Denise Kok
Features Editor

We’ve been socially conditioned to accept that it is better to give than to receive. But I would argue that the act of receiving is a powerful force that sparks a multiplier effect of giving. To receive is to accept the kindness of another being. To contemplate the notion of kindness is to subvert – or perhaps suspend for a while – Freud’s belief that human nature is inherently evil. And if good should reign, the act of receiving sows the desire to pay it forward.

Liao Xiangjun
Features Writer
Gifting feels like a much more monumental task then ever before. Everyone’s so well-travelled, and social media and the internet have leached some of the mystique out of life. It’s thus hard work trying to impress through gifting these days – more rewarding, perhaps, but deep down I delight to be on the receiving end… or just off the gifting one.

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The act of putting together a well-meaning gift is fun and an opportunity to get my crafting juices running. The best part is to see the receiver’s smile; that always warms me up.    Jasmine Tay
Friends and family may think that I, a lover of new wearables, rejoice in the receiving of gifts. But, beneath my easygoing exterior is the heart of a sartorial snob, and most fashion-related presents die a slow death in the darkest corners of my wardrobe. Also, I’ve always believed (admittedly, largely unsubstantiated) in my prowess as a gift-giver.  
Lynette Koh
Watches & Fashion Editor


Gifts will eventually end up in landfills, or add to the burden of the earth. Cook dinner, throw a party. Experiences are more memorable.  
Jennifer Chen