The holidays are almost here and we're all looking for that perfect gift to let the special people in our lives know how unique they are. We've put together a list of alternative gifts for those of you looking for a different way for the kids to experience the joy of giving this Christmas. These inspiring gifts from Singaporeans businesses truly help spread the Christmas cheer!
Gift it Forward
Started by Singapore based mum of three, Theresa Evanoff, Gift It Forward enables you to pool the money that mum, dad, aunty, grandma and grandad would have spent on an array of Christmas gifts into one central place to purchase that special gift AND help raise funds for charity. It means that you can help teach your kids about charity while also ensuring that they receive a valued gift that they truly want. Find out how it works here.
billionBricks is the Singaporean social enterprise behind WeatherHYDE, a life-saving, fully insulated and lightweight emergency shelter designed to protect the homeless and vulnerable from extreme weather conditions. It’s also the only reversible tent that adapts to all temperatures—perfect for family camping trips and outdoor adventures anywhere in the world. So, if you’re the sort of family that likes the great outdoors, think about investing in a WeatherHYDE or one of billionBricks other products and by doing so you not only get an innovative product, you can help give homes to those in need.
Playeum is a play and learning centre like no other – it’s Singapore's first Children's Centre for Creativity where families and children can play, create and be inspired together. The team at Playeum carefully crafts play based exhibitions and spaces to enable kids aged 1 – 12 years old to explore and learn independently. We love the current A World Full of Stories exhibition with its story raft, chalk wall and dress up space. So this Christmas, why not get your little ones an annual play pass and let them experience a different kind of play centre all through 2017.
Josh & Cherie Books
This great little Singaporean company was started by husband-wife team, Julius & Cheryl. Their business seeks to inspire a love for reading with book subscriptions for children. Each month, they hand pick beautiful, age-appropriate books and package them up. When the child receives the package each month, it feels like an exciting gift! You can choose the age range and the number of months you’d like to subscribe for and they’ll handle the rest. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
If you have other ideas in the spirit of giving, do share them with us!