It can be tough finding a perfect gift for that important person in your life. But nothing says “I care about you” more than something that came out of careful deliberation and thought. Which is why we are recommending these places for you to get your next present from. Besides, not only are customised and personalised gifts way more significant and heartfelt, they also prove to your recipient that you’re no regifter. Win-win.
1. My Paper Box
Is your friend disorganised? Does she need a place to quickly scribble down her stray thoughts? Or perhaps she just likes stationery in general. Either way, she’d love these customised notepads that will not only keep her messiness in check, it’ll make her actually enjoy sitting at her work desk. At My Paper Box, you can customise different types of notepads with your friend’s name in various fonts. Choose from notepads such as those sporting rose watermarks, watercolour florals, cactus flowers, black and white marble and more, and indicate the name you wish to include. You can even get a notepad that includes a photo of your choice. Notepads are from US$4 but shipping fees apply.
Visit www.mypaperbox.xyz/ for more info.
2. Naiise Iconic’s Gift Bar
Naiise has plenty of great options when it comes to quirky, funny or useful-but-out-of-the-ordinary gifts. After all, it’s known for its emphasis on good design and local products. But any gift will look unpolished if you simply cover it with any old wrapping paper from your neighbourhood stationery shop. To bring it up a level and make your gift smashing all round, head to Naiise Iconic’s gift bar in Jewel Changi Airport (#02-205/206), where you get to choose between 1) a basic gift wrapping paper + one ribbon or twine + one gift tag; or 2) the same as above, except you get a premium gift wrapping paper (some of them designed by renowned illustrators). You can also add pompoms, a wax seal and dried flowers, and choose from different fonts to inscribe onto your gift tag — basically, nothing is too extra! While there, you can opt to have engraved text on every purchase from jewellery company The Mindful Company (at $15), or have your name printed on a bottle from The LAB Fragrances (free with every purchase of The LAB Fragrances).
3. ana tomy
If you like to be in control of every single thing in your life (you be you, we’re not judging), then you’d enjoy getting your notebook or planner done at ana tomy. It allows you to make a choice on every single detail to create the perfect notebook or planner in your eyes. Which means you don’t just get to choose the type of paper (ruled, dotted, grid, plain, planner), you also get to choose the cover (cloth- or paper-bound), the colour of the pen loop, spine, ribbon marker, book band and loop wires and the material of the paper. You can also monogram the cover with your initials or a phrase (up to 10 characters). It’ll be a creation that’s truly yours.
Visit https://ana-tomy.co/ for more info.
Have a friend who has just had a newborn baby? This personalised book would make a perfect gift for the bub’s one-month celebration. The book will feature the little one’s name and cast them as the hero/heroine of the story. Wonderbly, which ships worldwide, has various themes, such as Where Are You, Lost My Name, and Bedtime for (insert name here), and the books come in softback or hardback options. Plus you get to include a dedicated message within the pages as well. It’ll be a unique and meaningful present that will be cherished for years — and hopefully inspire them to love reading too. From S$24.99.
Visit www.wonderbly.com/sg for more info.
5. Oo La Lab
Have a friend who wants to smell different from the bodies around him or her? Oo La Lab’s 100 per cent customisable fragrances are the way to go. At its flagship NomadX store, you can select the ingredients you want from its extensive the Oo Fragrance Table for your top, middle and base notes to create a truly unique and pleasing scent. If you want to let your friend to mix and match their own fragrance at any time, you can purchase the Eau de Parfum Mixology Kit ($188), which comes with a guided instruction manual and 12 fragrance notes, each note hand-tapped into individually appointed 5ml dropper bottles. There are also two limited edition ingredients included inside the kit.
At 68 Orchard Road, #01-67 & #03-65, 69 Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839. Visit https://oola-lab.com/ for more info.
Get your pals or your man their very own custom craft beer that is brewed and labelled specially for them, courtesy of local brewery Trouble Brewing. The brewery, which began brewing its own beer in 2017 in an old Singaporean bean curd factory, usually sends its IPAs and ales for sale at other establishments, but you can contact it for a unique concoction that you can’t get anywhere else, in terms of taste and packaging. This is one type of trouble we wouldn’t mind getting.
Visit www.troublebrewing.com/ for more info.