Under $25: 9 Super Local Christmas Gifts That Will Surely Amaze Your Friends!

Christmas is around the corner and Discover SG is here to save you from cracking your brains for the perfect Christmas gifts for your friends and family.

Read on for the best wallet-friendly picks from local brands and unleash your inner shopaholic!

1. For the couch potato

“I don’t want to go out lah, I’m very tired. I  just want to stay at home and nua.”

Know a friend who is just like that? This is the gift for him or her!

i-am-not-couch-potato
Credit: Naiise

Designed by Epigram Books, this A6 little notebook brings out your friend’s personality and is also small enough to carry around easily.

I am not a couch potato notebook
Naiise
3 Gateway Drive, Westgate Mall #01-30, Singapore 608532
6 Eu Tong Sen Street Central, #02-23,Singapore 059817
112 East Coast Road, I12 Katong, #01-31/32, Singapore 428802
3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City North Wing #01-477, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 11am-10pm daily
Cost: $10.60
Website: Naiise

2. For the everything also DIY friend

If you know someone who loves DIY projects, this starter kit will allow your friend to express his or her creativity.

diy-starter-kit
Credit: Operation Overhaul

Who knows, maybe your Christmas gift next year will be created from this kit?

DIY Starter Kit
Cost: $15
Website: Operation Overhaul

3. For the army boy

Men who are going through or have been through National Service are bound to be familiar with this jerry can that they have to bring for road marches.

jerry-can-water-bottle
Credit: Naiise

Not only will this Christmas gift allow our men to reminisce about their ah boys to men days, it will also keep them hydrated.

NS Jerry can bottle
Cost: $15.60
Naiise
3 Gateway Drive, Westgate Mall #01-30, Singapore 608532
6 Eu Tong Sen Street Central, #02-23,Singapore 059817
112 East Coast Road, I12 Katong, #01-31/32, Singapore 428802
3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City North Wing #01-477, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 11am-10pm daily
Website: Naiise

4. For the super local friend

Soy milk and youtiao are a common sight in our heartlands. Who doesn’t enjoy dipping a youtiao into a piping hot cup of soy milk?

soymilk-and-youtiao-totebag
Credit: when I was four

If your friend is crazy about all things local, she will be squealing in delight when she sees this cute little tote bag that can be paired easily with casual wear.

Soymilk and Youtiao tote bag
Cost:
$24
When I was four
261 Waterloo Street #02-18 Singapore 180261
Opening Hours: Mondays (closed), Tuesday – Friday 12pm – 7.30pm (weekday lunch break between 2 – 3pm), Saturday 12.30pm – 6.30pm, Sunday 12.30 – 5.30pm
Website: wheniwasfour

5. For the colleague:

Need we say more? We are in love with this sketchpad full of humorous Singlish phrases that most of us can identify with!

teesaurus-buddy-sketchpad
Credit: Naiise

The sketchpad also comes with blank pages for your colleague to express his creativity or include his toilet humour to explain why he is not at his desk.

TEE-SAURUS Office Buddy sketchpad
Cost: $18.90
Naiise
3 Gateway Drive, Westgate Mall #01-30, Singapore 608532
6 Eu Tong Sen Street Central, #02-23,Singapore 059817
112 East Coast Road, I12 Katong, #01-31/32, Singapore 428802
3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City North Wing #01-477, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 11am-10pm daily
Website: Naiise

6. For the fashionista:

What better way to surprise a fashionista than with this chio little lip and cheek tint from Shophouse Sixtyfive.

chiobu-lip-and-cheek-tint
Credit: Shophouse Sixtyfive

Your friend can pack this niffy beauty kit into her make-up pouch and start being a chio bu immediately after receiving your Christmas gift.

Wah Chiobu Lip & Cheek Tint
Cost: $18.90
Shophouse Sixtyfive
Spurhauswerks, Orchard Central, #02-22, 181 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238896
The Nail Social, 42A Haji Lane  2nd floor (opposite vaingloriousyou)
Website: Shophouse Sixtyfive

7. For the tea lover:

Christmas is the time to lim teh and be merry!

nasi-lemak-tea
Credit: Ette Tea Company

This Nasi Lemak tea – yes, you heard us right, was inspired by one of our popular local dishes. It is made up of a fragrant mix of houjicha, genmaicha, coconut flakes, as well as local favorites such as dried pandan, dried chilli and flavouring. Don’t say Discover SG bojio!

Nasi Lemak Tea (50g)
Cost: $18
Ette Tea Shop & Atelier
Address: 333 Kreta Ayer Road, #03-25, Singapore 080333
Opening Hours: 10.30am- 6pm
Website: Ette Tea Company

Naiise
Address:

3 Gateway Drive, Westgate Mall #01-30, Singapore 608532
6 Eu Tong Sen Street Central, #02-23,Singapore 059817
112 East Coast Road, I12 Katong, #01-31/32, Singapore 428802
3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City North Wing #01-477, Singapore 038983
Opening H0urs: 11am-10pm daily
Website: Naiise

8. For the bookworm:

If your friend always has his nose in a book and fancies a quiet Christmas, this debut collection of short stories by local author Amanda Lee Koe will blow him away.

Credit: Books Actually

In “Fourteen Entries from the Diary of Maria Hertogh”, Amanda Lee Koe shows what it is like to explore Singapore’s history through the eyes of Maria Hertogh, a Dutch girl who sparked riots in Singapore in the 1950s.

While another story, “The Ballad of Arlene and Nelly”, traces the past of two lesbians over a thirty-year period.

Apart from winning the Singapore Literature Prize for Fiction 2014, this book was also longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2014 and selected by The Business Times as one of the Top 10 English Singapore books from 1965–2015.

Ministry of Moral Panic by Amanda Lee Koe
Cost: $22
Books Actually
9 Yong Siak Street Singapore 168645
Opening Hours: Sunday & Monday 10am – 6pm, Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 8pm
Website: Books Actually

9. For the boyfriend:

Tired of seeing your boyfriend or husband constantly stuffing his coins or notes into his pocket? This beautifully handmade leather money clip will save the day!

tilea-money-clip
Credit: Naiise

It can hold notes, cards and even loose coins! Your man will feel proud when he uses this money clip.

Tilea Leather Money Clip
Cost: $25
Naiise
3 Gateway Drive, Westgate Mall #01-30, Singapore 608532
6 Eu Tong Sen Street Central, #02-23,Singapore 059817
112 East Coast Road, I12 Katong, #01-31/32, Singapore 428802
3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City North Wing #01-477, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 11am-10pm daily
Website: Naiise

Now that you have read our quick cheat sheet to Christmas gift shopping, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get shopping!

Header image source: Huffington Post

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