As Christmas inches closer, the search for the perfect gift for our never-ending list of friends and loved ones becomes ever more desperate and nerve-racking. What if they don’t like the gifts? Did I burn a hole in my pocket? Can I get gifts in the nick of time? In this two-part Christmas gift guide series, you can put your worries to rest and wholly soak in the festive season with your loved ones. You know what they say, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Here is our curated list of gift ideas for (almost) everyone. Who knows, by the end of this read, you might be spoilt for choice!
1. The Foodie
For the one with a delicate and curious palate for all things delicious, it is imperative to source for the best food out there.
Le Vyer’s The Christmas Sampling Flight Kombucha Kit
Though we’re stuck in the midst of this pandemic, embark on a trip with a trio of best-selling Liang Teh Kombucha, Singapore Sling Kombucha and recently launched Rye-Bee-Na Kombucha. Taking inspiration from cocktail sampling flights, you can deliver this kit straight to the doorstep of your loved ones and friends, whilst maintaining a safe distance.
This would be a perfect gift for your food-loving loved ones and friends as it even includes festive food pairing suggestions! Looking for a budget-friendly option? You can opt for a free-of-charge self-collection.
Locations for self-collection:
- 340A King George's Avenue, Singapore 208574
- Bedok/Kembangan/Eunos MRT
*Next day delivery/pick-ups are available
Cannolicious Cannoli DIY Kit
Why not gift the biggest gift of all? Love and Kindness. Founded by a recently retrenched CEO, this local home-based business offers Cannoli DIY kits, which allows one to create and pipe your own cannolis in the comfort of your own home and serve them at fancy parties. Gift your loved ones and friends a cultural experience of assembling their own cannolis — an Italian pastry that stands at the core of Sicilian cuisine and show your support for home-based businesses.
Did we mention that each cannoli shell is freshly prepared upon ordering? If you are looking for a thoughtful gift, this is THE ONE.
Price (excluding delivery): $55
Location for self-collection: Bedok South Road (further details will be provided upon confirmation of order)
* Self pick-up and delivery slots are on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
* Pre-orders are required at least 5 days in advance as all the key elements of the cannoli are made fresh from scratch (Our advice: Order ASAP!)
Smoof’s Açaí Bundle Gift Set
Reward your secret santa with 2 pints of Açaí and an original toppings kit, nicely packaged in a Jute bag. Have terrible gift-wrapping skills? Not to worry! Since the craze over açaí has not died down, it is definitely a prime candidate for a gift this season.
Price (inclusive of delivery): $38 (Free delivery for orders above $30)
Become An Instant Mixologist Workshop
Have a friend who hosts AMAZING Christmas dinners? Step up their hosting game as they’ll learn to craft cocktails using exotic base recipes (Sour-style, stirred down Old-fashioned, Negroni) with an Asian twist. By the end of the workshop, they’ll walk away with 2 types of cocktail bitters, ready to shake things up at their next dinner! Now that’s a memorable gift (and experience) that they’ll never forget!
Location: Further details will be provided upon confirmation of booking
* You need to be 18 and above to attend this session.
Find out more here
2. The Significant Other
Also coined as the season of love, this calls for showering your partner with love and romantic gifts. For the one who has stuck by you during this turbulent year, it’s time to give back and show some appreciation.
MUJI Portable Aroma Diffuser
Pamper your significant other with a pocket-sized aroma diffuser that he/she can take on-the-go to unwind and relax. For the days that you're not physically present to provide your partner a peace of mind, let the aroma diffuser do its job. Don’t worry, you will not get replaced (we hope).
Price (in-store): $59
Locations: Multiple locations islandwide
The Outcall Spa Gift Card
Don’t know what a girl needs? Simple, self-care. Gift your loved one a spa service of her choice and indulge her in the self-care that she needs, in the comfort of her home. Other gift card options such as Couple Massage ($388) and Spa Classic Manicure and Pedicure ($158) are available as well.
Location: Wherever your home is
1855 The Bottle Shop’s Riedel Glass Spirit Gift Set
Surprise your man with a glass (lead crystal) spirit gift set of 4 and elevate his nights with his drinking buddies. Look forward to your upcoming romantic dates as it will definitely be taken up a notch. If you are really keen on spoiling him, why not pair this gift with our instant mixology workshop?
Price (excluding delivery): $84.00 (On sale)
* Self-collection is available at their outlets and warehouse
Chocolate Crafting in Singapore Workshop
Instead of a romantic Christmas dinner, gift your significant other a memorable experience of chocolate crafting. Spend a meaningful time learning about the bean-to-bar chocolate-making process together and craft a box of decadent truffles to give to each other. A favorite date experience for couples, it’s also located near exotic Haw Par Villa, so you can have a whole day together planned!
Find out more here
Still have not found the perfect gift? Well, you just might in our Part II of Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide for Your Loved Ones mini-article series. Stay tuned!
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