It’s exactly one week till Christmas and you haven’t found a gift for all the babies, kiddos, mummies and daddies on your list yet. Guess what, it’s just about time to start panicking! But before you do that, check out this last-minute gift guide we’ve put together. You might still get your Christmas shopping 2019 done in time!
Under $20: DrawnBy:Jessica Mats
Every parent knows that keeping little ones entertained so they’re not reaching out to grab table ware or cutlery while at the dining table is a full-on task. Enter DrawnBy:Jessica Mats to the rescue! These graphic mats are washable, portable, re-usable, and will keep curious little ones engrossed while teaching them about the world around them, in the most fun way! From $6.90, www.drawnbyjessica.com
Under $50: Handmade Heroes Natural Baby Kit
Natural, vegan, and free of preservatives, parabens, and animal products, this ultimate skin pampering kit keeps babies’ delicate skin healthy and nourished. Soothe that Toosh Diaper Balm has calendula, whose anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties help sooth eczema and relieve diaper rash, while the Rub-a-Dub-Dub Baby Oil blends apricot oil, jojoba oil, calendula extract and vitamin E to soothe and nourish. $24.90, www.handmadeheroes.com.sg
Splurge: J’adore Fashion Walker Activity Center or Firefighter Walker Activity Center
The little one is on their feet and ready to explore. This nature wood walker can help, while fostering physical development and imaginative play. It comes with a built-in activity centre with rolling beads, as well as a shape sorter to promote eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills too! $64.99 (U.P. $99.99), at Toys R’ Us (Fashion walker, Firefighter walker)
P/S: Toys”R”Us has a Wrap 4 Good initiative this year. From now till 24 December 2019, get your gifts wrapped at any of the 10 Toys”R”Us stores island-wide with a donation. All proceeds go to Beyond Social Services to help children and youths from less privileged backgrounds.
Under $20: Food ABC Books
These handy books written right here in Singapore are filled with character-building stories that kids can learn from. The veggie protagonists teach young readers life lessons and values such as responsibility, focus, and time management in a fun, non-pedantic way. $9.95 each (softcover), $16.95 (hardcover) at major bookstores and online
(See also: Zero-Waste, Eco-friendly Christmas Gifts for Everyone in the Family)
Under $50: Books and Toys from Amazon Singapore
Amazon Singapore’s ‘3 for 2’ Promotion with free two- to three-day local delivery (no minimum spend required for this holiday season) is a godsend for busy parents! There are more than 10,000 books, toys, and games to choose from, so you’ll definitely be able to find something for every child here. We’ve got our eyes on these: My Very First Library by Eric Carle, a book that teaches young ones about gratitude, this adorable Skip Hop insulated lunchbox, a book for that girl warrior, and this Wild Robot box set for tinkers and thinkers.
Want to take advantage of the promotion to spend a little more? This Snap Circuits electronics kit and this Marble Run will give curious young minds hours of joy all year round! Till end December 2019, at amazon.sg/3for2xmas
Splurge: Tickets to War Horse by the National Theatre
They say that the best gifts are gifts of experiences; why not gift the child with your time, presence, and an encounter that will stir their heart and their imagination? World War One has broken out. Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, becomes part of the battle after being sold to the calvary. But Albert cannot forget him, and embarks on a treacherous journey to find his beloved horse and bring him home. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, this award-winning production is National Theatre’s most successful play. Enthralling life-sized puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, music, songs, and evocative staging make it a must-see! For ages six and above. Tickets from $48 to $168 at the Esplanade and SISTIC.
(See also: Christmas 2019: See Santa, Meet your Favourite Characters, Play in ‘Snow’, Shop at Festive Markets, take IG-worthy X’mas photos, and More!)
Under $20: Nodspark Nail Wraps
Quick and easy to apply (10 minutes, with no drying time required!), Nodspark Nail Wraps are perfect Christmas gifts for busy career women and multitasking mums. Three themed designs in the Christmas Collection will sizzle up their nails for the season. Mix and match sets for the perfect seasonal manicure. Also available as a set of four, comprising a solid pack, a minimalist pack, a Christmas pack and a glitter pack. It’s a wrap! $15 each at stockists islandwide and online
Under $50: Dean & Deluca Tote Bag
Know a mum who has to carry everything but the kitchen sink around? Get her one of these premium tote bags from DEAN & DELUCA. Inspired by Singapore’s national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim, it’s available in Snow White and Twilight Blue. And unlike those flimsy shopping totes, this one is made to last with a durable canvas fabric. Adjustable faux leather handles and gold hardware add a subtle hint of sophistication. It can fit a 15-inch laptop, which means it works for both work and play. $48.15 each at DEAN & DELUCA outlets and online
Splurge: Rakuten Kobo eReader
Here’s one for book-lovers who love reading on the go. The lightweight Rakuten Kobo Clara HD provides ideal light to read by and a natural, print-like reading experience on its 6” HD screen. 8 GB of on-board memory and the ability to carry up to 6,000 eBooks means never running out of reading material again. Other options include the waterproof Rakuten Kobo Libra H2O and the memory-rich Rakuten Kobo Forma. Besides a database of six million eBooks to choose from, the eReaders are also compatible with OverDrive. This gives readers easy access to National Library Board eBooks too. From $169.90 (U.P. $199.90) online and at key retailers such as Challenger, Courts and Sprint-cass
(See also: 20 Places You Can Donate Books and More in Singapore (2019 Update!))
Under $20: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Flavoured Powder Tins
Perfect for baristas-at-home are Flavoured Powder Tins from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. An assortment of limited-edition flavours of the season include French Vanilla, Red Velvet, Hazelnut, Peppermint Chocolate and Dark Chocolate. Coffee connoisseurs will also appreciate the special Holiday Blend Coffee which boasts a milk chocolate aroma. $16.90 each at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf outlets and online
P/S: In the spirit of gifting, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf also hopes to inspire everyone to Gift Grateful. For every Christmas Cookie Tin ($6.90) purchased, they will donate a dollar to Singapore Children’s Society. A perfectly adorable stocking stuffer, doncha think?
Under $50: The Way of Kueh by Christopher Tan
He’s a foodie who cares about our national food heritage going the way of the dodo bird. If this describes your gift recipient, then surprise him with The Way of Kueh by Christopher Tan. A definitive guide to Singapore’s kueh, it features 98 easy-to-follow recipes for traditional Malay, Chinese, Peranakan and Eurasian treats. You’ll find some you never even heard of! The book is also a love letter to our kueh culture, with over 40 kueh-makers from all walks of life sharing their stories, memories and thoughts. $47.90 at all major bookstores
(See also: 25+ Best Log Cakes and Roast Turkeys 2019: Quick-and-Easy Guide to Festive Treats Your Christmas Party Needs)
Splurge: JBL Reflect Flow
Fitness and music fanatics will find the snazzy JBL Reflect Flow the ideal workout sidekick. Ergonomic silicone tips and patented Freebit enhancers allow these earphones to stay on even through the most vigorous exercise routine. The Ambient Aware mode lets users hear background noise for safer jogging through traffic. The wireless earphones are also rated IPX 7 waterproof, which means you can even go for a swim! Providing over 30 hours of combined playback time, he can enjoy epic sound while tackling those New Year fitness resolutions. Now you just have to decide between black, blue, teal and green. $239 at all leading retailers and online
Now put on that jingle bell music and let’s get in the mood for Christmas shopping 2019 before it’s too late. Merry Christmas, everyone!
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