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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Guide 2011

I've been really busy the past few weeks, and I can't believe there's barely a week left till Christmas! I already spent my entire Saturday hunting for the perfect gifts for my loved ones but I'm not even done yet. While hopping from one mall to the next, however, I was able to come up with a list of gift ideas that I hope can help my fellow last-minute shoppers.

photo credit: MUJI Philippines

Pretty much everything you'll ever need is available at MUJI. Find clothes, bags, shoes, furniture, home decor, food, and all sorts of supplies for school, the home, or the workplace. MUJI's products are perfect for family and friends who like classic, minimalist designs.

 photo credit: QUIRKS Philippines

For those who like fun, extraordinary things, QUIRKS offers a variety of useful kooky knickknacks like (cassette!) tape dispensers, undercover tablet sleeves and mighty wallets. 

 photo credit: and

Your glam girlfriends might like accessories that would add sparkle to their holiday outfits! Forever21 and stalls at the Greenhills Shopping Center like Girl Shoppe have a wide variety of rings, earrings, necklaces and bangles that can rival those of Gossip Girl's Rhodes ladies. Girl Shoppe also has pretty silk turbans (like Carrie Bradshaw's in SATC2) and hair accessories such as fascinators and clips.

photo credit: adidas Philippines

Gifts with a touch of Filipino flavor are great for balikbayan buddies and relatives. Get them neat Pinoy presents like jackets and tees in the Philippine flag's trademark colors from the adidas Philippine Range collection.

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The grammar police would be in for a hilarious treat with this series illustrated by Elbert Or. Just found out that Tahanan Books has released I Am Herewith Enclose, the sequel to The More the Manyer! and Without Further Adieu. They're available at National Bookstore, but I also spotted a few copies at the ECHOStore, Serendra Piazza.

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Chocolate lovers would enjoy Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates. My personal favorite is the Labuyo, a dark chocolate bar with siling labuyo (chili)! Other unusual bars are GingerCalamansi, and Green Mango & Salt, but there are also traditional ones like Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate and Barako. Check out the Theo & Philo website and Facebook page for information about their holiday gift packages.

I highly advise shopping alone and taking the MRT or the LRT if possible, instead of driving or taking a cab/jeepney. Traffic is crazy, and taxi lines are loooong, people.

Good luck and happy shopping!

The CityLifeStylist

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