Christmas is still every Filipino’s favorite time of the year despite — or perhaps because of — the challenging past months. Even without reunions, Christmas parties, and some of the usual holiday activities, Christmas brings cheer and the holiday spirit a sense of optimism for better things ahead.
Planning and getting those Christmas presents, although a bit different this year, remains exciting and fun. After all, giving and sharing is what this season is all about.
How far along are you with your Christmas list? Or are you still scrambling for some last-minute shopping? Don’t worry, we got you! Here are some gift ideas for all the special ones on your list this new normal.
For the new hobbyists
Baking, cooking, caring for a new pet. These are just some of the new hobbies picked up during quarantine. Give the gift of support to friends and family with items related to their new hobbies and interests.
Baking ingredients for the new baker: A fresh pack of cake mix, whipping cream, and different flavored emulsions such as red velvet and orange will not only remind your baker friend of your continued support but will also encourage them to experiment with new recipes. Plus, a baking gift basket sitting next to their baking equipment will look lovely in their kitchen!
A selection of premium meats for the home cook in the making: Yes, it can certainly be a learning experience buying fresh beef from the local butcher, but if you have to travel to go to the meat shop, isn’t it more convenient to have super-fresh meat delivered right at your doorstep? If you’re lucky, the latest home cook in your family or barkada might even invite you to share that juicy steak with them.
Pet shampoo for the first-time fur parent: Whether their heart belongs to a gentle giant of a dog or a tiny fluffball kitten, your friends will surely appreciate a lavender-scent shampoo that will not only pamper their fur babies in the bath but will also work wonders on their coats.
For the pandemic hustlers
Working or studying at home is not all joy. Show your loved ones how much you appreciate all their hard work and make their Christmas a little merrier.
Hairdryer for the friend on the go: Think bad hair days are no longer a problem with everyone just staying indoors and working from home? Think again. This gift of tech will come in handy when your reliable officemate wants to achieve that just-left-the-salon hair for special virtual meetings or when they just feel like having a good hair day. Friends can also use this to glam up for the numerous virtual Christmas parties they’ll be attending this month.
Tire cream for the biker: Show the two-wheel enthusiast among your friends or family how much you care for their safety with a motorcycle care essential that can keep their tires in optimal driving condition for a better and safer drive. Choose one with a non-greasy and natural shine formula that provides a protective coating from sunlight and rain.
For the stay-at-home survivors
The not-so-young have been staying indoors since mid-March. That’s nine months of alternating between a daily routine and thinking of new things to do. Why not gift them with something that will help make another month at home bearable?
Pantry essentials for grandparents: Shopping for Gramps and Granny can sometimes be daunting as we might get them items they’re not supposed to eat anymore or they simply do not want. But you can never go wrong with food as a gift, especially fresh vegetables or fruits or a wide variety of condiments. Not only would this remind them that you care about their health but it would also save them a week’s – or maybe month’s! – worth of grocery run.
Complete that gift list with your new essential shopping partner!
Gift-giving this holiday season will carry on as in previous years even amid the quarantine. Thanks to online shopping, you can skip crammed aisles and long lines and shop in the comfort of your own home, even while lounging on the couch in your pajamas and munching on your favorite treats. But sometimes, huge traffic on online shopping sites, delays in delivery, and mistakes on orders could put a damper on the holiday spirit.
Fret not. Santa’s elves have exciting news for you! VeMoBro, a homegrown e-commerce platform that specifically caters to “new normal” essentials, is launching in the country soon to help make sure you get your Christmas shopping — and other shopping needs — done hassle-free. VeMoBro promises a more satisfying and convenient shopping experience — one that surely tops the wish list of many online shopaholics.
As an additional treat, VeMoBro is offering special promos before their official launch. From December 16, 2020 until January 2, 2021, grab HTC Products from Transpacific at 20 percent off and condiments at Meat My Veggies at 20 percent less. Get fresh vegetables and fruits and premium meats at Php150 less for a minimum cart value of Php2,000.
Ready for your new shopping partner? Visit Vemobor’s online store for more exclusive deals. Stay updated on other promos and announcements by following VeMoBro on its official social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.
This is a press release from VeMoBro
Which Galaxy S21 color should you get?
Based on your personality
If you’ve been eyeing the latest Galaxy S21 series, we’re certain you’re confused about which color you should get. Fret not, we’re here to help. Here’s a quick guide to help you decide: choosing the color that resonates best with your personality.
Playful, friendly, and adorable
If you’re always bubbly, cheerful, and kinda goofy, then the Phantom Violet is perfect for you. It’s a refreshing colorway in a sea of gradients and bold, attention-grabbing colors. This one is subtle yet oozes with cute energy that’s too irresistible not to gaze at. Wear it for when you want to look ✨kawaii✨.
Classy, sexy, and minimalist
If you’re the type of person who loves a minimalist approach in everything in life, Phantom Pink or Phantom White might be an ideal color for your next smartphone. Both colors evoke a classy and sexy appeal, especially when paired with neutral and monochromatic outfits. Use these colors when you want to make a statement without being overbearing.
Sleek, serious, and straightforward
Black just got even better. The Galaxy S21’s Phantom Black isn’t the usual glossy, striking, reflective black. This time, it has a matte finish so you don’t have to worry about your fingerprints smudging your beautiful phone. If you own a lot of black accessories, this color would pair well. More importantly, black never fails to give off that serious vibe — it literally means business and nothing else. Perfect for the career-oriented and achievers!
Posh, upscale, and extravagant
If you’re feeling fancy, the Phantom Silver is the color for you. It’s shiny, attractive, and a definite head-turner without screaming attention. It’s magnetizing, subtly making everyone gaze at you due to your natural charisma. This is perfect for those who enjoy luxe and spotlight without making too much effort to gain praise and attention.
Finding the right color
If you still can’t decide which one to choose, step back, and listen to your heart. After all, the heart wants what it wants. Don’t let someone else’s opinion dictate the future color of your smartphone — choose whatever you want. The Galaxy S21 series starts at PhP 49,990.
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Prepare your meals through your phone, fridge using Samsung SmartThings
The kitchen, simplified
With everything going on in the world, it’s no surprise that people are spending more time in the kitchen and looking out for new recipes.
The good news? Samsung has just the thing to get it sorted quickly and easily. They’re bringing in Family Hub features into mobile users through the SmartThings app.
Samsung’s SmartThings Cooking service helps bring all of your Samsung kitchen appliances together. How? It lets you search, plan, purchase, and meal prep seamlessly through your phone or fridge through the SmartThings app.
On top of that, it recommends customized recipes based on your taste and preferences while considering ingredients available to you. You can scroll through recipe collections when you’re undecided or quickly zero-in on meals that suit your cravings.
SmartThings Cooking, powered by Whisk, is accessible through Samsung’s SmartThings. If you’ve got the Family Hub in your smart kitchen arsenal, there’s no need to fret.
The fridge keeps tabs of what you have and don’t, adding missing ingredients directly to your online grocery cart for at-home deliveries. Not to mention, you can shop through Walmart, Kroger, Instacart, and Amazon Fresh, using the Whisk network.
With SmartThings added to the Family Hub smart fridge, you get to enjoy all the cool features and more! You get to access your other smart kitchen gadgets through widgets on the screen, prioritize most used apps, and feature family photos, notes, and recipes.
And, if cooking is what you’re worried about, Samsung has you covered for even that. SmartThings guides you through easy cooking steps and lets you control cooking modes, temperatures, and time settings with one touch. Leaving you with little room for error.
So, with all that in mind, was it really a surprise to see Samsung’s Family Hub win its sixth consecutive CES Innovation Award this year? For us, not quite.
Netflix will release a new movie every week in 2021
Who isn’t looking forward to 2021?
While 2020 was a disaster for most industries due to lockdowns and restricted movement, Netflix gained the most. The streaming service attracted a lot of users who’re just looking for entertainment without leaving the house. And, Netflix wants to ensure you continue streaming endlessly even when the pandemic ends.
With a promise of “a new movie every week,” Netflix announced the titles that will be premiering on the streaming service in 2021.
Netflix has put together some of the biggest names in entertainment for its 70-star studded line-up. The features include the Zack Snyder-directed Army of the Dead, Jennifer Lawrence starrer Don’t Look Up, musical Tick, Tick… Boom! and Dwayne Johnson’s action movie Red Notice, among others, many others.
If the above names weren’t enough, you’d also get to see Chris Hemsworth, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds, Zendaya, Jason Moma, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Netflix has also unveiled a trailer that offers sneak previews of the upcoming titles.
52 titles shall be in the English language, eight will be animated, and 10 shall be non-English language films. One of the most imminent releases is Malcolm & Marie, starring John David Washington and Zendaya, filmed during the Coronavirus pandemic.
This is the first time Netflix has announced a yearly features slate. Though it also means the brand wants users to be excited about upcoming content and continue subscribing.
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