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As the gifting season approaches, the search for the perfect presents becomes a joyful yet challenging task. This year, consider the warmth and comfort of home as inspiration for thoughtful gifts that resonate with your loved ones. Finding the right gifts for home involves a blend of practicality, aesthetics, and a touch of personalization.
Here are curated presents you may consider for everyone on your list.
Aesop Gift Kits
Australian skincare brand recently launched its collection of gift kits for 2023 called: “Resonant Gestures.” Echoing the joyful vibrations passed from musician to listener, Aesop’s 2023-24 Gift Kits are inspired by waves of sound that touch the skin and uplift the spirit. Each gift kit is named after one of five qualities that give music its magnetism, the quintet of kits act as a thoughtfully orchestrated ode to the power of song.
Images courtesy of Aesop
From the very beginning, music has played a key role in the Aesop experience—indeed, a long-standing axiom of the brand is that stores are best discovered via scent or sound rather than garish signage. Today, playlists, mixtapes and a storytelling podcast, Future Fables, form an ongoing series of sonic experiments entitled Radiomatique. Building on this legacy, the contents of each kit are accompanied by a specially composed piece by Kiala Ogawa. Based in Paris, Ogawa is influenced by the music of her childhood, mixing soulful jazz with afrobeat and Japanese funk to create soothing and intriguing soundscapes. The tracks will be available at aesop.com/soundscapes, via Spotify or Apple Music.
The Resonant Gestures are available at Aesop Stores in Greenbelt, Rockwell, and SM Aura.
ArteFino Gift Sets
For everything local, ArteFino is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Since 2017, PRESENTE by ArteFino has woven a tapestry of experiences that are unique to Filipino culture. Apart from offering a curated selection of Philippine-made, handcrafted finds and gift items, the affair brings its message of responsible retailing and purposeful shopping to every Christmas celebration. It gathers brand partners, patrons, and creative collectives in a joyful feast that upholds Filipino core values: creativity, camaraderie, compassion, sense of communal unity, joyfulness, and family.
Images courtesy of PRESENTE by ArteFino
For the holiday edition, ArteFino has curated special Holiday gift sets that enhance the gift-giving with a purpose. These will be available online via www.artefino.com. Holiday collections from brand partners will also carry with it stories of local artistry, boundless creativity, and strong bonds forged by community.
ArteFino runs from November 30, 2023 to December 3, 2023 at The Fifth, Rockwell.
Millie Monday Artful Pieces
Also part of PRESENTE by ArteFino, Millie Monday is a Filipino brand committed to creating lifestyle products that are not only beautiful and functional but also celebrates local artistry. For the holiday season, the brand offers a selection of home items, such as paper placemats, coasters, ornaments, and parols, perfect for gifting or even keeping for yourself.
Images from Millie Monday
Apart from creating exquisite design, Millie Monday also has a strong commitment to adhering to the highest environmental standards worldwide. The brand ensures to practice sustainability, from choosing the right materials to ensuring their production process has less impact on the environment.
The essence of finding the right gifts for home lies in understanding the recipient’s lifestyle, preferences, and the atmosphere they wish to create. By choosing gifts that contribute to the warmth and character of their living space, you’re not just offering presents but enriching their daily lives with a touch of your thoughtful consideration.