HYPE’s Holiday Gift Guide For This Festive Season
We’re officially in December, which means Secret Santa stress is at an all-time high. If you haven’t copped any gifts for the important people in your life, the HYPE team has got a great place for you to start.
A curation of gifts for the most magical Christmas. Photo by Gabrielle Ang.
Tan Jia Hao
Hype Issue #54
Hype Issue #54
Htet Htet Nay Aung
People and npTribune Section Editor
Hype Issue #54
Hype Issue #54
December 17, 2021
The lights of Orchard Road are up, festive songs are on repeat and Christmas trees stand tall in every mall. It’s Christmas season, which is all fun and games, until you realise you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet.
Gift giving can be fun for some or worrisome for others, but we can all agree that it can also be incredibly fulfilling. In the spirit of this giving season, HYPE has curated the perfect gift guide for your loved ones this holiday season.
A curation of gifts for the most magical Christmas. Photo by Gabrielle Ang.
1. Lumos RAY Smart Projector
The LUMOS RAY Smart Projector delivers the cinema experience to your home with its smart features, whether you want to impress guests or simply have a movie night with your family. Photo taken from LUMOS.
With a big screen, dim lights and a bag of popcorn, watching a movie at the cinema is certainly one of the best ways to unwind after a stressful week. Even so, one could argue that watching their favourite Netflix show at home in bed would be just as enjoyable.
Bringing the best of both worlds, a projector provides you with the cozy ambience of a cinema while also allowing you to stay in bed for those days when you want to spend the night in.
The LUMOS RAY Smart Projector is a Wi-Fi enabled smart projector which comes inbuilt with Netflix, YouTube and Bluetooth connectivity. You can even mirror what you’re watching on your phone onto the projector via the inbuilt Airplay/Airscreen apps on both Apple and Samsung devices. With its 16 x 17 x 15cm dimensions, 720p native resolution and an impressive 50,000 hour life, watching a movie on this projector might make you forget about the outside world for a while.
If you’re looking to splurge a little this holiday season, this projector will definitely put you on your loved ones’ nice list… Perhaps, even Santa’s?
2. Vinyl Records from Wildflower Wax Co.
Wildflower Wax Co. is a curated vinyl record store based in Singapore which sells both new releases and vintage rarities, while focusing on keeping record culture and independent music ethics alive. Photo courtesy of Wildflower Wax Co.
Perhaps you may have seen aesthetically pleasing vinyl records mounted on walls in several TikTok videos. If you’ve got a music-loving pal, vinyl could easily be the way to their merry little heart.
With the latest chart-topping albums from artists such as Ariana Grande to a musical time machine from Michael Jackson, and soundtracks from the award-winning film studio, Studio Ghibli, Wildflower Wax Co. has something for everyone.
New releases typically cost $50 or even less on average, although you can expect to pay more for rare archival releases from the past.
Just search them up on Instagram or find them on Carousell and take your pick! You can even put on your adventure hat and make vinyl shopping an experience when you head down to Spades Room, which carries all things good from Wildflower Wax Co.
3. SodaStream Spirit Maker
With just the click of a button, the SodaStream Spirit Maker turns your still water into a sparkling fancy beverage in a matter of seconds. Photo taken from SodaStream’s Instagram.
The dispute continues: Are you on team sparkling or still? The SodaStream Spirit maker might just pull you to the former when you witness its wonders.
The SodaStream Spirit Maker comes in a range of colours to choose from such as black, pink, red and icy blue. Due to its compact size that does not require any plug or batteries, this soda maker will efficiently bring the joy of sparkling water to you as soon as you can imagine.
If you’ve got a friend who likes to spice things up at home or is always on the go, this SodaStream Spirit Maker will make drinking water more enjoyable for everyone. Time to say goodbye to sugary sodas for good!
4. Personalised Photo Shoots at One Click Studio
Make memories one click at a time at One Click Studio. Photo taken from One Click Studio.
Taking photographs in a studio shouldn’t be limited to only special occasions like graduations, and it certainly won’t be again. Keeping an album of photos on your digital device? While that’s cool, keeping these memories through quality printed pictures might just be a better way to cherish these moments.
At One Click Studio, customers have complete creative control over their images. Regardless of whether you are supermodel material or camera shy, all pictures will be taken entirely by yourself with the shutter. From the props to the lighting and even the poses, you will be able to take the images according to your preferences!
From $15 to $55, there are a variety of packages available where you can not only treat your loved ones to a photo shoot, but also keep their photos for years to come.
5. Hair Makeover at AfterXRoom
Not sure what colour will look best on you? Trust the skilled stylists at AfterXRoom and get your dream transformation today. Photo taken from AfterXRoom.
Madonna once said: “Express yourself.” And isn’t getting a hair makeover the best way to show off your personality and style? Help your besties out in the festive fashion frenzy and treat them to a transformation they will never forget!
Say goodbye to frizzy hair and hello to smooth, glossy locks painted with vibrant colours! The stylists at AfterXRoom will make sure your friends leave the salon looking like they just stepped out of a shampoo commercial.
The Brazilian Blowout certified salon is located near Singapore Management University, in a tiny corner you can easily overlook. Their stylists specialise in treatments and colouring, ensuring results that will keep you satisfied and returning for more.
Additionally, your friends can also enjoy the complimentary drinks and snacks while giving their tresses the attention they deserve.
6. Delicious Food Prepared by Sophia from Tiaptiapwithsoph
Soph’s handmade pandan chiffon cakes are one of the best selling items on the menu and are always a hit amongst her customers. Photo taken from Instagram.
Not sure what to bring to the office Christmas potluck or to your aunt’s holiday party? Handmade by a foodie, the range of tasty delicacies from ‘Tiaptiapwithsoph’ will surely satisfy the taste buds of your loved ones.
‘Tiaptiapwithsoph’ is an online food business run by MasterChef Singapore Season 2 contestant Sophia Yeow, who has a profound love and passion for spreading joy through food.
Sweet, savoury, local or foreign, you’ll certainly be able to find something to satisfy your cravings. There’s delicacies such as pandan chiffon cake, muah chee and claypot chicken if you’re looking to bring the local joy this Christmas.
7. Bespoke Jewelry from Daisy Gems
From crystal towers to gemstone jewellery, Daisy Gems has it all. Photo courtesy of Daisy Gems.
Do you know someone who believes in manifestations and affirmations? They might already have a drawer full of crystal jewellery but hey, there’s no harm in adding to their collection.
Daisy Gems, a small local business, transforms ethically sourced crystals and gemstones into beautiful jewellery pieces for everyday wear.
The Flamingo Pop bracelet combines moonstone, rose quartz, morganite and Japanese freshwater pearls to boost the relationships, communication and wealth in your life. With hints of blush pink and rose gold, it’s the perfect accessory for those who appreciate the cottagecore aesthetic.
In addition, gemstones are believed to have healing properties which may help manifest positive energy into your life. Treat your loved ones to a collection of crystal pieces made with 100 per cent pure love and manifest away!
8. Bangin’ Tracks and Playlists From Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the largest record label in the world and has signed artists such as Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga. Photo taken from YouTube.
Remember the mixtapes from the 1990s and 2000s? Instead of burning songs to your MP3 or CDs, you can now create personalised Spotify playlists for your friends, your crush, or even your aunt. Just take inspiration from these stunning playlists done by Digster Singapore for the hottest hits!
Freshly Squeezed: Perfect for the friend that always wants new jams, it doesn’t get fresher than this!
POPsicles: If they have ‘dance pop’ as their top genre, you know what to do.
ur tiktok fyp: For that TikTok addict in your life!
Wanna go even deeper? Follow @universalmusg on Instagram for regular merchandise and concert ticket giveaways for your favourite artists such as Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift!
9. Necklaces from Little Odd Gems
Accessories matter just as much as picking out the right outfit as it plays a huge role in self-expression. Photo courtesy of Little Odd Gems.
Most of us have that one fashionista friend who can pull off any accessory with their outfit. If you have such a friend, Little Odd Gems has all things perfectly unique and dare we say, quirky.
Take a look at their different collections such as the ‘Botanical’, ‘Heaven or Hell’ and ‘Tooth Fairy’ collection to find the perfect piece!
With prices ranging $14 to $32, these handmade pieces of jewelry will surely add sparkle to your beloved recipient’s outfit and make them smile. Let them flaunt it!
10. Fashionable clothing from As Intended
Clothes from As Intended aim to provide both comfort and style to those who are always on the go. Photo taken from As Intended.
No gaslighting or gatekeeping is allowed at As Intended as there is only room for girl bossing! Apparels from As Intended are meant for that one special and busy lady in your life who is always on the move, because you want her to look and feel as amazing as she is.
Their pieces combine the comfort and functionality of activewear with the style and structure of workwear. With a variety of collections available, As Intended offers basic clothing pieces such as pants, dresses and skirts infused with a modern twist.
With prices ranging from $79 to $178, As Intended has so much to offer, including its ‘Vari Dress’ which can be customised into nine different looks!
Read more from our article about the brand and insights from the founder of As Intended, Sabrina Wee.
11. Sephora Gift Card
Choose from a variety of seasonal gift card designs on their website and send your loved ones a gift they will likely use this Christmas! Photo taken from Sephora.
We know that it can be difficult to pick a gift for your loved ones. What if they don’t like it? What if they don’t use it? What if the gift that you purchased online doesn’t arrive on time? For those of you who feel this way, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered!
Get a gift card, not just any of course, but one from Sephora.
From makeup to skincare and fragrances, Sephora has a wide range of products to offer. With a Sephora gift card, your friend could even snag a fancy Dyson Airwrap thanks to you!
Moreover, you save on the hours of brain wracking and they can shop around at their leisure to purchase anything they desire. As Ariana Grande once said, “I want it, I got it.”
12. Nintendo Switch Lite
Play your favourite games everywhere and anywhere on the Nintendo Switch Lite. Photo taken from Nintendo America.
Have your younger siblings been bugging you about the games on your phone? Or do you want to see your gamer friends leave the house once in a while? We’ve got a three-word solution for you: the Nintendo Switch Lite.
Designed for handheld, portable gaming, the Nintendo Switch Lite is sleek and lightweight, perfect for bringing it on the go with you. It comes in an array of vibrant colours including coral pink, turquoise, yellow and grey.
Feeling like you deserve a little treat? You could even get a Nintendo Switch Lite for yourself and compete with your friends in multiplayer games like Mario Kart. Getting a gift for a gamer doesn’t have to be as challenging as that final boss level.
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