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Sensible Stocking Stuffers

Shopping in a hurry doesn’t have to be dreadful. Here are thoughtful and novel last-minute gifts that will surely be appreciated


By Kim Reyes-Palanca


The gift of wellness

With the stress that comes with the holidays (and life in general!) we are often reminded to put our health first. Centro Holistico knows that good overall health and wellness can only be achieved through a holistic approach—nutrition, physical exercise, mind-body healing, use of medical, and alternative treatments.


Give someone dear a consultation with husband and wife teamDr. Ryan Dalman and Dr. Candy Drilon-Dalman. These experts will give you not just the usual medical history review, but a thorough body and lifestyle check-up via live blood analysis, and a functional medicine approach. They will also teach you to jumpstart your health by caring for your gut. The center offers a gamut of services, including acupuncture, ventosa, IV therapy, colon cleanse, heavy metal detox, intuitive counseling, and more.


The gift of sweet dreams


A good night’s sleep is priceless. With the sleeplessness epidemic plaguing the world, anything to help get enough shut-eye is vital. Aside from a gadget-less, relaxing routine before bed time, using silk pillowcases have been said to increase zzzs by regulating temperature. It also works as an anti-aging tool. No creasing, no friction, and no frizz means skin remains plump and smooth, skin and hair damage prevented. Get yours from LisseMnl, which, aside from silk bridal robes and sleepwear, customizes silk pillowcases and eye masks made from luxurious 100 percent Mulberry 16.5 momme silk.



Gifts that pamper

chi nail spa

Treat someone to Nail Bar at The Chi Spa Edsa Shangri-La,a.k.a the ultimate in nail pampering. Aside from having the quiet and peaceful ambience Chi Spa is known for, you get to have your hands and feet pampered in a room-with-a-view, in uber comfy chairs, and with deluxe services that are reasonably priced. Choose from aromatherapy hand and foot spa to revitalizing Footlogix spa, nail art, vegan polish, and specialized Gelish Nail services like the newest Structure Gel—new innovation that looks like your nails,only better. It coats and strengthens with a refined, realnail, gel finish. Book an appointment for you and a friend, or buy gift certificates for convenience.


Gift for the senses


Who doesn’t love entering a scented space? Whether that’s your home, office, your bedroom, or bathroom, scents that surround us speak to our wellbeing. You can easily be transported to a peaceful place, have a sense of stillness, which is why scents are necessary, accessible luxuries.

Yugen brings this kind of scented positivity through its products. From a base of six main fruity and floral notes, the brand has developed a range of bestselling products. With French perfumery at its core, this Thailand-made brand is well-loved for the mood it brings. With lines named Thrive (warm and comforting), Inspire(revitalizing), Awake (effervescent), and Rise (refreshing), Yugen’s scents are not just smells, but states of mind.

The novelty items include the organic soy Bath Candles enriched with skin-nourishing vitamin E and Omega 3, which is safe and good for skin. Yes, the melted wax is intended for aromatherapy massage! To add to that, you can also have the bath gel equivalent of your favorite diffuser or room spray. Choose the scent set your receiver can completely envelop himself in.

Yugen is available at G/F Shangri-La Plaza Mall.


Bath time jollies

beauty bar

Bath sets never get old and are always well-received. A good bath is always a great idea for winding down, and giving out luxe bath essentials is always a nice touch. Beauty Bar offers a variety of holiday bath sets in pretty packaging, plus The Somerset Toiletry Co. line is filled with bath fizzers and beautifully-wrapped, ready-to-gift soaps you probably might gift yourself with too.


Something for the tresses

hair mnl

Make someone feel good by gifting them a great hair day. Just go to and purchase professional-grade products like Davines, Kerastase, and Tigi Bed Head for specific hair concerns. The website is user-friendly and since products are categorized under common hair concerns (scalp care, thinning or damaged hair, fighting dryness, and brassiness), it’s easy to shop for anyone. You can also access hair experts via Facebook or email for free consultations to make sure you have a highly-customized gift, or give that privilege to whoever will receive your package. Create your own gift from their selection, or add-to-cart any of their holiday gift boxes.



Laura Mercier Palette

laura mercier

One of the pioneering experts when it comes to that perfectly healthy, sun-kissed, second skin glow, Laura Mercier launches its gilded limited-edition holiday collection, which is all about curated palettes. The makeup line has delightful peach-pink undertones dusted with molten, rose gold highlights. This trio of long-wearing, buildable, and highlighting powders gives skin depth and dimension. The shades Devotion, Inspiration, and Obsession can be worn separately or mixed for that signature, luminous “Laura” glow.

Available at Rustan’s.


Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum


Chanel holiday 2019 brings whimsical beauty with the Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum gift set. The theatrical box illustrated by famed Jean-Paul Goude puts Chanel No. 5 front and center. The holiday box also comes with a small bottle and a Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick of your choice. This is surely for the nicest one in your list.

Available at Rustan’s.




Shiseido Beauty Blossoms holiday collection is about floral inspirations, fluidity, and golden touches. The Modern Matte Powder Lipstick Mini Lip Bouquet collectible box houses clutch-sized tubes featuring an angular bullet. The medley of colors embodies the theme centering around Japanese idiom hyakka ryouran which literally means a “riot of flowers.” This expression also encapsulates the meaning of giving and togetherness as one person flourishes or “blooms.”

Available at Shiseido Greenbelt 5, SM Megamall.

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