6 uniquely local Christmas gifts to wow your foreign friends

There’s just enough time to send these Singapore-inspired yuletide gifts to your friends in foreign lands. Will it be tropical tea or kopi-o lip balm? Either way, your pals will appreciate the local flavour

Have yourself a local little X’mas
Have yourself a local little X’mas
24 Nov 2015

Have yourself a local little X’mas

Okay, so this pretty Carols by the Carousel tea set ($45) from The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. may be inspired by ang moh Christmas carols, but the brand remains very much local, with roots in Singapore stretching as far back as — you guessed it — 1872. In the three teas, robust tropical flavours such as mango and pineapple bring forth a sunny X’mas.

From The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. outlets.

Love from the Little Red Dot
Love from the Little Red Dot
24 Nov 2015

Love from the Little Red Dot

Singapore-based French perfumer Alexandre Freile crafted the Little Red Love perfume ($88) based on his experience in Singapore, bottling his love for our tiny nation. At its heart is our national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid, enhanced by tea and mint notes.

From Sephora Ion Orchard.
 

Botanical Wonders
Botanical Wonders
24 Nov 2015

Botanical Wonders

Not just any candle, but a Tembusu Candle ($70) from the Gardens Shop at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Bring the exotic great outdoors into your living room via the sweet and musky scent of the hardy tembusu tree.

From the Gardens Shop at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
 

Just Balmy
Just Balmy
24 Nov 2015

Just Balmy

For Singapore’s best flavours compressed into a roll-up stick, look no further than Shophouse Sixtyfive. Their Christmas bundle of five lip balms ($34) has the kopi-o, rose bandung, honeydew sago, Sentosa Island and Sir Stamford (tea and caramel, in case you’re wondering) flavours in a neat, dry lip-banishing package.

From www.shophousesixtyfive.com.

Take a bow
Take a bow
24 Nov 2015

Take a bow

A festive jewellery collection with pendants and earrings that look like Christmas ribbons and fancy bows, which also happen to look like orchids? Very clever, Risis. The Revelry Collection ($70 to $150) has arty pieces handmade from 925 silver, plated in precious rhodium and topped off with a Swarovski pearl.

From Risis stores and www.risis.com.
 

Oh, Crab!
Oh, Crab!
24 Nov 2015

Oh, Crab!

Take your love for the Singapore chilli crab to the next level with the Chilli Crab Apron ($25) from Museum Label, which features a recipe for our universally-loved spicy crustacean dish. Finger lickin’ good!

Museum Label can be found at the National Museum of Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, the Malay Heritage Centre and the Indian Heritage Centre.
 

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