Posts Tagged ‘Christmas Gifts’

Naiise Iconic Jewel Changi Airport – A fantastic place to get thoughtful gifts for anyone

When it comes to shopping, I’ve never particularly enjoyed shopping for clothes because I find it so hard to get clothes that perfectly fit my body and yet is still in a design that I like. I am quite the opposite though when it comes to shopping for gifts, trinkets and food items. I often want to buy up shelves and shelves of things. You should have seen my Instastories!

Naiise Iconic Jewel Changi Airport

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5 places to help you throw your dream Christmas party

It’s the time of the year again, where we prepare for that one all important day, the 25th of December. I love this period where all the festive decorations are up, and Christmas songs are blasting in every mall and supermarket. Because you know, 1 day to celebrate Christmas is just too short! This year, Christmas falls on a Friday which is great because it means an extended Christmas celebration!

How will you be celebrating Christmas? If you’re planning to throw your own Christmas party, I say go for it! It’s more economical, you get to have more food and you can escape the traffic jams of Orchard Road. Actually it’s not too difficult these days to quickly put together a home party. There are so many places where you can pre-order your Christmas turkeys, Christmas platters and other festive goodies. Some have even come up with new twists to traditional favourites in a bid to help you wow your guests. Here are 5 places you should check out for your Christmas goodies.

Ryan’s Grocery

Specialty grocer and butchery Ryan’s Grocery rings in the festive season with an array of organic, gluten-free Christmas goodies. From Gourmet Christmas Roasts Sets that feature delicious grass fed organic roast beef, gluten-free honey baked ham and free-range Linley Valley pork marinated in red wine and garlic to a range of organic, gluten-free sausage platters, Ryan’s grocery has you covered for a fuss-free day of quality Christmas entertaining.

Looking for the perfect gift for the discerning gourmand? Ryan’s Grocery will also be offering a delightful range of gift sets from small batch specialist producers from Western Australia that are exclusive to the store.

Organic Premium Grassfed Black Angus Beef 2kg $160

Roasted Organic Premium Grassfed Black Angus Beef 2kg $160

Ryan Grocery Homemade Christmas Special Gluten Free Sausage Platter $29

Homemade Christmas Special Gluten Free Sausage Platter $29 – These sausages are hormone free, antibiotic free, sulphites and nitrates free using all natural casings, which is really good to know.

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[Christmas 2014] Christmas Drinks

People don’t often eat “Christmas food” like Christmas turkey or log cakes until Christmas Eve and Christmas Day itself (except for us crazy bloggers who may have already had those as early as 2 months ago). But it seems such a waste not to delve into the Christmassy mood when the Christmas decorations and Christmas shopping are in full swing.

Well, the Christmas food may not be ready yet but there’s still the Christmas drinks to put you in a festive mood first, and I’m not talking about Egg Nog or the booze. Check out Gryphon Tea’s Christmas collection as well as The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s Christmas drinks. Makes good gifts too if you’re lost for ideas. The Partner loves teas and coffees so I do make it a point to buy some Christmas blends for him each year.


Gryphon Tea

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Gryphon Tea Company launches three new limited-edition Festive Teas in collaboration with Capella Singapore Chocolate and Tea Experience. In the spirit of festive celebration, the limited edition set features Gryphon Tea Master Blender interpretation of joy, peace and warmth, spread a little love this season.

Highlights of variants:

  • Winter Love: Single origin black tea sprinkled with copper fairy dust with top notes of forest berries, nutmeg, blue flowers and vanilla. Love is in the air this season.
  • Chocolate Gingerbread: A rooibos creation of the seasonal favourite combination of chocolate, caramel, ginger and pomegranate flowers. A holiday essential for the child at heart. Naturally caffeine free.
  • Strawberry Champagne: A scarlet red infusion with top fruit notes of strawberry and champagne. The perfect alibi to celebrate the season. Naturally caffeine free.

Exclusively available at Capella Singapore The Knolls Sentosa, or order online at http://www.gryphontea.com.


The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Coffee Bean Christmas Drinks

If you’re thinking of coffee instead, do check out the The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s Christmas coffee drinks. These are the familiar favourites but with added flavours such as peppermint or red velvet. Peppermint Mocha is my personal favourite.

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[Christmas 2014] Supermarket shopping for Christmas!

It’s the time of the year again when all the tinsel and festive baubles adorn every shop and building in Singapore. It’s also the time of the year where once again, I wish I could be in some wintry climate, experiencing a white Christmas. I quite like that it rains a lot in Singapore during December, the gloomy weather seems more Christmassy than fine sunshine. Although speaking of which, I will be in New Zealand next week, where the weather couldn’t be less Christmassy, and the sun sets only after 9….

I’ll have to get my fill of the Christmas mood from the Orchard Road malls while I still can. One place I never fail to visit to get into the festive mood is Cold Storage. I really LOVE looking at all the festive goodies, chocolates and candies of all manner wrapped up in golden ribbons, log cakes, hams, roast turkey…. the list goes on! I could spend an hour or two just walking through the aisles, imagining the sumptuous Christmas dinner I’m going to prepare.

Confectionery

When all else fails, Christmas chocolates still make for convenient Christmas gifts. I still think that Ferrero Rocher is the best chocolate to get for Christmas because they look so festive in gold! Cadbury seems to have come up with some gold foiled chocolates too.

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Last Minute Christmas Presents from Cold Storage

By now, I’m afraid if you haven’t already pre-ordered your roast turkey and festive sets, it might already be too late for Christmas. The last I checked, there were still a lot of turkeys in the frozen section, if you so wish to do the honours yourself. It’s actually not that difficult, as long as you have a large enough oven. I’ve always wanted to roast a whole turkey myself, but each year I always end up eating out or being invited to friends’ Christmas parties.

As for last minute Christmas gifts, I have a great tip for you. Forget about squeezing with the Orchard Road crowd because that will most probably drive your blood pressure up. I think supermarkets are one of the best ideas for last minute Christmas gifts. You can consider buying your last minute Christmas presents from Cold Storage, I think that would be a saner option. And I’m not lying when I say that I’ve done so on many occasions!

Here are my top picks of great last minute Christmas gifts from the supermarket!
  • Olive oils (look for the artisanal ones or olive oils infused with herbs)
  • Teas (You can get Gryphon Tea here too!)
  • Ghiradelli Hot Chocolate (a Californian brand of which I’ve been wanting to visit their factory!)
  • Cake-mix, whisk and cup cake papers (yes, quite unconventional I know, but good for girlfriends who have been swooning over pretty but overpriced cupcakes? Get them to make their own! This must surely be a unique gift idea!)
  • Tea biscuits
  • Wine (see the list of wines that Cold Storage is retailing below)

Traditionally made double chocolate chip biscuits, stem ginger and lemon biscuits (2)

Traditionally made double chocolate chip biscuits, stem ginger and lemon biscuits

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