From coffee to luxury spa products and bags to music boxes, there's plenty of joy to be found in the stores
The last week of 2013 is about to start rolling out and once again, many of us will be scratching our heads as to what we can possibly buy for our friends, family members and significant others.
We lend a helping hand by looking at what some retailers are offering.
The luxury fashion brand takes a walk on the wild side with a new collection of its refined Amazona handbags, coin purses, wallets, card holders, bookmarks, cosmetic bags and charms representing such beasts as the elephant, panda, bear and bull. All products are made from quality calf and goatskin and the colour palette includes pale blue, peach, red, pink, black and white.
Loewe boutique is on Siam Paragon’s M Floor. Call (02) 610 9825.
1. Amazona bag with an elephant-shaped padlock, Bt96,100.
2. Bear-shaped coin purse, Bt14,000.
3. Elephant-shaped charm, Bt14,000.
Famous for minimalist-style furniture, houseware and stationary as well as for its emphasis on recycling, Japanese brand Muji moves away from earth tones into the green and red of Yuletide and makes merry with snowflakes, Christmas trees, reindeers and snowmen. Goodies include sock-shaped notepads, woven scarves, kangaroo-shaped pillows, perfume, aromatic candles, soft gloves for swiping a smartphone screen, shawls, shirts, slippers and much, much more.
Muji has branches at Central Department Store.
1. Organic cotton cardigan, Bt990.
2. 2014 organiser, Bt395 to Bt495.
3. Christmas tree, Bt1,250.
Loft spreads the joy with more than 100,000 remarkable gifts from around the world including mountain-shaped boards and whale-like staplers from Israel, Christmas tree stands and Troika pens from Germany, snowflake rubber stamps, and 2014 calendars boasting the Brown of Line character.
IT fiends will love the Paul Frank power banks complete with cord and a bright-coloured cloth bag, as well as the card readers adorned with a funny Paul Frank face.
Loft has branches at Siam Discovery, Chamchuri Square and Paradise Park.
1. Cookie jar, Bt1,250.
2. Alarm clock, Bt3,290.
3. Red Line Troika pen from Germany, Bt1,950.
BeTrend offers a wide range of lifestyle products, home decor items and IT gadgets in vivid colours, all of them perfect for a festive gift.
There’s Lucien crystal key rings, shoe-shaped smartphone holders, Cony dolls holding a 2014 desk calendar, scarves, Lomo cameras, trendy wrist watches from Japan, glittering bracelets and leather organisers.
A gift wrapping service is also available.
Betrend has branches at Siam Paragon, The Mall and The Emporium.
1. Lucien’s Heart Mini key ring, Bt3,500.
2. DIY music boxes, Bt350 to Bt675.
3. Lomo cameras in different designs, Bt1,650 to Bt2,800.
For the ladies, Panpuri has three gift sets containing quality fragrances extracted from organic botanical ingredients and packed in boxes printed with soy ink and made from chlorine-free paper.
The Jasmine Boudoir Body Essential Set has Siamese Water Uplifting Body Cream, Body Polish, Massage and Body Oil, Organic Wash Bar, Hand and Neil Cream plus an Eastern Touch Massage Tool that provides DIY, instant tension relief.
The Ultimate Lavender & Vanilla Body Pampering Set comprises shower gel and body lotion along with a massage and body oil enriched with safflower, sweet almond and sesame.
The Vanilla Planifolia Skin Sensation Set contains an all-purpose butter moisturiser for hands, hair and body and a hand treatment made from Madagascar vanilla, tangerine, sandalwood, antioxidant-rich Japanese sakura and bamboo extracts.
Panpuri’s products are available at leading shopping malls.
1. The Jasmine Bourdoir Body Essential set, Bt6,100.
2. The Ultimate Lavender and Vanilla Body Pampering gift set, Bt3,060.
3. The Vanilla Planifolia Skin Sensation set, Bt2,040.
A great place to relax over all-time festive favourites like Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha, toffee Nut Latte and Peppermint Mocha while you take a break from the shopping, Starbucks also offers a range of innovative gifts. They include Starbucks Christmas Blend of Latin American and Indonesian coffee beans, bone China ceramic mugs in different designs, double-layered tumblers made from plastic and stainless steel with cute motifs, limited edition Swarovski ornaments and barista bear dolls.
1. Starbucks Christmas blend, Bt620.
2. A stainless steel Cold Cup Rose Gold tumbler, Bt1,150.
3. A charming Swarovski ornament for a Christmas tree, Bt2,500.