Straat Picks: 12 Gifts for Her

‘Tis the season to be buying. Here are 12 gift ideas for the girls to get your Christmas shopping going.

By Kim Hana

M.E. Logo Rope Chain Earrings

Throw someone a rope; get them these gold plated hoop earrings featuring the M.E. logo adorned subtly for tough girl glam. Los Angeles based accessories label Melody Ehsani has been seen on the leading ladies from soul to Seoul including Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Keri Hilson and CL from Korean girl group 2NE1. Ships worldwide; enquire for shipping costs to Singapore and the region.

Melody Ehsani, US$45.

By Invite Only Angora Necklace 

The Angora Necklace is one of the bestsellers at By Invite Only, a Singapore jewelry label by arm and neck candy expert, Trixie Khong. The Angora Necklace comes in three variations – agate crystal druzy with a metallic gold plating, Aura Quartz crystal in blue or platinum on a silver chain. This piece is a showstopper and a conversation starter.

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By Invite Only, SG$98.

Yesah Grocery Shopping Tee 

This stretch cotton baseball tee with a dolman cutting is comfortable and good for grocery runs and other mundane pursuits. The Grocery Shopping Tee is part of stylist/model/DJ Linda Hao’s Yesah, a curation of fashionable items for the girl whose style is tongue in cheek.

Yesah, SG$37.

Melissa Petal

Of Melissa’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, it is the Melissa Petal, a d’orsay style flat with an organic design inspired by the overlapping layers of flower petals that has caught our eye. Feminine, almost feline and mostly functional, the Melissa Petal is good for work and play.

MDREAMS, #B2-03 Wheelock Place from December 7th, SG$105.

Aijek Back to Back Dropwaist Dress

Celebrities have been dropping it like it’s hot since Spring 2012, and that’s because the dropwaist actually creates an illusion of height by elongating the torso. The comfortable and effortlessly chic Aijek Back to Back Dropwaist Dress is a great choice for a first foray into the dropwaist zone.

The Fashion Benefit, SG$136.

SKYE & Staghorn Wingbat Bikini in Black/Orange

Make a statement while you make a splash at the beach. The SKYE & Staghorn Wingbat Bikini is a sports luxe take on the bikini staple with its orange mesh overlay and modish black neoprene. Inspired by a love of the ocean, SKYE & Staghorn is the brainchild of designer Dakota Gilbert who grew up on the shores of Western Australia.

Gnossem, SG$148.

 Atkinsons 24 Old Bond Street


The perfumier Atkinsons recently relaunched and with that, introduced a line of classic scents reworked including 24 Old Bond Street, a fragrance that derives its name from the site of the very first Atkinsons boutique. 24 Old Bond Street is primarily a cocktail of juniper, rose and black tea, deepened with the scent of smoky, oak casked whisky. It’s not for your average girl next door.

Robinsons Orchard, SG$128 (50ml).  

Topshop Knitted Fine Gauge V Neck Top


Everyone needs a knit this season. Wear it with a pencil skirt or jeans, and pair that with heels or kicks, depending on the occasion. The Topshop Knitted Fine Gauge V Neck Top is a good one to have – light enough for our mercurial weather and the color, oh the color, is just gorgeous.

Topshop, SG$59.

Y-3 Bucket Hat


Bucket hats are back in a big way and there’s no better way to sport the trend than with the reversible Y-3 Bucket Hat. Khaki on the outside, and a pop of pink on the inside; both sides are cotton with two metal ventilation grommets and an embroidered Y-3 logo.

Y-3, #01-05 Mandarin Gallery, SG$149.

SPA ESPRIT Handwrite a Gift

spa-esprit-custom-blendNo one does scents and sensuality quite like SPA ESPRIT. Now you can customize a scented bath gel, body scrub or moisturizer by mixing and matching a range of over 70 pure essential oils. If that’s not your forte, leave it to the experienced therapists who will be on hand to help formulate a custom blend according to your recipient’s favorite scents. You can craft a message on the bottle label (see above) and even create a personalized gift-wrap to jazz up the scented goodies.

SPA ESPRIT Beauty Emporium, 8D Dempsey Road, #02-01/06, SG$45 (shower gel, moisturizer); SG$60 (body scrub).

Pangdemonium Season Ticket 2014


The Pangdemonium Season Ticket is the best gift for your theatre-going friend. Since its first production Full Monty in 2010, the company has produced hit show after hit show. The 2014 season ticket guarantees your recipient best seats in the house, considerable savings and a “free” pass to three exciting productions – Fat PigThe Rise & Fall of Little Voice and Frozen.

Pangdemonium, SG$145.

FIN Canvas Tote


Made of military canvas with static line rope handles, this tote from local purveyor of well-crafted goods, FIN, exudes much military chic. There’s the option to stencil up to three letters on the bag and choose from an assortment of colored static ropes. The tote comes with an internal zip pocket within. Available in olive and off white.

Place an order via Facebook or email, SG$90.

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