Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Gift-giving Holiday Guide for Loved Ones and Yourself


Time is ticking fast as Christmas day comes closer to pour over the bustling dwellers of the jolly tropical country that is the Philippines. Phones are ringing, keyboards are clicking, chat groups are pinging endlessly in preparation for the busiest time of the year, as well as the coming end of 2021.

As you marvel in awe at the season’s unraveling, take the time to look inward and remember the people who have helped you get to where you are now—those who have supported you, comforted you, believed in you, and respected you. Let those memories stir your heart and move you to an act of love: gift-giving. As you begin your search for the finest gifts, let this holiday guide help you choose the finest gifts for dad, mom, siblings, and significant others. Don’t forget to also give yourself some love by indulging in a self-care Christmas treat for braving yet another challenging year.

Jack Nicklaus Regimental Color Block Polo - Classic Navy
Available at: Rustan's, SM, Rustans.com, Lazada, Zalora

Gifts for Dad

Show your support to the man of the house by giving something that will bring ease to his busy lifestyle. Jack Nicklaus Apparel has a wide collection of moisture-wicking polos with StayDri® technology to avoid stuffiness amidst a full day of meetings; plus, it’s also a great choice to wear for golfing. 

VS Sassoon Fresh-Clean Shaver S1
Available at: Major The SM Stores, Anson's Stores (Makati and Cash & Carry), Rustan's Department Store (Makati, Alabang, Shangri-la), Rustans.com, Watsons.com.ph, Zalora, BeautyMNL, Lazada, and Shopee 

Another option is VS Sassoon’s Fresh-Clean Shaver, a fully washable and USB rechargeable device that makes facial hair trimming extra easy. 

If you’re planning to level up your dad’s grooming essentials even further, go with Armani Code by Giorgio Armani; this warm fragrance has soft notes of Olive Tree Blossom, Guaiac Wood, and Tonka Bean, making it a truly elegant choice. 

For those with a knack for cooking and a fondness for family barbecues, upgrade your dad’s kitchenware with Beka’s carbon steel Nomad Grill Pan—a durable and long-lasting choice perfect for your equally hardworking father.

Nuxe Very Rose Delicate Cleansing Oil ₱1,350.00
Prodigieux Scent Set ₱2,750.00
Prodigiously Iconic Set ₱3,750.00
Availability: Rustan's Department Store (Makati, Shangri-la, Alabang, Cebu), Landmark Stores, Robinsons Department Store (Ermita), select Beauty Bar doors, Beauty Bar Online, Rustans.com, Zalora, BeautyMNL, Lazada, Shopee, Shop & Shop

Gifts for Mom

For the woman who sacrifices so much and glues everyone together at home—give your mom a luxurious treat that will refresh her senses. Nuxe has set options to elevate your mom’s beauty routine. The Prodigiously Iconic Set is complete with a scented candle, lip balm, hand and nail cream, and the brand’s iconic multi-purpose dry oil, Huile Prodigieuse®,  for a deeply nourishing spa-at-home treatment. 


On the other hand, the Prodigieux Scent Set is complete with a shower oil, scented lotion, and perfume that all together creates an iconic fragrance gently settled on the skin. If you prefer to curate your own gift set, you can also choose a specific item from the brand such as the Very Rose Delicate Cleansing Oil. This make-up removing oil is infused with Sweet Almond Oil and a Rose Oil Extract, thus leaving a smooth and moisturized sensation after use. 

If you’re also looking for a perfume that your mom will love, check out Romantica by Furla—this modern fragrance plays with the delicacy of peonies with surprising notes of blackcurrant and davana. 


Aside from beauty essentials, you may also consider accessories that are both stylish and practical. The Rose Gold Mesh Bracelet Watch by Nine West is an elegant and durable option that can last in tropical weather compared to watches with leather straps.

Easy Spirit Luanne Casual Walking Shoes
Availability: Zalora and Lazada

For footwear, Easy Spirit’s Luanne Casual Walking Shoes is designed with a three-layer cushioning system to support and soften each step, perfect for long walks, errands, and grocery shopping.

Solinotes BodyMist 250 ml: ₱795.00
Available at: Rustan's, The SM Store, LOOK, Robinsons, and Landmark Department Stores, Rustans.com, Watsons.com, LOOK At Me Online, Zalora, Lazada, BeautyMNL, Beauty Bar

Gifts for Siblings

They are your first best friends and life-long companions — they are your brothers and sisters! For everything, they’ve done to spice up life with more adventures, give them gifts that will surely bubble up their joy. Solinotes is a go-to Eau de Parfum designed to let your creativity shine by creating and layering your own unique signature scent with its wide collection for girls such as Cerisier (cherry blossom), Rose, Grenade (pomegranate), The Blanc (white tea), Jasmin (jasmine), and Musc (musk). 

Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Collection₱525.00
Available at: Major The SM Stores, Rustan's Department Store (Makati, Alabang, Shangri-la), Rustans.com

Or if you are for high-quality nail color and care, Sally Hansen is the perfect brand for you. Check out its new line of nail products formulated with plant-based and 100% vegan ingredients, the good.kind.pure™ collection, featuring nature-inspired shades like Mother Earth (neutral light brown-grey), Pink Cloud (playful, cloudy, light pink), and Pomegranate Punch (for everyday reds).  

For makeup, jump to Max Factor’s Lasting Performance Foundation, high coverage and buildable foundation with smudge-resistant formula; or the Real Brow Duo Kit, which comes with two tones to create the perfect shade while building a natural, reshaped brow effect.

For boys, add to their shoe collection with Levi's Footwear Woodward L 2.0 Sneakers. Built with 100% synthetic leather and a polyurethane upper, this standout pair boasts a classic silhouette with distinct style elements.

BaByliss 3Q Straightener:  ₱8,450.00
Available at: Major The SM Stores,  Anson's Stores (Makati and Cash & Carry), Rustan's Department Store (Makati, Alabang, Shangri-la), Rustans.com, Watsons.com.ph, Zalora, BeautyMNL, Lazada, Shopee and Trunc.ph

Gifts for Significant Other

Treat your special someone with a special something. For the months or years that you’ve been together, make your loved one smile with a gift they’ll enjoy. The BaByliss 3Q Straightener is an ideal present for both men and women who always make it a point to look fresh and presentable for every meeting, presentation, and other social activity. 

Givenchy Gentleman Intense EDT
60 ml – ₱4,650
100 ml – ₱6,050
Available at Rustan's, The SM Store, LOOK, Robinsons, and Landmark Department Stores, Rustans.com

You can also consider marking a couple’s signature scent with Givenchy’s Irresistible eau de toilette for women and the Gentlemen Intense eau de toilette for men. The first is a dazzling fruity rose fragrance with a tender musky wood, while the latter boasts an audacious mix of blue iris and cedarwood for an assertively masculine composition. Flower by Kenzo is also another fragrance option for women that communicates strong and daring femininity like a poppy — a wildflower by nature.

Cusinart Precision Master Stand Mixer (Ruby Red) 
Available at: Lazada, Shopee, Zalora, BeautyMNL

For couples who are already planning to start a new life together, consider gifting your partner premium kitchenware that he or she will enjoy using for the long term. Tefal’s Ingenio 3-piece Set Rose Pink comes with a 22cm frypan and a 26cm frypan with an Ingenio Removable Handle. It features a space-saving stackable design to ensure ease of storage even in limited spaces. Baking enthusiasts will also love the Cuisinart Precision Master Stand Mixer. It includes a 5.5-quart (5.2L) capacity stainless steel bowl necessary to create the perfect cake, cupcakes, and other delectable goodies.

Gifts for Self

Treat yourself! There’s no doubt that the year has been quite a challenge but look where you are now—upbeat and enduring with a stronger sense of maturity. This deserves a self-care treat to fuel your next steps. Viktor&Rolf’s Flowerbomb Dew awakens the spirit with a light, sensual yet powerful dew mist. Infused with a dewy rose accord, sensual iris concrete, and intimate musks, it ushers in a new day, a new opportunity, and an exploration of the senses. A relaxing scent comes in a bottle of Maison Margiela’s Lazy Sunday Morning that brings a sense of luminous freshness and a white floral embrace, to generate notions of well-being and serenity. 

Anne Klein Watches (dressy)
Anne Klein Gold Watch with 3 Bracelets
Available at: Zalora and Lazada, Shop & Shop

Jewelry is an expression of one’s self. Anne Klein lets you stay grounded with its 4-piece Gold-Tone Box Set, which includes a Gold-Tone Crystal Accented Watch, two Gold Tone Bangle Bracelets, and one Charm Bracelet. Water-resistant up to 100 feet, the set can be your next go-to accessory for almost any kind of activity.

If you’re looking for something for your home, upgrade your tableware with Oneida’s American Harmony 20pc Flatware Set.  It includes place knives, place forks, place spoons, salad/dessert forks, and teaspoons accented by a delicate beaded border for an elegant, timeless design.

Shop the finest brands this season whether online or in-store! With a wide range of selections distributed by Rustan Marketing Corporation, there’s no doubt that you will find the perfect gift for your loved ones—and even for yourself!—this Christmas.

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