WISE. That’s how gift giving should be these days. The presents we give should go a long, long way along the road of usefulness—while not sacrificing form, should the gift be a la mode. After all, we all have to work hard for the moolah to buy our loved ones the gifts they deserve.

Here are a few picks of my own from newly opened, reopened or love to frequent, on line sites included.

From the newly revamped MarTish Store, the Limited Edition Francis Libiran x Havaianas. Everybody needs a pair of flip-flops and this brand has elevated the footwear into mainstream fashion. Libiran, currently one of the young celebrated designers in the country today, collaborated with the Brazilian brand and came up with a vibrantly colored collection of printed flip flops featuring Pinoy culture icons, the Masskara, sarimanok & jeepney. MarTish is along Bajada (beside Villa Margarita).

On-line, shop the Humabi bags. Style with a cause, that’s how this collection of locally manufactured bags came about. The idea and sourcing, plastic straws and women weavers in the correctional institution, may not be entirely new but this new label’s designs and promotional thrust are. Selling well is the tote bag with wooden handles wrapped in printed faux silk.

More admirable is what owning one will mean—sending a child to school. To order, visit http://www.humabi-bags.com/, http://www.humabi-bags.com , or email mailto:humabibags@yahoo.com, humabibags@yahoo.com.

From SM, the shoes & bags holiday collection. You’ll be surprised at how stylishly up to date the accessories of SM are with seasonal collections always chic and, most importantly, very affordable.

For the “dress up” holiday season, the team behind the line flew to Davao and presented the season’s latest. These make for the ideal gift for yourself or loved one. For men: an elegant collection of brogues, lace-ups, oxfords and slip-ons from Salvatore Mann and comfortable, casual footwear from Milanos; for women. the Parisian shoes and bags are in vogue. With the house label’s styles at par with the Italian and French brands, your look for the holiday and beyond will be picture perfect.; and for kids, from the cutest princess-like slip-ons for girls to the coolest kickers for boys, these young ones will look stylish this season. Check out the holiday collection at the SM Department Stores in Lanang and Matina.

These colored stools from Home Solutions. The newly opened shop offers hand picked pieces from across the Asian region. The modern furniture styles, from lightly toned to pop-of-color on clean lines, will lend a very Scandinavian touch to your pad, like these quirky stool cum side table. The space-saving, dual-purpose pieces will brighten your space with its vibrant hues. It’s made of rubber wood and comes in 4 shades - orange, blue, green and white. Grab these and more Scandinavian looking furniture at 15% off the tag price (good until month end). Home Solutions is at the 2nd floor of the Trust Home Depot along Quimpo Boulevard, Matina.

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