A gift of health from Fitbit

WITH the ongoing pandemic, one of the best gifts one can give this Christmas is something that can help keep them healthy.  It is important to remind each other that although most of the year was spent indoors, maintaining a healthy lifestyle should still be a top priority. Giving a Fitbit can help — and Fitbit is available with some major discounts this holiday season. The Fitbit Versa 2 and Fitbit Versa 2 SE are now available for P10,890 and P12,590, respectively, which is P2,000 off. The Fitbit Versa 2 is an all-in-one wpremium smartwatch that uses heart rate, guidance and insights to help the user achieve a healthy lifestyle, with all-day reminders to move and reach step goals, plus advanced sleep tracking features. Get P500 off on the accessories of the Fitbit Charge 4. Featuring Fitbit’s most advanced combination of sensors and features, including built-in GPS and Spotify, the Charge 4 health and fitness tracker is paired with smart features and up to seven days of battery life in a sleek, swim proof design. The Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR are available for P3,020 and P4,720 (P1,570 off for both). The Inspire family comes packed with activity and sleep tracking, five-plus day battery life, sleep tracking, and advanced calorie burn tracking. The special offers will be available starting Dec. 18.

Skin care campaign raises funds for trees

SINGER-actress Nadine Lustre has partnered with skin care brand, Bioten, on The Green and Honest by the Numbers Campaign which hopes to raise funds for 88,000 trees to aid the 20-year reforestation project for the Aetas of Yangil, Zambales through For The Future and the social enterprise Make a Difference (MAD) Travel. The number 88 holds a symbolic significance for Lustre and Bioten: 88,000 is representative of the 88% ingredients of natural origin found in Bioten’s Skin Moisture line. Lutre, through her network and fans, has committed to raise enough funds for 44,000 seeds to be planted over a course of several years. And Bioten Skin Care will match the number, bringing the total to 88,000 fruit and forest trees. Each seedling costs P50. Interested parties can make a donation through www.forthefutureph.com/88k-trees. To learn more about the reforestation project, visit www.madtravel.org or www.madmarket.co.

A massage for Christmas

THIS Christmas, start and end your days feeling refreshed and re-energized with Ogawa’s range of innovative wellness massage chairs and mobile products. Ogawa has a wide range of items that can be added to a Christmas gift list. These include the Limited Edition Tapping Foottee Pilipinas and the all-new Mobile Cozmic Premium Massage Seat wellness bundle that can be ordered online and delivered to the recipient’s doorstep with free shipping nationwide. Both are designed for maximum mobility and adaptability to meet the demands of a digital and sedentary lifestyle while improving foot health through a reflexology experience. Then there is the Ogawa MySofa2, constructed with silicone foot rollers to provide a better and comfortable massage experience from the head down to the soles of the feet, and designed with a light rocking mode that replicates natural motions of a cradle. The Ogawa MySofa massage chair relaxes sore neck and shoulder muscles by focusing on specific pressure points. It incorporates Kneading, Tui Na, Tapping, and Rocking to effectively relieve stress and ease sore muscles. The OGAWA Master Drive is optimized for performance, leading to an extremely accurate massage chair that precisely targets acupuncture points from head-to-toe, including the knees, for optimal energy restoration through human-like full-body massages. It also features the M Drive Navigator, an intelligent feature which gives the user complete command through an All New OS 1.0 and 7” Touch screen, with an upgraded operating system and new user interface design that offers personalization options and with more than 20 massage techniques; and a Mood Enhancing Light Therapy function, consisting of seven themed led lights and mist settings. The Ogawa Smart Vogue Plus massage chair not only performs various intelligent massage methods and combinations controlled by a microcomputer, it is designed with a heating therapy that helps in increasing blood flow throughout the body, and a Zero Gravity Mechanism that allows you to feel like you’re floating in space with its three levels of zero gravity angles. Check out more details and order online by visiting https://www.ogawaworld.net.ph/ or send inquiries through the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OGAWAPHILIPPINES/) to know more about its promos and offers. Ogawa has 38 pop-up and outlet stores nationwide, including the newest store in Ayala Malls Manila Bay.

Ayala Malls holds Holiday Trunk Shows

Ayala Malls partners with The Philippine Fashion Coalition for a series of trunk shows featuring the latest collections from top local designers and artisan labels. Joined by designers from Metro Manila, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro to Davao, the Filipino Fashion Fair at Ayala Malls is set to bring back the shopping experience in a safe environment, while raising funds to uplift the Filipino fashion industry as a whole. With a diverse line-up of offerings categorized into fashion, accessory, and home pieces, the participant in the holiday trunk show include Vittorio Barba, Noel Crisostomo, Rhett Eala, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Randy Ortiz, Carissa Cruz-Evangelista, Gina Nebrida-Ty, Jor El Espina, Dexter Alazas, Jun Escario, Philip Rodriguez, Tatah Costales, Aztec Barba, Benjie Panizales, Emi Englis, Dodjie Batu, Windel Mira, Egay Ayag, Edgar Buyan, Gil Macaibay III, Benjie Manuel, Juniel Doring, Melvin Lachica, Arnold Neri, Mavy de Leon, Ruvil Neri, Ann Semblante, Joshua Guibone, Mark Yaranon, and Alma Mae Roa. The Holiday Trunk Shows will be held at the Activity Centers of these Ayala Malls: Glorietta on Dec. 17-20; Market Market on Jan. 7-10; Ayala Center Cebu on Jan. 14-17; Manila Bay on Jan. 14-17; Centrio on Jan. 14-17; Abreeza on Jan. 28-31; and, the UP Town Center on Jan. 28-31. For more information about mall activity schedules and promotions, visit and follow @iloveayalamalls on Instagram and Ayala Malls on Facebook.

Grooming options for men

HOW about scent for the men in your Christmas list, like deodorant, shower gel, and EDT variants from Str8 Fragrances? With NBA’s 2019 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo as the face of the brand, Str8 Fragrances offers a variety of scents to choose from. The Faith line features fruity top notes blended with fougere and oriental ingredients to create a masculine and elegant fragrance. The Rise line focuses on citrus scents made richer and warmer by base notes like cedar wood and sandalwood. Live True features marine top notes combined with lavender and fir balsam, while the Adventure line has fougere notes amplified by woody notes. Then there is the Ahead line, which has a punchy twist of bergamot and spicy top notes dry down to the more familiar vanilla and cedarwood; and Original, a masculine scent of precise woody and hearty orris base notes. Red Code has fruity top notes mixed with floral and strong base notes with amber and tonka beans; and Hero, which features earthy, sensual spice and cardamom, above a heavier woody base of cedar wood and sandalwood, as well as patchouli and vetiver. All the lines include EDT, Body Fragrance Spray, Shower Gel, and Deo Spray. Str8 Fragrances are available at Watsons, The SM Store, and online on Amorfia and Lazada.

Rustan’s has holiday gifts starting at P325

WHETHER online or offline, customers can find all sorts of holiday presents for loved ones at Rustan’s. With a wide selection of quality brands and merchandise that fit any budget, shoppers can put their mind at ease and find everything they need. Gifts below P500 include the Glass Teapot by WELUP (P325), meant for loose leaf drinkers because it allows them to steep the tea to their preferred taste and intensity; the Pear & Ginger Fragrant Disc by Aromabotanical (P330), which emits a fragrance for wardrobes, drawers, and linen cupboard, keeping all kinds of fabrics fresh 24/7; for the young-at-heart’s workspace, the funky Spartina Notebook (P395). Among gifts below P1,000, one can find the Aromabotanical Diffuser (P750) which fills a room with a scent of creamy vanilla using essential oils and pure extracts; a festive charcuterie board, The Fruit Garden Gift Box Set (P895) comes with three assorted fruit jams in 120 grams hexagonal jar each (choose from five flavours); Santeco Kolima Water Bottle (P990), a double-wall vacuum insulated bottle that keeps beverages hot for 12 hours and cold for eight hours; and The Kiss Bottle Opener by Bugatti (P995) features a romantic design of two faces kissing; LeSportsac also has a two stylish and functional pouches suitable for everyday use, the Volar 3-Zip Cosmetic Bag (P995) features built-in two front pockets with zippers and a main pouch for storage, and the Rectangular Cosmetic in Summer Sweets (P995), an easy-to-clean bag with versatile fabric; finally, the Microfiber Pillow by Rustan’s Home (P995) a fluffy and plump pillow. Of course Rustan’s has gifts available for those with bigger budgets. In addition to the many gift options Rustan’s is offering this season, customers can explore the various shopping programs and event schedules lined up. The Rustan’s Christmas Shop has a wide selection of traditional and modern trees, dazzling lights, colorful ornaments, and accessories. Rustan’s also has the Personal Shopper On-Call program for shop-from-home convenience using one universal number 0917-111-1952.  Fulfilled orders can be collected via curbside pick-up or items can be delivered for free, for a minimum purchase requirement of P5,000. Visit the Home for Christmas Virtual Microsite at http://christmas.rustans.com and view all of Rustan’s holiday content. Be the first to know about the latest updates and offers by joining the Rustan’s LIVE Viber Community http://rstns.shop/RustansViber.

Philips grooming gifts

JUST because the pandemic is making its mark on Christmas celebrations does not mean that we can neglect grooming. Philips has a whole list of gadgets that will work well on any Christmas gift list (and a gift for oneself). The Philips KeraShine straightener HP8316/00 (P4,000) has extra large plates designed for thick or long hair and to minimize damage, and uses ionic conditioning technology for smooth and frizz-free hair. For men, there is the Philips Hair clipper series 3000 HC3520/15 (P3,999), which has DualCut technology with self-sharpening blades that clip twice as fast, making it both efficient and easy to use. Its Trim-n-Flow technology features a comb designed to prevent clogging. The pandemic has led people to opt for dining in and creating homemade, healthy dishes. Eat guilt-free using the Philips Viva Collection Airfryer HD9228/10 (P15,999) which uses 80% less oil. Other Philips items to check out are the Steam & Go Handheld garment steamer GC350/40 (P3,599) for quick crease removal, the PowerPro Compact Bagless with Power Cyclone 5 FC9351/01 vacuum cleaner (P11,999); the Sonicare For Kids HX6231/03 electric toothbrush (P4,000); and the Series 800 Air Purifier AC0820/10 air filter (P12,999). Philips Home Living and Personal Care tools are available in Lazada, Shopee, Shop SM and Watsons online.

Christmas gifts from Marks and Spencer

IT’S the holiday rush of Christmas preparations and the gift-giving part of the tradition will always be a challenge. Marks and Spencer (M&S) makes it convenient, with everything in one place. Shop in stores or shop safely from home through the official website. The selection includes sustainably sourced cotton Christmas pajamas for men, holiday staple woven checked scarves for women, and a charming hat and booties set for the tiny tots. M&S also makes perfect gifts for the stylish who want to accessorize with a smart croc-effect clutch and the jokester who would like to keep it fun and take photos wearing a Naughty List cotton shirt. The little ones are not forgotten as there are pastel dungaree overalls and festive printed dresses for the holiday season. There are beauty products for her and for him — cruelty-free with many that are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. This includes the Floral Collection Mini Body & Shower Gel Set, that come in a dainty zipper pouch, and the Dark Spice & Vetiver Eau de Toilette for men. Shop for the holidays in stores, the Viber Community at tinyurl.com/MNSPH-VC or at marksandspencer.com.ph.

New watch from  Charriol

The latest design in the Charriol Celtic Collection, is an elegant timepiece called the Celtic Legacy. It is a simple, timeless classic that features new slim architecture while revisiting the shapes and codes of Charriol. Similar to its original iteration, The Celtic Legacy is offered in two versions: women’s and men’s, subtle variations that play with the established Charriol design codes — fine cable encircles each case. The updated design features a thinner bezel and therefore more open dial. The crown is set at 4:30 and the seconds sub-dial at 7:00 — proportions that set off a balanced and clear dial made with refined materials and details. For the Charriol Woman, the Celtic Legacy presents a slender silhouette, its mother-of-pearl dial decorated with 11 diamond indexes like a soft pastel partition. Signature to Charriol is the bracelet of twisted cable, which comes in two widths: five cables of 2 mm each for the 24 mm diameter case or six cables for the 30 mm case model. For its men’s counterpart, the Celtic Legacy comes in two variations — with a silver dial and opalin Roman figures, classical with a cool gray dial and simple hour index, or sporty with a blue “Clou de Paris” guilloche dial. The stainless steel case lugs allow wearing either a sober black calf strap or a stainless steel links bracelet. In the Philippines, Charriol is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc., shops at Greenbelt 5, Power Plant Rockwell, Trinoma, Central Square Bonifacio High Street, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza, Alabang Town Center, The Podium, Newport Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Magnolia, Marquee Mall Pampanga, Rustan’s Ayala Cebu and Abreeza Davao. Also available online at Trunc.ph, Rustans.com, and Zalora.