Monday, December 24, 2012

Some Last Minute Christmas Gifts!

Merry Christmas AMW friends!  Just one more sleep and the happy season is here!  How are you celebrating your Christmas?  I'm off with the family for a nice lunch/dinner and spend the rest catching up on each other's lives!

Just like ME, maybe...some of you are still not done with Christmas shopping! Maybe, you were part of "population" who spend more time stuck in traffic rather than the shopping action itself.  Let's give each other a *high five* shall we? 

Note from author:  These are all random products that comes into mind but feel free to add more!  I am more into "packaging" and effectiveness of the product brand! 

Let's talk about gifts that we tend to steer away from.  The gift of skincare, body care and hygiene.  Okay, giving products related to hygiene is a bit tricky so you can either gift this to your family members or super close friends!  I'll explain why the gift of hygiene can make a receive happy!  (like me!)

Gift ideas #1 
for mouth and teeth
After I reached 5th month of pregnancy, and 2nd trimester is the safest period to visit a dentist, I've decided to visit a dentist one day for teeth cleaning and look what hit me!  My dentist scolded me like I was a 10-year old kid as it seems like I am still not taking enough care of my teeth!  *embarrassed*  My gingivitis problem is still there and seems I didn't do anything about it!  My gums ended up bleeding A LOT so I was scheduled for 2nd session of teeth cleaning after the New Years!  *hides face from embarrassment* 

Dentiste Plus White Perfect 
Gum and Tooth Protection

you can also add up with a toothbrush and toothpaste! 

Gift ideas #2
 For the face
The gift is skincare is well appreciated nowadays as a lot of us are on a search for really good brands but can't seem to shell out a lot to try out different brands!  So gifting someone a skincare brand they haven't tried would give them a chance to test on new products without them needing to spend!  Smart idea right?

Let's start with the inexpensive ones that I or my family members have tried and loved!   

Various Dove Facial Wash
  • Dove Beauty Moisture Facial Cleanser
  • Dove Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser
  • Dove Cleanser and Toner in One
  • Dove Fresh Touch Facial Cleanser
Less than Php200.00 each

If you have a budget and wants to give your mom, sister or bestfriend a brighter "look" for the year 2013.  Shiseido came up with a simple daily routine focusing on the basic skincare technique!  Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing!  

Shiseido 1-2-3 Skincare
Php2,750.00 (approx $68.75)

And for the special men in our lives!  Mr. AMW have used these, also my dad!  I've heard nothing but rave reviews!

L'Oreal Men Expert
each product less than Php500.00 each
  • Pure & Matte Anti-Regreasing Moisture Gel
  • Pure & Matte Anti-Blocked Pores Exfoliating Gel
  • Pure & Matte Anti-Sebum Foam Scrub
  • Pure & Matte Bright Charcoal Black Foam

And usually, best gift idea for dads!  Shaving Gel!  My dad is old school, he uses regular soap and water and always end up with razor burn!  The best idea for clean shave?  Use a good quality shaver and a shaving gel!

Nivea for Men Cool Kick Arctic Freeze
 Wash & Shave Gel
Perfect 2-in1 product!

And if you have a bit of budget or you would want to impress your dad-in-law or your boyfriend's dad!  A good skincare brand for men immediately came to mind!  I gifted this set to my brother and he loved it so much!  (Note: My brother is very picky with his skincare products!)

Lab Series Skincare for Men
Visit: and Like them on Facebook for more products
Multi-Action Face Wash 
Php1,400.00 (approx $35.00)

Maximum Comfort Shave Cream (Advanced Formula)
Php1,600.00 (approx $40.00)

Age Rescue Eye Therapy
Php1,850.00 (approx $46.25)

Gift ideas #3
for the body

Nivea Sun Line
Each product not exceeding Php500.00
Out of all the sunblock brands I've tried, Nivea is one of the brand that goes on top of my list as their products can be used for the whole family!
  • Nivea Sun Moisturizing After Sun Spray
  • Nivea Sun Kids Swim & Play SPF50+ 
  • Nivea Sun Whitening Immediate Sun Protection Collagen Protect
  • Nivea Sun Invisible Touch Transparent Spray SPF30 PA++

If you plan to give a sunblock surprise for your girlfriends that would make them smile because of its gorgeous packaging, go for ---

Snoe Here comes the SunBlock
Instant White SPF45 Sun Lotion
Php199.00 (approx $4.98)

Gift ideas #4
Miscellaneous body products
Give a set of hand and food care products would also work well for people who are always on the go!  An instant at-home spa session is what I usually gift to my mom and sister and I'm sure this set (paired by yours truly) is the best gift for anyone who needed the break.

Sakura Products
(each product costs less than Php200.00)
  • Sakura Hand Sanitizer
  • Sakura Food and Heel Lotion
  • Sakura Hand and Nail cream

Snoe Snoe White Extra Strength Kojic Milk Whitening Scrub
For girls who like spending time inside the bath tub so they can scrub their worries away!

Yves Rocher Body Pack
(Pack costs less than Php500.00)

Penshoppe Unlimited for Men and Women Scent
Each cost Php199.00 (approx $5.00)

Gift idea #5
Added Bonus

Nivea Lip Products
Each cost less than Php200.00
You can add up special lip care product from Nivea which are best added to any gifts you have in mind as EVERYONE needs lip protection! 

Gift idea #6
For the Hair
There will always be a friend, a family member, a colleague who takes serious care of their hair and giving them the gift of "hair protection" is like giving a kid a bag of candies!  

Think about hair treatment products, serums, hair shampoos and conditioners etc...

Black Beauty Fix, Protect and Shine
I love to create my own pack of goodies and tie them in a nice ribbon!  The gift says it all!  You are a friend who will be there to help fix his/her problems, protect him/her from harm and will always be there to cheer him/her on their moment to shine!

and since we're on the topic for hair!  Moms and moms-to-be will always appreciate products that are safe for kids! A super cute packaged hair care product for the kids!

Human Nature Kids Natural Shampoo & Body Wash

Gift ideas #7
For every Beauty Guru in us
 The best Christmas gift for girls who are into makeup?  An eyeshadow set!  There are LOADS of eyeshadow palettes available in the market nowadays but let me put some of those that caught my attention because of its versatility and wearability!

L'Oreal OpenEyes Pro
You can pick up the favorite shades of your recipient and whatever colors then plan to use in the palette will always match!  Pick from hues of browns, blues, greens and purples!  You'll make a "kikay" girl happy this season!

Majolica Majorca Trick On Powder Eyeshadow
I own around 3-4 palettes of Majolica Majorca Trick On Powder eyeshadow palettes and one thing will always comes to mind --- Daytime Look!  However you would like to use your Trick On Powder Eyeshadow, you will always look "made up" and it works for everyone!  Add on a bit more of the pigmentation and you're set for night out!     

And just because I can't help but include this gorgeous Estee Lauder Pure Color Fall 2012 collection before the year ends, this is another great tip for YOU who don't mind spending a bit more, probably for yourself or for the closest people in our lives!

Estee Lauder Violet Underground

 Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette 
in Violet Underground
Php2,500.00 (approx $62.50)
The collection is available for limited time at Rustan's Makati and Shangri-La this month, good while supplies last so hurry! :D

And since we're on the topic on eye makeup, feel free to throw in my favorite brow powder!  The Benefit Brow Zings!  This set can last the recipient a year or more!  So worth the price!

Benefit Brow Zings
Php1,600.00 (approx $40.00)

I know this post can get too long and overwhelming but really, there are still a lot more products to include for Holiday Gift Giving 2012!  A tip from me?  Always keep in mind the person you're giving gifts too!  What are their likes?  Their passion?  What tickles them?  I use that trick in purchasing gifts for my loved ones that's why I don't usually spend too much time on shopping!

Last but not the least, if you're out of imagination, give the gift of Good Vibes! :)

Snoe The Good Vibes Collection 
in Happiness
(set costs Php199.00/approx $4.97)

Don't tell me you didn't smile with this super cute packaging!

What are other good gift-giving ideas you can share?
I'd love to hear from you!

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  1. Such adorable kits you chose!
    Love the Sakura one a lot :P

    1. Thanks Anastacia, oohh I agree, the Sakura product looks so nice as a gift :D

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more , it is a brand you are happy to purchase as gift as they are packaged really well plus its Proudly Philippine Made! :D


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