Beyond the endless feasting and heartfelt gatherings that the season of Christmas brings, there is too, the joyous spirit of giving. We don’t know about you, but that happens to be one of our favourite parts. While some relish the pleasure and fun of gift-shopping, some might find it more challenging than others—especially if you haven’t got a clue on where to start. Well, here at Vogue Singapore, we’ve got a few ideas—enough to tickle the fancies of any beauty junkie, style maven and that renowned imbiber in your friend group.
The cherry on top? While browsing our present curation, stand a chance to win a Vogue Festive Guide gift bag along the way, by taking part in the quiz at the end.
Win a Vogue Festive Guide gift bag
All you have to do is correctly answer all the multiple choice quiz questions below to stand a chance to win.
The Vogue Festive Guide giveaway comprises Maison de L’Asie Discovery Set (worth $38); Vogue x The Paper Bunny Classic Cap (worth $42) and Vogue Singapore Tote Bag in Denim (worth $27).
There are a total of 10 gift bags up for grabs, so keep your eyes peeled and put your thinking caps on. We wish you the best of luck, and a very Merry Christmas.
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We’re declaring creamy latte and woody chestnut as the official notes of Christmas—with L’OCCITANE’s delicious hand creams from their Limited Edition Holiday Collection—centred on the intoxicating scents of Shea Golden Latte and Shea Green Chestnut. For the café enthusiasts, Shea Golden Latte is decked with creamy goodness, nestled between hints of turmeric and citrus. The comforting scent carries with it the anti-inflammatory properties of shea butter, enhancing your skin’s moisture level with every swatch. As for the latter? Expect something sweeter and earthy, as green leaves and cedar wood notes encapsulate the nostalgic scent between the seasons of fall and winter. Moisturise and protect your hands with the hand cream’s main stars, shea butter’s vitamin A and E. Nourish and pamper your mind, body and soul with these two holiday fragrances unveiled in a full range—from cuticle oils to shower essentials.
Shop L’OCCITANE here.
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Christmas comes but once a year, and for skincare gifts that leave an impression, we look to La Prairie. Inspired by the magical encounter of night and day, fans of the luxe, science-driven brand can spoil loved ones with a suite of indulgent facials. Simply purchase La Prairie’s limited edition ‘Art of Beauty’ gift cards to experience a selection of four 90-minute iconic facials. The exclusive White Caviar Illuminating & Firming Facial, $560, offers smoother, illuminated skin. The Skin Caviar Lifting & Firming Facial, $520, firms and reawakens skin with much-needed hydration and nutrients. To experience the gold standard in anti-ageing, the Pure Gold Radiance Facial, $600, replumps and rejuvenates the skin with gold peptides. And for the ultimate pampering experience: the Platinum Rare Haute Rejuvenation Facial, $890, incorporates a back massage and addresses all signs of ageing with rare platinum for youthful contours and a fresher complexion.
La Prairie Facials are available at the following locations: ION Orchard Boutique, #B1-15A; Metro Paragon; Takashimaya D.S. and TANGS at Tang Plaza.
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Scents Of Nostalgia
What better way to express gratitude to your loved ones this festive season than with the gift of scents? Fragrances from Maison de L’Asie’s Chapter One collection is a great place to start with its trio of luxury niche fragrances inspired by memories of Singapore. The collection is themed Nanyang | Nostalgia and features the brand’s vanilla- and musk-infused Mother x Love, tea- and leather-blended Nanyang, as well as rose- and sandalwood-laced Lost Lovers extrait de parfums. Made with traditional French perfume artistry and a fragrance concentration of between 35 and 45 percent, experience the quintessence of parfums that capture your beautiful moments in life.
Shop Maison de L’Asie’s Chapter One fragrances here.
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Christmas parties make the ultimate excuse for an elaborate glam face. YSL Beauté’s latest release answers that call with a holiday emblem dripping in black and gold. Bold, elegant, and seductive; get your hands on these exclusive variations of beauty cult-favourites. Within, you’ll find iconic fragrance picks that include the sensual Black Opium to the warm floral Libre as well as the all-new Desert Nude Eye and Face Palette alongside bold, long-lasting shades for your pout. Leave a juicy mark under the mistletoe with YSL Beauté’s Rouge Pur Couture in #1966 and #157, and Rouge Volupté Shine in #153 and #122. Wrapped in sustainable packaging that can be repurposed into a name-card holder or luxurious accessories, YSL Beauté’s holiday sets will be one that comes entirely guilt-free.
Shop YSL Beauté Holiday Sets and limited edition collectors online and in-stores this December—while stocks last.
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This might be the mulled wine talking but your jewellery look isn’t going to be festive enough if it’s not fully frosted in diamonds and pearls—thank heavens we’ve got Mikimoto and its newly updated Mikimoto Splash and Les Pétales Place Vendôme collections to bring on maximum bling, colour, and festive cheer.
Combining the timeless elegance of Akoya cultured pearls, diamonds, and 18K pink gold, these jewels are ready to celebrate from day to night. Les Pétales Place Vendôme Rosés evoke the romance and beauty of rose petals floating in the breeze, descending on every fashion girl’s favourite address, Place Vendôme Paris. Paved in brilliant cut diamonds, the delicate 18K rose gold petals enrobe a single Akoya cultured pearl as they adorn a sautoir necklace, a pendant, earrings, and a ring.
Meanwhile, Mikimoto’s exuberant Splash collection presents a burst of pearls, diamonds, and blue sapphires in a dynamic bouquet of water droplets. Set on 18K white gold, perfectly round Akoya pearls in varying sizes lend a soft shimmer to the sparkle of precious gemstones, worn as a pendant or a delightful cocktail ring. Wear these pieces as a matching set, or layer them with other Mikimoto collections for a truly mesmerising Christmas ensemble.
Shop Mikimoto here.
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Fit For A Royal
You’ve been slaying it all year and this festive season all you want to do is dress like a queen for real. Other than a golden crown, a fur cape, and killer stilettos, this fabulous Breguet timepiece is what you need.
With its elegant and iconic oval case, the Reine de Naples 8918 by Breguet is named in honour of Caroline Murat—sister of Napoleon Bonaparte and Queen of Naples from 1808 to 1815—who was a major trendsetter of her time, and a passionate collector of Breguet timepieces. Most intriguingly, Murat adored securing her timepieces around the wrist, making her the first person in history ever to wear a wristwatch.
Fit for a queen, whether past or present, the Reine de Naples 8918 bears all the signature hallmarks of Breguet fine watchmaking, from Clous de Paris guilloché to Grand Feu enamel. Breguet’s gem-setting savoir-faire also writs large in these two new models, one in black enamel with diamonds including one dazzling pear-cut diamond, and the other in white mother-of-pearl and rubies, with one radiant pear-cut ruby at six o’clock. Encircling the wrist with smooth leather or satin straps, these timepieces are beautiful inside and out, powered by a Breguet manufacture self-winding movement carefully decorated by hand.
Shop Breguet here.
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As the year winds down, holiday soirées are upon us and it’s time to celebrate in style. Get ready with Pedro’s 2022 Holiday Collection, which takes inspiration from the buoyant mood and glamour of parties. From dark purple sling pouches to glitter loafers, Pedro’s latest offerings serve up statement pieces that add luxe to any outfit. Think multi-pocket phone pouches in tweed, shiny leather boots, suede sneakers and round crossbody bags. For pieces that are ideal for both formal and evening wear, consider the Celeste series which boasts shoes and accessories in cyan blue and geometric patterns. If you’re looking for something that takes you from day to night, the Celeste shoulder bag is a carry-all that fits your essentials and elevates any dressy ensemble. Crafted in plush cyan velvet with metallic hardware, the bag will be the statement piece you’ve been looking for.
Shop Pedro’s 2022 Holiday Collection online and in stores.
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For Glenfiddich’s 2023 limited-edition gift packs, award-winning illustrator Yixin Zeng—known for his expressive abstract style and his fantastical art pieces dotted with secret details and hidden discoverables—has designed a gift box encapsulating a “Journey to the Extraordinary”. The exquisite illustration encapsulates the series of special journeys that make our celebrations possible, from family members gathering from near and far, or generations of whisky makers mastering the perfect dram since 1887. Available with the Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Gran Reserva Rum Cask and the 12, 15 and 18 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, the exclusive set is a beautiful gift of well wishes for the upcoming year.
Shop the Glenfiddich 2023 Limited-Edition Whisky Gift Packs here.
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Handcrafted with great care, each of The Balvenie’s single malt whiskies are exquisitely rich and luxuriously smooth, featuring the distinctively honeyed character that complements the robust flavours taken on during the spirit’s double maturation process. This festive season, The Balvenie has partnered with Singaporean illustrator Adeline Tan to create a limited-edition gift set that serves as tribute to their shared belief in exceptional artistry. Tan’s floral art piece, entitled The Tiger of Singapore, adorns both the elegant gifting box as well as a specially designed ceramic whisky cup and coaster that comes included with each set. Choose from two expressions of The Balvenie’s full-bodied spirits: The Balvenie DoubleWood 12, which boasts aromatic hints of vanilla, cinnamon and sherry, or The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14, which holds the refreshing notes of toffee, oak and fruits. Effortlessly stylish, it’s the perfect gift for the whisky-lover in your life.
Shop The Balvenie Limited-Edition Whisky Gift Sets here.
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A limited-time release for the holiday season, Hendrick’s Measurement Maestro Pack—which includes an intricate Hendrick’s Jigger and a 700ml bottle of Hendrick’s Gin— is an ideal gift for any cocktail enthusiast. To brighten your favourite festive cocktails, Hendrick’s Gin, which is wondrously smooth, comes infused with rose and cucumber for a surprising hint of refreshing florals. Meanwhile, the jigger, as masterful as it is gorgeous, makes cocktail-mixing a thoroughly effortless affair. The versatile Hendrick’s Gin lends itself to endless possibilities of creative cocktails, but if you’re seeking a festive concoction for your holiday party, consider the Hendrick’s Cranberry Fizz. With the handy Measurement Maestro Pack in hand, all you’ll need is cranberry juice and sparkling wine to complete the drink. Garnish it with cucumber slices, cranberries and sprigs of mint, and you’re all set to impress the guests at your Christmas dinner.
Shop the Hendrick’s Measurement Maestro Pack here.
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Made For Mixing
Monkey Shoulder, the 100% Malt Whisky Made for Mixing, is a superb spirit to enjoy neat, but it is as part of a drink that the whisky really shines. Originally created to make the perfect whisky cocktails, the spirit is bold enough to stand out but marvellously balanced so as to not overpower your favourite mixes. Smooth and malty, its richness and vibrance is elevated by its refreshing fruity character and mellow hints of vanilla. Take a sip, and be greeted by delightful nuances of zesty orange, sweet honey and spiced oak. For the festive season, a whisky cocktail or two is guaranteed to make any holiday party come alive—and if you’re looking for the ideal gift for a whisky and cocktail lover, this one is hard to beat.
Shop Monkey Shoulder here.