9 December 2014

Holiday Gift Guide

Yay! Christmas is now only 2 weeks away, and this means it's time for gift shopping! When shopping for gifts, I like to get presents which I know the receiver will use. I've come up with this simple Christmas gift guide which I hope you'll find useful. I do apologise that I'm only posting it now, rather than last week (as mentioned) - I was waiting for the arrival of a very special "guest" or prop which you'll see throughout this post. 

There'll be 5 different categories (the guys, the ladies, the minimalists, the fashionistas and the young and young at heart) and depending on the category some have a few 'save' and 'splurge' items, so there should be something that fits within your price range! At the end of the day, it's the thought that counts. 

Things to note:
There's a giveaway at the end of this post. Hooray!
This is not a sponsored post.

1. For the guys
I don't often buy gifts for guys, but when I have to I find it challenging. They say it's easy to find a gift for guys, but I don't agree! I figured, what guys really need are necessities – like a wallet, a watch, a tie or shoes. 

I've got my eye on a pair of Nike Roshe (the female version, of course) and as I was browsing through the men's section I found some favourites! I like that you can customise your own pair, and that pair becomes uniquely yours. But do I really need another pair of running shoes when I hardly run anymore these days? Hmm...

Images source: Nike

A good pair of watch can last you awhile and a great gift without requiring you to rob the bank would be a pair of Daniel Wellington. There are definitely other watches that I would recommend and consider as a splurge but I don't want this gift guide to become ostentatious. I've written about Daniel Wellington's watches before, and if you're interested in reading it you may click here (unfortunately, my discount code for Daniel Wellington has expired.)

Diggin' the matte hardware on this pair and others from the Grace Collection. Something a little different from the usual. Also, check out the roman numerals on the dial! 

2. For the ladies Ha! This is an easy one.
Statement necklaces can easily glam up an ordinary outfit. Remember the statement necklace I wore a few posts ago? It's from Misabelle Sparkle, and if you're looking for a statement necklace for yourself or your friend I suggest you check out their site by clicking — here. With so many different types of necklaces for you to pick from, you will be spoilt for choice!

Image source: Misabelle Sparkle

Stationery — Write with style! Get yourself or your girl friend one of these pencils from Lahpompom with the choice of Audrey Hepburn or Coco Chanel quotes. Quote 'ardaisy20' to get 20% off your order, discount code expires on the 10th of Dec. So hurry!

Images source: Lahpompom

Metallic tattoos — I think it's high time we switched from those dull black temporary tattoos to metallic tattoos. I recently got a few online and I love it! Although some didn't last for more than an hour, boo. 

Lipsticks — Personally, these 'autumn' and 'winter' months I've been trying out dark lip colours. My favourite would be Illamasqua's Vampette. The pigmentation is really good, stays on forever and the best part, it is retailing for only S$34! I've also just ordered another 2 darker shades from Revlon and am still waiting for the shipment to arrive, but I can't wait to try them out! 

For those friends who are makeup junkies and prefer to go a level beyond the rest, try getting them a Tom Ford shade. I suppose the only reason I can think of to justify the insane price tag is the packaging and how it feels in your fingers lol. Ridiculous, I know. But compared to my other lipsticks, Tom Ford's packaging is the heaviest. And come on, can you deny yourself that black and gold pairing? I can't!

3. For the minimalists
These notebooks have been on my wish list since forever! For the minimalists who enjoy penning everything down, you could get them the Lined Notebook2015 diary (update: all sold out, NOOO) or Travel Journal from An Organised Life.

Images source: An Organised Life

I would say this is for the home owners as well as candle lovers, but really, the minimalists would kill for this. Priced at $39.90 for 30 hours of burn time, I would consider it a splurge. However, if you want to go all out, a set of Diptyque candles aren't half bad!

4. For the fashionistas that love a good book
How to be Parisian and this book by Alexa Chung is a must-have for yourself or those fashionista friends of yours. 

The Little Black Jacket by Chanel. This book has also been on my wish list since it was published, but never got around to buying it as it comes with quite a hefty price tag. Definitely a splurge, but very worthwhile and would make a great coffee table book! 

5. For the young and young at heart 
Lastly, my very favourite from this guide - Fake Snow! Who can resist it? Fake snow is obviously more fun when you've never experienced real snow before. I had so much fun shooting this bunch of pictures because of the fake snow. I can already think of so many ways this snow can be used - in a DIY snow globe, an ornament jar or sprinkle over the dining table (was a suggestion).  


To thank everyone of you for being so supportive on my various social media platforms, I'm hosting a Christmas giveaway (which is in it's 3rd week now) where I'll be giving away different items for 4 weeks, so that means 4 chances for you to win a lil something this holiday season!

This week, for Week 3 of #27daysofGifting, I'll be giving away a set of 5 Christmas greeting cards from The Little Talks.

Edit (14/12): This giveaway is open internationally and for an extra entry (for those of you who took the time to read my gift guide), simply leave a comment (and like if you wish to) on the time when a random act of kindness has touched you! Why am I asking this? Simply because I want people to see that there's still hope around us and you can easily make someone's day by your actions. Let's all send positive vibes this holiday season and stop wasting time on needless drama!

I'll be contacting the winner via email on the 15th of December, so please remember to check your email! ○

Good luck and stay gold, xx



  1. Firstly, thank you for creating such a wonderful post. Your photos are always so beautiful! I already know who I'll be gifting these cards to that'll love them as I do. I'll be participating in a volunteer gift giving project in my area for less fortunate families. It's my way of paying it forward and being of service to others. Merry christmas!

  2. Thank you, Jade. That's really sweet of you! Merry Christmas to you too :)


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