‘Tis the season to be giving, and if you’re stuck not knowing what to gift your loved ones with, help is on its way. Browse our Christmas Gift Guide 2014, a selection of gifts priced at S$25 and below, S$26 to S$50, S$51 to S$100 and S$100 and above.
Between Secret Santa, i.e., having to buy gifts for colleagues you don’t know much about, buying a gift for a fellow sneaker brother, or a significant other, our Christmas Gift Guide 2014 has got you covered. Get inspired now!
S$25 and below
Uniqlo 3-Pack Keith Haring SPRZ Pile Socks (S$7.90, available at Uniqlo)
Equal parts artsy and fartsy, these socks will take its reicipient places. Not only are they stylish, they’re also from Uniqlo’s special line, SPRZ NY, which sees collaborations between the Japanese fast fashion giant and pop culture icons and innovators.
Citrus Panettone (S$12, available at Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar)
What’s Christmas without festive treats? If you’re going to a house party, the Citrus Panettone, a light and airy Italian Christmas sweet bread made with dried figs, apricots and refreshing citrus peels, is a great gift to bear. A breath of fresh air from the usual log cakes and fruit cakes.
Donkey Tea Party (S$15, available at Actually)
Fancy an afternoon perk-me-up with the rich and the famous? With these tongue-in-cheek tea bags, you can! Each tea bag bears a caricature of a prominent figure – say, Obama – with his arms spread out, so when you dip the tea bag into a teacup, it looks as though Obama is taking a dip in a hot tub.
Mi In-Ear Headphones Rose Gold (S$19.99, available at Xiaomi Singapore)
By far the most bang-for-buck earphones, the Mi In-Ear Headphones are the price-conscious audiophile’s dream come true. Its sound quality is on par with earphones that cost upwards of S$100, and it’s also an iF Product Design Award winner. These babies get snapped up rather quickly, so standby at your computer during Xiaomi’s weekly online sales if you want to grab a pair.
Momotaro Denim Pouch (S$20, available at The Denim Store)
A great gift for denim lovers without having to splurge on actual denim. These denim pouches also fit nicely into the back pocket of jeans.
Reebok Classics Royal City Bag (S$20, available at Royal Sporting House)
Run errands in style and keep belongings secure with this handy bag. Constructed with faux leather and consisting of a main compartment along with a front zip pocket, the bag is finished with a woven royal flag label that’s uniquely Reebok.
Jason Markk Essential Kit (~S$20, available at Jason Markk)
Spruce up your treasured sneakers with the Jason Markk Essential Kit. Comprising a Premium Sneaker Solution and Standard Sneaker Cleaning Brush, the kit cleans up to 100 pairs of sneakers and is safe and effective on all materials when the cleaning up is done according to instructions.
S$26 to S$50
Smokey Grey Quartz Wrap Bracelet (S$28, available at By Invite Only)
Featuring smokey dyed gray quartz beads and a blue navy tassel, this minimalist bracelet is bang on trend. Great for a stylish friend who doesn’t relish loud embellishments.
Andrea Garland Lip Balm (S$29, available at kapok)
Unlike commercial balms, Andrea Garland lip balms are made with 100% natural ingredients such as shea butter, sweet almond oil and grapefruit. Each lip balm comes in a quaint pill box with a mirror inside and a whimsical illustration of a famous city outside – London, New York, Paris or Moscow.
Layrite Super Hold Pomade (S$33, available at The Redundant Shop and its webstore)
As its name implies, the Layrite Super Hold Pomade helps to create a slick hairstyle that stays on for hours even in humid weather. It also smells great and washes off easily, thanks to a water-based formula. Spend less time fussing over the cleanup and more time styling and profiling.
Jack Wills Domino Set (S$39.50, available at Jack Wills)
What’s Christmas without fun and games? Sit the family down and engage in a traditional game of dominoes with this classic set that’s fabulously British. Made from quality wood and comes in Jack Wills’ signature navy and pink colors.
Ipanema 2 EM 1 Sandals (S$42.90, available at Royal Sporting House)
Whether it’s a day out to the beach or an evening strolling down Orchard Road, the Ipanema 2 EM 1 is the choice of footwear for a casual day out, thanks to the interchangeable straps that turn it from flip flops to sandals in a matter of seconds. Comes in black, beige or brown.
Jack Wills Boxer Short Gift Set (S$44.50, available at Jack Wills)
This gift set comes with all the essentials a man needs to look and feel good – a pair of fashionable boxer shorts as well as a Cavalry Twill shampoo+shower gel and body spray. Stepping out of the house never felt so good!
Ted Baker iPhone 6 Case (S$49, available at ante@Tangs Orchard Level 3)
Boyfriends and husbands, dress up your significant others’ iPhone 6 with one of Ted Baker’s beautiful cases. Featuring a variety of on-trend floral prints, these phone cases will prove that you have good taste indeed.
Toute Lunch Bag (S$49.90, available at The Redundant Shop and its webstore)
The Toute Lunch Bag is the perfect way to carry your meal or smaller items for the day. Just roll it up and snap to create a tote with a handle. Features a magnetic closure and a strap that can be attached to use it as an over-the-shoulder pouch.
S$51 to S$100
Kiel James Patrick Anchor Bracelets (from S$55, available at kapok)
Accessories are an often overlooked and underrated addition to one’s overall style. The Kiel James Patrick Anchor Bracelets are easy-to-wear and are good for almost all occasions. They also come in many color choices and are proudly made in the USA.
Mandy T Body Cream (S$59.90, available at Mandy T)
Built on the philosophy that one should live as simply and naturally as possible, Mandy T’s skincare products use safe, plant-based alternatives and contain no chemicals. Their Body Cream is perfect for firming the skin and re-balancing oil levels. There are a variety of scents to choose from, such as lavendar+chamomile, green tea+bergamot and jasmine+mint, and each leaves the user feeling beautiful and refreshed.
PRAS Holiday Pack 2014 (S$89, available at the Pras webstore)
With the PRAS Holiday Pack, you get seven items for the price of one – and the price ain’t too bad either. Each Holiday Pack comprises: One FW14 tee (worth S$45-50), one past season tee (worth S$35), one PRAS socks (worth S$29), one flower camouflage 5 panel cap (worth S$49), one sticker or pin pack (worth S$25), one PRAS poster (S$20-40) and a special Christmas card. All this is wrapped in brown paper and tied with special string. Who knew Pras the Bandit had such a soft spot for Christmas?
CruCycle 10-day Unlimited Pass (S$65, available at CruCycle)
Encourage friends to work up a sweat with indoor cycling studio, CruCycle! This 10-day pass allows them to pop in anytime the studio is open for an intense cardio session that works not just the legs, but the upper body too. Cycling shoes and shower facilities are also provided.
Ostrich Pillow (from S$88, available at kapok)
This revolutionary power-napping device was born out of a kickstarter project, and though it looks strange, it works surprisingly well. Just slip it over your head and the private space it creates will allow you to snooze comfortably, whether in the office or out on the subway.
These HLS DSGN x CURATED necklaces may look chunky, but they’re light as foam. Available in three neon colors – yellow, blue and pink – these necklaces add punch to any outfit.
North & Sparrow Cardholders (S$99, available at kapok)
Cardholders are the modern professional’s staple and a slimmer alternative to the conventional wallet. North & Sparrow’s cardholders feature a contrast design and are made with rich nappa leather on one side, and high grain leather on the other. Holds six cards and has a central inner pocket for folded notes or business cards.
S$100 and up
Helen Kaminski Lustre Braid Pochette (S$104, available at Latitude 11)
Known for making a wide range of beautiful hats, Helen Kaminski also does a mean job at producing accessories for the fashion conscious. The Lustre Braid Pochette is no exception, made with raffia braid body trimmed leather and lined with suede.
Melissa Aranha 1979 (S$105, available at MDREAMS)
Melissa jelly shoes have taken the world by storm, but did you know it all started with the Aranha 1979, the first model in the history of Melissa that was inspired by fishermen sandals? This season, you can relive a bit of Melissa’s history – the brand’s SS15 delivery sees the return of the Aranha 1979 in its original shape. One for the true- blue Melissa fan.
Reebok ZQUICK Electrify (S$139, available at Royal Sporting House)
Run faster with the cutting-edge Reebok ZQUICK Electrify that utilizes a breathable NanoWeb upper, gas fueled and carbonated foam and an outsole design inspired by Z-rated tires. Expect nothing less than a comfortable, cushioned and responsive journey with these runners.
Moss Piccadilly Speakers (S$149, available at kapok)
These wireless Bluetooth speakers connect to any laptop, tablet or smartphone for a seamless music experience without the clutter of cables. The striped speakers can double up as speakerphones and are made from acrylic composite that’s machine-cut and hand-polished.
Code Deco Fragrance (S$150, available at PACT)
Code Deco perfumer, Gauri Garodia, has over 16 years of experience working with fragrances, so she knows a thing or two about making unique and distinct scents for both men and women. Each fragrance is painstakingly formulated and reflects the mood and emotions that Gauri has meticulously conceptualized and hopes to evoke through smell.
Puma Disc LTWT 2.0 & Disc Wedge NC (S$159, available at Puma Ion Orchard)
Forget the hassle of lacing up sneakers, Puma’s Disc closure system gives a secure fit with a simple twist of the dial. Guys will enjoy the colors of the Disc LTWT 2.0, while ladies will love the Disc Wedge NC and NR that come in camoflage prints and an assortment of colors.
Dr. Martens Core Pascal 8-Eye Boot (S$179-199, available at Dr. Martens)
The familiar silhouette of a Dr. Martens 8-Eye Boot has been given a fresh look for Autumn/Winter 2014. Available in Black, Blue, Red and the gorgeous Black Crackle Suede, it’s the boot to wear as you celebrate the 12 days of Christmas!
Superga Cotu Classic 2750 (S$199.90, available at Superga Flagship Singapore, B2-04 Wheelock Place)
Helming the new FW14 collection is the Superga Cotu Classic 2750 in crocskin printed on patented leather. The shine adds polish to any outfit while the 2750 silhouette keeps things comfy.