By Aimee L and Helen Chiang

To say that this year has been quite a roller coaster ride would be a total understatement, which is kind of why we decided that this year, our Christmas Gift list feature needed to be special, one that would bear in mind the upheaval that most of us have had to face.

This Christmas, many of us won’t be able to spend it with close family or friends. Some of you guys may have lost loved ones, friends and colleagues to the virus, while others may have lost their jobs and income. So this year, we decided to choose 11 gift suggestions that we felt would be worth the money spent, and be loved and appreciated by the the people who received them (which is kind of the whole point of gift giving).

Here are 11 gift ideas that we think would be worth spending your money on this Christmas:

method Gel Hand Wash

Covid-19 has most of us washing our hands like never before, and while it’s great that we are practicing good hygiene, all that washing and sanitising has left many of us with dry and cracked hands, and this is where method hand wash comes in. We feel that gifting a collection of these naturally derived, triclosan-free, cruelty-free, heavenly scented and gentle hand washes would be greatly appreciated. Our favourite scents for the season are – pink grapefruit, sea minerals and waterfall!

While this may seem like a strange gift suggestion, we think it shows the recipient that you care about their safety and well-being, especially now, during the pandemic.

A bottle of method gel hand wash retails for $6.50, 354ml and comes in a variety of scents and is available at selected supermarkets and most online marketplaces and at method home.

Cake Beauty Milk Made Indulgent Body Milk Cream And Desserted Island Enriched Hand Lotion

This is our first time trying products from Canadian vegan beauty brand Cake Beauty, and we are obsessed! The products smell like frosting and cupcakes and it took great effort not to eat them.

Milk Made Indulgent Body Milk Cream $19.90 / 200ml, is infused with candied oat milk concentrate and soothing marshmallow root extract and has been slowly whipped to create a uniquely weightless texture. Desserted Island Enriched Hand Lotion $12.90 / 60ml is infused with raw coconut fruit and rich mango butter with the irresistible scent of coconut and vanilla that will have you drooling!

Cake Beauty products are completely vegan and free of animal cruelty, parabens, phthalates, sulfates and talc and is available online, on Lazada, Redmart, Shopee and Qoo10

innisfree Fruity Sweet or Deep Floral Perfumed Diffuser Holiday Edition

This limited edition collection by innisfree is so cute that we could hardly bear to use it. The reed diffuser comes in two scents – a fruity-inspired blend of citrus and berries, and a floral-centred fragrance with calm soft woody notes. Packaged with purple or green reed sticks, each diffuser also comes with a special gift card featuring quirky characters illustrated by Steven Harrington.

The innisfree Fruity Sweet or Deep Floral Perfumed Diffuser Holiday Edition is priced at $33/110ml and is available at all innisfree stores and via its e-store. They also have a whole range of other lovely limited edition Christmas gift sets from makeup to body and skin care to choose from!

CNP Laboratory Vitality Mask And Moisture Charge Calming Mask Set

This popular two-step mask includes an ampule targeted at specific skin concerns and a sheet mask that is used over the ampule to ensure fuller and better absorption. The 2-step Greenery Calming Ampule Mask helps maintain clear and bright skin with natural moisturising ingredients like Eucalyptus and Centella Asiatica that soothes the skin and controls sebum production. The Vitality Mask with Pink-toned Revitalising Energy for Tired Skin is formulated with Vitamin B complex that helps brightens dull skin and is so gentle that it can even be used by those with sensitive skin . These two 2-step masks from CNP would be great for anyone you care about who is suffering from maskne brought about by the use of PPE.

The CNP 2-step mask retails at $6.80 for one sheet and $34 for 5 sheets and is available at Guardian and online.

Cake Beauty The Posh Wash Hair Shampoo And The Soft Serve Hair Conditioner

This absolutely delicious smelling gentle shampoo and conditioner is perfect for that certain someone who doesn’t like to wash her hair daily. This revolutionary shampoo dramatically extends that freshly washed feel so she can wash her hair less often, but still smell divine with every swish. Combine it with the cream rinse conditioner and extend that freshly conditioned feel and yummy vanilla ice cream scent.

Priced each at $19.90 / 295 ml, both these products are available at Cake Beauty, Lazada, Redmart, Shopee and Qoo10

essano Concentrated Serum Range

We heard great things from our editor about the essano Collagen Boost range and were not disappointed with their new range of concentrated serums. Each serum has been crafted with a high concentration of active ingredients that target specific skin concerns and promised to provide rapid results. Carefully formulated with powerful, natural ingredients, essano’s potent Concentrated Serums work to maximise results with minimal irritation. You can pick and choose from the four variants – Eye Perfect–Peptides, HyaluronicAcid, Natural Retinol and VitaminC, or simply mix and match according to your loved-ones skin type and concern.

Each essano Concentrated Serum retails for $39.95for a 20ml bottle and is available at Watsons and online.

Singapore Distillery’s New South East Asian Gin Collection

The newly introduced line of six unique gins from Singapore Distillery is bottled at 42.5% ABV, resulting in a spirit that brings out the true flavour of the botanicals used. The gins are each smooth enough to be enjoyed neat, with flavours strong enough to stand up to tonic water or other ingredients in a cocktail.

Singa Gin this classic London Dry Gin features a botanical blend of 13 herbs and spices including juniper, cloves, mandarin orange, Ceylon cinnamon and Sarawak pepper. Coconut Pandan Gin is distilled and vapour infused with fresh coconut hearts, freshly grated coconut and pandan leaves. Lime Garden Gin is distilled with a trio of Southeast Asian limes for a bright citrus-forward profile. Singapore Sling Gin has been created to be the perfect base to make a Singapore Sling. Distilled with each of the ingredients found in the iconic cocktail. Stolen Roses Gin is a creative take on the ever popular Badung, with a blend of roses with traditional gin botanicals to impart a delicious aroma. Kyuri Gin is distilled with fresh Japanese cucumbers and sakura flowers, creating a refreshingly floral profile.

A 50 ml miniature is priced at $6.90 while a full-sized 750 ml bottle retails for $69.90. A pack of the six miniatures is available for just $35.90 and comes in a cute cotton drawstring pouch. Get your Singapore Distillery’s gins here.

Drunk Elephant Holiday 2020 Kits

We are all HUGE fans of Drunk Elephant and this Christmas they have gone the extra mile with the launch of six must-have Holiday 2020 kits that we are totally obsessed with. Choose from THE LITTLES HEAD TO TOE $69, DEWY: The Polypeptide Kit $106, FIRMY: The Day Kit $124 (worth $180), GLOWY: The Night Kit $138, Hair + Body Trunk 1.0 $190 and THE TRUNK 4.0 for $620.

We have our eyes set fast on their FIRMY: The Day Kit with its skin care smoothie of C-Firma, D-Bronzi, B-Hydra, and Protini, to give skin a healthy dose of antioxidants while keeping it hydrated, strong, and firmy all day long long. To order your favourite set, go here.

Festive Gift Sets From Knots & Gifts

Online gifting platform Knots & Gifts has put together a lovely variety of lifestyle products, food and drink bundles as well as DIY décor sets with prices ranging from just $38 onwards.

This festive season has them collaborating with other homegrown brands like Patisserie G, on Christmas sets featuring their luxurious selection of artisanal French pastries and cakes, as well as their Christmas bakes, while their tie-up with 28 Hong Kong Street means that you can now bring home their specially made cocktails.

Their Boozy Gingerbread and Fruit Cake set featured below is priced at $128. To view their vast collection of gift sets, go here.

MAISON 21G Bespoke Dual Candle

You guys know that we are huge fans of Maison 21G, and they have just added a new product to their line of home scents – a bespoke dual candle. Each candle set consists of two half moon-shaped candles with one scent in each half moon, which when lit, blends perfectly with each other. Each half moon refill can be easily switched out to create a new scent combination.

The scented dual candle, which includes two half-moon candles and one brass holder is priced at $150. A little steep perhaps, but we love that this candle is refillable and looks so stylish it can pass off as decor. To get yourself a candle, go here.

Customised Jewellery By Millemiere Jewellery

Local bespoke jeweller Millemiere Jewellery is disrupting the industry by making customisation of gold jewellery actually affordable. Working with artisans from around the region, this newly launched precious jewellery brand offers both customised and ready made pieces in gold and precious and semi-precious stones.

Customised pieces like this 1.69ct peridot pendant set in solid 18K yellow gold is priced at $680, while their ready-made pieces starts at $108. To view their collection visit them on Instagram.

We hope that you find these gift suggestions useful and wallet friendly. At the end of the day, the best gift you can give a person has less to do with how much it costs, and more to do with knowing what is truly important to your recipient. Happy shopping!