Wholesome gift ideas that will bless him, her and the kids this Christmas
by Christine Leow // December 11, 2023, 2:11 pm
Buy your loved ones a pottery class so they can ponder over God the Potter as they learn to mould clay. Photo from Studio Asobi Facebook account.
Looking for Christmas gifts for your best friend, spouse, colleagues or kids?
Here are Salt&Light’s picks for thoughtful, wholesome presents that bless and benefit the recipient all year round.
The gift of experience
SMIX is the online streaming platform of local media company Salt Media & Entertainment. For just $7.99, you can buy a month-long subscription that will give your family and friends access to wholesome entertainment suitable for the whole family – blockbusters, independent films, television shows, documentaries, children’s programmes and non-governmental organisation (NGO) features about issues of the day.
This season, there are plenty of titles that will put you in a festive mood.
The life of Jesus and His disciples take centrestage in The Chosen, the first episodic depiction of Jesus’ ministry that changed the world.
Family movie Beanie is the heartwarming story of Erik whose nickname is Beanie. He lives in a children’s home and, for Christmas, he has just one wish – to go home to his parents. Instead he wins a special award that allows him to spend the holiday with a wealthy family and their daughter Lucka. On Christmas Eve, Beanie and Lucka think they see Santa in the living room. An adventure ensues when they stow away in his car.
Families with older children might appreciate An Interview with God, a thought-provoking drama about a journalist who is given the scoop of a life time – an interview with a man who claims he is God.
Husband and wife professional potters Kenneth Lau and Lee Huiwen’s pottery studio Studio Asobi is the perfect place for creative reflections. Believing in the redemptive power of play and beauty, they have created a retreat that allows you to play with clay and understand the heart of our master Potter.
Buy a workshop session (S$95 per pax) for a friend that covers hand-building and coiling techniques for creating vessels. The three-hour session comes with complimentary drinks and snacks.
There is a six-hour spiritual retreat (S$168 per pax), including a short devotion and guided time playing with clay, that is topped off with a simple meal.
Journalling can help you converse with God and is a wonderful avenue to meditate on Bible verses. At Mori Official (Mori means “God is my teacher”), you can join a journalling workshop where practitioners will teach you how to log down prayer requests, make a gratitude list and reflect on sermons.
Each two-hour workshop comes with a pursebook, a blend of purse and notebook, as well as a journalling starter kit. During this season, the workshop is priced at S$54 instead of S$81.
Lead worship, compose songs and sing in church – if you know someone interested in all these, you can buy workshop sessions for them at Amplify Studios. Started by former worship and young adult pastor Douglas Yeap, Amplify Studio began first as a Christian podcast platform for believers to hear local worship music anywhere, anytime.
Cru Media Ministry
It is not just books, Bibles and Christian music that you can buy from this Christian bookstore. There is a pretty wide selection of gifts for the man (or men) in your life.
The Hope in the Lord Gray Faux Leather Classic Journal with a textured design cover and Isaiah 41:31 heat de-bossed on the back cover makes for an excellent journal for recording lessons from Quiet Time.
The stainless steel Faith travel mug has Matthew 17:20 inscribed on it. Double-walled to maintain the temperature of your drink and shaped to fit cup-holders in cars, this is a great way to bring your beverage with you.
The Commandment Co
Whimsical and witty, The Commandment Co is a fun place to shop for Christian gifts. Their aroma diffusers will bring a lovely fragrance to any home, office or car. A Salt&Light favourite is the Give Me This Mountain aroma diffuser. The aroma plaster on which sea salt essential fragrance oil can be dropped is shaped mountains.
Aprons with Bible verses is a good choice for the man who enjoys cooking. The pocket in front is handy for keeping your mobile phone close to you.
The Super Blessed
This Christian apparel and gift shop has fun t-shirts with verses or Christian motifs.
The Jesus Wave All Things Are Possible with God is a humorous take on the classic Japanese artwork, The Great Wave off Kanagawa.
Youtiao – Two are Better Than One is another quirky tee. This one marries humour with a local twist and a reference to Ecclesiastes 4:9.
Paradigm Shift Label
Online fashion brand Paradigm Shift Label specialises in clean lines, classic styles and minimalist pieces.
Not just because of its name, we recommend SALT & LIGHT, a lightweight cotton poplin two-piece that comes in navy and sky! Worn as a set, it looks like a fun romper for an easy weekend out.
Pretty clay earrings with floral motifs is what you can expect at Dotting Clay.
Each is handcrafted and the attention to details is amazing – leaves with grooves etched in, the folds of petals mirroring the best of Nature.
The one-of-a-kind creations of Mori Official are the handiwork of women as part of the owners’ mission to provide mothers among the urban poor with sustainable employment.
Specialising in bags, stationery and gifts, their pursebook is a handy mix of notebook, purse and pencil case with its compartment for small essentials and notebooks with motivational quotes.
Read more about founder Rachel Lin and why she is a strong advocate of spiritual journalling.
Uniting Generations (UG) conversational card game is a family fun game with a purpose of fostering intergenerational relationships within the church..
The game is designed to help players establish an authentic connection within a short amount of time. This is a crucial starting point for the deeper questions that follow.
The 66 cards are grouped into four levels, beginning with questions that establish familiarity and common ground, before going into deeper ones that require vulnerability and empathy.
The Treasure Box SG
The 2024: Family Devotional Wall Planner revolves around the theme Sticky Situations because life can get sticky sometimes.
Written to help families figure out just how God’s Word helps us get un-stuck when we face a sticky situation, each wall planner comes with devotional thoughts and reflections written by local ministers and specialists.
There are 474 stickers included as well to help plan and highlight important items and events, like family devotions and outings.
Find more cute and uplifting Christmas gifts from Treasure Box here.
Human Animal Bond in Ministry (HIM)
For the child with a pet, HIM has badges you can customise with photos of you and your pet.
For S$30, you can get 10 badges of the same design to declare your bond with your animal.
Find out more about how HIM founder Adeline Wong was led by God to start this meaningful ministry in support of those affected by crime – prisoners, ex-offenders and their families – as well as the marginalised.
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