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Now that the -ber months are officially here, get a head start on your Christmas shopping! Here are a few suggestions for the people on your list

These days, you can’t stroll around your favorite mall without hearing them playing holiday tunes. Even Mariah Carey’s classic “All I Want For Christmas” is back on the radio. Invites to events and parties are starting to arrive. Traditionally, we usher this season right after Halloween, but that won’t stop the Christmas enthusiast from celebrating early.

I received a question that makes me feel that we should already think about this coming holiday. @thelostmaverick asked me:“Hi Jake, I’m planning to buy my Christmas gifts ahead. What are good holiday gifts that I can buy for my loved ones?”

I love gift-giving and I like the feeling of being Santa Claus to my friends and family. When planning what to buy, don’t visit just one shop—I have to admit this is tempting, especially when doing last-minute shopping. I urge everyone to plan ahead and start early, so that when Christmas draws near, you’ll have time to attend all the parties you were invited to. This is not a definitive guide, but just some gift ideas that you can give this year.

Fitbit Altais fitness and fashion rolled into one (Manila Bulletin)

Fitbit Altais fitness and fashion rolled into one (Manila Bulletin)

Fitbit Alta

Gadgets are a popular holiday gift. Fitness trackers are becoming attractive as a fashion accessory, just like a watch but with more functions. It’s comfortable to wear, plus it automatically syncs all the data into your smartphone.

I personally love the Fitbit Alta, a perfect mix of function and fashion. You can even change the color of the strap to match your outfit of the day. You can have all-day activity, which tracks your steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, hourly activity, and stationary time. Wear it even when you sleep because it also tracks the number of times that you were restless and counts all the minutes of uninterrupted sleep.

Customization is key to make this a perfect accessory. It has different bands like metal, leather, or classic to fit anyone’s personal style. You can even choose from a variety of clock faces and pick between vertical or horizontal layouts.

Fitbit Alta will motivate you and inspire you to move, and you won’t even notice that it is actually a fitness tracker with its fun and stylish interface. So for the fitness enthusiast who doesn’t want to suffer style, this is a must-buy!

The Rise of the NMD (Manila Bulletin)

The Rise of the NMD (Manila Bulletin)

Adidas NMD

These popular are currently one of the most hyped sneakers right now. It’s selling like hotcakes and resellers are taking advantage by pricing it with ridiculously high markup. So it is it worth the hype? Definitely! The fusion of modern technology and the retro style is the main selling point of NMDs.

The shoe’s design is an ode to the Adidas that we all loved, but is packed with brilliantly crafted modern technology. If you ask me, it is also comfortable to wear everyday.

You can check it out at the official website for Adidas Philippines. You may be out of luck if it’s listed as “Sold Out” and chances of getting it is slim. But if you are able to score these elusive shoes, then I’m sure whoever the recipient is will be ecstatic.

Premium Instagram online stores like @shophongkong & @euroluxeperience are your best bets to get these most coveted shoes of the season!

Unleash your inner child with F&H x Disney collection (Manila Bulletin)

Unleash your inner child with F&H x Disney collection (Manila Bulletin)

Folded & Hung x Disney

Do you know anyone visiting Disneyland anytime soon or someone who just simply wants to showcase his inner childhood? One can never be too old for Disney! And just in time for the holiday season, F&H collaborated with Disney to bring for its latest collection.

The pieces are young and aimed to bring out the fun in all of us. Stick with basic colors, or black or white infused with a favorite Disney character. Personally, I would wear this when visiting Disneyland, but you can wear this on any regular day. A perfect gift idea to give for all ages!

Makeover Paris officially launches their e-commerce channel (Manila Bulletin)

Makeover Paris officially launches their e-commerce channel (Manila Bulletin)

Makeover Paris

How about stocking on your favorite beauty products? For all the ladies out there, receiving makeup is always exciting. Makeover Paris has been a favorite of celebrities and makeup artists worldwide. Popularly known for their amazing pigmented eyeshadows and long-wearing lipsticks, the cosmetics brand recently launched its e-commerce channel on Lazada, where you can get exclusive first dibs on their latest beauty products. For a full list of items,check them out at

Send your beauty questions to @jakegalvez on Twitter or Instagramwith the hashtag #AskJakeG