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#SupportLocal: The meaningful Christmas gift guide your loved ones will appreciate

#SupportLocal: The meaningful Christmas gift guide your loved ones will appreciate

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Text: Joan Kong

Image: Khoon Hooi
Image: Hanya
Image: Fern

Here are our selections for every budget

Christmas is officially in two weeks, and if you’ve yet to start gift shopping for your loved ones, it’s time to get started. From fashion to beauty to lifestyle presents, our gift guides will give you plenty of suggestions. But if you’re looking for something that’s extra meaningful, we rounded up a list of #supportlocal gift ideas your friends and family will appreciate. After a tumultuous year, homegrown businesses will need your support more than ever.

Check out our list of stylish local picks below:

Khoon Hooi

For her: Chiasa bag, RM193 - RM295

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Crafted from upcycled brocades, the Chiasa mini bag is finished with a fabric knot that's an ode to the traditional Japanese bento bag. It's a conversation-starter, that's for sure.

Shop it here, or in-store at its APW Bangsar boutique.

MYJN

For her: Garcia cuff bangle, RM219

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Handcrafted in gold vermeil, the dainty cuff is perfect for those who love all things minimal.

Shop it here.

Related: 24 Minutes with the founders of MYJN, a Malaysian demi-fine jewellery brand that has a minimalist core

Fern

For her: Haka blouse, RM325, and Hakika skirt, RM765

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These co-ords are from Fern's latest collection, The Safari Series. Psst... The top can be worn both front and back!

Shop it here.

Related: Inside the Atelier: Fern

Wanderlust + Co

For her: Space Letter necklace, RM1,014.10 onwards

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The Space Letter necklace lets you pick up to 10 letters per piece, and it comes in sterling silver or plated in 24k gold. Alternatively, the brand has also launched a Kaleidoscope collection that features a range of lifestyle products, including a bead kit (that’ll get your craft on), and bucket hats and baseball caps that read “Survived 2020”—how apt.

Shop it here.

Related: The initial jewellery trend is back and these are the chicest pieces to shop right now

Alia B.

For her: Hope set, RM332

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This culottes set strikes the right balance between style and comfort—we love how it exudes a sense of ease too.

Shop it here.

Related: Fashion designer Alia Bastamam on what it means to be a feminist

The Batik Boutique

For her: Adult baking set with batik apron, RM199

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Most of us have been getting our bake on this year, and this cute hand-painted apron—that also comes with three cookie cutters and a whisk—will make a great gift. 

Shop it here.

For him: Neck-tie and pocket square set, RM179

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These matching neck-tie and pocket-square are made using the traditional block-printing technique, and they'll make a stylish addition to any man's closet.

Shop it here.

Related: 9 Homegrown labels to shop from if you're looking for traditional batik with a modern twist

Kulet

For her: Adele heel, RM249

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You know what they say: Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world. And this pair of Kulet heel is it.

Shop it here.

For him: Emery sandal, RM189

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Forget the usual flip-flops—these mandals are our pick.

Shop it here.

Talee Studios

For her: Hosanna Series duo set, RM408

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Handmade in Sabah, Borneo, the Hosanna Series set comprises the statement-making Rama Loop (pictured above) and the Creak Knot that are both made-to-order. 

Shop it here.

Lulla

For her: Havana slip dress, RM349

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A sexy, comfy slip dress that one can lounge in and wear out? No one will be able to resist. 

Shop it here.

For him: Aspen pyjamas, RM399

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The important men in your life deserve quality pyjamas too. 

Shop it here.

Fugeelah

For her: Tilly earrings set, RM135

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ICYMI, Fugeelah is a social enterprise launched for refugee children in Malaysia. These earrings that feature Sabahan Freshwater Pearls will make you look and feel good.

Shop it here.

Hanya

For her: 4-Ply face mask with ear loop, scrunchie, and pouch, RM42.90

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A silk-satin face mask doesn't only look luxe—it's also great for preventing maskne. The matching scrunchie will add to the cute factor.

Shop it here.

Related: The best silk face masks to invest for better skin

Indian Ocean by Shailly

For her: The Shining Beacon clutch, RM490

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Want to carry a work of art? This clutch from Indian Ocean by Shailly is emblazoned with the founder's original paintings.

Shop it here.

Wynka

For her: Monet dress, RM2,290

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The Monet dress is from Wynka's latest Spring/Summer 2021 collection, Palace, and it's the perfect piece for a fun, flirty evening.

Shop it here.

Oh Cha Matcha x Cassey Gan

For him or her: Set D, RM297

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Homegrown Matcha brand Oh Cha Matcha has collaborated with Cassey Gan for the festive season. This set includes the Jute bag in the designer's signature print, an array of premium matcha powders, and more. We'd get this for the tote alone!

Shop it here.

Nuria

For her: Liv blouse, RM239

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As many of us are working from home in the time being, there's no better time to shop for pieces that are stylish, comfortable, and Zoom-appropriate. 

Shop it here.

Related: 3 Fashion #BossGirls on their Raya collections and being a working mum in the current pandemic

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