‘Tis the season to be gifting! Boutiques has got you covered with over 300 brands, including family-friendly and dedicated kids’ brands. Christmas shopping – sorted!
Have you heard? Boutiques at the Pit Building is back again this November! The popular independent shopping event returns with The Gifting Edition, promising a holiday shopping extravaganza like no other. So, mark your calendars!
Date: 17-19 November 2023
Time: 10am – 8pm (17-18 November); 10am – 6pm (19 November)
Venue: F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
Price: $5 per pax. All tickets come with unlimited three-day access, purchase here. Children under 12 years old enter for free.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gifts, or in need of year-end retail therapy – Boutiques has got you covered. With over 300 brands and designers to check out, there’s bound to be something that catches your eye. Bring the kids as well, as we’re told that there are more than 40 brands that cater to children. Plus, there’s even a Nursing Room in Amber, L3.
Excited, but not sure where to begin with so many fantastic brands? We’ve listed some of our top picks right here.
1. Elizabeth Little
In need of Christmas or Lunar New Year outfits for the whole family? Check out Elizabeth Little for the pretty pieces made from natural fibres. This brand makes playful vintage-inspired clothing that lasts, using the best materials such as organic cotton, Irish and Japanese linen, and heritage Liberty Art Fabrics. You’ll get to see its Holidays 2023 collection and a preview of the Lunar New Year 2024 collection exclusively at Boutiques too!
2. House of Holly
House of Holly specialises in creating premium bamboo essentials that are gentle on the little ones’ skin. From blankets to crib sheets, as well as swaddles and swimming robes,; this sustainable brand has them all! We’re looking forward to the launch of its deliciously soft bamboo sleep bags and new collection of Luxe Cloud Pillows – exclusive to Boutiques!
Here’s something for the teens and mums – handcrafted jewellery that encourages wearers to “just be bold”. What started as a project at LASALLE College of the Arts became a jewellery brand with a mini production community that works with stay-home mums in Yogyakarta. You’ll be able to catch a glimpse (and snag a few pieces) of its new Shell Collection at Boutiques.
Founded by parents to support fellow parents in having conversations on difficult topics with their kids, Kidkat.co offers an extensive range of books that touch on topics like consent, bullying, grief, body image issues, and more. The range also includes bilingual educational resources to help your little one grow a love for language and reading.
5. The Little Showcase
Puzzles, plushies, and a plethora of toys await the kids at The Little Showcase. With over 70 brands from all around the world, shopping for kids gifts’ and even partyware could not be easier.
If you’re looking for cute decor for the kids’ rooms, look no further than evercasa. This local kids brand makes dreamy removable stickers and decals that act as educational tools. Transform kids’ rooms into an underwater world with its Ocean Buddies collection, or teach them all about space with the Trip To Space collection. Visit evercasa at Boutiques and you could be the first to grab its new The Serengeti, Emotions, Numbers and Stars & Moons decals!
Loads of whimsical treasures to be found here! Heyhappypuff carries an array of independent brands from all around the world. There are cushions and wall flags from the socio-economic empowerment organisation Imani Collective, non-toxic wooden toys by London creative studio Happy Little Folks, vibrant metal lockers by Australian label Mustard Made, and more! Keep an eye out for the exclusive launch of Music Box Advent Calendars which include Harry Potter, Frozen and Gruffalo.
8. Hi Buy Mama
If you have a toddler, Hi Buy Mama is a must-visit at Boutiques. This homegrown brand creates lovely busy books for kids, perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. All of Hi Buy Mama’s busy books are made from sewn elements and are aligned with Montessori principles. Kids will have loads of fun exploring and learning through these books. Plus, they facilitate speech and occupational therapy as well. Psst… Hi Buy Mama is launching new busy books and toys at Boutiques!
9. Talking Toes
Talking Toes doesn’t just make socks; it sends out purposeful messages through them. Every pair of Talking Toes socks aims to inspire positive change through quirky designs, sustainable practices, and giving back to social and environmental causes. Adding this to our gift ideas list!
10. The Tiny Trove
We (and the kids, of course) love sensory play, so we’re super excited to see The Tiny Trove at Boutiques this month! This is a family-run business that creates beautiful handmade sensory play products. This brand is a must-visit for every parent who’s thinking of introducing sensory play to their littles, and parents who enjoy making thematic sensory bins. You can find handmade and taste-safe Play Dough, rainbow sensory rice, and all the sensory play tools you can imagine! Plus, The Tiny Trove is launching its Christmas Sensory Kit Collection 2023 at Boutiques!
11. that’s neat
There’s nothing we love more than a brand that champions gender neutral products. that’s neat is all about this, creating its own inclusive range of kids’ products for indoor and outdoor use. We’re talking hats, non-toxic play sand and sand play sets! that’s neat is also launching its own sand-proof microfibre towels that’s made from recycled post-consumer waste. Yes, an eco-friendly towel that repels sand – gotta get some of these before the kids hit the beach!
The best way to get to Boutiques: Free shuttle bus
The organisers of Boutiques have arranged for a free shuttle bus service to pick up shoppers from Millenia Walk’s Raffles Boulevard entrance (near Meidi-Ya and Harvey Norman). The bus runs every 15 minutes and will drop you off at F1 Pit Building, where the fair is held. Done with your shopping? Hop back onto the shuttle at Boutiques to head right back to Millenia Walk without hassle.
You can get to Millenia Walk via MRT (Promenade station). Those who are thinking of driving are encouraged to park at Millenia Walk and take the free shuttle as well. Only shoppers with mobility impairment may park at F1 Pit Building itself (a valid Car Park Label must be displayed).
Handy tips for parents: nursing rooms, F&B options and freebies
Being parents ourselves, we understand that every outing (even if it’s a quick trip to the grocery store) requires solid planning. We’ve put together all the essential info to help you with this.
You can grab a bite for yourself and the kiddos at Boutiques’ dedicated café spaces in the NESUTO Pop-Up Cafe in Scarlet on L3 (where they serve cakes) or Breathe on L3, where you can enjoy packaged meals and light bites purchased from any of the F&B brands at Boutiques. There are over 40 of these, including plant-based mains, pastries, fine Italian food, health drinks… the list goes on!
For the little ones
If you’re bringing young children, you’ll be happy to know that the F1 Pit Building is stroller-friendly with elevators on either end of the building. There’s a dedicated nursing and diaper changing room located in the Amber room at L3 as well.
Hold tight to your Boutiques ticket – it comes with a Redemption Perk! You can use this to redeem a complimentary goodie at the fair, valued from $5.50 to $69, available while stocks last. Take your pick from a selection of beauty products, fitness tools, artisanal snacks and more. See the full list of what’s available here.
Have a great time at Boutiques!
This post is in partnership with Boutique Fairs Singapore.