Christmas 2018 gift guide for Singaporeans


Christmas sale 2018Image adapted from: Naiise

It may only be November, but we’re already looking forward to Christmas. Malls have started playing festive music, and a joyful holiday mood fills the air as we anticipate the end of the year. Though there’s still ample time, it’s a good idea to start hunting for gifts for loved ones early so you can slowly pick out something thoughtful.

Everyone hates trying to navigate through the year-end crowds. So do something different this year, and shop for your presents online instead. You’ll get to browse in your PJs at home, and enjoy up to 50% off at the following online stores when you pay with your DBS/POSB Credit or Debit Card:

P.S.: Read on to find out how you can score sure-win gifts like cash credits and shopping vouchers, and stand to win a trip for 6 to Japan!


1. For the fashionista


Up to 25% off at Zalora


Zalora Christmas discounts 2018Image adapted from: Zalora, Zalora, Zalora

If your friend repeatedly complains about having nothing to wear but is never seen in the same outfit twice, it means they’re suffering a wardrobe crisis. Help them solve their fashion woes by gifting them new pieces that they’d want to re-wear, from online boutique Zalora. 

Zalora Christmas discounts 2018Some pieces from the Modest Wear section
Image adapted from: Zalora, Zalora, Zalora

Apart from formal and casual clothing, they also have sportswear, shoes, and accessories – from popular brands like Topshop, Adidas, and Birkenstock. Those who don’t like to bare too much can go for the Modest Wear section, with togs that are more conservative without being frumpy.

Choosing clothes for someone else can be daunting, so if you don’t trust your own fashion sense, get your bud a gift card instead, with denominations starting from $30.

DBS/POSB Card promotion:

  • 20% off with min. spend of $120. Enter promo code: LOVEDBS20
  • 25% off with min. spend of $120 (9-15 Nov only). Enter promo code: LOVEDBS25
  • Additional 3% off with min. spend of $150. Discount applied at checkout. (1-12 Nov only)

Valid till: 30 Nov 2018


2. For the wanderluster


Up to $50 off at Airfrov


Food socks AirfrovFunny food socks from Japan
Image credit: Airfrov

Hashtag travelog. Hashtag wanderlust. Hashtag takemeback. We all have that one friend who always wishes he or she were halfway across the world, but doesn’t have enough leave left because they’ve already used it on multiple trips. Cue a bunch of wistful #throwback posts on IG.

Nivea x LINE lip balmNivea x LINE lip balms from Thailand
Image credit: @feonalita

Enter Airfrov, which will help bring back a piece of their favourite country for them – and hopefully scratch their travel itch. The website links you up with travelling Singaporeans who have extra luggage space, and are willing to help you purchase your desired items from abroad. 

Ippudo instant ramen AirfrovIppudo instant noodles from Japan, complete with a piece of chashu
Image credit: @karenhosy

Be it Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter Spread from USA, Chia Te Green Onion Nougat biscuits from Taiwan, or Pringles Instant Ramen from Japan – they’ll help you get your hands on stuff you otherwise wouldn’t be able to purchase here.

DBS/POSB Cards Promotion:
New Users:

  • $10 off with min. spend of S$50**. Enter Promo Code: LOVEDBS10
  • $20 off with min. spend of S$150* (for DBS SAFRA Cardmembers only). Enter Promo Code: LOVEDBS20

Existing Users:

  • $50 off with min. spend of S$1000. Enter Promo Code: LOVEDBS50

Valid till: 31 Dec 2018


3. For the shutterbug


Up to $8 cashback at Canon


Canon Christmas sale 2018Image credit: Canon

In the age of social media, taking good pictures is a must for many millennials. Help your budding photographer friend rake in the “likes” with a good camera from Canon – a mirrorless is a good place to start if he is looking for an upgrade from his phone cam to seal his IG boyfriend status.

Canon Christmas sale 2018For all your Pinterest photo wall dreams
Image credit: @istyleserbia

Too much of a splurge? Canon also sells smaller items like the famed Selphy instant photo printer, magnetic photo paper, and cute photo stickers.

DBS/POSB Card Promotion: 

Additional rebate^ from Rebate Mango:
New users: $8 cashback
Existing users: Additional 2% cashback

*Valid till: 31 March 2019
^ Valid till: 31 Dec 2018


4. For the techie


Up to 30% off at Lazada


Lazada Christmas sale 2018Xiaomi Mi Band 3
Image credit: @skyelectronicru

Lazada has everything under the sun, and we’re all familiar with their Surprise Boxes which come with a mix of beauty or tech items at prices that are super worth it. The latter is an extremely popular category on site, with headphones, speakers, fitness trackers and more; Truly a tech geek’s paradise.

Lazada Christmas sale 2018Wireless earphones
Image credit: Lazada

DBS/POSB Card Promotion:
New shoppers:

  • 20% off via the Lazada app, capped at S$10*. Enter promo code: LAZDBSNEW

Existing shoppers:

  • 30% off flash sale items via the Lazada app, capped at S$3^. Enter promo code: DBSFLASH
  • 18% off storewide via the Lazada app, capped at S$6**. Enter Promo Code: LAZDBS18

Valid till: 31 Dec 2018


5. For your girlfriend


Up to 50% off + $50 return voucher at Goldheart


Goldheart sale 2018Image credit: Goldheart, Goldheart, Goldheart

It doesn’t matter what your girlfriend’s personality is like; There’s something for every type of gal at Goldheart – from cat-shaped pearl earstuds for the crazy cat ladies, to tiara-shaped rings for the princesses. 

Goldheart sale 2018Image credit: Goldheart

Boyfriends planning on proposing during the magical season of Christmas can take this opportunity to pick out a sparkly Solitaire ring.

Goldheart sale 2018Online exclusives
Image credit: Goldheart, Goldheart

Also worth looking out for are online exclusives like initial necklaces limited edition items.

DBS/POSB Card Promotion:
In-store offer:

  • 50% off selected 916 gold jewellery workmanship 
  • $50 return voucher with purchase of any of the selected 916 gold jewellery

Online Offer:

  • 50% off selected 916 gold jewellery workmanship 
  • $50 return voucher with purchase of any of the selected 916 gold jewellery

Enter promo code: LOVEDBS50 + first 6 digits of DBS/POSB Cards at checkout

Valid till: 16 Nov 2018 


6. For the atas one


Up to 15% off at Net-A-Porter


Net-A-Porter Christmas sale 2018Frutta Embellished Straw Pouch from Kayu
Image credit: Net-A-Porter

Online fashion stores are aplenty, but Net-A-Porter is for those with a certain calibre of taste – “high SES”, if you will. Items here are gonna be pricier, but they’re all from luxury brands like Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga, so you can expect a certain quality that can’t be replicated.

Net-A-Porter Christmas sale 2018Prada, Miu Miu, and Jimmy Choo heels
Image credit: Net-A-Porter, Net-A-Porter, Net-A-Porter

They also stock high-end cosmetics from Sunday Riley, Aesop, and Marc Jacobs, just to name a few.

Net-A-Porter Christmas sale 2018The Loubibelle Lip Beauty Oil from Christian Louboutin Beauty. That’s some killer packaging
Image credit: @ommorphia

DBS/POSB Card Promotion:

  • 15% off with min. spend of USD360 + free shipping for DBS/POSB Mastercard® Cards. Enter promo code: MCNAP15

Additional rebate^ via Rebate Mango:
New users: $8 cashback
Existing users: Additional 2% cashback

*Valid till: 10 Nov 2018
^Valid till: 31 Dec 2018


7. For the couple moving into their BTO


10% off at Naiise


Naiise isn’t your regular lifestyle store. While they cover standard categories like Kitchen & Dining, Stationery, and Tech, a good number of items featured are irresistibly quirky and you’d be hard-pressed to find them at any other shops. Young couples moving into their new BTO flats would love the home items here because of how kitschy and unique they are.

Naiise Christmas sale 2018Image credit: Naiise

An example is the Clean Dreams Kitchen Sponge Holder – who knew something so simple could be so ingenious?

For the unapologetically patriotic, there’s a Go Local section featuring items that are uniquely Singaporean. You’ve seen those Ang Ku Kueh cushions, now get ready for the Otah, Love Letter, and Ice Cream Sandwich renditions:

Naiise local snack cushionsImage credit: Naiise

But if that friend couple has already settled all their furniture, gift them with a party game that you can all play together at their housewarming party, such as Smol Tok and Singlish playing cards.

Naiise What Do You Meme gameWhat Do You Meme? – a game for the meme-addicted
Image credit: Naiise

DBS promotion:

  • 10% off storewide with min. spend of $85 for new customers. Enter promo code:  “lovedbsdeals”.



8. For that easy-going friend


Up to 15% off at Shopee


Shopee Christmas sale 2018Super Mario Party for Nintendo Switch
Image credit: @crankyeagle

What would you like to eat? Anything. What do you want for Christmas? Anything. Everyone knows someone who is an “anything” sort of person. Well, Shopee really does have everything and anything – from instant cameras to video games and gadgets – so it’ll be easy to get them a present from there.

Shopee Christmas sale 2018Image credit: Shopee

For the young at heart who love tinkering with things, there are elaborate Lego sets from series like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Ninjago.

Shiroi Koibito Shopee Singapore Image credit: Shopee

You can’t really go wrong with food, so if your friend is really that chin chye, go for a foolproof box of Ferrero Rocher, or Ishiya Shiroi Koibito – the well-loved Japanese white chocolate biscuit.

DBS/POSB Card Promotion:
New Shoppers:

  • $5 off min. $10 spend*. Enter promo code: LOVEDBS10 at checkout.

Existing Shoppers:

  • 15% off^ min. $80 spend. Enter promo code: LOVEDBS15 at checkout.

Valid till: 31 Dec 2018


9. For the hallyu fangirl


Up to $20 off at Qoo10


Qoo10 Christmas sale 2018Image credit: Qoo10, Qoo10

Qoo10 has a hodgepodge of just about anything you could think of – from beauty products to luggages and even maternity items. But what stands out is their range of Korean products. If you know someone who’s constantly fangirling over the latest K-dramas, get her some cosmetics from Korean brands like Missha and Laniege here – below normal retail prices.

Qoo10 Christmas sale 2018Missha Signature Dewy Rouge lipstick – $6.99 on Qoo10 (U.P. $10.50)
Image credit: Hatubeauty

There’s a huge selection of Korean apparel and accessories like earrings as well.

DBS/POSB Card Promotion:
New Shoppers:

  • $10 off with min. spend of S$50 for purchases made via Qoo10 app*

All Shoppers:

  • $20 off with min. spend of $200^

Valid till: 31 Dec 2018


Christmas present ideas for 2018


DBS Christmas discounts shopping 2018Image credit: DBS

Now that we’ve given you lots of inspiration for this year’s Christmas gifts, it’s time to start shopping for your friends and fam at these online stores. Not only will you get to enjoy up to 50% off, you’ll also be able to snag some sure-win gifts for yourself. Here’s how:

1. Download the DBS Lifestyle app (iOS, Android)
2. Tap on “Spend Christmas Wisely”, and register to take part*
3. Spend online or in-app to unlock your personalised spend goal**
4. Redeem your gift

Sure-win Christmas gifts include the following: 

DBS Christmas discounts 2018Image credit: DBS

In addition to that, 20 shoppers with the highest online/in-app spending will stand to win 500,000 AirAsia BIG Points, which is equivalent to a return trip for a family of 6 to Japan!

Find out more about DBS’ Christmas discounts here!

*Limited to first 10,000 registrants
**Personalised spend goals are set based on your online spending from April-June 2018
Other T&Cs apply. Click here for FAQs.

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