Christmas is roughly two weeks away and while the celebrations may be a little different this year, that doesn’t mean your annual festive shopping for your loved ones has to stop.
While you’re at it, why not do good through brands that are using their platforms to champion charitable causes and donating part of (or full) proceeds to organisations in need? With more and more brands stepping up to give back to the community, it’s also much easier for you to extend your support for a good cause in this way.
Ahead, check out the 10 meaningful beauty gifts you can get for your giftees this year to capture the real meaning behind the season of giving and give in more ways than one.
A special Christmas gift card from Ikeda Spa
This year, Ikeda Spa has teamed up with Children’s Wishing Well to bring a little joy to unprivileged children in Singapore.
All you need to do is purchase a festive gift card from the renowned Japanese spa parlour with a minimum value of S$100 and Ikeda Spa will donate 10% of the proceeds to the organisation.
There are three sets of spa gift cards available where you can choose which category you’d like your money to be donated to – toys, food or education. Pick one or if you’re feeling extra jolly, go for all three!
That’s not all – you’ll also get to enjoy an early bird 10% discount for every Christmas spa gift card purchased from now until 31 December.
For more details or to purchase the gift card, visit here.
Japanese-inspired fragrance from SIX
Homegrown fragrance house SIX recently launched its latest collection titled Hikaru, which comprises four yuzu-themed products that are infused with the Magnetiscent fragrance intelligence developed by Japanese fragrance house, Takasago.
The technology purportedly activates feelings of joy and love in the wearer, which is especially fitting to uplift your mood this WFH period.
The collection features a pillow mist as well as nebuliser but we have our eyes on the EDT perfume which comes in a convenient and compact packaging.
Ten dollars from each product from the Hikaru collection sold will be donated to the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) to support their ongoing efforts to help individuals with mental health issues.
The SIX Hikaru EDT retails for S$66 (20ml) and S$125 (100ml, comes with a refillable atomiser bottle) online. You can also check out the collection at the SIX boutique in Bugis Junction as well as TANGS.
Limited-edition makeup and skincare treats from THEFACESHOP
Get ready to sparkle and bask in joy this season with THEFACESHOP’s 2020 Christmas Collection that comprises a comprehensive range of limited-edition makeup and skincare sets that make wonderful gifts for your loved ones, friends or even yourself.
That’s not all, the brand has also partnered with Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and curated a gift set that you can purchase and gift to the frontline heroes.
In addition, THEFACESHOP will be matching dollar-to-dollar in gifts in return, hand-pack the presents, and deliver them to the frontline workers before Christmas.
Travel-sized skincare from Asterspring
On a holiday-exclusive microsite, AsterSpring has just launched a digital Christmas tree called the Tree of Hope that will be lit virtually as each of the brand’s 1,000 Hope Baubles gets adopted at the 12 AsterSpring centres island-wide.
The campaign aims to raise awareness for Make-A-Wish Singapore and bring smiles to children with critical illnesses in the community during this festive period. In addition, Asterspring is aiming to raise S$10,000 to grant the wishes of two beneficiaries of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Hope Bauble contains a Dermalogica travel-sized product and a greeting card, and is available for sale until 21 December with 100% of the proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The AsterSpring Hope Bauble is priced at S$10 and available exclusively at all AsterSpring centres.
Share an Instagram post and gift a meal with Fresh
Here’s one that requires no purchase whatsoever! Instead, Fresh only requires you to share a public post on Instagram and in return, the brand will donate five meals to SecondMeal beneficiaries this December.
Here’s how you can contribute:
- Take a photo of the blue sky above you
- Share it as a public Instagram post with the message that “We’re all under the same blue sky”
- Tag @FreshBeauty and include the hashtag: #TogetherIsBeautifulSG
- Flash your post at any Fresh Boutique to receive a gift of appreciation for your contribution
For more info on the non-profit initiative by Fresh and SecondMeal, click here.
Hand-poured candles from Riau Candle Co.
Create a zen sanctuary for yourself or your loved ones this Yuletide season with Riau Candle Co.’s premium candles. Created in Kepulauan Riau, the minimalistic candle line is a social impact project started by The Seed Basket and uses only environmentally friendly materials to create all the products.
100% of the proceeds go directly towards supporting educational, clean water, and medical projects throughout Southeast Asia.
Eco-friendly soap bars from Ethique
Originating from New Zealand, Ethique is a sustainable lifestyle and beauty brand that recently joined Watsons as part of the pharmacy’s new clean beauty line and its latest #SayNoToPlasticBags campaign.
Certified cruelty-free and vegan, the brand’s range of plastic-free shampoo and conditioner bars are formulated without any harsh chemicals and each solid bar purportedly saves between three to five 350ml plastic bottles!
To date, Ethique has prevented over ten million plastic bottles from being made and disposed of, with 20% of its profits directed to charities worldwide, including The Orangutan Project, International Animal Rescue, and International Tiger Project.
Shop Ethique’s shampoo and conditioner bars (S$29.90 each) on Watsons.
Newly updated sunscreen from ést.lab
ést.lab and its parent company Estetica are partnering with Seastainable, a local business that supports marine conservation in Singapore and around Southeast Asia, to give back to the environment by replanting important marine habitats such as corals and mangroves.
This comes in conjunction with the launch of the reformulated SunShield Aqua SPF 50***, which now has a reef-safe formula imbued with anti-blue light technology.
With every purchase of ést.lab’s best-selling SunShield SPF50*** or newly reformulated SunShield Aqua SPF50*** between 23 November 2020 and 31 January 2021, S$2 will go towards the funding of Seastainable x Carbon Ethics Coral Restoration Program.
The ést.lab SunShield Aqua SPF 50*** retails for S$86 while the SunShield SPF50*** retails for S$96. Both products are available at all Estetica Beauty Studios island-wide and online.
Elegant, good-looking diffusers from My French Concession
For a sleek-looking diffuser that will fit into your elegant home, look no further than this one by My French Concession.
By purchasing this (or any other products by the brand), you’ll be helping to keep the individuals under our local Association for Persons with Special Needs (ASPN) employed as My French Concession engages them for the bottling, labelling and packaging of all its products.
Shop the My French Concession Old Fashioned On The Bund Lane Reed Diffuser (S$89) on eBoutiques.
Sustainable body washes from Coco Veda
If you are already planning on buying a scented candle or beauty treats as gift this Christmas, why not purchase one that helps the disadvantaged?
For trendy, modern, and aesthetically pleasing gifts that come with a socially driven mission, check out Fairmarch, a marketplace that empowers businesses which provide over 1,000 socially and environmentally responsible products.
We’re in love with the Coco Veda Virgin Coconut Body Wash that’s infused with a blend of cold-processed virgin coconut oil and other plant-based essential oils. The coconuts used by the brand are obtained from coconut farmers sustainably while the products are handmade by the women in the Philippines.
Aside from regular gifts, Fairmarch has also teamed up with Free Food For All in a Gift a Meal campaign for the public to purchase meals for the 1000 rough sleepers in Singapore, so that they can get nutritious ready-to-eat meals this Christmas.
Get the Coco Veda Virgin Coconut Body Wash at S$25.20 (300ml) on Fairmarch.