As the holiday season approaches, AsiaOne and Parkway Parade are here to help you get ready. From the best gifts for your loved ones to tips for throwing a wonderful party, read on to get ready for Christmas!
The festive lights are on and the radio DJs are playing songs about the snow and the happy man in red. If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet, don’t worry, we’ve put together the perfect guide for you.
So many friends, but you can’t invite everyone? You can always convey your love to them with gifts. We’ve got some thoughtful press ideas for mom and dad, trending ideas for your best friends, and fun toys for the little ones (maybe kids at heart, too).
We hear your wish to plan a home feast without having to work in the kitchen for hours. Impress your guests with a sumptuous range of mouthwatering bites that will not only satisfy everyone’s appetite, but also look great on your Instagram posts!
You can also save yourself the hassle of running to multiple locations to get everything ready; just head to Parkway Parade and you’ll find everything you need in one destination.
Great gift ideas for your loved ones
For mom and dad
Let your parents know they’re in your heart all the time with quality parts from esteemed watch specialist The Hour Glass. The brand is home to a collection of exquisite watches from over 50 brands, from the always classic Rolex, A. Lange & Sohne to Zenith.
Not only are they practical gifts, but the exquisite watches also have a great investment value, so that your financially savvy parents will surely appreciate them.
Keep them in the pink of health with tonics from Eu Yan Sang. Take your pick from their new products such as Pure American Ginseng Capsules, Bird’s Nest Premium Peach Gum Drink, and Gastro-immune Probiotics. If you’re not sure what to buy, go for their Christmas basket selections like the Jolly Tidings Basket with an assortment of bird’s nests, chicken essence, and a tea set.
For your BFFs
If your best friends have been the beacons of your life, it is only fitting that you treat them with sparkling jewelry from Swarovski. Inspired by the Pop Art movement, their latest Dulcis collection features eye-catching crystals in vibrant colors like aqua blue, green, pink, purple and yellow, perfect for that exuberant friend who loves bursts of style and color.
For those who prefer modest charm, the Millenia collection is chic and a conversation piece with its timeless elegance.
For a fun gift idea, take a look at the Lush handmade beauty brand. Their limited edition festive products are cute and smell like sugar, and are sure to put your friends in the Christmas mood.
There are gift boxes such as the Sweet Christmas box which contains a Butterbear bath bomb and a Snow Fairy bubble bar. Alternatively, you can purchase individual pieces like the North Pole Bubble Bar, Snow Fairy Cotton Candy Scented Body Conditioner, or Plum Duff Shower Gel.
If your friends love this holiday season, we recommend Yankee Candle Reed Diffusers in scents like Sparkling Cinnamon, Holiday Hearth, and Spiced Pumpkin – they’ll feel like it’s Christmas anytime of the year!
For children and the young at heart
There is no doubt that toys and games are what you need for this lovely group. Head over to Secret Chamber for their huge stash of Lego sets; Special Christmas 2021 versions include Santa’s visit box, Santa’s sleigh, Christmas wreath, as well as four different Advent calendars (City, Harry Potter, Friends and Marvel The Avengers).
You’ll also find great gifts at Toys “R” Us. How about a Nutcracker Sugar Plum Princess Barbie doll, Monopoly Eternals, or the latest Marvel movie Spider-Man: No Way Home merchandise?
For something the whole family can play together, have a generous Timezone gift card pre-loaded with credits ready. In addition to a wide range of carnival and arcade games, there is even social bowling where it is like the usual bowling but with shorter lanes so there is more chance of getting a strike. !
Tips for organizing the party of the year
For the spreadable meal
Cooking a Christmas treat for your loved ones is a nice gesture, but if you’re not Gordon Ramsay or Rachael Ray, skip the hassle and leave the cooking to the professionals.
You can create your own charcuterie board by choosing a few of your favorite cold cuts, cheeses and crackers from Fairprice Xtra. You can also pre-order their Christmas roast meats like turkey, ham cooked with honey, pork chops with truffle or beef entrecote, just preheat the meats before serving!
If you prefer ready-to-eat finger foods, go for Tori-Q, which has a wide variety of delicious yakitori sticks that are sure to be popular with young children. Did you know that Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart also sells savory pies? There are two flavors – original and spicy – and they are available in mini and mega sizes. Only rice will satisfy you? No problem; Sushiro offers a selection of premium and mouthwatering sushi platters to take out.
For desserts, consider Swensen’s Festive Glazed Logs, available in 1kg and 300g sizes, or Chalk Farm’s Christmas collection like Pistachio Rose Cake. You can also wrap Scoop Wholefoods Organic Handcrafted Chocolate Barks in small bags as gifts for your guests.
To round off the party, get whiskeys from the Whiskey Distillery, champagnes from Bottles & Bottles, or even Christmas-themed treats like a peppermint mocha. Ice Mix® (from $ 8.80), Mini Classic Log Cake ($ 7.50) and Red Velvet Sliced Cake ($ 6.90) from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf!
For the sweet home
What is Christmas without festive decorations for your home? Check out Bed Bath N ‘Table pop-up Christmas trees that come with LED lights; the 120 cm tall tree has 100 bulbs while the 210 cm tall tree has 300 bulbs.
Next, select a few crystal ornaments from Swarovski’s 2021 collection. Your home will be absolutely sparkling and magical with the LED lights reflecting off the crystal ornaments. One of the must-haves is their five-pointed star, which has undergone a transformational cut to sparkle with 67 clear crystal facets, to celebrate its 30-year tradition of adorning the annual edition of Swarovski.
Want more hanging decorations? Marks & Spencer offers a great selection of tree balls and decorations. While you’re at it, you might want to get yourself a wreath of red berries or a wreath of golden sparkles to spruce up a plain wall.
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Printed Blouse ($ 118), Only Luxury Collection, L2
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