The most thoughtful gifts for you

Fashion / December 17, 2021

Never forget to reward yourself. One cannot give what you cannot have, after all. In the hustle of the season and in your search for presents for loved ones, it is paramount you also treat yourself to something you really want, or perhaps to something that will see you through the coming year.

This gift guide is meant to give you ideas on what items will help you feel pampered, loved, and special. 

I believe that the gift of skincare keeps on giving. Since it’s the holidays, I couldn’t think of a much better time to go for something luxe. CHANEL Skincare offers L’Essence Fondamentale Sublimage and  L’Extrait De Crème. Meant to be used as the third and fourth step in your skincare routine after cleansing and toning, these two products harness the power of CHANEL’s signature ingredient, Vanilla Planifolia. 

The L’Essence Fondamentale Sublimage is an exceptional serum that promises to tighten and tone the skin. It uses moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid and nourishing Vegetal Butter to give you that supple and radiant skin. On the other hand, the L’Extrait De Crème promises to revitalize and protect the skin. After four weeks of consistent use, you will get skin that is more visibly nourished, smooth, and plump. 

Once you have a good base, you’re ready to play with some makeup. I find that premium makeup never fails to brighten up your day and put you in a good mood. That’s a good investment to have to conquer the coming days and the new year. I reach for the NARS Unwrapped Collection–their latest for the holidays. The pretty packaging is always a delight on top of the trusted and no-fail product. You can’t go wrong with the Endless Orgasm Mini Set which includes a mini Orgasm blush along with Afterglow Lip Balm in the matching shade. Honestly, you can get a full look with these two and a skin tint for that healthy glow. 

No matter what you’re doing, never underestimate the power of scent. Now is indeed the time to restock on your favorite one or to discover a new concotion. Art of Scent is a great place for this purpose with its curated collection of fragrances. A brand that might pique your fancy is Alexandre. J. Their fragrances are displayed in bottles that mimic art and deserve a star place on your vanity. The Mandarine Sultane scent features the gardens of Alahambra with “the opulence of citrus, musk, and jasmine.” 

When it comes to fashion, opt to elevate your basics and get something that you can use time and again. Balmain and its Philippine flagship store at The Shoppes, Solaire, is the perfect place to find just that. You can pick up their iconic cotton logo t-shirt in a color of your preference. It will never fail to make a statement whatever you occasion and can be easily styled to your look. 

In 2022, we hope for more travel, with the utmost caution, whether it is for work or play. You will repeatedly thank yourself if you get something like the Tumi Continental Expandable 4 Wheeled Carry-On. It is made with recycled polycarbonate shell, making it lightweight and flexible, but hardwearing.  You get a lot of space and smooth, quiet wheels so you can catch the next flight without a hitch. The carry-on also shows off Tumi’s skill at adapting to our needs. The PROTX2® technology means that the lining has been treated with the innovative anti-microbial coating to help prevent the growth of bacteria, mildew and mold that may cause fabric odor on its surface.

CHANEL and NARS, available via Rustan’s The Beauty Source. Tumi is located at Greenbelt 5.