Taking care of yourself is a wonderful thing, so here are some pampering presents you can gift yourself, or to a loved one who’s on a similar mindfulness journey. We’ve got candles and beautiful home accessories that’ll put you in the right calming mood, whether you’re all for better sleep, or just a quiet sanctuary to journal your thoughts; little everyday luxuries that will elevate your home life; or just, nice treats to reward yourself for a year gone by, and as encouragement for the year ahead.
AESOP AROMATIQUE INCENSE & BRONZE INCENSE HOLDER
— $210 for the Bronze Incense Holder, and $53 for the Aromatique Incense. Available at Aesop signature stores,and aesop.com.
Here’s a beautiful, understated design object anyone would love to have in their home. The subtle curves of Aesop’s Bronze Incense Holder invite one to take in a moment of serenity and calm, designed specifically to hold a single stick of the Aroramatique Incense as it hovers over a concave bronze dish, catching fallen ash along the way. As designer Fabio Vogel puts it: “I wanted to give the ashes a stage, slightly raised from the table. In an abstract way, the shape resembles a giving or supporting hand.”
CANDLE WARMER LAMP
— $32.50, available from Shopee.
A candle warmer beats the flame when it comes to having their precious scented candles last as long as possible. This Nordic-inspired design gently caresses the candle with serene warmth, without soot, smoke, or a potential fire hazard.
SOCIETYA DAWN CANDLE SET
— $75, available at the POP! By SocietyA store and online.
The newly-launched DAWN candle set by SocietyA is ideal for early risers and tranquil mornings, with a trio of Pure, Eternity and Harmony candles giving off soft and delicate notes of black tea, celebratory champagne, or calming sandalwood, bergamot and amber.
FANNTASY BY FANN WONG CHRISTMAS TARTS
— From $65, available at fanntasybakes.com.sg.
There’s nothing like a good cake to warm the cockles of your heart. Fann is baking two new tarts for the holiday season — the Chestnut Mont Blanc Tart ($68, a popular French-Italian pastry that has a buttery almond sable base that is then layered with a hazelnut praline folded with feuilletine shards for textural contrast), and Brown Butter Pecan Tart ($65, a Christmas favourite with its decadent, nutty taste!). Both will be available for sale alongside Fanntasy’s best-selling Signature Valrhona Chocolate Tart.
SAMSUNG BESPOKE AIRDRESSER
— $2,474, available from samsung.com.
This isn’t something you really need, but it’s definitely something you want. This gadget cleans, deodorises and steams out those wrinkles in your clothes. It’s also good for killing germs on soft toys and bedding.
HERMÈS CHORUS STELLARUM SCARF 70CM IN METALLIC SILK TWILL
— $540, available in-store at Hermès boutiques and online in various combinations from hermes.com.
It’s been a hard year; treat yourself to a silk scarf from Hermès. These feel glorious on the skin, and come in an incredible number of designs. We love this one from the Holiday collection that features the skull rider on a skeletal horse.
CARTIER LOVE BRACELET
— $6,350, available at cartier.sg.
If you’ve been eyeing the Cartier Love Bracelet for a while, this could be your sign to get it. We think it’s a great investment in style and feel-good vibes. Still want to treat yourself but want something more affordable, check out the Love Single Earring in Yellow Gold that retails at $790.
PUMA X AMI TRC BLAZE MID SNEAKERS
— $279, available from sg.puma.com.
You’ll want to cop these before they sell out. They’re part of Puma’s collaboration with the Parisian label AMI and these shoes are relaxed, refined, edgy and sporty. Also very comfortable.
GUCCI BANANYA PRINTED SILK-TWILL SCARF
— US$254.70, available from net-a-porter.com.
Bananya is about cats who live in bananas. Enough said.
CASETIFY PHONE STRAPS
— US$45, available from casetify.com.
It’s finally time to jump on the hands-free wagon with one of these sleek leather straps from CASETiFY. While you’re at it, treat yourself to a new case; there are thousands of designs.
COLGATE WATER FLOSSER
— $99.90, available from the Official Store on Shopee.
Here’s a case for everyday luxury. Instead of the obvious, such as luxury creams or luxury bags, this Colgate Water Flosser makes it so much easier to get through the daily task of flossing one’s teeth, such that it’s no longer a chore. The portable flossing device is equipped with nozzles that spray ultra-fine streams of water to clean in between teeth, with adjustable pressure modes so that it can be as gentle on the gums as possible.
— $319, from hydragun.sg.
The original Hydragun Massage Gun is one of the leading massage guns in the market, and now there’s a mini version of it.The Atom is a full-powered portable percussion massager that is quiet, compact and portable, half the weight of a full-sized gun, but is still able to produce up to 8kg of force. If you’ve been wanting a massage gun for yourself, this is the one to get now.
THE SALVE CO. BETTER SLEEP BUNDLE
— $73, available at thesalveco.com.
We know how hard it is to sleep. This helps. It’s a bundle of all-natural sleep aids including a Better Sleep Salve with lavender and eucalyptus to destress, Inner Calm Body Oil, and a Better Sleep Pillow Mist of lavender and eucalyptus to make your bedroom and pillow smell like a dreamy wonderland.
SELENIGHTCO SLEEP WELL SET
— $128, available at selenightco.com.
Sleep is indeed precious, so here are more things that ensure a good one. The homegrown brand pairs their Signature Pyjamas Set in soothing shades with a just-as-calming Sleep Well candle with notes of lavender and cedarwood, as well as natural Rose Quartz and Selenite crystals to bring about balanced energy. Their loungewear is also buttery-soft and breathable, with just the right stretch, that our next struggle would be getting out of bed! We’ll take that any day.
LULULEMON WUNDER TRAIN HIGH-RISE TIGHT
— $158, available at Lululemon stores.
On the other end of the “treat yourself” spectrum, would be the acknowledgement that there’s no gain without (some) pain, unless you can minimise the latter with a pair of good training tights. The Wunder Train collection is all about keeping cool, with the highly-breathable and sweat-wicking Everlux™ fabric so one feels comfortable throughout high-intensity workouts.
LAZY OAF GOOD DAZE GOLD MOODS RING
— £129, available from lazyoaf.com.
It’s ok to be happy or sad. This gold ring will remind you of that.