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Your guide on getting the perfect sustainable (and trendy) gift this Christmas!

The season of giving is around the corner again! Have you done your Christmas shopping this December? While Christmas is a traditionally religious holiday, many people have joined in on the holiday spirit and it has now become one of the most popular year-end holidays to celebrate. Whether you’re shopping for your parents, friends, partner or even your co-workers, a Christmas gift can always make someone’s holiday feel extra special.

Many people have made full use of the popular 11.11 and Black Friday sales online to get Christmas gifts in advance. Although the mega-sales have since ended, you can still buy gifts online. From technological gadgets to cute stuffed toys, online shopping sites offer a wide variety of potential gifts for your loved ones. Many of these options are also very affordable, so you can buy many of such gifts to give out to your colleagues or classmates as a token of appreciation for their company. However, online shopping involves shipping time, and as it is the holiday season, shipping delays are inevitable. Make sure you choose options that have fast delivery times, so that you can deliver the gifts before Christmas is over!

If you prefer shopping in person and looking over the gifts before you purchase them, here are two environmentally friendly thrifting options. Thrift shopping is a good way to find high-quality goods at a lower price, as many thrifted items are brand new, or almost new. Many of the goods at thrift shops are also no longer in production, so you may even chance upon a perfect gift for your loved one that no one else could possibly find!

1. Huntstreet Singapore

Huntstreet Singapore is part of an international chain that distributes pre-owned luxury brand goods, including designer goods from brands like Chanel, Givenchy and even Christian Louboutin. While they have an online shop on their website, their physical shop is open Monday to Saturday from 11AM to 5PM, for you to check out their offerings.

The New2U Thrift Ship at 96 Waterloo Street is open Monday to Friday at 10.30AM to 2.30PM and every last Sunday of the month at 11.00AM to 2.00PM. It is run by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisation (SCWO) which was established in 1980 as the National coordinating body of women’s organisations in Singapore. SCWO has more than 60 member organisations, representing over 600,000 women and it serves to unite them to work toward the ideals of Equal Space, Equal Voice and Equal Worth for women in Singapore. Needless to say, the proceeds of the New2U Thrift Shop go into supporting these organisations. Why not look for the perfect Christmas gift while giving back to society? It fits the Christmas spirit perfectly!

There are many other shopping and thrifting options available, both online and in-person. So, have you planned your gift-shopping strategy yet? As Christmas draws near, it’s better to plan ahead and quickly get presents for your loved ones!

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