Top of the weirdest trending phrases we’ve heard this year other than ‘WAP’ — SingapoRediscovers and Singapoliday. We still can’t get our brains to accept the odd spelling, but you know what, anything to help our tourism industry! Give your utmost support as a proud Singaporean by exploring the tourist spots we often overlook in lieu of overseas locales — and by supporting local brands as much as you can. If you know a wide-eyed explorer or someone on a staycation spree, we know they’ll want to have these practical (or um, aspirational) gifts in tow.
$1,750, at Rimowa stores
Their RIMOWA suitcase might be gathering dust in storage at this moment, but no worries, the luggage brand has put forth these covetable Personal cases, a line of mini polycarbonate cases that take on the brand’s signature grooves, and can be worn as a crossbody or clutch in four fresh colours.
CHANEL AIRPODS PRO CASE IN BLACK LAMBSKIN
$1,570, at Chanel boutiques
Probably the most bougie way to carry their Airpods Pro, the Chanel case features the classic quilt stitching and leather-weaved chain strap of their luxury bags, down to that double-C logo. And guess what, Chanel has made attaching mini accessories to your belt dad-approved chic.
LONGCHAMP MY PLIAGE SIGNATURE
From $420, at longchamp.com/sg
Universal truth: all frequent travellers own a Longchamp Pliage. What makes this one extra special is that you can now customise your own version of the brand’s iconic top handle bag, where you get to choose everything from the canvas colour, trimming, accessories finish, text, and drop shadow colours. The result is a ubiquitous yet practical bag design that stands out.
AUGUST BERG MORRIS & CO. PRIMROSE ROSE GOLD STRAWBERRY THIEF BIRD WATCH*
$349, from augustberg.com
Giving or receiving a watch may or may not be superstitious, but no one said anything about giving one to yourself. This delightful piece features a timeless print designed by British Heritage Artist and Designer, William Morris, and has an anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass for telling clear time.
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MANSUR GAVRIEL BABY PLEATED BUCKET BAG
$495, from mansurgavriel.com
For the inevitable OOTDs as your friend traverses about our little island, the Baby Pleated Bucket Bag has to be the cutest. In bright shades of yellow, green, pink, and blue, this baby bag, made of rich vegetable tanned leather, can be worn as a crossbody, necklace, or belt bag — and will brighten up their IG feed too.
CHANEL OVAL SUNGLASSES WITH GLASS PEARLS
$1,490, at Chanel boutiques
The pearl chain is a trend that’s not exclusive to granny or Pharrell; it’s been making appearances all over social media for the past year, and these ones on a pair of classic CHANEL oval shades look — and feel — as fancy as they come.
MCM MONOGRAM KNIT FACE ACCESSORY WITH CHAIN
$150, from mcmworldwide.com
Even though you can only holiday within your own country, do it like the baller you are. And nothing screams fancy more than a monogrammed knit face mask with a detachable logo chain.
LEICA X ZEGNA CARRYING STRAP
$800, from leica-store.sg
You can’t get more luxurious than this camera strap made from the most refined veal leather, with seams individually finished by hand. It’s a collaboration with the fashion house of Zegna, and can be used for any camera model with side rings. Product dimensions: 1250x25x10mm.
PRADA STAINLESS STEEL WATER BOTTLE
$120, from Prada boutiques
You know they’re bound to get thirsty will all that extensive travelling. Wouldn’t they love to bust out a Prada water bottle while they’re at it? The stainless steel design is topped up with embossed lettering so any curious bystanders will know it’s clearly Prada — even if they’re more than 1m away.
THE PAPER BUNNY SANDWICH BAG IN DAISIES IVORY
$13.90, available at thepaperbunny.com
Anyone with children in tow, or a perennially-hungry boyfriend / husband, would know to pack some snacks ahead of the trip. These reusable sandwich bags by The Paper Bunny, with cheery designs, make (eco-friendly) snacking more delightful than ever.
BEYOND THE VINES CAMP STOOL
$45, from beyondthevines.com
Cruise to nowhere, a trip to one of Singapore’s forgotten islands, or a morning hike through our wetlands? This foldable camp chair from local label Beyond The Vines is an absolute must-pack, and even comes with a matching pouch to store it in.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE ARCHITECTURAL LAMINATED COASTERS
$12, at the National Museum of Singapore store
While out on a museum date, why not pop by the museum store for a couple of souvenirs, like you would at the Tate or the Louvre. There, you might find cool gifts to-go, such as these coasters, inspired by key architectural elements of our National Museum, including the dome, wrought iron spiral staircase, and Victorian stained glass windows. All shoppers get to enjoy 15% off their purchase of Museum Label merchandise this month.
KAI LOTS OF LOVE BUCKET HAT
$39.90, available at iamkai.co
We all know how unpredictable Singapore weather can get, but a bucket hat would solve all problems, rain or shine! Kai’s take on the trendy streetwear style is a collaboration with South Korean artist, GOODMORNINGTOWN, and sees a trio of embroidered heart motifs on the front of the wide brim design.
STUDIO MU YU POTONG ICE CREAM EARRINGS
$50, available at muyu.co
You’re Singaporean and proud — might as well flaunt some heritage food while at it. This tribute to our friendly ice-cream uncles, and the potong ice-cream they always gladly serve up, is equal parts nostalgia and fresh style when crafted in the form of wood-and-resin earrings.
ZENYMSONIC™ ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH
$89.90, from zenyum.com
Your friend may be checking in to a 5-star hotel, but really, their pearly whites should be subject to 5-star treatment too. Instead of relying on single-use dental kits, get them this sonic-powered toothbrush that’s hygienic, smart, and long-lasting even on a single battery charge. It also comes with an automatic 2-minute timer — all the better for clean teeth and a confident smile.
MORE GIFT IDEAS IN OUR NYLON STAY HOME XMAS GIFT GUIDE, HERE.