We love getting a bit crafty with Christmas decorations – check out our pom-pom wreath and garland for some kid-friendly projects, and our DIY Christmas baubles if you’re in the mood to bust out the craft kit too. But, there’s also something quite special about adding to the Christmas decoration collection every year. (Pssst: here’s where to get fake and real Christmas trees in Singapore if you haven’t already gotten one sorted!) Here’s where you can bag the best baubles, snap up awesome snow-globes and get your hands on the sparkliest of fairy lights. We recommend scoping out these stores NOW or all you’ll be left with is tacky tinsel and ragged wreaths!
Add a touch of Singapore to your Christmas tree with a beautifully crafted white bone china Merlion! Grab a single Merlion (pictured top) for $25 or a box of four for $85.
Christmas Merlion, online only; www.christmasmerlion.com
Singapore Trading Post
Eclectic furniture store Singapore Trading Post is an absolute treasure trove of carefully selected, stylish pieces from old East India Trading Company areas including Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh as well as Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar. If you’re looking to add a little personality and unique character to your tree, make a stop here and prepare for a treasure hunt. Browse through its gorgeous collection of quality pieces for keepsake picks including ruby red glass wreaths, glass Christmas trees and an assortment of tin animals including reindeer. We have our eyes firmly on the palm tree baubles to add a touch of the tropics to our tree this year!
Singapore Trading Post, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, 07-01, Singapore 169074; www.singaporetradingpost.com.
Now we have recovered from the shock of hearing that there will be no real trees decking the shelves of IKEA this year, we are ready to dive into its huge range of decorative festive staples. Think pendant stars, hanging baubles, wicker reindeers and cheap-as-chips gift wrap too. Double whammy the purpose of your visit to the store by stocking up on great stocking fillers for the kiddos: we are loving the wooden toys, art and craft goodies and cute range of stuffed animals.
IKEA, Locations in Alexandra and Tampines; www.ikea.com/sg/en
Robinsons The Heeren
This store is as close to London’s Selfridges or New York’s Macy’s as it gets when it comes to department store Christmas magic, and we love the wonderland transformation it goes through every November. Expect to find decorations in every colour, size, style and price (we are a little bit in love with the silver and white selections), and head there safe in the knowledge that you will leave with everything you could ever need for your festive decor needs.
Robinsons The Heeren, 260 Orchard Road, Singapore 238855; www.robinsons.com.sg/christmas-at-robinsons
Crate & Barrel
Crate and Barrel’s five-storey space at Orchard Gateway is straight out of glossy page in a chic magazine. Fans of the store’s modern, clean lines should check out the fabulous ornaments, wreaths, baubles and decorative table touches.
Crate and Barrel, Orchard Gateway @ Emerald, B2 to Level 3; www.crateandbarrel.com/all-christmas
We know it’s nearly Xmas when we wander into the festive emporium that Tangs creates every year. Inspired by signature Asian values and heritage, you’ll pick up everything from ornaments to festive homewares, gift wraps to fairy lights. Expect tinsel in every colour imaginable – none of which is tacky!
Tangs, 310 Orchard Road, Singapore 238864 and 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-187 & #02-189 VivoCity, VivoCity; www.tangs.com
Yule absolutely adore the charming decorations including snowmen, reindeers and stars at online shopping boutique, Mustard Tree. This fantastic store is a social enterprise that believes in empowering people with special needs. We love the handmade goodies and beautiful bag charms created by 20-year-old Ryan Koh, an amazing young man who doesn’t let autism get in the way of creating gorgeous wares not just for Christmas, but year-round too. You can order online, but Mustard Tree has just opened its very first store at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital too!
Mustard Tree; 1 Jurong East, Street 21 #02-16, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital S609606; www.mustardtree.com.sg
This craft giant is our top spot for snagging craft supplies, and having recently visited ourselves, we can confirm that it is already busting at the seams with Christmas fun. As well as lots of ready-to-go wares (we picked up a festive table cloth, indoor coloured lights and all-essential Xmas door mat!), there are also tons of cool kits, crafts and accessories for you to knock up your own yuletide decor with the family. We are loving the make-your-own Christmas card and paint-your-own bauble kits for some crafty fun with the kiddos.
Spotlight, Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839, www.spotlight.com.sg
Sleek furniture store Galanga Living’s pine cones, garlands, wooden Christmas trees and reindeer will satisfy the kids without compromising your style, while their burnished ornaments and candles are beautiful enough to use year-round. Don’t be fooled into thinking a few select pieces will be enough though – the ‘look’ keeps getting better the more you buy!
Galanga Living, 211 Henderson Road, #01-02 Henderson Industrial Park, Singapore 159552; www.galangaliving.com
Shop in-store or online at this brickabrack treasure trove of a store where you will find everything from hand painted tree ornaments to faux fir reindeers. These guys have been brightening up Xmas since 1959 and certainly know a thing or two about not only decorations, but also fantastic stocking fillers, repro Asian-style furniture and great homeware too. Pick up a Chinese wedding cabinet and your baubles all in one hit!
Lims, 6 Raffles Boulevard #02-23/24, #02-324/325, Marina Square; www.limslegacy.com
Christmas on a budget is the name of the game over at Giant this year and with its weekly and monthly promos on all things merry and bright, picking up all your festive needs has never been more affordable: and that includes the tree and all its trimmings!
Giant, Various locations; www.giantsingapore.com.sg/christmas
If you are looking for Singapore themed Christmas cards, beautiful gift wraps, novelty stocking fillers and unique Christmas decorations then Naiise is the place to head. We fancy lighting up our own festive celebrations with an engraved Xmas tree table lamp and prettying up our shelves with a set of Nativity Kokeshi dolls.
Naiise, various locations; www.naiise.com
While Christmas may be the season of giving, that doesn’t mean you have to bankrupt yourself to make it merry. Daiso has long been our cheap and cheerful go-to for seasonal goodies, and that includes Xmas too. The stores are already chocker full of everything from cute snow globes to inflatable Santas, Christmas wreaths to shiny tinsel. And at $2 a pop you can’t go wrong!
Daiso, various locations; www.daisoglobal.com