12 Last Minute Gifts Under $30 That Are Not Body Shop Gift Sets

We can’t believe it. Where has 2017 gone? Time really flies when you’re busy.

Did you manage to buy all the Christmas gifts? Did you miss out anyone? Your parents? What about your 3rd sister’s son? Don’t forget the office’s Secret Santa gift exchange too.

Don’t fret. We’ve got you covered. We have a list of great Christmas gifts that are below $30. You know, so your wallet won’t burn.

Time’s running out, let’s get to it!

Gifts For One And All

1. Compact Blush Terrazzo 2018 Planner

The perfect gift to get for that organised friend, is a planner. It might sound dull to you but a planner is extremely important to any decent person that keeps track of their day.

But don’t just get any planner. Get this Olive Leaves Weekly Desk Planner ($13.90) from The Paper Bunny.

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The Paper Bunny
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This is the key item to having the ultimate Christmas pampering.

Get yours from the Lush website or any Lush outlet!

Price: $15

3. Biskviti Tea Infuser

We’ve seen all kinds of quirky tea infusers. From a mini titanic to manatees that hang off the edge of the cup, now we have a tea infuser that you might accidentally bite into.

The Biskviti Tea Infuser ($18.90) from Naiise is a gift suitable for the serious tea people.

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The best part about this tea infuser, is that you can leave it in for as long as you like and it won’t become soggy.

Though, the serious tea people will tell you that 6 to 8 minutes is the best steeping duration for optimal tea flavour.

Get this quirky tea infuser from here or any Naiise outlet!


4. “Mighty Dog” Dog Waste Bag Dispenser

This is the gift for that friend with a pet dog.

A “Mighty Dog” (because Superdog is copyrighted) Dog Waste Bag Dispenser ($13.52) from Naiise that clips handily on the leash so they don’t have to awkwardly hold onto a plastic bag while walking their dog.

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What’s more, it looks really cute. A waste bag cape for a good pupper.

Whoever thought of this is a genius.

Get it from here or any Naiise outlet.

Price: $13.52

5. GLAMGLOW Little Sexy Trio Set

Usually, ready-packaged gift packs are considered a lazy gift and are generally avoided by thoughtful gift-givers. However, we couldn’t ignore this one from Sephora.

The GLAMGLOW Little Sexy Trio Set ($29) is a selection of best-selling treatments for brighter, smoother, and softer skin.

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The set includes SUPERMUD® which cleans, clears and minimises your pores, YOUTHMUD® which absorbs impurities and tightens your pores, and the GRAVITYMUD™ that leaves your skin feeling tighter and more toned.

It’s the perfect pre-makeup treatment for you or any of your friends.

Hurry and get it from here or any Sephora outlet!

Price: $29

6. Shark Plush Slippers For Grown Ups

As huge fans of marine life, we couldn’t pass up on these Shark Plush Slippers For Grown Ups ($21.99) from ThinkGeek.

It’s a one-size-fits-all bedroom slipper with no-slip dots on the sole.

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The best part, no more stubbed toes. Sharks will protect our feet from now on.

Get it on ThinkGeek.

Price: $21.99

7. Lace V-Neck Bralette

Anyone who’s tried a bralette will know that these things are absolutely LIFE-CHANGING. It’s cuter and leagues more comfortable than an actual bra (true story).

Sold in a huge array of styles, this is a gift any girl will love; the only tricky part is getting the cup size right.

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We like these black lacy ones from Forever21, but you can also go for simpler ones like this and this.

Forever 21
Price: $8.90 – $12.90

8. Corgi Dogs Regular Socks

Step aside, Happy Socks. Corgi Socks is our new favourite.

This pair of Corgi Dogs Regular Socks ($24.70) is absolutely adorable. Originally launched in 2012 in commemoration of the Queen’s Jubilee, these Corgi dog motif socks were so popular that they became a favourite addition to the collection.

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You can get your Corgi-studded comfy socks from Robinson’s online store or any of their outlets!

Price: $24.70

9. Kult Sin City Totebags

The creative folks at Kult have a ‘Sin City‘ merchandise collection and double takes are necessary because you probably won’t see the little change in the iconic designs at first glance.

If you’re planning to gift something that’s practical, get their tote bags ($28).

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A tote bag is always handy and useful.

There are multiple designs that are available that you can view and purchase from here.

Price: $28

10. Actually “Ain’t Gucci” Tee

This “Ain’t Gucci” tee ($29) is a perfect gift for that friend who won’t shut up about Gucci. And listens to Gucci Mane. And loves the colours green and red.

We’re kidding. This stylish yet simple tee from Actually is a perfect gift for that Hypebeast friend.

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Price: $29
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The adorable character with the huge, emotive eyes made its first appearance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, melting hearts all over the world.

Anyone who receives this will surely have the same reaction.

Get it from any Simply Toys outlet today!

Simply Toys
Price: $19.90

12. Piano Key Hook

We all have that absent-minded friend who is always losing their keys. This is the perfect gift for that friend.

Piano Key Hook ($25.52) from Naiise.

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This quirky key holder comes with 5 black key holders that also double as whistles.

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Fun and useful! Potentially annoying. But still a great gift for that forgetful friend.

Get it from here or any Naiise outlet!

Price: $25.52

We always tell ourselves to buy presents earlier next Christmas, though we know that we’ll always end up doing last minute Christmas shopping.

Oh well, we’ll start earlier next year.

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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!

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Designed by I am not a couch potato notebook
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.

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

Cost: $15
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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
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?

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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.

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!

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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
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 chiobu-lip-and-cheek-tint Credit: Shophouse Sixtyfive[/caption]

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)
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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!


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

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 Credit: Books Actually[/caption]

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 and selected by The Business Times as one of the Cost: $22
Books Actually
9 Yong Siak Street Singapore 168645
Opening Hours: Sunday & Monday 10am – 6pm, Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 8pm
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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
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!

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6 Local Brands That Make & Create Beautiful Products – We Really Love #2!

Singapore’s artisanal scene is amazing. We’re talking about scented hand-poured candles to fierce and edgy arm candies. Whether you’re bored of the same old or looking for something unique, these 6 local brands will definitely have something in store for you.

1. Matter prints

Everyone wants to look good when they’re on vacation and here’s a little something that can give your OOTD the extra edge.


Matter is a socially motivated lifestyle brand that produces fun yet functional pants using artisan printed and loomed fabric. These effortlessly chic pants are made for movement and comfort without sacrificing style. Just pair it with a plain top and you are ready to go. While you are at it, do check out their scarfs and reversible pouch too. Price ranges approximately from SGD 65.00 to SGD 206.00.




Online Shop: 3. Ling Wu

As much as we love our Givenchy, strutting a Ling Wu arm candy with pride is a different story.


Known for their usage of butter soft leather and hand-polished exotic skin, this homegrown luxurious handbag brand is stocked in Japan and Europe, and is a popular choice among celebrities. Every piece of Ling Wu is made using sustainably-sourced animal skin (relax animal lovers) and is rolled with glass bottles by artisans in South East Asia. Ling Wu is available at Isetan Scotts, Robinsons Orchard, Tangs, and in Ling Wu Studio.

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Ling Wu
Ling Wu Studio, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road #03-10 188969
+65 9696 3118


5. A Dose of Something Good

Life at the Little Red Dot can be hectic and tiring, but here’s a dose of something local to help put your scent… we mean Zen on.


Hand poured candles from A Dose of Something Good are made using the finest quality wax blends, natural fibre wicks, as well as scents that use a blend of fine fragrance materials, natural extracts and essential oils, tucked in hand-cast porcelain containers. You can purchase their candles online or check out the following stores that stock their products.

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A Dose of Something Good
available at:
Changi Airport, T1 Departure, Transit East Hall
National Design Centre, 111 Middle Rd. 188969

6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Central, #02-23 059817
112 East Coast Road 112 Katong, #01-31/32, 428802

Note: Clients are only served on an appointment basis only. An advance booking of at least 24 hours before the appointment is required. Click