Missing your loved ones? Send a little something to say you’re thinking of them!
The stay home life isn’t easy. Especially when you don’t get the warmth of in-person catch-ups with family and friends. But while we’re confined to our homes, we can still take care of our loved ones by brightening their day with care packages and gift deliveries. From coffee and dessert boxes to practical survival kits and bread baskets, here are our top picks!
Food for the soul
Chye Seng Huat Hardware
The popular cafe has an entire series of food and drink sets filled with everything from single-origin chocolate bars and cold brew bottles to single-origin coffees and freshly baked cakes in flavours such as cempedak crumble and pistachio cranberry. Simply check out the WFH care packs (from $32) or create your own (from $10).
Chye Seng Huat Hardware, order online.
The popular local bakery features a #StayHome dessert box packed with four goodies. Think honey chamomile cake with lemon icing, sticky date cake with toffee, pistachio cake with lemon curd, and Earl Grey lavender cake with lavender lemon icing. These pretty treats go for $20 per package – sure to brighten up anyone’s day!
Sarah’s Loft, order online.
Knots & Gifts
It’s goodies and treats aplenty from this new gifting platform, which packs pastries, cakes, breads, cocktails, home spa services, flowers and scents in its hampers. Collaborating with brands such as Ashley & Co, Patisserie G, Aleyda Mobile Spa, Basque Kitchen by Aitor, Gryphon Tea Company and Nesuto Patisserie, Knots & Gifts features more than 20 different care packages in its selection. We’re eyeing the Tea Party Set ($188) filled with scones, croissants, burnt cheesecake, cookies, flowers and tea bags!
Knots & Gifts, order online.
For your tea of choice, create your own bespoke blend with this local brand. Or grant someone’s cafe-hopping wish with the Home Cafe Kit ($30), a survival set of tea and coffee capsules for anyone to easily replicate the drinking experience. Chai enthusiasts can try the WFH special ($42.50), which comes with a pack of Prana Chai and one lightweight tumbler. But if you’re the type who can’t decide between tea or vino, get both with the gift pack ($75) of six wine-inspired brews.
A.muse Projects, order online.
Bitters & Love
Here’s an idea: How about gifting your party crew a DIY cocktail set so you can recreate ravin’ memories at home? This selection, which starts from $40, includes beginner options such as grapefruit rosemary fizz and classic negroni. But if you’re already a whiz behind the bar, put your skills to the test with concoctions like Side Car (cognac, Cointreau, lemon juice) and Breakfast in Bed (rum, blueberry jam, pineapple juice).
Bitters & Love, order online.
From cheese boards to Nyonya kueh platters, this homegrown retailer supports local makers and businesses with a curated collection of goodies. Treat your loved ones to breakfast in bed with trays (from $38) of croissants, bagels, waffles or rice dumplings. Alternatively, add a splash of colour to your life with vibrant kueh platters (from $48) or treat your (virtual) date to a lovely charcuterie tray (from $68) while you Netflix and chill. Beautiful blooms are also available – just take your pick from bouquets of roses and hydrangeas.
Atlas Handcrafted, order online.
For the cocoa lover in your life, Lemuel Chocolate is here to save the day. Check out the Starter Kit ($40) for a decadent selection of hot chocolate granules, brownies, cookies and a single-origin chocolate bar, or go Mega ($55) with all that plus cacao tea, muffins and a chocolate lolly.
Lemuel Chocolate, order online.
Homeground Coffee Roasters
If you’re on the micro roastery’s coffee subscription plan, you’ll know the brews here are hella good. Which is why caffeine addicts will be pleasantly surprised to know that Homeground is offering its own circuit breaker cold brew kit (from $36). Now your fam can start their day fresh and alert!
Homeground Coffee Roasters, order online.
Any sweet tooths in the house? Now is the time to indulge in carbs and sugar to lift your spirits – if only for a moment. Konditori’s beautiful baskets of bakes (from $65) are loaded with lovely treats, including breads, tarts and pastries fresh out of the oven. Just be sure to place your orders for these rustic goodies in advance and prepare a sweet message for the handwritten note that accompanies each box.
Konditori, order online.
Boxgreen’s snack gift packs are easy on your purse strings, and you can surprise your loved ones with a little message from the heart, too. With options starting from $24.90, the bundles include immunity-boosting tidbits, sweet and savoury varieties, protein-heavy nibbles, superfood treats and more.
Boxgreen, order online.
Keep Singapore United
Keen to help out local brands? This campaign brings together a cool variety of homegrown names, thanks to trip planning company Anywhr. Each gift box ($55) is packed with goodies like snacks, spices, stickers, artisanal teas and coffees, aromatherapy essentials, notebooks, soaps, scrubs and more. For a boozy version, the spirits set ($130) has gin, a cocktail kit from The Secret Mermaid and bottles of martinis. They’re fun surprises to unwrap, plus they support an assortment of small businesses and provide delivery jobs for cabbies. Win-win!
Keep Singapore United, order online.
In Bad Company
Nothing says ‘we’re in this together’ better than booze, so crack open a cold one with your drinking buddies over a virtual hangout by sending ‘em a mystery pack from this local craft beer joint. For $55, you’ll get a surprise box of lager or pilsner, stout, IPA or ale, mead or cider, sour, and a wild card. It’s good stuff.
In Bad Company, order online.
The Singaporean brand knows a thing or two about chocolate, and you can expect nothing but the best from its chocolate bar care packages. Choose from the single-origin range ($66) for a flavourful tasting flight, the artisan series ($78) for an adventurous cacao journey, or the mixed set ($72) to get a little bit of both.
Fossa Chocolate, order online.
The Rare Honey Company
Sweeten someone’s life with a gift box of mini honey jars ($48) from the brand’s full range. Each delightful pack comes with a little honey twirler and 100% pure raw goodness in varietals like Coastal Wildflower, Creamed Karri, Jarrah Honey and Redgum Honey.
The Rare Honey Company, order online.
Know someone who desperately needs a caffeine perk-me-up? Make their day with Hook Coffee’s bundle packs (from $62). No matter if they’re a cold brew connoisseur or a fan of drip coffee – these cups of joe will jolt them awake like a shot to the heart.
Hook Coffee, order online.
The Secret Mermaid
Clink glasses over a virtual meet-up with your boozy buddies by sending ’em a cocktail package from The Secret Mermaid. Care kits start from $45 and include everything from cocktail packets and cookies to colouring books and bottles of wine. You can even deliver a self-care pack to your mum ($170) filled with cocktails, mocktails, Sigi Skin’s eye cream and Chalk and Chakras’ yoga mat.
The Secret Mermaid, order online.
Known for its locally-inspired flavours, Ette Tea has curated a collection of Care Tea Packs (from $18) for this season, focusing on immunity-boosting brews. Pick from loose leaf or sachet teas in flavours such as sang ju bai cha (herbal white tea blend), chai hong (spiced red chai), halia citron (ginger, lemon peel, lemongrass) and, of course, ‘immunitea’ (rooibos, lemon balm, liquorice).
Ette Tea, order online.
Pick any meal delivery
Stumped for choice? Take the easy way out and order their favourite dish from their go-to eatery and surprise them for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even supper. We’ve got you covered with top-notch restaurants, hawker spots, desserts, bakeries, and even bubble tea stores. Most of ‘em will gladly go the extra mile to include a note on your behalf, too!
The floral studio and social enterprise crafts stunning gift sets on the regular, but we’re lovin’ the DIY BBCraft Kits (from $25) that really bring the family together. Ideal for lazy weekends at home, the range offers options for couples and little ones, complete with instructions and materials like preserved flowers, cards and frames for you to get creative.
Bloomback, order online.
For $180, you can gift someone a luxurious self-care kit from this eco-friendly local beauty brand. With scent options like jasmine, mint and orange; lavender, chamomile and bergamot; rose, geranium and orange; and lemongrass and lemon, each set contains a body scrub, bath salt, soap and cream. Ah, bliss.
Mandy T, order online.
Beloved for its hand-poured candles made with natural soy wax and essential oils, Hush offers two care kits with personalised handwritten messages for your fragrance-obsessed friend. The WFH box ($20) includes a candle of your choice (in options like lavender and geranium), plus an organic hand sanitiser in a blend of tea tree, pine and cedarwood. If you’re up for a splurge, the Cheer Up package ($50) contains a candle, a room spray, an essential oil roll-on and a hand sanitiser bottle.
Hush Candle, order online.
Anything that Naiise stocks is instantly lovable, but we’ve got our eye on the multi-label retailer’s Work From Home care package ($67). It’s a great mood-lifter for co-workers or friends struggling with the whole WFH situation. The limited edition kit includes a reusable mug by Sttoke, Typoflora’s weekly planner, a snack from The Golden Duck and an essential oil roll-on by In-heal.
Naiise, order online.
Established just for the coronavirus season, this initiative is a way for Singaporeans to show their gratitude to loved ones, colleagues and frontline heroes. Each gift set ($39.90) is themed to a personality, including The Stay Home Worker, The Protector and The Hoarder. Inside, you’ll find practical stuff such as surgical face masks, hand sanitisers, anti-bacterial wipes, hand moisturisers, facial masks, coffee sachets, vitamin c tablets, and even items like toilet rolls, condoms and Indomie packets. Supremely handy for such a time as this!
WeCare Pack, order online.