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Make someone’s day with these gift suggestions for birthdays, anniversaries, or just because

This story was first published on April 29, 2020, and updated on September 20, 2021.


As we await more restrictions to ease while Singapore battles an uptick in Covid-19 cases, quarantines and gatherings of five and below continue to be the norm, with social events and celebrations kept private and intimate. While the social distance can get hard to bear, these measures are essential to help us #flattenthecurve and keep Singapore safe. So if you’d like to stay connected with your loved ones without physically meeting, why not send them a present to let them know you’re thinking of them? We’ve curated a selection of gifts from local retailers that will definitely put a smile on their faces.

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Tove & Libra X Neal’s Yard Remedies DIY Fabric & Mask Spray Kit

Keep loved ones safe—and smelling fresh—with this limited-edition collaboration between Hong Kong sustainable fashion label Tove & Libra and United Kingdom organic skincare brand Neal’s Yard Remedies. Customise a scented sanitising spray of your choice with Neal’s Yard Remedies’ DIY Bespoke Fabric Spray Kit, which comes with lavender, palmarosa, and orange organic essential oils and an alcohol spray. If you're new to blending aromatic oils, fret not—Neal’s Yard Remedies has prepared an instructional manual with tried-and-tested blends. The fabric spray kit is packaged in a Tove & Libra pouch, made from upcycled fabrics. Only 50 sets are available.

Available at Simple Wellness

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A coffee kit from Hook Coffee

Most cafes and coffee joints that offer hot meals are still open, but there’s no better time for a coffee lover to pick up the art of coffee brewing. Singapore-based coffee subscription service Hook offers gift sets for your caffeine-loving friends, whether they prefer their coffee dripped, brewed stove-top, or cold-brewed. Each bundle comes with three 80-gram bags of Hook’s top-selling Arabica coffees.

Available at Hook Coffee

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A gift box of condiments from Violet Oon Singapore

Know someone who has been unleashing their inner MasterChef in the kitchen during the circuit breaker? This care package of condiments—chilli sauce, goreng chilli, sambal bajak and soya sauce—from Violet Oon Singapore is exactly what they need to add an umami-packed punch to their dishes. The condiments come packaged in a beautiful gift box and with a personalised gift card of up to 75 words. You can place your orders by adding all four condiments to cart online or via email.

Available at Violet Oon Singapore

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A bespoke perfume from Maison 21G

What’s better than a perfume? One that is customised to your taste. If you want to send your loved one a dose of aromatherapy but aren’t sure what they like, Maison 21G has a gifting service that allows you to send your recipient an e-gift card. They can then use the gift card to customise their bespoke perfume based on their personality or preferences, and the tailor-made perfume will be delivered to their doorstep.

Available at Maison 21G

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Desktop accessories from Vitra

Liven up the home offices of busy-bee friends with colourful desktop accessories. The Vitra High Tray is available in several lively colours as well as in black and white. These versatile trays will help organise their stationery and declutter their desks; it can also function as a cake stand for midday snacks.

Available at the Vitra e-store on Shopee

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A self-care bundle from Banyan Tree Essentials

The circuit breaker means there will be no going to the spa or travelling to a retreat, but that’s no reason to neglect self-care and wellness. Send this Deep Sleep Wellness Set from Banyan Tree Essentials to a loved one who needs some time to wind down for his or her daily stress. The gift set includes a Lavender Bergamot Sleep Enhancer pillow mist and a bottle of massage oil, wrapped up furoshiki-style in Banyan Tree Essentials’ signature fabric wrap. Other gift sets available include the Midday Respite Self-Care Set and Classic Aromatherapy Gift Set.

Available at Banyan Tree Essentials

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A hamper of chocolates from Hello Chocolate

Chocolate makes us happy, and we don’t just mean it in a figurative way. This sweet treat is scientifically proven to improve moods, thanks to a number of compounds—such as phenylethylamine and tryptophan—that increase the levels of endorphins released into the brain. If you’re looking to cheer someone up, why not send them a hamper brimming with chocolates? Singapore-based chocolate retailer Hello Chocolate curates a selection of at least eight award-winning chocolates in its Best of the Best chocolate hamper, packaged in a reusable bamboo basket. You can also leave a message with your gift when you’re checking out.

Available at Hello Chocolate

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Stellar Works Arita Vessels by Neri & Hu from P5 Studio

For friends who are game on improving their tablescape while dining at home, pick up the versatile Stellar Works Arita Vessels designed by Neri & Hu. This ceramic set comprises seven bowls and plates in varying sizes and shapes, and looks as stunning when stacked together, appearing almost like a sculptural vase.

Available at P5 Studio

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A box of flowers from The Bud Box

Known for its freestyle bud box that features unique arrangements every day, The Bud Box is also offering a Love & Protect Welfare Bud Box that includes a mask, hand sanitiser and wet wipes arranged amongst fresh flowers. If flowers are all you need, the freestyle bud box is still available as a pleasant surprise for loved ones.

Available at The Bud Box

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A case of locally-brewed craft beer from The 1925 Brewing Co. and Brewlander

Missing cracking a cold one with your buddies? Send them a case of beer and drink over a virtual get-together on Houseparty or Netflix party. Local brewery The 1925 Brewing Co. is still offering its unique, locally-inspired brews in a single bottle, six-pack, or 24-pack, or you can secure a steady supply of craft beer with a Circuit Breaker Survival Kit Subscription from Brewlander. The six-cycle subscription will deliver a 24-bottle case of Brewlander’s locally brewed craft beers on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

Available at The 1925 Brewing Co. and Brewlander

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Kartell Moschino Toy lamp from Lifestorey and Space Furniture

Surprise your loved ones with decorative items, such as this adorable Moschino Toy lamp from Kartell, designed by Jeremy Scott. The table lamp weighs just 1kg and will make a playful addition to any room.

Available at Lifestorey and Space Furniture

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Mixed Minchaya Postcards by Archivist from Collective Market at Siri House

Bring back the habit of hand-written mail with these colourful postcards, created by Bangkok-based screen print studio The Archivist. Screen-printed using water-based inks, each of these postcards are made by hand individually and are available in limited numbers. 

Available at Collective Market at Siri House

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Kitbox Globe Planter, from Made-In

Help your loved ones green their indoor spaces with these planters by Kitbox. The aluminium pot is balanced on a brass stand, with a perforated separator inside to collect excess water from the succulents, so as not to harm the roots. While the plants are not included, they can be easily purchased separately from gardening centres such as Far East Flora.

Available from Made-In

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Bird’s nest Blooms from NestBloom

Send edible treats in the shape of blooming blossoms to your loved ones. Made using bird’s nest, rock sugar and almond, this dessert puts a fresh spin on the traditional bird’s nest delicacy, lightly fragranced with ingredients such as matcha, rose, pandan and vanilla; the product is also free of preservatives and additives. Simply add hot water to the bloom, stir the mixture and allow it to steep in hot water for five minutes before drinking.

Available from NestBloom

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Aeroccino 4 Milk Frother from Nespresso

Warm the lonesome cockles of your family and friends’ hearts with this new milk frother by Nespresso. The newest edition of the Aeroccino offers an enhanced range of coffee-making choices, where its versatility and expediency sets it apart from its predecessors. Prepare your favourite coffee recipes with just one whisk by pouring in your choice of milk and select from four different options: cold milk for iced coffee, hot milk for lattes, warm-airy milk foam for cappuccinos and warm-dense milk foam for latte cappuccinos.

Available from Nespresso

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Home Fragrance Hamper from Botanica Home Fragrance Japan x Simply Hamper

Send your loved ones a gift hamper of intoxicating fragrances from the collaborative effort of Botanica Home Fragrance Japan and Simply Hamper that will invigorate and calm the senses during these trying times. Each hamper comes with either preserved or fresh flowers and the scents range from a variety of diffusers and candles that you can choose according to your own preference.

Available from Simply Hamper

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Card Game from We’re Not Really Strangers

Create deeper connections with the people around you through this interactive and thought-provoking card game, where it seeks to allow players to strengthen their existing relationships and make new ones with three levels of questions and wildcards. This game has 150 questions and wildcards, and can be played with up to six players. So gather your friends and play this virtually as we keep safe and #stayhome.

Available from We’re Not Really Strangers

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DIY Cupcake Kit from Annabella Patisserie

Get your loved ones in on the pandemic-inspired baking craze with this DIY Cupcake Set from Annabella Patisserie, where you can flex your creative spirit by frosting and decorating your own cupcakes. Each set contains four cupcakes, three types of frosting (white, pink, black), marshmallows and sprinkles. Islandwide delivery is available.

Available from Annabella Patisserie

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Paint by Numbers

Involve your friends and family in a fun and stress-relieving activity of acrylic painting with this Paint by Numbers set, where you paint the numbers and shapes provided in the canvas to create a masterpiece that you can decorate your house with. The set includes one numbered acrylic-based paint set, one pre-printed numbered high-quality canvas, three paint brushes of various sizes and an optional wood frame and hanging kit.

Available at Paint by Numbers

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Adrift Gift

Send your loved ones some adorable hand-drawn cards by Adrift Gift—the new local bespoke eco-friendly gift shop that was founded by Serena Adsit, who is also the founder of Mint Modelling Agency and the Sustainability & Conservation interest group within Entrepreneurs Organization (Singapore). Their cute and endearing punny statements like "Long time no sea" and "I Chews You" are bound to bring a smile to anyone's day in these unpredictable times.

Available at Adrift Gift


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Friendship Lamps

Bridge the long-distance gap with your friends and loved ones with these beautiful connected friendship lamps that complement any home's decor. Simply connect the Friendship lamp to your Wi-Fi, and ask your relatives and friends to connect their lamps to the group ID set up by you. A touch is all it takes for your lamp to change color and the lamp/s that have been paired with it will light up in that same color.

Available at Friendship Lamps

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Pig Planter Coco Coir Pots from Likha

Decorate your home and brighten up your loved ones' days with these adorable handcrafted planters that were made by artisans using coconut coir. It is the perfect sustainable holder for garden plants and flowers, and can even act as a wine caddy! Be sure to place them indoors and keep the planters as dry as possible for long-lasting pig planters.

Available at Likha

See also: Looking to Adopt a Cute Pup or Dog? Try the Singapore Zoo