It's a unique end of the year here in Singapore. While some people have a previously yearly tradition of travelling in November or December, we're more or less grounded (As of the time of writing, even the inaugural Hong-Kong-Singapore Travel Bubble had been delayed). Now with the new normal being staying more at home, we have curated some gift ideas in every price range, to show that you care, in a time where our friends and loved ones need it the most.
Why anyone would spend their time at home in anything but a comfortable seat is beyond our comprehension. If you have friends who have yet to see the light, now is the time to gift them a comfortable bean bag for their home. Apart from being able to ergonomically conform to your spine, the bean bag spreads your weight in a way so as to have a more even distribution of pressure than if you were to sit on a chair.
Depending on the preference of the interior style, and the recipient's personality, you could get something structured and neutral, like a SoftRock Living Bohemian lounger bean bag for a minimalist or modern deco. Or you could go the opposite end for someone who is into vibrance and get a Rainbow plopsta' by doob Bean Bags, which suits the 90s revival. Or anything in between really.
Your friend is adamant on not leaving their chair? Get a cushion instead for that lumbar back support that helps to add some flair in the interior.
Floor Mats are underated. Good floor mats even more so. A door mat that highlights your recipient's unique personality and to break the monotony of an otherwise uniform entrance, that is easy to clean. Or a soft floor mat that is both artistic as it is functional, that complements the interior and furnishings.
Etna is great for the new parent - soft and washable floor mats to add some extra cosiness to the nursery. For a thoughtful housewarming present, get a subtle but friendly Clark door mat, or a cheekier Sana, or an artistic Smith - to show how much thought you put into choosing your gift.
Looking for a stocking stuffer? Check out our door stoppers too for a quirky accent.
They say that you are what you eat. And as a logical extension, what you put in your Kitchen should significantly reflect who you are as a person. Kitchen Gadgets are a great gift, now more so with people eating at home more.
Get the Diga from OMMO, a bowl that doubles up as a colander, for the more minimalist cook as a space-saver. Other cool kitchen tools that both impress your giftee and are so practical include Dreamfarm's Spadle or Holey Spadle with their ability to transform from a spoon/scoop to a ladle and back.
While cooking is said to be an art, baking is more of a science. That is why precision and measuring is so important in baking, and by extension, measuring tools are a great gift to give to your baker friends. Super practical Levups from Dreamfarm that help you level your scoops for precision, or the cuter but still functional Mon Cherry measuring spoon set by OTOTO, there is sure to be a gift option for every budding Xavi Donnay. Check out this blog post on the best baking tools and tips for more interesting bakeware!
Tea is therapeutic. Not only the warm fuzzy feeling from imbibing a hot beverage, or the fragrance of a fresh brew in the air, but the very act of tea drinking actually has been found to lower the stress hormone Cortisol.
For the casual Tea drinker, get the Tea House by OTOTO, a cheery habitat for tea bags. For the tea leaf connoisseur, get the sleek Presso from Hong Kong designers Simple Lab Experience. For stocking stuffers or gift exchange, get the beautiful Koma or Torus tea infusers instead, or one of many other quirky Tea Infusers that help perk you up in dreary afternoon meetings.
Working and studying at home may be great, but that also means the risk of bringing the dreariness and monotony to your safe space. Keep the Monday blues away with cheery stationery, from Peleg Design bookmarks, to Qualy Design organisers, to OTOTO Design paper clip holders. Read our article on other great work-from-home accessories.
Giving a houseplant is a great gift idea. Not only do keeping houseplants come with many different benefits, a plant represents well-wishes and good fortune. Present your plant in a planter or pot for extra green points. Pick from various sizes from the Micro Greenhouse terrarium, to the medium Care Pot, to the larger Oasis Pots.
Hooks as a gift? Hear us out.
A designer wall hook is the penultimate marriage of form and function. It serves a purpose, helps keep a floor uncluttered by having some hanging space for classy organisation. On top of that, by virtue of being on the wall, it has a small profile and doesn't add any unwelcome bulk, unlike that thoughtless white elephant that someone else got - not you!
Thirdly, a pretty wall hook is like an art installation and adds to the overall decor of a living room or bedroom. Use natural wood hooks like the Hangy or the Snappi by Pana Objects for a light and fresh Scandi home, or a more modern and geometric Early Bird wall hook by Moreover that also can be used as a desk organiser.
The best thing? NOBODY ELSE is going to give a set of wall hooks as a present.
A wall clock is an important part of home decor, providing both functionality as well as helping to accent the wall, just like wall hooks. These wall clocks by Japanese brand Solcion additionally provide something of a conversation piece, with an ever-evolving geometric pattern. Just make sure your recipient isn't superstitious, as clocks are considered unlucky in traditional Chinese culture, because "giving a clock" in Chinese is a homonym for a funeral send-off!
Get your holiday shopping done like a boss and gift these winter-influenced decor that are both functional and still manage to not look out of place once the Christmas season is over (unlike that Christmas tree that keeps not getting put away. The Winter Forest Accessory Tray or the the Winter Time cotton bud holder are a great addition to the bedroom vanity area. For a stocking stuffer, get the Winter Wonder Magnet Set.
This list is in no way exhaustive - browse the rest of our store to find the perfect Christmas Gift or Housewarming Gift, and use the filters and categories for easier navigation through our various award-winning product design brands. Shop mrphy online for quality home accessories and home decor, with free shipping in Singapore (with minimum spend). Is your giftee some who is very particular about their homeware and home decor? Get a mrphy giftcard instead for guaranteed satisfaction.