2020, what a year.

Each month this 2020, we will be celebrating a particular theme; be it private jet etiquette in the summer, or how to adequately pair chocolate and cognac during the festive season. For December, we’re ready to end the year with a bang. The bang of golden confetti. The bang of a champagne cork. The bang of a celebration as we’re more excited than ever to wave 2020 adieu.

For December, unlike most other months this year, our theme is just one word: Indulgence.

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Stories you’ll find this month will be themed around where to celebrate the festive season in all its grandeur, where to find the best and most exclusive gifts you may have never considered, and where to relax and unwind for the last big pampering of the year. Which is the best hotel to visit this December? What’s the speakeasy you just cannot miss before 2020 comes to a close? How many rooftop bars are serving specialty cocktails to witness the fireworks come the 31st?

Consider stories we’re featuring this month a box of pralines of the month’s greatest happenings and the past year’s greatest must-visits.

Exquisite, extravagant, unconventional, sentimental, and always purveyors of the good life ethos: find our stories for ‘Indulgence’ linked below throughout the whole of December 2020. We hope to see you at the dinners, the parties, and the after-parties — and we hope to see you too, indulge.

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Your guide to the best Christmas dining this 2020

Christmas is really the time to be merry, so give some yourself some mercy. Here, we’ve curated a list of where to best enjoy Christmas dinner with your loved ones. Let’s wine and dine away to another happy year to come.

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All the Christmas events to check out this December 2020

When we hit December, the city transforms itself into a magical land where you would spot extravagant Christmas trees and decorations all around the town. Whilst we sure won’t go hungry for festive fare with so many gala dinners around the city, there’s so much more to explore during this exciting time of the year. Christmas may not be a national holiday in Bangkok, but it’s definitely an entire month of celebration where we leave no stone unturned, with all the Christmas markets and festive activities in town.

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8 nightwear and lingerie gifts for the alluring lady in your life

We love the idea of wearing this around the house — just imagine doing the dishes in this. In a delicate green shade, this Pomelo Bralette features a sweet lace trim on a satin material for a feminine but not too feminine look. Comfortable, and super cute, especially paired with the matching trousers.

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Good Life Getaways: where to travel in Thailand this festive season

If you still haven’t made travel plans for Christmas and New Year’s, do not fear. Your ultimate vacation guide with all the best offers and listings is here.

Whether you prefer the sand between your toes and a fireshow into 2021, or you prefer 16 degrees of mountain breeze for Christmas dinner, read on for where to travel outside of Bangkok this season, and know that it’s still not too late to book.

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7 small leather accessories that make for cute gifts

Enter small leather accessories — mainly consisting of mini bags and leather cardholders that are perfect for anyone in your life. Fashionistas or not, these miniatures will win over their hearts because of its own unique size. Since minimalism is the way to go now, these are also great due to its limited space for those who are or trying to be part of the trend.

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The 7 best products for shimmery makeup, according to makeup artists

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas, and we’ve already started listening to our holiday playlist on loop. But it truly is, with Christmas décor, holiday sales, and cooler temperatures, we’re starting to feel some semblance of normalcy again. That, coupled with the hope of 2021 has us ready to get decked out. And, we mean, full-blown holiday glam. So, we asked 7 diverse and skilled MUAs to give us insights into the best shimmer makeup products. Because ain’t no holiday glam without sparkle, is there?

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10 amazing gifts for the deserving man in your life

Few could argue the all-too-obvious point that, now more than ever, we’re in dire need of some Christmas cheer. To compensate for a tempestuous year — full of travel bans, deferred plans and a general air of uncertainty — we’ve put together a wishlist that throws moderation to the wind. Fret not: chances are, the boys in your life are just as keen to make a splash upon exiting 2020. Good riddance.

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5 jewellery gifts to spoil your loved ones this Christmas

Whether you want to be a daring diva or prefer to stick to a more sophisticated vibe, there’s something for everyone out there this season. As jewellery brands roll out their latest collections, we’ve bookmarked our favourite ones, because as you can agree, there is always space for some new jewellery, right?

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The ultimate sneaker gift guide for the sneakerhead in your life

It doesn’t matter that they already have over 30 pairs from NikeAdidas, Puma or whatever, most of which you’ve hardly seen them wear. That is not the point; sneakers are today’s currency of cool, and their collections are their pride and glory. And while getting them a pair yourself certainly robs them of the thrill of waiting for a sneaker drop in a long queue outside a Foot Locker outlet, and eventually being made to go home by local authorities for not observing social distancing rules, they will still be grateful for your gift. If they love it, they’ll keep it. If they hate it, they’ll simply sell it to someone else. It’s a win-win situation.

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We visited The Bed Cinema by Omazz and absolutely loved it

If, like us, you love watching movies in bed, this experience really hits the mark.

But why go to the cinema when you can just stay in bed?

Think of it this way: it is an elevation of both entities. The bed is not any bed. It is an Omazz mattress fitted with their brand-own bedding (and changed for hygiene reasons after every single visit). The movie is not any movie, but a premiere blockbuster, hot hit Asian drama, or highly anticipated thriller. You’ve got Digital 4K cinema. You’ve got Dolby Digital Surround 7.1 sound. You’re really living.

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10 beauty gift sets to make your friends more beautiful for Christmas

There’s no way Drunk Elephant wouldn’t create the most colourful and adorable gift set of the season. The Firmy The Day Kit is a limited edition morning skincare set that aims to hydrate, firm, and keep the skin strong and protected. It contains the C-Firma (full size!), D-Bronzi (8ml), B-Hydra (8ml), Protini (15ml), and Umbra Tinte (15ml) and is ideal for the diehard skincare lover in your life.

Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.