The Honest Advertisement-less Christmas Gift Guide

Updated every day till 24 December

The Brillant Smoking handbag, $11.500, Delvaux
24 Dec 2015

The Brillant Smoking handbag, $11.500, Delvaux

One for those who love the finer things in life, this limited edition box calf bag was handcrafted specially for Singapore to celebrate the opening of Delvaux’s first boutique here. The black and white edition takes inspiration from the Russian artist Malevich’s The Black Square, an exploration of geometric form. Only 30 pieces available from Delvaux, #01-18/19 Scotts Square.

LV & Me necklace, $660, Louis Vuitton
22 Dec 2015

LV & Me necklace, $660, Louis Vuitton

It’s not too late to get a personalised gift that will look like you put a lot of thought behind it. This brass with gold finishing necklace comes in 26 alphabets so you can “letter” know exactly how you feel. Bracelets and earrings also available. From Louis Vuitton stores at Marina Bay Sands, ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City.

Caretto Siciliano Print Collection jewellery tray, price on application, Dolce & Gabbana
21 Dec 2015

Caretto Siciliano Print Collection jewellery tray, price on application, Dolce & Gabbana

This Christmas capsule collection piece is inspired by the ancient folklore of Sicily, Domenico Dolce’s hometown. Guaranteed to make a special gift - even for the girl who has everything. Available at Dolce & Gabbana boutiques.

1A All Day mask, $99, by Allies of Skin.
20 Dec 2015

1A All Day mask, $99, by Allies of Skin.

This is the mask for lazy girls and beauty geeks alike. Created by local beauty label Allies of Skin, the 1A All Day mask hydrates, firms up and nourishes your skin, and is chock-full of antioxidant-rich ingredients that repairs it while protecting it from environmental pollutants. Best part is, you can use it day and night - and even under sunscreen and makeup. Shop this on the Allies of Skin website.

30 Beautiful Minds Pouch, $10, by Pathlight School x Estetica
19 Dec 2015

30 Beautiful Minds Pouch, $10, by Pathlight School x Estetica

We'd pick a meaningful gift over an expensive one any day, and this pouch - created by the students of Pathlight School - is definitely the former. For each pouch sold, beauty brand Estetica will match the sales dollar-to-dollar, with the proceeds going towards the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore). There are 4 other cute designs too! Shop this at the Estetica e-shop here.

Marble wall clock, $489, by Menu from Gallery & Co.
18 Dec 2015

Marble wall clock, $489, by Menu from Gallery & Co.

This sleek and chic marble clock from Scandinavian (of course) design brand Menu will making telling time much more interesting. Shop Gallery & Co at the National Gallery Singapore.

WoW X Paperccino Get Chic Done 2016 calendar, $24.90, WearOhWhere.com
17 Dec 2015

WoW X Paperccino Get Chic Done 2016 calendar, $24.90, WearOhWhere.com

Because while a phone may store all your appointments, it sure doesn’t look as good as this chic illustrated calendar - nor does it offer kickass inspirational quotes each month. Bonus: Each unbound card can be framed and used to spruce up walls or hipster-fy flatlays. Buy for the #girlbosses in your life from Etsy.

Polkaros Tang Yuan Pot, $110, The Little Drom Store
16 Dec 2015

Polkaros Tang Yuan Pot, $110, The Little Drom Store

This adorable vase is by Singapore potter Ros Lee and is inspired by one of her favourite desserts as a child. Guaranteed to bring local flavour to any home! The Little Drom Store is at #02-01 School of the Arts, 1 Zubir Said Drive.

ABCharm, $880, Fendi
15 Dec 2015

ABCharm, $880, Fendi

Spell out your holiday love with this fun fox fur charm from Fendi’s new ABCharms collection! This is the perfect plush to dangle from a designer bag or house keys (and might we add: Stroking them also makes for awesome stress therapy). Twenty-six alphabets available from Fendi boutiques and online (shipping to certain countries only).

Smythson Panama Fashionably Late Leather Notebook, $93, Stylebop.com
15 Dec 2015

Smythson Panama Fashionably Late Leather Notebook, $93, Stylebop.com

For that oh-so-elegant friend who’s always oh-so-late - this will serve as both a delightful gift and a not-so-subtle punctuality reminder. Buy here.

Slim Gift Box Clutch, $620, Kate Spade
14 Dec 2015

Slim Gift Box Clutch, $620, Kate Spade

A present within a present - how amusing! But apart from being fun, this gorgeous lacquered canvas clutch with leather trimming is also super functional. Comes with hardware and a chain strap that are plated in 14K gold, plus an interior zip pocket and a double slide pocket. Buy in-store or online.

Handmade chocolates, from $15, from Demochoco
10 Dec 2015

Handmade chocolates, from $15, from Demochoco

These luscious chocs from local chocolatier Demochoco come in gorgeous flavours like Smoked Maple Bourbon Whisky, Apple Brandy and Yuzu Miso. What also makes them great for gifts: The classy, minimalist Japanese-style packaging – think textured, crisp white cardboard boxes with “Demochoco” subtly embossed on the side.

Super Moschino T-shirt, $320, from Moschino
10 Dec 2015

Super Moschino T-shirt, $320, from Moschino

This super cute Super Mario X Moschino tee is perfect for both fans of the game and the fun Italian house. FYI, it celebrates a Mario milestone – he turns 30 this year! Available in-store and online.

The Lampster, from USD139, Kickstarter
09 Dec 2015

The Lampster, from USD139, Kickstarter

This superhuman lamp features two types of LED lights (one controllable via touch and the other from your mobile), a metal head made of a recycled tractor headlight that also serves as the perfect headphone rest, and a custom-painted body that you can have monogrammed or logo’d. Did we also mention it’s totally adorable? Buy on Kickstarter (so you’ll have to gift an IOU for now, we guess).

Lite Umbrella in Mint, $109.90, Blunt
09 Dec 2015

Lite Umbrella in Mint, $109.90, Blunt

A boring brolly, you say? Oh, but this is anything but. The 470g gizmo from New Zealand makers Blunt can withstand Force 12 gales and is virtually indestructible. Plus, as its name suggests, it doesn’t have any sharp edges so you won’t go round accidentally poking people in the eye. Buy at the Expats Weekender Fair at PasarBella @ The Grandstand from 11-13 December or www.bluntumbrellas.com/sg from mid December.

Anya Hindmarch Winking Smiley face sticker, $225, Matchesfashion.com
08 Dec 2015

Anya Hindmarch Winking Smiley face sticker, $225, Matchesfashion.com

Okay, so this collab with stylist Charlotte Stockdale is possibly the most expensive sticker on Earth. But it is made of lush grained capra leather and can liven up any accessory, from that dull black bag to a handphone cover. 

Brokis balloon lamps, $399 to $650, from Weekends
07 Dec 2015

Brokis balloon lamps, $399 to $650, from Weekends

Are these the most awesome lamps or what? Guaranteed to bring joy and whimsy into anyone’s home. Weekends is at #B1-10 VivoCity, tel: 6376-8031. 

Star Wars R2D2 heels, $429, from Wearto.com
07 Dec 2015

Star Wars R2D2 heels, $429, from Wearto.com

For your most fabulous friend - because it takes real character to match up to this kooky Irregular Choice collection! More designs available in the collection here.

Burberry Mr Trench Thomas Bear, $2,495, from Burberry ION Orchard
07 Dec 2015

Burberry Mr Trench Thomas Bear, $2,495, from Burberry ION Orchard

The ultimate luxurious gift for the person who has everything? A cute designer plushie dressed in cashmere. FYI, Thomas is handmade in England by storied makers Merrythought, so he also makes a good present for toy collectors.

Linda Farrow Julian Bear coin bank, free with purchase of Linda Farrow sunglasses, from On Pedder
07 Dec 2015

Linda Farrow Julian Bear coin bank, free with purchase of Linda Farrow sunglasses, from On Pedder

Christmas is all about giving and receiving, so how about giving a pair of Linda Farrow sunnies (prices range from $1,030 to $1,270) to your friend - and receiving adorable Julian for yourself? 

G-Shock Master of G Mud Master watch, $999, from Casio
30 Nov 2015

G-Shock Master of G Mud Master watch, $999, from Casio

A watch, toy and standing alarm clock all in one. Read more about this clever gadget here, or snap it up at G-Factory stores from 11 December.

Tulle T-shirt, $510, from REDValentino
07 Dec 2015

Tulle T-shirt, $510, from REDValentino

Tulle is in - and this is one unexpected way to rock it!

Mini Melissa Star Wars Mary Janes, $135, from MDreams boutiques
07 Dec 2015

Mini Melissa Star Wars Mary Janes, $135, from MDreams boutiques

A baby Darth Vader carrying a heart caps the toe of this Mini Melissa limited edition design. Too cute! Now if only there were an adult version...

Custom-printed nail stickers, from USD19, from NailSnaps
07 Dec 2015

Custom-printed nail stickers, from USD19, from NailSnaps

Turn your Instagram snaps into meaningful nail art to gift your nail-art-crazy friends with this free app! Available only on iTunes.

Rolling Stones X Moncler Maglia sweater, $680, from Moncler ION Orchard
07 Dec 2015

Rolling Stones X Moncler Maglia sweater, $680, from Moncler ION Orchard

To celebrate the Stones’ 50th anniversary, Moncler teamed up with the legendary band to create a special capsule collection. Who wouldn’t want this?

Personalised Johnnie Walker Blue Label, $229, World Wine Vault
07 Dec 2015

Personalised Johnnie Walker Blue Label, $229, World Wine Vault

For the lush who takes pride in a well-stocked home bar - what could be better than a bottle of Johnnie Walker’s finest, engraved with a personal message? Call 6659-6368 or email ask@worldwinevault.com to order.

At-Random Lucent tote, $660, from Bao Bao Issey Miyake at ION Orchard
07 Dec 2015

At-Random Lucent tote, $660, from Bao Bao Issey Miyake at ION Orchard

One for the bag ladies in your life. This tote is a special edition that features the brand’s signature triangles in pop colours!

Koala, from AUD30 a month to adopt, from Australian Koala Foundation
07 Dec 2015

Koala, from AUD30 a month to adopt, from Australian Koala Foundation

Unfortunately not yours to keep, but you can ensure that this cutie and others like him live in safety for the rest of their lives. Adopt one here.

We’re so tired of gift guides that claim to offer unique suggestions but are merely a guise for advertisers to push their products – aren’t you? Besides, everyone’s such a savvy shopper these days that the usual items just don’t cut it any more.

So we decided to put our heads together and come up with a guide packed with stuff that we really, truly, honestly want to give our loved ones.

The result? An edit of awesome present suggestions that we’re really proud of. Click through the gallery above to see them all (new items added every day!) – and yes, no one held a gun to our heads to feature any of these. Happy shopping! 

For more on fashion, head here. Or check out these other holiday stories: 5 Apps To Get You In The Mood For Christmas or 13 Ways To Smell Good This Christmas.

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