I’m a serial crammer. I procrastinate. I do it sometimes in my job, so why would you think I don’t do it for gift-giving? My declaration may seem brazen, but that’s because I know I’m not the only one. Some of us haven’t set the auto-reply on our emails and are still churning out the work year’s last requirements. Some are still backtracking when they lost sense of time. Some are…so indescribably busy but not at the same time. Hey, it’s that chaotic 2020 vibe.
The only order we will find these days may be in neatly-packed gift sets. A skincare present can be your way of reminding someone to always take time for themselves. A lip gloss can inexplicably brighten someone’s WFH day or video call party. Scents from their favorite brand can transport them to memorable trips. Most importantly, any gift always comes with the sentiment that we still care for one another despite it all.
Laura Mercier Lip Glacé Collection
This limited-edition set is for the woman who is looking forward to mask-free days. It’s for those who still wear make-up even if they just stay-at-home all the time. This collection includes four different shades: Bare Pink — a light pink shimmer, Rose Gold Accent — a subtle rosegold gloss, Desert Rose —a dusty rose shimmer, and Black Cherry — a deep reddish-purple shine. Available via My Mercier Concierge Password: MyMercier2020
Kiehl’s Anti Aging Skin Kit
When I look at this set, I remember the mom (or the dad!) who has a busy itinerary. From making sure their kids are paying attention to their Zoom classes, hopping on their own conference calls, and basically trying to make the most of what we’re dealing with. Lessen their troubles with a fool-proof set that streamlines their skincare routine. This year, Kiehl’s sets feature additional gifts and designs by Lyon-based illustrator and graphic designer Maïté Franchi. Available via Lazada
Aesop Sensory Chronicles
The Sensory Chronicles is for those who need to get away and to remember the finer things in life. You can choose from five different gift kits: The Ardent Nomad, The Lore Collector, The Seasoned Wayfarer, The Metaphysical Voyager, and The Chance Companion. Each of which invites us to take a “voyage of the mind and senses, celebrating mankind’s ability to access other worlds without leaving the comfort of home.” They are also accompanied by an eBook featuring writings from Rabindranath Tagore, Katherine Mansfield, Isabelle Eberhardt, Lafcadio Hearn, and Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis to enhance your rituals. Available via aesopskincare.ph
Anastasia Beverly Hills Singles Day Soft Glam Set
An eye palette that gives you neutral browns but also punchy colors for a festive mood. I highly suggest this for anyone who needs that “ride or die” in their vanity. You get a mix of shimmers and also mattes that won’t be intimidating to use. You can always look up the hundreds of makeup tutorials this palette has inspired if you need extra help. This set comes with the Mini Lash Brag Volumizing Mascara and Mini Lip Gloss so you can complete the holiday look. Available via sephora.ph
For the one who doesn’t want to hold back to giving themselves the ultimate pampering at home. The Fillmed Laboratories Skin Perfusion HXR Eye Cream hydrates and reduces dark circles using Hexylresorcinol. One small dot in the morning and evening is all you need for both undereye areas. The formula is not thick, sticky, nor does it sting. It’s best to use after you’ve applied the Eye-Recover Mask that contains 3-Peptides and Collagen for the refreshing effect. Available online