SINGAPORE (Nov 26): Flaunt your knack for gift-giving (and living) with these shopping-list essentials this Christmas.

Candlelit romance

To kick off the Christmas mood this year, Cire Trudon dresses up the glasses of its natural wax scented candles — Abd El Kader, Ernesto and Nazareth — in painstakingly hand-applied rose-gold leaf. Available in three sizes, they make a delightful addition to home interiors or as a special gift over the holidays.


Glitter and stars

No mini-tree trinket collection is complete without kikki.K’s classy navy and gold assortment of Mini Glass Baubles, made to look even more dazzling with a wrap-around of sparkling star-themed Christmas String Lights. Even after the festivities are over, the latter will not be out of place as part of your year-round décor.

For the senses

Christmas shopping has never been so easy, with Kusmi Tea’s new gift-wrapping options in red-and-silver arabesque patterns, which come as part of a comprehensive service that includes personalisation with stickers and tags. A variety of Kusmi Tea gift sets (pictured is the Mini Tins Gift Set) are available for purchase in Basement 1 of Takashimaya department store.

Sweet luxury

Godiva returns with its much-anticipated holiday collection of limited-edition chocolates that come in gift boxes designed by British illustrator Emily Carew Woodard. Make perfect memories for your loved ones with premium chocolates inspired by Christmas desserts and even iconic childhood characters such as Santa Claus.

Join the club

This elegant Small Golf Set by Renzo Romagnoli is one of the best possible gifts for golf enthusiasts who would like to practise their strokes in style. Inside is a gold club that can be disassembled into three pieces and stored on one side of the muted green leather case. On the other side are a leather hole and four balls.

A sparkling touch

SodaStream’s bestselling sparkling water maker, Spirit, has arrived just in time for the holiday season in a limited-edition Icy Blue (pictured). Alternatively, those who prefer an electronic version of the Spirit with a slim design and easy-touch buttons should consider Spirit One Touch, the latest addition to the SodaStream family.

Colours of Christmas

Share the joy of creativity with Janice Wong’s The Holiday Gift Collection, a selection of three limited-edition festive hampers curated for the young and young-at-heart. These hampers include sweets, snacks, teas and newly released products such as Chocolate Paint Jar Sets (pictured) and Crayon Box. The latter two feature edible chocolate paint and crayons, respectively, in multiple colours and accompanying art equipment such as paint brushes, canvas and edible rice paper.


Shop for a cause

Bloomback ( not only offers a wide variety of preserved, dried and fresh flowers for any occasion, but allows you to do it for a meaningful cause, too. The Empowering Women series, for instance, is the work of marginalised women employed by the local florist and social enterprise. Customers may also opt to commission custom flower arrangements, with all profits going to the charity or cause of choice.

Make a difference by ordering sweet and savoury bites from Flower Power ( for your next office or home party. All cakes, pastries and cookies are handmade by special-needs beneficiaries, and contribute to Flower Power’s efforts to help these people find sustainable jobs in the commercial F&B industry. Another social business, Dignity Kitchen (, takes online orders for bento boxes and other meals and snacks prepared by its differently abled beneficiaries. 

Grab your daily cuppa from Bettr Barista (, which runs its own chain of retail coffee micro-enterprises managed by alumni from the Bettr Barista Coffee Academy, including those from its Holistic Training Programme established to empower women and at-risk youth. A portion of the company’s retail proceeds is channelled to the Income OrangeAid Future Development Programme, which supports higher education for underprivileged youths.