Christmas gifts 101 – Singapore edition
Did you know a month before Christmas is Shopping Reminder Day (on November 25)? If your Christmas shopping list is looking a little empty right now, fill it with these made in Singapore specials, and you are sure to impress your friends and family.
And yes, some of them are having a Black Friday sale right now!
This annual festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, and mixed media features Singaporeans and international artists who present the best of contemporary, cutting-edge and socially-engaging works. Know someone who loves theatre? Get them tickets to one of the shows happening from January 4 to 15 for exciting performances on the theme of “Art and Skin“.
Photo by Gabriel Lim
Adult colouring is said to be a great stress reliever, and this quirky book by William Sim also ignites the imagination with its whimsical illustrations of famous Singapore landmarks and icons. Here’s your chance to give the Merlion some (much-needed) colour!
For more delightful Singapore-themed colouring books, check out this link.
For 100% organic, raw, all-natural coconut oil based skin and hair care that are made with no chemical preservatives, get your hands on these (almost edible) beauty stuff (which include lip balm, body scrub, deodorant, and even beard oil). And we love the cute Christmas packaging they have.
Isetan Scotts (350 Orchard Road) Level 2
Featuring Singapore recipes from celebrated family chefs, this award-winning series shows the country’s diverse food heritage and culture. Learn the magic that it takes to create your favourite Singapore dishes in these six books.
- Uncle Anthony’s Hokkien Recipe
- Uncle Lau’s Teochew Recipes
- Madam Krishnan’s South Indian Recipes
- Madam Choy’s Cantonese Recipes
- Robin’s Eurasian Recipes
- Irene’s Peranakan Recipes
For more cookbooks on authentic Singapore food, click here.
This pawsome cats-only jewellery label (inspired by a rescued calico cat named Alfie) is the purr-fect gift for ailurophiles. Besides accessories (such as cat brooches, stud earrings, necklaces, and our personal favourite – cat rings), you can also buy feline-themed paper clips, pens, magnets, cushions, and chopstick holders for your home and colourful cat collars for your furkid.
Plus, 10% of Alfie de Meow’s revenue goes to cat welfare groups in Singapore.
For more ways to contribute and volunteer for cat causes, check out this link.
Get a taste of the Lion City in a jar with this range of exclusive tropical fruit marmalades inspired by Singapore’s history and botanical innovation. There are currently four flavours available including the Singapore Sling! Who knew we could have Singapore’s world famous cocktail for breakfast?
Know someone who is new to Singapore and could use a bit of help to navigate around the island? Get them a gift that will last the whole year with a subscription to the print edition of The Finder. We have all the insider guides for the expatriate community living and working in Singapore, and you’ll be getting to know the city in no time.
Time to switch it up in your teacup! Try exquisite these gourmet teas with Singapore and Southeast Asian nuances for a different taste experience. We’re talking about chicken rice, pandan, nasi lemak, and ice kacang (pictured) tea blends. If you’re not too adventurous, herbal blends and variations of the classic earl grey tea are also available.
What do book nerds love more than books? MORE books. Give the the gift of getting to know Singapore better this Christmas with our wide range of local authors and anthologies, as well as perspective from beyond our shores, and something for the little ones.
Check out our curated list here, and you can find them at these great bookstores in the city.
- Interesting Books to Read About Expat Life in Singapore
- Singapore Books And Authors You Need To Read To Know Singapore Better
- 3 Books About Singapore’s Fascinating Buildings and Landmarks
- 5 Books About Singapore for People Who Don’t Like to Read
- Easy and Healthy Recipe Books To Get for Authentic Singapore Food
- Great Books About Singapore to Buy for Kids of All Ages
- Bilingual Books Your Kids Will Love to Improve their Language Skills
By Muneerah Bee, November 2016