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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas: Christmas Shopping Guide (Part 1)

Hello my lovelies!

First post after my exams and it's on my favorite topic:Shopping!
I've been walking around in malls and streets chilling out with my friends and I noticed some totally awesome Christmas deals around. This post will be a quick guide on where you can find some pretty good Christmas deals in places that you might not have thought of visiting! Nothing brings on the Yuletide cheer better than scoring awesome festive deals! This post will be on some of my ideas on where to get gifts. You can always do more research online and find out other deals that are going on in your favorite shops :). Have fun!

For gifts that are affordable but presentable, you can check out these places:

1. Watsons 
They're having lots of buy 1 get 1 free or buy 2 for $xx offers now till 11 Dec, so grab some quickly. The deals apply mostly to chocolates(in nice boxes) to bath and moisturiser sets. These include travel size body butter and shower gel sets by Beauticology and antiseptic hand moisturisers. Super awesome as gifts if you've to buy things in bulk for people like your female colleagues or as backup presents for surprise Christmas visitors.

2. Typo
Typo has lots of quirky stuff that can be used as decoration or as functional stationery. There's a huge range of things you can find, and so are the prices. I love their notebooks with their interesting/pretty covers and the laptop sleeves. Right now, the A4 and A5 spiral bound notebooks are selling at 3 for $10, and they'll make pretty awesome gifts for people who loves to write or are still schooling. Writing in an awesome looking notebook can just boost one's enthusiasm for writing or kill the writer's block :)

Hot Pink Transforma Tablet

3. Lovisa
Looking for bling? Check out Lovisa, which is currently having a bunch of necklaces and other accessories at buy 1 get 1 free or 2 for $20. There're also offers going on for other things. The selection is quite large is you're not picky, but I think the designs are rather limited depending on how much you're willing to spend. It's a good place to get accessories as gifts for your Bff or special person.

4. Topshop
Topshop is a cool place to go to if you want to get mostly gifts for girls. It's like a wonderland for girls. There're shoes, makeup, clothes and underwear to check out. Right now, there're some pretty good things there, like the edgy accessories and makeup. Not all of Topshop's stuff are that affordable, but I recommend checking out the accessories or makeup because they're the cheaper priced things. I love getting socks from there because they've got so many girly designs.  

5. TS
This is the shop selling CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray etc. I think DVDs and CDs are unisex gifts that can be given to many people even in the age of iTunes and online downloads(ahem!) Grab an awesome CD or movie and wrap it up! If I remember correctly, the TS outlet at Causeway Point is having a closing down sale, so there probably are some good deals there.

6. Daiso
Ok this is one of the desperate choices that I'm suggesting for you. YES YOU. To the you who survives on a small allowance but would like to show your appreciation for some of the people around you. Don't judge things from Daiso 'cos they costs just $2. It is always the feelings that count the most. I'm sure if the person cares about you, he/she would understand the sincerity in the gift no matter the shape or price. Daiso sells some pretty awesome things throughout the year. I think an inflatable travel pillow will be a useful gift that is thoughtful of the person's needs. There're also nice snacks (look out for the rice crackers in red,green and black transparent packaging, they're yummy!). There're also nice cups and accessories holder. Basically there're alot of things, and it's easy to pick something as long as you have the person's needs in mind. Practical gifts are the best in my book. 

7. Value$ Shop
This may seem even worse than Daiso to some people, BUT it is a treasure trove of interesting food. You want to give generic gifts like chocolates? This shop's the place for you. It has a bunch of different chocolates at cheaper than supermart prices. Better still is that they're boxed nicely, so wrapping is a breeze. In my recent foray there, I've found Bailey's Chocolates(gasp! they exist?!) and Lindt chocolates. It's also a good place to grab some snacks for the office(or home) Christmas party. Go to your nearest Value$ shop quickly:)

8. Qoo10 (Gmarket)
This is the place to go if you want to buy things online. It has a ton of things that you can buy. However, you will have to think about shipping time for the object to arrive. Therefore, it's good to find sellers that enable self-collection in shops or are located locally so shipping time will (hopefully) take around a week or two. It's good to start a month early with online shopping for Christmas if you want to get something from overseas. You can find pretty cool gifts like polaroid films, international travel adaptor, handphone covers, bags, makeup, cute shirts and many more. It's one of my favorite places to shop and compare prices, especially for korean brands like Holika Holika and Skinfood. Click on the link here to get to the website.

That's all for the first part of our Christmas Shopping Guide! Hope you've enjoyed reading it and found some deals that you're looking for! Look out for part 2 of our guide, which will cover more expensive places.

Till next time.
Festive cheers,
El   xoxo

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