As we enter the frenzy last-minute shopping phase for Christmas, relax and let The Sunday Times Magazine provide a variety of gift ideas including gadgets for the techy, clothing for the fashionista, home decors for housemakers, tasty treats for the foodies, and much more. Share the bounty of the season!
The perfect choice for women who cannot leave their homes without putting make up on, Avon offers a luxurious limited-edition makeup collection to make them looking glamorous and gorgeous just in time for the holidays. Pick 24K Gold Medium Palette comes with five lip glosses, two blushes, 17 eye shadows and it comes with three applicators—featuring basic matte to sparkling shades and astonishing golden shimmer.
This Christmas spread the love with creatively packaged fragrance gift sets. For her, there is the romantic and nostalgic Anna Sui La Vie Boheme dedicated to women who dream of poetry and art; and for him, there is Bvlgari Aqva pour homme, the essence of pure masculinity inspired by the power and beauty of the sea.
Because holidays are wearing party frocks and shiniest heels, what better way to complement those glamorous looks than a glowing skin. To help your ladies achieve radiant skin despite their hectic schedules, give them Jergens’ Hydrating Coconut Moisturizer, the newest addition to the brand’s best- selling roster. It is formulated with both coconut oil and coconut water which both eliminates dryness and dullness effectively by supplying long- lasting moisture to dehydrated, dull skin.
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FOR THE FASHIONISTAS
For your stylista girlfriend, get this abstract floral/camo print dress from Banana Republic inspired by the Scottie Highlands where the international brand’s design team traveled to. Throughout their journeys, the team fell in love with the breathtaking landscapes and local cultures, which influenced the collection’s lifestyle sensibility, rich color palettes, and juxtaposition of patterns and textures.
Transform the man of your life into dashing debonair with the help of Marks & Spencer this Christmas. Change up typical presents and gift them with a new, fresh scent; fine belts, ties and other accessories; and bags for business or everyday use. Marks & Spencer has everything his heart desires, from choice picks that help him dress up or dress down in comfort.
Take you places
A pair of footwear is the way to go for ladies who love going places. Over at Parisian Shoes, choose from trendy gladiator heels and laced-up flats from the Bohemian Escape Collection, sleek boots and cut-out heels from Street Beat collection; comfy-chic sandals from the Sportif collection; pointed pumps, strappy heels and glittered flats from Classic Reboot.
Gift artisanal jewelry and accessories from Spanish brand Unode50, which unveiled its Fall/Winter 2015 line called Universe Collection. Choose from metal alloys made with hypoallergenic treatments, sky white and gray pearls, or spheres and circular pieces.
The bag of choice
Vancouver-based, design-driven global accessories brand Herschel Supply Co. continues to receive a growing fan base in the Philippines, from college students to young professionals. It is also becoming a favorite among travelers for its high-quality craftsmanship.
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THE FORCE IS WITH US
For a limited time only, head on to Uniqlo as it offers the new Star Wars UT Collection in the Philippines. The perfect yet affordable gift for any Star Wars fan, the collection features designs and graphics inspired new characters from Episode VII, The Force Awakens like BB-8 and Captain Phasma, as well as iconic characters like Darth Vader, Master Yoda and Chewbacca. Mind you, these UTs sell fast as it
Skechers has traveled to a galaxy far, far away to produce an extensive collection of footwear featuring characters, vehicles and designs inspired by the beloved Star Wars universe. Familiar characters now on sneakers are Chewbaacca, Yoda, Stormtroopers, and Darth Vader from the original and prequel trilogies at takeoff, as well as new fan favorites from ‘The Force Awakens.’
Techy haven One smart phone
Looking for a smartphone that delivers to give to your beloved one? Then we recommend Asus’ ZenFone 2, a marvel of craftsmanship and engineering. It is the world’s first smartphone to feature a 4GB RAM. What’s more interesting is that it offers a complete line including the high-end ZenFone 2 Deluxe with a stunning new multifaceted polygonal design; the affordable ZenFone 2 Laser featuring a laser auto-focus technology; and the mid-range ZenFoneSelfie, the ultimate choice for selfies with its twin 13MP PixelMaster cameras.
For the selfie addict
We all have that friend who cannot stop taking selfies! Upgrade their habit to taking groufies with Momax Selfie Hero Pod Stick. With its Bluetooth remote control, you can take images at more diverse angles and distances. Impress your friends as you unleash your multi-angle and 720-degree shots with its Selfifit feature. The model comes in three colors, pink for the girls, blue for the boys, and yellow for others.
A rockstar’s wish
Marshall is a leading brand in music and its Kilburn portable speakers is a lightweight piece of vintage-styled engineering. Weighing in at a taut 3-kg, the speakers produces a well-balanced sound from a clear midrange to extended highs notes. It has analog knobs allowing listeners you to fine tune the controls to your personal preferences while the guitar-influenced leather strap enables easy and stylish travel. It comes with a 3.5mm jack input and Bluetooth compatibility, as well as a built-in battery life of up to 20 hours. Finally, it carries the classic Marshall logo meaning it will look as good as it sounds.
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The sweetest gift
The world’s most beloved ice cream brand presents the yummy Santa Piñata Dome Ice Cream Cake, which decadently melds red velvet cake flavored ice cream with cream cheese frosting ribbon. This dome-shaped treat has a chewy and chocolatey brownie base with a sweet surprise inside. This Baskin-Robbins’ cake will truly stand out as a festive novelty gift, a party centerpiece or a Christmas indulgence for the whole family.
Joy in a can
Craft something unique with Krispy Kreme’s tin can, which can serve as containers for their Krispy Kreme doughnuts, as well as gifts for loved ones. Proceeds from each Krispy Kreme tin can purchased for this activation will go to the construction of an art room in a chosen public elementary school. The art room will give students the outlet to let their imaginations come to life, one art class at a time.
A box of happiness
Take home JCo.’s irresistible box of doughnuts like Forest Glam donut, Glamour and Glaze, Blackforest, Chocolate Flakes, Sugar Ice Glaze, Iced Mocha Espresso, among others. These sweet treats will surely make one’s Christmas warmer and jollier.
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A piece of home
Ace Hardware is the place to go for top brands of small appliances, the perfect gifts for moms and dads. There are juicers for healthy blends, coffee makers for easy brewing, and sandwich makers for tasty snacks at the home or office. There are also electric kettles, steam irons and tower fans that work wonders at home.
This is something every coffee lover will love. Called the Nescafé Red Mug, this convenient machine lets anyone create a wide range of delicious and pretty cups of coffee. Developed in Switzerland by Nestlé coffee machine experts, the Red Mug boasts a coffee chamber with a unique cyclone that brings out a classic coffee aroma and flavor. It also has a foaming jet technology that creates foam with ease, inspired by the barista steam jets you see in local coffee shops.
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For that active and healthy person in your life, give him or her the best in slow juicing, Hurom’s second generation and the most innovative yet—the HH Elite Series. It’s the slowest and the most powerful with 40 RPM, to ensure a better preservation of the essential nutrients and fresh taste of the vegetables and fruits using its patented “Slow Squeezing Technology.”