The all-important birthday, anniversary, and that special occasion are looming. Are you still racking your brains as to what to gift your dearest and nearest? Here are some gifting ideas for your S.O., nieces and nephews, parents and in-laws, besties and those who live and breathe travel, beauty, fashion, food and more.
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For Him & Her, your S.O.
From Manscaped’s grooming kits for above and below the waist, to Kiehl’s skincare and Aesop’s body care creams, consider gift sets that encompass wellness, such as Diptyque Candles, Jo Malone home scents and fragrances. Of course, a little luxury goes a long way. Timeless jewellery from Risis, Goldheart, Lee Hwa Jewellery, Poh Heng, S.K. Jewellery, Monica Vinader and Pomellato will never go wrong.
Kiehl's Brightening & Soothing Set
For the latest launch, check out Givenchy's Gentleman Society Eau De Parfum, which has an exclusive flower-wood duality of a wild narcissus flower and a deep woody accord. Even though it is supposed to be for men, the refreshing scent will not stop me from taking a spritz or two from my man when my mood strikes! And who can resist the gender-neutral range of Eau de toilette from Maison Margiela? My top favourites go to Replica Matcha Meditation Eau De Toilette or Replica When the Rain Stops Eau de Toilette for daywear and Replica Coffee Break Eau De Toilette or Replica Whispers in the Library Eau de Toilette for evening wear. They are absolutely irresistible!
For nephews and nieces
Be that cool aunt/uncle who makes their nieces' and nephews' dreams come true. Introduce them to the wonderful art world with Vincent Van Gogh The Starry Night Lego set or the new Lego Ideas BTS Dynamite Set if they are a fan of the international boy band.
Nurture their joy of reading with a waterproof e-book reader, the latest Rakuten Kobo Clara 2E.
For papa dearest and your kids daddy
He has worked hard all his life, and now's the time for him to sit back and relax. A crisp, sharp shirt from Robinsons or Marks & Spencer will be appreciated. Get him to slow down and have some downtime with tea from Pukka, T2 Tea or TWG Tea. Or wind down with dad over a glass of Melati, a non-alcoholic aperitif. Of course, sturdy Timex watches never hurt the man who instilled the value of punctuality in you as a kid! If your man is more of a gamer, check our Razer's wide range gaming accessories. By now, you would have realised that men are just kids in adult bodies.
For mummy dearest
The word self-love never entered her dictionary. But there is always time to introduce the concept to the first person who taught you the idea of limitless love. Lavish mum with LAC Taut's range of premium collagen supplements, and also bird's nest and collagen drinks. Try Naked Blend, New Moon or Kinohimitsu’s collagen drinks. Are her knees getting weaker and wobbly? Let her try Ebene's compression socks for better blood circulation or iHerb's range of glucosamine supplements.
Let her indulge in a bit of massage every evening when she cleans her face with the Foreo Luna 4. Complete her evening skincare routine with the bestselling Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Serum, Crème De La Mer Moisturizer (Limited Edition), or kickstart her beauty routine with the Origins Tiny Trio Mini Cleanser, Serum & Moisturizer Trio (Holiday Limited Edition). Wish to elevate the skincare routine up a notch?
Try Aesop's Lucent Facial Concentrate, which has been highly raved by beauty editors. It's a potent mix of hydrating and skin-loving ingredients such as Niacinamide and fortifying vitamins like Citric Acid and nourishing botanicals like Rosa Damascena Flower Oil that promises to soothe, replenish and balance the skin.
Gifting something that beauty fiend bestie of yours doesn't already have? I can't think of a more luxurious gift than Robinsons Hotel Collection Silk Pillowcase made of 100% Mulberry Silk. Not only is it naturally resistant to allergens, but its ultra-low friction silk surface also brings about anti-ageing benefits ranging from reduction of fine lines to skin hydration, on top of taming bed hair! Machine-washable, the pair of pillowcases comes in a gift box ready for gifting, plus a three-year warranty!
By now, you would have known that a clean face is a foundation to healthy skin. Only with healthy skin will our skin absorb the quality ingredients in our skincare products. And it goes without saying that even a thorough cleansing is required with sunscreen application. I was duly impressed by how lightweight yet effective Bobbi Brown's Soothing Cleansing Oil is. Infused with Jasmine Flower, White Water Lily, Gogi Berry Extract, all you need is a few drops, and it removes even waterproof eyeliners, mascara and long-staying lipsticks while maintaining skin moisture! I would recommend this in a heartbeat!
Or try FaceGym Brightening Active Roller Crystallised Microneedling Tool or the Foreo Bear skincare gadget for that non-invasive face workout.
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Of course, cult beauty brands such as Biossance, Fenty Beauty, Paula’s Choice, Charlotte Tilbury, Sulwhasoo, Dermalogica, PIXI, Kose, Tarte, Glow Recipe, Olaplex should all have a place on the vanity table for any beautyholic. And for any beautyholics, lipstick and fragrances are a must.
Your skin needs a good scrub now and then. Try Singapore's first ice-cream scrub – Dove's Ice-Cream Body Scrubs, available in three exfoliating levels, from Sakura Smoothie for dry skin to Pomegranate Ice Cream for moderate exfoliation for all skin types and Sugar Sorbet for deep exfoliating strength that is ideal for dull and rough skins.
For experience junkies
Now, what do you gift someone who already has everything? The gift of experiences, of course! Experiences, when shared, is all the more rewarding and fun! Look no further than Fever Up's romantic candlelight live performances for a quiet evening of your favourite compositions. But, wish for something more adrenaline and experienced-packed?
Look to 29Rooms, touted by The New York Times as “The creative playground for the Instagram generation.” Debuting for the first time in Asia from now to April 2023, 29Rooms provides a multi-sensorial experience like never before.
Now that travel is back on our cards, bring along travel essentials that can make or break your trip. Of course, our feet take us places, and good shoes are essential for travellers and our daily wear. My friends and I swear by these brands that I have personally tried and tested. My Hoka shoes accompanied me on a 26-day trip to the United States, where I conquered Yosemite National Park, Joshua Tree, and the Death Valley. Get the Hoka Bondi 8 that is engineered to cushion the knees or try the multitasking Hoka Clifton 9 that promises to bring you from the gym to the outdoors.
For those who work out while travelling, bring along a pair of the lightweight and highly-rated Asics Novablast 3, referred to as 'Shoe of the Year' by industry insiders. Complete your workout look with Asics ultra-comfortable and moisture-wicking activewear. Train online with an international group of like-minded exercise community with Asics' When She Moves, She Breathes Challenge.
From now to 30 March, challenge yourself with the ‘When She Moves, She Breathes’ Challenge, to experience how #NothingFeelsBetter when moving with Asics’ Nagino Collection. Simply track four eligible workouts for 15 minutes on the ASICS Runkeeper app and share your experience with Asics using the hashtags #NAGINOCollection #NothingFeelsBetter #TrainWithRunkeeper. Stand a chance to win S$400 worth of Nagino products!
Foldable, lightweight and buttery-soft, Anothersole shoes are the best travel companions anyone can have. The environmentally-conscious brand uses 100% natural products, creating a smaller impact on Mother Earth. Best of all, for each pair of Anothersole shoes sold, the brand will use a portion of the proceeds to feed a child that would otherwise go hungry.
Must-haves include the Montigo thermal flasks (save the earth!), keep the glare away on road trips with these sunglasses from Net-a-porter, and a Lululemon Wunder Puff Jacket to stay warm for wintry destinations.
Flying not an option at the moment? Fret not; look to staycays at the new Vibe Hotel, where you can soak up the festivities in the heart of Orchard Road. For the iconic view of Singapore's world-famous skyline, visit Marina Bay Sands Hotel and venture to The Shoppes at MBS.
Be sure to support local brands such as Love, Bonito and Charles & Keith that have been winning the hearts of locals and foreigners alike. For those who love collabs, look out for The Love, Bonito x kāi exclusive co-branded merchandise, which includes three exclusive co-branded merchandise includes a cold cup, bucket hat and a pair of socks. From 27 March, you may redeem the exclusive collab products with minimum spending. Redemption details are as follows:
Spend a minimum of $120 for a pair of socks
Spend a minimum of $140 for a bucket hat
Spend a minimum of $160 for a cold cup
For something truly durable and classic, American Eagle has been proven to stand the test of time, in terms of their quality denim material which continues to win the hearts of the young and old.
Missoni Mare crochet-knit maxi dress (now at 60% off)
For fitness enthusiasts
A pair of sturdy sports shoes such as Adidas, Hoka, Asics, Puma, or Nike, comfortable and durable apparel from Lululemon, Alo Yoga, Sweaty Betty, Splits59 make up the basics of a workout. Be sure to have on-hand period underwear like those from adidas to take on whatever sports you desire.
Into golfing? Whether you are a golfing enthusiast or a beginner, raise your game with Ecco. You get performance on the course, as well as style off-course with their classic sneaker-like aesthetics. Try the Ecco Golf range.
Add a pair of sports sunglasses from Moncler to jazz up your outdoor activities. Finally, monitor and track your fitness progress with a reliable Fitbit fitness tracker, and you are well on your way to a fitter you! Gift the gift of health and bring your loved one to a health screening at the One Wellness Medical by Eu Yan Sang for peace of mind before the year starts!
There's no gift better than the gift of health. Consider a hamper with immunity- and beauty-boosting properties from Eu Yan Sang which includes the premium Snow Hashima, confinement bath packs, Essence of Fish for those recuperating from surgeries, Gastro-Immune Probiotics, and more.
Recovering from sports injury? Safeguard the knees with Ebene Bio-Ray Knee Guard with Tourmaline.
For coffee lovers
For most of us, the morning starts with a caffeine jolt. After trying too many watered down coffeeshop kopi, I made the decision to get a Nespresso machine and have never looked back. Try the Nespresso-compatible No harm done coffee pods. No coffee machines at home? Try Bacha Coffee for a touch of luxury right at home. Lactose-intolerant? Try the Oatbedient Oat Milk that comes in Chocolate or Chia Seed flavour.
There’s nothing like having a full stomach of delicious food. Never hold a home party without our Made in Singapore Irvins potato chips. Gifts for foodie friends and family are now a piece of cake with the help of Deliveroo, Food Panda, and AirAsia Fresh. Or book a staycay at Courtyard by Marriott Singapore or dine with a view at Sol & Luna Restaurant at Raffles Place.