I love a good deal – which is probably why I have a few cart-filled tabs on my browser ready for check-out this Black Friday – and when good deals and the gifting season come together, that’s when I have an added excuse to spend on friends and family. 

Coincidentally, there are many eventful occasions to celebrate too: Imran and I in the process of moving into our first home together, my mom visiting, friends’ milestones, etc. So when buying gifts, I want to spend on something practical, or things that people will use and not re-gift or chuck away in a corner. 

Here’s what I’m getting (or have gotten!) this Black Friday:

ToTT Store: Cuisinart Power Trio Hand Blender

I figured, since Imran and I are moving in together, whatever gift I get him… will be in my home too right? So why not get him something I could potentially “borrow”  and use too, like this Hand Blender for one. We have made grandiose dreams of “cooking for one another” and “hosting dinner parties” (I say grandiose because I think we’re more likely to dapao zi char/ cai png). In the event that we find the time to cook, I do think a hand blender can come in handy for making batter, smoothies, fresh sauces – I can already imagine the taste of toasted baguette and homemade bruschetta!

ToTT Store Black Friday Exclusive for UOB Cardmembers: Up to 50% off selected items. Valid from 29 Nov to 1 Dec 2019 at Century Square and Suntec City Mall outlets.

1. Sephora: GHD Curve Soft Curl Tong

Every so often, my friends will come up to me and ask for advice on buying hair tools (i.e. straighteners, curlers, hairdryers). Case in point, my friend Mei Ting (MT): “What are you using to curl your hair?”/ “How do you get your hair to look so straight?” Upon my recommendation, MT scored herself the GHD Platinum+ Styler at Sephora’s online sale earlier this year, which she absolutely loves as a straightener.

But if you are looking for a curler and missed the Sephora online sale, don’t worry. This Black Friday I got MT the GHD Curve Soft Curl Tong to complete her GHD collection. I actually did a quick video tutorial on this on IG recently, check it out here!

Sephora Black Friday Exclusive for UOB Cardmembers: 15% off storewide+ receive a S$15 voucher with min. S$120 spend (limited redemptions). Valid from 28 Nov (from 10am) to 29 Nov 2019, in-stores, via sephora.sg and the Sephora App.


2. Kinokuniya Books

Whenever I am asked what I would like as a present, I always mention books as a gift option. To make things more difficult for my gifters, I will also request for a note to be written on the first page, so I can always have a memorable note to remember them by whenever I pick that particular book up. Similarly, I will gift books in return as I feel books not only serve as inspiration – especially for my friends in the creative industry – but are also great decor pieces for one’s home/ study/ office.  

For my new home, I got myself The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes – a coffee table book that will inspire weekend home projects with friends. For my good friend and makeup artist Airin, I got Louis Vuitton Catwalk : The Complete Fashion Collections. A Louis Vuitton fan herself, I felt that this book would be a handy companion for when she needs fashion or makeup inspiration on her day-to-day editorial photoshoots. 

Kinokuniya Webstore Black Friday Exclusive for UOB Cardmembers: 15% off regular-priced items. Promo Code: UOB15. Valid on 29 Nov 2019.

3. Eu Yan Sang: ‘Love is a Verb’ Hamper

With my mom visiting from Tasmania, there are two things bound to happen: good home-cooked food…and her falling sick from all the flying around, as well as the sudden exposure to heat and humidity. My mom loves herbal-infused drinks and believes in the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine, so this Eu Yan Sang hamper is a great way for her to recharge before she flies back. (Funnily enough, a bottle of chicken essence was waiting for me a few days ago when I got home. Two minds think alike!)

Eu Yan Sang Black Friday Exclusive for UOB Cardmembers: Get 15% off regular-prices items. Receive S$10 voucher with min. S$198 spend. Receive Free wine in an exclusive Suede Wine Bag (worth S$65.80) with min. S$328 spend. Promo Code: THANKS19. Valid from 29 Nov to 2 Dec 2019, in-stores and online.

Be it for your partner, family, or friends, these brands are my top suggested places to shop for gifts this Black Friday. 

When picking brands to feature in this article, I kept in mind practical gifts you can get and gifts that also cater to all groups:  a sibling that just moved into their first place, a friend that might be interested in cooking a meal for the family this year-end, a friend who needs some motivational reading material before the new year etc. 

If the above sites are not enough, UOB Cardmembers can also enjoy these exclusive deals this Black Friday:

  • Lookfantastic, Add. 5% off site-wide with promo code: UOBOFFER (valid 29 Nov to 2 Dec 2019)
  • Mankind, Add. 5% off site-wide with promo code: UOBOFFER (valid 29 Nov to 2 Dec 2019)
  • HQ Hair: Add. 5% off site-wide with promo code: UOBOFFER (valid 29 Nov to 2 Dec 2019)
  • Beauty Expert, Add. 5% off site-wide with promo code: UOBOFFER (valid from 29 Nov to 2 Dec 2019)

*Terms and conditions apply for all promotions, visit uob.com.sg/shopuob/festive-deals.html for more details and deals.



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