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Valentine's Day gifts that are genuinely thoughtful

By CAMILLE SANTIAGO Published Feb 12, 2021 2:39 pm

Did you wait again until the last minute to shop for a Valentine's Day present? No shaming here, it happens to us, too!

We understand that sometimes life gets in the way that we're left with just less than 24 hours until V-Day with no gift in hand. But luckily, shopping for last-minute gifts has never been easier.

To make things easier for you, we have listed down presents that we think would please any type of person: the makeup obsessed, the fashionista, the memory keeper, and so on. Ahead, check out the best last-minute presents that will tug at the heartstrings.

For someone who is obsessed with makeup

Benefit Microfilling Pen, P1,660

Is she always late to your dates? Does she always need to perfect her brows? Give your special someone a Benefit Brow Microfilling Pen (P1,660), and you’ll thank us later.

This innovative product mimics the effect of microbladed brows—without the hefty cost or commitment—in just a matter of minutes! Don’t worry if it’ll look fake because this magic pen has three prongs that delivers the “most natural-looking, hair-like strokes.”

For someone who does skincare religiously

Pond's Age Miracle Valentine's gift box, available at Shopee

Get your skincare junkie partner a set of Pond’s Age Miracle products this V-day! Not only are you reminding them to take care of themselves, but you’re doing them a favor by helping them achieve a healthy glow.

What makes this gift more special is that when you spend P1,800, Pond’s Age Miracle will come gift-wrapped in a beautiful heart-shaped Valentine’s gift box. Not only that, you’ll also get a free plush velvet heart-shaped pillow and get 25% off on selected sets.

For someone who is very practical about makeup

Teviant Diety Dust Face Palette, P750

On days when your girl wants to keep it simple, she'll want a fuss-free, easy-to-use, all-in-one product that will cover all the bases. Let her try Teviant's Diety Dust Face Palette (P750) which features five colors that can be used as a highlighter, a contour, and lip and cheek powder.

For someone who is always on-the-go

Beside U Liya Bag, P2,700, available at Lazada

These days, we’re all about ease and comfort. When we’re out shopping for groceries or doing errands, we want to be able to find things and do things quickly. 

Beside U Liya bag (P2,700) is the perfect companion for errands. Your partner can stash all their essentials in the bag without having to worry about misplacing them because it has multiple pockets inside to keep them organized. Moreover, the bag is also pandemic-friendly (its material is water-repellent and allows easy, quick cleaning), travel-safe (it has an RFID-blocking technology), and affordable.

For someone who loves to accessorize

GUESS Pave G Heart Necklace, P1,698

Jewelry may seem like a cliche on Valentine’s Day, but nobody says no to it, too. For a statement gift, surprise your loved one with a GUESS Pave G Heart Necklace (P1,698) which features a bold heart-shaped pendant studded in white or black crystals.

For someone who loves keeping mementos

Istorya Creations Ceramic Photo Tiles, P1,800

Istorya Creations' Ceramic Photo Tiles (P1,800) make a perfect gift for your other half who loves keeping sentimental items. These are great as a standalone display or as a unique accent to any room. You can customize it by putting a photo or adding a message.

For someone who has it all

Jo Claravall Ibig Ko Limited Edition Gift Set, P4,750

The Filipinos’ romantic nature is deeply ingrained in our culture. To remind your partner of your undying love, gift them with one of Jo Claravall’s Ibig Ko Limited Edition Gift Sets (P4,750 for Standard, P5,450 for Luxe) that and are named after native Filipino words: Giliw, Sinta, and Alab.

Each set contains a hand-poured soy candle from Memento, artisanal chocolates from Hiraya Chocolates, an illustration by Reena Gabriel, and a beautifully preserved flower arrangement by the renowned event designer herself.

For someone who likes bubbly

Chandon Délice, Chandon Brut, and Chandon Rosé, P900 per bottle

Say “cheers!” to love this Valentine’s Day. To celebrate the happy occasion with your partner, it’s time to pop some bottles. Chandon just launched in the Philippines, and now you can get a taste of their signature sparkling wines: Chandon Délice, Chandon Brut, and Chandon Rosé (P900 per bottle).

For those who are fans of chardonnay and pinot noir, try the Chandon Brut. If you like something more fruity, there’s the Chandon Rosé. And if you prefer something a little sweeter, the Chandon Délice is perfect especially if you add two ice cubes, and some garnish.

For someone who likes to experiment with cocktails

Hendrick's Gin 700ml, P2,100

We know you miss date nights and drinks by the bar, so why not prepare cocktails for your love on the 14th at home? Grab a bottle of Hendrick’s Gin (P2,100/700mL), soda water, some garnishes, a shaker, and start playing with mixes! Plus, if you buy a 700mL bottle at participating outlets, you’ll receive a handcrafted cucumber and rose candle poured in an intricate Hendrick’s teacup. Cute, right?

For someone who cannot function without coffee

Amado's Coffee Single Origin Mt. Apo Arabica, P400/250g

For the coffee lover who wants to expand their palette, try Amado’s Coffee Single Origin Mt. Apo Arabica beans (P400/250g) which is a single origin medium roast that has notes of dark chocolate and nuts. Not only are you satisfying your lover’s coffee craving, but you’re also supporting local!

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