We hear you: when it comes to Christmas shopping, you want only the most special gifts for you and your loved ones.
We think there’s nothing more special than something you can’t get anywhere else, except on our own little island. In fact, if you know where to look, you’ll see that Singapore is rife with precious presents, from one-of-a-kind bags to beautiful jewellery designs.
With travel restrictions in place, this year is also the best time to do your Christmas shopping locally. Who wouldn’t love to support a homegrown label that has had to forge through the pandemic? It would be a nice gesture, one that benefits both a local business and the recipient of your gift.
You’ll also be spoiled for choice with the assortment of fashion and beauty products that you can get right here. If you have a skincare-obsessed sister whose shelf is lined with Sephora buys, you could surprise her instead with a set that’s proudly made in Singapore.
Or, if you’re thinking of treating your mother with fancy (read: expensive) presents, we know a couple of luxury fashion brands with exclusive offerings that she won’t find in the rest of Southeast Asia.
We’ve hand-picked an array of presents for all those wonderful ladies in your life, whatever their tastes. Discover them below in our Christmas gift guide — the “Only in Singapore” edition.
Header photo credit: Yours
This all-in-one skincare set is an absolute dream to pamper your loved one with. It’s offered by Yours, a personalised skincare brand based in Singapore that creates its products using only clean, organic ingredients ethically sourced from Switzerland. This set contains two serums and two creams — one pair for the day, another for the night — that are tailored to meet whatever skincare needs the recipient of your gift may have. And yes, they really work wonders.
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Local lifestyle brand Beyond The Vines combines both form and function in its offerings, something that’s captured in its bestselling XS Dumpling Bag. Made of nylon, the versatile bag comes with two handles, a handy flap pocket and a D-ring to hang keys, hand sanitisers, TraceTogether tokens and other essentials from. The bag, which can be carried on the shoulder or by hand, is both lightweight and waterproof. The best part? There are 11 different attractive colours to choose from.
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This nifty leather case is one of Fauré Le Page’s beloved products, and for good reason. It comes in the perfect size to throw in your headphones, cards and notes. It’s also made with the French brand’s signature Ecailles Canvas and grained leather, the latter having been artfully moulded on a wooden form to give it its sturdy build. This is a gift that you can count on lasting for a long time. You’ll find the Secret Case in all its colours at Fauré Le Page’s flagship in Takashimaya Singapore, the first of its kind in the region.
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The Editor’s Market, one of Singapore’s favourite homegrown fashion brands, has branched out into the world of jewellery with Afterall. The new label draws from art, design and culture to create very wearable pieces of art — such as this Odila chain bracelet. It features a yellow quartz, which is said to bring its wearer happiness, clarity and positivity. Not bad for a Christmas gift, right?
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Homegrown label Ling Wu is known for its bags in surprising, stylish shapes, like the Bubble clutch. This slouchy design is crafted from hand-painted python leather, giving it an artisanal touch. Yet it’s very much made for the modern woman: the bag boasts enough space to store your phone, sunglasses, makeup and more. It also comes with a sleek gold chain, allowing its owner to go hands-free. Pretty and practical? We’ll take it.
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You can’t go wrong with a pair of everyday sneakers. Love Bonito’s timeless Ace sneakers fit the bill with their cushioned insoles and padded uppers, which provide the ultimate comfort. Get a pair for yourself and a friend; that way, you’ll be able to redeem one of Love Bonito’s glittering AirPods cases, too.
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Gucci, ever the champion of self-expression, has its own DIY service that lets you personalise its fashionable bags and shoes. Luckily for us, it’s available in Singapore at the Italian brand’s Paragon boutique. Head down there to pick out the right initials that should be appliquéd onto the versatile Ophidia Tote. You’ll get to choose from alphabets crafted from leather, python or caiman to create a very special Christmas gift.
(Photo credit: Gucci)