And so it begins! Whimsical fairy lights decorating the town, Michael Bublé crooning from the speakers — it’s that time of year again and we hope you’re as thrilled as we are.

In the spirit of Christmas, we’ve partnered with ShopUOB to bring you even more deals so you can show your appreciation for your loved ones by treating them to some worldly indulgence. After all, there’s nothing quite like a well-thought-out gift to brighten up one’s spirit. 

If you’re spoiled for choices or don’t know where to start, we’ve curated the ultimate gift guide for the five types of friends everyone (probably) has in their lives — the beauty junkie, the homebody, the eco-friendly, the fashion enthusiast and the go-getter!

For The Beauty Junkies

1. BeautyFresh

If you (or your friends) are quite the beauty and skincare aficionado, you’ll want to add BeautyFresh to your bookmarks, pronto. Host to brands like Chanel, Nars, Origins and more, this one-stop online store for luxury beauty and skincare products will make hunting for gifts so much easier. 

Our pick: Clinique’s Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. A must-have for anyone who works in (or sleep) in an air-conditioned environment. Their skin will thank you for that hydration boost.


UOB Cardmembers Exclusive: Enjoy 25% off site-wide. [Promo code: UOB ‹first 6 digits of UOB cardnumber›]. Valid till 31 Dec 2020.

2. Althea

Affordable, authentic and home to all our favourite Korean beauty brands (think Laneige, Cosrx, Dr. Jart+), Althea is our go-to online destination for all things K-beauty. They’re also having their year-end sale, with up to 80% off on their bestsellers, it’s something you wouldn’t want to miss out on!

On our wishlist? Banila Co’s Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm — a 3-in-1 cleansing balm that removes makeup, cleanses and exfoliates, all while preventing ageing, pigmentation and blemishes. 


UOB Cardmembers Exclusive: Enjoy 15% off new arrivals. [Promo code: ALUOBXMAS]. Valid till 31 Dec 2020.

3. Fresh

From lips to cleansers and an advent calendar, Fresh’s gift sets are nothing short of amazing. If you’re spoiled for choice, how about Fresh’s Self-care Masking Set? Enjoy two of Fresh’s most iconic masks, alongside a rose 2-in-1 face mask that delivers 24-hour hydration to the skin. We can’t think of a better self-care gift.


UOB Cardmembers Exclusive: Receive S$10 voucher + 2-pc travel-size Fresh favourites with min. S$100 spend at ION Orchard #B3-45/46/47, JEM #02-33 or Raffles City #01-43. Valid till 31 Dec 2020.

For The Homebodies

1. Nine Wicker Ave.

Let Nine Wicker Ave. light up your homes this festive season! Pick up their Christmas Market Candle — reminiscent of cedar forest, cosy hygge corners and cold winter nights or their Enchanted Garden candle — a crisp and fruity scent that will transport you from your home to a beautiful winter forest. If you’re not into candles, they’ve also got pillow mists that will encourage better slumber!


UOB Cardmembers Exclusive: Enjoy 15% off regular-priced items. [Promo code: NWAUOB15]. Valid till 31 Dec 2020.

2. MUJI 

We all know (and love) MUJI for their minimalist design, be it their clothing or homeware range. With so much time cooped up in our homes, how about curating a mini ‘storage essentials’ hamper to spruce up their vanity area? 

UOB Cardmembers Exclusive: Enjoy 10% off with min. S$80 nett spend on garment & household items. Valid at all MUJI stores. Valid till 28 Dec 2020.

For The Eco-Friendly

1. Your Sustainable Store

Not sure what to gift your eco-conscious friends? Check out Your Sustainable Store for an extensive range of curated, stylish and affordable sustainable products that your eco-friendly friends will appreciate. Look at how cute their Beeswax Wrap is! 


UOB Cardmembers Exclusive: Enjoy 5% off site-wide. [Promo code: UOBXMAS2020]. Valid from 12 Nov to 31 Dec 2020.

2. Handmade Heroes

With their earnest vegan and all-natural skin and body care, Handmade Heroes is the local beauty brand you need to look out for. Here’s their promise: No fillers, no nasty chemicals, and no animal by-products. Just the way skincare should be. Anyone and everyone will love their wholesome bestseller care package, which features a face mask, body scrub, lip balm, lip tint and lip scrub — seriously, who else is dreaming of a stay-in spa evening?


UOB Cardmembers Exclusive: Enjoy 15% off with min. S$35 spend [Promo code: UOB15] or 20% off with min. S$100 spend. [Promo code: UOBXMAS20]. Valid till 31 Dec 2020.

3. Peau Peau Beauty

We all know how tough it can be to find products that are suitable for sensitive skin. But what if it could be easier? Enter Peau Peau Beauty: an online multilabel store that’s dedicated to clean beauty that’s safe for sensitive Asian skin. From cosmetics to skincare, you can shop away with an ease of mind on Peau Peau Beauty.


UOB Cardmembers Exclusive: Enjoy 10% off with min. S$50 spend.
[Promo code: PPUOBXMAS10] or enjoy 20% off + complimentary Sheet Mask Starter Set (worth S$19.90) with min. S$100 spend. [Promo code: PPUOBXMAS20]. Valid till 31 Dec 2020.

For The Fashion Enthusiast

1. Farfetch

If you’re about all things luxury, you’ll want in on Farfetch. Loungewear is pretty much in fashion right now, and we’ve got our eyes on this silk pyjama set by La Perla — stylish enough for you to attend a zoom meeting and cosy enough for you to nap in. 

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UOB Cardmembers Exclusive: Enjoy S$50 off with min. S$500 spend [Promo code: UOBFF50] or S$100 off with min. S$800 spend [Promo code: UOBFF800]. Valid till 31 Dec 2020.

2. Esse

Esse’s garments are sustainable and timeless, making them great wardrobe staples. Loungewear meets sophistication, their Repose Camisole is a gift your loved one will wear again and again. 


UOB Cardmembers Exclusive: Enjoy 10% off regular-priced items. [Promo code: UOB‹first 6 digit of UOB cardmember›]. Valid from 12 Nov to 31 Dec 2020.

3. Minor Miracles

Local fashion? Yes please! Minor Miracles serves up clothes and accessories that are bold, vibrant and sure to make a statement. Not sure where to start? How about their stunning Cherry Cola Bubble Hem Dress?


UOB Cardmembers Exclusive: New users enjoy S$10 off with min. S$50 spend
[Promo code: WELCOMEUOB]. Existing users enjoy 10% off with min. S$150 spend. [Promo code: UOB10OFF]. Valid from 12 Nov to 31 Dec 2020.

For The One Who’s Always On The Go

1. The Paper Bunny

The Paper Bunny is all about the little things in life. Shower your friends with some everyday pieces that’ll accompany them through the hustle and bustle (And brighten up their day!). We’re thinking maybe a quirky sandwich bag or a handy convertible strap bag?

UOB Cardmembers Exclusive: Enjoy 10% off with no min. spend. [Promo code: TPBXUOB]. Or enjoy 15% off with min. S$70 spend. [Promo code: TPBXUOB15]. Valid from 12 Nov to 31 Dec 2020.

2. Unitude

Inspired by the works of modern artists and architects, Unitude’s bags are a work of art. Their Knot Canvas Tote Bag is French chic epitomised and their classy Ondina Shoulder Bag will compliment any outfit. What better way to show your friends how much you support them than by gifting them a bag that’ll never leave their side?

UOB Cardmembers Exclusive: Enjoy 10% off with min. S$30 spend. [Promo code: UOB2010]. Valid from 12 Nov to 31 Dec 2020.

If you’re still looking for other gifts ideas, ShopUOB’s got you covered! Explore ShopUOB’s Ultimate Festive Gift Guide for more gift ideas, from gifts for the Homebodies, Forever Foodies, to the True Trendsetters and even for You and Your Mini-me. There’s truly a gift for everyone at ShopUOB.

We all know it’s the thought that counts, but nailing that perfect gift for someone always makes it better. We hope our gift guide will help you do just that. Happy shopping!



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