Yes, it’s already December, and if you haven’t completed your Christmas shopping yet, it’s time to start panicking. Just kidding! Here are our picks of the month to help you along. And why not pick up some pretty accessories for the parties you’ll be hosting while you’re at it?
For the girly girls
H&M Beauty Holiday Collection 2016
With all the year-end festivities coming up, every wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, niece and best friend – you get the idea – will love to receive a selection from H&M’s beauty collection. It’s stocked with classic nudes for a soft, natural glow, shimmery metallics to brighten up any celebration, and bold, luxurious shades for a pop of sophistication. Our favourites include Shimmer Drops in Midas Touch, Glow-To-Go Highlighter Stick in Rose Quartz and the Over The Moon Infinite Impact Eye Shadow. For the lips, Velvet Lip Cream in Winter Apple and Lady of Manor Cream Lip Colour will make for a luscious pout. Finish the look with the edgy Jewel Beetle Nail Colour, and throw in the metallic fuchsia VIC Make Up Bag for the complete package. From $7.90 at H&M Orchard Flagship Building and One Raffles Place.
Mix & Fizz Vanity Case
There’s nothing quite like a good pampering session, but who’s got time to head to the spa during the festive rush? Pick up one of the myriad toiletries sets from Watsons for a fuss-free yet rejuvenating experience. It’s something the ladies will appreciate after spending the holiday season running after the kids, or hosting endless parties. This Mix & Fizz all-in-one set takes care of every step, packing a shower gel, body wash, body butter, lip balm and body spritz. They come in a fresh and fruity pina colada fragrance that will whip up images of relaxing beach vacations with a cocktail in hand. Best of all, the set comes in a metallic silver vanity case which doubles up as the perfect carrying case when she does go on that vacation! $29.90 at Watsons outlets islandwide.
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For the distinguished gents
Armani Exchange & Emporio Armani Timepiece Set
Get hubby or daddy a wristwatch and he’ll never have any excuses to be tardy! For an edgy, sporty dude, we like the black on black stainless steel bracelet band (above left) with the sleek three-hand movement. If he has a more classic leaning, complement his style with the timeless black dial matched by a stainless steel bracelet band (above centre) with a chronograph movement. Both of these are from Armani Exchange. The stainless steel three-link bracelet with polished blue dial (above right) from Emporio Armani is perfect for that stylish yet understated man. Each two-piece set comes with a matching leather bracelet for that coordinated look. From $329 at Armani Exchange and Emporio Armani boutiques, authorised dealers and selected department stores. Selected models are also available online at Zalora.
AUGUSTUS: August Man x Gnome & Bow Wallet Collection
In collaboration with August Man magazine, local men’s atelier Gnome & Bow launched the five-piece AVGVSTVS (named for the first Roman emperor, Augustus Caesar) leather wallet collection. Designed for the globetrotting cosmopolitan man who appreciates the finer things in life, each billfold and card wallet is named after a key historical character who helped shape the Roman empire. Crafted in full grain grey leather, each piece is lined with a black and white glen plaid fabric and finished with their signature hand-stitching in royal blue. We love the unique X-shaped card slot and the fact that each design is limited to just 100 pieces worldwide. This is definitely one for that special man – husband, dad or grandpa – in your life. From $145 at selected Gnome & Bow stockists and online at www.gnomenbow.com.
For the kiddos
Brainy Arkies Mobile Learning App
If your kids are addicted to mobile devices, then why not indulge them with an app that’s not just fun, but coaches them in Mathematics at the same time? Designed for Primary 1 to 4 students, users solve quizzes as they embark on adventures and quests. Difficulty levels change according to their progress and abilities. It’s aligned with MOE’s syllabus and packed with video tutorials and guided worked solutions, so kids can also use it as an after-school revision tool. It even features a separate parent mode, so you can monitor your child’s learning through performance reports, and impose daily time limits and study modes when needed. The app is free to download and play, with two weeks’ free access to all in-app features. Unlock unlimited access to over 12,000 guided solutions and premium reports at $9.98 for one month, $41.98 for six months or $71.98 for 12 months. Download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Seed Heritage Autumn/Winter Capsule Collection
Planning a winter holiday to colder climes? Then head over to the Seed Heritage boutique at Wisma Atria for some beautifully made outfits designed to keep the little ones warm and cosy. Not to mention, cute! The Australian-born label focuses on classic lines with a playful twist made from natural fibres and fabrics that are made to last. You’ll find hardy wardrobe staples that will stand the test of any wintry family adventure, as well as fun party pieces to liven up those Instagrammable moments. From $29.95, exclusively at Seed Heritage Wisma Atria.
For the family home
Meri Meri Woodland Advent Calendar
For something to amuse the whole family as you count down to Christmas Day, pick up this adorable advent calendar from Gallery & Co. Each of the 24 windows holds a wooden animal piece that come together to create a delightful woodland scene. The calendar comes in a decorative box with five trays, making it a lovely gift as well. While you’re there, check out the box of cat and dog designed Christmas crackers, also from the Meri Meri range of stationery and party ware. Each cracker holds a secret trinket that should keep the little ones busy for a bit. $49.95 at Gallery & Co. within National Gallery Singapore.
Svenska Hem Homewares Collection
Celebrate Christmas the Swedish way with this elegant series of tableware from kikki.K. Take your fika to the next level with this super cute glass teapot with its whimsical polka dots in gold foil. Use it with the matching cups and milk jug for a beautifully coordinated look this holiday season. Add the matching trinket box, glass cloche, and a series of bauble-like vases, and your dining table will be ready to entertain a cosy party. Also available are a series of scented candles which remind you to enjoy the little things in life. From $22.90 at kikki.K outlets at ION Orchard and Raffles City Shopping Centre.
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