You've sorted out presents for the kiddos... but what about the rest of the family? Consult our handy-dandy gift guide for some great ideas.
We love Christmas. Not only do we get to feast on turkey, trimmings and log cakes, but Singapore always has a great number of Christmas markets and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Plus, ’tis the season for giving! Though it may be easier to get gifts for the kiddos, finding a thoughtful gift for the rest of the family might be tough as nails. Well, we’ve got the perfect list of goodies and experiences that are perfect for the whole family – we’re sure they’ll be thrilled with any of these suggestions!
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend – well, we’d like to think that any type of jewellery is sure to make any girl happy! Check out Embrace Jewellery’s collaboration with local artist, The Jar of Salt. The collection has vibrant motifs that highlight the unique Singaporean culture, and we love the Peranakan tile earrings and Nyonya charm bracelet that goes well with any outfit. We’re sure Mum will love it, too – so pretty!
Where: Embrace Jewellery, 391 Orchard Rd, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238873
Bimba Y Lola
Add a splash of colour to mum’s wardrobe with these incredible pieces from Spanish female apparel brand, Bimba Y Lola. Created by two sisters, their ready-to-wear pieces are funky, chic and poppin’ with colour like this fun, short make-up black dress ($390, top left). Alternatively, opt to get her a leather crossbody bag (from $210, bottom right) or a satin scarf (from $125, top right) – we especially like the ivory esoteric animal scarf with animal shapes and fauna on a background of fallen petals.
Where: Five locations around Singapore and online.
Does Mum start her day with a cup of joe every day? Well, at the luxurious Bacha Coffee, she’ll be spoilt for choice! With more than 200 brews of single-origin, 100% Arabica coffee beans, and fine-flavoured and blended coffees, pamper Mum and take her to the private, 30-seat coffee room that resembles the historic and grand Dar el Bacha palace in Marrakech. She’ll love admiring its black-and-white marble floors and brass chandeliers as she relaxes and enjoys her coffee. Not only that, but the coffee room has a delicious menu with sweet and savoury dishes that complement its generous offerings. A decadent treat for the best mum in the world, don’t you think?
Where: Bacha Coffee, 2 Orchard Turn, #01-15/16 ION Orchard Mall, Singapore 238801
Take a luxury staycation with Mum in the new decade! Pick one of the seven long weekends to spend some quality time with mum and recharge at Singapore’s most opulent heritage hotel in town (and our personal favourite): the recently refurbished Raffles Hotel, located in the Civic District. Delight in its newly opened bars and restaurants, shop at its lavish arcade, rejuvenate at its holistic wellness spa, and of course, stay in its spacious suites! And, if you intend to bring the kids, the hotel can arrange a personalised range of amenities, day-time activities and bedtime stories that are specially curated for them, too – perfect.
Where: Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
Discover British luxury perfume house Penhaligon’s range of eau de parfum and charming gift box sets this Christmas. You can either purchase its ever-popular ladies fragrance miniature collection ($79.20), which comes with five fruity and floral scents in a gorgeous mint tin, or go on and splurge on a scent you think Mum will like. We personally love the Coveted Duchess Rose eau de parfum ($420), which has head notes of mandarin, heart notes of rose and base notes of musky wood – how lovely. Fun fact: Penhaligon’s is a holder of two royal warrants from HRH The Prince of Wales (since 1988) and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (since 1956). Truly fit for a queen like your mum, we think!
Where: Penhaligon’s, 2 Orchard Turn, #03-16 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801, or at 10 Bayfront Ave, #01-33/34 Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956
Bang & Olufsen
Does Dad love to croon to his favourite hits of the past? If so, splurge on Bang & Olufsen’s Beolit 17 ($800) – this portable speaker has a contemporary classic design and powerful, clean and crisp sound that easily fills the room you’re in. And, it’s stylish, too: its lunchbox design makes it perfect for the home or on the go.
Where: Bang & Olufsen, 10 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228211 or at 310 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238864
We have to admit: we love Lego – not only because the company regularly comes up with the coolest sets of movie memorabilia and other snazzy fun builds (buy the Yoda set, we must), but they’re innovative and just good ol’ fun, too! If Dad’s a big movie buff like we are, be sure to grab him Lego’s James Bond Aston Martin DB5 – this classic car was featured in the Goldfinger film in some of the most exciting scenes. Not only that, it’s authentic, realistic and even features an ejector seat very much like the one in the original film. If Dad’s not one for cars, he might like building the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, instead. Our favourite build? Definitely the Star Wars Death Star.
Where: Lego, shop at multiple outlets islandwide
Established in 1883 in Heidelberg, Germany, Kaweco was once known for its wooden dip pens, and are now famed for its iconic pocket-size fountain pen (from $38.40). A great practical gift for Dad to sign off on all his important documents. And, not only are they affordable, but they’re fuss-free and easy to use – so good that we own one, too!
La Maison du Whisky
Dad will surely love a smooth bottle of scotch – and there’s no better place to procure a one than from La Maison du Whisky! This French specialist is known for its extensive collection of whisky and other alcoholic spirits – you’ve probably heard of them if you’re a whisky lover yourself. Or, you might’ve got wind of Whisky Live, an annual international tasting event where you get to taste these whiskies and spirits from all over the world. With more than 500 whiskies and 300 spirits from over 100 brands, your choices are endless. Thankfully, La Maison du Whisky has a try-before-you-buy option, which should help you narrow your choices down… we hope!
Where: La Maison du Whisky, 80 Mohamed Sultan Rd, #01-10 The Pier, Singapore 239013
Got a dad who’s really into tracking his fitness and working out? Check out Garmin’s series of sports smartwatches (from $299). Whether Dad’s really active and looking to participate in the next triathlon, or simply wants to get fitter in the new year, Garmin has the watch he needs. Plus, the company’s new offerings include Garmin pay for contactless payments and also allows you to download music directly to your watch for phone-free listening. Did we mention – the battery life of these watches are outstanding? We love!
Where: Garmin, 360 Orchard Road,#01-15 International Building, Singapore 238869, other watch stores islandwide and online via Lazada.
We must admit, we miss the days where we printed physical photographs and kept them in photo albums. Well, this Christmas, gift Grandma and Grandpa a personalised photo book (from $39) from Artisan Prints! You can turn your digital photographs into a high-quality hardcover, softcover or ribbon bound book by simply uploading your photos on its easy-to-use website. A great gift that we’re sure they’ll cherish for a long time to come.
Where: Artisan Prints, online.
How to Babysit a Grandma (or Grandpa)
We’re so thankful that we have our parents to take care of our kids when we need help. Have you ever wondered what would happen if your kiddos were to babysit Grandma or Grandpa instead? Find out by embarking on a hilarious journey with How to Babysit a Grandma (or Grandpa)! Not only is it hilarious and sure to make you chuckle, but its colourful illustrations are adorable, too. Perfect for the kiddos to have some one-on-one time with their grandparents.
Candlenut x Supermama
If your grandparents are proud Peranakans (or even if they’re not), they’ll love Candlenut’s newly launched porcelain plates ($24) inspired by the colourful Peranakan culture. These vibrant coloured plates were created in collaboration with local home-grown design and craft goods store Supermama, and feature the peony floral motif found on traditional Peranakan tiles. Made in Ishikawa, Japan, these mamezara (small plate) are perfect for condiments or as a decorative ornament at home. Psst, these plates were made in limited quantities, so purchase them before they’re sold out!
Indulge in some afternoon high tea with grandma and grandpa at Andaz Singapore’s Alley on 25! This locally-inspired afternoon high tea set (from $38 per person) is served in gorgeous tiffin boxes, and includes your typical British high tea savoury and sweet treats, plus several local offerings like prawn kueh pie tee, kueh lapis and a pandan chiffon cake, layered with mousse and covered in green glaze. Plus, you can’t beat the views of the city while dining on the 25th floor!
Where: Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser St, Singapore 189354
L’Occitane En Provence
Treat your mum well and gift her beauty products she’ll adore! Our mothers are obsessed with French international retailer L’Occitane and its luxurious range of products, and we’re sure yours will too. Check out its collection of Immortelle Precious products, like its new Immortelle Precious cream ($100) that will hydrate and boost her skin’s smoothness and complexion. Plus, it has organic and active ingredients that have exceptional anti-ageing properties to help preserve her youth and beauty.
Where: Multiple locations around Singapore and online.
BONUS: FOR THE HELPER
Most helpers love to learn, so there’s nothing better than giving them the chance to with courses from Aidha. Its courses will teach financial literacy, money management and computer proficiency. Educating them in these lifelong skills are not only practical, but incredibly useful in empowering them and their confidence, too.
Where: Aidha, 748A North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198716
Crabtree and Evelyn
We love the products from Crabtree and Evelyn since they’ve hit our shores once again. Give your helper’s hands a much-needed boost with its gardeners hand restoration gift set ($110.50) which comes with a bottle of hand scrub, hand wash and hand cream. We particularly love its hand cream – a natural-inspired formula made with macadamia seed oil and shea butter to help soften and replenish moisture. We sure your helper will love it, too!
Where: Crabtree and Evelyn, available online.
The Nail Social
In addition to some time off, pamper your helper with a relaxing manicure (from $12) and pedicure (from $12) session at The Nail Social! This lifestyle nail salon is not only socially conscious, but has amazing services like foot massage, drinks and snacks and fairtrade retail all under one roof. Plus, on Fridays and Saturdays, the salon offers a complimentary glass of wine, too! We also love the fact that the salon provides vocational training to local marginalised women, and uses non-toxic, eco-friendly products.
Where: The Nail Social, 42A Haji Ln, 2nd Floor, Singapore 189235 or at 333 Kreta Ayer Rd, #01-14, Singapore 080333
BONUS: FOR THE FURKIDS
Missing your furkid while at work or while the family’s travelling? Well, invest in Smartpaw’s Burpurr pet camera (from $59.90) that’ll allow you to check in on your pets anytime, anywhere. It even comes with an inbuilt microphone and anti-bite cable, so you know it’s not going to get destroyed when they’re looking for something to gnaw at… they might just gnaw at the Christmas presents under the tree instead!
Where: Smartpaw, online.
Give your pets the comfiest and trendiest beds ever from PetsActually! This multi-brand online pet store has tons of options, but we love the hexagonal Cat Ball ($78) that creates a cosy and warm cave for your kitty. And for the doggos, we love the chill Barkëtek Lounger ($138), a hammock bed perfect for napping in.
Where: PetsActually, online.
We couldn’t resist putting this in: Lord Lou has a copycat art scratcher (from $210) that features great works of art that’ll not only look great in your home, but your cat will love it too! It comes in three designs – flowers in a glass vase, the Girl with the Pearl Earring and Mona Lisa. They’re so purr-ty, we’re just glad they’re not real works of art.
Where: Lord Lou, online.