The season of giving is upon us once again, and if you don’t have a clue what to give to the special ones in your life, our Holiday Gift Guide should inspire some ideas.
S$25 and below
Crosslace Rope Shoelaces (S$11, available at Crosslace)
Start this festive season by shaking up the look of your fellow sneakerhead’s kicks, with some spanking new rope laces from Crosslace. Comes in an assortment of colors with 3M reflective bits for those stunning night shots.
Simple People x Loveramics Lady Gaga Porcelain Mug (S$18, available at kapok)
Friends and family can drink in style with one of Loveramics’ bone china mugs that incorporate designs from renowned Hong Kong-based graphic artist, Rex Koo. We’re totally digging the Lady Gaga edition, which features some of the infamous outfits that Mother Monster is known for wearing.
Lvl Up Now Socks (S$19.99, available at Seamless)
No sneaker is complete without a pair of electrifying socks, especially the colorful ones from Lvl Up Now. Made with soft combed cotton, with a secure rib construction at the top of the sock to ensure that it stays up. A full terry footbed adds comfort for all-day wear.
ZVI Fine Oils Epsom Salt Foot Soak (S$20, available at Seamless)
It’s been a long year, time to take a break and relax with epsom salt foot soaks from ZVI Fine Oils. Infused with therapeutic-grade essential oil blends, the foot soak quells foot odor, helps to treat foot fungus and soothes dry skin.
Straatosphere 3-Volume Magazine Bundle Pack (S$25, available at Seamless)
Knowledge is priceless, and there’s no better way to get educated about sneaker and street culture than with all three volumes of Straatosphere‘s print magazine. From interviews with notable personalities, to the inside scoop on urban sports and inspiring photos, these mags have them all.
Amoy Ahoy Pin Tea (S$25, available at kapok)
A tribute to the industrious Chinese coolies who came to Singapore in search of a better future, along with the hazy opium dens that used to sit on Amoy Street, these premium golden cassia tea leaves are roasted over burning firewood using a decades-old technique for an enchanting amber color and toasty oolong fragrance.
S$26 to S$50
Classic Mobster Hair Pomade (S$28, available at Grease Monkey Barber Garage)
Amongst the accessories that every modern man needs, is a pomade that tames the mane and smells as good as it holds hair in place. Made from a blend of natural ingredients, this oil-based pomade is formulated to keep follicles fresh and ready for the day.
The Swagger Salon “LANSI Attitude” Tee (S$29, available at Seamless)
Let the clothes do the talking. This one’s for the controversy-seeking friend; or the friend who suffers from #RBF.
Rider Strike Graphics Slipper (S$29.90, available at all Stadium and Royal Sporting House stores)
Good for a day at the beach or a quick stroll around the ‘hood. Made from 100% recyclable PVC; graphic print on the insole.
Ipanema Anatomic Lovely VI Slipper (S$32.90, available at all Stadium and Royal Sporting House stores)
Your girlfriend doesn’t wear sneakers? It’s cool. Get her a pair of these Ipanema slippers. These slip-ons feature a 3D pattern on the straps and delicate print on the footbed to suit just about any style.
Herschel Supply Co. Network Mesh Pouch (S$35, available at Flight 001 stores)
With the Network Mesh Pouch by Herschel Supply Co., those days of rummaging through a bag for small items like keys or cards are over. Features screen-printed Herschel Supply lettering and graphics.
Against Lab Logo Tee (S$40, available at Seamless)
Up-and-coming streetwear label Against Lab is one to look out for. The creatives behind the brand have already worked on a toy and even some custom Converse kicks. If that doesn’t show great potential, we don’t know else does.
retaW Barney Desktop Reed Diffuser (S$45, available at kapok)
Founded by Murakami and Hiroshi Fujiwara, retaW is all about made-in-Japan personal care products and home goods for the everyday consumer. This fragrance reed diffuser has a fresh soap scent that will keep bad smell at bay and freshen up any home or office.
Brixton Rift Snapback (S$49, available at SEEK)
Make a strong statement with this snapback that has Brixton’s logo front and center. The snapback is made from a blend of acrylic and wool, and features a standard 6-panel construction.
S$51 to S$100
Flight 001 Spacepak Toiletry Bag (S$64, available at Flight 001 stores)
Jetsetting adventurers could use this handy bag. Its various compartments store just about anything that can be found in the bathroom, from standard shavers to full sized bottles. A top hook allows the bag to be hung conveniently on a towel rod or the back of a door.
Pestle & Mortar Dim Sum Get Some Shirt (S$69, available at Seamless)
Know someone who wants to be the epitome of unconventional cool this Christmas season? Help them achieve that with this shirt that has a custom print of dim sum on it.
Converse Chuck Original Winter Graphic Backpack (S$69.90, available at Converse stores)
It’s never too late to be too cool for school, especially with this spanking new backpack from Converse. Features a huge main compartment and a secondary zipped area for knick knacks. Comes in several colors too.
Timbuk2 Catapult Sling Messenger Bag (S$79, available at Timbuk2 @ Bugis Junction)
A mini-messenger bag for urban cyclists, the Catapult has adequate capacity for documents, tablets and other belongings within its tricot-lined padded pocket. External webbing holds standard U-lock and bike lights for those commutes to the city.
Speedo Team Rucksack (S$95.90, available at Speedo, Stadium and Royal Sporting House stores)
Whether it’s a quick swim at the pool or a day of surf at the beach, keep every piece of swim gear in check with this sporty bag. Not only does it have plenty of space for most swimming needs, the roll-down top reduces unnecessary bulk.
Star Wars x Under Armour Compression Shirt (S$99, available at Under Armour boutiques)
The Force is strong with these compression shirts, as their snug fit helps to keep muscles fresh and recovery time quick, for that crucial next rep in the gym.
Superga 2750 Tapestry (S$99.90, available at Superga stores)
Fresh for this season is Superga’s 2750 silhouette that comes in a tapestry design made from jacquard fabric. With multiple colors on the upper, this shoe is easily paired with any outfit.
S$101 and up
Biro AI Brand Tee (S$110, available at Seamless)
The people at Biro are uncompromising when it comes to quality, as exemplified by this top that is constructed from 100% premium cotton that comes with a vintage “kasuri” patch for a touch of class.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 (S$129.90, available at all Converse boutiques)
A re-crafted sneaker that uses modern details to celebrate the original Chuck Taylor All Star silhouette from the 1970s, this shoe utilizes Cone Denim that’s synonymous with artisanal craftsmanship and innovation.
Bellroy Coin Fold Wallet (S$139, available at Cumulus Wheelock and CumulusNimbus)
Big on quality yet slim in profile, Bellroy wallets are made to last thanks to the premium full-grain leather used. They’ve knocked it out of the park with their new offering that allows coins to be stored in the wallet too.
Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger Stanley Backpack (S$179, available at Bratpack)
A combination of chic and practicality, the Stanley backpack protects essentials while maintaining a minimalist look. Made from felt material with nylon trim, and has an internal pocket that fits up to 15″ laptops.
Sphero 2.0 Robotic Ball (S$189, available at Nimbus)
Enjoy hours of fun with this app-enabled robotic ball, whether it’s playing augmented reality games on the smartphone with the ball whizzing on the ground, or just letting the dog and kids chase it around the house. The Sphero’s ultra-bright LED lights lets it glow in a multitude of colors – perfect as a home decoration too!
Rihanna x PUMA Creeper (S$189, available at PUMA, Limited Edt and Leftfoot stores)
Badgirlriri certainly has worked her magic on PUMA’s sneakers, unveiling the updated Creeper in her debut collection with the sports lifestyle brand. Suede uppers are married to the new platform sole, elevating one’s height and status at the same time. Also available in several new colorways.
Rudy Project Spinhawk Sunglasses (S$199, available at SEEK)
For days under the scorching sun, these sunnies from Rudy Project can relieve the heat as they use specially developed lens that reduce visual stress, offer total protection from UV rays and guarantee a stylish, cool look.
Hex Calibre Overnight Duffel Bag (S$199, available at Bratpack Cineleisure and Flight 001 stores)
This modern overnight travel bag is constructed from water-resistant, heavy matte-coated canvas with copper colored hardware. Aesthetics aside, the bag has a roomy main compartment, two front pockets for tablets and phones, and large padded exterior access pocket on the rear for laptops. Ideal for short work trips.
ASICS Tiger Metallic Holiday Pack (S$229, available at leading sneaker stores)
This holiday season, two of ASICS Tiger’s most iconic silhouettes – the GEL-LYTE III and GEL-LYTE V – receive the grand treatment with metallic finishes. The GEL-LYTE III is clad in silver, while the GEL-LYTE V comes in shiny gold. Both sneakers feature white midsoles for an undisputed, clean look.