By Aimee L And Helen Chiang
Stop whatever you are doing and read this! We tirelessly scoured the internet and countless malls around Orchard Road to find gift ideas that would bring joy to every single person who received them. That, I tell you is not an easy task.
The outcome of all that hard work has culminated in this list of carefully and lovingly curated Christmas gifts for yourself (if you are like us), or that special woman in your life. We divided the list into The Best Beauty Gifts and The Best Lifestyle Gifts for Christmas.
The Best Beauty Gifts For Christmas 2021
Drunk Elephant Saving Face Refining Skincare Set, $138 – we have to start the list off with Drunk Elephant, because year upon year, they astound us with their fabulous Christmas gift sets. We especially love this year’s sets so much, that we are tempted to get them for ourselves, not only because they are filled with the best of DE, but also because the products come in the most beautiful retro tin containers ever!
We highlighted their Saving Face Refining Skincare Set because it comes with their TLC Framboos Glycolic night serum, which will leave skin looking clearer and brighter with every use. This particular set is perfect for any skin type and is a must for someone who loves skin care, has an uneven skin tone or blemished skin.
M.A.C Mistletoe Matte Powder Kiss Lipstick Set, $99 – this is a must for someone who loves lipstick. The shades are festive, sexy and the application is silky smooth, I mean, obviously, it is M.A.C after all. We are so obsessed with the collection that we can’t decide which shade we love the best. It also helps that the lipstick does not rub off all over our mask, a definite requirement in the new-normal that we all live in.
Elemis Hydrating Day and Night Duo, $260 – I love Elemis skin care. It makes my morning and night routine feel so much more like self-care, than essential grooming. The products just smell and feel so good on my skin, that I can’t help touching my face and asking my friends to sniff me (freakish I know). This beautiful set, which consists of the Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream 50ml, and Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 50ml is basically everything you need for healthy skin.
Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil, $147 – this cult favourite by Miranda Kerr which can be found online on Net-A-Porter, is enriched with Noni Extract to help heal and rejuvenate the skin. Its soothing formula is blended with antioxidant-rich Rose-hip, Pomegranate and Sea Buckthorn Oil to smooth and brighten the complexion.
The Noni Glow Face Oil smells so good that I want to rub it all over my face and body, but I don’t, because then it would finish and I would be very sad. It absorbs into the skin really fast, and leaves behind a soft and healthy (not greasy) glow.
No-Body Should Miss This, $66 – this body care gift set by Coco Veda, comes with an apricot body scrub, a body wash of your choice, a body lotion of your choice and one minty lip balm. The products smell amazing and feel so good on the skin and would make for a lovely gift set for just about everyone (male or female). I mean, who wouldn’t appreciate an all natural, deliciously scented body care set right?
Coco Comfort, Founder’s Fave, $58 – this set by Coco Veda couldn’t have come at a better time. Recently I hurt my back trying to exercise and this lower back oil has helped so much with the pain. The oil smells so amazing, like a spa, with warming scents of ginger and other lovely botanical ingredients that envelope you in a soothing scented embrace.
The set I tried had an oil for tired feet and one for lower back pain. They both smell so amazing, that I have been diligently using them every single night before bed. The oils do not stain, do not feel greasy or sticky and will leave you feeling like you are in a spa. You can mix and match your choice of comfort oils based on your’s or your recipient’s needs.
What makes this gift even more special is that Coco Veda is a Socially Sustainable Enterprise aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and provides an equal employment ecosystem that provides opportunities for women in The Philippines.
Early Addiction: Rose Edition, $88 — this newly launched all-in-one moisturising and toning probiotic for the skin by mySKINBAR not only smells divine, it is a super-duper 4-in-1 product that works as a toner, moisturiser, face mist and also a mask (with the silky face mask capsules).
Packed full of skin healthy probiotics, it works to minimise pores and hydrate and tighten the skin, preventing fine lines. This science-driven, plant-based, multi-tasking product helps return the skin to its natural youthful state by restoring balance. Suitable for all skin types this revitalising product is packed full of plant-based ingredients that work in perfect harmony with its star ingredient – Bulgarian Rose Water – to fortify, hydrate, rebalance, and moisturise the skin.
They also have a ‘Rose Bundle’ gift set which includes the Early Addiction Rose 200ml (U.P. $88.00), Silky Face Mask Capsule pack of eight pieces (U.P. $5.00), exclusive patented corkscrew wine opener (U.P. $42.00), a limited edition greetings card, and a limited edition Rose sticker and is available exclusively on mySKINBAR’s official store.
MT Christmas Starter Kit $53 (worth $133.30), this Christmas starter kit by Japanese anti-ageing skin care brand MT Metatron contains the MT Starter Kit with travel size bottles of their Cleansing Gel 30ml, MT Facial Foaming Wash 10g, MT First Step Lotion 30ml, MT Essential Serum 5ml, MT Contour B Cream 7g and one piece MT Activate Mask, that makes for a thoughtful stocking stuffer for someone special, or as a little gift to your BFF at office. This set is only available at MT Metatron’s Isetan Scotts counter until stocks last.
The Best Lifestyle & Fashion Christmas Gifts For 2021
Starlet 3, $110 – this is my first foray into the world of personal pleasure devices. I’m sorry, but I am from a rather conservative family, so the idea of a sex toy was always a scary concept until I came across Starlet 3.
With its sleek and classy design, six intensity levels and five new and bright colours, it is not intimidating or sleazy at all, and will most certainly change your recipients life for the better, making it the perfect gift for someone who has never owned a self-pleasuring device before, but is curious to try one.
Womanizer PREMIUM 2, $280 – with the original Pleasure Air technology, this is truly the Prada of sex toys, the ultimate toy for a woman who is looking for more than just another device to play with. With 14 intensity levels, and an improved Autopilot function, this is a must-have for a woman who is quite familiar with self-pleasuring devices, and probably has a decent collection of ‘toys’ in her bedside drawer.
The PREMIUM 2 also comes in six beautiful colours, and is guaranteed to bring much joy this Christmas!
Zen Garden Chanderi Jacket, $145 – These stunning cape jackets from AYESHA CASHMERE come in several colours and are absolutely gorgeous. The outer shell of the jacket is made out of Chanderi silk, handwoven on looms in the heritage town of Chanderi, India and block printed with motifs inspired by Zen Gardens, by a master artisan in Sanganer, India.
The workmanship is flawless, and the free-size jacket just elevates any outfit. You can pair it with jeans and a tee for a casual look or a pencil dress for work, either way, we are obsessed with it. Enjoy an exclusive discount with the code LSF15 (valid until Feb 2022).
Zen Garden Blue 100% Cashmere Scarf, $345.00 – I am embarrassed to admit that this is the first time I have owned anything in cashmere. Apparently this makes me a heathen according to my colleagues. But OMG, this scarf is so beautiful and soft and luxurious. I felt like a million bucks when I draped this around my neck.
Inspired by Zen Gardens in Kyoto, these oh-so-very soft and luxurious cashmere scarves from AYESHA CASHMERE can be dressed up or down and will definitely add colour and interest to any outfit. The brand has an impressive collection of scarves in a variety of colours, patterns and designs. Enjoy an exclusive discount with the code LSF15 (valid until Feb 2022).
We hope that you love our top picks for Christmas as much as we do, and we wish you a happy shopping Tuesday!