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The best Christmas Gifts for that special lady in your life

From limited edition fragrances to stylish bags and scrumptious advent calendars, here are some gift ideas for the special women in your life

Written by
Michelle Yee

A thoughtful and meaningful gift doesn’t always have to break the bank. Take some time to observe and find out what your loved ones appreciate and enjoy when you spend time with them – you’re bound to find something that they will need and want.

 Whether you’re looking for a gift for a partner, family member, colleague or friend, our curated gift guide comprising pampering treats like Jo Malone fragrances and Caudalie skincare as well as functional yet stylish bags from Beyond the Vine, has you covered.

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The best Christmas gifts for her

From Jo Malone ($254)

Get in the festive mood with Jo Malone’s limited edition Ginger Biscuit Cologne ($254), inspired by the freshly baked spiced biscuit. A warm, spicy and woody fragrance featuring a beautiful combination of ginger, cinnamon and roasted hazelnuts, warmed by tonka beans, this bottle is gingerbread heaven. The luxury fragrance brand’s Christmas collection also comprises a limited edition Ginger Biscuit candle, which would make the perfect housewarming gift this festive season.

From Maison 21G (from $180)

As far as thoughtful gifts go, Maison 21G’s perfume creation workshop is an experience that she’ll reminisce fondly over for years to come. At this bespoke workshop, your special lady gets to create her very own scent – choosing from a range of 35 essences. Expert scent designers will guide her as she steps into the realm of perfume, introducing how fragrances best blend together. She’ll also get to choose her own bottle design and name the perfume, so this 30ml bottle of eau de parfum is sure to be a treasured keepsake. 

Maison 21G also offers a range of personalised gifts. You can opt for the personalised perfume creation where you can craft a special perfume for your lady or she can create her own, guided by an online personality test to determine her preferred fragrances. Maison 21G also has perfume set collections that are perfect for both individuals or homes. Whether a bespoke workshop or personalised perfume, Maison 21G has got that special Christmas gift that she’s bound to love.

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From Beyond the Vines (from $79)

If you’re looking for a functional, useful and chic present for that special someone in your life, one of the bags from Beyond The Vines’ latest Super Panelled series would make the perfect gift. Made with a mix of nylon materials and textures, the bags from this series are stylish, colourful and fun. The Super Panelled series comprises the Dumpling Backpack ($79), XS Dumpling Bag ($89), and the Mini Crunch Carrier ($89).

From Angelina ($89)

There is no better way to countdown to Christmas than with Angelina’s Advent Calendar ($89), consisting 24 scrumptious sweet treats waiting to be unveiled each day. To celebrate its 120th anniversary this year, the iconic Parisian tearoom and patisserie has commissioned renowned French illustrator Benoît Aupoix to come up with an exclusive design. The streets of Paris come alive with snow in his artwork, where couples embrace on the streets, against a stunning backdrop of the Eiffel Tower. With every door you open, a delectable surprise awaits, from praline chocolates and chocolate bonbons to flavoured tea.   


From Sephora ($32)

Pamper the beauty lovers in your life with one of Caudalie’s limited edition holiday gift sets. Our top pick is the Beauty Elixir Detox & Glow Duo ($32) – a simple two-step routine to help achieve an illuminated complexion at home. The beauty elixir aids in tightening the appearance of pores, while the Vinergetic C+ Instant Detox Mask helps with eliminating excess sebum. Alternatively, the Vinoperfect Brightening Solution ($99), comprising a serum, moisturiser and essence, is a winning combination that will leave skin smooth and illuminated.

The Powder Shampoo Festive Set
Photograph: The Powder Shampoo

The Powder Shampoo Festive Set

From The Powder Shampoo and selected departmental stores

The eco-conscious ladies in your life will appreciate having a sustainable way to care for their hair. Made with over 20 plant-based ingredients, this botanical powder shampoo is formulated without water and does not use any plastic packaging. Bottled in recyclable aluminium bottles, it is suitable for all hair and scalp types. For the festive season, the local brand has rolled out a selection of holiday sets comprising both shampoos and body washes. If you are looking to splurge, get the Sustainable Shower Routine Box ($99.90) comprising the Strengthening & Soothing Shampoo, Energising Day Body Foam Wash and Energising Day Body Foam Wash in full size. Alternatively, the Eco Bestsellers Box ($29.90), featuring the Invigorating & Stimulating Shampoo and Relaxing Night Body Foam Wash, will make a great starter kit.

Artwork by local artist Allison Low
Photograph: Happiness Comes Upside Down by Allison Low

Artwork by local artist Allison Low

From Allison Low’s website

Local artist Allison Low’s distinctive pieces will make a great gift for your artsy friends this festive season. Fascinated by the human condition, Allison draws inspiration from themes like vulnerability and emotional chaos for her art pieces, which have garnered a loyal following among art lovers who appreciate her style. We love the Happiness Comes Upside Down piece ($380), which has a meaningful story behind it. A picture of a bat is often a visual pun for “good fortune” or happiness as both are pronounced the same way in Chinese. In this piece, two bat guardians are perceived to be trying to bring happiness to a child who is deep in thought.

From The Paper Bunny ($45) 

Comfy and stylish, this collection of resort shirts is highly versatile and can be worn individually or paired with the Studio Resort Pants to make an elegant coordinated fit. Made with a crease-resistant material for even greater comfort, this shirt can be layered over any activewear to create an elevated yet seamlessly transitional outfit to go from work to brunch and the gym. The Paper Bunny x cheak Studio Resort Shirt ($45) is available in unisex fit and three unique prints inspired by movements.

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