Do some “home shopping” this Christmas.
As a child, I welcomed holidays; they meant less school and more play. Among friends, the favoured holiday was usually a toss between Christmas and New Year’s. For me, there was always something about the gifting season that offered comfort while giving each year a satisfying closure.
The years passed, and my financial independence grew. Though I always appreciate a thoughtful present, the joy of giving surpassed the excitement of receiving. Christmas aside, there were also the gifts I picked out when travelling overseas – choosing to support the local scene in a bid to share my experiences of the culture and craft that enchanted me.
This year, as overseas travel continues to obscure us, we find ourselves looking inward to rediscover and reflect. In our search for new ways to expand horizons within given limits, there are more opportunities than ever to explore our backyard and appreciate the abundance of local talent.
Shop local this Christmas, starting with “The Christmas Atelier” happening this weekend at The Atelier & Co. Immerse yourself in the yuletide cheer from Friday all the way till Sunday, from 11am to 8pm on 27 and 28 Nov, and 11am to 6pm on 29 Nov.
Here’s a peek into the festive wonderland, with a closer look at 5 homegrown brands that will meet your festive needs and beyond.
Getting a Christmas tree up and going in the home is sure to get you into the festive mood. This year, you can up the game with personalised baubles and ornaments in the likes of snow globes, Christmas stockings, and snowflakes from Urban Li’l. You can also get them in a set of 6 if you’d like a mix.
For more hands-on fun, the design studio also has DIY Christmas wreath kits for you to add a personal touch, literally.
More from Urban Li’l here.
Home is where we recharge and rejuvenate. Give a gift that reminds you to take care of yourself and the ones you love. Good living and smart design come in hand in hand with Scene Shang’s Eggshell Smart Diffuser that can be controlled by your smartphone. The elegant design holds up to 1600ml of water and can run continuously on energy saving power for up to 36 hours.
Or pick up a set of cushion covers, tea towels or placemats in a new print “Jade Blossoms” launching exclusively at the Christmas Atelier along with event-exclusive gift bundles that also include the new hand and body wash, along with a body lotion in the brand’s signature scent “White Pagoda”. These new products will also be available at Scene Shang, online and in-store after the event.
More from Scene Shang here.
PPP’s Work-From-Home (WFH) care packs deliver much needed caffeine fixes along with fresh bakes to many of us in these unprecedented times. This Christmas, they are launching a Festive Care Pack with a special log cake that has chewy mochi in it. There’s also a special Mistletoe blend for the season. Preview and pre-order these festive treats at the Christmas Atelier or get them online when they launch in December.
If a gift of longevity is preferred, the Morning Machine, built by the same folks behind Drink Morning, could be the one. It’s not just any coffee capsule machine; this smart coffee maker allows you to control brew temperature with a mobile app, customize a brew profile you love and save your favourite coffee recipes to enjoy quickly whenever you need a fix. Try it at the Christmas Atelier or pre-order it online, and while you’re there, give the coffee scrub a go. Made from coffee grounds that would otherwise go to waste, the coffee scrub is the perfect gift that combines sustainability and practicality.
More from PPP Coffee here.
Speaking of putting no good material to waste, Maison Q, known for their adorable, reversible childrenswear, have launched their latest collection. Try them on at the Christmas Atelier and pick up matching face masks, baby bibs or pouches made from fabric offcuts.
You can also get a fabric bag charm with personalised embroidery done on the spot at the Christmas Atelier. True to the versatility of their designs, this can also double up as a bookmark or Christmas ornament.
More from Maison Q here.
A quieter Christmas can be a good time to connect with our nearest and dearest in cosier settings.
After a long day of festivities, curl up with Dr Jade Kua’s new book “Good Night Marion” with the little ones at home. Each page in the story has an activity that encourages the little ones to share their thoughts and feelings. She has even designed pyjamas for them to cosy up in, and matching tote bags to keep their presents in. Bag them at the Christmas Atelier as thoughtful gifts for beloved little ones.
More from Jade Life & Wellness here.
Images and artwork by Curatedition. All rights reserved.