In a panic to find appropriate gifts for your friends this Christmas?
Sometimes, it’s not the size (nor the price) that matters. Stockings stuffers can be really cool and useful, not to mention, they won’t break the bank. Here are some of the best one-of-a-kind finds that are so cute, you might want to keep some of them for yourself. Best part? They are all under $35.
This year, coffee chain Starbucks has collaborated with The Animal Project (a local social enterprise that showcases and supports the abilities of people with special needs) for its collection of new merchandise. Gift a sustainable Chopstick Set ($19.90) designed by Tay Jun-Yi to encourage your friends to go green, on-the-go. Artists earn royalties when you buy their art and products.
Available at all Starbucks stores except for Starbucks Science Park II.
Go green this Christmas, and help your circle join the Straw-Free Movement with a pack of metal straws. This thoughtful and practical gift will surely be appreciated — after all, it’s a small step towards saving the environment and the marine animals. Choose from straws of different sizes and colours from online retailers like Qoo10 and Lazada. Most come with pretty drawstring or tie pouches, or even swanky felt cases. Let the giving back spirit extend to Mother Earth this Christmas!
Everybody loves taking selfies, so gift your friends with the ability to take flattering snaps with this portable mini selfie-light ring. This handy contraption easily snaps onto a phone’s camera and casts an adjustable glow onto the face, so your pal can take photos any time, any where. While it seems like a silly idea, you’ll be thankful when you see the difference it makes to your usual selfies and wefies. You can order one from Qoo10 for under $15.
Upsize the cool factor this festive season! Surprise your friend with a unique ice cream sandwich (that doesn’t melt) from The Farm Store at an affordable $10.90. Quirky and cute, this sweet pouch will be a conversation starter. Not a fan of ice-cream? Shop other interesting food-themed designs such as Curry Puff and Pineapple Tart.
They don’t call it ‘Merry Kissmass’ for no reason. Is your friend going on a winter getaway? Give her a good reason to keep her lips moisturised. You can’t go wrong with something from Sephora, such as Nyx’s Soft Matte Lip Cream or Pixi’s Lip Lift Max Lip Treatment. If you’re really on a budget, drugstores such as Guardian and Watsons also offer affordable options that are no less effective or adorable.
Who can say no to a pair of cute ear candies? Here’s a tip: Small studs and loops are out, and fashionably big dangling earrings are in. Amp up the accessories game with adorable pieces from stores such as Thrifty Thieves, Tessellate.Co, or all-time favourite Lovisa for affordable #earringsoftheday that your BFF will love. We personally adore the quirky and bold Crescent Raffia Hoop ($16.90) from Thrifty Thieves and this Kira Boho Dreamcatcher earrings ($25) from Tessellate.Co.
Introducing the Putitto – adorable mini figures that hang off your bowls and cups. This cute contraption is great for friends who love to take #foodie shots. From Pikachu to Disney princesses to cats, hedgehogs, hamsters and anime characters, there’s no shortage of characters you can get your hands on. And who can resist such a cute gift that makes your meal that much more interesting? Have your pick of interesting pieces at Tokyu Hands, Amazon or Qoo10.
Ever felt bummed when your tissue box just doesn’t convey your personality? Fret not – explore Insta-worthy and totally practical tissue paper holders like this cute Chilli Crab Tissue Box Holder ($19.90) from Naiise or Film Tissue Roll Holder ($15) from Totally Hot Stuff that will neatly clean up the problem.
Tea drinking can be fun this Christmas with MUSUEM LABEL’s whimsical and portable tea infuser ($10)! It features the Malayan Tapir, one of the paintings from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings, which can be found in the National Museum of Singapore. Perfect for the animal lovers in your life!
Available only at National Museum, MUSEUM LABEL Shop.
By Em Tan / Updated by Muneerah Bee, December 2019
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