Celebs' Christmas shopping habits

Singapore shoppers start their holiday shopping in November, according to an Adobe study. Not included in this group: Celebs who give a copy of 8 DAYS as a Christmas pressie (awwww!) or those who started shopping...two years ago

Simone Heng
28 Nov 2016

Simone Heng

"I’ll be going home to Perth to visit my family in early December and I’ll be spending $500 on their gifts. I’m a new godmother, so I’ll be giving my goddaughter $100 ’cos I feel guilty that I’m not in Australia with her. I’m also planning to do something like an advent calendar for my mum. So in the three weeks leading up to Christmas, she has a small gift that she can open every day. It could be a lipstick one day and some make-up brushes the next day. She’s been living in a nursing home, so life’s pretty boring and mundane for her. With this, at least she has something to look forward to when she gets up each morning. I’m doing it out of guilt ’cos I’m not living there anymore and she’s very lonely. The worst Christmas present I ever got was from my auntie who re-gifted a box of chocolates that she obviously had in her fridge for at least half a year. They had turned white and looked pretty gross. I threw it away after she left the house.” 

Chua Enlai
28 Nov 2016

Chua Enlai

"When it comes to Christmas shopping, I’m quite random — I’d just go into one store and pick up a slew of whatever I think looks nice. ’Cos whenever I buy Christmas presents, I’m always buying the stuff that I want, not what the other person wants. Depending on which shop I walk into, it could mean that all my friends and family get underwear that year! I’ve been accused of being a cheapskate ’cos I once included a copy of 8 DAYS in my present. (Laughs) The price limit for the Secret Santa game that year was $20. I felt really guilty that the gift I bought only cost $18. So I included a copy of 8 DAYS to make up $20 (laughs). It happened a few years ago but it still haunts me till this day. Every Christmas, I’m reminded of it ’cos in my WhatsApp group chat, my friends would go, ‘Okay, guys, don’t forget you’d get your copy of 8 DAYS from Chua Enlai!’”

Vanessa Vanderstraaten
28 Nov 2016

Vanessa Vanderstraaten

"In 2014, I went outlet shopping in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. The branded bags there are very cheap compared to here. So I splashed $7,000 on Coach and Michael Kors bags, make-up and clothes, which I gave away as Christmas presents over the next two years. I do an online Secret Santa with my friends and my boyfriend’s cousins. The system helps you draw names and you can also upload your individual wishlist. Right now, on my wishlist is the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book. I usually include links to the things that I want so that people can either buy it online or they’d know where to get it in Singapore. I like it ’cos it’s so helpful when people can tell me exactly what they want so I don’t have to guess. When buying gifts for others, I think about what they’d never buy for themselves. I follow Pat Mok on Instagram and I thought her adult colouring books looked cool. So when Christmas rolled around, I asked for one and a friend gave it to me as my present. That was a bad guess on my part. I thought I would enjoy it but I didn’t.”

Sheila Sim
28 Nov 2016

Sheila Sim

“I usually spend $50 to $100 on each present, depending on who I’m buying it for. I’m a very fast shopper — I don’t like shopping and being around crowds. Usually, I’d make a list and go to the shop, and grab and go. I once attended my modelling agency’s Christmas celebration when I was modelling in Hongkong. The budget set for the Secret Santa was $20. Most people brought small gifts like hand creams. But the gift I got came in a really big box and was quite heavy. So, I was quite excited lah. But when I opened the box, I found $20 worth of toilet rolls inside (laughs). I scolded my friend who bought it. But I must admit that it was a really useful gift. I finished using every bit of it. (Laughs)” 

Vernetta Lopez
28 Nov 2016

Vernetta Lopez

“I usually spend about $800 to $1,000 on Christmas gifts for family, close friends and colleagues. Every gift that I’ve gotten is nice. But I don’t need any more hand creams. I love the Bulgari watch that my husband gave me many years ago. It was gorgeous. And my very first Christmas present from him was a telescope so I could stare at the moon. When it comes to gift-giving, I’m probably the one who’s a cheapo who gives terrible presents (laughs). Once, we had a Secret Santa at the office and I didn’t realise that I had bought a men’s bar soap for a girl. I was horrified when I found out! (Laughs) Another time, I gave someone body glitter spray. I thought it’d be nice for her to use when she goes to special parties. But looking back, I don’t think she would have used it and it’s quite an intense spray. Here’s a tip: Before you give someone something, make sure you use it first, so you know what it’s like. I’m assuming that one ended up being a horrifying gift for that person (laughs).” 

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