It’s the season for gift-giving once again! Here are some recommendations that will definitely your family and friends will love.
Christmas is around the corner, and we are probably still looking for meaningful gifts for our loved ones. And given with the ongoing pandemic, the meaning of success and luxury has changed. Price tags are no longer the metric for luxury. In fact, it has shifted to focus on joy and comfort.
The pandemic has made me realize that things can change instantly and that being happy should be the only motivation for any decision—just like Maria Kondo asks, “what brings you joy?” Likewise, a lot of our loved ones have picked up a new hobby or sport, the motivation is still the same: “What makes you happy?”
And with that being said, here are some gift ideas that you can fill your loved ones’ stockings with for Christmas.
For Those who Love Food and Cooking:
10. Nacional Bladeworks Knives
Using Japanese bladesmith traditions, modern metallurgy, and Filipino craftsmanship, Nacional Bladeworks produces artisanal and hip knives that are a must-have for any chef or home chef. I love the different handles, which are made from colorful recycled plastics, skateboard material, teak, rosewood, and the like. What’s more, each knife is made in limited numbers, so it sells fast.
Check out their Instagram @nacionalebladeworks.
9. Dinner at Ruth Chris Steakhouse
The latest offering of Gourmand Manila is the famous Ruth Chris Steakhouse at The ORE Central in BGC. They have good service and practice social distancing per table. The steak, crabcakes, and the barbecued shrimp, are definite must-haves. And for dessert, the creme brûlée is worthy of a drive out.
8. Breville Smart Oven Pro
I bought my first smart oven in the US (110 volts), and my staff has plugged it three times to 220 volts, costing me more for repairs than how much I purchased it. So on the fourth time, I decided to buy the local version and never looked back since. I love this so much that I bring it every time I go to my house on the beach.
What’s more, this oven has many functions that lessens guesswork—like for baking cookies and pizza, toasting, grilling, and the like. Always precise, never uneven.
Check out their Instagram at @breville_phils.
Products that Makes Life Easier
7. Dyson Supersonic with Fly Away Attachment
Some people will still shy away from salons, so the quick rush for a blow-dry will be at the bottom of their priorities. This blowdryer with flyaway attachment gives hope to those who are “blow-dry challenged,” allowing us to look decent enough when we go out in the world. Plus, it cuts the drying and styling time, giving you more energy to slay.
Check out their Instagram at @dysonhair.
6. Adidas Formation and TechFit Period Proof Tights
A lot of us have started exercising in our homes during the pandemic. And for workout enthusiasts, workout clothes are essential. This Lifeproof Workout wear is designed by women for women and made with a minimum of 40% recycled content. Moreover, these pieces support women’s bodies in all the right places—even during that time of the month while doing Pilates or High-Intensity Training or HIIT, allowing for maximum performance.
Check out their Instagram at @adidasph.
5. Dyson V12 Detect with Laser
The latest and most technologically advanced vacuum from Dyson will make cleaning fun and exciting. Its claim to fame is that its the first of its kind to come with a laser attachment and an anti-tangle hair screw attachment that makes cleaning the machine easier, especially after use.
Check out their Instagram at @dyson.
4. Lexus Luxury Mover or LM Van
Most businesses will eventually shift to a hybrid work situation, which means that traffic will ensue. Thus, having a comfortable car that allows you to work, eat, watch, and sleep inside without the additional risk of exposure is genuinely an essential luxury. Enter the LM van—the first luxury minivan of Lexus. It’s like having a big Hermes or Birkin that fits all your stuff without the heaviness.
I tested the seven-seater model with reclining captain seats, each with seven massage settings and five pressure levels. With the touch of a button to raise a glass panel between the first and second row of seats, you can have your much-needed privacy, too. It also has a 26-inch color screen with a Mark Levinson sound system and a mini-fridge that can chill up to two bottles of champagne. What more can you ask for?
Check out their Instagram at @lexusmanila.
You Only Live Once (YOLO) Gifts
3. BMW and Ducati Superbikes
I have lots of friends who bought and rode bikes to shake away the pandemic blues and I’m sure you do, too.
The BMW R 1250 GS and BMW R 1250 GS Adventure remain the most popular motorcycles in the BMW Motorrad line-up. The models are loaded with features that make them extremely easy to ride, comfortable, and suitable for all types of terrain.
On the other hand, the Ducati Brand was in entertainment news when famous actress Nadine Lustre bought herself a Scrambler. But Ducati Distributor Toti Albert said that their best-selling model is the Ducati Multistrada, another adventure bike used by people to ride out and camp somewhere in the countryside.
2. Cartier Tank and Tank Must
The Cartier Tank was created in 1917 and has become the watch to have. Moreover, Andy Warhol and Princess Diana (though now on the wrist of Meghan Markle) are fans of the watch! And after more than a century, a reinvention was born: the Tank Must. It comes with a Photovoltaic Dial, which allows charging of the batteries by solar energy through a special panel. Notable also is its bracelet—made without using animal materials.
Check out their Instagram at @cartier.
1. Mercedes Benz S Class
After the initial shock of the pandemic hitting the country, most moneyed people stopped storing their money under their beds and started buying big-ticket items that they have fancied for the longest time.
The seventh-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class has more significant dimensions, and a better passenger experience with a luxurious interior and cabin. What’s more, the passenger seat now has a complete relaxation option to recline the seats with leg rest and massage.
You can even use the travel time to catch up with some movies with the car’s two fully-integrated 11.6-inch touch displays—paired with Burmester 3D surround sound system,15 speakers, and a total system output of 710 watts. It even comes with added protection, as the whole cabin is fitted with air filtration, ionization, and fragrancing.
Check out their Instagram at @mercedesbenzph.
I hope these gift ideas inspire you for a grand Christmas celebration. Happy shopping!