And the most exciting countdown of the year has begun!
THIRTY-FIVE DAYS TO GO BEFORE CHIRSTMAS folks!
The Filipino Christmas Season is probably the longest one in the world. We begin to feel the Christmas spirit as soon as the ber months come in, and it extends up to January or the New Year. That’s four months long!
Four months of merry making, feasting, and of course… SHOPPING and GIFT GIVING! Christmas won’t be complete without the generous and thoughtful offering of presents for loved ones. Celebrating love thru sharing is the essence of Christmas as we commemorate the birthday of Jesus. This is the best time of year to be benevolent.
Giving of presents entails not only setting aside hard earned money but also allotting time and effort in thinking of what to give, buying, wrapping, and actually giving them. It’s actually not an easy process. Hence we must be grateful to everyone who gives us any kind of present this Christmas.
Whether grand or simple, Christmas gifts will always be cherished by our loved ones because what counts is how you remembered them. Some of us who are charitable enough also share their blessings too those in need this season. What a wonderful time of year indeed! 🙂
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Speaking of presents, have you done any Christmas shopping yet?
I think I’ve mentioned this before – I am such a crammer when it comes to Christmas shopping! Every year I always tell myself that I should start early but then still end up buying presents just one or two weeks before! That’s such a bad habit! I don’t recommend doing the same thing. Make your list early and start shopping as early as first week of November to avoid stress, traffic, and the crowd.
Aside from the numerous holiday bazaars that happen almost every weekend, I am glad that there are amazing stores like SM, which caters to busy crammers like myself. SM is a complete one-stop shop for everything I need. And I mean EVERYTHING. From food and grocery, to shoes, clothes, cosmetics, toys, and a huge HOME collection… SM stays true to its principle “we’ve got it all for you”. SM also has extended mall hours during the Holiday season, and they have a great variety of gift items to choose from with matching cute packaging options! I particularly love going to SM Aura and SM Makati for my shopping.
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This year, a lot of my friends have started preparing for their own new homes. You can count my husband and I in too! Our generation (of late twenties to early thirties – ack old!) is already building and growing our own little families and homes and we are excited to commence this new chapter of our lives. Newly married couples, new parents, new homes… It’s truly an exciting and joyful time, especially with the Christmas season kicking in! 🙂
Everyone is simply enthusiastic to make each abode a warm yuletide dwelling. This means you can’t go wrong by choosing something for the home!
Here are some of my personal gift recommendations from my recent shopping trip to SM HOME and its wide-ranging selection:
For WIFE / MOM / AUNT
- Multipurpose Insulated Bag P499.75
This large bag can fit a lot in it! Canvas material looks so nice. Perfect for picnics and family outings.
- Ultra Soft Gel Lumbar Support Pillow P599.75
A nice and healthy gift for working moms and crafty moms!
- French Bull silicon chopping boards P399.75
For newbies in the kitchen
- Baker’s Secret Premium Nonstick baking pans P299.75 and up
For the expert ones in the kitchen
- Gibson and Onemore bake ware sets P649.75 and P699.75
- Omega Makayla Porcelain Tureen with Glass Cover P799.75
For the party hostesses
For HUSBAND / DAD/ UNCLE
- Memory Foam Pillow P399.75
Because the hardworking man of the house needs good sleep
- Hario Filter in a Bottle for Tea/Coffee P1,399.75
Okay, so I secretly want this for myself even if I’m no coffee drinker. Such a nice bottle with silicon spout and cover.
- Scanpan soft touch 6-piece knife set P2,849.75
Men and their meat…
- Oster MyBlend Personal Blender and Personal Coffee Maker P1,590.00 and P2,200.00
Another one of my favourites! Perfect for health buffs and dads on the go. It comes with a FREE extra bottle too! Great deal!
- Nostalgia Electrics – Waffle maker, Sandwich maker, etc. Starts at P1,649.75
For men who like vintage and classics
For SISTER / FEMALE FRIENDS
- Bright and Clean Reed Diffuser Set P279.75
For the ladies who love fresh scents in their homes. Cute packaging too!
- This Way to the Beach large bag P379.75
I wanted to buy this for myself. A nice beach bag for the beach bums at a super low price! Great find!
- Various baking and cookie decorating kits P169.75 up
Ladies who like decorating cookies and cupcakes, baking, and being crafty would love these
- Flameless Color Changing LED candle P499.00
I love scented candles but sometimes you just want the same mood lighting without the hassle of having smoke and thinking of the fire alarm especially when you live in a condo. This is a genius product for it.
- Jewellery organizers P229.75 and above
Comes in various kinds and colours I’m sure ladies can’t resist
For BROTHER / MALE FRIENDS
- Square organizer box with travel postcard design P245.00
For the jet setters who want to keep their travel accessories and keepsakes organized
- Storage seat with travel design P599.75 and P999.75
It’s a clever space saver for the room. Seat plus storage in one. Okay fine there are manlier designs but this one caught my eye haha!
- Contigo Purity Glass Bottle P1,049.75
Three words: Want, want, want (other colours available)
For OFFICEMATES / CLASSMATES
- Dream Mate Fleece Blanket P150.00
A perfectly sized blanket that can be used in the office or in the car. Lovely colors too.
- Bio Kips and Clip Fresh gift sets P295.00
- Healthy Life bento style food container P279.75
The healthy way to bring baon. I’d love this if I was still working
For the KIDS (cute nieces and nephews and godchildren)
- Disney Princess 3 piece Starter Set P199.75
For the toddlers who are starting to learn how to eat. Other designs are available.
- Disney Pillows P279.75
Kids of all ages would love this. They have Star Wars!
- Hello Kitty Food Containers starts at P179.75
For kids’ baon to school
From kitchen to bath, bedroom to living room, there will always be a good find from SM HOME.
See how amazingly affordable these gift items are? They are definitely wise buys and won’t break the bank! Moreover, these gift items are totally useful and practical. I am very particular in giving personalized gifts, which I know the person receiving can really use and enjoy.
So head over to SM now before these amazing gift items get sold out! There’s so much more in store, which may suit your taste and needs.
For more information about their product catalog and sales, you can visit their website at www.smhome.com.ph.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
May we all have a blessed Christmas filled with love in the comfort of our own homes!
Christmas is not just a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. –Calvin Coolidge
Always loving the Christmas Spirit,