Countdown to Christmas: An Early Holiday Shopper’s Gift Guide


Can you already hear sleigh bells ringing? How about kids singing Christmas carols? Can you already feel the holiday breeze and festive atmosphere? By September 16, there are only 100 days left before Christmas—which makes it a great time to start your holiday shopping already. 

Buying gifts ahead will help you avoid long lines and crowded spaces during the Christmas shopping rush. It also gives you enough time to find good deals—just like the ones available this September during the SM Malls Online app’s Super Payday Sale. By using the voucher code SUPERPAYDAY, you can also get P150 off on any minimum purchase worth P400 on the SM Malls Online app. Take note that this discount is valid for one-time use and on orders from non-food brands for delivery only.

If you’re ready to start your early Christmas shopping now, here are gift ideas for 6 types of people you might know. 

For kids who love cool toys

Toys will always be part of kids’ Christmas wishlists, but getting the perfect one for the kids in your life can be a little tricky because there are so many options available. If you don’t know which one to buy, just check what shows they watch or popular media characters they love. Chances are, they’d want toys related to their favorite movies or animated series, just like this character action figure from the cartoon Metalions. 

Although it can be a standalone toy, the Mini Ursa can also be combined with other Metalions action figures to create a large transformer from the show called Infinity. It has movable arms, legs, and torso that make playtime more enjoyable, and you don’t have to worry because it is made of impact-resistant plastic.

From an original price of P899.75, you can get the Metalions Mini Ursa Action Figure Toy For Boys at 20% off for only P719.80. This promo is available until September 30 at Toy Kingdom in all malls via the SM Malls Online app.

For the workaholics

Anything that can be used for relaxation is a practical Christmas gift for all your workaholic friends and family members. Remind them to sit back and relax after a long day with a soft and comfy Tatami Floor Chair, which is made of high-quality cushion and breathable cotton fabric. It also has 6 adjustable reclining angles so that they can stretch their back while taking a break. 

From an original price of P1,999, you can get the Tatami Floor Chair (Teal) at 50% off for only P999 at Surplus. This discounted price is available until September 30 in all malls (except SM City San Lazaro, SM City Dasmariñas, and SM City Sucat) via the SM Malls Online app.

For We Bare Bears fans

Do you know someone who can’t resist the cuteness of Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear? Get them an assortment of We Bare Bears merch, including this character plushie that they can cuddle while sleeping or hug when life gets too stressful. Just like the animated series, this Christmas gift will give them comfort and keep them smiling as they embark on different adventures (and even misadventures—just like the three bears) in life.

Score a WBB Bears plushie for only P799 at Miniso. This promo is available until September 30 in all malls (except SM City Dasmariñas) via the SM Malls Online app.

For dedicated Hallyu stans

What cool Christmas gifts can you buy for K-pop and K-drama fans aside from merch? Try Korean skincare products, which can help them channel their fave artists’ fresh and youthful glow. Innisfree is a famous Korean skincare brand available worldwide, and you can find some of its signature products in its Holiday 21 Green Tea Seed Cream Set. 

Perfect for moisturizing the skin, the set includes the Green Tea Seed Cream (50mL), Green Tea Seed Skin (30mL), and Green Tea Seed Essence-In-Lotion (30mL) in limited edition holiday-themed designs.

Enjoy 30% off on Innisfree’s Holiday 21 Green Tea Seed Cream Set, which you can get for only P1,043 from an original price of P1,490 until September 30. This product discount is available via the SM Malls Online app at Innisfree in SM City North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Southmall, and SM Aura Premier.

For the skincare newbie

This Christmas, use your expertise in beauty and wellness to guide a skincare newbie in building their routine and finding their ultimate go-to products. You can start by introducing the essentials, like an effective cleanser that can make them feel the magic of skincare. The Body Shop’s Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Cleansing Oil-In Gel is a good example, especially if you’re playing Skincare Santa to someone with sensitive skin. This gentle cleanser is infused with three precious seed oils: black cumin oil, rosehip oil, and camelia oil. Together, these three seed oils help make skin feel nourished and appear smoother and revitalized while also removing impurities.

From P999, you can get The Body Shop’s Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Cleansing Oil-In Gel at half the price for only P499 until September 30. This promo is available in all malls (except SM City Bacoor) via the SM Malls Online app.

For the fashion-savvy gal