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Last-Minute Gift Ideas That You Won’t Need to Wrap

For those who like to cram Christmas shopping for their wives, mothers, or girlfriends.
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With a couple of days left until Christmas, it’s crunch time for those who tend to cram shopping for presents. There might not be enough time to have everything wrapped, either. If you’re still on the hunt for gifts that the women in your life will appreciate, here’s a guide to presents that won’t look like a last-minute decision and come in their own dazzling packaging just the same.

1| Rouge Dior Collector Couture

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When Dior named the latest Rouge Dior couture collection “Happy 2020,” the French luxury label meant it with a series of vibrant red lipstick neatly kept inside a limited-edition minaudiere, adorned with fireworks made from golden studs and the Dior logo. The star is the iconic 999 Red, and alongside it are four equally luscious refills. The recipient is getting a total of six lipsticks in one fabulous clutch, so it’s more than a good bargain. If you’re feeling generous, there’s a collector’s version that includes four more of the iconic Rouge Dior shades.

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For a limited time only, the Dior Designer of Dreams pop-up at SM Mall of Asia offers a customized gift-wrapping service that lets you choose the box, the ribbon, and any of the adorable patches in gold.

Available at Dior boutiques in SM Makati, Podium, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Rustan’s Shangri-La, SM Mall of Asia, and SM Aura Premier

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2| Laura Mercier The Full Canvas & Cheek Essentiels

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Who needs dingy wrapping paper when you’ve got a luxurious case featuring a renowned artist’s work? Kelly Beeman designed and illustrated Laura Mercier’s fall collection and one of its main highlights is the Full Canvas Eye & Cheek Essentiels palette. On one side, you have 15 shimmering eyeshadow colors to choose from, and on the other, a collection of bronzer, blush, and highlighter to add dimension to the rest of your face. It comes with its own adjustable mirror panel, as well. It’s the only palette she’ll ever need.

Available at Laura Mercier, SM Mega Fashion Hall

3| Beauty Bar Gift Sets

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If you’re erring on the side of caution and want to give something she’ll be sure to use, Beauty Bar has released its own signature holiday sets that come in ready-to-give pink packaging. There are options for bath products that will be universally loved by any woman and even choices for men.

4| Nespresso Nordic Collection

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Where would she, or anybody else for that matter, be without her daily cup of coffee? Assuming she already has a Nespresso machine, you can supplement to her holiday happiness by gifting her with the limited edition Nordic-inspired collection, which features two new flavors: Nordic Almond Cake and Nordic Cloudberry, which takes from the traditional Norwegian cake, Kvæfjordkake. The pods are in playful blues and oranges, an unconventional color pairing for the holidays but pleasing nonetheless, and were conceptualized by Danish designer Louise Campbell.

Available at Power Plant Mall, Greenbelt 5, Uptown Mall, One Bonifacio High Street Mall, Shangri-La Plaza, Podium, and Robinsons Magnolia

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5| House of Jo Malone London Gift Set

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If you really want to wow her with multiple gifts but haven’t got the time to shop, the limited edition House of Jo Malone gift set will do the magic for you. Housed in a brick building-designed box is a curated selection of home fragrances that include the Lino Nel Vinto Linen Spray, the Peony & Blush Suede Body & Hand Wash, English Pear & Freesia Room Spray, the Lime Basil & Mandarin Travel Candle, and finally, the Pomegranate Noir Travel Candle. Any lady would be lucky to have it.

Available at Greenbelt 5, Podium, SM Aura

6| Laura Mercier Luxe Ultime Almond Coconut Milk Body Collection

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This delicious-sending bath set was made for the gourmand in mind, with a selection of rich ingredients—vanilla, coconut, and almond are at its heart. This gift of body crème, honey bath, body wash, and finally, a perfume is all that she needs to unwind from the stresses of daily life and to remember to relax.

Available at Laura Mercier, SM Mega Fashion Hall

7| Wild Flour Gift Basket

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For the lady who lunches, have her bring home a bit of her favorite brunch spot on Christmas day. Wildflour’s bestselling take-away goodies are being offered in a festive woven picnic basket for you to present to your loved ones. There’s a choice of jams, cookies, holiday ham, rolls, bread, wine, and more for you to choose from. It’s the easiest gift decision you’ll have to make.

For inquiries, call any Wildflour or Little Flour branch

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8| Diptyque Lucky Charms Candle Set

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Something that doubles as a New Year’s present, this set of three ‘lucky’ candles is the ultimate gift for the superstition practitioner in your life. The candles in scents Lucky Flowers, Protective Pine, and Blissful Amber are said to give its owner luck, protection, and harmony in 2020. Did we mention it also comes in an artistic box?

Available at Rustan’s the Beauty Source, Power Plant Mall, and Central Square Mall

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