This is the wishlist your Secret Santa never wrote

Even though you think you might know a person well enough, choosing gifts will always present itself as a challenge. With Christmas also fast approaching and those holiday parties happening one after the other, last-minute shopping can add to the pressure. So, what do you do when you don’t know what to get your Secret Santa? Zee Lifestyle steps in with all the possible answers, from the relatively affordable to more indulgent gifts.

Pro tip: You can drop a hint and share this list too! Who knows, your own manito or manita might be struggling on what to get you as well. 😉

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HAPPY SKIN x DISNEY MOISTURIZING MATTE LIPPIE

Happy Skin is the first local brand in the Philippines that Disney has partnered with
Happy Skin is the first local brand in the Philippines that Disney has partnered with

Matte lipsticks were a big hit this year, and there’s no reason the trend wouldn’t continue in 2017. Pass it on to the new year with Happy Skin’s moisturizing matte lippie, which contains shea butter and collagen that hydrates lips while leaving a gorgeous matte finish. Happy Skin’s holiday collaboration with Disney also brings limited edition (read: must-have!) shades. ‘Snow White’ features an apple-red shade, while the ‘Anna’ has that roasted cherry tone that’s popular right now.

UGF, SM City Cebu | Facebook

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HAVAIANAS IN GREENERY

This Havaianas top in Liberty Green is on point for 2017's color of the year
This Havaianas top in Liberty Green is on point for 2017’s color of the year

Earlier this month, ‘Greenery’ was announced as the color of the year for 2017. Take this relaxing yet vibrant shade with you one step at a time as you conquer the Year of the Rooster, with a brand new pair of Havaianas. The neon green Top is definitely on point, while, the Liberty Green pair features a fun and whimsical print that’ll turn heads.

All Flip Flops | Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu and SM Seaside City Cebu

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A 7-COURSE DINNER BY JASON ATHERTON

Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton of The Pig & Palm
Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton of The Pig & Palm

If you’re looking to impress, you can’t go wrong with a dinner at The Pig & Palm. Just in time for the holidays, Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton is whipping up a special seven-course meal with an optional champagne and wine pairing. Slots for this two-day event (December 22-23) are extremely limited.

MSY Tower, Cebu Business Park | Facebook

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A STAY AT KANDAYA RESORT

Kandaya Resort in Daanbantayan, Cebu (Photography by Dan Douglas Ong: Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, October 2015)
Kandaya Resort in Daanbantayan, Cebu (Photography by Dan Douglas Ong: Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, October 2015)

Okay, this is really pulling out the big guns, but who wouldn’t want to experience paradise? Kandaya Resort’s iconic infinity pool, luxurious rooms and myriad of activities from island hopping to a private beach in Malapascua Island to horseback riding guarantee that a stay in this gorgeous resort is on top of anyone’s wishlist.

Daanbantayan, Cebu | Facebook

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SNAPBACKS FROM NEW ERA

The New Era store in Cebu has over 500 snapbacks to choose from
The New Era store in Cebu has over 500 snapbacks to choose from

With the rise of the athleisure trend, sporty accessories have become acceptable in daily wear. Not sure where to start? Put your thinking cap on with New Era’s expansive selection of headgear. Their store in Cebu has over 500 hats to choose from, whether you’d like to root for your favorite sporting teams or show off your love for pop culture.

SM Seaside City Cebu | Facebook

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LIMITED EDITION JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL

The limited edition Cebu bottle from Johnnie Walker Blue Label Philippine Crafts: Our Cities special collection
The limited edition Cebu bottle from Johnnie Walker Blue Label Philippine Crafts: Our Cities special collection

A bottle of whisky is always a classic gift, but there’s no reason it should be boring. Surprise your Secret Santa with a limited edition bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Philippine Crafts: Our Cities. With three distinctly Filipino designs to choose from—the Manila Jeepney, the Cebu Guitar, and the Davao Pearl—anyone would definitely appreciate having these added to their collections.

Available in leading supermarkets | Facebook

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APOPHIS PUMPS FROM SALA CHAUSSURES

Sala Chaussure's Apophis pumps in black (Photo: Facebook)
Sala Chaussure’s Apophis pumps in black (Photo: Facebook)

Personally, it’s hard to choose just one kind of footwear from this decadent shoe brand because there’s something for every girl. If we really had to recommend one thing though, it would be the Apophis pumps in black. It’s the classic black pump with a gorgeous twist—dragon wings. Perfect for the Khaleesis in your life.

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DR. MARTENS DM’S LITE

DM's Lite in Newton Cherry Red
DM’s Lite in Newton Cherry Red

Why yes, men can be into shoes too. For your guy friend (or “guy friend”), a great addition to his growing footwear collection would be the  DM’s Lite, the newest shoe from Dr. Martens. Featuring the brand’s signature style but in a new ultra-lightweight Phylon midsole, it’s both durable and even more comfortable. Go timeless with the black pair, or be a little more edgy with the Newton cherry red one.

General | 2F, Ayala Center Cebu | Facebook

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PET STUFF FROM PESO STORE

Give your furry pal a debonair look with these cute bowties from Peso Store
Give your furry pal a debonair look with these cute bowties from Peso Store

With items at Php 88, it’s easy to buy a lot of stuff that any pet lover and their furry BFFs would certainly appreciate. Take your pick from colorful collars to cute food bowls, and fun harnesses to amusing chew toys. There’s also quite a selection of doggy t-shirts that Fido can wear for Christmas.

Streetscape | Cebu I.T. Park | The Outlets at Pueblo Verde | The Persimmon Plus | 4J Bldg., Mango Avenue | E-Park Talamban | Facebook

 

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