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23rd December 2016 / Living / by Chia Sihan

(The 11th Hour) Christmas Gifts for less than $100

Because 2-day overseas shipping hardly applies to this side of the world, this is the last-minute dash to the malls unless you’re lucky enough to encounter delivery miracles in time for Christmas. This short list will help you show your appreciation for truly deserving souls (+ do some good at the same time). 

For friends who love supporting a good cause

Take your pick from handmade jewellery created by Anchora Jewellery, which sources their products from women artisans from underprivileged or marginalized backgrounds, bespoke leather products by WISE Enterprise works with creative youths from the Muscular Dystrophy Association or fund a Kickstarter project, the WeatherHYDE which is also the world’s only reversible all-season family tent designed to save the lives of homeless and vulnerable living in extreme weather. More details and options at Raise Singapore.

For the nature protectors

For Christmas this year, The Body Shop partners with for the Bio-Bridges programme. The aim is to regenerate 75 million square metres of forest by 2020 in locations which are rich in biodiversity and home to some of the world’s most endangered animals including orang utans, tigers, and monkeys, helping to protect them from exploitation such as poaching and unsustainable logging. Each purchase supporting the campaign from 3 November until 25 December 2016 sees 1 square metre of habitat and endangered animals protected. The funds will be split between the three projects, with 58% going to Vietnam and 21% each to Indonesia and Malaysia. Shop online at The Body Shop

For the new Mummies

image: Bubble Gym Electronical Playmat, available at Chicco

Know a friend who’s going to pop soon, or newly minted Mums who are looking for ways to engage their little ones? Pop by Chicco’s Flagship Store at Tanglin Mall, which has a festive sale of up to 20% off  and pick up useful items from edu-taining toys, convertible car seats to baby-friendly shower products. There are gifts ranging from below $50-$500 so all you need to do is set a budget and a little creativity. Check out the online store to view what’s available 

For the accessories collectors

image: Balvi Unicorn Ring Holder, available at Robinsons

There’s very few people that wouldn’t smile at a unicorn ring holder, and what we like about this simple and elegant one is that it’s big enough to hold earrings and a bracelet or two. Planning outfits in advance (and accessories to go with it) definitely helps to save a few minutes during hectic weekday mornings. Go online to get more inspiration

For the wanderlust-filled dreamers

image: 2-way stole (women’s), available at Uniqlo

It’s surprisingly how much comfort a little thing like a cashmere shawl can bring on a particularly cold day, which can be common encounters for that friend who picks a new destination to travel to each year. Pick out a shawl or this two-way stole in her favourite shade that’s perfect for layering or as insulation against the unforgiving office a/c. Time to go shopping now

That’s it. Stay fashionably curious and Merry Christmas! 

About the Writer

Chia Sihan

A story junkie by nature, this TFCS scribe thrives on uncovering the backstories of her interview subjects, whether they are heads of corporations or a working Mum caring for a child with a developmental disorder. She finds it a privilege to be privy to these personal experiences. Some of the publications she has written for include the Singapore Women’s Weekly, L’Officiel Singapore, and Harper’s Bazaar Junior. It is this genuine love for storytelling and collaboration that led her to kickstart her journey as a co-founder of The Fashion Collective Singapore. Now the chief storyteller at TFCS, she is particularly inspired by the personal journeys of TFCS Mentors, not to mention their dedication towards the refinement of their craft.

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