ANNA LAYARD of Layard Interiors runs her eye over the Singapore Christmas gift ideas on offer at boutique gift shop A Raft of Otters.
Each year, I like to buy something new for the tree. Every family member gets a new decoration that is meaningful to the year that has passed, with my romantic vision being that when each of my children leave home, they’ll have a starter pack of memories that they can add to. I also like giving decorations to loved ones back home, so if we can’t be with family, there is a token of us with them.
So I’m delighted to discover that Tanglin Mall’s go-to gift shop and homeware store A Raft of Otters (AROO) has expanded its offerings this holiday season. That means I have multiple choices of decorations that are Singapore themed and tasteful!
Among the options to suit every taste are hand-embroidered and beaded Raffles doormen, palm trees, red lanterns and hornbills, along with ceramic Merlions, and scenes of Singapore’s iconic otters frolicking in Santa hats. You’ll also find hand-painted glass dumplings, Singapore flags, pineapples and waving cats, and mini Elephant Parade hand-painted elephants.
Singapore Christmas gift ideas and decorations
Other Singapore gifts at AROO that are fun to give and easy to pack for the folks back home include fabulous xiao long bao salt and pepper pots cleverly presented in steamer baskets, SG-themed tea-towels in high-quality cotton (that actually dries the dishes!), fun men’s socks with dumplings or waving cats on them, coasters and colourful water bottles with Singapore’s iconic skyline, laptop bags, totes featuring a photographic mosaic of classic Singapore sites, Peranakan-tile trays, stylish artworks from By Fable and even a “Fanlah” Fan – an essential in any tropical Christmas stocking. There’s also a clever gin-making kit for the hard-to-buy-for man in your life!
And just when I thought the clever folks at AROO had everything for Christmas covered with a fabulous range of Christmas crackers, cards and wrap, I spy matching stylish red bamboo cotton PJ’s (so soft!) for the entire family in both long and short designs, making sure this Mum will get the perfect family photo with PJs they can wear all year round.
More Singapore gifts for Christmas
With all these wonderful Singapore Christmas gift ideas for the entire family and more, AROO will be my one-stop gift shop this year.
This article on Singapore Christmas gift ideas first appeared in the November 2023 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe so you never miss a copy!
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