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9 gifts to include in the ultimate Christmas hamper

For the power couple who have everything – except a bit more time to spend with each other – pack them a gift that celebrates the slow life.

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9 - Christmas Hamper 2017

01: BEOPLAY P2 PORTABLE SPEAKER

Set the mood for a good day out with the right soundtrack – played from this super sleek portable speaker from Bang & Olufsen. Delivering high-quality sounds for up to 10 hours, this Bluetooth-enabled device is also splash- and dust-resistant. #01-05 Grand Hyatt

02: YAN XUN WEI ‘SMOKEY BLUE’ CHEESE WITH MILLER’S ELEMENTS CRACKERS

This Irish blue from local cheese specialist The Cheese Artisans was hickory smoked before being packed with Chinese black tea and carefully aged to perfection – right here in Singapore. The result: A smoky cheese with nuanced tea notes that’s delicious with crackers. 18 Greenwood Avenue

03: JAPANESE CROWN MUSKMELON

An alternative sweet for the sweet-toothed. The crowning glory of Japan’s elite fruit market hails from Shizuoka, and is carefully cultivated under prime conditions for maximum sweetness, texture and fragrance. www.momobud.sg

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04: IKIGAI: THE JAPANESE SECRET TO A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE

Based on the Japanese idea that having a purpose in life is key to happiness, the popular book lends insight on how Okinawans gain satisfaction and longevity without ever retiring. A meaningful present for a busy couple. Kinokuniya

05: COCKTAIL TOOL SET

The quintessential grown-up party kit for the couple who enjoy a tipple in the comfort of their own abode. This comes with everything necessary – gold-plated, no less – for creating a great pick-me-up, or a wind-me-down. 43A Hong Kong Street

06: DOM PERIGNON ROSE

For the practical ones who don’t like roses that wilt too soon: A rose to celebrate the sweet life. Made with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for its characteristic pinkish hue, the champagne is produced only in vintage – so pick a meaningful year.

07: FORGE DE LAGUIOLE SOMMELIER CORKSCREW

This is one for the wine lovers. The foil cutter blade and five-turn spirals are held together by a hand-polished bone handle, making it a handsome tool for opening bottles with a flourish. The Oaks Cellars, #04-24 Ion Orchard

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08: CHRISTMAS CRACKERS

Customised Mr and Mrs crackers for the duo celebrating their first Christmas as a couple. The crackers can be personalised with their family name and you can place a small gift within – matching his and hers jewellery, perhaps – as a surprise. www.giftslessordinary.com

09: RALPH LAUREN DINING PLATES

Picture-perfect plates for the gram. Ralph Lauren Home’s chinaware makes for an enchanting home dining affair with its eclectic range of prints and motifs. Proof Living, #04-16 Ion Orchard

PHOTOGRAPHY VERNON WONG ART DIRECTION JEAN YAP