Stressing over Christmas gift ideas? Here are all the awesome little things we found under $30, because things are getting a little out of control with the Xmas shopping around here...
Christmas is creeping closer by the minute, and it’s time to whip out your wallets…for last-minute gift buying. If you’ve shopped all the markets and bazaars but still need those little gifts for friends, your #workfam, or stocking stuffers, here’s are some of the great Christmas gift ideas we found under $30!
For the lover of loud socks
Imagine opening a Christmas stocking to find a pair of socks – not sure about you, but we actually find it pretty cute. If you’re planning to stuff socks into Christmas stockings, Monument Lifestyle has collaborated with Happy Socks to launch “The City Series”, $28 each (pictured top), which is really colourful and perfect for the holiday vibes. These city-inspired socks feature architecture from Singapore, New York and San Francisco, and if you grab the Singapore series, you’ll see Duxton shophouses imprinted on them. It’s a neat way to combine heritage with fashion, and makes an equally creative Christmas gift idea.
Happy Socks “The City Series”, available at Monument Lifestyle for $28
For the cat lovers
This is too cute to be excluded from the list. Plus, it’s dishwasher-friendly so you can just chuck it into the dishwater after a meal and it’ll emerge clean and sparkly as before. We’re talking about the Polkaros Plate Cat from The Little Drom Store (featured above), a local art and design retail store. This plate cat is part of their artist collaboration with Polkaros and suitable for adults and children alike. Looking for a gift that is both unique and handy, and will probably fit very well in that next lunch party photo? Here you go, crazy cat people.
Polkaros Plate Cat, available from The Little Drom Store at $24.90
For the beauty queens
Here’s the perfect gift for all your beauty junkie friends: Sephora’s The Wonderful Land of Nails polish set ($23), which also happens to be limited edition, so hurry and grab your set now. The set comes with seven best-selling nail polish shades that are perfect for the festive season, including snowman white and gilded gold, and did we also mention the lovely packaging which is bound to melt hearts? Foxes, glitter, and a winter wonderland…this is a gift that will fit very well in the stockings of any beauty lover.
The Wonderful Land of Nails polish set, available at Sephora for $23
For the hardworking bumblebees
Every year, as Christmas approaches, it also hints at the beginning of a new year. If you’re thinking of getting something practical as a gift, why not get the kikki.K’s Neon Monthly Planner 2018? It’s chic and useful, with clean-looking monthly calendars and plenty of note pages to scribble in, and most importantly, it’s a great way to kickstart someone’s new year. New year resolutions? To-do lists? Holiday plans which are never too far in advance? This planner might just be the best gift for them to get started with.
Neon Monthly Planner 2018 from kikki.K, $22.90
For the constant traveller
In case the wanderlust hits you over the festive break, you can be sure that it probably hit someone else too. For the itchy feet, here’s a great gift that will allow them to dream about the next holiday (and put in more effort at work for the next paycheck) – Indigo Indimap Soft Passport Wallet by Indigo Co. is available at Naiise and is the all-in-one we all need to have when travelling. More than just a passport holder, it can store a boarding pass, tickets, cards, and even a smartphone! It’s a great travel essential and definitely also a wonderfully useful gift idea.
Indigo Indimap Soft Passport Wallet by Indigo Co, available at Naiise for $16.90
For the lovey dovey homeowners
One major perk of owning a home is the ability to play with the decor – you can never get sick of creative and aesthetically pleasing homeware. If you know of someone else who enjoys collecting unique homeware, why not gift them with a Mr. Pepper and Mrs. Salt Shaker Set from Qualy? Weighing at 0.1kg, these lightweight pieces are fun additions to the tabletop and you can get them in green, red or white through the online e-store mrphy.
Mr. Pepper and Mrs. Salt Shaker Set from Qualy, available at mrphy for $19.90
For the bathtub people
If you’re a huge fan of ice cream (just like us!) , Deluxe-Ombre Rosa from Sandome Cura is the perfect cure for your dessert cravings – even as you’re soaking in the bath tub. It’s designed to resemble an ice-cream cone but it’s really artisan soap, and definitely a very pretty one too. Its ingredients include coconut oil, which is purported to have anti-aging properties, and goatmilk, which will help to curtail acne. But let’s get real and admit that the design is such a big plus point for a Christmas present … can we gift it to ourselves instead?
Deluxe-Ombre Rosa from Sandome Cura, $29.90
For the zen
We’re always craving a good night’s sleep at the end of a busy day, or just some time for relaxation when the Christmas to-do list starts to pile. If you’re looking for a present that will soothe the busy mind, the hand poured Dawn 4oz Candle from Candles of Light ($29.90) is a great option. A 100% soy and beeswax blend, it is scented with essentials oils of lavender, citrus and mint, and burns for up to 60 hours. You can find it at Keepers at the National Design Centre and it’s definitely a keeper.
Dawn 4oz Candle from Candles of Light, $29.90
For the fans of cookie butter
Speculoos – these spice cookies are the epitome of holiday cookies, and now they’ve come to you in the form of cookie butter spread. This jar of Organic Speculoos Cookie Butter spread retails for $15 for Naiise and is not just great with the toasts and waffles – you can also mix it into ice cream and baked goods for better flavour. It comes in a signature gift box that resembles a Little Speculoos House, which makes it the ideal gift for friends and families. Time to spread those warm fuzzy feelings over Christmas!
Organic Speculoos Cookie Butter spread, available at Naiise for $15
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