By now, we ought to be very familiar with the 2-pax social distancing restrictions… for better or for worse. Here’s hoping that the current 5-pax rule stays, but as with all things COVID, we never truly know!
Keeping to a limited social bubble sure feels cosy, and we’re still thankful it’s not a total lockdown, but it might also feel like we’re running out of things to do. No problem here. Whether you’re looking for activities to pass the time, are forced to pick up life skills with your new roommate, or just want to reward your pal for sticking by you all this time — we’re looking at your Instagram boyfriends — here are some sweet gifts you can consider.
WMF BARIC SOMMELIER SET, 5-PIECE
— $209, available at the WMF Official Store on Shopee and Lazada, and major departmental stores including Takashimaya, BHG, and Metro.
Date night for two, you say? Dine-in restrictions be damned; your friend can still impress their date with home-cooked dinner and wine — even better when they’ve got this fancy sommelier set by their side. It consists of a bottle opener, pouring stopper, bottle stopper, foil stopper, and corkscrew, which provides a nice, firm grip so anyone can open a wine bottle like a pro.
If you’re a certified millennial, you’ve probably been to countless cafes with your gal pal — singular, no thanks to the constant 2-pax dining restrictions we’ve been facing. Bless her with one of these cute baguette bags, in colours of cream and tan, with shapes and braided details that remind us of all the cruffins, croissants, and other hyped-about baked goods you both have been hunting down.
CARTIER PANTHÈRE DE CARTIER CHECKERS SET
— POA, available at Cartier boutiques.
Part of the Art de Vivre collection, this one should be high on most wishlists — if you can afford it. While functional, the checkers board is still made to be as exquisite as possible, of a wood lacquered board with a golden finish. If you’re looking for something more attainable though, the luxury brand’s home collection also carries this 4-piece jewellery tray series.
SOCIETYA UNWIND SET
— $135, available at society-a.com.
Moved out of your parents’ house for some much-needed personal space? We feel ya. This one’s for you and your roommate. The Unwind Set by fashion retailer Society A puts together a buttery-soft Rawbought Je Dors Sleepshirt, and a Zendle English Pear & Freesia 100% soy wax candle for all the self-care moments you’ll need. End the day with the Do It All Mask from Grail Skin — who knows, this might be your new Friday night ritual.
LEGO SANTA’S VISIT
— $149.90, available at bricksworld.com.
Spend quality time building this house together, then drop Santa down the chimney for fun. We love that the mini Christmas tree has lighted bricks, and you can pull the roof off to explore the cozy home within.
PUI PUI MOLCAR LET’S! MOLCAR PARTY
— to be released 16 December 2021, available in physical edition copies and as a download on the Nintendo eShop.
Forget Animal Crossing, Molcars and their brand-new town, Moltown are what you want to build and collect! This is a party game for 1-4 players, and comes to the Nintendo Switch on 16 December. You can play dress-up, challenge each other to mini games, and try and get new Molcars to visit your growing town. Watch this game trailer.
LE CREUSET X HARRY POTTER ROUND DUTCH OVEN
— $599, available at exclusively at Takashimaya.
With all the on-again, off-again social distancing restrictions, it’s time you both picked up a useful hobby: cooking. Combine that with this charming design off their Harry Potter cookware collection, and you’re all set to whip up some magic in the kitchen.
WMF KITCHENMINIS® 2-EGG COOKER
— $119, available at the WMF Official Store on Shopee and Lazada, and major departmental stores including Takashimaya, BHG, and Metro.
If you can’t really cook though, no shame, technology to the rescue! Great for couples, the space-conscious KITCHENminis® 2-egg cooker is a godsend in the kitchen, whether you want them hard, soft, or anything in between. It comes with a measuring mug right on the device, so all you have to do is add the right amount of water according to the egg size and how well you’d like your eggs done.
BYND ARTISAN THE ULTIMATE SAFETY SET
— $150, available at Bynd Artisan stores and online.
For your deserving social bubble friend, especially the one who’s already ready with tissues and hand sanitiser whenever your ask for it. The Ultimate Safety Set by Bynd Artisan adds a luxurious touch to everyday essentials, and comprises of a Token & Key Holder with Strap Wristlet, Leather Hand Sanitiser Holder, and a Leather Immunity Guard Atomiser, a disinfecting spray that keeps germs at bay.
BURBERRY MINI LEATHER ZIP OLYMPIA BAG IN SOFT VIOLET
— $2,390, available at Burberry stores and online.
By choice or not, you’re now their IG photographer — there’s literally nobody else. Oh well, time to lean into it then. This runway-ready shoulder bag, set to be Burberry’s new icon, has a curved moon-shaped structured silhouette that makes for flattering OOTDs and interesting perspectives.
LACOSTE X PEANUTS PRINT CANVAS VERTICAL SHOULDER BAG
— $149, available at Lacoste boutiques and online at Lazada and Zalora.
Anddd… for the Instagram boyfriend / husband. The one who literally bent over backwards for a passable shot of you. They deserve a treat for their hard work, don’t you think? This Lacoste x Peanuts collab does the perfect job.
— $19.90 per box, available at drinkaid.co.
To help your friend ease into social gatherings, especially ones that involve copious amounts of alcohol, DrinkAid might be their new best friend. Each pill is made of 100% natural ingredients, of herbs and antioxidants that protects one from the nasty side effects of alcohol consumption, including nausea, facial flushing, while also reducing morning-after downtime. No more Asian flush!