Sleigh the holiday season with our fabulous Christmas gift guide featuring everything from affordable pressies to indulgent must-buys.
Deck the hauls… this Christmas gift guide is all you’ll need to earn “best gifter” status. People will be calling you Santa in no time! We’ve got a series of price points, so no matter if you want to go easy on the wallet or treat yo’self, there’s something in the mix for everyone…
Under $50: Stocking stuffers, secret Santas and thoughtful gifts on a dime
Beauty: Sigi Skin Dew Potion
Buying a gift for a beauty junkie can be tough – you don’t want to mess with their routine by getting the wrong shade or a product that’s too harsh. Enter the facial mist, which comes in handy for quick pick-me-ups that’ll wake anyone up in a jiffy. We’ve been spritzing Sigi Skin Dew Potion and we love that it’s packed with antioxidants to protect the skin from pollutants and environmental stressors. Plus, it comes in a 100ml bottle so you can pop it into your travel bag.
Sigi Skin Dew Potion, $48, available online.
Tech: Irregular Lines Bamboofon Energy Free Speaker
No cables or batteries for this speaker – Bamboofon taps into the natural sound quality of bamboo. This energy-free sound system is truly an innovation. It fits most well-known brands and is also designed to allow charging so you can blast your favourite playlist all day. Plus, it comes in a range of different colours and designs.
Bamboofon Energy Free Speaker, $30, available online.
Drink: T2 Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar Teabags
Do you have a tea lover on your list? Treat your friend (or yourself!) to T2’s lovely festive brews. The Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar is the perfect way to usher in the most wonderful time of the year. With 24 different tea bags featuring classics to new festive concoctions, each day is bound to leave you with big smiles.
Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar Teabags, $40, locations at Ion Orchard, [email protected] and online.
Wellness: Sally’s Room Candle Gift Set
Mmm… candles. Some of us are scent hoarders and we ain’t ashamed to admit it. If you know of said friend, candles it is! We’ve got our eyes set on Sally’s Room gift set of three mini handmade natural soy wax pours. Select from fragrances like Scandinavian Woodlands, Bed of Roses, Sake, Peony and Citrus Heaven.
Sally’s Room Candle Gift Set, $40, available online.
Home: The Slow Mode Sunday Lane zodiac print
Sometimes, we all need are words of affirmation. These zodiac prints from Sunday Lane are the perfect antidotes for the friend who’s been having a rough year. Here’s a snippet: “She is fire, with a lightning soul. She is fierce, and wild, and brimming with passion. She is wonderful magic, a hurricane.” We’re ready to take on the world already!
The Slow Mode Sunday Lane zodiac print, $35, available online.
Fashion: Hanky Buddies handkerchiefs
Okay, hear us out. Hankies are the new socks and we think it’s the perfect present for that hard-to-gift someone. We’ll take it – especially if it’s from Hanky Buddies. Quirky Designs? Check! Customisable? Check! Sustainable? Triple check! We’re swooning over the locally-inspired tea time hanky that comes with adorable ang ku kueh, curry puff and pandan cake prints, as well as the Sang Nila Utama, a tropical print inspired by Mr Utama himself.
Hanky Buddies handkerchiefs, $12.95 each, available online.
Jewellery: By Invite Only Rose Gold Double Layer Pearl Necklace
Add a dose of elegance to your look with this rose gold pearl necklace. A little goes a long way with a minimal design and we love how the double chain just elevates the look. It’s also hypoallergenic so your stylish pal doesn’t have to worry about skin allergies.
Rose Gold Double Layer Pearl Necklace, $45, available online.
Books: The Way of Kueh by Christopher Tan
Now, your bookworm of a friend probably has all the best-sellers of 2019 on the shelves. How about a book that’s close to home? The Way of Kueh features popular kueh recipes we’re all fond of. It also has essays touching on histories and regional connections among the Malay, Chinese, Peranakan and Eurasian communities in Singapore.
The Way of Kueh by Christopher Tan, $47.90, available online.
Under $100: Practical gifts, little indulgences and something for fashionistas
Food: M&S Hamper Yuletide Cheer
For food enthusiasts, the festive season is all about sweet treats: Think shortcakes, truffle chocolate and caramel chocolates. Snag a M&S hamper that’s replete with all these bite-sized desserts – it’s sweet gift for your sweet-toothed buddy.
M&S Hamper Yuletide Cheer, $80, various locations.
Fashion: Aanya Kaia Kimono
There’s always someone in the fam who dresses to the nines even for a casual coffee meet-up. So what do we get for the fashionista who’s already in tune with all the coolest trends? Don’t overdo it, we say. Get this vintage-style Kimono by Aanya – it’s all about being stylishly comfortable.
Aanya Kaia Kimono, $95, available at Zerrin.
Fashion: Osaka T-Shirt
If he needs a wardrobe update, Superdry has tees that are stylish yet easy-to-wear, meaning that he’ll reach for them time and again. So slot this into your gift list: A breezy crew neck tee with a textured Osaka design and the iconic Superdry logo. He’ll nail the casual chic look with a pair of jeans and trainers!
Osaka T-Shirt, $69, available online and at Superdry stores including Mandarin Gallery, Vivocity and Funan (free delivery for online purchases with pickup at retail stores located in town!)
Fashion: Manikinn Aquapurse
Staying well-hydrated is the new cool, and nothing affirms this better than the Aquapurse from vegan label Manikinn. This sleek handbag and water bottle hybrid gives you no excuse not to drink your H2O, whether you’re off to yoga class or a party. Just tuck in your phone and necessities and you’re good to go.
Manikinn Aquapurse, approx. $92 (AUD99.95), available online with free shipping to Singapore.
Music: The Analog Vault gift card
For music lovers, it’s a tough one, thanks to Apple Music and Spotify. Our suggestion? Time to go a little old school. Gift cards aren’t the sexiest, but a $100 treat from The Analog Vault lets them wile away the afternoon by leisurely browsing through well-stocked racks of vinyls.
The Analog Vault, $100, Esplanade Mall, #02-10, 8 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039802
Wellness: Mmerci Encore The Higher Self Gift Set
Up the ante by getting your yogi partner this gift, which is said to awaken your higher self. We can’t speak for the actual spirit-soothing properties of it, but we can assure you that the room will be beautifully scented as it contains lovely, floral aromatherapy oils.
Mmerci Encore The Higher Self Gift Set, $80, available online.
Home: Elements Concept Mozambique Pot
If you’re not looking to break your bank, this Aztec-designed pot will add a nice touch to your plant-loving friend’s crib. You can go the extra mile by growing leafy greens in the pot, since houseplants are de rigueur.
Elements Concept Mozambique Pot, $90, 420 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427641
Drink: Tanglin Black Powder Gin
This limited edition festive release is great for those who prefer a potent punch in their cocktails. Black Powder Gin gets its moniker from a Chinese alchemist who accidentally stumbled upon gunpowder while searching for the “Elixir of Life”. It’s also Singapore’s first Navy Strength Gin at a hefty 58% ABV.
Tanglin Black Powder Gin, $98, available online and at selected stores.
A bonus idea for gifts below $50, $100 and to splurge: Giftano
Looking for a great present can be tough for that hard-to-gift someone. So why not present them an experience that they can treasure for life? Hop over to Giftano, a digital gifting platform that allows you to pick the perfect gift for everyone from fashionistas to adrenaline junkies. Simply look for gifts based on the occasion, age, category, price or brand. Select a mystery three-course dining menu, a facial or go all out by renting out a yacht. Get the voucher delivered digitally or physically. We’d opt for the physical voucher as it’s beautifully packaged with a red ribbon to hang on the Christmas tree.
Giftano, available online (select gifts from $20 to $2000).
Splurge: Party essentials, perk-me-ups and aromatherapy
Fashion: Camo Reflective Tarp Rucksack
Need a sturdy and roomy backpack without giving up on style? Ditch the bulky bags and get this one for your partner or best bud. The Superdry men’s Camp Reflective Tarp Rucksack has all he needs with front and side pockets (one of which doubles as a headphone cable port!), a safe bottom, a luggage tag, adjustable straps and even a padded mesh back for comfort.
Camo Reflective Tarp Rucksack, $139, available online and at Superdry stores including Mandarin Gallery, Vivocity and Funan (free delivery for online purchases with pickup at retail stores located in town!)
Beauty: Dyson Airwrap Hair Styler
We’ve raved enough about the Dyson Airwrap when it first launched last year. Safe to say, you’ll score major brownie points by gifting this miracle tool to your favourite someone. The full set yields numerous different looks, giving lifeless locks a professional hairdo. We’re obsessed.
Dyson Airwrap Hair Styler (complete set), $699, available online and Dyson stores at Funan Mall and Westgate Mall.
Tech: JBL Pulse 4
The new JBL Pulse 4 will turn anyone into the life of the party. This powerhouse of a speaker is waterproof and gives up to 12 hours of play time. The highlight? The psychedelic, colour-matching LED lights that move to the beat. You can even control the hue and theme of the light show via an app.
JBL Pulse 4, $339 and various outlets islandwide.
Music: Crosley Otto 4-in-1 Turntable
This is perfect for those who have a collection of vinyls – and with its mid century-inspired design, it makes for a great centrepiece in any space. Bonus: You still can stream your favourite Spotify playlist via the speakers as it’s equipped with Bluetooth technology.
Crosley Otto 4-in-1 Turntable, $239, available online and at various locations.
Wellness: Flo’s Nebulising Diffuser Bundle – Xmas Tree
Where do we start with the magic of aromatherapy? We can go on and on but we’ll cut to the chase. Let’s just say, your friend who is into healing crystals and natural scents will likely rave about this diffuser. It comes with two essential oils of your choice, and the selection includes blends that help with everything from boosting immunity to getting a good night’s rest.
Flo’s Nebulising Diffuser Bundle – Xmas Tree, $240, available online
Home: Smeg Drip Coffee Machine and Toaster Set
How do we show our love to someone who always throws the best house parties? Think along the lines of functional and sleek – this coffee machine and toaster set will fit in seamlessly in their kitchen with its retro-chic design. Plus, who doesn’t love a good coffee and toast combo in the morning?
Smeg Drip Coffee Machine and Toaster Set, $428, various locations.
Jewellery: Swarovski Remix Collection Snowflake Strand
Bitten by the Disney animated film, Frozen bug? Channel Elsa (or even the festive season) with this super chic snowflake strand from the Swarovski Remix collection. Available in three colours, this gem will add a touch of elegance to any Christmas outfit.
Swarovski Remix Collection Snowflake Strand, $149, available in gold, rhodium and rose-gold.