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It can be tough finding a perfect gift for that important person in your life. But nothing says “I care about you” more than something that came out of careful deliberation and thought. Which is why we are recommending these places for you to get your next present from. Besides, not only are customised and personalised gifts way more significant and heartfelt, they also prove to your recipient that you’re no regifter. Win-win.

1. My Paper Box



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Is your friend disorganised? Does she need a place to quickly scribble down her stray thoughts? Or perhaps she just likes stationery in general. Either way, she’d love these customised notepads that will not only keep her messiness in check, it’ll make her actually enjoy sitting at her work desk. At My Paper Box, you can customise different types of notepads with your friend’s name in various fonts. Choose from notepads such as those sporting rose watermarks, watercolour florals, cactus flowers, black and white marble and more, and indicate the name you wish to include. You can even get a notepad that includes a photo of your choice. Notepads are from US$4 but shipping fees apply.

2. Naiise Iconic’s Gift Bar



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Naiise has plenty of great options when it comes to quirky, funny or useful-but-out-of-the-ordinary gifts. After all, it’s known for its emphasis on good design and local products. But any gift will look unpolished if you simply cover it with any old wrapping paper from your neighbourhood stationery shop. To bring it up a level and make your gift smashing all round, head to Naiise Iconic’s gift bar in Jewel Changi Airport (#02-205/206), where you get to choose between 1) a basic gift wrapping paper + one ribbon or twine + one gift tag; or 2) the same as above, except you get a premium gift wrapping paper (some of them designed by renowned illustrators). You can also add pompoms, a wax seal and dried flowers, and choose from different fonts to inscribe onto your gift tag — basically, nothing is too extra! While there, you can opt to have engraved text on every purchase from jewellery company The Mindful Company (at $15), or have your name printed on a bottle from The LAB Fragrances (free with every purchase of The LAB Fragrances).

3. ana tomy



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If you like to be in control of every single thing in your life (you be you, we’re not judging), then you’d enjoy getting your notebook or planner done at ana tomy. It allows you to make a choice on every single detail to create the perfect notebook or planner in your eyes. Which means you don’t just get to choose the type of paper (ruled, dotted, grid, plain, planner), you also get to choose the cover (cloth- or paper-bound), the colour of the pen loop, spine, ribbon marker, book band and loop wires and the material of the paper. You can also monogram the cover with your initials or a phrase (up to 10 characters). It’ll be a creation that’s truly yours.

4. Wonderbly



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Have a friend who has just had a newborn baby? This personalised book would make a perfect gift for the bub’s one-month celebration. The book will feature the little one’s name and cast them as the hero/heroine of the story. Wonderbly, which ships worldwide, has various themes, such as Where Are You, Lost My Name, and Bedtime for (insert name here), and the books come in softback or hardback options. Plus you get to include a dedicated message within the pages as well. It’ll be a unique and meaningful present that will be cherished for years — and hopefully inspire them to love reading too. From S$24.99.

5. TheImprint Singapore



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What started out as a school project in 2012 among three Polytechnic students branched into a full-fledged business after the trio found a market for providing unique and personalised gifts. TheImprint Singapore allows you to customise a whole array of products, from phone cases to mugs to cardholders and passport holders. Our vote goes to the burgundy cardholder with lanyard, which is made with saffiano microfiber leather and comes with three card pockets. Also available in black, navy or nude, you can add a monogram in gold, silver or rose gold for a maximum of seven characters. Minimalist and elegant, it’s perfect for that friend who works in the CBD.