Wondering where to buy Christmas presents from, and what to buy? Here are some gifts that are perfect for mums, wives and friends. We’ve chosen a variety of home décor and accessories, body lotions, candles and diffusers, all available in Singapore shops. There’s something for everyone!
Neal’s Yard Remedies
If you like the idea of natural, organic, handcrafted products, take a look at the offerings of Neal’s Yard Remedies. The brand carries skincare and wellbeing products that are made in its factory in Dorset in the UK, using only ethically sourced botanicals. No synthetic fragrances here!
Beautifully scented with energising orange, refreshing grapefruit and garden mint, the store’s uplifting room set ($130) comes with an aromatherapy room spray (100ml) and candle.
Keep hands moisturised with the warm your soul mandarin & clove hand set ($62), which includes a hand wash (200ml) and hand lotion (200ml). They come in a useful caddy which you can place right by the sink.
Fragrant and stylish, the calming reed diffuser ($88) has a beautiful blend of calming rose and geranium.
The bamboo ESTA aroma diffuser ($198) comes with a bottle of sweet and woody frankincense essential oil (10ml). Just right for the festive season!
Russian-born artist Alexandra Jezbera moved to Singapore from London and founded Jezzroom, an atelier producing textile décor for the home as well as an online store with a lovely selection of items including limited edition ceramics, tableware, cushions, furniture and linens. Her products are united by the ideas of quality, sustainability, creativity and elegance.
The tropical bathing art print (from $28) comes from the design studio in London. The bold and modern design of the print is influenced by exotic getaways and travels – perfect for giving your home a fresh summer style.
The ceramic handmade mug ($43) is created by Russian artist Arina Sheremeteva. The drawing on the smooth glazed surface is gestural and exuberant, with splashes of colour, drips and brush strokes playing around with funny eyes and faces.
Pick up a cushion with vintage kimono silk and linen ($75). Crafted by Jezzroom Atelier, it combines a piece of bright silk from a Japanese vintage kimono with a block of linen in a lively mustard tone.
The wooden oval rainbow ($49) is a toy from a Russian family-run brand that creates toys as art pieces. The rainbow can both entertain your little one and also be a stylish decoration for your home.
130 Towner Road (appointment booking required for visits)
Styling company Arete Culture’s showroom at Tan Boon Liat Building carries an extensive selection of accessories and gift ideas. Drop in and you’ll find a huge assortment of home products, from photo frames and scented candles to reed diffusers to decorative boxes and keepsakes.
Grab a hand and body wash ($45) and hand and body lotion ($55) from the Cochine collection. They come in seven lovely scents.
Why not bring along a Cochine reed diffuser ($102) for your next Christmas party? Whoever receives it will appreciate the French Asian-inspired scents. There are seven options to choose from.
Those who enjoy reading (or love reptiles!) will enjoy the marble bookend featuring a brass lizard ($162.50). This functional accessory is made of pure marble and brass, and will patina beautifully over time.
#06-01 (Main) & #06-04 (Outdoor Living) Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road
Gorgeous Gifts is the sister store of Groovy Gifts in Cluny Court. The boutique gift shop offers a range of unique homeware and gifts from around the world, from photo frames and handmade cushions to jewellery and candles. There’s also a complimentary gift-wrapping service.
Add a splash of colour to your room with vibrant batik cushions ($28). Or, try the organic cream textured cushions of you want something more neutral.
The store’s best-selling canvas bags ($44.95) come in various colours and designs. Made in Australia, the sturdy multi-purpose carriers have strong handles and work well for the beach or grocery store.
Beautifully packaged and covered in inspirational messages, the Intrinsic teapot ($75) and mugs ($32) make a great gift for tea-lovers. The Intrinsic collection also includes dishes, luggage tags and hand creams.
The store’s sleek olive ceramics ($25 to $70) come in various sizes and are great for displaying a beautiful bunch of flowers on the table.
If you love the look of lacquer, look no further! Forbidden Hill is a fashion and home accessories brand inspired by the cultures of Southeast Asia. The brand’s products are designed in Singapore and made using local techniques by fine artisans from the region. The two-tone lacquerware collections feature vibrant colours with graphic motifs reflecting iconography from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
There are six collections in all: Autumn Lantern, Soaring Garuda, Cirebon Cloud, Tropical Queen, Harmony Koi and the new Utama range. They come in orange, ivory, teal blue, carmine, lime green and red respectively, and the latest Utama collection pays homage to the legend of the lion seen by Sang Nila Utama when he first arrived in Singapore more than 700 years ago.
Lacquer jewellery boxes (from $115) are perfect for storing accessories on your dresser. Made by lacquerware artisans in Vietnam, these containers can neatly store small jewellery or keepsakes.
The lacquer vanity trays and tea trays (from $115) can hold anything from cosmetics and jewellery to drinks or letters.
46 Kim Yam Road