Gift ideas for your other half

Gift ideas for your other half

Whether you have just started dating or have been together forever, LESLIE KAY LIM has some gift ideas for you to spoil your sweetheart


If you have just started dating...

Initial necklace

$24.70 each, from Rockstar at 22 Orchard Road and

Something sparkly always does the trick for Valentine's day. This fun, dainty, gold-plated letter silver necklace is perfect - something personal but not too serious.

Printed notebooks

$14.90 to $15.90 each, from Paper Bunny at www.the

Although old-fashioned, there is something charming about writing down one's thoughts using pen and paper. Let her do it in style with these chic notebooks; pick one with a print or song lyric which you think she would like.

Cloud clutch

$29, from Asos at

Is her head always in the clouds? Give her a sartorial wink with this whimsical cloud-shaped flat clutch. The pop of pastel blue on its outline gives it a graphic, cartoon-esque quality that will make her smile.


$39.90 each, from Out of Print at The Assembly Store at 01-22

The Cathay Is she a bookworm at heart? Go for something useful and literary-inspired that can hold all her books and show her you love books too. These canvas totebags, with a cover illustration of a classic book, will do the trick.

If you have been together a long time...

Winged sandals

$355, from Ancient Greek Sandals at The Shoe Salon at Level 2 Takashimaya Department Store

Set free her inner goddess with a pair of luxe, winged sandals. They may not help her fly, but these fabulously bold kicks will surely elicit compliments wherever the wearer goes.

Heart-shaped ring

US$659 (S$887), from Repossi at

This sculptural rose-gold ring reveals its heart shape fully only when it is taken off. Its subtle elegance makes it a wonderful everyday piece of jewellery

Two-tone wallet

$1,780, from Louis Vuitton at 01-20 Takashimaya Shopping Centre

Is she the woman who has everything? Spoil her with a unique envelope wallet that features a tribal mask-inspired closure. The pink and white epi leather adds a luxe touch to the quirky design.

Perfume and lotion set

$270 for 50ml (perfume, left) and $102 (lotion, right), from Le Labo at Escentials at 03-02 Paragon

Instead of a flower bouquet, gift her the kind of roses that will last much longer. This Rose 31 perfume is a beauty-insider favourite and, combined with the body lotion in the matching scent, makes for an indulgent pair.


If you have just started dating...

Fun socks

$50, from Happy Socks at Level 4 Robinsons The Heeren

Even somebody working in the corporate salt mines can have a little fun with his socks. This set of four boldly printed pairs provides plenty of options to inject a dash of colour into his life.

Slogan T-shirt

$79, from Civissum at Kapok at 01-05 National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road

Appeal to his intellectual humour with this simple but entertaining T-shirt, a play on President John F. Kennedy's famous 1963 speech in Berlin, Germany.

Geeky book

$23.95, from Books Kinokuniya at L evel 4 Takashimaya Shopping Centre

Is he anxiously awaiting the next instalment of the Star Wars movies? Help him pass the time with William Shakespeare's Star Wars. The funny book turns the lines from the science-fiction saga into Shakespeare-speak.

Planter set

$23.20, from Bloesem at

Rusty green thumbs can get some practice with this adorable planter set from Swedish gardening house Coloni. It contains seed mixtures - snuggled in a clear test tube - designed for growing on balconies and other small spaces.

If you have been together a long time...

Panama hat

$129 from Hat of Cain at

Is he dapper, like the talented Mr Ripley? A hand-woven Panama hat is an understated yet dandy topper. Perfect for the heat, it will ensure he stays cool in so many ways.

Board shorts

$570, from Orlebar Brown at Level 3 Takashimaya Department Store

Even if his swimming is restricted to the public pool, these luxe printed board shorts will ensure he gets the beachside feeling. Featuring a photo-like seascape, the shorts are a guaranteed step above his go-to pair.

Skincare set

$120, from Sultans of Shave at Level 3 Metro The Centrepoint

Upgrade his bathroom regimen by giving him this Skin 1.2.3 set comprising a face wash, toner and moisturiser. The men's skincare products by Baxter of California, a growing cult favourite, come in unfussy, sleek designs to boot.

Portable turntable

$319, from Nimbus at 02-10 Wheelock Place

Indulge his DJ fantasies with this nifty little three-speed portable turntable. The lightweight, briefcase-style device also has a great retro feel, thanks to the bright colour and simple shape.

This article was first published on Feb 6, 2015.
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