We are less than a month away from stacking presents under the tree and filling up Christmas stockings. It's also that time of the year when you have scheduled mandatory meet-ups with buddies and depending on how you look at it, Secret Santa becomes an unavoidable chore.
Now if you haven't started shopping (or could do without a migraine), this guide might help you pick out that perfect gift whether it's for your mum, sister, wife or gal pal.
We've listed a variety of products that we think could make great gifts for the women in your life and more importantly -- we've also sectioned them according to various budgets. You're welcome.
Christmas gifts are all about irresistibly pretty packaging so we made sure to include items that deliver just that.
This gift guide should get you into that jolly good spirit especially during this magical time of the year so have fun spending on your loved ones!
- BoxGreen snack box ($12)
For your favourite health nut: Homegrown online health food store BoxGreen is celebrating the Christmas season with a limited edition gift box that comes with four exclusive delectable festive favourites: Christmas Fruit Cake, Herb Garlic Garden, GingerFruit Muesli Munch and Choco Twilight Biscotti.
They're available in limited quantity from Dec 1 to 23 and each snack box is priced at $12, excluding a delivery charge of $2.90 per box. Free delivery is available with a purchase of 5 or more boxes. Pre-order a box via BoxGreen's gift page here.
- LUSH Rudy gift set ($30)
Who can resist a packaging as adorable as this? Unwrap this little bundle and you'll find two different bath bombs: Butterball and Shoot For The Stars. We've tried the latter out for ourselves and it will literally fill your bath tub with glitter. So if you have that one friend who enjoys a little (or a lot) of sparkle in her life -- this could be all that she needs.
And for the first time ever, the whole Christmas range by Lush is self-preserving. This means the products' formulas were fine-tuned to balance water levels or replace preservatives with natural alternatives. The brand prides itself on ethically sourced raw materials and essential oils and even their packaging is both recycled and recyclable. Nothing is tested on animals too.
So if you know anyone who prefers using all-natural products, this is a great option.
- MAC Cosmetics Nutcracker Sweet Holiday lipstick ($36)
Matte lippies are all the rage now and we have something makeup addicts everywhere will approve of. MAC cosmetics has released a special Christmas collection comprising five colours, of which three have a matte finish.
Choose from Kingdom of Sweets (soft, milky pink; cremesheen), Flamboyish (hot, deep pink; matte), Saucy Little Darling deep coral red; amplified crème), So Good For You Furiously Festive (intense cool red; matte) or Leap of Delight (deep plum purple; matte).
- Crabtree & Evelyn Rose Pineapple Solid Perfume, 2.5g ($48)
Part of Crabtree & Evelyn's new Feast for the Senses Christmas Collection, this Rose Pineapple Solid Perfume can be applied onto pulse points. This might come in handy for busy working ladies who'd like to carry around pocket-sized scents in their purse or leave on their office desk to use after lunch or even before a meeting.
- Eu Yan Sang Radiance Bird's Nest Premium Rock Sugar ($59.90 - $109.90)
While some of us might enjoy drinking bird's nest soup for its health benefits or purely because of its taste, local brand Eu Yan Sang's Radiance Bird's Nest aims to be a beauty booster. It's also packaged very nicely, so those of us who are terrible at wrapping gifts will find this extremely helpful.
The brand's Radiance Bird's Nest Premium Rock Sugar series could be a hit among ladies because the bird's nest used in this range was derived from "careful selection and meticulous cleaning" to help preserve the delicacy's signature golden-yellow colour and nutritional properties.
The ingredients are also 100 per cent natural and no artificial flavourings or stabilisers were added. And the best part? It reportedly nourishes and brings out that natural glow most ladies covet.
- The Little Flame Co handmade soy candle ($68-$72)
Aussie candle makers The Little Flame Co. specialises in handmade soy candles and have released three Chrismas specials: Champange & Strawberries, Toasted Marshmallows and Christmas Pudding. There are also at least eight different scents to choose from among its regular offerings. Imagine having your house smell of toasted marshmallows when you have guests over for X'mas -- what a treat for the senses!
This range of candles is available at K+ Curatorial Space located in Scotts Square.
- The Body Shop Drops of Youth gift set ($89)
This skincare gift set is the perfect present for anyone wanting to give the gift of youthful-looking skin. The set includes a tub of Drops of Youth Youth Day Cream (50ml) and a bottle of Drops of Youth Youth Concentrate (30ml). This range is amazing for those with dry skin and while it's not part of this gift set, the Drops of Youth sleeping pack is also an excellent product from the collection. We highly recommend it!
- Melissa Space Love + Jason Wu III ($145)
Continuing Melissa's partnership with Taiwanese-Canadian fashion designer Jason Wu, this season sees the designer apply his clear design aesthetics to offer minimalist and romantic styles. Our favourite from this collection is Wu's updated classic Space Love shape which now brings us the Melissa Space Love + Jason Wu III.
The shoe features a fabric bow at the top and is available in gold, pastel pink, black and brown.
- OSIM Well-being gift set (Any two for $168)
Are you guilty of making your wife or mum do your share of household chores? This hamper could be your way of saying you appreciate their time and effort. Each item is originally priced between $199.80 to $398 so it's a pretty good deal since you get to choose two items from their list of options.
And no one is stopping you from treating yourself with a set of your own.
Choose any two of these: OSIM uMist Dream Humidifier, OSIM uTingle Portable Massager, OSIM uPure 2 Water Purifier or the OSIM uPixie USB Pulse Massager.
- Radium Medical Aesthetics Serenity Skin Restoration facial treatment ($198 before GST)
The season of giving is also a wonderful opportunity to pamper your loved ones and help them look and feel good. And there's nothing more luxurious for a woman who loves preening than a moisturising facial treatment. Local aesthetic doctor Dr Siew Tuck Wah recently opened his first clinic at Suntec City and long-time customers can attest to the facials and laser treatments done by him.
The clinic's 75-min Serenity Skin Restoration facial treatment is meant to rejuvenate the skin while "delivering moisture into the deeper layers of your skin for reduce any appearance of fine lines on your skin".
For those looking to try out cosmetic laser treatments, you'll be in good hands with Dr Siew -- who is also the co-founder and president of animal welfare group SOSD. A good start could be with a 20-min treatment (LASEMD Cosmeceutical Delivery Laser, $498 before GST), which is designed to reduce pigmentation as well as improve skin tone, texture and elasticity.
The sky's the limit
- Poh Heng Carousel charms ($180 to $880)
Homegrown jeweller Poh Heng has released its latest charm collection, Carousel, just in time for Christmas. The charms are handcrafted on a 22K yellow gold or 18K white gold chain.
There is also a festive charm collection for this season called 'Go for Joy'. It includes a wide selection of charms featuring a rose-gold gift box, a 22K yellow gold snowflake snowflake, an 18K white gold ice cream complete with yellow sapphires and even a martini glass.
We think this pretty piece would make a great gift for that special someone or a cherished family member.
- SK-II Crystal Clear Skin set ($259)
For someone who's already a fan of SK-II's popular Facial Treatment Essence, why not give her the gift of a beautiful limited edition bottle? The Japanese beauty brand's festive design this year is inspired by Suminagashi art, which means floating ink. The bottles come in three colours - red, blue and green, and are available only in coffret sets starting from $259.
The set comes with a 230ml bottle of its pitera-filled Facial Treatment Essence and a 230ml bottle of the Facial Treatment lotion.
- Lacoste by Jean-Paul Goude leather tote ($499)
For its annual 'Holiday Collector' edition, Lacoste collaborated with French graphic designer Jean-Paul Goude to design the logo on limited edition items such as polo shirts as well as the brand's holiday packaging. One of the two graphics in this edition is embroidered on a navy small leather pique of a tote from the "Chantaco" line. An apt piece of arm candy for the working woman.
The collection is only available at Lacoste Wisma Atria and Vivocity.
- Coach Bandana Rivets Accordion Wallet ($595)
With the new year just around the corner, perhaps it's also time to switch things up and get a new wallet. Yes, there's always a new reason (or excuse) for women to buy a new wallet or purse. This beige-white long wallet by American label Coach comes with studded details and would be suitable for ladies who prefer more compartments in their wallets.