‘Tis the season for giving and Catch is here to bring festive cheer with our handy-dandy gift-giving guide for Christmas! No more stressing over the perfect gift or struggling with last-minute secret santa gift ideas; this is where you can find a variety of presents suitable for folks from all walks of life–the arts and culture version.
Whether they’re a film buff, theatre fan, or on the lookout for new experiences from fun workshops to intriguing tours, make this Christmas one to remember for your loved ones with creative Christmas gift ideas in true Catch-style!
For the drama kings and queens: 2024 season tickets
Are you ready for a compelling season of story-telling next year with Pangdemonium? Image credit: Pangdemonium
For those who enjoy being in the eye of the storm aka the arts and culture world with access to incredible shows throughout the year, this can be the golden ticket of their Christmas dreams. Theatre fans won’t be able to resist the Pangdemonium’s 2024 Season Ticket that begins at $175 for Cat 2 tickets to any show held by the local theatre company anytime within the next year. But of course, you can’t knock the best seats in the house so treat your loved ones to all-access Cat 1 seats to all of Pangdemonium’s shows in 2024 for $240, inclusive of special perks like priority booking, unlimited ticket exchanges, and personalised concierge services.
Experience the joy of music along with exclusive perks with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO)! Image credit: SSO
If you have a music lover on the list, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) Friends Season Pass starts from $96.90 with up to 15% off on three concert tickets, with an exclusive gift on birthday months and special privileges such as invitations to closed-door events, artist meet-and-greets, and privileges at various dining and retail establishments.
For those who enjoy immersive art experiences: Exclusive museum memberships
Enjoy unlimited access to all exhibitions in National Gallery Singapore amidst a slew of benefits! Image credit: National Gallery Singapore
Whether it’s a museum date, a family day out or going solo, there’s nothing quite like surrounding yourself with different forms of art in Singapore’s beautiful museums. National Gallery Singapore’s (NGS) Insider Membership is definitely quite the steal with an expansive repertoire of incredible benefits from just $20. Think free unlimited access to all exhibitions (that includes their latest exhibition Tropical, featuring over 200 paintings, sculptures, prints and immersive installations!), up to 20% discount on dining and shopping with a time-limited bonus of over $100 worth of dining and shopping vouchers, early access to exhibitions, after-hours exhibition viewings and pre-launch previews of new exhibitions. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
Two is better than one–ArtScience Friends allows you a plus-one with their membership! Image credit: ArtScience Museum
ArtScience Museum has plenty of irresistibly gorgeous and intriguing exhibitions throughout the year and as a member of ArtScience Friends (from $218), the lucky recipient of this membership will enjoy unlimited visits to ArtScience Museum’s ticketed exhibitions such as New Eden: Science Fiction Mythologies Transformed and Mars: The Red Mirror, and selected programmes, all year round, with priority entry and exclusive previews to new exhibitions. They can even bring a different guest for each visit to enjoy all these benefits. Talk about a two-for-one deal!
For the artists at heart: Gift certificates to art workshops
Get creative with your hands at the wheel of The Potter’s Guilt. Image credit: The Potter’s Guilt
Unleash their inner artist with an invitation to some of Singapore’s most intriguing art workshops! There’s nothing like getting your hands dirty (literally) with a good ol’ pottery-making session. The Potter’s Guilt offers an array of workshops from $58 to create specially-handcrafted ceramics that can be fired up and glazed to perfection.
From Japanese bookbinding to designing paper shoot cameras, Avant-Garde Art Space has something for everyone’s artsy soul. Image credit: Giftano
For a taste of artsy Japanese culture, Avant-Garde Art Space has cool Japanese bookbinding workshops at $88 that guides you in hammering and binding your way to a new, personalised notebook without having to use any glue with the Yotsumei Toji (four-hole binding) technique. They also hold custom cam workshops where you can customise your own paper shoot camera at $210! And of course, there’s the OG art jamming workshop at $42 where it’s back to the drawing board (read: canvas) and painting. With these, we’ve barely scratched the surface of many other numerous art workshops to be explored, ranging from leather crafting to old-school film development! Whether your loved one is an artistic expert or not, these workshops are sure to create fun and memorable experiences.
For the bookworms: Their next recommended read by Catch
The perfect Christmas gift for your little ones! Image credit: Marshall Cavendish
Move over, #BookTok–we’ve got some Catch-worthy titles coming your way! Nothing quite screams the festive season than a true-blue Christmas-y book; A Warm Christmas by Leila Boukarim brings a White Christmas to a little boy living in the tropics, who realises that perhaps that might not be his true Christmas wish after all.
Out & About in Singapore by Melanie Lim and illustrated by Willaim Sim brings young readers on a lively escapade from the city's genesis to whimsical tours of iconic locales like Marina Bay Sands and hidden gems like Haw Par Villa. It’s page after page of colourful tales, culture nuggets, and playful crafts—making learning a joyous journey!
Discover literary talent across Asia in short stories and comics. Image credit: Marshall Cavendish
For something that will tug at your heartstrings, Missed Connections: Microfiction From Asia brings imaginations to life through a collection of flash fiction and comics that are short and sweet, but undoubtedly powerful.
For the cinephiles: Film memberships with special perks
Amp up a film lover’s movie experiences with this handy-dandy gift! Image credit: The Projector
From blockbusters to indie and local films, movies can be one of the most universal languages shared by many. The Projector Memberships (from $55) is valid at both Projector @ Golden Mile Tower and Projector X: Picturehouse for 12 months, and comes with four free movie tickets and discounts off standard tickets, the Intermission Bar and No Spoilers Bar. Aside from that, members will also receive early bird privileges, chances to take part in special lucky draws, and invites to exclusive members-only film screenings and events.
The Singapore Film Society (SFS) Membership Experience (from $13.50) offers free access to SFS showcases and previews, as well as exclusive discounts for seasonal SFS special presentations and major film festivals in Singapore! Not into commitment? The memberships come in tiers from a standard base of one month to a full year.
For the adventurers: Tours and experiences to rediscover Singapore
Prepare to be whisked away into a heartrending love story of the past. Image credit: OH! Open House
There’s more to Singapore than meets the eye, making these the perfect gifts for your loved ones who are always on the hunt for new experiences. Step into the enchanting era of the 1960s with New World's End (from $35), a love story unfolding at the former New World's Amusement Park through a captivating 16-track audio journey comprising back alleys and hidden rooms. Complete the experience with a tipple in their 60s-inspired bar!
Breeze through the streets of Singapore’s Civic District overflowing with history, culture, and photo ops!
Prefer exploring as a passenger princess? Splash out on a special tour through Singapore's Civic District in style on a Sidecar adventure! The Civic District Art Tour uncovers the district's transformation from colonial hub to a vibrant cultural haven, including the Asian Civilisations Museum, Capitol Singapore, and the iconic Esplanade. It’s a thrilling tour through time and creativity that truly makes this gift an exceptional one.
Gifting unforgettable Christmas experiences with Catch
With so many incredible gift ideas to choose from, it’s hard to settle on one but with Catch’s nifty guide, you can find the ideal Christmas gift that will suit your friends, family and partners to a tee. What’s more, you can instantaneously get most of the items on our list, so no need to worry about last-minute shopping!
Here’s to the holiday season and an early Merry Christmas from team Catch!