If you haven’t finished (or worse, haven’t started on) your Christmas gift list by now, chances are you’ll be braving the malls this weekend for some last minute Christmas shopping. With all the frantic energy abound the crowded shops, it’s easy to give in to your growing panic (it is the last weekend before the holidays, after all), resulting in less than ideal gifts for your special someones.
Worry not—I know the drill, and, most importantly, I know what you should get. These products are lifesavers and make the perfect, fail-safe Christmas gifts for absolutely anyone. After all, you can never go wrong with bath and beauty products—everyone needs them and one size fits all.
The Body Shop Gift Sets
The Body Shop stores are always packed with shoppers for good reason—they have all your gift-giving concerns covered. Categorized by price, theme, and products, you’re sure to find a set that’s just perfect for absolutely anyone. Hand cream, bath bombs, and shower gels? They’ve got variants for every discerning taste. Perfect for your your officemates or siblings who like to hog the bathroom and pamper themselves with the most luscious smelling bath essentials. Make sure to check out their limited edition releases like the refreshing and uplifting Peppermint Candy Cane collection. The Body Shop is located at SM Megamall and UP Town Center.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse
I always believe in beauty products that are as hardworking as us—and none exemplifies this more than Nuxe’s legendary dry oil. This multi-award winning and multi-functional beauty oil nourishes, repairs, and softens not only the skin but every part of the body. Be it hair or lips, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse has got all our beauty needs covered. Believe me, anyone who’s lucky enough to receive this as a gift will thank you. Ideal for friends or loved ones who are always on the go and does not have enough time for their skincare regimen. Nuxe is available at Beauty Bar Glorietta 2 and at Rustan’s Makati.
St. Ives Sheet Masks and Apricot Scrub
With the ever growing popularity of sheet masks all thanks to K-beauty enthusiasts, you’re sure that most, if not all, will appreciate this affordable beauty staple. Targeting different complexion concerns with its hydrating or anti-aging properties, there’s definitely a mask for everyone. The Revitalizing Sheet Mask is perfect to kick start the day by giving the skin a healthy and vibrant look. Know anyone who needs R&R during the break? Gift them the Soothing Oatmeal Mask that calms the skin with its hydrating and redness-reducing properties. The Glowing Apricot variant is ideal to prep the face for any event, reviving the skin with a fresh glow. Pair all the masks with St. Ives’s signature Apricot Scrub and they’re good to go! St. Ives is available at all Watsons stores.
Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop
Cult favorite Korean beauty brand Dear, Klairs’s hypoallergenic vitamin serum effectively yet delicately delivers a light dose of Vitamin C to your skin. The result is their promise of a younger and brighter skin with religious use—which is why it’s on the top of their bestseller list. Best to give to your friends or titas equally obsessed with K-culture and giving their skin a firmer and plumper appearance. Dear, Klairs is available at Beauty Bar and Watsons stores.
It’s always a challenge shopping for gifts for the men in your life. One thing that’s fail-safe to give them are hair products, as most guys’s vanity is centered on their crowning glory. For this, they deserve the absolute best. Enter Aveda, one of the top luxe brands that focuses on hair care with their selection of natural and eco-conscious hair products. Have a hair problem you want to address? Trust that Aveda has a solution for it. From thinning to unruly hair, scalp care to damage control, there’s a product that will come to the rescue. Perfect for all the men in your life of any age and as a plus they’re cruelty-free and strives to give back to the community and the environment. Aveda is available at Freyja in Glorietta 2.
Peripera Ink velvet
Looking for that perfectly pigmented lip stain for your girlfriends? Peripera’s Ink Velvet has got you covered—literally with their long-lasting and moisturizing formulation. You’ve probably come across their more than adorable ink bottle-like containers, but for the holidays make sure to cop their Pearly Night Christmas Snowball edition—an even cuter version complete with a mini snow globe. Peripera is now available at Club Clio in Robinsons Galleria.