Tied up with year-end reports and can’t get to those Xmas markets? Order these affordable but amazing gifts online ASAP
Oh, December! Apart from showering us with Christmas everything (and some rain), it comes with a fair bit of gift giving anxiety. You’re probably hopping from one Christmas market to another, turning to Quizmas for help and carefully picking precious gifts for the fambam and #friendslikefamily. But if you’re pressed for time and on a tight budget (December can wreak havoc on the wallet, no?), get a load of these affordable but amazing gifts under $30 that can be ordered online. Turns out, sometimes the sweetest and most thoughtful gifts are well within the budget and on the e-stores.
Bath and body set: To come alive in December
Like seriously though, who doesn’t want to smell like a peppermint candy cane? This gift sack from The Body Shop holds a shower gel, body scrub, body butter and hand cream. You’ll be gifting more than bath and skincare products – you’ll be handing out the priceless joy of a Christmas themed me-time.
Festive Sack of Peppermint Candy Cane Delights, $28, The Body Shop
Unique blends of coffee: It’s so brew-tiful
As clinically diagnosed coffee addicts, we were thrown over the edge with Hook Coffee’s 24 pack advent calendar. But at $49, it’s a smidge over our $30 budget. Why are we still talking about it then? Because at a cool $18 a piece, you can gift their speciality coffees, all of which are sustainably grown around the world. Those flavours are positively incredible, so better pick the one wisely.
Specialty coffee, $18 onwards, Hook Coffee
A book for pugs: Get your paws on it
Gift shopping for a dog lover? This seriously adorable book by Gemma Correll is the best gift you could give them. Fur-real! A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette is a must-read rulebook for pugs to help them become civilized members of modern day society. And sooo cute + funny….
A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette by Gemma Correll, $10 (on sale), The Little Drom Store
Stress can: When beer cannot
Got a pal with a high-stress job? Beer at 10 am on Tuesday in the office isn’t what you’d call “socially acceptable” but this squishy Tiger beer foam can might be a fair replacement (not really, but you can try). Either way, this gag gift is bound to get some attention.
Tiger Stress Can, $12, Naiise
Lash Curler: For those fine apples
All hail the prettiest tropical fruit ever. We instantly go heart-eyes everytime we spot a pineapple as a print, form, drink or fruit. Give your most glam girl this shiny limited edition pineapple eyelash curler. We bet she’ll love it to the core…
Tarte, Limited Edition Lashy & Flashy Last Curler, $25, Sephora
Goodnight kit: Zzzz is needed
This one is for that busy bee who needs to slow the fudge down. Show some love with the Time to Unwind gift set that comes with an eye mask, a minimalistic wooden slit stand and 10 quote cards for everyday inspo.
Time to Unwind Gift Set, $29.90, Kikki. K
Notebook and a tee: When a bunny makes sense
The Paper Bunny craze is big at the Honeycombers HQ and we just had to put in these wisely worded gifts. That sand-hued linen covered notebook is perfect for that entrepreneur/aspiring girl/boy boss you know and love. While we’re here, let’s take a moment to appreciate the wanderlust-induing tee, please. Your secret Santee (yes, it’s a word now) can use it as a note-to-self.
It’s Gonna Be Great Notebook, $14.90 and Out of Office Tee, $22, The Paper Bunny
Harry Potter stuff: For those still under the spell
Studies reveal that every person alive has a minimum of three staunch Potterheads in their inner circle. For them, Typo has amassed a collection so magical, we already bought a few. Go over for all things HP – most are under $30 but we picked these gender-neutral ones.
Harry Potter Pen Holder $17.99 and Cushion, $29.99, Typo
Exotic flavoured tea: How steep is your love?
Oh, Janice Wong! You had us at packaging. Full disclosure: We’re suckers for fabulously packaged products. So when this turquoise box with deep blue tin of creme brulee tea came our way, we had to take a moment. For fam, friends or work buddies who drink tea six times a day, this delicious (and happy looking) creme brulee flavoured blend will do it.
Flavoured tea, $26, Janice Wong
Reusable cutlery set: Spread the word
How about making it a meaningful Christmas? These stalking stuffers are packing a message alright – gift this compact bamboo cutlery set that comes in a sweet fabric pack in a subtle bid to urge the giftee to say no to disposable plastics.
Drawstring cutlery set, $14, Bamboo Straw Girl
Printed socks: ‘Cos you’re warm like that
We haven’t met a pair of Happy Socks that we don’t like. The City Series made in collab with Monument Lifestyle was on our list last year and we’re still standing by our decision. Duxton shophouses never go out of style…
Happy Socks “The City Series”, $28, Monument Lifestyle
Singaporean books: #BuySingLit
Feed your bibliophilic friend with food for thought. Especially if they haven’t read books by Singaporean authors, lovingly shame them before handing them one of these bestsellers that can be bought online with Epigram Books.
Gimme Lao by Sebastian Sim, $24.90 and Inheritance by Balli Kaur Jaswal, $24.90, Epigram Books
Planters: How to make crazy plant lady/man happy
Indoor plants are all the rage and if you’ve got a pal/ cousin with a green thumb, they will love you for these quirky planters. The Misfit Pets is making a strong case for ugly cute ceramic pots with lil’ ears and everything. The landed house shaped planter that looks like it was drawn by a six-year-old is all kinds of sweet too.
The Misfit Pets planter $15 and Home Sweet Home pot, $18, Tumbleweed Plants
Pretty handkerchief: Tissues are an issue
Another eco-friendly gift to profess your love for mamma nature. This brand new local label is making hankies cool again. Soft with happy prints, these handkerchiefs are your way of telling the world to do their bit and go zero-waste.
Banana Hankies, $12.95, Hanky Buddies
Ceramic hand and copper spoons: Homebodies will cherish
There’s something about ceramics. If you subscribe to our belief that ceramics can spread happiness, this stunning ceramic hand plate makes for an exciting gift. We like that it’s multifunctional and even if it’s left alone, it’s a piece of handmade art. Trinket holder, air plant base, t-lite stand et al. Looking for a gift for the best cook in your clan? These hand-forged copper spoons for herbs, spices and stuff sprinkles the right amount of Pinteresty-ness to a kitchen
Hand-forged copper spoons, $23 and Tangan hand plate, $30, Eat and Sip Co
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