It seems like the whole country was just welcoming the New Year and now it’s already two months before Christmas. As the holidays approach, the weather gets colder and traffic gets heavier. Thus, it is advisable for shoppers to buy Christmas presents early. Below are some of the new stores in Manila where you can buy gifts for loved ones in advance.
1. Anello Philippines
Estancia, Robinsons Magnolia, UP Town Center, Uptown BGC, Alabang Town Center, SM City Pampanga
The Anello Boston bag often sells out due to its popularity.
Anello officially opened their first Philippine store last June 2 at the third floor of SM Megamall Fashion Hall. Anello is a Japanese brand which is known for their unique-shaped backpacks and satchels. Their huge-sized backpacks are suitable for travelers and people on the go. Each design comes in multiple colors in either bright or dark hues.
Besides backpacks, Anello also offers messenger bags, wallets, and fanny packs. Their most popular item is the canvas Boston bag which is at PhP2,050 for the small size and PhP2,450 for the large size.
Operating Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Greenbelt 5, Makati City
Noteworthy is a new stationery heaven that opened last June.
Got any stationery-obsessed friend? They will surely love the items from Noteworthy . The store is packed with pens, papers, frames, and art materials from brands such as MoMa, Itoya, Caran d’Ache, Ban.Do, Kate Spade, and the like.
Stationery geeks will appreciate personalized notebooks that can be made at the popular Paper Bar of the shop. Prices start at PhP150 per notebook and can go up depending on the items and materials used on the notebook. Customers can choose the size, color, and design of the notebook. It is even possible to customize the cover with names, initials, and words.
Operating Hours: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Monday to Sunday
3. Beauty Buffet Philippines
Ayala Malls The 30th, Pasig City and Glorietta
Beauty Buffet offers a wide range of beauty and skin care products.
When talking about buffets, usually we visualize mouthwatering food. However, a different kind of smorgasbord can be found at Beauty Buffet . Beauty Buffet does not serve any meals in their store. Instead, they offer quality affordable makeup and skin care products which any beauty junkie would love.
Whether shopping for personal use or for a friend, this store has the essentials for every day looks. There are tons of sheet masks, eye shadows, body scrubs, BB creams, lipsticks, and other products to choose from. The store, which originally came from Thailand, now has over 230 shops in Asia.
Operating Hours: 1:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sunday to Thursday, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday
4. The Park Fashion + Lifestyle Store
Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong
You can support and buy local products at The Park Fashion + Lifestyle store.
If you want to buy all the necessities in one go, then The Park + Fashion Lifestyle store is one place to stop over. There is a total of 40 homegrown brands and designers inside the store which offer affordable and fashionable items.
The brands include Suesh cosmetics, Soak Swimwear, Sewn Sandals, Pasadya Manila, Twilo PH, House of Satchel, Sola Jewelry, and Susto Clothing. The shop also serves as a venue for local designers to hold meet-ups, fashion shows, product launch, trunk shows, and special events. The store opened its doors to the public last July 14.
Operating Hours: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM Monday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; 11:00 AM to 10:30 PM Friday
5. Instaclique Manila Concept Store
Unit 829-831, University Tower One, Moret Street, Manila
The store is fit for every millennial fashionista.
For those who are looking for gifts for their trendy friends, it might be helpful to check out Instaclique Manila. Instaclique Manila caters to young people and offers items millennials would love. The store is just a few walks away from major universities in Manila such as University of Santo Tomas, University of the East, and Far Eastern University.
The shop had its grand opening last September 8. The concept store houses curated items from online brands which sell various clothes, food, makeup, bags, phone accessories, house plants, anime paraphernalia, accessories, stationery products, and skin care products.
Operating Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Click the store links to see the exact addresses and contact numbers of featured establishments.
Photos/Images are from the official Facebook pages of featured establishments.
About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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