Finding a thoughtful gift to celebrate your loved ones may be challenging, but we’re here to help you surprise and impress your favourite people with simply the best. If you find that products from mainstream stores lack sentimental value, here is a curated list of 50 one-of-a-kind gifts including personalised products, learning adventures, exclusive experiences, fun and games, and all-time favourites.
1) Streaks n Strokes — Personalised T-shirt or Tote Bag
A picture speaks a thousand words. What better way to surprise your partner or child than with a personalised item — Streaks n Strokes offers full paint-at-home kits for you to unleash your creativity and paint their favourite designs on t-shirts and tote bags. Be it their favourite superhero, cartoon or even food, you can paint for them, paint with them or simply sit along with them and watch them paint.
New to art? Check out their FREE online painting classes for absolute beginners to paint bubble tea, corgi, sushis, sunrise and so much more. Your fabric masterpieces are also washer-friendly and won’t come off.
Price: From $19.90 for trial kits and $44.90 onwards for basic painting Kits. DIY Kits can be found at https://www.streaksnstrokes.com/collections/bundles-kits
Contact: Whatsapp at (+65) 8587 8884 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
2) SO AM I – Minimalist Jewellery
Looking for customisable jewellery that’s not cheesy? SO AM I offers classy and minimalistic jewellery suitable for every wardrobe. Customise them to your preference. Add your loved one’s favourite saying on a bracelet or design a pendant that you think would suit their personality and style!
3) Lovage – Birthday Card
Instead of the usual store-bought birthday card gift, you can check out hand-drawn and customisable options at Lovage! With cool illustrations and aesthetic designs, you can send a birthday card that will be kept for good.
4) Mbossed — Custom Plates
Custom plates from Mbossed is another fun and thoughtful gift idea to surprise your loved ones! A decorative piece to hang on walls or windows, the plates will give off real road trip and travel vibes. Have fun with the designs and create something that reflects your loved one’s personality.
5) LoveandLuxeHandmade — Personalised Water Bottle
If your friend prefers a practical gift, get him or her a personalised stainless steel chrome water bottle. Great for keeping beverages cool, it’ll be a constant companion for Singapore’s tropical weather.
6) ClayArt Touch — Personalised Sculptures
ClayArt’s sculptures offer personalised clay figurines that are hyper-realistic. The Look-A-Like package enables you to create clay sculptures that look like your loved one. A quirky yet thoughtful gift that brings caricatures to a new level, your birthday recipient would have a fun laugh for years to come.
Price: $250 onwards
7) The Gold Press — Leather Products
Gift your loved one customised leather products such as keychains, card holders and lanyards from The Gold Press. This is a classy, timeless gift for a stylish birthday girl or boy!
8) The Imprint — Personalised Passport Cover and Luggage Tag
If your loved one is all about Wanderlust, a personalised passport cover or luggage tag from The Imprint is a timeless gift to get them excited every time they travel. Customise this gift with their name on it.
P.S. It’ll also make an aesthetic subject for window-seat travel photographs and flat-lays.
9) Gifts Less Ordinary — Personalised Cufflinks
Cufflinks are essential to complete any male professional attire. For working professionals, personalised cufflinks are a practical birthday gift! Include your loved one’s initials to the cufflinks for an intimate and subtle touch to their everyday wardrobe.
10) Gifts Less Ordinary — Personalised Wine Cooler
For those who love hosting guests for a night of wine and cheese, a personalised wine cooler would be the talk of the party. Keep your wine ice-cold, and your conversations warm, throughout the party.
11) Tombalek — Woodwork Workshop
Woodwork, black smithing and metal work — if you’d like to learn how to make your own everyday tools and furniture from scratch, Tombalek is the perfect workshop space for you and your partner to get back to basics. For starters, beginners can learn how to make a wooden tissue box, a stool, or even chopsticks to take home.
12) Arteastiq — Art Jamming
Unleash your inner Picasso as you indulge in carefree painting. With a canvas, unlimited paints and colours, and a drink to accompany your creative endeavours, you’d be surprising yourself and your loved one with both your artistic sides. If you aren’t sure what to paint, the friendly staff will allow you to print a picture off your phone for easy reference.
13) Center Pottery — Pottery Class
Helmed by master potters with over 20 years of experience, you’ll be in safe hands at Center Pottery as you learn how to create ceramics from scratch. An activity that nurtures patience, concentration and passion, it’s a suitable birthday present to celebrate one’s growth and maturity. Take back your self-made cups and bowls after you learn about both electric and manual pottery wheels.
Price: $70 onwards/pax
14) Cookery Magic — Cooking Class for Singaporean Cuisine
The way to your lover’s heart may be through the stomach. Learn how to whip up delectable Asian and Singaporean cuisine. From Indian Food to Fried Kway Teow and even spicy belachan, you’re in for a foodie journey that’s also rich with re-exploring Singapore’s culture.
15) Resin Play — Resin Art Workshop
From jewellery to coasters, Resin Play allows you to create one-of-a-kind designs that you can take home. The owner has spent years sourcing and experimenting various brands of resins and have selected the best of them, so be assured that you’ll be working with material of the highest quality.
Contact: +65 8738 3404 (from Tuesdays to Fridays)
Address: 1 Jalan Berseh, #02-28C, New World Centre, Singapore 209037
16) SemiColon Works — Leather Crafting Workshop
A perfect gift for those who like handicrafts — get hands on to make leather crafts at SemiColon Works with your loved one. In their signature Leather Crafting Workshops, learn leather cutting and a variety of stitching techniques. At the end, take home a personalised leather pencil case or cardholder to remember the experience!
Price: $150/2 pax
Contact: +65 9190 7408
Location: 116 Middle Road, ICB Enterprise House, #05-03, S188972
17) Concrete Everything — Geometric Stationery Holder Workshop
Your work desk will be a conversation starter with a concrete Geometric Stationery Holder as a table piece. Through a 3-hour workshop, experience working with concrete and learn the basics of mold making, casting, and treating. A great activity for learning new skills, it’s also quality bonding time with your partner.
Location: Level 6 Vanguard Campus, 1 Kallang Jct, 339263
18) Concrete Everything — Vase Workshop
Learn how to build a uniquely-shaped vase for your plant babies, which is a staple piece in most modern homes. Made of concrete, it guarantees both style and durability for the long run.
Location: Level 6 Vanguard Campus, 1 Kallang Jct, 339263
19) The Plant Story — Miniature Garden Workshop for Two
Create a beautiful terrarium at the Miniature Garden Workshop! This hour-long workshop teaches you to create a miniature garden that you get to keep at the end. This is perfect for urbanites with a busy schedule and for new gardeners to explore.
Price: $200/2 pax
Contact: +65 97220438
Location: Exact address will be provided upon confirmation of booking
20) Kamal’s Artshop — Batik Painting Workshop
If both you and your partner are culture buffs, this 2-hour open studio Batik Painting Workshop is perfect for those looking for a celebration that won’t break the bank. Be introduced to the history of batik that relates to the South East Asian heritage and its traditional methods. Try out tools of the trade such as the ‘tjanting’ and dyeing.
Location: Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Blk E #03-31, Singapore 439053
21. Picneeds — Private Picnic
To have a birthday celebration that’s a scene right out of the movies, contact Picneeds for an Instagram-worthy picnic spread. The friendly couple have the best attention to detail right down to decorations and food. They can help you plan the perfect surprise so all you have to focus on is enjoying quality time with your partner or friends.
22. Royal Albatross — Luxury Tall Ship Experience
Take it to the seas on the Royal Albatross for a romantic birthday celebration. Get on board Singapore’s only luxury tall-ship, sail off into the sunset, and enjoy a dinner alongside a live band and full bar on deck. On the way back to shore, witness a beautiful firework display to round off the perfect evening.
23. Rumors Beach Club — New club on the block
Rumour has it that the Bali-inspired, new beach club on Sentosa is a great island getaway to celebrate a birthday. With designated VIP and lounging areas and three swimming pools, you can treat your loved one to a birthday filled with sunshine and sea. Dance through the night with live DJ sets to end off the special day.
Address: Rumours Beach Club, 40 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore, 098996 Singapore
24. Ocean Restaurant — SEA Aquarium
With just a glass wall separating you and over 100,000 marine life such as manta rays, sharks, and fishes, treat your partner to world-class seafood dining for a one-of-a-kind birthday meal. Meals here are also sustainably sourced and curated.
Address: Equarius Hotel, West B1M Carpark, Sentosa
Contact: 6577 6869
25. AJ Hackett — Bungy Jump and Swing
Age is just a number — spark the daredevil in you and your partner by defying gravity at AJ Hackett’s Bungy Jump. Jump off from 47m, and be filled with maximum adrenaline rush with a tick off the bucket list. If that’s too overwhelming, try out the Giant Swing instead, which swoops across Sentosa’s best scenery.
Contact: +65 6911 3070
Address: 30 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, 099011
26. Singapore Island Cruise — Tour around Singapore’s Islands
For a private birthday celebration away from the city crowds, hop on the Singapore Island Cruise and spend the day exploring Singapore’s offshore islands. Kusu Island, St John’s Island, Lazarus Island, and Sisters Island are all home to lush greenery, vast landscapes, and pristine beaches for an intimate picnic.
Price: $15/adult, $12/child
27. Sky Dining — One Faber Group
To take birthday celebrations to new heights, dine in the sky with One Faber Group’s Sky Dining. Enjoy scenic views of Harbourfront and Resorts World over a 4-course fine dining meal in the Stardust Cabin. This would definitely be one experience to remember.
Contact: email@example.com or call: (+65) 6377 9688.
28. Hilltop Dining with Bell of Happiness — Arbora
Dine amidst the lush greenery of Mount Faber Park, overlooking the Harbourfront cityscape. With a vast menu of western classics, craft beers and botanical inspired drinks, you’re sure to have a sumptuous birthday feast. After your meal, be sure to take the iconic picture at the restaurant’s rainbow steps, and ring the bell of happiness for good luck.
Address: Faber Peak Singapore, Level 2, 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203
29. The Floating Donut Company — Donut Cruise
Rent a floating donut for a 1.5-hour celebration cruise with up to 8 other friends. It’s a party alongside seafood or tapas platters to enjoy, with the iconic Marina Bay Sands as your backdrop for the day. Talk about a unique dream birthday celebration — your BFF will thank you for it.
Price: From $312/4 pax
Address: 80 Collyer Quay, Clifford Pier, Singapore 049326
Contact: +65 9756 8666
30. Wondrous Glamping — Tent-stay by the sea
Hop on the trend of glamping and spend your birthday cosying up in a comfortable tent setting. At night, enjoy the breeze under the stars to the sound of crashing waves over heart-to-heart talks. This quick getaway will feel like your own mini-holiday, away from daily routine.
Fun and Games
31. Holey Moley — Interactive Mini-Golf
Spend a night at 27 themed mini-golf stations to celebrate your loved one’s birthday. Take tons of pictures with their Instagram-worthy installations and neon signs. Look out for the most iconic station inspired by Game of Thrones. When hunger pangs set in, indulge in comforting bar bites and cocktails.
Price: $20/person onwards
Address: 3B River Valley Road, Singapore 179024
32. Level Up — Old-school Arcade Bar
Neon signs, beer pong and old-school arcade games such as Street Fighter and Space Invader — this is one birthday party for those who love all things retro. As you Level Up with age, make sure your night is a blast with friends as well.
Address: 3A River Valley Rd, #02-04 Block A, Singapore 179020
33. NINETEEN80 — Old-school Arcade Bar
Get your loved one to dress up for his or her birthday. The theme? Retro with a dose of nostalgia. Step in, and you’re invited into a real-life arcade game with walls that show a playful ‘Press Start’ decoration. Right out of a scene of Stranger Things, NINETEEN80 is a perfect mix of lighthearted childlike wonder and edgy vibe of a bar.
Address: 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-05, Singapore 088444
34. TimeZone VivoCity — Ticketed Carnival Games
Featuring arcade games with traditional carnival tickets, enjoy carefree fun on your birthday at one of Singapore’s largest arcades. There’s even an in-house bowling alley, and bumper cars to have all-out fun. Bookings can also be made to host parties at their spaces, so you can invite friends along.
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, 02-43 VivoCity, 098585
35. Cow Play Cow Moo — Ticketed Carnival Games
A smaller arcade also with carnival tickets for the taking, Cow Play Cow Moo is a local favourite and is said to house the most number of claw machines — bonus points if you can claw something for your loved one. No rush, because this arcade opens till late!
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Tower 3 & 4 #03-372, 038988
36. BOUNCE — Trampoline Park
Work out a sweat at BOUNCE, Singapore’s most popular Trampoline Park. If you have new birthday goals of achieving a backflip or somersault, here’s the best place to try out your tricks. Have a bouncing great time with friends!
Price: $25 for the first hour
Address: 8 Grange Rd, #09-01 Cineleisure, Singapore 239695
37. Axe Factor — Axe Throwing
If your partner or friend is into trying out new sports, go Axe Throwing at Axe Factor, which is popular in the USA. It’s a safe and satisfying way of stress relief as well. P.S. You may want to let the birthday boy or girl win throughout the night!
38. Let’em Play — Interactive Climbing Wall
Singapore’s first Augmented Reality Bouldering Experience can be found at Let’em Play. A refreshing take on climbing, let the AR technology and projected graphics track your moves as you conquer new routes. Feel free to geek out at how impressive the system is.
Address: 18 Boon Lay Way, #01-100, Spore 609966.
Contact: (65) 6266 6125 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
39. Segway Tours Eco Adventure — Sentosa Island
Whiz off into the sunset on a segway tour to enjoy Sentosa’s sights and sounds without all the walking. This is great for those who like celebrating their birthdays in nature.
Address: Gogreen Segaway Eco Adventure @ Siloso Beach, Sentosa, Beach Station
40. Comedy Masala — Stand Up Comedy
The best birthdays are ones filled with laughter, drinks, and friends. One can enjoy all 3 elements watching stand-up comedy for the night. Expect an intimate audience and close interaction between the comedians and yourself, which is all part of the experience.
Price: From $15
Timing: Held weekly on Tuesdays
Contact: 8525 7414
Address: HERO’s Bar, 69 Circular Road, #01-01, 049423
41. Daniel Wellington — Watch
For a dash of class and versatility, Daniel Wellington offers a wide range of watches for every occasion. You can even surprise your loved one with matching timepieces.
Price: $279 onwards
42) Pinterest Inspiration — Photo wall
Another irreplaceable and personal homemade gift is a photo wall that can be a permanent feature in your loved one’s bedroom. Collect polaroid photographs, get some craft material from a local store, and create a feature wall for a heartfelt surprise. Strings, ropes, decorative flowers and fairy lights would add volumes to your set-up.
Price: A lot of man hours!
43) Love Bonito — Classy dresses
A staple in every woman’s closet is a classy and versatile dress! Get your wife or girlfriend a stylish outfit for a birthday date night out. Love Bonito categorises their clothes according to different styles and occasions, so there’ll be no hassle in picking out the perfect outfit!
Price: $40 onwards
44) Kinokuniya — Adult Colouring Book
Get your loved one’s creative juices flowing with an adult colouring book. A respite from everyday work stresses and hectic lifestyles, the colouring book is useful for 10-minute breaks everyday to do something fun!
Price: $25 onwards
Location: Kinokuniya outlets Singapore-wide
45) KYDRA — Sportswear for everyone
Singaporean brand KYDRA prides itself on providing affordable and high-quality sportswear for all. Known for their buttery-smooth and well-designed sports apparel, your loved ones would be all geared to pursue their fitness goals in style.
Price: $30 onwards
46) Frankie Magazine — Indie Travel Magazine
An indie travel magazine from Australia, Frankie appeals to friends who are hipster travellers. With pastel-themed pages and quirky articles, this gift subscription will keep one’s head in the clouds for the rest of the year.
Price: ~$56/annual subscription
47) Kindle PaperWhite — Electronic Book
The best gift for those who love reading on the go, the Kindle PaperWhite 4 is the latest in Amazon’s Kindle Series. Lightweight and sleek, it allows your receiver to enjoy e-books everywhere and be the envy of all fellow bookworms.
Price: $190 onwards
48) TARTE by Cheryl Koh — Artisan Pastries
Instead of a birthday or anniversary cake, get handmade pastries at TARTE by Cheryl Koh, who took Singapore by storm with her award-winning skills. Her tarts and pastries are baked fresh every morning with the best-sourced ingredients from around the world.
Price: $8 onwards
Address: 1 Scotts Road, #02-12 Shaw Centre
Contact: +65 6235 3225
49) Kodak — Non-disposable Film Camera
Give the best gift of capturing candid moments with Kodak’s non-disposable film camera. Simply turn the turnstile on the camera, and press the shutter to create memories with your loved ones. The fun part comes when you can’t see the photos you’ve taken until it gets sent to the shop for development.
50) Sudio — Earpieces
A perfect and thoughtful gift for music lovers on the go, Swedish brand Sudio’s earpieces are great for sound and convenience. Its sleek ETT design are noise cancelling, 80 hours of playtime, and even offers wireless charging. It’s even splash, sweat and rain proof, which means that you can bring it out on workouts or runs safely.