Here it is, the Holiday Gift Guide of 2018

April Gift Guide Holidays 2018

Oh, the holiday season has come. It must be the festive lights, the effervescent social gatherings or the perfect excuse to give and receive gifts that makes everybody giddy during this time of the year.

It’s all fun and games until you find yourself squeezing through the crowd just to get to the shopping aisles during the holiday rush. Rallying all the possible gift ideas in your head is stressful, too! Don’t panic. Our holiday gift guide’s got your back. We have curated a list of unique (and IG-worthy) items to suit every taste and personality. Shall we begin?


The Beauty Explorer Set by Ranavat

 

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Everyone deserves a soothing spa ritual, holiday season or not. As the year comes to an end, we think of all the hard work we did and for that we truly deserve a pampering treat. Holiday beauty sets fill shopping malls like crazy so it can be quite tasking to snag special sets for that unique gift-worthy item. I stumbled upon an interesting post as I was browsing through GlamourRanavat Botanics. The brand radiates India’s rich culture and ancient traditions in their product ingredients and packaging. I loved The Beauty Explorer Set, a travel kit that has premium tea sachets, face masks and skincare serum. What a perfectly relaxing treat for all your travel girlfriends out there!

La Fila Heart Earrings by J.Estina

 

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Let’s sneak some jewelry onto the list because, let’s admit it, a lot of us are easily enamored by everything that shines and sparkles! So, as I was watching this trending K-Drama ‘The Beauty Inside’, I spotted this gorgeous pair of unique earrings that the female lead was wearing (ah, K-Dramas and their sneaky product placements). I quickly hopped onto Google to find where this beautiful pair is from and it led me to J.Estina’s website, a Korean brand known for their minimalist jewelry and edgy handbags. La Fila’s simple design is what makes it so beautiful and whether or not you are someone overly fascinated with jewelry, you’ll love this trendy pair.

Electric Wine Aerator by Aervana

 

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All your wine-loving friends will surely appreciate a gift that amplifies their wine-drinking experience on a different level. If you think swirling your glass of wine can’t get any fancier, here’s another luxurious way to aerate your favorite red wine. This electric wine aerator from Aervana transports you to a Michelin star restaurant at the soft press of a button. The device uses an innovative technology that puts the wine under pressure so you can enjoy it at its best. It’s a bit of a splurge, but it sure is going to make your home party feel uplifted.

Palo Santo ‘Holy Wood’ Incense by Tetra

 

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Known for its therapeutic benefits, Palo Santo is a popular wild tree traditionally used by the indigenous people in South and Central America. To experience its soul-soothing aroma you don’t have to fly yourself to Mexico or Ecuador just to get your hands on this wonderful wood. This crafty canister with sticks of Palo Santo incense has you covered! Its citrusy, musky scent will fill your home with good energy this holiday season. You can get it on Tetra, a lifestyle brand dedicated to smokers. The brand not only carries lighters and pipes, but also healing candles and incenses to relax your soul.

The Smart Garden 3 by Click & Grow

 

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In our busy modern world gardening seems like a complete luxury. To think about all the things growing a plant would require–vast space, soil, water, time, an immense amount of patience, etc.–ditching the idea may be the easiest option. However, thanks to our ever-amazing technology, there’s this thing called a ‘Smart Garden’ that lets you grow plants indoors, basically without doing anything. Just set the seeds up, add water to the automatic dispensing tray, plug it in and you’re done! Now all you have to do is wait for your plants to grow. Smart Garden 3 by Click & Grow includes three complimentary capsules of basil to start with. Imagine having to just pick basil leaves for your home cooked Aglio Olio!

Chill Owt Collection (Holiday Collection  2018) by Fenty Beauty

Chill Owt Collection (Holiday Collection  2018) by Fenty Beauty

In the beauty community we always look forward to Fenty Beauty’s holiday collection. Rihanna’s beauty brainchild never disappoints with her extravagant special edition makeup products. Last year’s holographic holiday collection was sure hard to surpass, but this year’s Chill Owt totally swept everyone off their feet. As usual, we’ve got the blinding Killawatt highlighters and Mattemoiselle lipsticks but what everyone’s hyping about this holiday season is the Avalanche All-Over Metallic Powder Set. Well, time to serve the world some intergalactic metal realness!

Tyco Sequin Sneakers by Basso

Tyco Sequin Sneakers by Basso (photo: courtesy of Basso)

We’re all free to blend into this season’s festive lights and glitters thanks to these superstar-looking sequin sneakers from clothing brand, Basso. Uniquely designed sneakers with chunky soles have been the talk of the town this year but if you don’t want to go mainstream with the Fila Disruptor or go broke with Balenciaga’s $800 Triple S pair, Basso’s Tyco sequin sneakers should serve as a gift-worthy item for the fashion-forward you.

Miracle Mask Holiday Edition 2018 by CS12

Miracle Mask Holiday Edition 2018 by CS12

Face masks–oh, how our skin adores you to bits! The year-end holidays also signal colder and drier weather, which is why we thought of including this superbly hydrating face mask to the list. If you guys remember, we partnered with CS12 for a giveaway last May. Their Miracle Mask, which also happens to be their bestseller, became an instant favorite among our editors as well! As a beauty blogger, I have tried countless face masks in this lifetime and I have to say this is one of the best face masks I’ve tried so far.

The Smart Water Bottle by Hidrate Spark

 

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For your active health-conscious friend there’s this cool thing called the ‘Smart Water Bottle’. First we talked about ‘Smart Garden’ and now we have this genius water bottle that tells you when and how much to drink. This invention by Hidrate Spark lets you sync your water bottle to an app or a fitness tracker to make sure that your body stays perfectly hydrated all throughout the day. Water is highly essential to our health, after all!

Kupu Kimono by Sukkha Citta

 

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Here at April Magazine we love brands that embrace cultures and traditions, especially if they are backed up by awesome Asian Women! Sukkha Citta is an Indonesian brand that designs clothes to serve as a medium for introducing their beautiful heritage to the world. Every fabric and material used in their clothes is sourced ethically and environmentally sustainable. This limited edition Kupu Kimono is handcrafted by Indonesian women artisans which makes this piece extra special. Gifting this to yourself or to a friend also means something to these hardworking ladies behind this cultural treasure, too.


The holiday season demands you attend countless parties, but the art of giving is not only limited to this time. That careful thought you put into every present is what makes it extra special–regardless of the occasion. Have you found your thoughtful match in our gift guide?

Andrea Centeno

Andrea Centeno

Andrea is a beauty blogger and a makeup aficionado based in Manila, Philippines. In her blog, Shimmering Thoughts, she shares her love for K-Beauty and K-Pop through product reviews, makeup tutorials, and documents the exclusive media events she's been to.