As we approach the end of the year, this festive period is a time when we start to think about buying Christmas gifts for our loved ones. With all the end-of-year sales such as the 11.11 sales and also the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, there will be tons of great promotions online for consumers to make the most of.
Rather than paying out of our wallet for some of these gifts, there are also ways in which we can get our hands on some of these awesome gifts without having to spend a cent at all. Here are 10 awesome (and free) Christmas gifts you can give your loved ones (or just for yourself) and how to get them.
#1 Free Apple Airpods
Last month, Apple launched their new AirPods Pro at a hefty price of $379, coming with a wireless charging case. The AirPods Pro are a step up from the original AirPods, equipped with noise-cancelling function, transparency mode and a customisable fit.
Apple users hoping to lay their hands on Apple’s wireless earpieces can also opt for the more wallet-friendly (though still expensive) older version, which costs $239. Even with the older version, AirPods make a great gift for Apple users, delivering hands-free audio, high-quality sound and voice-activated Siri.
For those that do not have a Citibank credit card, here’s your chance to get yourself a new Apple AirPods. SingSaver and Singtel StepUp have an ongoing promotion for DollarsAndSense readers, giving you a free pair of Apple AirPods as well as a $50 Singtel e-voucher when you apply for a Citibank credit card here.
How to get: Apply for a new Citibank credit card before 31 December 2019. Choose from the: Citi Cash Back Card, Citi PremierMiles Visa Card, Citi Rewards Visa Card and the Citi Prestige Card. Only new-to-bank customers will receive free AirPods and a $50 Singtel e-voucher. Existing Citibank customers will receive a $100 Singtel e-voucher.
Editor’s Note: You have to apply through this link.
#2 Free Return Air Tickets
Sign up for a CIMB credit card to get complimentary one return economy class air ticket (tax included) to one of 16 destinations. Selected destinations include Bangkok, Denpasar, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Krabi, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket, and Taipei.
With popular travel destinations such as Taiwan, Vietnam and Thailand included, this could make a great gift for your loved one. However, do note that one application only gets you one complimentary return economy class ticket. Alternatively, you and your loved one can sign up individually to both earn yourselves these tickets and start planning in advance for your holidays in 2020. What a Christmas gift that would be!
How to get: Sign up for a new CIMB Platinum and/or CIMB Visa Signature credit card before 31 December 2019. To qualify for the free air tickets, you will have to make a minimum spend of $600 per month for 3 months from card approval.
#3 Free Luggage
December is a time when schools close for the year-end holidays and some companies put a pause to their operations. This makes it a great time for many Singaporean families to travel overseas.
A sturdy, sizable luggage that is easy to push around is essential for any traveller. You can get yourself not just any luggage, but a Samsonite T5 Spinner with a built-in scale worth $560 when you sign up a for a new HSBC credit card. You can keep this gift for yourself or pass this luggage as a gift to family members who are going for their overseas holiday.
How to get:Sign up for a new HSBC credit card before 31 December 2019. Credit cards include: HSBC Advance, HSBC Visa Platinum, HSBC Revolution credit card. To qualify for the gift, you will have to spend a minimum of S$800 within a month of card approval. Alternatively, you can also opt for $150 cashback instead of the Samsonite luggage. On top of getting a new Samsonite luggage, you can also receive $20 Grab Vouchers when you apply via MyInfo.
#4 Free ENTERTAINER
The ENTERTAINER is a popular app that gives users 1-for-1 dining, leisure, wellness, and entertainment deals.
HSBC has partnered with The ENTERTAINER to bring all HSBC credit card holders these deals in the ENTERTAINER with HSBC app. Each HSBC main credit cardholder is entitled to one complimentary ENTERTAINER account. Keep in mind that you will have to pay with your HSBC credit card when you use The ENTERTAINER.
How to get: Sign up for any HSBC credit card to enjoy access to The ENTERTAINER deals. You will also enjoy the sign-up gift of either a Samsonite T5 68cm Spinner with built-in scale worth $560 (see point 3) or $150 cashback.
#5 Free Fitness Tracker
The National Health Challenge is into its 5thSeason. You can get a free fitness tracker and/or Pokémon-themed collectible kit when you sign up for the National Health Challenge.
You are rewarded with healthpoints when you take a certain number of steps a day. You can also earn healthpoints through the MVPA category where you perform higher intensity physical activities for at least 10 minutes per session continuously. These healthpoints can then be redeemed for rewards such as vouchers at lifestyle retailers, F&B outlets and supermarkets.
With commonly found merchants on board such as Fairprice, Cold Storage, Cathay Cineplexes, Guardian, Golden Village, Klook, Koi, Tangs, Watsons and a few malls around Singapore, these reward vouchers could come in handy for you to get a gift for your loved ones.
How to get: Join the National Health Challenge and make an appointment via the Healthy 365 mobile app to collect your fitness tracker and/or Pokémon-themed collectible kit. Healthy 365 is a health and diet tracking mobile application brought to you by the Health Promotion Board (HPB). The app is free and enables you to track your daily steps count and calculate the calories burned.
Find out more about the National Health Challenge here.
#6 Free Extra Data
Singtel users can sign up for StepUp, Singtel’s wellness program found in My Singtel app. Similar to members of AIA Vitality, you can earn points for the steps you take everyday. StepUp users have the opportunity to redeem lifestyle rewards, participate in unique partner challenges and redeem up to 3GB of mobile data a month with the points they earn. For example, you can redeem 1GB local data for every 1000 points you earn during the month.
However, your data reward is not transferable. Help your loved ones earn their free data by helping them clock their steps every day. Alternatively, you can use your own points to redeem a reward for them to use, from merchants such as Lazada, Klook, Puma and more.
How to get: All Singtel Postpaid mobile customers can apply for StepUp, except for the EasyMobile line, Singtel Connected Things line, MobileShare Supplementary line and a Business Registered Number. Activate StepUp via My Singtel app and start walking to earn free data and other rewards.
#7 Free Travel Insurance
For those travelling in December, you can get free travel insurance with AIA as part of their AIA Travel Awesome Campaign 2019. This travel insurance covers travel cancellation, travel postponement, travel delay, baggage delay, loss of baggage and more. The coverage of this free travel insurance is limited, so don’t forget to purchase additional travel insurance if you think you will need more coverage.
This travel insurance from AIA will cover you for multiple trips (up to 46 days) across 21 countries in Asia. Coverage starts from 1 December 2019 or date of application (whichever is later) up till 15 January 2020, of which the cover will automatically terminate thereafter.
How to get: To enjoy this free travel insurance, you have to be a Singapore Resident with a valid NRIC/FIN. You must apply before your departure from Singapore and your departure date from Singapore must also be within 1 December 2019 to 31 December 2019. Find out more about the free travel insurance here. Application is open till 31 December 2019 or until 100,000 policies have been redeemed.
#8 Free Library Starter Pack For Your Child
The National Library Board (NLB) has a Babies Can Be Members Too! Programme where parents can register their babies as library members. This programme is open to babies born from Jan 2016 onwards.
By applying an NLB membership for your baby, you can get a gift pack for your baby that includes a tote bag, height chart, rhymes and fingerplays calendar for the little ones.
How to get: Parents can use the Moments of Life (MOL) app to register the birth of your child and apply for NLB membership card. Alternatively, parents can also activate your baby’s library card at any public library by bringing your child’s birth certificate and a parent’s NRIC.
#9 Free Cash
Cash is king.
Giving red packets is not only reserved for occasions such as Chinese New Year and birthdays. What’s stopping you from giving your loved ones cash in a red packet (or even an eAngbao) for Christmas?
Standard Chartered and SingSaver have partnered up to give new-to-bank customers $200 in cash when they sign up for a Standard Chartered credit card. SingSaver will give you $120 cash via PayNow the next day after your application, while Standard Chartered Bank will offer $80 in cashback.
This adds up to $200 in cash and cashback. On top of that, customers can also receive instant credit card approval approval.
How to get: Sign up for any of these 3 Standard Chartered cards: Standard Chartered Unlimited, Standard Chartered Spree or Standard Chartered Rewards+ credit card on SingSaver. However, do note that this is only new-to-bank customers for Standard Chartered Bank. For existing bank cardholders, you will receive $50 from SingSaver and $20 from Standard Chartered Bank instead, adding up to a total of $70.
#10 Your Time
Time is a precious commodity and our time is probably worth more than any other gift on this list.
In today’s age where we are so caught up with our work, side hustles, social life, travelling, scrolling our news feed, updating our social media and more, sometimes we forget to set aside time for the people that matter.
Beyond these gifts, we should also take this festive period to spend more time with the ones that matter and get ready for yet another new year.
Lastly, we all know there is no free lunch in this world. Many of these free gifts require some effort on your part, be it to sign up for a new credit card, download an app, to exercise more frequently or to make adjustments to your lifestyle. On the bright side, we will not be required to have to fork out even a dollar from our wallet to get these gifts for our friends and family.
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