Topic: Christmas

Holiday gift idea: Gear beer bottle markers from Wicked Matter

Gear beer bottle markers from Wicked Matter, P200 at ZALORA Philippines Home and Living

Your holiday guide to gifting jewelry

As gifts, jewelry is very personal. Not just because they can be very expensive, but because they are worn close to the body and therefore a constant reminder of the giver. Jewelry make terrific holiday gifts! Giving jewelry signifies that the receiver is someone special, that there are fond memories between you and the person you’re giving it to or that you are making a commitment to your relationship. Which is why one must take extra effort and care when choosing jewelry to be given as gifts.

  1. It’s important to know whether the one receiving the gift actually wears jewelry. Some people do, and some don’t. If your friend or loved one can afford to buy jewelry but doesn’t wear any, then perhaps not wearing jewelry is a matter of preference to them. Consider giving them something functional, like a dress watch they can wear for glitzy occasions. Another option is a brooch, which is worn pinned to a shirt or dress — someone uncomfortable with wearing jewelry on their wrists or earlobes might be happy to have something beautiful on their outfit instead.
  2. Figure out what kind of jewelry your friend likes to wear. Some people are partial to rings, and some only wear necklaces. Give them what they are likely to wear. If your friend doesn’t like heavy earrings, perhaps diamond stud earrings would be a better gift choice. If they have a favorite piece of jewelry, you could give them a matching piece they can wear with that favorite item. It shows you pay attention.

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Holiday gift idea: Chain bracelet by Mia Casa

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Shop smart for the holidays

Human Nature gift packs

I have a confession to make: I’m not a Divisoria fan.

This is blasphemy for a Thrifty Mom to say. Everyone loves Divi! The deals! The crazy buys! The savings! I know. For three Christmas seasons I did my gift shopping there. We would go last week of November/ first week of December. It was brutal. You need to have the art of split-second decision-making down, because there’s no time to browse. (Once we were with a notoriously slow-shopper friend who wanted to go back for a skirt she’d seen that morning, which meant we had to go against the flow of the crowd and find that tiny stall amidst the crazy. It almost came to fisticuffs.) The crowds are insane and you are shunted along whether you want to or not. It’s filthy and dangerous too: my crossbody bag got slashed once, the umbrella I placed inside protecting my wallet from being stolen. Then there’s the exhaustion of hauling tons of stuff home in those plastic-coated banig bags. I don’t miss walking to the highway to hail a Pasay bus laden with two of these behemoths.

I get it though. Craziness is part of Divi’s charm and for other people, the whole Amazing Race-ness is what makes it so attractive. Not me. These days I’m all about online shopping. No dealing with crowds, infinite time to browse, hell, I don’t even have to get up from a chair.

So if you’re planning to shop online for your gift list, here are some websites to hit up:

Human Nature

Human Nature Christmas gift sets

Here’s why you should get Human Nature’s awesome products; but if you’re still not convinced, their Christmas gift sets should change your mind. Ranging from P99 to P729 and complete with sustainable packaging, ribbon and tag, they’ve got stuff that’ll cover your gaggle of inaanaks, officemates, kikay friends and impossible-to-shop-for brothers. You can also check out their “Gifts of Goodness” offerings — quirky, fun things like notebooks, bamboo bowties, dolls and drinks made by social enterprises, which means they benefit disadvantaged communities. Cool and socially conscious!

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Holiday gift idea: “Book Lover” mug from Booktique

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Christmas shopping made fabulous: the SM Kids’ Fashion Holiday Bazaar

SM Kids' Fashion Holiday Bazaar

Give your little ones some cheer this holiday season by gifting them with fashionable new outfits from the SM Kids’ Fashion Holiday Bazaar. The shopping experience runs from November 30 to December 2, and December 14 to 16, and you can save up to 50% on selected items, as well as a 0% interest for 6 months on all major credit cards for a minimum purchase of PHP5,000.00.

“The weeks leading up to Christmas is usually when all the parties and holiday festivities start,” shares Jo Dy Juanco, Vice President for SM Kids’ Fashion. “The Holiday Bazaar will showcase a number of beloved brands offered at great discounts, giving shoppers plenty of choices at affordable prices.”

It may be difficult not to be overwhelmed with the amazing variety of participating brands.

Holiday gift idea: Crystal embellished elephant necklace from Martina Martina

Crystal embellished elephant necklace from Martina Martina

Holiday gift idea: Tote bags from Team Manila

Kultura Filipino presents Christmas Naturally

Clichéd as this might sound, Christmas is really in the air. Everywhere we look, something shines or glitters or has those familiar red, yellow and green colors, reminding us of Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and the excitement we feel receiving and giving gifts.

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Treat of the Week: Marshmallow Mocha from Subspace Coffee House

Marshmallow Mocha from Subspace Coffeehouse

The verdict: It perks you up like a coffee yet is sweet enough to have as a nice treat when taking a break from the holiday shopping and traffic madness.