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Ultimate Christmas gift guide 2018

Christmas is finally upon us, folks. Let your purse strings come undone

By Time Out Singapore editors |

December means it's time to play Secret Santa. Check out our gift ideas – we've got something for everybody, from your arty-farty best friend to your tech-loving baby brother. A word of warning, you might end up shopping for yourself. But hey, the more we give, the more we receive, right?

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Beauty and wellness


Lush Christmas Cheer ($69)

Packed with some of Lush's best-smelling products, this Christmas Cheer set comes with the glittery and sumptuous Golden Pear soap, the ever-popular Rose Jam shower gel, Buck's Fizz body conditioner and a Sugar Plum Fairy body scrub. All the products are shower-friendly so you don't have to worry about not having a bathtub, but if you're looking for bath bombs and bubble bars, check out more of Lush's beautifully packaged gift sets here.

Dyson Airwrap

Dyson Airwrap ($699)

Here's one that's at the top of every beauty lover's wishlist. The new Dyson Airwrap is an easy and ingenious way to achieve a head full of curls or the perfect blowout without any of the usual hassle. Simply attach the brush or barrel of your choice and shape and style your mane to perfection. Finish with a spritz of hairspray and you're good to go for any of the Christmas parties you have lined up.

Laneige My Neon Sign

Laneige My Neon Sign Eye and Face Palette ($50)

K-beauty is not leaving anytime soon. For friends on the Korean beauty wave, Laneige's My Neon Sign holiday collection is one for keeps. Like its name, it's all about the glow with trendy eyeshadow shades in shimmer, glitter and matte finishes plus a highlighter and blush to make those cheekbones pop. Complete the look with the Neon Stained Glassticks in neon pink or orange.


Sabon The Splendors Of Nature Gift Set ($177)

Everyone's fighting battles and in this fast-paced world and we all deserve a good pampering sess every once in a while. Kick back, relax and indulge with luxury bath and body brand Sabon. Drawing inspiration from the abundance of nature, the Splendors of Nature gift set has a range of best sellers and features a limited-edition design and unique fragrance of woody patchouli, a deep, woody and luxurious scent.

Lipstick Queen

Lipstick Queen Lipsticks ($37)

For friends who hoard lipsticks, it's only right to add more to their collection – something from Lipstick Queen. The brand does one and just one thing only: lipstick. The most recent collection, Nothing But The Nudes features gorgeous shades with a nude tone for every skin tone. These smooth, ultra-rich comfortable lipsticks are super-charged with hydrating nutrients that will enhance your natural lip and enriched with pomegranate extract for an ultra-high shine finish.

Eve Lom

Eve Lom Simply Radiant Gift Set ($120)

For a beauty lover, there's nothing more exciting than receiving a holy grail product like the iconic Eve Lom Cleanser. Packaged all festive, the Christmas edition gets decorative. Give the gift of radiance this Christmas with this set that includes the essential cleaner and muslin cloth plus Eve Lom's Radiance Lift Cream, Radiance Face Mist and Radiance Face Oil to get your glow on.


This Works

This Works Dream to Sleep ($70)

Have a bestie that struggles with insomnia? Give the gift of dreams with This Work's aromatherapy pillow spray and night oil duo. The soft sleeping mask also helps create a conducive sleep environment so you'll be catching those zzz's before counting any sheep.


Yoku Moku

Yoku Moku Holiday Assortment Cookies ($52)

You can't have too many cookies on Christmas, and anything from Japanese luxury confectionery Yoku Moku is welcome. For the festive season, you can enjoy a selection of their signature Cigare biscuits and butter cookies packed all pretty in a limited edition festive tin. Bring on the snacks!


SodaStream Spirit ($179)

Everyone knows that the SodaStream is great and handy when entertaining guests. Not only is it great for making sparkling water, you can also experiment around with mixes – from healthy fruit-based drinks to fun cocktails. Just in time for the holidays, the SodaStream Spirit recently launched in a pretty icy blue colour to go with your festive mood.

Brass Lion Distillery

Brass Lion Singapore Dry Gin ($88)

Always bringing a random bottle of wine or whisky to your Christmas party? Swap that out with a locally produced gin. Brass Lion Distillery's Singapore Dry Gin ($88) uses ingredients sourced from around the island to produce a spirit that's local in taste and heritage.  


T2 Mahabharata Red Teapot ($90)

This gorgeous teapot inspired by the Indian epic, Mahabharata, tells a story of fantasy and heroism loved by all. Aside from this limited edition set, T2 has a range of other colourful and vibrant gifts that'll make a tea drinker out of anyone.

Raffles Hotel Christmas

Raffles Christmas Classic Hamper ($198)

There's nothing like a Christmas hamper to spread the yuletide cheer and Raffles Hotel has packed theirs with all the big guns. Think brandy fruit cake, handmade chocolate truffles and a Singapore Sling marmalade, of course. Each hamper comes in a velvet-lined leather chest that'll you'll want to keep by the family Christmas tree.



Byredo La Sélection Bois ($145)

Renowned for their understated approach to fragrances, the Swedish luxury brand launches a coveted holiday collection perfect for the friend who has it all. The mini candle set contains three 70g candles in scents like fresh Cotton Poplin, floral Bohemia and woody Tree House.



Aesop The Familiar Horizon Set ($115)

The final months of the year are often periods of contemplation and reflection. Skincare brand Aesop's 2018 gift kits pay homage to the journeys we have embarked upon across the year. Collaborating with artist and designer Iris van Herpen, the brand has four sets to choose from that focus on different areas, including the home. The Familiar Horizon gift set comes with a trio of items: mouthwash, an aromatic room spray and one of their signatures, the post-poo drops.

Hush Candle

Hush Candle Calming Christmas Gift Set ($35)

You don't need to splurge on candles this Christmas. Local brand Hush Candles delivers great quality candles that fill up the room with glorious scents of lavender, rose and peppermint orange without you needing to break the bank. Its Calming Christmas Gift Set comes with a lavender candle as well as a roll-on and room spray made from a blend of ylang ylang, lavender and bergamot to soothe your tired mind.

Amazon Echo Spot

Amazon Echo Spot ($180)

You're already BFFs with Alexa, but here's why you need the Echo Spot in your life too. Equipped with a screen that also tells the time and the temperature, the upgraded Echo device also has better voice recognition is programmed to complete thousands of tasks so that you can live your life hands-free.


Christian Hagemann

Swatch Shinebright ($175)

As part of the glam collection, this bright red stunner also incorporate sparkling Swarovski stones. If you were looking for something sparkly to put on this Christmas, this is it. A snowflake on the dial reminds you to also wrap up your work and get ready for the best time of the year.


Kala Makala Dolphin Ukulele in Green Gloss ($69)

Got a friend who is dying to learn how to play an instrument, albeit a simple one? The ukelele is a good one that is easy to learn and a joy to play for all beginners. Widely popular around the world, these babies stocked at music instrument store Swee Lee, comes in cheery colours but we went with a glossy and festive colour just because it's Christmas. 


Cariuma sneakers ($109)

Move your gaze away from the fancy grail shoes for a moment and let's be practical. Brazilian brand Cariuma have recently opened shop in Singapore at Kapok located at the National Design Centre. Lightweight, breathable and still looking trendy, Cariuma sneakers offer understated style sensibility while providing flexibility and comfort supported by a memory foam insole. The team behind it has dedicated itself to the most nuanced details — from the premium materials selected to making sure all the packaging is recyclable. The sneakers also come in an array of bright colours, including the festive red and green.

The Novel Encounter

Handpicked literature by The Novel Encounter ($29)

Romance, thriller, sci-fi – whatever type of novel genre you’re looking for, The Novel Encounter has it. But here’s the twist: its library of books features no cover art or summary – just quotes that briefly describe each title. So pick from its catalogue that’s carefully selected by its team of book lovers and go on an unexpected literary adventure.


Fender bookends ($74)

Rocking out on stage a thing of the past? No worries, commemorate the glory days with a little something that is cool but practical, cultured but without embarrassing the kids. Bookends from Swee Lee. That is the answer. 


JBL speakers


Nobody loves Christmas like children do so here's something for the fun kids. The JBL JRPOP is ultra-portable, fully waterproof and can last for five hours. The speakers come in super cute hues and has fun lighting effects in a kaleidoscope of colours that pulsate to the rhythm of the song. Keep the kids entertained for (five) hours!

Leica Sofort

Leica Sofort ($480)

Rediscover instant picture photography with the Leica Sofort. Like the other cameras on in the iconic brand's range, this instant camera comes in the signature chic matte black with white contrast lettering on the body. Time to go analog!

Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 3 XL ($1,399)

This year is the year to upgrade that smartphone. Go forth into the future with the smartest of smart phones, the new Google Pixel 3 XL. With a top-of-the-line camera that can take wider selfie shots, has wireless charging and upgraded Google Assistant skills, this is the phone you should be ushering the new year and era with.