are inside these mystery eggs? Cute little figurines that glow in the dark! This is Hatchimals Colleggtibles Neon Nightglow 12-Pack Egg Carton in Season 4, which attest to their popularity. To crack the shell, rub each egg’s purple heart lovingly until it turns pink, then gently press down. Ideal for kids from age five.

HOW MUCH $34.81, from www.amazon.com.sg