What do you get for the people you love the most? Why, only the best, of course! This holiday season, surprise everyone in the family with Christmas gifts that will challenge their creativity, indulge their sense of fun, and fulfil the needs they didn’t even know they had. Because no matter what Santa thinks, it really doesn’t matter if they’ve been naughty or nice, right? *wink wink*
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BABIES & TODDLERS
For the self-feeder: Timmy and Tammy Colouring Mats Bundle
These BPA-free, premium food grade silicone mats don’t just keep the mess in, they’re a fab way to keep little hands occupied while out, and also indoors. The raised edge borders guide young ones to colour within the mat, and ink cleans off easily from the buttery smooth top even when it’s been left for days. This bundle includes 1 regular size and 4 mini size reusable silicone colouring mats, 14 fine tip whiteboard markers, a canvas drawstring bag, a plastic ring and travel size wet wipes, all packed in a reusable PVC zipper bag. Perfect for gifting!
$49.80 at the SingaporeMotherhood Shop
For a headstart on good emotional growth: Mushie Feelings poster
It’s never too early to learn about feelings and emotions, and this beautifully illustrated poster helps kids do that in a whimsical, friendly way. Find this and other gifting ideas, such as gorgeous organic baby essentials from clothes to nappies, feeding ware, toys, and nursery decor, at The Baby Closet.
$35.90 at The Baby Closet
For the budding creator: LEGO DUPLO Deluxe Brick Box
No longer a baby, she’s starting to develop a better pincer grip and learning how to put things together. Building with LEGO DUPLO will help her refine her eye-hand coordination while developing her ability for creative play. The bonus? Hours of independent fun and discovery for the little one, while mum and dad chill.
$84.90 (RRP) at LEGO-certified stores islandwide
For the thinker: 4-in-1 Dinosaur Puzzle (Luminous)
Puzzling things out is a skill as old as time. Young dino-lovers will certainly love putting their heads and hands to work with these four-in-one jigsaws, which introduce them these mammoths of land, sea, and air. Whip out that phone cam to take a pic when your little one sees for the first time that these puzzles can glow in the dark as well! Great for kids from age three onwards.
$19.90 at the SingaporeMotherhood Shop
For Baby’s sensitive skin: A Tapir’s Tale
Formulated by Singaporean Charlene Ng, an aesthetician, beauty consultant, and skincare trainer, A Tapir’s Tale skincare contains nature-derived botanicals and skin-loving ingredients like aloe vera, Centella Asiatica, and jojoba oil to gently nourish Baby’s delicate skin. These made-in-Japan products are also perfect for little ones with sensitive or atopic skin conditions, and for the rest of the family too.
From $28 at www.tapirstale.com
For the one who never stops moving: Hot Wheels Unleashed™
It’s action all the way as kids speed into the new year with this all-new arcade-style racing game. They can even up the gameplay by challenging friends and family in multiplayer mode, customising their Hot Wheels® vehicles, and racing on jaw-dropping tracks set in everyday-life locations. Available on various game consoles such as the PlayStation5, PlayStation4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles and Nintendo Switch.
From $69.90 on the Mattel Official Shopee Mall and Lazada Mall stores, Amazon Singapore, Toy or Game (TOG), Unrival, and selected authorised retailers
For the rocket scientist wannabe: National Geographic Crystal Garden
With a full-colour learning guide filled with fascinating crystal facts, and a hands-on, easy-to-use kit that will show results within 20 minutes, the National Geographic Crystal Garden is perfect for the science lover. Their experiment even reaps a genuine rose quartz crystal to admire and be proud of. A great introduction to geology and chemistry, these kits are sure to spark a lifetime interest in science.
Currently $13.93 (usual $19.90) at BHG stores and e-shop
For the movers and shakers: Urban Sports Gear
Are your kids’ wishlists to Santa full of gaming systems and mobile devices? It’s a good idea to include gifts which encourage them to move and stay active too. How about a speedy scooter, skateboard, inline fitness skates, or a bicycle? There are neat options for preschoolers and older kids alike. Remember to throw in a set of protective gear as well.
Shop at Decathlon stores and e-shop
(See also: Seriously Fun Skateboarding Lessons for Kids in Singapore)
For the music enthusiast: JBL Jr 310/310BT Headphones
Junior loves tunes but makes it tough for Mum and Dad to work from home? Save your sanity and make their day with the JBL Jr 310. These lightweight headphones come in vibrant colours, with a soft-padded headband and ear cushions, and are comfortably sized for kids. Most importantly, they are created to never exceed 85dB, so the young ones can safely enjoy their favourite songs. The JBL Jr 310BT adds Bluetooth connectivity for untethered enjoyment.
From $39.90 at the JBP e-shop, official JBL stores on Lazada and Shopee, and all authorised JBL leading retailers
For the industrious home-based learner: HUAWEI MatePad Pro
If you’re considering getting your child a dedicated device for their HBL needs, make it the new HUAWEI MatePad Pro. Available in two display sizes, 10.8 and 12.6 inches, it runs on HarmonyOS 2, a powerful new operating system that makes multitasking a dream. It comes with a brilliant OLED FullView display, eye protection features, multi-screen collaborative function, and impressive battery life. Pair it with the Smart Magnetic Keyboard and new M-Pencil (2nd generation) for intuitive note-taking and drawing abilities. And yes, it’s compatible with apps that schools commonly use, such as Class Dojo, Padlet, Google Meet, and Zoom.
From $998 (RRP) at the official Huawei stores on Lazada and Shopee, all authorised Huawei stores, including Best Denki, Challenger & Hachi.tech, COURTS, Gain City, and Harvey Norman
(See also: 10 Remote Learning Hacks to help you Ace the Homebased Learning #HBL life)
For the hostess with the mostest: Ferns N Petals Festive Staples
Is the lady in your life planning the biggest party (albeit limited to five guests) of the year? Let Ferns N Petals give her a hand. When she hangs a wreath on the front door of the home, it has to be spectacular. So with bright and sparkly hues, these Christmas wreaths are here to spruce things up. Naturally, you can’t celebrate the season without that ubiquitous tree either. Whether she prefers fresh pine or artificial Christmas trees, there’s one to complete her festive decorations. Then sweeten the holiday feasting with Christmas log cakes like no other. These cakes are uniquely shaped but sure to brighten up the festivities.
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For the active mum: MYË Sustainable Athleisure
She’s fit, eco-conscious, and loves great design. Why not get her something that satisfies all three? Homegrown athleisure brand MYË hits the spot with its sustainably-made activewear, where every piece has up to 12 recycled water bottles in its DNA. Our picks? The Ulla bra with its edge asymmetrical back design (they plant one tree with every order!), and the seamless Luna leggings that let her flaunt it as she works it.
Shop online here. Use the code ‘SINGAPOREMOTHERHOOD10′ for a 10% discount, valid till 31 December 2021 on full-priced items, one use per customer
(See also: Best 30-minute Workouts for Busy Mums in Singapore)
For the tired mum: Scent by SIX Gift Sets
Homegrown fragrance brand Scent by SIX presents its Christmas special: Scent of Blessings – The Joy of Gifting. Individually named Peace, Love, Joy, and Prosperity, the gift sets feature a combination from its collection of pillow mists, aroma essences, nebulisers, reed diffusers, and disinfectant sprays. Last but not least is the Biei Trio Set, which showcases its signature scent, 27°F Biei. Inspired by a winter holiday in Hokkaido, it’s the ideal gift for the lady who deserves a break!
From $89 at Scent by SIX boutiques and e-shop
For the kitchen goddess: Tefal’s Cake Factory Delices
Thanks to five intelligent baking programmes with smart temperature control, Tefal’s new Cake Factory Delices takes the guesswork out of baking. From brownies and muffins to meringues and custard mousse, it gives you perfect home-baked treats effortlessly. If she’s an aspiring professional baker, there’s even a manual mode for complete control. With easy-to-use controls and cool-touch handles, it’s also great when baking with kids.
Introductory price of $299 (RRP $399) online at Amazon, Lazada, Qoo10, Shopee or in-stores at Best Denki, COURTS, Gain City, Harvey Norman, Metro, Takashimaya, and TANGS. Get more details here
For the skin-loving mum: 4-In-1 Rose Gold Professional Skin Tool Set
Kids, safe management measures, the daily grind all mean she never really has time to take care of her skin. In which case, this Nudeskin x Beauty Magnet 4-in-1 Professional Skin Tool Set can help. Created in collaboration with American aesthetician and beauty expert Liz Kennedy, it includes a Rose Quartz Face Roller, De-Puffing Eye Roller, Comedone Extractor, and a Precise Tweezer for everyday use, or when she needs a self-care boost. No need to worry about breakouts as the tools are clinical-grade, and with a convenient magnetic base, nothing gets misplaced!
$83 at Sephora stores and e-shop
For the spa-loving mum: Shower Steamers Gift Set
Does she dream of having a relaxing bath but has no bathtub to enjoy it in? Perfect for flat-dwellers — a.k.a. 80 per cent of Singaporeans — who seldom have this luxury, Savan Baths has created Shower Steamers. Simply put, they’re bath bombs made for the shower! Handmade in small batches, each gift set consists of six shower steamers that dissolve and release 100 per cent pure essential oil blends for that uplifting or stress-relieving shower experience.
$34.90 at Savan Baths e-shop
(See also: 18 Gifts of Self-Love and Self-care for Every Mum)
For the dad who knows his wines: WMF Baric Sommelier Set
With its timeless design, this set — which includes a corkscrew, foil cutter, bottle opener, pouring stopper, and bottle stopper — will lend a touch of class and elegance to every tippling occasion. The easy-grip foil cutter and corkscrew will also help him open a bottle clean, just like a professional, while preserving the quality of the wine. Cheers!
From $209 at the WMF Official Store on Lazada and Shopee, and in-stores at Takashimaya, Metro, BHG, TANGS, OG and Isetan
For the dad who eats and runs: Superga X Tiong Bahru Bakery Sneakers
Dads who love croissants will definitely get a kick out of this. This limited-edition collaboration comprises three high-top designs showing off TBB’s icons on the Italian sneaker brand’s signature canvas upper. While one is whimsically raining croissants, another features embroidered patches with the mantra “A croissant a day keeps the doctor away”. Removable metal bread tags lend a touch of quirky nostalgia to the third.
$119.90 at Superga stores and e-shop
For the foodie dad: ‘How to Cook Everything Singaporean’ by Denise Fletcher
If he loves to eat, cook, and knows his ‘orh-luak’ from his ‘orh-jian’, then he’ll probably appreciate this recipe book. The winner of Best Illustrated Non-fiction Title and Book of the Year (Honorable Mention) in the 2021 Singapore Book Awards, ‘How to Cook Everything Singaporean’ is described as the go-to encyclopaedic compendium for Singaporean food. It features contributions from local chefs from Bjorn Shen to Violet Oon.
$74.90 at Epigram Books e-shop
(See also: What do Chefs and Foodie Parents put in their Child’s Lunchbox?)
For the teetotalling dad: Lyre’s Classico Grande
Perhaps he was a party animal before he grew into a responsible husband and father. Gift him Lyre’s exceptionally crafted non-alcoholic spirits, which allows for all the tipples with none of the tipsy. Joining 13 other award-winning non-alcoholic spirits and five canned cocktails is the new Classico Grande. Best served freshly popped in a chilled flute, Classico Grande captures the essence of sparkling wine and is perfect for toasting at every family celebration.
From $36 per bottle at Lyre’s e-shop
For the peace-loving dad: ATTENU8 Metal-bodied Earplugs
Working from home and the neighbour’s renovation works are driving him mad? Perhaps he’s a light sleeper who struggles to get sufficient rest. Give him the peace he deserves with the designed-in-Singapore ATTENU8 metal-bodied earplugs that reduce noise by about 32dB. Weighing a mere 1 gram — lighter than airpods — its ergonomic design provides a comfortable fit. Unlike disposable foam earplugs, ATTENU8 comes with durable and bio-compatible memory foam tips in three sizes.
$38.90 at the ATTENU8 e-shop. Use the code ‘GETMYPEACE20’ for a 20% discount, valid till 31 December 2021
ALL THE PEOPLE WE LOVE
For nostalgia-loving grandparents: Travel Back to 1970s Singapore
Experiences make some of the best gifts, and what could be more amazing than going back to the past? If grandma or grandpa often reminisce about their disco days, let them time travel to 1970s Singapore where they’ll brew Nanyang-style coffee, and explore a private vintage museum with old-school scene set-ups (perfect for photos). What’s more, they’ll have a friendly SIA cabin crew member as their guide! This fun tour is exclusively available via Pelago, a travel experiences platform owned by Singapore Airlines. Psst! You can pay for your experiences using KrisFlyer miles before they expire!
From $85, book here.
(See also: 15 Old School Games to Play with Your Grandparents)
For health-conscious parents: DexaFit Assessments
Working from home has affected our health. And while the weighing scale can tell show us the numbers, only DexaFit Asia’s medical-grade DXA body composition and metabolic health technologies can look inside your body and tell you what you really need to know, such as your bone density, your resting metabolic rate, and your hormonal imbalances, your long-term health risks for conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and more.
Enjoy promotional rates for the Healthy Parents Package ($779) and the Fit Parents Package ($1,134) from now till 31 December 2021. Get more details here
For Potter-heads: Harry Potter™ Game Collection
Hufflepuff or Griffindor, Ravenclaw or Slytherin? Whichever ‘house’ you’ve been sorted into, festive family game nights are going to be magical. Inspired by the old-school snakes-and-ladders, the Harry Potter ‘Back to Hogwarts’ Board Game offers lots of fun for the whole family. Or test who’s the real HP fan with the Harry Potter Trivia Game and Ultimate Movie Quiz Game. There’s even a 1,000-piece Harry Potter Jigsaw puzzle for a Team Hogwarts project.
From $39.90 at Marks & Spencer’s stores and e-shop
For Disney fans young and old: Disney Christmas Magic Collection
Whether you’re young or young-at-heart, you’ll adore this exclusive Disney Christmas Magic collection from homegrown design studio Urban Li’l. Featuring well-loved characters from Mickey & Minnie, Winnie The Pooh, Disney Princesses, and Frozen, the customisable collection consists of ornaments, wall décor, fabric decals, gift tag sticker packs, and tree toppers. We particularly love the acrylic and laser-cut wooden ornaments which can be personalised with the recipient’s name.
From $12 at Urban Li’l counter at Isetan Scotts, the ‘Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration’ at Suntec Convention Centre, and e-shop
(See also: Mickey’s in Singapore! (Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration))
For the crafters in your life: Cricut Smart-cutting Machines
The ultimate gift for the hardcore DIY craft lover, the Cricut Maker 3 can write, emboss, engrave, and cut over 300 different materials from paper and vinyl to wood and leather. Using the Cricut Design Space app, you can create one-of-a-kind cards, t-shirts, quilts, and even baby mobiles for Bub’s nursery — your imagination’s the limit. For young crafters who are starting out, the Cricut Joy is a compact entry-level version to get them hooked.
From $299 at Lazada, Harvey Norman, POPULAR Bookstores, Spotlight, and NomadX. Get more details here
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