The Perfect Present Is No Longer About Stuff

Five ways to get gifting right this season

As our homes get increasingly cluttered with things, finding the perfect present for a loved one has become much tougher. No longer will that cute mug or pretty picture frame suffice – to be awarded precious space in someone’s abode, a gift must be useful, meaningful and go the extra mile in terms of benefit to the recipient. Yep, searching for the right item these days is tough.

Fortunately, some places make spot-on shopping easy. Like Pacific Plaza, which is packed with a unique selection of retailers offering products and services any self-respecting girl would gladly receive.

Read on for five awesome gift suggestions from the mall and scroll to the bottom to find out about its Christmas promotions this year (psst – luxe staycations and delicious Dean & Deluca hampers involved).

1. A holistic overhaul for body and soul

From Bikram Original Hot Yoga, #05-01/01A Pacific Plaza. Tel: 6735-9555

Almost like giving your girlfriend a new lease on life. Bikram yoga is proven to help with everything from body aches to sleep problems, and the version taught here is the original form derived from champion yogi Bikram Choudhury himself. With spacious studios overlooking the Orchard Road skyline, spa-standard locker rooms and a relaxation lounge, this is a gift that promises to be a real treat.

2. A picture frame…for the face

From The Prestige Eyebrow & Lash Specialist, #03-08. Tel: 6733-3369

They say the eyebrows are the frame of one’s face, and the eyes are the windows to the soul. At this eyebrow embroidery and eyelash extension bar (touted to be Singapore’s most luxurious!) your recipient will enjoy an expert makeover using the latest technologies. You can even get an eyebrow consultation based on feng shui, or order up a treatment for a guy friend – The Prestige specialises in men’s brows. 

3. New hair!

From Koinonia Salon, #03-03. Tel: 6836-2696

Well, almost. At Koinonia, you get to choose from a wide menu of advanced treatments like volume rebonding and organic hair dyeing for a whole new look – without the damage. Healthy hair-focused treatments aside, what’s really cool about this cosy spot is that they don’t subject you to hard-selling (probably the biggest bugbear about most salons these days). 

4. A personal pampering session

From Chrysalis Spa, #03-13. Tel: 6884-9636

What could be better than giving the gift of me-time? This one-stop spa haven offers beauty, wellness and health treatments all under a single roof. Whether your recipient prefers a relaxing Western facial or a Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment, this urban escapade has it all.

5. Not your usual accessories

From Quintessential, #02-01 Pacific Plaza. Tel: 6738-4811

Buying from the usual brands? Boring. For a range of bags and jewellery that will really bring out your pal’s personality, head to this unique multi-brand store. From hand-beaded minaudieres in nappa leather to whimsical charm jewellery gift sets and fierce spiked cuffs, there’s a quirky label here for everyone. The best part? Everything comes in limited quantities so you’re unlikely to spot your frenemies carrying the same thing. 

FYI, do your shopping at Pacific Plaza this season and you’ll receive gifts for yourself too! The first 1,000 shoppers to spend $200 (maximum of two same-day receipts) will receive a tall-sized Christmas drink from Starbucks or a two-session Bikram Original Hot Yoga pass. Or be among the first 500 to spend at least $450 (maximum of two same-day receipts) and get a $15 Far East Organization Mall voucher.


Everyone who spends at least $100 (maximum two same-day receipts) will also receive a complimentary two-hour parking coupon and a chance to participate in the Christmas Draw. Prizes include 2D1N Club Weekend staycations at Rendezvous Hotel Singapore, Dean & Deluca festive hampers, Adidas vouchers and more! For details, visit

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