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A very 2020 gift guide

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Neal P. Corpus

Posted on December 01, 2020

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For us, these people deserve the world—here's where you can start.

With all that’s been going on, buying gifts has probably been low — or the last — on our priority lists.

But everything we’ve gone through this year is also all the more reason to get into the season of giving — we all could use a little Christmas spirit this year. What’s better than seeing smiles from the people receiving your gifts, right?

Remember, it’s the thought that counts. Your gifts need not be extravagant as long as they are meaningful. With this in mind, we’ve curated the first part of this year’s gift guide to include suggestions for the people who have endured the brunt of this pandemic and more.

For our kababayans affected by recent typhoons

You can drop off donations in kind, cash, or check at Ayala Malls' concierge stations.

By now news of the strong typhoons that hit our country will be out of our consciousness, but our fellow countrymen and women are still getting back on their feet as we speak.

There isn’t one thing to suggest to give — the list is quite endless, really —  but one thing we can suggest is to be environmentally-conscious when donating or organizing relief efforts. The last thing everyone wants is to contribute even more to the climate emergency.

Ayala Malls remains open to receiving donations in kind, cash, or check through its concierge stations. You may also donate online through the Ayala Foundation website at ayalafoundation.org/donate, where you can also learn about their relief efforts and programs.

For your trusty delivery guy

Visit Bench at Alabang Town Center, Ayala Malls Circuit, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, Ayala Malls Feliz, Ayala Malls Marikina, Ayala Malls The 30th, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Bonifacio High Street, Fairview Terraces, Glorietta, Market! Market!, TriNoma, U.P. Town Center, Abreeza, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala Malls Capitol Central, Ayala Malls Central Bloc, Ayala Malls Legazpi, Ayala Malls Serin, Ayala Malls Solenad, Centrio Mall, Harbor Point, MarQuee Mall, Pavillion Mall, The District Dasmariñas, and The District Imus.

Look, we’ve ordered so many things online this year — mostly out of necessity, so no judgment — that you’ve probably gained a new friend in your regular courier. If not, well, it’s not too late.

Despite the cool end-of-year weather, driving all around the metro is still an arduous and excruciatingly hot experience. Gift your favorite delivery guy (or gal) with something practical — a light, quick drying shirt so they can stay fresh while zooming around.

For the frontliner you’ve always wanted to thank

Visit Ippudo at Ayala Malls The 30th, Ayala Malls Vertis North, and Greenbelt. 

The best thing you can probably do for frontliners — which they will probably also ask of you — is to stay home.

But if you want to go an extra step and show them your gratitude, why not send them a warm hug? A warm hug in the form of a bowl of ramen, that is. Ippudo’s famous bowls are just that, and they can be had for both take-out and delivery.

That friend who could use a merry Christmas

Visit Mo’ Cookies at Glorietta.

It’s been a tough year for all of us, but some friends have had it even tougher. There have been many layoffs during the pandemic, and it’s not uncommon to have someone you know who’s contracted (and hopefully recovered) from Covid-19.

If you have any of those friends, or just know someone who needs cheering up, a cookie never fails. Surprise them with one of the best cookies out there (fight me): Mo’ Cookies. You won’t go wrong with the classic chocolate chip, but the South Cotabato Chocolate Fudge is *chef’s kiss*.

Your favorite small business

Visit Power Mac Center at Ayala Malls Circuit, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Glorietta, Greenbelt, TriNoma, Abreeza, and Harbor Point.‌‌

Small businesses have been some of the hardest hit across all industries this year. Whether it’s a new venture or one that’s rebuilding, the best gift you could give them is to simply buy what they’re selling.

But if you’re feeling a bit more generous, or are a small business owner yourself, a practical and potentially game-changing gift would be an iPad.

Apart from being a handy tool for communicating with customers and doing presentations, an iPad can also be used as a point-of-sale system — two birds with one stone, as they say.

Planning on doing more Christmas shopping? Check out Ayala Malls’ sale schedules here.

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