The best gifts

'Tis the season to anguish over Christmas gifts. The Sunday Times asked five parents to reflect on the best presents they have given to their kids, and the best presents they have received when they were children, and the results were surprising. Their most treasured gifts were not expensive, big or trendy items, but represented something greater.

Ms Jinny Koh, 32, is a freelance writer who published her debut novel, The Gods Will Hear Us Eventually, last month. She is married to academic Renyi Hong, 35. They have two daughters, Ariel, four, and Esther, who is 20 months old.

Best gift I got as a child: "When I was about 12, our domestic helper, Elizabeth, from the Philippines, bought me two dolls from Ikea. That Christmas, she asked my elder sister and me to pick out the dolls we wanted as our presents.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 16, 2018, with the headline 'The best gifts'. Print Edition | Subscribe