“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.” – Dave Barry
This is the time of the year PR firms get really busy and media owners get fat with Christmas and Chinese New Year squished into the month of December. We love the good food, great products and promotions the festive seasons bring. But, it is impossible to list every single item out there for you, fellow Metropolitants. Fret not, we have our own little list of what we like.
They are listed in no order of preference, so read on!
Make Me Pretty!
LANEIGE‘s limited edition Sparkling Party Collection, which comprises of exclusively packaged skincare and makeup products! Pamper your loved ones with exclusive gift sets from LANEIGE featuring:
– Holiday Hand Care Gift Set – $29
– Sparkling Party Makeup Palette – $45
– Holiday BB Cushion Set – $59
-Holiday Water Sleeping Pack_EX Duo Set – $90
Available at LANEIGE boutiques and counters.
Usher in the festive season with Sulwhasoo this December! Korea’s number one luxury cosmetic brand celebrates Christmas with a touch of elegance and opulence, putting together four limited edition gift boxes and a limited edition First Care Activating Serum for you to pamper yourself and your loved ones.
At Sulwhasoo, there is a gift for everyone, and their 2014 Holiday gift sets feature:
Limited Edition First Care Activating Serum ($174)
– Perfect Pair Set ($218)
– Essential Basic Set ($254)
– Signature Eye Set ($326)
– Time Treasure Set ($650)
Available at Sulwhasoo counters at TANGS Beauty, TANGS Orchard & TANGS VivoCity, TAKASHIMAYA Department Store and ROBINSONS The Heeren
Crabtree and Evelyn surprises and delights us once again with an entirely new festive theme for the Christmas collection. Everything from original scents to scrumptious comestibles are given a theatrical touch. Evocative perfumes, rich lotions and soaps, alongside fabulous fragrances to scent the air.
This year’s indulgent array of Christmas gifts – all beautifully and lovingly packaged – consist of Festive Fine Food, Festive Home Fragrances, and Gift Collection.
The Crabtree & Evelyn 2014 Christmas Collection will be available at all 12 stores
Feed My Tum Tum!
Fullerton Hotel – Festive Sunday Champagne Brunch
From 30 November to 28 December, gather your family and friends on Sundays to enjoy heart-warming afternoons of luscious brunch favourites at Town Restaurant’s Festive Sunday Champagne Brunch in the lead up to our irresistible extravagant feasts on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Find out more about their sumptuous buffets and parties for this festive season.
Sear Christmas Menu
Sear has set its sights on impressing with an impeccable combination of top quality steaks and a priceless view. Opened on 12 November 2014, this 5,000 square feet restaurant is one of the stars of the brand new dining and nightlife destination – 50RP
From 8 to 26 December 2014, Sear guarantees customers a jolly good gastronomic Christmas experience with a special three-course menu ($88 per person). Available for both lunch and dinner, diners can also choose a wine-pairing option for an additional $40.
For more information http://www.50rp.com.sg
The Butcher’s Dog @ Great World City
Make no bones about keeping yourself, family and friends as well fed and cheerful as a butcher’s dog this Christmas season, as the brand dishes up 2 dazzling centerpiece roasts and other choice festive treats inclusive of party platters, roast lamb leg, ham bone-in, beef wellington and more.
The Metropolitant team tried The Nyonya-Thai inspired Bedazzling Bibik Turkey (S$89 for 3.5 to 4.4kg before roasting or S$108 for 5.5 to 6.3kg before roasting). The succulent turkey is brined and marinated for 3 days with a pungent blend of fried spices – herbs, lemongrass, chilies, shallots, garlic, tamarind, blue ginger (galangal), and lime leaves before it is oven roasted at 150 degree Celsius for 1 hour 30mins.
This Asian centerpiece retains the juices of the herbs, spices and turkey, and the aromatics simply permeate through the glistening brown skin and meat when carved. To complete the experience is a savoury and heady sauce made from the same concoction.
All items are available for collection at The Butcher’s Dog from 12 to 31 December 2014 and 1 January 2015 (last collection at 7.30pm). The last collection on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve has to be before 7pm.
These seasonal gifts are available for pre-orders from 15 November to 22 December 2012. Prices start from S$59 per set. To order, please call 6836 8498, download order forms from www.thebutchersdog.com.sg or shop at the following outlets:
The Butcher’s Dog @ Great World City
1 Kim Seng Promenade, #B2-11/12
Festive Meals at Ichiban Boshi and Ichiban Sushi
Ichiban Boshi and Ichiban Sushi feature festive set menus from Christmas through to the New Year. The set menus are available from now till March 5 next year at all Ichiban Boshi and Ichiban Sushi outlets.
Diners at Ichiban Boshi can select from five different festive sets, all priced at S$25.90. Each set comes with a chawanmushi, appetiser and fruit.
More information here http://www.res.com.sg/en/brands/ichiban-boshi.html
A Joyful Yuletide at The Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa – Festive at The Cliff
Indulge in a romantic dining experience with your loved ones at The Cliff. Diners can look forward to an exclusive 6-course Christmas Eve Dinner tailor-made for the coming festive celebrations featuring Kurobuta Pork Jowl with caramelised apple and morel cream, or an indulgent Lobster Broth with seared foie gras and shaved fennel, amongst other delights. On New Year’s Eve, the 7-course New Year’s Eve Dinner tempts the senses with Truffle Soup accompanied by shallot confit, gnocchi and port wine, Black Cod glazed with miso and sea urchin and Tajima Beef with beetroot fondue and stuffed zucchini flower on New Year’s eve, just to name a few.
The Cliff also offers two tiers of specially curated Christmas Hampers from S$148, for those with a taste for the finer things. Filled with delectable homemade festive indulgences such as Panettone, Stollen, Mince Pies, Christmas pudding, a bottle of Champagne plus a S$100 So SPA voucher. These Christmas hampers will make the perfect Christmas gift this festive season
Christmas Eve 6-course Dinner at The Cliff 24 Dec 2014, 6.30pm to 9.30pm
– Duo of Hamachi
Sashimi & Tempura, Yuzu Gel, Almond Bean Curd Salsa
– Kurobuta Pork Jowl
Poached Quail Egg, Caramelise Apple, Morel Cream
– Lobster Broth
Seared Foie Gras, Shaved Fennel, Pernod
Price: $240++ per adult (excluding drinks)
Make your reservations here: http://www.singaporeresortsentosa.com/
Xperience, the signature restaurant and bar of Sofitel So Singapore, will bring to the sunny island the French tradition of “Le Réveillon”, a long feast that is typically celebrated in France and French-speaking areas on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Executive Chef Anne-Cecile Degenne has specially designed an exclusive menu for each occasion, scheduled only for 24 and 31 December 2014.
The “Le Réveillon” menu for Christmas Eve features luxury culinary items such as French oysters, wagyu beef, caviar and Chef Anne-Cecile’s personal Christmas favourite, foie gras. It also includes traditional Christmas ingredients such as porcini, winter black truffles and chestnuts.
The Christmas Eve menu is priced at $188++ for five courses, and will be served at Xperience Restaurant on 24 December 2014, from 6.30pm onwards. Wine pairing for each of the last four courses will be offered at a rate of $228++, featuring famous wines such as Les Vins de Vienne “Les Laurelles” 2011 and Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Les Jales 2010.
Find out more, visit http://www.sofitel.com/
Christmas isn’t complete without some delightful sweet treats, and Nespresso is glad to bring to you irresistible dessert-inspired indulgence! This November, look forward to our new Limited Edition Variations Grands Crus – Hazelnut Dessert*, Chocolate Mint, and Apple Crumble!
Look no further for the perfect Christmas gift with the Nespresso Inissia machine and the Aeroccino3 milk frother bundle, as well as the U and UMilk machine! From 31 October – 31 December 2014 or while stocks last, enjoy $120 off Inissia and Aeroccino3 machine bundle (RRP SGD 368) and other selected models.
Be spoilt for choice with Groupe SEB’s amazing range of products this Christmas. Whether one is getting dolled up, cleaning up for a party, cooking for the family or gifting loved ones, Groupe SEB has it covered.
From now till 31 December 2014, customers enjoy special price offers on selected products to make your Christmas shopping a breeze. In addition, you will receive free gifts and special offers with the purchases:
– A free three-piece set of food containers (worth $69.90) with a minimum spend of $150 on Tefal or Rowenta products.
– Spend $80 on any Tefal purchase and take home the Tefal Sensation Blue Stewpot (20cm) for only $49.90 (UP: $99.90).
This festive promotion is available at all leading electrical and department stores such as Courts, Best Denki, Harvey Norman, Takashimaya, Tangs, OG.
Created by prestigious winemaker Régis Camus, the award-winning PIPER-HEIDSIECK Cuvée Brut presents the perfect champagne housed in a striking red and gold Lightbox which resonates the spirit of celebration.
The Lightbox, with its stunning resemblance to PIPER-HEIDSIECK Maison head offices in France, doubles up as a chiller box to keep the wine at the ideal temperature between 10 and 12˚C for drinking and acts as an elegant candle holder too. Simply place a candle into its metal lid and light it up for dazzling champagne-drinking ambience.
A favourite celebratory drink of screen legend Marilyn Monroe, PIPER-HEIDSIECK Cuvée Brut is a classic, structured and full-bodied champagne bursting with fruit flavours which earned Silver medals at the International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards 2013.
S$73 per bottle and available at leading Cold Storage stores and NTUC Finest
Dress Me Up!
For this year’s gift giving season, agnès b. is committed to widespread a meaningful message, the core value of the brand – GIVE LOVE; hoping to permeate the scared love throughout the city and its people.
The respective product lines of agnès b. offers a wide spectrum of gift ideas to spoil your loved ones silly. So what are you waiting for?
For more information http://www.agnesb-christmas2014.com.
Swarovski’s Christmas collection is brimming with gift ideas and the perfect pieces for those who love minimal elegance, adore color, or are looking for strong and bold designs. The perfect balance between on-trend and timeless designs, the collection features jewels and accessories that provide an injection of instant glamour to be worn every day, from day to night. From a subtle touch of elegance to a dramatic evening effect: whatever the occasion, and however the style, Swarovski is the ideal companion.
Alongside beautiful jewelry and accessories, there are also exquisite home accessories, watches, and small leather goods, as well as designs perfect for men. As such, Swarovski’s multifaceted Christmas range features gifts as diverse as champagne toasting flutes, candleholders, cuff links, and evening bags.
Gift ideas that epitomize Swarovski’s iconic values and are testament to the brand’s unparalleled attention to detail. From highly accessible to truly exclusive, each and every piece is guaranteed to add light and sparkle to everyone.
More information here https://www.swarovski.com
Sacoor Brothers, a definitive international fashion and lifestyle brand from Portugal, is ushering in this festive season in style at its selected boutiques in Singapore.
Every weekend from 12 December, in line with Sacoor Brothers’ dedication and passion in tailoring an exclusive experience, shoppers will be swept into the warmth and festivity of Christmas the moment they step into the two selected Sacoor Brothers’ boutiques.
In-store Christmas carollers will belt out familiar holiday tunes designed to transport shoppers into the precious moments they will create this holiday season, as they select the perfect garment to accompany their celebrations.
Head down to Sacoor Brothers Vivo City and Marina Bay Sands boutiques for the most refined fashion experience this Christmas!
Sony announce that the α6000, which boasts the world’s fastest Autofocus performance among any interchangeable lens digital camera, now comes in special white edition. Just in time for a perfect White Christmas!
This is an addition to the existing selection of in black and titanium models, which were launched earlier this year. With the same cutting-edge features as the original models, the new white edition α6000 offers 4D FOCUS, a superior autofocus performance that comes in four dimensions: A widely covered 179-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor teamed with high-precision contrast-detection AF (2D height and weight), ultra-fast autofocus speed that allows it to capture subjects in just 0.06 seconds (3D depth), as well as enhanced predictive and accurate tracking (4D time).
The special white colour edition α6000 with kit lens SELP1650 from Sony will be available at all Sony stores and selected authorised dealers from mid-December 2014 onwards, and will be sold at a recommended retail price of S$1,099.
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