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13 Gift Ideas for Every Kind of Friend You (Probably) Have

13 Gift Ideas for Every Kind of Friend You (Probably) Have

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We’ve partnered with The DC Edit to bring you even more deals so you can show your appreciation for your loved ones by treating them to some worldly indulgence. After all, there’s nothing quite like a well-thought-out gift to brighten up one’s spirit.

If you’re spoiled for choices or don’t know where to start, we’ve curated the ultimate gift guide for the five types of friends everyone (probably) has in their lives — the beauty junkie, the homebody, the mindful, the fashion enthusiast and the go-getter!

For the Beauty Junkies

1. BeautyFresh

If you (or your friends) are quite the beauty and skincare aficionado, you’ll want to add BeautyFresh to your bookmarks, pronto. Host to brands like Chanel, Nars, Origins and more, this one-stop online store for luxury beauty and skincare products will make hunting for gifts so much easier.

Our pick: Clinique’s Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. A must-have for anyone who works in (or sleeps) in an air-conditioned environment. Their skin will thank you for that hydration boost.

beauty fresh

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2. Althea

Affordable, authentic and home to all our favourite Korean beauty brands (think Laneige, Cosrx, Dr. Jart+), Althea is our go-to online destination for all things K-beauty. They’re also having their year-end sale with up to 80% off on their bestsellers; it’s something you wouldn’t want to miss out on!

On our wishlist? Banila Co’s Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm — a 3-in-1 cleansing balm that removes makeup, cleanses and exfoliates, all while preventing ageing, pigmentation and blemishes.


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3. Fresh

From lips to cleansers and an advent calendar, Fresh’s gift sets are nothing short of amazing. If you’re spoiled for choice, how about Fresh’s Self-care Masking Set? Enjoy two of Fresh’s most iconic masks, alongside a 2-in-1 rose face mask that delivers 24-hour hydration to the skin. We can’t think of a better self-care gift.


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For the Homebodies

1. Nine Wicker Ave

Let Nine Wicker Ave. light up your homes this festive season! Pick up their Christmas Market Candle — reminiscent of cedar forest, cosy hygge corners and cold winter nights, or their Enchanted Garden candle — a crisp and fruity scent that will transport you from your home to a beautiful winter forest. If you’re not into candles, they’ve also got pillow mists that will encourage better slumber!

nine wicker ave


We all know (and love) MUJI for their minimalist design, be it their clothing or homeware range. With so much time cooped up in our homes, how about curating a mini ‘storage essentials’ hamper to spruce up their vanity area?


For the Eco-Friendly

1. Your Sustainable Store

Not sure what to gift your eco-conscious friends? Check out Your Sustainable Store for an extensive range of curated, stylish and affordable sustainable products that your eco-friendly friends will appreciate. Look at how cute their Beeswax Wrap is !

your sustainable store

2. Handmade Heroes

With their earnest vegan and all-natural skin and body care, Handmade Heroes is the local beauty brand you need to look out for. Here’s their promise: No fillers, no nasty chemicals, and no animal by-products. Just the way skincare should be. Anyone and everyone will love their wholesome bestseller care package, which features a face mask, body scrub, lip balm, lip tint and lip scrub — seriously, who else is dreaming of a stay-in spa evening?

handmade heroes

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3. Peau Peau Beauty

We all know how tough it can be to find products that are suitable for sensitive skin. But what if it could be easier? Enter Peau Peau Beauty: an online multilabel store dedicated to clean beauty that’s safe for sensitive Asian skin. From cosmetics to skincare, you can shop away with ease of mind on Peau Peau Beauty.

pea pea beauty

For the Fashion Enthusiast

1. Farfetch

If you’re about all things luxury, you’ll want in on Farfetch. Loungewear is pretty much in fashion right now, and we’ve got our eyes on this silk pyjama set by La Perla — stylish enough for you to attend a zoom meeting and cosy enough for you to nap in.


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2. Esse

Esse’s garments are sustainable and timeless, making them great wardrobe staples. Their Repose Camisole, where loungewear meets sophistication, is a gift your loved one will wear again and again.


3. Minor Miracles

Local fashion? Yes please! Minor Miracles serves up clothes and accessories that are bold, vibrant and sure to make a statement. Not sure where to start? How about their stunning Cherry Cola Bubble Hem Dress?

minor miracles

For the One Who’s Always on the Go

1. The Paper Bunny

The Paper Bunny is all about the little things in life. Shower your friends with some everyday pieces that’ll accompany them through the hustle and bustle (and brighten up their day)! We’re thinking maybe a quirky sandwich bag or a handy convertible strap bag?

paper bunny

2. Unitude

Inspired by the works of modern artists and architects, Unitude’s bags are a work of art. Their Knot Canvas Tote Bag is French chic epitomised and their classy Ondina Shoulder Bag will complement any outfit. What better way to show your friends how much you support them than by gifting them a bag that’ll never leave their side?


We all know it’s the thought that counts, but nailing that perfect gift for someone always makes it better. We hope our gift guide will help you do just that. Happy shopping!

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