The lights have gone up on Orchard Road, your colleagues are starting to talk about their year-end holiday plans, and you’ve heard a Christmas carol or two whilst doing your shopping.
There’s no doubt that our favourite time of the year is here again, and the first people you may want to get gifts for would be the ones you’re closest to; we’re talking about your family, your closest friends, and those you really want to say thanks for all they’ve done for you this year.
We’ve put together a list of lust-worthy gifts that they will love, whatever the budget.
1. Clinique Party Pops
What it is: A mini lipstick duo that will appeal to any makeup user. Bonus points for the adorable festive ornament packaging! The two bold, saturated shades in the set are Cherry Pop (red) and Plum Pop (plum-pink), and they’ll be sure to pop on anyone’s lips. Clinique’s Pop Lip Colour + Primer formula glides on effortlessly with a modern-velvet finish and comes with a smoothing primer to make sure lips look perfect.
2. Etude House Be My Universe Dear My Matte & Glass Tinting Lips-Talk
What it is: Lipsticks that are available in two finishes – “matte” or “glass” – and in five shades. These lipsticks are from Etude House’s holiday collection, Be My Universe, and their cuteness level is almost out of this world. Pair each lipstick with a case of your choice (these come separately and are interchangeable), and enjoy the lightweight formula that is moisturising and buttery-smooth on the lips.
Price: SGD15.90 (lipstick); SGD7.90 (case)
3. HYSSES Gift Set
What it is: A travel gift set from HYSSES, an aromatherapy brand, which includes a body wash and a body lotion (65ml each). These come in a bergamot geranium scent and will add a lovely touch of luxury at an affordable price point. Great for friends and family members who are constantly jet-setting off to their next adventure.
4. Kiehl’s Hero’s Treat!
What it is: An all-in-one ultra refreshing wash set for the leading man in your life. Includes a Body Fuel Energising Wash (250ml), an Oil Eliminator Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Facial Wash (30ml), and an Oil Eliminator 24 Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer (15ml). Even though guys may say they don’t care about what they put on their face, trust us – they definitely do. Or at least, they will, especially after they’ve tried these!
Price: SGD39 (worth SGD63)
5. ORBIS Cleansing Set
What it is: A cleansing set that includes an ORBIS Cleansing Liquid (150ml) and an ORBIS Powder Wash+ (50g). ORBIS’s Cleansing Liquid is a powerful oil-free makeup remover designed with 30% moisturising ingredients to cleanse your skin without stripping it of its moisture. The Powder Wash+ contains two enzymes – lipase and protease to break down keratin plugs stuck in pores for a deep cleanse. The set also comes with a free hand treatment + hair care cream.
Price: SGD43 (worth SGD48)
6. Guerlain Météorites Gold Pearl
What it is: This holiday season, Guerlain has released its signature Météorites in another limited edition – Gold Pearl. The packaging for this luxurious gift is fashioned in the style of an antique jewel, while the pearls themselves come in a stunning mix of gold, champagne, white, and pink. This unique combination warms up the complexion and fights dullness while imparting a soft-focus halo-like glow. Every makeup lover’s dream!
7. BYREDO Room Spray
What it is: In a new collection of room sprays, BYREDO has released three scents: Bibliothèque, Tree House, and Cotton Poplin. Beautifully housed in a luxurious oversized (250ml) black glass bottle, these have been specifically created to fragrance the room and home with evocative scents. The one that caught our eyes most is the Bibliothèque, which comes with notes such as peach and plum (top), violet and peony (heart), and patchouli, leather and vanilla (base).
8. My Burberry Black Festive Limited Edition
What it is: This year’s limited edition version of My Burberry comes in a beautiful packaging, including a hand-tied gabardine knot in silver and a metallic-finish lid. The 90ml bottle contains an intense and sensual eau de parfum, which puts together the scent of sun-drenched jasmine flowers and peach nectar with a touch of candied rose. A rich amber patchouli rounds off the scent to make it deeper and more seductive. There’s no doubt this will smell like luxury on whomever you’re gifting it to.
9. SK-II Skin Revitalising Set
What it is: Prestige skincare brand SK-II is making a bold statement this festive season with a “Change Destiny” design for its classic Facial Treatment Essence. The limited edition bottle celebrates women who have chosen to define their own lives on their own terms.
The Facial Treatment Essence is an iconic bestseller with Pitera as its key ingredient. with over 50 micro-nutrients, this natural bio-ingredient helps to condition skin and keeps it smooth and radiant. This holiday gift set includes a SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (230ml), a SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion (160ml), one piece of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Mask, and a SK-II R.N.A Power Cream (50g).
10. Dyson Supersonic
What it is: Dyson’s star product of the year is back in a limited edition black-and-purple colour for the gift-giving season. If you’ve got someone in mind who’s wanted this for a while, now’s the perfect time to make that wish come true. The Supersonic has intelligent heat control to protect hair from extreme heat damage even while blow-drying time is cut in half with the powerful Dyson digital motor. This limited edition comes in a sleek black presentation box.
11. La Prairie Skin Caviar Precious Holiday Kit
What it is: The ultimate pampering kit for someone who’s on the quest for timeless, age-defying beauty. La Prairie is synonymous with indulgence and extravagance, so treat that special someone in your life with this kit that says it all. It comes with a Skin Caviar Luxe Cream (50ml), a Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream (3ml), and a Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask (5ml). It’s the most wonderful time of the year indeed!
Price: SGD740 (worth SGD880)