For all its clamor about being the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas can actually be quite stressful-there’s the increasingly unbearable traffic that has us on the road for two hours on end; the overcrowded shopping malls, and their corresponding parking lots; the stark lack of hours in the day, when you realize that you don’t have time to buy your parents Christmas gifts in between going to work and all the holiday get-togethers (why do you have so many friends??).
Okay, even just writing that gave me anxiety. But take a deep breath and relax–if you’re among the Christmas shopping procrastinators, we’ve got your back.
We spent some time scouring stores and market (online and otherwise) for the best stocking stuffers of the year. From makeup and accessories, watches to bags, here are some products we know will be sure hits come Christmas morning.
Give the glamorous people in your life bold accessories that will make them stand out in any room.
4 carat oval quartz set in lab-created diamonds and 24k plated gold on silver earrings; 3 karat pear Morganite gems set in diamonds and 18k rose gold handmade earrings; and 7 carat pear amethyst in high mount setting with diamonds and 18k satin finish yellow gold, all from JARRA JEWELS. Frida tassel earrings from SEPA ACCESSORIES. Tassel earrings from STROZZI.
The Fine Details
Handcrafted watches and accessories are minimalist ways to show off the finer things in life.
CEO Adesso Chronograph watch from TW STEEL at Lucerne, Ayala Center Cebu. Black Crystaldust double bangle from SWAROVSKI at Rustan’s Department Store, Ayala Center Cebu. 15 carat cushion peach pink topaz with baguette and round diamonds in 14k rose gold matte finish; 1 carat princess cut pink diamond in cathedral setting with diamonds and 14k two-toned yellow and white gold; and 3 carat cushion cut raspberry garnet with princess and round diamonds set in 14k yellow gold, all from JARRA JEWELS. Legacy Petite ladies’ watch from PHILIP STEIN at Lucerne, Ayala Center Cebu.
Pretty in Pink
With their bright colors and festive designs especially for the holidays, these tried-and-tested products are the perfect addition to any vanity.
PunchPop! Liquid Lip Color in Watermelon and Bubblegum; Gogo Cheek Tint; and Galifornia Love Kit (with Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, Roller Lash Curling and Lifting Mascara, and Galifornia Blush), all from BENEFIT COSMETICS at SM Seaside City. Ultra Facial Cream; and Midnight Recovery Concentrate, all from KIEHL’S at Ayala Center Cebu.
Zoological details, a play on textures and bright colors for those who like to infuse some personality into their ensembles.
Definitely this year’s of-the-moment accessory, the tassel earrings come in a variety of colors and sizes–and get a sophisticated twist when paired with more classic pieces.
Ants in Your Pants sling bag from FEBRUARY LIFESTYLE. Amatheia tassel earrings from SEPA ACCESSORIES. A collection of tassel earrings from STROZZI. Beaded necklace from CAROLE; Penelope tote bag from LONGCHAMP; Pearl necklace from MAJORICA, all at Rustan’s Department Store, Ayala Center Cebu.
A Man’s World
The man in your life deserves a touch of luxe, even in a lifestyle that’s rugged and on-the-go.
Black leather briefcase, and printed button-down shirt, all from OLEG CASSINI; Driving jacket from RICARDO PRETO, all at Rustan’s Department Store, Ayala Center Cebu. Pilot’s watch with case from VICTORINOX at Lucerne, Ayala Center Cebu.
A pared down beauty kit of great skincare products (and tools for the perfect brows!) is something any beauty maven will appreciate.
Defined Refined Brows kit (with BROWVO Conditioning Primer; Precisely, My Brow Pencil; High Brow highlight and lift pencil; and brow mapping tool) from BENEFIT COSMETICS at SM Seaside City. The Soft Fluid Long-Wear Foundation; and The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum from LA MER at Rustan’s Department Store, Ayala Center Cebu. Kind to Skin Moisturising Facial Wash from Simple Sensitive Skin Experts. Lime Basil and Mandarin Scented Candle from JO MALONE at Rustan’s Department Store, Ayala Center Cebu.