Check out our Christmas gifts for her in our go-to guide for anyone looking to buy a present for the special woman in their life
We all know that mamas do the bulk of the holiday shopping for the fam. Whether it’s sorting out Christmas dinner (either making reservations at restaurants or cooking up the turkey), sourcing gifts for everyone from relatives to teachers and bus aunties, to figuring out where the kiddos can meet Santa, mamas are busier than Santa’s elves at this time of year.
In other words, you definitely deserve some fab gifts, mama! So here it is, our round-up of Christmas gifts for her that offer something for every interest, from fitness subscriptions to lust-worthy handbags, soy candles and more we bring you gift ideas so you can shop for that mama friend — or even for yourself. Or you may want to tactfully send this Christmas gift guide for mamas to your other half to check out!
What better gift to get a busy mama than the gift of rest and relaxation? ESPA is one of the world’s favourite spa destinations to enjoy a range of treatments to unwind and let go of all your stress, from results-driven facials to relaxing body treatments like hot stone or signature body massages to ancient Chinese Tui Na. Sounds like the perfect pressie to us! ESPA has an authentic Turkish Hammam, a Crystal Steam Room, and stand-alone Beach Villas where you can enjoy your treatment with maximum tranquillity to the sound of the sea nearby. Check out the ESPA festive treatments here!
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One of our favourite artists, Louise Hill Design has a super gift that we have our eye on: the Luxury Gift Cards Set ($68) of 8 Singapore-themed gift cards and envelopes. Louise Hill is known for her vibrant, humorous and highly detailed graphic prints. Using a mixture of illustration, photography, vintage fabrics and objet d’art, Louise cleverly layers over each to create digital prints with intricate detail depicting life in Asia. The Luxury Gift Cards Set comes in a beautiful gift box designed and printed in Singapore and makes a very eye-catching – not to mention useful – gift.
Looking for a piece of jewellery with a story behind it? Hit up Ashepa Lifestyle by Kenyan-born Chetna, who works with artisans from Africa in support of developing local talent so there is always a story behind each handmade item. Their stunning jewellery is unique and we know a few mamas who have their bold pieces on their “want” list (find them at Badger and Fox in Tanglin). The Lock necklace (pictured) made by dad of three Stanley, is solid brass with a twisted chain and smooth round disc pendant that can be engraved with a loved ones name on it ($150).
We also love the minimalist jewellery by Minitials, where you can get your child’s initials in white gold, rose gold or yellow gold as a necklace or bracelet for that extra meaningful piece (from around 289 euro).
If you are into personalised gifts, sit up and take note of Urban Li’l – a homegrown brand by a Singaporean mama who’s passionate about all things kids and design. Urban Li’l offers customised lasered interior decorative items, and their Customised Christmas Collection of ornaments, baubles, star tree toppers, and wreaths are just the thing for Christmas-loving mamas. Plus you can get your partner’s name lasered onto the Christmas baubles and ornaments. We love the personalised family Christmas Wreath (pictured above) and the wooden Scandi House Advent Calendar with 30 flip-up windows waiting to hide little treats or notes of kindness would make super family tradition.
Sassy Mamas get 10% off when you use this promo code SASSY10. Valid till 30 November (discount applies to Christmas Collection 2019 only).
Get crafty with Urban L’il’s hands-on parent and child gift making workshops at Cluny Court from now until 22 December where you can assemble wreaths, baubles and ornaments with personalised embellishments. Deets and timings here.
Singaporean label PINKSALT does pretty boutique resortwear and swimwear. We love the gorgeous one-piece swimsuits with alluring halterneck tops like the Harper one-piece ($159) as well as the flowy resort wear dresses like their Tahiti Dress in red ($139). Available at Design Orchard or online.
We have a style crush on Halo Halo Baby bags. Their collection, made in the Philippines by artisans, focuses on handwoven rattan bags that make a big fashion statement. With its flashy colour, the ESTELLE Round Tote ($120) is for the fun-loving mama, while the INNÉ collection (from $120) of handwoven rattan in solihiya pattern (six-way weave) framed in genuine leather makes a classy accessory for more of a sophisticated look.
You could also keep it local and check out Lingwu‘s luxurious bags. The Miller bags ironically take their inspo from Singapore’s popular grocery bag (except a lot more classy and spendy), and feature a shoulder strap and round top resin ring to grab onto and swing joyfully. We love the look of the (custom made) Miller Large Snowy Red in Reticulated Python Leather (pictured) at USD$1,200.00 available online. Other Lingwu handbags are available at Design Orchard or online from USD$450.
If you love eating out but don’t love how much the bill racks up to, this dining privileges gift book is right up your alley! Hungry In Singapore is a Dining Privileges hardback book (small enough to carry in your handbag) but with big rewards. It features 35 of Singapore’s hottest dining venues, including Michelin restaurant Garibaldi, The Tippling Club, Nox Dine in the Dark, and Common Man, all offering 1-for-1 main dishes (eg at Forty Hands, Blu Kouzina, and Birds of a Feather) or a percentage off the bill, eg 17% off the bill at Panamericana. There’s a Hungry In Bali book, too, for those on hols. The print book is $67 (receive the e-book complimentary when purchasing the print version); e-book only is $55.
Sassy Mama readers can get 20% off by quoting hungryandsassy20 when you buy the book or e-book (from $55) online.
If your other half is into fitness, or if they would like to take more time for themselves, we bet she’d love a fitness package! There’s something for every interest out there, from pole dancing to F45 to bungee! We love Yoga Movement and this November they have a special 30 + 3 pack (valid for 12 months) which you can actually share with others – so mum and dad could go together for a morning session followed by coffee – their studios are always next to cool cafes! The pack works out at $16.67 per class so it’s great value.
Check out our roundup of unique fitness classes or personal trainer sessions for more inspo!
We love supporting homegrown brands as much as possible, which is why we love the Diadem candles from Singapore. Made with 100% natural hand poured soy wax with cotton lead-free wicks or wooden wicks, these candles are longer lasting and cleaner-burning than paraffin wax (so no hazy toxins in the air when they’re burning thank you very much!). They have a recycled glass bottles range made with recycled brown glass, with a natural wooden lid with fragrances from Lemongrass to Coconut & Lime or Singapore Orchid. These scented candles make a sustainable yet beautiful local present that’s affordable too at $24.90!.
French Diptyque’s scented candles (from $50) are another hot fave and now you can buy them in their own store at Ngee Ann City (391 Orchard Rd, #B1 – 33A) where they will beautifully gift wrap them, too.
Sephora gift cards! This is your answer if you have no idea what to get that special someone in your life but want to make sure they will still open the pressie and go “yay!”. Sephora won’t let you down. There is bound to be something in this glittering store that every gal will need, from lipstick by Charlotte Tilbury, to Sunday Riley products (we have it on authority that their Luna Oil and Good Genes are not to be missed), Drunk Elephant moisturizers, Laura Mercier products – it’s a little treasure trove of goodies and the key is a gift card from Sephora in denominations from as little as $20 up to (the more useful) $100.
For those foodie mamas out there, we can never have enough cookbooks! There is something so calming about flicking through page after page of recipes and then cooking up a storm for the family (or delegating the cooking-up-a-storm task. It’s ok we won’t judge).
Some of our faves include local inspired cookbooks, along with global bestsellers from Deliciously Ella, Ottolenghi, Jamie Oliver 5 Ingredients, and Hemsley & Hemsley. Kinokuniya has a great selection, or save yourself some cash (and the trip) and order yours on Book Depository, which has great deals and free delivery worldwide (great for ordering and having it delivered direct to those peeps abroad!).
If you are looking into sustainable gifts or trying to cut down on plastic and accumulating “stuff” then look into an experience as a gift! Online booking platform Klook offers activities and experiences often at a discounted price so you can buy a voucher for your other half for Cable Car Dining or a go skydive training at iFly Singapore. Just print your voucher and present it in a pretty envelope and you are all set! Fave offers discounted massage experiences as well as classes in pottery and more, while new-to-market digital gifting platform Giftano goes that step further: select an experience (like meals at Michelin-starred restaurants, or a drive in a Ferrari 458 Spider), and your Giftano gift will be sent in a beautifully wrapped envelope!
What can we say, there just aren’t fitness pants that make our bums look as good as the Lululemon ones! The All The Right Places Crop does what it says on the label – holds you in in all the right places thanks to “zoned compression” that gives you that added oomph to go work out! The fabric is four-way stretch Full-On® Luxtreme so is sweat-wicking with a cool, smooth feel – and we can vouch that these pants last well, too. There is a Lululemon store in Singapore but it’s sometimes cheaper to order direct from Hong Kong.
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