Sunday, 26 November 2017

Christmas gift ideas with a local touch | Philatelic Store @ GPO Festive Collection Launch

When you think of places to buy Christmas gifts, or simply a gift in general, our local SingPost will (most likely) never cross your mind. Yes, you read that right - our very own Singapore Post. Stepping into the Philatelic Store @ General Post Office (GPO) will absolutely change your gifting game. This season, the Philatelic Store is making Christmas shopping fun again!

Located at the heart of SingPost Centre, just in front of GPO, the store screams "Christmas" with well-arranged and aesthetically-pleasing Christmas decorations to welcome the upcoming festive season with open arms.

The Philatelic Store offers a comprehensive range of Singapore & Foreign Stamps, Thematic MyStamp Souvenirs and Philatelic Gifts that are available exclusively in-store.

Every item in this SingPost-operated store marks a special moment in Singapore's history. The commemorative value and exquisite designs of the collections make them perfect not just as Christmas gifts, but for all occasions - business gifts, souvenirs for tourist friends, or as cherished inclusions in every philatelist's personal collection.

There is so much to see at the Philatelic Store! Hence, here is a breakdown of the new exclusive launches as well as everyday gift ideas that you can expect to find:

Current Bestsellers

This holiday, let Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, Cinnamonroll, Pompompurin, My Melody, Gudetama and Little Twin Stars bring warmth and joy to your loved ones - with this special collection of Sanrio gifts. Collectors of the Sanrio characters soft toys? I'd say head down ASAP to get them before they sell out!
Thematic MyStamp: Changi's Mystical Garden MyStamp Folder with free lanyard (S$21.80)

Limited Edition Sanrio Characters Soft Toys, exclusive to Philatelic Store and Changi Airport (S$10 each with minimum purchase of S$60)

Philatelic Store @ GPO Exclusives

The SingPost Postman and Postwoman mini figurines look great in any home or office, and are fantastic conversation starters.
SingPost Postman and Postwoman Mini Figurines Collection (S$28 each or S$50 for a set of 2)

Remember Singapore's most beloved posting boxes with this collection of bags, cushion covers and pouches.
Posting Boxes of Singapore Collection: Pouch, Tote Bag, Laminated Bag, Cushion Cover & Tea Towel (from S$5 for laminated bag to S$19.90 for cushion cover)

Adorable mini post box coin banks (S$10.90)

"Greetings" Stamps

Let your feelings show with the "Greetings" stamp collection! Express yourself with this vibrant collection that features Singapore's very own Merlion, wishing your friends and loved ones "Good Luck", "Miss You", "Congrats" and other popular greetings.
"Greetings" Stamps Sets and Booklets (from S$3 for 1st local stamps to S$3.70 for 2nd local stamps)

Complement your unique stamps with these matching postcards.
"Greetings" Postcards (S$1.60 each or S$5 for a set of 5)

Local Delights Collection

Here are some gift ideas that are almost good enough to eat! From childhood sweets to festive treats, these local favourites are ideal when gifting presents to friends and families.
Traditional Biscuits Magnets Set (S$28) and Local Delights & Traditional Biscuits Greeting Cards (S$8.90 each) 

Everyday Gift Ideas

Here's a fun mix of affordable knick-knacks that are great for group parties and celebrations.
Some examples among the S$5 Wonders: Morning in Singapore Plastic Folder & Tote Bag, Envelopy Passport Holder, Envelopy Lanyard, Magnet Bookmarks and Philatelic Store @ GPO Tote Bag

S$10 Quick Buys include Envelopy Pencil Case, Envelopy Laptop Sleeve and many more.

My Personal Favourites

A truly special and valuable gift idea to me will be the stamp-made-into-artwork frame pieces that the Philatelic Store carry. Despite them being the priciest items in the store, I think these artworks are truly one-of-a-kind and are perfect to gift a tourist friend whom you treasure, a distinguished foreigner guest at a company event, and even a loved one who is an avid artwork collector.
One example: Tableware, Traditional Peranakan Kum Cheng with original stamp (S$268)

There are also painting or drawing style artwork pieces available for sale. Designs are also adapted from original seasonal stamps that SingPost used to carry, featuring Singapore's olden landscapes and architecture.
One example: Singapore Traditional Sites, Chinatown Artprint (S$108)

And while you're there, be sure to browse through the "Stamps Collections" section in the store, where it features stamps that SingPost has produced over the last few years. I loved how browsing through the stamp display cases and boards brought back so many good ol' memories!

Also, why not take part in a fun contest while you're reliving the past at the Philatelic Store? Guess the number of snowflakes within the premise and stand to win S$300 worth of shopping vouchers! Contest ends 31 December 2017.

Snap a selfie with the snowman as well! And did you know? The colonial-era red pillar posting box has been restored, and mail dropped into this posting box will be postmarked with a special date stamp in red ink!

For my fellow cafe-hopping enthusiasts, check out Brunches Cafe after you're done getting all your gifts from the Philatelic Store. The latest chic vintage-themed bakery-cum-cafe (located along Rangoon Road) serves, as the name suggests, brunch food! Expect all-day breakfasts, gourmet sandwiches, waffles, or wind down and sip on some coffee or tea.
We were catered some food by Brunches Cafe at the event, and to be honest, they tasted pretty decent! They actually tasted better than they looked in those aluminium trays. Find out more about Brunches Cafe here.

Thank you SingPost and SampleStore for the nostalgic and Christmassy tour!


Address: Philatelic Store @ GPO #01-127/128, SingPost Centre

Disclaimer: Part of this post is a reproduction of the press release sent to me by SampleStore and is meant for sharing / informational purposes only. While this post does contain information from the brand itself, thoughts and opinions expressed above are strictly my own and based on my personal experience. I am not neither affiliated with nor compensated by both companies.

With love,

Jolynn Lim
My Beauty Road

"Don't forget to love yourself."

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