2021 has been a rollercoaster ride for all of us, but remember to make room to show appreciation to yourself this festive season by focusing on your happiness and well-being. As much as you enjoy picking out, wrapping and giving the best gifts to others, it’s equally important for you to show yourself some self-love too. Not to worry, as we've put together a list of products that we reckon you’d be thrilled to buy for yourself, receive and unwrap!

1. Chuck’s Self Love For All Honey Cream

Not your typical face moisturiser, this Korean-made intensely moisturising cream by local influencer and entrepreneur, Jane Chuck feels divine on cooler months like our current weather (and in winter), and especially if you have dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin. It’s not heavy nor sticky per se, but the texture that somewhat reminds us of the OG moisturiser, Vaseline’s takes some getting used to, more so when used in hot weather. Coming in a millennial pink box and tub that packs a lot of aesthetic appeal, the cream is made with 42% royal jelly extract that soothes, brightens and nourishes the skin, plus other reputable ingredients like shea butter, olive fruit oil, niacinamide, evening primrose oil, centella asiatica extract and calendula extract. Show your skin some love by applying an adequate amount of the cream on your whole face and neck in the morning and at night!

Shop Chuck’s Self Love For All Honey Cream (RM108) here.

2. Gucci Mini Top Handle Bag with Bamboo

If you think that nothing can be this cute, sexy and versatile at the same time, think again! Perfect to hold your essentials for all the dinner parties you’re going to this festive season, the Mini Top Handle Bag from Gucci’s ‘Aria’ collection comes in a striking Christmas green (and black, white, blue and pink, if you’re interested!) with bamboo, an emblem of the House’s origins that has appeared throughout its collections since the 1940s. Coming in leather that gives it a smooth and classy feel, with antique gold-toned and bamboo hardware to complete the look, you can use it in multiple ways and pair it with a red outfit for full-on Christmas vibes or an all-white one to let the bag pop!

Shop the Mini Top Handle Bag with Bamboo (RM10,110) at Gucci Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Suria KLCC and The Gardens Mall.

3. Fresh Fragrance Discovery Gift Set

When it comes to fragrances, we love the idea of having options in our lives, so if you like to rotate between a few like we do depending on our mood or the time of the day, then this set of three best-selling scents from Fresh is just what you need to refresh anytime, anywhere! Presented in a beautifully-designed plastic-free and recyclable gift box you practically don’t need to wrap, you’ll find a trio of Eau de Parfum in Rollerball form that comes in 10ml each – the perfect size to fit in your handbag or bring on your vacays. Start the day with the velvety floral notes of Rose Morning, let the crisp citrus notes of Hesperides keep you going in the afternoon and ease your senses for a chillaxing evening with ‘the freshness of a clear blue sky’ that’s found in Fresh Life.

Shop the Fragrance Discovery Gift Set (RM185) here.

4. Kate Spade New York Slice Crystal Embellished Fabric 3D Pizza Crossbody

Craving for your favourite pizza and a new bag? Why not get both in one shot, so you’ll always have a sparkling slice of pizza at hand and a unique, eye-catching and surprisingly roomy bag to flaunt too? We’re so excited to see novelty bags like this one making their way back into the picture at Kate Spade, and for the Holiday 2021 collection, the spotlight’s on the pizza! If the 3D embellishments on the crossbody are too much for your liking, you can opt for a pizza on a black compact wallet or zip card holder instead. If you prefer to accessorise with pizzettas, go for the drop earrings for a slice of pizza on each ear or hoop earrings featuring five pizza slices on each side, and the pizza pendant to complete your look and show the world just how much you love this Italian dish!

Shop the New York Slice Crystal Embellished Fabric 3D Pizza Crossbody(RM1,770) at Kate Spade New York stores or contact malaysia@katespade.com.

5. Lilin + Co Caramel Popcorn Candle

Most of us go to the cinema to catch the latest movies. However, there are a handful of people who go there just to enjoy the fresh popcorn and soda – and who can blame them? If you fall under the latter group but are still sceptical about going to the big screen in these current times, we’ve found a great alternative in the Caramel Popcorn variant from Lilin + Co. It’s got just the right dose of buttery top notes and a touch of saltiness that’s perfect to accompany your Netflix binge-watching, although you can’t quite munch on it! The hand-poured scented soy candle comes in 65g and 170g (for up to 20 and 40 hours of burn time respectively) that are individually tucked in a reusable cotton pouch, and trust us when we say that the sweet notes of creme caramel, coconut, hazelnut, sea salt, tonka bean and condensed milk will make you want to get cosy and grab that popcorn stat!

Shop the Caramel Popcorn Candle (RM25 for 65g/RM65 for 170g) here.

Additional text: Vasenta Selvanayagam
Photography, set design, styling & art direction:
Tan Guo Xiang
Yang Mei Ling & Vasenta Selvanayagam

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