To be honest, thinking of Christmas presents keeps me awake at night. There’s a ton of people to buy for and hardly enough time to pick a great gift. Often enough, I end up getting gift cards because it’s the easy way out. It makes me feel worse when cousin Janet gets me that awesome Aeropress (aka what I wanted all year) and all I got her was Uniqlo gift credits.
This year, I made good on my mission to find the very best presents ever in KL and I’m sharing it with you!
Here’s my curated top 10 list of stylish and tasteful Christmas gift ideas in 2017. Every single gift was handpicked from Malaysian makers and startups (yay spread the local love).
- Prices are correct at time of publishing and should be regarded as approximates.
- All delivery times are stated as working days unless otherwise mentioned.
For flower lovers and aspiring horticulturists
Create beautiful moments and enliven a special someone’s home with BloomThis’s Gabrielle. The adorable Christmas tree is just the right size to fit into tight spaces! Get the jingle bells ringing with this tree made with red Carnations, Cotton Flowers, Pine Cones, Fish leaves and Pine leaves.
Buy: BloomThis Gabrielle
Price: MYR 179.00
Delivery: Malaysia (KL, Selangor, Penang) & Singapore
Delivery Time: Same day - next day (MY, SG)
Eats, Shoots & Roots
Grow Box Starter Edition
Does your Christmas gift have green thumbs? Or thinking of starting a vegetable garden? Eats, Shoots & Roots' Grow Box has all the seeds you need to grow food in your own little patch. It comes with a recipe book and a nice box - from farm to table literally.
Buy: Eats, Shoots & Roots Grow Box Starter Edition
Price: RM 219.00
Delivery: Malaysia & Singapore
Delivery Time: 2-5 days (MY), 1-2 weeks (SG)
For the gourmet foodie
Indulgent Gift Box
Amazing’ Graze never disappoints with their healthy and delicious granola combinations. This year, get their Indulgent gift box which includes Candied Fruitcake Granola, Gingerbread Crumb Granola, Frosted Cinnamon Nut Mix, Chocolate Fudge Orange Bites and Caramel Pecan Almond Butter. I’m already famished.
Buy: Amazin' Graze Indulgent Gift Box
Price: RM 99.90
Delivery: Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, UAE
Delivery Time: 3-4 days (MY, SG)
For the drinks connoisseur
The Roast Things
Roasted Coffee Beans
Few cafes in KL haven’t heard of The Roast Things. Most even make their cuppa from their beans (yup, we stalked a few of our fav haunts). Excellent coffee at an unbeatable quality. It also helps that they’re packed in a handsome, minimalist white pack. Just take note they come as beans so check if your giftee has a coffee machine or a grinder + aeropress/pour-over dripper.
Buy: The Roast Things Roasted Coffee Beans
Price: RM 48.00 - 72.00 / 300 g pack
Delivery: Malaysia & Singapore
Delivery Time: 4-5 days (MY), 6-7 days (SG)
For geeky techies
Awesome-est gift ever for people who keep forgetting stuff. Tag La is a cute plastic bluetooth tag which you can hook with or paste on stuff that you must never lose (for e.g. house keys, RM 4000+ iPhone, Gucci wallet etc). It comes with a handy app that can make the tag beep or find your stuff on a map, 'Find My iPhone' style. The Christmas edition is just adorable.
Buy: Tag La Bluetooth Tag
Price: RM 69.90
Delivery Time: 2-4 days (MY), 7-14 days (SG)
For discerning stationery users
For people who swear by classic pen and paper, here’s the perfect present. Personalise a notebook or planner with their name, fav colours, type of cover, band, binding wire and even the inserts. As a bonus, all ana tomy notebooks come in an elegant gift box. They will love you forever.
Buy: ana tomy Personalised Notebook
Price: RM 88.00 - 108.00
Delivery Time: 3-5 days (MY), 1-2 weeks (SG)
For home decor aficionados
Peacock Pride Pillow Cover
Inspired by Asian heritage, Nala Designs' creations look positively fabulous in any contemporary home. Check out the Peacock Pride pillow cover - coming in Prussian blue and coral, it matches well with light wood furniture and lends a modern vintage look. They also stock pretty fabrics, stationery and even bags and totes.
Buy: Nala Designs Peacock Pride Pillow Cover
Price: RM 147.72
Delivery Time: n/a
For fitness enthusiasts
Ash be Nimble
Unisex Nimble Tee in Apple Red
If you haven’t heard already, one of the pioneers in active wear in Malaysia, Ash Be Nimble is closing down and moving on to a new business. To celebrate new beginnings, head to their Moving Out Sale (we advise going to their outlet directly) at their HQ in Damansara Kim. Here’s a workout tee that solves all your giftee’s crossfit issues. Ash be Nimble’s (I just love that name) unisex nimble tees are quick dry, lightweight, anti-sweat patch, and best of all, I quote “look like you’ve got guns”. Hands down win.
Buy: Ash be Nimble Unisex Nimble Tee in Apple Red
Price: RM 89.00
Delivery Time: 3-4 days (MY), 3-5 days (SG)
Ash Be Nimble Moving Out Sale
Time: 10 am - 6 pm
Date: Thu-Sat only (7 Dec - 9 Dec, 14 Dec - 16 Dec)
Location: 30A, Jln SS20/10, Damansara Kim, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Call: +60 111 4000 557
For beauty queens and the well-groomed gentlemen
The Apothecary Malaysia
Cornerstone Solid Cologne
Help your dad, bro and boyfriend smell like Jude Law with The Apothecary’s solid cologne. The Cornerstone is woody and soothing with patchouli, nutmeg, sandalwood, cedar wood and hints of vanilla and paprika. Did we mention the packaging? Slick.
Buy: The Apothecary Malaysia Cornerstone Solid Cologne
Price: RM 60.00
Delivery Time: 1-3 days (MY), 2-3 days (SG)
BFF Duo Pack
Coffee and skin care is a match made in heaven. Dirty Benefits makes all-natural coffee scrubs that contain caffeine (can’t get enough of it), organic salts and sugars, cold pressed avocado and coconut oil and grape seed oil. Gift your bestie the BFF Duo Pack and share some scrub bonding.
Buy: Dirty Benefits BFF Duo Pack
Price: RM 112.00
Delivery: Malaysia & Singapore
Delivery Time: 1-2 days (MY), 1-2 days (SG)
For the fashion conscious
Holiday Gift Box
Burn those old socks. Good Pair’s versions excite the senses with hipster colours and all-colourful patterns. Awaken your gift-ee’s personal style with the Moon & Sun (off-white & gold) and Peek-a-Boo (khaki & dark fern green) socks. Love the fabric-wrapped gift box!
Buy: Good Pair Holiday Gift Box
Price: RM 154.35
Delivery Time: 2-3 days (MY), 7-14 days (SG)