It is the season of giving, so this year, why not support local (well, regional)? If you haven’t quite started Christmas shopping yet, you can still get last minute Christmas gifts from Southeast Asian brands for your family and loved ones.

Right now, it may be too late for that book from BookDepository or that gorgeous Colourpop makeup palette to arrive in time. However, if you buy from Southeast Asian brands, the likelihood of your product being shipped and arriving within one week is high. You might even live in a country where the brands are available in local brick-and-mortar stores, too. 

Without further ado, here are ideas for 7 last minute Christmas gifts from different industries, to consider buying for everyone you love in your life.  Even strangers who turn up at your friend’s festive do will love these, if you are feeling particularly generous. 

If these last minute Christmas gift ideas aren’t enough, check out these Southeast Asian accessory brands and these modern batik brands.

Food

Irvins Singapore 

 

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They weren’t kidding when they called these dangerously addictive, especially the original Salted Egg Fish Skin flavour. People have been known to transport huge bags of these across borders from Singapore back to Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and so on.

Luckily, it’s now easy to get a pack via their international website here, and a hamper of just Irvins’ chips would be enough to make quite a lot of people happy. No one would know this was one of your last minute Christmas gifts…and if they did, they probably would be enjoying it too much to care.

Irvins was founded in 2015 by founder Irvin Gunawan, who was born in Indonesia and raised in Singapore. 

 

Beryl’s Chocolate  

Most people in general like chocolate, and Malaysian brand Beryl’s Chocolate would be a great gift for them. Established in 1995, Beryl’s Chocolate has multiple factories in Malaysia to keep up with the chocolate demands of their customers, as well as your gifting needs.

Their Xmas-themed products are now available here for shipping to your Malaysian friends. 

 

TWG Tea 

 

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Know a tea lover or two? Consider getting them TWG Tea canisters of tea leaves to enjoy over Xmas. TWG Tea started in 2007, with its acronym derived from their parent company, Singaporean company The Wellness Group. 

Apart from tea leaves, TWG Tea also sells tea accessories that would make a lovely addition to any tea lover’s home. Find their products here.

 

Fashion

Beyond the Vines 

Founded by Singaporean husband-wife team Rebecca Ting and Daniel Chew, the concept behind Beyond the Vines is that “good design should be accessible to all”. Bring good design to your fashionista friends this Xmas and check out the online store here, or even browse their physical stores in Singapore. 

Tip: their Canvas Carryall bags make for a great gender-neutral bag for anyone in your life. 

 

Asava  

 

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Thailand is a country filled with eclectic creatives, and Bangkok is where a lot of Southeast Asians love to go shopping. Asava was founded in 2008 by Poplat Asavaprapha, who has worked in New York for brands like Giorgio Armani and Maxmara before returning to Thailand.

For the women in your life who love classic styles, Asava is a great brand to introduce to them this Xmas. Asava also has a sister brand, Asv, for those who like to be more playful in how they dress themselves. Check out Asava’s offerings here.

Fun fact: Asava designed a custom outfit for Korean band Blackpink’s member, Lisa, for her latest official solo album. 

Beauty 

ePure

 

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This one is for the beauty aficionados in your life. ePure is a Malaysian brand that started in 2012, founded by Jennifer Liew. The brand’s first product, the Membranous Jelly Masque, refines pores, improves dull skin, and reduces wrinkles. 

ePure also offers other products in their lineup, and can be found at their main website here for Malaysians or on Shopee here for Singaporeans.

 

Tanamera

December is often a time to wind down and relax in preparation for the new year. And after a year like 2021 (and 2020), everyone needs a good pampering and relaxing session. Help add a touch of calm to your loved ones’ homes by getting them products from Tanamera here.

Founded by Malaysian siblings Faridah, Fauziah, and Faisal in 2000, Tanamera means “Red Earth” in Malay language. With products like facial soaps, essential oils, and in lieu of the times, hand sanitisers and antibacterial handwash, there’s sure to be something here for your friends and family. 

Happy shopping for last minute Christmas gifts, and we won’t judge if you want to get something for yourself too. No one said the season of giving didn’t include giving yourself gifts (and if they did, these are not people you would want in your life, to be honest).