By Alfieyah Abdullah
Christmas is naturally the time for giving. The stocking stuffers are out of the way and it is finally time for a splurge.
The Christmas rush is real. Streets are bathed in glittering Christmas lights, trees bedazzled in decorations, and in the midst of it
all, shoppers and their arms full of shopping bags. It is the lure of spending time with friends and family over the long holiday that
makes the hustle and bustle all worthwhile. Here are some gifting ideas to appease the whole family and get into the true spirit
Henry Jacques’ Les Classiques collection
Embodying nearly half a century of excellence and creativity, Henry Jacques perfumes mainly consist of premium natural essences gleaned from all four corners of the world. The Les Classiques de HJ is a collection of 50 cents in the form of pure essences housed in sleek, minimalist crystal bottles. To apply, dab some perfume onto the skin using a crystal rod.
La Mer Radiant Hydration Collection and Genaissance de La Mer Collection
Nothing like a fancy pampering to round off the year. The La Mer Radiant Hydration Collection (S$615) is an all-in-one gift to boost any skincare routine, comprising The Treatment Lotion (100ml, The Revitalising Hydrating Serum (30ml) and The Moisturising Soft Cream (30ml). The end result? Facial skin that’s radiant and nourished. La Mer even has a personalised home concierge for shopping in the comfort of your own home, or anywhere, really.
If you are one for going the extra mile when it comes to skincare, opt for the Genaissance de La Mer Collection (S$1910). This collection contains The Concentrated Night Balm (5ml), The Serum Essence (30ml), The Eye and Expression Cream (15ml), and The Infused Lotion (150ml) to target all areas of pampering and nourishing.
Louis Vuitton’s Feuilles D’Or Perfumed Candle
The warmth a candle brings to the home is almost as important as its fragrance. Case in point: Louis Vuitton’s Feuilles D’Or Perfumed Candle (S$995), a home accessory synonymous with Christmas comfort. Think the crunch of russet leaves and snap of dry branches, the Feuilles D’Or brings the outdoors into the home. Nuances of cedarwood and Peruvian balsam bring a sense of relaxation. Meanwhile, the delicate natural-leather handle is a testament to Louis Vuitton’s signature material.
Tom Ford’s Holiday Collection
Tom Ford is no stranger to highly coveted collectibles and exquisitely curated fragrance sets. Its collectibles are designed to make the art of gift-giving (and unwrapping) a thrilling experience. The holiday collection features the Private Blend sets ranging from S$400 to S$539, but if you’d like to opt for a brighter fragrance, Tom Ford’s Private Blend Soleil Blanc set will do the trick. The Oud Wood set is perfect for those who enjoy a deeper oriental scent.
Gucci’s The Alchemist Garden gift set
For fragrance connoisseurs who enjoy dabbling in alchemy, Gucci’s The Alchemist Garden gift set (S$520) is a customisable collection made out of singular scents. The different notes and oils can be layered in a multitude of combinations to construct a special sillage. Base ingredients like rose, oud, amber, violet, wood, iris and mimosa cater to every palette.
To top off the gifting experience, the perfumes are housed in glass flacons, sprayed with intricate designs and Gucci lettering.
KrisShop’s Mahjong and Poker Set
You know the drill; Christmas eve is about spending time with family curled up around the television watching Christmas movies. For gifts that are more family-oriented, the KrisShop Mahjong Set (S$388) and the KrisShop Poker Set (S$318) are bound to entertain.
The Mahjong set comes with tiles and chips embellished with runway lights, aircraft, luggage and international time zone motifs. It sports a new green colourway; an apt fit for the Christmas spirit. The set is currently available to KrisFlyer members only, while the public can make purchases from 16 January 2022 onwards.
On the other hand, the Poker set is a traditionalist’s dream, specially designed for the Batik Label by KrisShop and also draws inspiration from travel and aircraft elements. The unique batik motif has been seamlessly incorporated into the poker chips, dice, and even the shaker.
Huawei’s FreeBuds Lipstick
Tech is an easy reach for Christmas gifting. Huawei’s unique FreeBuds Lipstick is a combination of beauty and sound. Designed by Huawei’s Paris Aesthetics Research Centre, the lipstick pairs luxury design with its quintessential audio technology, and is even integrated with a dual-microphone noise cancellation feature.
Not only is the stainless-steel charging case magnetic, it is corrosion and high-temperature resistant. Said factors and the case’s hypoallergenic qualities allows for long-term use. Perfect for gifting, the FreeBuds Lipstick comes with a special scented gift box and sports a glamorous colourway of black, gold, and red.
Dior’s Atelier of Dreams Collection
If you adore her, Dior her. Christmas is the best time to put that statement to good use. Treat someone to the new exclusive Rouge Dior Minaudiere (S$280). The set includes a removable case and lipstick holder which doubles up as a clutch or over the shoulder bag and the iconic Rouge Dior lipstick which comes in four shades: Winter Poppy, Red Pansy, Pink Rose and Sparkling Peony.
The new Atelier of Dreams line also introduces the Dior Ecrin Couture Iconic Makeup Colours (S$194), the Dior Addict Holiday Glow Set (S$115), the limited edition Dior Prestige La Crème Texture Essentielle (S$505) and the 30 Montaigne scented candle from La Collection Privee Christian Dior (S$194).
Complete the selections with a chic personal touch. Dior’s engraving atelier allows you to customise gifts by adding initials. There is also the option of adding embroidered initials and the Maison’s iconic festive motifs on an exclusive Dior Christmas pouch to create the ultimate gift.
Dior’s other elegant touches also come with wrapping and packaging in midnight blue and gold, designed by London-based illustrator Alice Shirley. Gifting with Dior means being spoiled for choice, but ultimately being spoiled by all the choices. That is ideally the perfect Christmas mood.