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Christmas Markets in Singapore: Where to find unique gifts for your loved ones

Christmas is coming up and no doubt the list of presents is growing by the day! Very specific gifts are pretty easy to buy – if you can find that ‘must-have’ toy of the season before its out of stock ­– but unusual and lovely, thoughtful gifts can be a little more tricky to find.

It's fantastically festive at The Fair on Friday 4th December
It’s fantastically festive at The Fair on Friday 4th December

So, if you’re on the lookout for something a little more special than your typical ‘I found this at such-and-such shopping mall’ or if you’re pushed for time and need a one-stop shop of unique products, then diarise Friday 4 December and head to Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel –in the heart of Singapore’s most popular Orchard road shopping district – for the annual Christmas Fair brought to you by Fairs & Bazaars.

The Fair presents an array of exclusive gifts, fashion, home décor, beauty and health products, art, furniture, soft furnishings, carpets, jewellery, and handcrafted gifts – basically something for everyone on your list!

Expect gorgeously colourful fashion and delicate detailing
Expect gorgeously colourful fashion and delicate detailing

Doors open at 10am
for a unique Christmas shopping experience; 50 stalls celebrating the ethnicity that influences our lives; the aromas, colours, flavours, sounds and textures of products from renowned markets across the globe – Australia, Hong Kong, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Europe and local Singapore gifts too. Here’s a sample of what’s in store for you:

Festive favourites
Choose tasty table gifts from a selection of beautifully soft and fluffy Panetone’s, cookies and chocolates, Greek honey, olives, olive oil and smooth Italian patés.

Handbags and belts
You’ll find canvas, silk and cotton purses embellished with beads, embroidery and sequins, from trendy day bags to glamorous evening purses. The soft leather, hand-crafted bags from Italy and East Asia – especially convenient for travel – are an all time favourite.

Be bold and bling-tastic this festive season
Be bold and bling-tastic this festive season

Expect colourful beads, Swaroski crystals, acrylic, gold, silver, fresh water and South Sea pearls and semi-precious stones in contemporary and traditional designs, and maybe even something for yourself too!

Stoles, shawls and scarves
Ranging from simple cotton stoles to heavily embroidered, sequined and beaded ones, the choice is yours! Browse the silk Pashminas and Jamawars from the traditional looms of India in numerous colours and designs and beautifully rich silk scarves from Vietnam, China, Thailand and India.

Skincare, lotions and potions
You’ll find imported skincare favourites from across the globe as well as handcrafted soaps, creams and oils made from closely-guarded secret recipes

Men’s apparel and accessories
Men can be so tricky to buy for! There’ll be a ton of choice on the day ­to help aid you in your quest to find the perfect ‘man’ present; beautiful handcrafted cotton and silk shirts, Italian silk ties, leather tie cases, cuff links in silver and gold and cuff link boxes, leather travel cases, toiletry bags, document holders, pens, watches and other accessories.

Pick up original art or order bespoke pieces
Pick up original art or order bespoke pieces

Original Art and handcrafted homeware

Choose from a selection of beautiful Singapore scene watercolours and colourful, contemporary art to adorn your walls, and chat with the artists about creating unique, bespoke pieces for those bare (lonely!) spaces in your home. Plus, keep a look out for the beautiful homeware, uniquely handcrafted from glass bottles.

Baby blankets & towels
If you’re looking for something soft and snuggly – how about a handcrafted, machine washable, fleece and cotton blankets, satin trimmed with delightful prints and embroidered motifs? And plush, soft bath towels in attractive colours and different sizes are just right for kids of all ages.

Shoes and footwear
Choose from Asian-designed sandals from Southeast Asia, embellished with colourful beads, shells, embroidered motifs and floral patterns for all ages, and,  always useful in this hot climate, durable plastic and rubber slip-ons in brilliant colours beach or poolside. There will be a wonderful selection of elegant python-skin shoes and accessories from bags to belts and beautiful wallets on offer.

Beautiful, shiny homeware make fabulous gifts!
Beautiful, shiny homeware make fabulous gifts!

And if you fancy walking away with a beautiful gift for yourself, all visitors stand a chance to win prizes in the hourly prize draw – there are some gorgeous prizes to be won!

Friday 4 December, 10:00am to 6:00pm

The Fair at Pan Pacific Hotel, 10 Claymore Rd, 229540, Singapore – next to Orchard Towers | For more information about ‘The Fair’, contact Fairs and Bazaars on 6235 3608, or visit their website and Facebook page.

If you would like to be an exhibitor at The Fair, please contact Chumkie Banerji