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The best Christmas gifts for that special lady in your life

From beautifully illustrated homewares to essential oils for restorative sleep, here are some of our favourite gift ideas for the festive season. Written by Michelle Yee

Cheryl Sekkappan
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Cheryl Sekkappan
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Take this festive season to show your loved ones how much you care for them with a thoughtful gift that will put a huge smile on their face. If you need some inspiration on what to buy, remember that a special gift doesn’t have to break the bank. Start by thinking about whether the gift you’re planning to get can help make their lives a little better or their day a little brighter. Here are some of our top picks that fit the bill. 

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The best Christmas gifts for her

Oak Moss 501 ($50)
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Oak Moss 501 ($50)

From A'ddict

This solid perfume from A'ddict is a subtle, mysterious scent that will appeal to the ladies who like to keep it low-key. Carrying notes of moss, patchouli and waterlily, Oak Moss 501 is made from an ethanol-free solution that melts cleanly into the skin – leaving no trace of grease, just a warm and inviting scent. A'ddict recommends layering it with one of their water-based perfumes, specifically Peel the Bergamot, a refreshing and citrus-forward fragrance that balances out the earthiness of Oak Moss. If you're keen to gift both, go for the A'ddict Set ($133) which comes with a solid perfume and eau de parfum of your choice. 

Swan Lake Fabric Calendar ($28)
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Swan Lake Fabric Calendar ($28)

From Yabai Yabai

Wish your loved one a fantastic year ahead with the Swan Lake Fabric Calendar by artist and textile designer Stacey Tan (Yabai Yabai). Inspired by the sight of swans passing gracefully on a lake in Korea, this whimsical calendar will make for a beautiful addition to anyone's wall. Yabai Yabai has other adorable items under the Swan Lake collection too, including a coin pouch and washi tape. 

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Shinrinyoku’s Blooming Tea Gift Box ($32)
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Shinrinyoku’s Blooming Tea Gift Box ($32)

It’s been a hectic year for all of us – there’s nothing more enjoyable than ending the day with a cup of freshly-brewed tea. With artisanal tea brand Shinrinyoku’s blooming teas, they’ve curated a box of six different types of tea. All are floral buds that will bloom once steeped in hot water. Shinrinyoku also has loose-leaf tea options, including Strawberry Vanilla Black Tea and Jasmine Peach Green Tea. Make sure to add on the adorable ceramic cat infuser for $35.

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Supersonic Hair Dryer ($649)
Photograph: Dyson

Supersonic Hair Dryer ($649)

From Dyson

It’s a thoughtful gift for someone who deals with unruly hair on the regular  – the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer. Just for the festive season, Dyson has recently launched the Supersonic in the stylish limited-edition colours of Vinca Blue and Rose, a stunning shade of blue with golden pink hues. On top of powerful airflow, the Supersonic uses an intelligent heat control technology so you won’t accidentally burn your hair. There’s no need to worry about waking your neighbours up in the wee hours of the night too, since it’s much quieter than other conventional hairdryers. 

The Supersonic Hair Dryer is also available in a variety of other colours, including Prussian Blue, Iron Fuchsia, and Nickel Copper.

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Hiphuggers ($39)
Photograph: Mooncheeks

Hiphuggers ($39)

From Mooncheeks

Help a girlfriend out and gift her period underwear from homegrown label Mooncheeks. These underwear absorb period blood while staying dry, secure, and discreet – yep, no more lines showing through dress pants and yoga tights. Mooncheeks celebrates all body types too, and has made it a point to bring in a large range of sizes: from UK 6 to UK 16, with plans to introduce UK 18 and UK 20 next year. Take your pick from hiphuggers, high cut briefs, boy shorts, and thongs – or if you don't know what size to get, gift a gift card instead. 

Ultimate Xmas Naughty or Nice Bundle ($110)
Photograph: via Hedonist Tribe

Ultimate Xmas Naughty or Nice Bundle ($110)

From Kind Kones, Hedonist and PaperJar

Here's a Christmas gift for girls who know how to have fun. The Ultimate Xmas Naughty or Nice Bundle is the result of a tie-up between plant-based ice cream parlour Kind Kones, candle brand PaperJar, and sexual wellness company Hedonist. It has all you need for a relaxing self-love session – including a PaperJar candle, two tubs of Kind Kones ice cream (mint chocolate chip and spiced pine & orange), as well as a massive bath bomb hiding a sexy surprise. Get this gift at Kind Kones' physical outlets or online
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Innerfyre Co's Message In A Candle ($34)
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Innerfyre Co's Message In A Candle ($34)

At times, we all need some form of affirmation in our lives – that’s exactly what wellness brand Innerfyre Co does. With their Message In A Candle range, we can enjoy a range of pleasant scents that let us know how “loved, precious, and enough” we are or even an “amazing reminder” of our existence. These even come with thoughtfully customised messages so they fit every event of our lives. If you want to, there is also an option to donate to WWF to sustain the natural world.

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The Knot Wallet ($75)
Photograph: Project Coal

The Knot Wallet ($75)

From Project Coal 

More than just a functional pouch that is perfect for everyday use, The Knot Wallet, handcrafted from scratch with canvas that is dyed using natural extracts and coated with natural beeswax, is a unique piece of art. Drawing inspiration from textures of earth and rusty walls of alleyways, each piece showcases a range of colours, achieved using several layers of dye colourants as well as different techniques, resulting in one-of-a-kind stains. If you’re looking for something unique for that special someone in your life, you’ll be pleased to know that each piece is made and dyed in Singapore by artist and founder of Project Coal, so no two pieces are alike. 

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Pasar Botanica Plates Bundle ($50)
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Pasar Botanica Plates Bundle ($50)

From Supermama 

Gorgeous and practical, these plates by Supermama, feature beautifully rendered botanical illustrations to spruce up any dining table. From galangal and bok choy to coriander and bitter gourd, the Pasar Botanica is a collection that pays tribute to everyday Singaporean ingredients found in our very own kitchen. We love how the colourful hues and textures of these vegetables are captured down to the finest detail – a beautiful homage to these seemingly humble ingredients that make up the taste of home. 

Better Sleep Bundle ($73)
Photograph: The Salve Co.

Better Sleep Bundle ($73)

From The Salve Co. 

Encourage your loved ones to take better care of their well-being this holiday season by giving them the gift of better sleep. The Salve Co.’s Better Sleep bundle, featuring the brand’s signature rest-inducing blend of essential oils, comprises the Better Sleep Salve, Inner Calm Body Oil, and Better Sleep Pillow Spray. These items help in calming the mind and providing stress relief, which are essential for uninterrupted sleep. An absolute bedtime treat, your loved ones will definitely appreciate this gift.   

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Modern Peranakan Charm Bracelet ($190)
Photograph: Eden + Elie

Modern Peranakan Charm Bracelet ($190)

From Eden + Elie

A stunning preservation and celebration of heritage, love and craftsmanship, this meticulously handcrafted charm bracelet by local artisan Eden + Elie will make for a truly memorable gift. Modern yet timeless, the handwoven charm takes centrestage here, featuring a delicately Peranakan-patterned design. The chunkier oval links on this fully soldered gold chain gives the bracelet a nice weight and balances the rich details of the charm and clasp.

Birds of Paradise – Hummingbird Earrings ($56)
Photograph: Studio Mu Yu

Birds of Paradise – Hummingbird Earrings ($56)

From Studio Mu Yu

Made entirely by hand using acrylic and upcycled wood pieces sourced from local carpenters, this intricate pair of earrings by local artisan Studio Mu Yu will capture the attention of anyone who sees it. Founder Lyn Ng makes each pair from scratch, so plan ahead – as there’s a waiting time of at least two weeks. This collection offers a selection of bird designs, such as peacocks, parrots, hornbills and more. 

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Kobo Clara 2E ($219.90)
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Kobo Clara 2E ($219.90)

From Rakuten Kobo

For the eco-conscious and avid reader in your life, the Kobo Clara 2E is made entirely out of ocean-bound and recycled plastic – diverting thousands of plastic bottles and CDs from the ocean. We love its light and sleek build, that nevertheless packs entire libraries of e-books and audiobooks for reading on the go. Its upgraded glare-free screen also comes with dark mode and blue light reduction, ensuring a cosy night-time read that won't compromise sleep quality. And did we mention its waterproof too? For extra style points, add on the protective SleepCover which comes in a range of colours and designs. 

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