The best Christmas gifts of 2019, from Star Wars Lego to Nintendo Switch Lite


Whether you're into board games, video games or drones, our holiday present guide has something for everyone

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Haven't decided what you want for Christmas yet? Our gift guide is sure to help you out!

There’s less than a month now until Christmas, and soon people will be frantically hitting the stores to get their presents sorted. If you don’t want to receive another pair of socks this year, we suggest you start dropping hints for some of these great gifts.

From an authentic Ducati remote-controlled racing motorcycle to a custom-built First Order Tie Fighter from the Star Wars universe, these awesome gifts will make you the envy of all your friends.

For the Star Wars/Lego fanboy: Lego Star Wars Major Vonreg’s Tie Fighter

Tired of always rooting for the good guys? Cheer on the baddie for once when you get this special Tie Fighter that comes in a menacing crimson colour. Especially built for elite First Order officer Major Baron Elrik Vonreg, this Tie fighter matches the bright  red colour of his customised Stormtrooper armour. The set comes with Lego figurines, including the Major, his nemesis Resistance leader General Leia, and her trusty droid, Bucket.

Price: HK$699 (Toys ’R’ Us)

Photo: Shutterstock

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For the RC daredevil: Upriser Ducati Panigale V4 S

This 1:6 scale remote-controlled motorcycle is made in partnership with legendary Italian sport bike maker Ducati. Unlike other RC toys, the Upriser can perform real stunts such as popping a wheelie at the touch of a button, or leaning realistically into sharp turns. It can also speed along at a blazing 20km/h and runs for 45 minutes on a single battery charge.

Price: HK$1,400 (Via Amazon)

Photo: Upriser

For the aspiring (drone) pilot: DJI Tello

The Tello is the smallest drone in DJI’s product line but is packed full of the most commonly-used features so you can start creating great videos right away. It has a “throw and go” feature that automatically stabilises the drone even if you (lightly) toss it from your palm, and an intuitive control system that works on any modern smartphone. It is also programmable, so if you want to learn about coding, it’s a great first step towards learning about computer logic.

Price: HK$779 (DJI online store)

Photo: DJI

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For the gamer: Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo’s newest portable system can’t connect to your TV like the regular Switch, but it’s lighter, has a sharper screen, and is a lot more affordable. 

With a huge catalogue of platform-exclusive games (such as the critically-acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild), the Switch Lite is for gaming fanatics who are always on the go. Pick one up in three snazzy original colours (yellow, turquoise, grey), or grab the special Pokemon-themed Zacian and Zamazenta edition if you gotta catch ’em all.

Price: HK$1,490 (Various stores)

Photo: Nintendo

For the tech-savvy life of the party: Pictionary Air

You’ve probably played the classic drawing and word-guessing game, but Pictionary Air adds a high-tech twist. Draw in the air with the special pen and your sketch will appear on your TV screen via a smartphone mirroring function. You can then interact with your masterpiece (for example, stand under a hastily-drawn umbrella and imitate rain with your fingers) to help your team guess the keyword. Ready, set, draw!

Price: HK$249 (Toys ’R’ Us)

Photo: Mattel