Skip The Holiday Rush: 7 Types of Christmas Gifts That Are Best Bought Early


There are many perks of shopping for Christmas gifts early. One of them is getting to skip all the long lines that come with the holiday rush. That includes lines at payment counters, fitting rooms, and even traffic, saving you lots of time and effort. By completing all the items in your Christmas gift list early, you can also enjoy peace of mind as the holiday approaches instead of panicking over scoring last-minute presents. And to guide you through your early holiday shopping, you can check out 7 of them below!

Holiday trips

Christmas is the peak season for vacations, so you should always book ahead if you’re planning to surprise your loved ones with a holiday trip. Whether within the country or abroad, airfare and tour prices may surge as Christmas gets closer and it may also be difficult to find vacant flight and accommodation slots. 

With Southern Sky Travel and Tours’ Siargao package, you get to enjoy a six-day and five-night stay at the famous local paradise from December 20 to 25. It already covers your round-trip airfare via Cebu Pacific, hotel accommodation in Siargao Island Villas, daily breakfast, and round-trip transfers from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. It  costs P236,700, and you can even add a P1,600 fee per person to get an optional tri-island hopping tour. Book your trip now at Southern Sky Travel and Tours in SM City Santa Rosa.

Personalized presents

Personalized gifts are a great option if you’re looking for a thoughtful and unique gift. Do note that it takes time to customize presents, so it’s better to order them in advance especially if you’re ordering in bulk. 

For practical gift ideas, opt for daily essentials like mugs or shirts with cute designs. At Apvil Graphics and Sign, you can get skillfully designed mugs for only P70 per piece by availing their Mug Layout with Design service. Head to their stores in SM Center Las Piñas, SM City Manila, SM City North EDSA, and SM Mall of Asia to get more details and score a unique and thoughtful personalized gift for the holidays.

Hot-selling tech

With the high demand for popular items like the newest iPhones, there’s surely a long queue at payment counters for them during Christmas. After all, there’s a lot to love from these gadgets—especially the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s superb triple rear camera with up to 5x optical zoom and 25x digital zoom, highly efficient A17 Pro Chip processor, and brilliant Super Retina XDR display. 

Save yourself from the waiting time for hot-selling gadgets by ordering the iPhone 15 Pro Max 512GB now for P104,990 from Power Mac Center via the SM Malls Online app.

Unique gadgets

Are you planning to surprise any of your loved ones with a unique gadget like the Thrustmaster Viper TQS Mission Pack? These niche tech items may be difficult to find again if they suddenly get sold out, so it’s best to score them quickly. 

An excellent gift for gamers who want to upgrade their playing experience, the Thrustmaster Viper TQS Mission Pack perfectly replicates the throttle, controls, ergonomics, and overall flight experience from the famous U.S. Air Force aircraft Viper’s throttle quadrant system. It is compatible with PCs and features a realistic backlist control panel with 64 action buttons, metal control knobs, a Chaff/Flare slap switch, and blackout switches to ensure immersive gameplay. 

Score it now while it’s available for only P29,995 at Gameline stores in select SM Malls.

Clothes and footwear

Clothes and shoes are classic Christmas gifts, but there’s one dilemma about them: their sizes. Due to the demand, some sizes may run out of stock quickly at stores during the holiday rush—and thus, shopping at the last minute for them may leave you empty-handed. This is especially applicable to popular sneakers, like the Nike Air Force 1 Shadow

 Get it now for only P5,215 (originally P5,795) at Urban Athletics in S Maison, SM City Fairview, and SM Megamall.

Wellness and beauty treatments

Any gift that requires booking an appointment is best secured early, especially since finding a vacant schedule may be difficult amid the hectic Christmas rush. This includes several wellness and beauty gift ideas like Dermcare’s Oxygen Facial Treatment.

This non-invasive treatment smoothens and hydrates the skin through a wand-like compression device that delivers high-pressurized oxygen. This results in more youthful and radiant skin, which makes it an ideal pampering gift for your loved ones. 

Until December 31, you can avail of three Oxygen Facial Treatment sessions for only P2,700—a discounted rate from its original price of P3,600. Head to any Dermcare branch at SM Malls now to book an appointment for your loved ones this holiday season!

Gifts with limited-time offers

From freebies to big discounts, items from your Christmas shopping list may be available with limited-time deals that give you more bang for your buck. Score them as soon as they’re available on sale to enjoy greater savings, even if there’s still a month left before Christmas. 

If you’re planning to give a loved one a new everyday smartphone, check out the Realme C33—a nifty gadget with a powerful Unisoc T612 processor, massive 5,000mAh battery, 50MP AI Camera, and large 6.5” fullscreen display. Its 8+64GB version is available at a discounted price of P5,499 (originally P6,499) until November 30 at Zencell Telecom in SM City Batangas as part of their 5th Anniversary Price Drop, so make sure you include it in your early Christmas shopping list!

Let your early Christmas gift shopping commence with brilliant finds and great promos from your favorite brands at SM Malls nationwide. For more exciting deals and discounts, visit SM Deals or download the SM Malls Online app.