Christmas is possibly one of the most stressful periods of the year, no thanks to all the parties and gifting that you have to do. Perhaps you’re busy wrapping up work in the office and have no time to think about what to buy for a long list of friends and family. Or maybe you got invited to a Christmas party at the last minute and urgently needed to get something for a gift exchange. Whichever the case, it can be a real headache to find a suitable gift at short notice.
To save yourself from a potential meltdown, note down these nine items that we have collated. These gift items are versatile, easily found in retail stores, and an absolute delight to receive.
1. Zoeva Caramel Melange Cracker
Need to find a present for beauty addicts? They probably already have a whole stash of makeup in their collection, but you won’t go wrong with this eyeshadow palette from Zoeva. Inspired by sweet and smooth confections, the delicious selection of neutrals in the Caramel Melange Eyeshadow Palette are perfect for creating a variety of looks. It has received lots of great reviews, so rest assured that whoever receives this will absolutely love it.
Get this at SGD23 (travel size), and SGD39 (full size) from Sephora stores and website.
2. The Body Shop Festive Sack of Vanilla Marshmallow Delight
For the friends you know with a sweet tooth, skip the snacks and gift this sweet skin treat instead. You probably won’t recommend that your friends eat marshmallows everyday, but they definitely can apply this delicious scent of roasted marshmallows as often as their hearts desire.
Get this at SGD28 from The Body Shop stores.
3. Mamonde Sheet Mask 5 Day Set
Most people have been worn out by the year, and no one would turn down a good mask, much less five of them. These Mamonde masks hold extracted active ingredients that are finely filtered to effectively penetrate and refresh the skin. Bonus point: this set retails at 20% off the original price, so your wallet can take a break from the aggressive shopping this season as well.
Get this at SGD12 from Mamonde counters and Lazada.
4. KORA Organics Daily Ritual Kit
For the jet-setters you know, they will appreciate a skincare kit that will pamper their skin even in the harshest conditions. What better gift than a daily ritual consisting of cleanser, face mist, and moisturizer in convenient travel sizes? This set is available for sensitive, dry, and oily/combination skin types, so you can also buy this for your friend with sensitive skin.
Get this at SGD49 from KORA Organics’s pop-up in Sephora ION.
5. By Terry Beauty Favourites Set
So your younger sister has just started taking an interest in makeup, but have no products to work with – there’s no better solution than a set of essential products! This four-piece, limited edition collection includes a mattifying setting powder, an easy-to-apply cream eyeshadow, a serum mascara, and a nourishing lip balm. It’s such a great collection of products, we don’t blame you if you order another set to keep for yourself.
Get this at SGD98 from Escentials.
6. Etude House Tiny Twinkle Matte Chic Lip Lacquer Mini 3 Colour Kit
We could all do with more lippies, and it doesn’t hurt that they come in such cute packaging. These Etude House lip lacquers keep colour pigment smudge-free and matte on the lips – who doesn’t love a long-lasting lippie like this?
Get this at SGD38 from Etude House stores or Shopee.
7. LANEIGE Water Bank Moisture Essence Set
Working and studying in air-conditioned places can really dry skin out, so this makes a perfect present for anyone you know who is always cooped up in the office or library. This set of hydrating skincare products from LANEIGE also makes for a very versatile gift that you can give anyone, regardless of gender, age, and skin type.
8. Innisfree My Lip Balm Collection
Got that one friend who always fervently applies lip balms and complains about chapped lips? He or she will thank you for looking out for their lips when you give them Innisfree’s lip balm collection. These lip balms contain sunflower seed oil, cupuacu butter, and jojoba oils to moisturise dry lips, and adds a natural red and coral colour payoff to the lips.
Get this at SGD29 from Innisfree stores.
9. THE FACE SHOP Rice Water Bright Cleansing Set
Help your friends and loved ones look refreshed and ready for the new year with a cleansing set enriched with rice water to brighten and nourish their dry skin. This is also a good present to buy if you need something for a gift exchange – after all, we all need some rejuvenation for a great start to the new year.
Get this at SGD33 from THEFACESHOP stores.