Staying home has certainly been felt quite keenly this year, and while we haven’t had any official Circuit Breaker-style lockdowns, we still got the sometimes sinking feeling of not having anywhere to go to — which, in hindsight, may not be a bad thing. Maybe someone learnt a new skill, or maybe they took the chance to redo their home furnishings; perhaps even moved to a new place. Whether you know someone with a new home, a house-proud host, or a natural homebody who loves the sweet comforts of their abode, we’ve got something for them.
BOSCH VEROCUP 300 SILVER COFFEE MACHINE
— $1,999, available at Bosch authorised dealers.
There’s instant coffee from a sachet, and then there’s instant coffee from a capsule machine; but nothing beats real café style coffee that is instant but doesn’t taste instant. This coffee machine is fully automatic for maximum convenience; there’s a OneTouch function that allows you to make all your favourite espresso-based beverages at the touch of a button. For drinks that require milk (like cappuccino and latte), there’s something called MilkMagic Pro, where you just pour the milk into the cup.
HERMÈS GRAND THEATRE NOUVEAU CHANGE TRAY
— $1,050, available at hermes.com.
Made in porcelain with hand painted gold trim and a velvet goatskin base, this change tray features a tiger against a graphic and colourful backdrop.
RUHENS V WATER PURIFIER
— from $2,549, available at ruhens.com.sg.
This tankless water purifier can dispense up to five different temperatures and three fixed amounts of water. There’s a removable faucet and automated sterilisation so everything is kept clean and easy to maintain; you just need to change the filter when the indicator reminds you that it’s used up.
AIRBOT WAFFLE MAKER
— $29.90, available at Shopee.
A waffle machine always ends up in everyone’s “nice to have, but not essential” list. Make a hearty breakfast a priority by gifting this 3-in-1 waffle maker, that allows the cook to create waffles, grilled sandwiches, and omelettes. An additional “fish pan” even makes homemade taiyaki.
RIMOWA ONE BOTTLE CASE
— $2,360, available at RIMOWA stores.
This case can hold one bottle. Or you can remove the interior mold and use it as a medicine / makeup / jewellery box.
STEIGEN SOLAR ULTRA
— from $799, available at steigen.com.sg.
Solar drying laundry racks are the answer to everything; clothes dry faster, dustmites are repelled, and nothing smells bad. We especially like the ones from Steigen because their racks are the sleekest and there are five models to choose from, each addressing a different need and budget. If you’re new to this, check out the Solar Ultra that’s just been updated with new colours ($1,199).
— $99 (pillow) and $139 (bedsheets), available at sg.sleepsonno.com.
Soft sheets and firm (but fluffy) pillows will make a huge difference to your rest, and Sonno is so confident with their products, they offer a 30-night trial (for their pillow) and a 1 to 2-year warranty.
WEAVVE HOME LYOCELL DUVET
— from $259, available at weavvehome.com.
Local bedding brand, Weavve Home brings us Singapore’s first Lyocell Duvet made with 100% TENCEL in both its exterior fabric and inner filling. This provides great thermal regulation for comfort (it’s a silky soft feel on the skin) and rest (it’s suitable for those who suffer from common allergies). The exterior is also treated with SILVADUR Advanced Microbial Control technology (by DuPont), which helps to eliminate bacteria, and to stop mold and fungi from forming. A good house-warming gift for a friend with sensitive skin or young children.
XIAOMI TV Q1E 55”
— $1,499, available at Shopee.
Here’s Xiaomi’s new TV that looks good (the exterior is super sleek, while the display is a state-of-the-art DCI-P3 97% colour gamut with one billion colours depth), sounds good (it has cinematic sound with 30W stereo speakers), and has all the apps you need to keep you entertained, with dedicated buttons for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Google Assistant voice control.
RING FIT ADVENTURE FOR NINTENDO SWITCH
— $89.90, available at qisahn.com.
Since they’re gonna be spending much more time at home — or already do — encourage them to keep fit with this novel fitness-themed game, that sneaks in arms, legs, and abs workouts while they’re battling a very buff dragon.
SELENIGHTCO THE SIGNATURE KIMONO IN STRIPES
— $89, available at selenightco.com.
For that person who’d like to saunter around their house in PJs and still look great. Simply throw in this pastel-toned kimono, and you’re suddenly presentable for answering the door.
WANDERLUST + CO. BOOK CLUB
— from $80.72, available at wanderlustandco.com.
If they ever feel like leaving the house, they can still carry some of that cosiness with them, in the form of these Book Club necklaces. Shaped in the classic silhouette of a book, each jewellery piece also encourages us to be kind and reflect on our younger and future selves.
REMODELISTA: THE ORGANIZED HOME
— $39.90, available at ohhappyfry.com.
We like that this book isn’t trying to be like Marie Kondo. Instead of forcing you to minimise the number of things you have, it shows you ways to organise and display them beautifully.
URBAN COMPANY HOME SERVICES PLATFORM
— services available for booking on urbancompany.com/singapore.
Everyone always seems to be busy and strapped for time, so who wouldn’t welcome the extra help to clean the house, service the aircon or even get a massage. Book your friend some experiences at Urban Company — we recommend a classic mani/pedi ($53) and one-hour Swedish massage ($97) done in the comfort of your friend’s home, and a professional-grade 5-hour house clean ($96).