Calling all dads and husbands! Here are some top present picks for the special women in your life; check out our Christmas gift guide for mamas!
We all know that mamas do the bulk of the holiday shopping for the fam. Whether it’s sorting out Christmas dinner (both making reservations and purchasing the turkey), sourcing gifts for everyone from relatives to teachers and bus aunties, or 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! Just in case you’re too exhausted to have a look around the shops, or you’d like some inspo for a nice gift to give a mama friend, check out our Christmas gift guide for mamas!
We are yet to meet a family who regrets having a family photo shoot done; it is absolutely the best way to capture those precious, fleeting moments of your kiddos’ childhoods. In fact, we know lots of fams where family photo shoots become an annual holiday tradition – give it a try and you’ll be amazed (and maybe a little sad) at how much your kiddos grow and change in the space of a year.
Littleones Photography has been around for 14 years and is run by two lovely sisters, Kate and Emily, who specialize in children’s and family photography. They have their own boutique studio and can also work with natural light on location and in clients’ homes – whatever’s most comfortable for you and your fam.
What mama wouldn’t love a gift voucher from these award-winning photographers? Choose from a $250 voucher, which includes a studio family photography session and an 8x6inch acrylic desktop block with her favorite photo pritned; or a $350 voucher for a home or on-location photo shoot along with a 12x12inch fine art canvas photo.
Call (+65) 6440 7568 or email [email protected] and quote promo code ‘sassygift’ for these exclusive photo packages!
Designed right here in Singapore and made using local techniques and materials by some of the region’s finest artisans, Forbidden Hill’s fashion and home accessories take their inspiration from the cultures of Southeast Asia. Whether you want to do your part by shopping local, or share a piece of Southeast Asia with friends on the other side of the world, these products make for a truly lovely gift, mama.
Their unique lacquerware is available in five different collections – Cirebon Cloud, Tropical Queen, Autumn Lantern, Soaring Garuda and Harmony Koi – and each piece is priced between $115 and $150. The trays are perfect for holding cosmetics or accessories, while the containers can handily store small jewelry or keepsakes (and are an easy one to ship, too!). With their striking colours and contemporary designs, the lacquerware makes for an ideal gift – and it comes beautifully packaged in soft cloth pouches tucked inside gorgeous gift boxes. Pssst! They offer free shipping and returns in Singapore!
Facial rollers are all the rage now for boosting circulation and building younger, firmer, stronger skin. This super pretty, rose quartz facial roller ($40) features both a smaller stone for the delicate eye area, and a bigger curved stone to be used on the face and neck. The rose quartz has a healing property that helps enhance circulation for better absorption of any product you might use during a facial massage. It’s perfect for reducing puffiness and under-eye circles, and can also help lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Oasis:Skin is a homegrown brand with a cool range of simple, honest skincare designed to bring wellness to the body and mind. Every ingredient is rich in plant actives, with a multitude of skin benefits. Best of all, every single product is handcrafted in small batches, with no fillers and zero chemicals.
Whether you live in Singapore and want to do more in-depth exploring, or you have a friend who’s moved away or know someone who’s visited and been enchanted by Singapore’s unique, colourful Peranakan shophouses, this is the book for you, mama! The gorgeous photos in this book will have you oohing and ahhing, and we love the focus on Peranakan culture and architecture both in a historical and present day context.
The book contains lots of clearly marked maps to help you find the most picturesque and beautiful houses in the East (be sure to combine with our Joo Chiat walking guide so you can grab some yummy breakfast or lunch!), with lively and informative text by Lisa Edmondson, Tatyana Kildisheva, and former That Mama Joanne Pasquale.
Photo by Tatyana Kildisheva
I received a pair of these last year and loved them SO much I asked for them in three more colors this year. They are so comfy, made with super soft modal cotton and just a bit of spandex to give them some nice drape and forgiving stretchiness (this is where they’ve really stood apart from other pajama brands that I’ve tried). No joke, I truly love slipping into them at bedtime! The v-neck cut gives them just a hint of sexiness, but at the same time the buttons are actually super handy if you’re nursing at night. I like the shorts version but they also come in long-sleeved and with cool-looking cropped pants. My only critique is that the material starts to pill after a lot of washings, but if you hang them to air dry that may not be an issue. Every mama deserves a pair of these babies!
Find them at Shopbop (free shipping to Singapore!)
In our opinion, the mama movie date is highly underrated. It’s the perfect time to catch up on Oscar bait arthouse flicks (or weepies like A Star is Born – how many times have YOU seen it so far?) that dads might not always be so keen on. AND they keep the wine flowing. What’s not to love?
Golden Village Gold Class movie vouchers are $29 (weekday) – $39 (all days), and Wine & Dine vouchers are $20 per item. Click here to purchase.
Fashion blogger, Singapore mama, and photographer extraordinaire Sabrina Sikora recently teamed up with gemstone experts Lustre Jewellery to create EIVOR, a collection of clean and sophisticated monochromatic hues of stones like rock crystal quartz, black onyx, white howlite and black agate druzy. Named after Sabrina’s daughter, meaning “wise gift” or “treasure” in Old Norse, the ultra-chic capsule jewellery collection showcases a gorgeous array of semi-precious gemstones set in sleek rhodium-plated base metal. We particularly love this Pendulum Necklace ($219), which is all the statement mama needs to make. We’ve also got our eye on the very well-priced Signet Point Ring ($69).
EIVOR by Lustre x Sabrina Sikora is available online at Lustre Jewellery
If mama (or your friend) is sporty, we bet she’d love to try out a fun new fitness class. With everything from pole dancing to bungee and rockstar cycling, there are so many cool and unique ways to stay fit in Singapore these days. Check out our roundup of unique fitness classes for more inspo!
Pictured: Bungee workout at Dancevault Studios
If you’ve got a health-conscious mama on your hands, we bet she’d love to get her hands on a slow juicer, which is a lot more economical than buying a bottle of green juice every day at your local organic shop! Why slow juicing in particular? It’s thought to extract the maximum amount of vitamins, enzymes and minerals from fruits and veggies – perhaps up to 35% more than a regular juicer.
Pictured: Philips HR1830/03 Slow Juicer from Courts ($199)
Here’s a splurge you can truly make a splash with, mama. ERES is renowned for their universally flattering swimsuits made from their signature Peau Douce fabric that at once sculpts the body while providing softness and comfort. We are in love with the oh-so sexy low-cut V neckline, crossover back, and fringed braid detail of the new Muchacha one-piece, part of a new collection inspired by the world’s most beautiful travel destinations.
Muchacha Swimsuit ($905) in Caviar; see www.eresparis.com for more
Whether mama is a fashionista, a bookworm, an art collector, or a jewelry fiend, you can find the perfect gift for her at Badger & Fox, a cool little lifestyle store collective at Tanglin Mall housing fashion and homewares. It’s a one-stop shop for bespoke designs from local and international artisans, filled with art, home décor, and boho chic fashions you won’t see anywhere else. Check out our top 10 favourite gifts at Badger & Fox here!
It’s a well-known fact that we LOVE Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School but there’s a whole more to it than just delicious bread. If mama has a DIY bent and wants to make her kiddo the envy of all their friends, why not learn how to make your own Funfetti Unicorn Cake with Chef Teo See Ping? You’ll prepare the ingredients, learn piping techniques, and get tips on constructing the horn, ears and eyes. Best of all, the course includes morning and afternoon tea, a delicious lunch, and a glass of wine along with coffee/tea.
Course costs $250 and is running on Wednesday 26 December (registration closes 24 December). Click here to book!