Well, we've made it another whole year through the Covid-19 pandemic together. We hope everyone has been keeping well, and we wish all the best of health to all, especially those who are afflicted with the virus.
We've come up with a gift guide for 2021, featuring our latest and greatest home accessories and home decor. In keeping with the focus on mental and overall wellbeing, as well as working from or staying home, we've decided to sort our gift ideas by passion/interest. Gift-giving is always a great mood-booster, and giving thoughtful and useful gifts for your loved ones to enjoy at home in Singapore, even more so.
Read on to see our home accessories and home decor gift suggestions!
With everything going digital, handwritten things become even more special. Sending messages with your own handwriting is always more meaningful to the recipient, and research even suggests that handwriting brings about positive cognitive effects such as unleashing creativity and keeping the mind sharp. When we put our dearest thoughts from pen to paper, we would potentially put a smile on the recipient’s face, while reaping some mental benefits for ourselves.
Write in style with these sleek and minimalist stationery from Taiwanese brand HMM that lend an air of class to the work desk, such as the The HMM Magnetic Pen and the The HMM Plummet. Each HMM pen’s aluminium alloy body is carefully designed and crafted to be lightweight, functional and practical for comfort and writing stability. Once you've written with such an exceptionally high quality writing instrument, the average pen will be a thing of the past.
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Coffee - the wake-you-up concoction in the morning and the late-night booster shots to keep you awake - is known to be one of the most popular drinks in the world. Whether you grab one on the go or brew one to your own preferences, drinking coffee is a ritual for many people, be it at home or at the office. With so many ways to enjoy a cuppa, there's one out there for the discerning drinker who takes pride in their percolation. What more, contrary to popular belief, there are many purported health benefits that coffee provides to the drinker. Our chic coffee accessories make perfect gifts for those who live and breathe coffee.
Check out the Diamond Wireframe pour over coffee dripper or the Swan-Neck Kettle – Pour Over Coffee Kettle and Thermometer Set by A-IDIO for pour over coffee fans. For the ultimate mug that puts all the other ugly novelty mug gifters to shame, get the Mugr by HMM, painstakingly hand-crafted individually. For the ground-up approach purists that grind their own coffee beans, get the Sqoop cast iron coffee scoop for precise and classy scooping deserving of that DeLonghi.
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Art, and the arts in general, have been associated with mental health benefits. As the famous saying goes, “Beauty is the eye of the beholder”, so appreciating visual art is highly personal and subjective. This is why a gift of art is a gift of sincerity - showing your loved ones that you know them. Art doesn't have to be all serious and stiff upper lippy either - get the pop art take on Singapore culture with the Mondrian Durian – Mond(u)rian pop art wall print by Big Red Chilli, or the sweet interpretation of Singapore icons with the Two Lions illustrated art print by Linette.
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Home entertainment options for most are TV and music. But for something more social, turn to games. For certain individuals, games help improve social and cognitive skills that promote mental health. It is no surprise then that board games have been around since ancient civilization, being an innate part of various cultures around the world.
Our Board games like the spicy Hotpot Havoc by Mercat Games make small gatherings at home less dull. Hearing about it all the time but don’t actually know anything about crypto? Learn about the fun and competitive way with Capital Gains Studio’s Cryptocurrency Board Game. For the more digitally inclined, console games with co-op modes, like the similarly delicious Overcooked series or Mario Party, make for a great bonding session for all ages. Unlock your achievements in comfort with the fwooa spandex bean bag with armrest by doob Bean Bags or read our blog on the best gaming bean bags in Singapore.Choose your battle with our selection of games.
Getting cooped up at home can be claustrophobic for many, which is why people have turned to exploring the outdoors, even in a space-scarce city such as Singapore. While the general expectation of a picnic is to have a lively meal outdoors, did you know that a picnic was originally an indoor potluck event? Whatever the case, one would need functional and stylish food boxes and thermal containers to ensure great taste and presentation! For containers to store food, it is important to get high quality food containers made with food-safe materials as they would come into direct contact with the food itself.
We've nitpicked picnic essentials for those who like to dine really really far away from crowds, like the Kokoro Stainless Steel Thermal Food Warmer with Porcelain Bowls by Swanz, the Latte Bento Lunch Box by mosh!, and the Stogo by Qualy Design.
Dabao in style with these food containers.
Creativity is good for the mind and the soul, and many will agree that cooking, like other creative endeavours, is an art.
Having the right cooking preparation and measuring tools and gadgets handy will definitely help the home chef cook with less stress and get the most enjoyment out of the cooking process. Check out clever cooking / baking tools such as the Levoons by Dreamfarm or the Mix & Measure Silicone Spatula by Cookduo as thoughtful gifts for the kitchen officer-in-charge! For the people passionate about their culinary craft, consider getting something that matches their personality. From the cute and quirky ninja board by OTOTO, to the innovative and space-saving Spina by Dreamfarm, there is something in mrphy for everyone.
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Singapore has the unfortunate honour of rising to become one of the most overworked countries in the world, in a 2021 survey. As it turns out, working from home blurs office hours for some, who are compelled to work longer hours. This is especially worrying for workaholics who experience feelings of depression when not working, due to an obsessive and compulsive interest in work. In this day and age, it has become increasingly important to manage work-life balance and maintain a strong social network to ensure good mental health. Remind your friends and loved ones to take a break and chillax, with these irresistible bean bags and tatamis from doob Bean Bags and SoftRock Living.
No matter how hard you work, getting quality sleep is important to allow your mind and body to recharge, so that you are alert and fresh when you wake up. The recommended sleep schedule is between seven to nine hours to help your body remain healthy and function properly. Not getting enough rest - or worse, sleep deprivation - can lead to mood swings, attention lapses, delayed reactions and reduced cognition. So do yourself a favour and get a power nap or a good night’s sleep with these ultra comfy bedding from local brand Weavve, and make those Zs count.
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Living a more sustainable life is the way to go for everybody, and kudos to those who make an effort to go about their day using less resources where possible, leaving less waste. One way would be to actively assess replacement options for single-use plastics such as food containers, carriers and bags; another would be to consciously purchase products made from recycled or sustainable materials.
Get reusable containers that look great, like the Stogo containers by Qualy Design that are made from discarded fishing nets, and home accessories made with sustainable materials, like the Ravin Trays by Pana Objects, to show your appreciation for their doing their part in preserving the environment.
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As we've mentioned in a previous article, growing plants at home comes with several benefits, including mental health ones. However, we know that it's not easy for the modern-day working Singaporean to give his or her plants the attention they need in order for them to grow healthily. Watering plants is one of the simplest yet often overlooked things when caring for home plants. Our innovative self-watering plant pots provide the perfect low maintenance plant care for the busy individual, and look good to boot! Consider gifting the Carepot Self-Watering Plant Pot by Qualy Design or the Care-it Self-Watering Device by Peleg Design to your horticulturally-inclined friends, or get these for yourself to start your own greening journey with these attractive and easy to use plant pots!
Put your green fingers on with these pots and planters.
And there you have it. Our recommendations on gifting for the year 2021, for Christmas gifts that are thoughtful and sincere, and tasteful to boot. Shop these and more on mrphy.sg. More important than receiving these physical gifts though, is the knowledge that someone is looking out for you, and wishes the best for your health, mental, or otherwise.