The process of picking gifts can sometimes ruin the holiday for us.
Between our end-of-term papers and work schedules, we often end up scrambling and trying to choose something that checks all the boxes: Pretty? Sparkly? Practical? Sings? Within budget?
Check out our guide to picking out the best Christmas gifts for our loved ones because ’tis the season to make every present truly memorable.
There is something timeless about a good pair of boots, and Timberland has been there from the start. This may be one of the pricier choices on this list, it can easily make up for two or three gifting opportunities at one shot. These boots have come a long way from being just a workman’s staple— today, it is a fashion essential, remaking its presence on its own terms and proving that shoes can walk along with us for more than a decade and not miss a beat.
Celebrating its 45th year earlier in September, the iconic original Yellow Boot is now remixed with sapphire highlights with a tongue embossed with the 45th-anniversary logo, making it an ideal choice for those with personalities that are a blend of strength and style.
There are also exclusive promotions across their outlets, with deals such as 40% off the second pair; and limited edition collaborations such as the Timberland PRO® x N.HOOLYWOOD capsule collection. While these humble boots really took off as a style icon in the 1990s when US hip-hop artists started wearing them, today they are recognised around the globe for its trusted quality and endless designs.
And for those who are still superstitious about gifting shoes (like us), be sure to ask for a dollar back during the gift exchange!
Timberland 6” Premium Boots are priced at $299 onwards at their outlets islandwide.
Know someone who needs to ditch the nondescript and ever-impractical clutches? Bid cut-and-dried accessory choices farewell during this festive season with an under-the-radar luxury brand, RABEANCO. The leather bags, ranging from formal handbags to more experimental pieces, features a spectrum of colours with bold designs, inspired by the vibrancy of modern cities and created for the active urban female.
Highlights include the chic RUMA backpack and new MESA HOBO. The first is a sturdy bag featuring a generously curved opening with hidden zipped compartments so you have full control over how compact it should be. The sleek, minimalist finish also means that it will be a great piece to haul in and outside of work.
For those who are inclined to the convenience of tote bags aka carryalls, the MESA HOBO will be a hit because of its refined shape and natural compatibility with almost everything in a Singaporean woman’s closet. From carrying all the essentials to being an essential, it is the quintessential comfort and style accessory.
RABEANCO RUMA backpack and MESA HOBO are both priced at $575 onwards on their website.
A brand applauded for comfort and class, Clarks has always served as the par excellence of shoewear for mature consumers who represent little more of the upper-tier. What they lack in chic, they make up in quality; but this impression is checked with the opening of the Clarks PURE concept store earlier in October, positioning them at the forefront of modern taste.
The fundamental aspect of the new concept is to simplify the store’s surroundings and make the product the key focus. The store features a clean, refreshing colour palette, with natural materials such as oak and timber, furthermore using large-scale lightboxes and flexible shelving systems to maximise the space.
We particularly enjoy the Trigenic collection, with trainers that will suit all ages because of the gorgeous colour range. If still unsure, go for the classic Tri Spark in Black Nubuck as it showcases a clean, sporty design to optimise movement and comfort, and black complements everything.
Clarks Tri Spark in Black Nubuck is priced at $199 at their ION Orchard outlet.
We have all heard about White Christmas, but this year, we are choosing Green Christmas. Sén Natural is a homegrown beauty brand that recently released their lipstick range, Sénsation. The entire line is preservative-free and handcrafted from organic ingredients for a natural finish. The brand not only celebrates one’s essence, but also sustainability, with a commitment to live in harmony with nature.
“We wanted to create a truly inclusive cosmetic brand that caters to all women, and beauty products with an eye on sustainability and the future,” shared Max-F. Scheicheonst, the co-founder of locally born-and-bred cosmetic brand. “[We] launched Sén Natural to empower women to be confident, courageous and move beyond their boundaries.”
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All of this can be attained for a cool $35 per lipstick. Each product comes in a sophisticated, elongated tube packaging, reminiscent of the traditional, higher end brands. Ranging from muted peaches to bold reds, all the shades in this range give a velvet finish, promising not only amazing colour payoff, but comfort and lasting power throughout the day.
Sén Natural Sénsation lipsticks are priced at $35, available on their website.
Can it really be Christmas if there aren’t some treats? Boxgreen is back with their limited edition Christmas Gift Box ($25), which features six creative spins on Christmas favourites featuring superfood ingredients, crafted in mini-trays and wrapped in a colourful sleeve.
The treats range from Honey Dijon Soya Crisps to Cacao Nib Clusters, so be assured that they not only taste good, they also do good for our bodies. While the box itself is super adorable, with a jolly collage of otters and merlions, a gold foil stamped gift card is also included inside with a DIY paper Christmas tree for ultimate personalisation efforts. This gift will be perfect for those who have an appetite for both snacks and handicraft!
Boxgreen Christmas Gift Box is priced at $25, available on their website and Tangs Orchard Department Store.
You know how the song “Jingle Bells Rock” tend to get us in the mood, especially when Hall & Oates belt out our desire to rock the night away? This propensity for rocking after a few tipples usually results in us ending up with a cracked iPhone screen that will remind us of our questionable life choices throughout the new year.
Deflecting damage has never looked so good, especially with the assurance of these tried-and-tested iPhone cases from OtterBox and LifeProof. While they are pricey, think of it as a small price to pay for a working phone with an unblemished screen.
Tech fans who are always equipped with the latest added protection for their devices will be no stranger to the duo. While the former is renowned for their stylish and sturdy cases, they have recently acquired the latter to include in their portfolio both water-resistant and sporty designs. We personally prefer the LifeProof cases as they are thinner, so as to not add extra bulk to our phones.
On the other hand, OtterBox designs might appeal more to a practical crowd, as they not only feature a rugged, multi-layer look, they also have a variety of choices, from premium leather to hard shells made from polycarbonate material.
OtterBox iPhone Cases are priced at $69 onwards, available on their website. LifeProof iPhone Cases are priced at $95 onwards, available on their website.