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Gifting Tips From Celebs – Tan Lili

The clock is ticking, the malls are getting impossibly packed, your shopping list is nowhere near half-done, and you still have no flippin’ idea what to buy for your boyfriend’s aunt’s 18-year-old daughter. Don’t press the panic button just yet; TV personality Linda Black, actress Shine Koh, and Fly Entertainment artiste Oon Shu An share some gifting tips to help you power through the next two weeks of manic Christmas shopping.

Linda Black, TV personality:

Linda Black

“I’m more of a planner, and gift giving can be of particular anxiety for me. I usually start planning early and I try to take great joy in it. Depending on the friend and the kind of year we’ve had, I may go for something humorous or witty. Books make for great presents! Most of the time, I’ll get an array of gifts than kind of symbolise what this person means to me and how he/she makes me feel. I’m sentimental that way. But if I have to buy something for someone I barely know, I usually opt for alcohol or chocolates.

I think cards add a lovely touch when they are handwritten – even better if they are handmade! At the end of the day, gift giving should be fun, light, and always heartfelt. I never ever give a gift and expect one back. Just having friends over to have wine and share some laughs are the best gifts for someone like me who prefers to live in the moment.”

Shine Koh, actress:


“For good friends of mine, I buy presents based on what I know of their individual taste. If she’s into beauty, for example, I’ll probably get her one of the latest makeup sets. I always make it a point to personally wrap the gift and hand-make a card for those near and dear to me – handwritten messages beat a Facebook or Whatsapp message anytime! What if I don’t really know the gift recipient? Well, I’ll stick to something safe, like a mug!”

Oon Shu An, Fly Entertainment artiste:

“I’m rather attentive; I buy presents for my friends based on observations I’ve made about them over time. But sometimes, I’ll just ask them point-blank what they want! For friends I know well, I also tend to add a smaller novelty gift that reminds me of them. But whether the recipient is a close friend or someone I barely know, I like to get them a gift that gives back, such as the gift sets from The Body Shop. This way, you’re truly sharing the spirit of the festive season!

Photo from Fly Entertainment

Photo from Fly Entertainment

The Body Shop GInger Sparkle Shower, Scrub And Moisture Collection, $39.90

The Body Shop GInger Sparkle Shower, Scrub And Moisture Collection, $39.90

White Musk Classic Shower, Soften and Spritz Set, $36.90

White Musk Classic Shower, Soften and Spritz Set, $36.90

“Another fun idea would be to make presents from scratch, personalising each and every one – only if time permits, of course. For instance, if you’re into baking, you could create cake pops, cookies, cupcakes … I’m getting excited just thinking about the possibilities!”

Inspired by what Shu An shared about gifts that give back to the community? For every gift set purchased at The Body Shop, you’re helping towards The Gingerbread School House project. To find out more about the project, click here.

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as (now, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets.

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[Material World x The Body Shop] Cheat Sheet For The Budget-Conscious – Tan Lili

There are mainly two types of Christmas shoppers: the super-generous, and the budget-conscious. As someone who stepped into the frugal world of entrepreneurship this year, I definitely belong to the latter.

For the budget-conscious, the holiday season can be a stressful affair of scouring for unique presents that don’t burn a hole in their pockets. Which is why this year, with some help from The Body Shop, I’ve come up with a Christmas shopping cheat sheet.

Play Secret Santa
Have an annual gift-exchange tradition with your circle of close friends? Why not play Secret Santa instead? At least two weeks before, take turns drawing names so each of you only needs to buy one present. And, of course, agree on a budget and stick to it.

Pre-Loved Challenge
Propose this fun idea when you meet your good friends: Rather than spend money on presents, bring something you already have at home that you think would be better suited for your friend. It works like a swop, really. For instance, two months ago, something possessed you to buy a lipstick in a shade you’d never wear; now’s the perfect opportunity to gift it to your colour-crazy buddy in exchange for something you’ll love.

Shop Solo
If you’re planning to go Christmas shopping with your girlfriends this week, think again. A UK study showed that more than two-thirds of women who shopped with a female friend ended up spending more money than those who trawled the shops alone.

Wallet-Friendly Gifts
You can always count on The Body Shop for great gift sets that don’t bust your budget. What I love about them is the sheer variety of gift sets available; whoever you’re buying the present for – your mum, your sister, your boss, your BFF, or your acquaintance – you’ll certainly find a suitable one from The Body Shop. This also cuts Christmas shopping time into half because you can check off at least half the names on your to-buy-for list! Another awesome thing about The Body Shop gift sets? Every gift set purchased from The Body Shop this festive season will help towards The Gingerbread School House project. To learn more about this project, click here.

Here are some of the affordable gift sets available:

Cranberry Joy Mini Manicure Set, $14.90
Perfect for the one who sports a different nail colour every two weeks!

Consists of Hand Cream (30ml) and Mini Nail File

Consists of Hand Cream (30ml) and Mini Nail File

Mango Lip & Softening Gift Set, $19.90
LOVE the packaging, and the mango scent is heavenly.

Consists of Body Butter (50ml) and Lip Butter (10ml)

Consists of Body Butter (50ml) and Lip Butter (10ml)

Chocomania Mini Cupcake Gift, $14.90
Have a friend whose highlight of the day is bathtime? This has her name on it.

Consists of Shower Cream (60ml), Mini Heart Soap (25g), 2 x Ultra Fine Bath Lily Orange

Consists of Shower Cream (60ml), Mini Heart Soap (25g), 2 x Ultra Fine Bath Lily Orange

Gingerbread Man Wash Sponge, $9.90
This is so adorable, you’d be tempted to get one for yourself!

Gingerbread Man Wash Sponge

Gingerbread Man Wash Sponge

Purchase any of The Body Shop gift sets to contribute towards its Gingerbread School House Project. Check out The Body Shop’s website for a full listing of their stores in Singapore.

This post is brought to you by The Body Shop. The Body Shop worked with Material World on this post to highlight some of the wallet-friendly gift sets available at The Body Shop. All opinions are the author’s own. This post was not vetted by The Body Shop. Read our advertising policy here.

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