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Gifts of peace and beauty

YOU can never be too beautiful or too peaceful, and this pandemic should make us crave for more than a dose of those. We’re bringing you some gift suggestions for the face and home that should make you wake up on Christmas morning refreshed in and out.

HUMAN NATURE
The natural personal care products by Human Nature, assembled as gift packs for this season, should see out naughty pores by the end of the year. Besides, with every purchase, you’ll be helping to sustain a social enterprise that gives its workers living wages and a no-firing policy during this pandemic.

Holiday Bliss (P254.50) has its familiar Sunflower Beauty Oil and Berry Bliss Healthy Lotion, and Mistletoe Glow (P269.50) has the classic combo of Sunflower Beauty Oil and bestselling Peppermint Lip Balm. Plastic bottle-free presents are also available for your eco-friendly buddies with Eco-Friendly Treats (P244.50), which include the Zesty Vanilla Delight Moisturizing Shampoo Bar and Lemon Scented Cleansing Bar. There are also the His & Hers Waterless Wonders kits (P299.50), with Zesty Vanilla Delight Moisturizing Shampoo Bar and Men’s Shampoo Bar. To start them young with sustainable living, give kid-friendly (and plastic bottle-free) Earth’s Little Helpers kits (P249.50), with Peach Mango Pop Kids Shampoo Bar and Chocolate Adventure Kids Bath Soap, or the Pure Cheer package (P264.50) with Pure and Sure Facial Wash and Feminine Wash for teens. For even younger babies, there’s the Baby’s First Noel (P384.50) with gentle Powder Love Baby Wash and Baby Lotion.

For the guys, they’ve got the Minty Gentlemen package (P179.50) with 2-in-1 Men’s Face Wash and Cool Burst Spray Sanitizer, or St. Nick’s Picks (P204.50) bath basics: 2-in-1 Men’s Face Wash and Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar. You can cover other pampering needs with the Comfort & Joy package (P394.75), with the soothing Comfort Balm to shoo off body aches and tension and Eucalyptus Wellness Oil to chase holiday headaches and sniffles away. The Winter Wonderland package (P484.75) has the relaxing Lavender-Mint Scented Bar Soap and invigorating Cooling Leg & Body Cream for a spa experience wherever you are. Everybody will appreciate Happy Helping Hands (P149.50) with germ-busting Energizing Citrus Hand Soap and Citrus Burst Spray Sanitizer, Minty Floral Yule (P169.50) with Cool Burst Spray Sanitizer and Lavender-Mint scented Cleansing Bar, and Zesty Hand Besties (P214.50) with Zesty Pomelo Hand Sanitizer and Hand & Foot Salve.

More ready-to-gift Christmas bundles are available at Human Nature’s website, www.humanheartnature.com/buy. All bundles already come in festive red or minty blue Human Nature gift boxes. You can write your gift recipient’s name on each box, which all feature an encouraging message of how they have brought joy to the world.

MARKS & SPENCER
Take off the glam holiday clothes and just sit around in matching pajamas for cutesy Christmas photos. His’-and-her’s selections are available with bottoms, tops, and nightshirts in super-soft responsibly sourced cotton or cozy fleece. It comes in holiday-themed patterns such as the Santa Paws Christmas pajama set, decorated with an all-over print of animals wearing festive accessories. For a more traditional Christmas look, you can never go wrong with the timeless Checked pajama set. Made with brushed cotton, it sports a wonderfully soft and warm texture perfect for breezy mornings and cool evenings.

Sit around in those pajamas while breathing in the Marks & Spencer’s Apothecary collection of home fragrances. These come in regular-sized and mini diffusers, scented candles, room sprays, and fragrance oils. For holiday presents for loved ones or yourself, these are available in gift sets. The Calm scent features combined aromas of lavender, sweet orange, clary sage, and cedarwood. The Tranquil scent has notes of patchouli, balsam, mandarin, and sandalwood. Sleep gives what it says as it contains lavender, jasmine, vetiver, chamomile, and eucalyptus essential oils, known for their calming properties. The Restore line is made with a balanced blend of the essential oils from geranium, cedarwood, eucalyptus, and lavender. Finally, Balance is made of the combination of vetiver, geranium, black pepper, jasmine, and cinnamon leaf. Other scents are also available for candles and diffusers: Jasmine (soft rose, lily of the valley, and freesia), Vanilla (vanilla orchid, ylang-ylang, caramel), Cotton (linen, rose, freesia and seawater), and Bergamot (orange flower, sweet vanilla, and musk). For information, message the M&S Viber Community at bit.ly/MSPH-VC, visit https://marksandspencer.com.ph/ or head to @MarksandSpencerPH on Facebook and Instagram.