This festive season, celebrate the season of giving by gifting your domestic helpers! After all, they are key members of the household who keep everything in order, from clothes and meals to ensuring the well-being of the entire family. Show your appreciation that they are part of the family with these gift ideas!
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Let your domestic helpers indulge in some new clothes this festive season with Uniqlo gift cards! Purchase them via the ShopBack in 4 different denominations: SG$20, SG$50, SG$80 and SG$100. There are plenty of clothing options as well as bags and accessories for them to dress up on their day off!
Doing household chores all day can be tiring on your domestic helper. Perhaps give them a Starbucks card for them to indulge in morning coffee perk up! The cards are available in various designs and available online for them to track the card balance and redeem rewards from time to time. If they are non-coffee drinkers, there are also sweet options such as the Signature Iced Chocolate and fruit juices!
Help your domestic helper to stay hydrated during the day as they go about doing household chores with Iona's Thermal Flask Water Bottle. The bottles are available in 18oz, 32oz and 40oz and come in a variety of colors such as grey, white, pink and green. You are bound to find a color that your domestic helper will surely like! These bottles are able to keep hot beverages hot for up to 12 hours and cold drinks refreshing for 24 hours.
Iona, 233 Ubi Ave 4, Intrepid Warehouse Complex, Singapore 408818, www.iona.com.sg/kitchen-appliances/242-iona-thermal-flask-water-bottle-18oz.html
Check out Bath & Body Works shower gel festive collection for your domestic helpers! A good shower is just what they need after doing household chores or just before heading out on their day off. Available scents from their holiday collection include Winter Candy Apple, Vanilla Bean and Twisted Peppermint. Aside from shower gels, they also have body lotions and hand creans.
Bath & Body Works, 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard B2, #50, Singapore 238801, www.bathandbodyworks.com.sg/new-arrivals
All those household chores and cooking can leave your domestic helper tired and hungry. Help them stay in good health this festive season with Boxgreen's Christmas Wonderland gift box! The gift box features 10 single serve snacks that includes flavors such as Honey Mustard Soya Crunch, Peanut Pretzel Dark Chocolate, Coffee Almond Biscotti with Red Quinoa, Umami Shiitake Mushroom Chips, and Hearty Strong Nut Mix. Priced at SG$35 per box, this is definitely a health yet delectable treat!
This Charles & Keith Knitted Tote Bag is the perfect bag for your domestic helper on their day off! Not only will it complement their outfit, it is roomy enough for them to do some personal shopping as they are out with friends and loved ones. The bag is also available in two colors, beige and black, giving you multiple options depending on your domestic helper’s preference!
Charles & Keith, 23 Serangoon Central, #01 - 39 / 40, Singapore 556083, www.charleskeith.com/sg/bags
Most helpers will send a box home, also known as balikbayan box, to their loved ones during the Christmas season. Why not celebrate the season of giving by helping to bear the cost for these boxes! MHM Global is one company that specializes in such courier services. Rates will vary depending on the destination region and the size of the box. The best part is that all boxes are supplied with a packing list and sufficient tapes.
MHM Global, 304 Orchard Road #03-60 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863,www.mhmbalikbayanexpress.com/mobile/services.php
Given that your domestic helper has been away from their families and friends for an extended period of time, help them stay connected with their loved ones by giving them extra phone credits! SIMBA mobile plans are one of the more affordable ones around, which comes with huge amounts of data (think 100GB), enabling your domestic helper to make video calls and text messages without worrying about the cost!
SIMBA Telecom, www.simba.sg/personal
Gift a unique experience to your domestic helper on their day off with a trip to Singapore's newly-opened Bird Paradise! There are over 3,500 bird speices spread out across 8 aviaries for them to check out and admire. There are also plenty of open spaces over at this highly-rated attraction, making it a perfect picnic spot for your domestic helper and her friends!
Bird Paradise Singapore, 20 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729825, www.mandai.com/en/bird-paradise.html
Consider giving the gift of education and let your helper enroll in courses offered by FAST! FAST is Singapore's first ever integrated Hub for MDWs, providing activities under the 4 key pillars of Sports, Arts, Interest Groups and Self-Improvement. All their training and courses are recognized and certified by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, the Sri Lanka High Commission and the India High Commission in Singapore. Some of the key courses offered include CPR First Aid, Zumba and KPOP Fitness Sessions!
Foreign Domestic Worker Assocation for Social Support and Training (FAST), 3 Chin Cheng Avenue Singapore 429401, www.fast.org.sg
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