Hues of Affection

Unconventional, colourful gift options for special mums and dads

Issue: May 2012

A kaleidoscope makes for an interesting gift especially if they are exquisitely crafted ones from The Wright Gift
A kaleidoscope makes for an interesting gift especially if they are exquisitely crafted ones from The Wright Gift

May and June are busy months for filial families in Singapore thanks to Mother’s Day (the second Sunday of May) and Father’s Day (the third Sunday of June). The gift-giving is not limited to children honouring their parents with presents and meals. Loving spouses have been known to give their husbands and wives treats and treasures to show their appreciation for all the parenting efforts made.

Forget the usual flowers, perfumes and jewellery for mum; or watches, sporting equipment, and chocolates for dad. CapitaMalls have a spectacular range of shops that will stretch your imagination as you shower your loved ones with gifts of your affections. The cardinal rule in shopping for someone else is this: buy something they would love but would never have splurged on themselves. If you find the task ahead daunting, we have just the guide to ease you in.

Intricate, handmade glass kaleidoscopes make great decorations and exquisite gifts
Intricate, handmade glass kaleidoscopes make great decorations and exquisite gifts

For the Collector

One of the first places you might want to go to for gift ideas is The Wright Gift at ION Orchard. As its name suggests, The Wright Gift is the ultimate gift shop. Styled like an upmarket antiques and curio store, their sophisticated collection of bric-a-brac will have you wandering the place for hours.

Their handmade glass kaleidoscopes are exquisite. Meticulously crafted with unique fused dichroic glass that is incorporated into stained glass to create splendid patterns and colours, these collector’s items have upgraded the traditional children’s toy to new levels of style.

Beautify the bookshelves with these practical, collectible Black + Blum bookends
Beautify the bookshelves with these practical, collectible
Black + Blum bookends

For mums and dads who are avid readers, spruce up their bookshelves with these lovely, designer bookends. Dubbed James the bookend, they are designed by the Anglo-Swiss team, Dan Black and Martin Blum, which have adapted them from their award-winning Black + Blum’s doorstop design. Made of stainless steel, they can take the weight of any number of books leaning against them and can be used alone or in pairs. With unconventional bookend colours of bright green, striking blue and stunning red, they are excellent examples of how everyday items can be turned into urban conversation pieces.

For the Practical

For the more practical-minded parent, something they can use is always a good bet when it comes to gifts. If the gifts are pretty to boot, it is a bonus. Golla mobile phone bags from The Wallet Shop at Junction 8 and Bugis Junction are both pretty and practical. Golla specialises in cases and bags for portable electronic devices and such little carriers in happy summer colours will make mums very happy too.

Another useful and delightful gift is the Il Bussetto Coin Pouch also from The Wright Gift. Crafted from leather by artisans steeped in the knowledge of leather, these elegant coin pouches have no visible seams. The wide selection of bright colours makes these pouches cheerful choices for mum or dad.

IIl Bussetoo coin pouches (left) that fit like perfect pebbles in the palm of your hand or Wild and Wolf’s garden tools in pretty patterns make for delightful, practical gifts
Il Bussetoo coin pouches (left) that fit like perfect pebbles in the palm of your hand or Wild and Wolf’s garden tools in pretty patterns make for delightful, practical gifts

Mums and dads who enjoy pottering around in the garden will love Wild and Wolf’s range of garden tools in three classic prints from The Wright Gift. The award-winning British designer and manufacturer of gifts, accessories and homewares collaborated with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to produce these inspired patterns that make the tools as pretty as the garden they help to grow.

For the Traditionalist

We may live in the age of where technology is steadily edging out pen and paper. But there are some who still treasure a well-made pen and beautifully printed paper. If you want to get mum or dad a writing instrument that is a class above others, Aesthetic Bay at ION Orchard will surely have what you are looking for. The pen boutique represents more than 30 prestigious international brands, perfect for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

Cartier Limited Edition Prestige Dragon Décor Silver Blue Lacquer Fountain Pen makes an exotic choice
Cartier Limited Edition Prestige Dragon Décor Silver Blue Lacquer Fountain Pen makes an exotic choice

For a touch of the exotic, the Cartier Limited Edition Prestige Dragon Décor Silver Lacquer Fountain Pen in an arresting blue with an ornate dragon on the pen cap lets you hold art in your hands.

These pencils topped with Swarovski crystals come in 12 different colours and will add a dash of colour to your day
These pencils topped with Swarovski crystals come in 12 different colours and will add a dash of colour to your day

Another writing instrument that lets you hold beauty in your hands is the pencil with Swarovski crystals at The Wright Gift. The gems come in 12 different colours and are so gorgeous they will inspire and awaken every literary soul.

With all these delightful, colourful gift options, this Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, you can brighten up their lives by showing your love in every colour of the rainbow.

Come shop with us at …

Aesthetic Bay Pte Ltd
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard #04-14
Singapore 238801
Tel: 65 6735 6788
Fax: 65 6235 6788
www.aestheticbay.com

The Wright Gift
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard #04-02
Singapore 238801
Tel: 65 65098220
www.thewrightgift.com

The Wallet Shop
200 Victoria Street
Bugis Junction
#01-12
Singapore 188021
Tel: 65 6337 2138

9 Bishan Place
Junction 8 #02-01
Singapore 579837
Tel: 65 6258 1006
www.thewalletshop.com

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