Despite the Circuit Breaker being scheduled to lift in June, there is no news yet about the re-opening of retail stores. As such, while cakes and food are easy to source for the festivities, buying presents will be a big headache. Fret not, we have sourced for the top 10 sites to help you out with the purchase of proper gifts for your loved ones, so they can have a very happy birthday.
From practical to novelty items, Naiise is one of Singapore’s ultimate go-to shops for gifts. With options for every occasion and budget, they also boast a sizeable selection of quirky and nostalgic local-inspired items. Besides the typical items like household products and plush toys, they also sell interesting gardening kits for plants like Kang Kong and Lavender. If you’re all out of ideas for gifts, browsing through their catalogue is sure to inspire you!
2. Hush Candle
If the person you’re gifting has a penchant for zen spaces and all things nice smelling, Hush Candle is the shop you have to check out! Their products include candles, room sprays, hand sanitisers and essential oils, and they all follow a minimalist aesthetic. Each product is handcrafted with love, and infused with therapeutic grade essential oils. Even with all this, everything stays incredibly affordable.
They also have mix-and-match gift set options, which would save you the trouble of having to package the items to look pretty!
3. Okimochi Box
For surprise gifts made easy, Okimochi Box has got you covered. This store follows a unique but intruiging concept, delivering mystery boxes from sender to recipient. To order a box, you have to define the occasion, your budget and describe your birthday boy/girl. After submitting your order, the rest is up to the curators at Okimochi Box to choose the best gift for your recipient. Premium boxes also come with bespoke bouquets, saving you a separate order at the florist’s.
This is definitely the best option for exciting gifts, both for the recipient and the sender!
Shopping for the fashionista can be tiring, but Graye is a good bet with their modernistic minimal style. The brand promotes sustainable fashion, opting for natural fabrics over synthetic. The home-grown clothing brand designs all their products in-house, creating quality pieces that match their neutral, uni-sex brand.
Additionally, Graye provides free local delivery so you don’t have to worry about spending a small fortune on shipping costs!
5. The Secret Mermaid
To celebrate in style, The Secret Mermaid does delivery cocktails for the ultimate drink & chill session from home! The cocktail bar is located in Raffles Place, but have migrated online to share their amazing American craft spirits during the Circuit Breaker period. Everything needed to make their signature cocktails is packed neatly and available for island-wide delivery, drive-through and self-collection.
Each packet of drinks is good for 2 servings, and is perfect for the Zoom birthday celebration of an alcoholic’s dreams!
6. Noel Gifts
You may have seen some of their retail stores in our local hospitals – Noel Gifts is the one-stop shop for presents, regardless of occasion. From hampers and bouquets, to jewellery and household items, the folks at Noel Gifts are able to make almost anything into an exquisite and memorable gift.
Their beautiful bouquets are designed by in-house florists, who ensure the freshest seasonal flowers for each order. If there are any special preferences or requests for the order, Noel Gifts is also open to customisations!
For the gadget geeks, Rack85 is the must-visit shop for the latest tech trinkets. With an arsenal of devices from cameras to drones, there will definitely be something for everyone! They even have an official Samsung E-store, so you know they’re legit!
Rack85 will be providing free delivery for purchases till 1 June 2020, so you won’t have to shop while worrying about delivery fees!
8. By Invite Only
Specialising in simple, elegant jewellery, By Invite Only sells a wide range of affordable and pretty fashion pieces for the perfect gift. All the items sold are hypoallergenic and sustainable, so you can be rest assured that your purchase will be wearable and conflict-free.
Delivery is done by courier, at an affordable rate of $3 for orders below $50 and free for orders above $50. They also do international shipping, so distance will not be an issue in sending your loved ones a gift.
9. Beauty Emporium
If you’re looking for the ultimate spot for pampering your birthday girl or boy, Beauty Emporium has everything you would need. With buckets of skincare, makeup and body care products available, you can expect to find popular brands like Browhaus and smaller independent brands alike.
Get free delivery on orders over $50, and new customers can enjoy an additional 10% off their orders.
Some of you may already be familiar with the American site Etsy, which sells mainly handmade and unique craft items. You can find nearly anything on the platform, from independent sellers who usually make their products to order.
Pro tip: purchasing your gifts from Singapore stores will allow you to get your gifts more quickly and save on delivery fees. Also, supporting local artists and craftsmen is always a plus!
With these stores powering through the pandemic, we can shop in peace for gifts. They’ve got you covered with delivery options, so just sit back and wait for your birthday surprise to arrive at your special someone’s doorstep!
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