Christmas shopping can get expensive when you’re trying to give each and every one on your list a thoughtful, well-considered gift that they will like. I mean, even if you try hard to avoid the dreaded regifting bin, there’s no telling whether your gift will end up tossed into the ‘giveaways’ pile, to end up being returned to you during next year’s Secret Santa.
So how do you avoid that without spending too much? Here’s a list of ten places you can shop and pinch your pennies at the same time:
1) For that Eco-Conscious Friend
Date: 13 – 31 December 2018
Time: 4 – 10 pm (Mon – Fri), 10 am – 10 pm (Sat – Sun)
Venue: Esplanade Park, Opposite Padang and City Hall Connaught Drive
LOOP is a massive lifestyle festival with over 100 local craft makers, and environmentally-conscious retailers is the perfect place to shop for a thoughtful gift to remind your loved ones to reduce, reuse and recycle. Some great presents you can buy are mason jars from the Zero Waste shop for storing perishables without using plastics, bamboo utensils at the Loop Booth or fruit waste turned into creams from Uglygood.
You can also enrol for the workshops to make your own gift for a more personalised touch. That eco-conscious friend of yours is going to be impressed at the thoughtfulness behind your gift!
2) For the Newly-wed with a BTO to furnish
Date: 22 – 23 December (Sat – Sun)
Time: 12 – 8 pm
Venue: Gain City Megastore @ Sungei Kadut
Have your newly-hitched friend been dropping you hints about needing new the fancy new multi-function cooker? Or has your best pal been eyeing that brand new hair straightener? Then head on down to the Gain City’s Christmas Most Wanted at the Gain City Megastore, where tons of great deals on electronic appliances await.
3) For the Bookworm
Date: 14 – 23 December 2018
Time: 10 am – 10 pm
Venue: Suntec City Convention Centre Hall 401-406, 3 Temasek Blvd
[email protected] is annual mega book and stationery event with the latest publications for sale. Have a friend who loves books? This is your best place to shop. Else, you can also purchase fancy stationery, electronic peripherals, and IT products. There’s even a Titbits Carnival for those who prefer to give the gift of snacks! Tao Kae Noi seaweed packets, anyone?
Looking for more sales events? Check out the upcoming Expo fairs in 2019 for the best cheap finds!
4) For your parents
Date: 5 Dec 2018 – 27 Jan 2019
Time: 10 am – 7 pm
Venue: 53 Ubi Ave 1
If you’re wondering what to buy for your parents, uncles or aunties, then check out Emilio Valentino’s warehouse sale. With a wide range of men and ladies apparel, you’ll find comfortable shirts that will make the perfect gift.
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5) For your nieces and nephews
Date: Thursdays to Sundays until 24 December 2018
Time: 12 – 6 pm (Thu – Fri), 11 am – 5pm (Sat – Sun)
Venue: Blk 203 Wing A 203 Henderson Industrial Park #02-09, S159546
Be the cool aunt or uncle and buy your nieces and nephews some toys at The Henderson Toys Warehouse Sale. With bargains on toys and novelties from featured brands such as PLAYMOBIL, Hasbro, Razor, Fischer TiP, Hanayama, Star Wars and many more, you might be tempted to buy some for yourself too.
If you’re thinking of also bringing the little ones out for a fun time this holiday season, here are 10 exciting events you can bring them to before the year ends!
6) For your Secret Santa Gift Exchange
Date: 22 – 23 December 2018
Time: 5 – 9.30 pm
Venue: Toa Payoh Central Amphitheatre, 181A Lorong 4 Toa Payoh
If you’re heading back home from work only to realise that there your company have organised a Secret Santa gift exchange the next day, this Christmas Market in the heartlands of Toa Payoh will save you some face so you don’t show up empty-handed.
If you’re in the neighbourhood anyway, stop by to listen to the carolling by various musical groups or come get signed autographs by the Ah Boyz to Men cast!
7) For the beauty guru
Date: 5 – 26 December 2018
Time: 10 am – 10 pm
Venue: East Atrium, Suntec City
Need to pick up some oven mittens for mum or a lush-smelling candle for your neighbour’s party? Visit the Robinsons Christmas Fair available at Suntec City for Christmas gifts, with a range of home decor items to yummy goodies.
8) For the Netflix & Chill Devotee
Dates: 10 – 23 December 2018
Time: 11am – 6pm
Venue: Suntec City West Atrium
For friends and family who love spending the day at home and on their beds, head to Akemuichi atrium sale to shop for their gifts. Akemiuchi is famous for their comfortable bed sheets and other sleep essentials in pretty pastel colours. Your family and friends will thank you for the practical gift!
9) For the Potter head
Date: 16 November 2018 – Mid February 2019
Time: 10 am – 10 pm
Venue: Changi Airport
Have friends who are fans of Harry Potter and can’t stop talking about the latest Fantastic Beasts movie? Be their favourite Muggle and shop for a gift for them at Changi Airport’s A World of Wizardry, a Harry Potter-themed setup. With travel pillows and plush toys for sale, you’ll be sure to find them a magical present.
10) A one-stop venue for knick-knacks
Date: Until 1 January 2019
Time: 10 am – 8 pm (Mon – Sat), 12 – 8 pm (Sun & PH)
Venue: Singapore Sports Hub
The Season of Giving at Singapore Sports Hub is one of the must-go Christmas events of 2018. Here, you can take photos against a backdrop of neon-lighted trees, watch film screenings, or take part in the various free sports activities and workshops held. Apart from the line-up of activities, you can also drop by to pick up a knick-knack of two from the various vendors. What’s more, there are also gift wrappers to redeem with your purchase!
With so many options to choose from, you’ll be able to splurge on the best Christmas gifts for your friends and family without feeling the guilt! Now that you know where to get your gifts, the next step is to pick one of these Christmas events to celebrate the festivities!
This article originally appeared on BeScene SG.
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