Playing Santa:


Every gift reflects how well we know the recipient. We spend hours trekking from store to store, trying to find the perfect present. But what makes a gift perfect?


Every gift reflects how well we know the recipient. We spend hours trekking from store to store, trying to find the perfect present. But what makes a gift perfect?

Gifts highlight your connection to the receiver. The perfect gift is something out of the ordinary—something that’s not necessarily on their wish list but you know they’d appreciate because it represents a shared experience, shows support for their interest, or helps them get through their days.

If you know them well enough, you can choose not to just give them something they’ll like, but also something that they never knew they needed.

In the end, buying the perfect gift for a loved one also gives us pleasure. If the recipient is perceptive, they’ll recall a fond memory or understand your message. We can already imagine them untying the bow, peeling back the wrapping paper, and then breaking out into a big smile as soon as they see what we’ve gotten them.

We asked some personalities what gifts they would give their loved ones. After giving it much thought, they were more than willing to share their gift list.


Gift Lists

Gift Certificates. SUNNIES CAFÉ; Sunnies Face Kits, SUNNIES FACE; Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne, JO MALONE


Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Dark Royal 39Thirty Cap, NEW ERA CAP; AUT Prestige Folio for iPhone 11 Pro, POWER MAC CENTER; Lola Skye Lauryn Lime Snake Print Cross Body Bag, DOROTHY PERKINS


Richard Gomez Conquer EDT Perfume, BENCH; Cropped Hoodie Jacket, BNECH; Namu Life Snailwhite Gold Cream, WATSONS


Trinx Drive 1.0 Road Bike 2018, TOBY’S SPORTS; JBL Xtreme 2 Portable Bluetooth Speakers, JBL Store; Circle Fitness M8 E Plus Treadmill, CHRIS SPORTS


“Marc Pingris: Puso, Pangarap, Pag-asa” by Marc Pingris, NATIONAL BOOKSTORE; Marble Dinnerware, CRATE AND BARREL


Be Beach Body Ready With An Awesome Low-Carb Diet:


Lose weight in time for summer!


With summer nearly in sight, there is no better time to start prepping for the beach than today. The good news is that there are various food trends you can explore and different healthy diet plans you can follow to lose weight and get in shape.

Low-Carb Diet for Easy Weight Loss

The trend these days is to observe a low-carb diet. Popularly known as keto diet, a low-carb diet is a discipline that promotes ketosis for quick and easy weight loss.

Going on keto for the first time? Follow these diet and food tips to achieve your kind of beach body in time for your summer getaway!

1. Eat Foods Rich in Proteins and Healthy Fats

Dieting and eating healthy shouldn’t take the fun out of mealtimes. You’ll be surprised to learn that a typical keto diet plan includes many of your all-time food favorites. Meat, fish and seafood, eggs, and leafy green vegetables are all short on carbs (almost zero percent!) and rich in proteins and fats.


If you’re an adventurous foodie on a low-carb diet, there are various cuisines that let you enjoy dishes without going astray from your meal plan. At Greek and Middle Eastern restaurants like The Café Mediterranean, you can indulge in scrumptious low-carb, protein-rich food options without the guilt! Just make sure you stop when you’re satisfied, not when you’re full.

2. Stay Away From Sugary and Starchy Temptations

As much as possible, avoid eating food choices rich in sugar and starch like cooked rice and pasta, potatoes, bread and donut, and candies and chocolates. While fruits make for healthy snacks, they also contain high levels of glucose and, therefore, must also be avoided.


Pro tip: Removing carbs from your diet may not be easy. Your body, especially your appetite, will definitely make you crave sugary and starchy treats a few days into the diet. To condition your mind and body, try lessening your carb intake steadily instead of removing it all at once. Healthy Options has delicious wheat-free and gluten-free snacks that can help you gradually transition to a low-carb diet.

3. Plan Your Meals Every Week

Having a meal plan is an effective way to maintain a keto diet. Learning recipes for gluten-free dishes is fun as you discover various ways to make your diet more flavorful. Get creative as you monitor the nutrients your body consumes through the food you prepare yourself.


When shopping for ingredients, SM Supermarket is the grocery store to visit for prime meats, fresh veggies, exotic spices, and more.

4. Watch What You Eat Outside

Eating out can be difficult when you’re on a diet. But it pays to know which restaurants serve appetizing and healthy food.


SaladStop! is an excellent, healthy choice when eating out. The restaurant offers different kitchen creations that can cater to your dietary needs. You can also customize your own meals to make sure you get the flavor, ingredients, and nutrients right!

Diligently observe a low-carb diet, and your kind of beach body is within your reach! But before you change your diet, make sure to consult a health professional first for expert advice on dieting and weight loss.

Thumbnail and header image credit: @sueannadoodles | ig


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