Tea or coffee or alcohol
Anything drinkable is always good. Of course, don’t be mean and give someone alcohol when you know the person is allergic or a pious Muslim.
Apple Pie Black Tea, $15, The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.
Most people have notebooks even if they don’t need or use one. It’s just the thought of holding it in a meeting that makes them feel more accomplished. Choose one with snarky words emblazoned on it if you’re giving it to your office BFF.
Notebooks, $15.90 each, The Paper Bunny
This is as good as giving them money. Give the fashionistas a H&M or Uniqlo gift card. If they like beauty products, opt for a Sephora gift card. Do they read a lot in their free time? A Kinokuniya gift voucher is good. Otherwise, FairPrice gift vouchers are always appreciated, because even if they don’t buy household goods, the supermarket also stocks potato chips and beer.
When it comes to buying iPhone covers, you need to know what colour the person likes and whether he or she fancies designs over solid-coloured ones. When it comes to earphones? Stick to white or black ones and you’ll be fine.
Happy Plugs In-Ear White, $45, Zalora
Most people don’t really care that much about what mug they use in the office, so even if you give them a plain white one, trust us, they have use for it.
Bone China Coffee Cup (235ml), $10.90, Muji
Unless you drive or ride a bike (or bicycle) everywhere, chances are that you need an EZ-link card. You can not only use it for buses and trains, but also to pay for food at McDonald’s! If you want to add a personal touch, customise your own with FEVO, which also doubles up as a prepaid MasterCard.
Personalised FEVO Card, $28 (not inclusive of initial top-up value)
Besides a wallet, EZ-link card and mobile phone, what are you likely to find in a Singaporean’s bag? Yes, umbrella. Thanks to the unpredictable weather, everyone could benefit from owning one or more. Best thing yet? You can use it to chope a table at the coffeeshop or food court during lunch.
Chope Umbrella by Singapore Souvenirs For Museum Label, $29, The Farm Store
iTunes gift card
Let’s be real, most people (us included) are reluctant to part with $3 to buy an app. With the gift card, they can buy whatever songs or apps they want sans the guilt.
iTunes Gift Card, from $30
During this festive season, a lot of brands would release limited edition ones or package their existing range in pretty boxes or gift-wrap, so you don’t even have to put in much effort in making it look presentable! And who can resist chocolates?
Ferrero Rocher 24 Pieces X 2S + Swarovski Crystal Charm, $29.90, Guardian
In the words of Editorial Assistant Adora, “You don’t use shampoo meh?”
Ma Cherie Air Feel Shampoo and Conditioner, $19.90 each, Watsons