Xmas Gift Guide: 8 gifts by homegrown brands, under $50!

Support your homegrown brands and add a touch of individuality to your gifts, with these locally-made items. (We've arranged it from low to high price!)

Brass Bat Hook by Scene Shang 

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The devil is truly in the details when it comes to interior design! If the gift receiver appreciate the small stuff, this intricate hook will be perfect for towels, bags, hats, and lots more. It retails for $14.90 and is available in Brass or Rose Gold.

Tea Infuser Stick by A. Muse Projects

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There's bound to be a tea-addict among you circle of friends, and she will very much appreciate this slick and handy tea infuser. Scoop the tea leaves and place it in a cup of hot water. After steeping, slide the cover up to drain the leaves. Perhaps you can match this gift with the Inspired Tea Sample Set, which includes Caramel Macchiato Tea. The Tea Infuser Stick retails for $18. 

Lemongrass Essential Oil Candles by Hush Candles

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These 100% organic soy wax candles are hand-poured and made locally, with no chemicals such as paraffin wax. Scented with natural lemongrass essential oils, it also has natural insecticidal properties to keep mozzies and insects away. Use the melted wax for massage oils. A 4oz candle burns up to 20 hours. They retail for $18 per 4oz bottle.

Kay Terrariums by INOUT

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Give your friend a chance to play Mother Nature with these terrariums by INOUT. Individually designed and crafted, these designs can vary according to the theme you have in mind. Miniature figurines (add extra cost) like these also help personalise the gift. They retail for $20 and above.

Ang Ku Kueh Cushion by Meykrs

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Humour your best bud with this larger than life Ang Ku Kueh (Red Tortoise Cake) cushion.This auspicious and iconic food comes in a soft plush with cotton filling, and is easy to wash. It retails for $29.90 each.

Hunting with the Cheetah Cushion Cover by The East Story

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Know a friend who'd appreciate some colour and culture? The East Story's hand-illustrated cushion covers - inspired by the Mughal empire and designed by Zoya Chaudhary- are sure to add pizzazz to someone's home. They retail for $35 per piece.

Heart of the City Illustrated Plate by SUPERMAMA

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Designed by Esther Goh, this National Collection plate is a quirky depiction of Singapore icons. We spot the friendly playground dragon and a weeping Lee Kuan Yew - moments to remember, indeed! Heart of the City retails for $48.

Fraise by Desinere

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Desinere, the design extraordinaire, is behind many creative home accessories, including an ornamental paper collar called Fraise. It works like the ruffs worn in the victorian era, and can be used to dress up bulb holders and narrow vases. Each Fraise collar is carefully handcrafted and features the unique tactile papers from the Curious Matter series by Arjowiggins. It retails for $52 (we know that's a bit over the budget, but we can't help it with these!).

Look out for Part 2 of our Xmas Gift Guide, where we pick gifts under $70 that will actually come in handy to the gift receiver!