By now it should be clear to everyone that our local brands are just as good as any overseas product. Singapore’s growing fashion and beauty scene means we can get great locally-produced gifts for friends and impress those from overseas.
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These high-quality, gorgeous pieces are perfect for gifting this holiday season. Just take a look at how nice they are in these photos. We promise they’re just as good in real life.
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These gorgeous marble pieces will make totally Instagram-worthy additions to anyone’s room or house. Best yet, the brand is selling sets included specially-curated accessories to make them even more attractive.
Banyan Tree Aromatherapy Products
Usually known for their spas and massages more than their products, local brand Banyan Tree has recently launched their new aromatherapy range that are all socially-produced and organic. Try the rice range for face or the rollerballs (at just $17 a piece) which are great for the friend who needs to de-stress.
Short for Restoration Essence, Ress is a series of homemade products included scrubs, serums and lotions featuring special ingredient Pandan. The essential oil from this local plant is known to help detox and also with stress relief (perfect for when we have to head back to work!).
Needing very little introduction, this powerhouse skincare brand from Nicolas Travis has made its way all over the world. Known for its simplicity while still packing a punch, these all-in-one products are great, particularly for guys who are, as we know, a little lazier when it comes to applying skincare.
The Paper Bunny
Get festive with stationery that comes in all the right colours, fonts and styles to ease you into the new year. Local brand The Paper Bunny offers up a range of festive cards but also notebooks and organisers that are perfect to usher your favourite people into the new year.
Designed for and by travel lovers, local tea brand Pin takes inspiration from the flavours of the region as well as from iconic neighborhoods right here in Singapore. The packaging is also gorgeous and makes for perfect festive flatlays (as you can see here!).
Made by Singaporeans to withstand our uniquely Singapore weather, these lipsticks from INGA are designed to be comfortable and long-wearing. Cruelty-free and using only the best ingredients, this new brand is perfect for the Singaporean woman.
Beautiful, locally-crafted leather items is what you’ll get on a visit to Bynd Artisan. From keychains to notebooks to even clutches, there are a lot of options here in a range of gorgeous colours. What’s more, many of the products can be engraved so that your present will have a special, personal touch.
This one’s for the lazy girls who still want their makeup to look spot on. Local brush maker 13rushes was founded in 2013 to make great makeup brushes that are also kind to animals. Their latest launch, the Universal Do-It-All Face is a seven-in-one brush that works on all skin textures and covers all your needs from priming to highlighting.
Gorgeous prints, comfortable fabrics and great stories to tell, the clothes from MATTER are unique and showcase how we can do our bit to pioneer industry change and create sustainable sources of income for rural textile communities (and still be fashionable!).
The Clipper Tea Lounge
Singapore’s oldest tea maker is still perfectly modern, with lovely little sets that make great gifts. With flavours inspired by Singapore as well as the classics, these tins (and candles) are something any tea-drinker would love.
A Kickstarter project started by two Singaporeans, Faire Leather Co. is all about bringing luxury leather goods to customers at affordable prices. Designed with data and the consumer at the forefront, these pieces are meant to be useful, fashionable and beautiful. Something to keep for the ages.
The Kickstarter campaign ends in early January, so your present might be a little late — but at least this way you know the giftee will be one of the first to own this.