Here’s how you identify a professional lounger — the person who always leaves first at large holiday gatherings, the friend who actually got a bit sad when circuit breaker was lifted, and that someone who counts a ‘movie marathon’ as one of their finest physical achievements. An introvert, your most relaxed friend, or perhaps a homebody who spends an incredible amount of effort sprucing up their homes, here are some gifts to help them unwind.
LAZY OAF FRIENDS RUG
— £200, available at lazyoaf.com.
True friends don’t come easy but this rug does! This monochrome piece will fit nicely into any decor, whether it’s in front of the coffee table or the sofa.
HUAWEI SOUND JOY SPEAKER
— $168 (U.P. $188), available at Huawei’s official store on Shopee.
Since your friend is home all the time, good sound is in order. Huawei’s Sound Joy is co-engineered with Devialet (so you know it’s good) and packs a punchy sound for such a compact unit. We like the green shade that’s perfect for Christmas.
DEARBORN GRANOLA SUBSCRIPTION
— From $16, available at dearborn.sg.
Chef Christopher Kong’s handcrafted granola became quite the sensation during 2020’s circuit breaker period, and we think it’s because he nails that delightful crunchy texture and delicate balance of quality ingredients. The flavours hardly disappoint too with a zesty Lemon Pistachio, bestselling blend of Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut and Sea Salt, or one boasting earthy notes of matcha and pecans.
RUHENS PURIMAX PITCHER
— $79, from ruhens.com.sg.
With this pitcher with 4-stage filtration, clean, fresh-tasting water is just a pour away.
SUPER MATCHA SUPER BORI
— $44, from thepaperbunny.com.
This is a thick, savory, caffeine-free barley powder that’s made with 100% roasted organic barley grown in Italy. And it’s been processed and cured to create the taste of a cafe latte. Mmmmm….
1-AT-HOME CHRISTMAS BUNDLE
— $465++, available from www.1-at-home.com.
Nothing says a cosy Christmas at home more than a Christmasy feast! Order in 1-At-Home’s Christmas Bundle that includes a Roasted Turkey Breast with Pistachio and Pancetta Stuffing (2kg), a Honey Glazed & Baked Smoked Ham (1.6g), Woodfired Grilled One-Bone OP Ribs (800g), and Woodfired Grilled Rack of Lamb (800g). Lay it all out on wooden boards, add a couple of acorns and fairy lights by the side, and you’ve got yourself an Instagrammable moment that’ll fill the tummies of 7 to 8 friends. Remember to plan ahead because pre-orders are required to be made 5 days ahead of the delivery date, with the last pre-order date being 19 December.
MICKEY AND MINNIE MOUSE CHRISTMAS COOKIE JAR
— $85.90, available at shopdisney.asia.
Disney-fy a loved one’s home with this irresistible cookie jar. Whether they love baking, or camping on Instagram at 12pm on a weekday to order a batch of biscuits from popular home bakers, the official Disney store has a couple of cute jars and bowls they’ll appreciate.
THE RARE HONEY COMPANY RECOVERY PACK
— $98, available from therarehoneycompany.com.
The Rare Honey Company sources 100% real honey from South Western Australia, and we just love how they’ve got so many varieties to choose from — all cold-filtered, unadulterated goodness. Included here: Super Jarrah TA 20+, a variety known for its toffee-like texture, and Super Redgum TA 20+, that tastes lightly smoked with a spicy and floral aftertaste. Both these are known for their powerful healing properties, especially since they are packed with antioxidants, and have natural antibacterial properties that helps soothe sore throats, among other benefits.
RAWBOUGHT JE DORS SHORT SET PYJAMAS (BURGUNDY)
— $79, available at rawbought.com.
Old school t-shirts won’t do for the homebody! One obviously has to look their best if they’re spending 90% of their time at home, and these pyjamas from Rawbought’s Je Dors Signature Collection feature just the rich classic details, in a buttery-soft Lenzing Modal fabric, for all-day lounging.
SUNDAY BEDDING BAMBOO SHEET SET
— $228, available at the Sunday Bedding store, and online at sundaybedding.com.
For the person who can stay at home all day. Sustainable bedsheets made of 100% bamboo rayon, a material that feels incredibly soft on the skin, and importantly in our humid weather, is also cooling and wicks away sweat. Good news for serial bed loungers.
LETZ GET NAUGHTY SOCIAL CARD GAME
— $32, available from letzgetnaughty.com.
Staying home doesn’t have to be boring. Want to find out more about your partner’s sexual preferences, or maybe dare your friends to do inappropriate things (it’s not that bad)? Then this card game is the perfect ice breaker at any Christmas party. Questions like…”Have you ever filmed a sex tape?” or “It turns me on when someone says ____ during sex” are all the cheeky things your friends can ask each other. It’ll be a Christmas to remember.
NU WILD AMBER MOONLIGHT REED DIFFUSER
— $38, available from eastnomads.co.
Diffusers are dime a dozen these days, so here’s one that’s a little more unique. Hailing from a scent studio based in Shanghai, China, the diffuser looks just like a medicine hall bottle, and has an opulent-floral scent with notes of sandalwood, amber and red rose.