In Singapore, we often value our public holidays given the hectic schedules we all have in common. Christmas is no ordinary public holiday.
To Christians, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. For others, it may be seen as a festive season to mark the end of a good (or bad year). Whatever the case is, there is no better way to get into the mood of Christmas by really embracing its traditions. It could be going to Church, having gatherings with your loved ones, and yes, you’ve guessed it – Christmas shopping!
You might want to start thinking about which gifts you’re going to give. Singapore is a shopper’s paradise with more malls per square mile than any other country in the world. With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to become overwhelmed.
To help you out, we’ve found seven great (yet inexpensive) places to get a Christmas hamper in Singapore — because who doesn’t love a basket full of treats?
- Laurent Bernard
If you’re a boss or business-owner in Singapore, Laurent Bernard is the perfect place to find Christmas hampers for your colleagues. The chocolate masters specialise in making gift bundles for some of Singapore’s largest companies. The Merry Little Christmas hamper will set you back S$105 and includes a chocolate box, deluxe fruit cake, a small snowman figurine and comes in a red box with decorations. If you’re looking for something slightly more extravagant, the All I Want For Christmas hamper includes everything the previous product does plus macaroons, Christmas cookies and comes in a leather basket. You can either purchase hampers online or in-store, but note the earliest delivery date is November 1, 2018.
You might expect a luxury brand such as Hédiard to sell excessively expensive Christmas hampers. But you’ll be pleased to hear their gift baskets sell at very reasonable prices. One of their cheapest hampers comes in at just S$82 and includes a 37.5cl bottle of Champagne brut classique, a jar ofduck foie gras, and a jar of Christmas fig with raspberry vinegar chutney. If you want to splash out a bit more, the Chinon Christmas hamper (S$148) comes with candied chestnuts, dark truffles, lemon shortbread, forest fruits tea, and currants with honey fine jam.
- Farm Florist
Extravagance is all well and good but sometimes Christmas is just about keeping it simple. Farm Florist offers beautiful yet rustic designs with hampers starting at just S$55. The Merry Christmas hamper comes with an assortment of fruit including green and red apples, pears, oranges and kiwis. Spend a bit more and you can get your hands on the Yuletide Greetings Basket (S$80). Aside from its rather beautiful wicker container, the hamper includes butter cookies, chocolate, and a bottle of red wine. To make the gifts even more affordable, Farm Florist offers free delivery when you purchase one of their gift hampers.
- Gift Hampers
If you’ve got a number of people to buy for this Christmas, Gift Hampers could be your one-stop saviour. The online store has something for everyone this festive period. For your significant other, opt for the Netflix-n-Chill hamper at S$85. This tongue-in-cheek gift basket includes gourmet snacks including Farmhouse biscuits and Salted Egg Yolk potato crisps. For your mother or grandmother, pick up the Natural Grace hamper (S$168), which includes luxurious beauty products and sweet treats. And it doesn’t have to stop there. Gift Hampers offers such a wide range of products, you can get something for everyone without ever having to leave the comfort of your chair.
It seems everyone knows someone who is obsessed about food. Their kitchen is constantly filled with the sounds of bubbling and pops from their latest creation. Humming is the perfect place to find a cheap yet brilliant Christmas hamper for that food-lover. The online present store offers gourmet baskets filled with lovely treats, starting at just S$55. Their most basic offering, the Gourmet Passion, includes Swiss Miss marshmallow hot cocoa, plenty of chocolates, nuts, hummus chips and handmade flowers. Those looking to spend a bit more can get the Bountiful Gourmet food hamper (S$100), which includes a delightful mix of sweet teats and a bottle of sparkling grape juice.
- Simply Hamper
It’s not just the adults who deserve a load of gifts this Christmas, the little ones should get something too! Simply Hamper caters for youngsters with gorgeous gift baskets starting at just S$75. The Princess Comfort and Care basket comes with a cute bunny toy, fleecy blanket, diapers and more. Of course, Simply Hamper also looks after the adults with a number of different options available. Check out the wellness hampers which start at just S$65 for a food bundle.
As everyone knows, the festive period can be painful for the bank balance. So finding somewhere with excellent value is a Christmas miracle. Bloomdale is that place. Their hampers are very reasonably priced, starting at just $55. If you’re looking for something from the lower-end of their price range then check out the Chocolate Treats hamper (S$60). The tempting food bundle includes an assortment of choccy-based delights wrapped up in a cute gift basket. If you’re looking to spend a bit more cash then check out the Mezza9 Treats hamper (S$120). The sumptuous gift box contains luxury chocolates, fresh flowers and a tempting bottle of La Vallee Ensoleillee Pays d’Oc France.