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  • Still have names to check off your holiday gift list? Relax. You can get all your shopping done in time for Christmas. Grocery stores and one-stop shops can double as your source for presents that will surely please. Their aisles are teeming with yummy items that can double as gifts. Think jams, cheeses, chocolates, and wine that now come in pretty packaging, too. Try these suggestions to get you started.

    Marks & Spencer Food Hall 
    R1 Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati 

    Triple Chocolate Crunch, P295
    British superstore Marks & Spencer has become synonymous with fine foods made accessible and affordable -- and for good reason! Each branch carries a wide array of food and beverage finds that make indulging -- and gift giving --oh-so-easy. Take your pick from their popular crowd-pleasing treats like chocolates, cookies, and potato chips.  

    Drinking Chocolate, P375


    Caramel Crispy Mini Bites, P400

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    The Landmark 
    Ayala Center, Makati and at TriNoMa, Quezon City 

    Paradise Mango Rum Liqueur, P419.10
    Love giving wines or spirits for the holidays? Put a local spin to your present by picking this liqueur made with aged premium rum and world-class Philippine mangoes. It even comes in an eye-catching tin can so all you have to do is add a ribbon and a gift tag.

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    The Fruit Garden Jam Gift Box, starts at P420
    Made with 100 percent pure Philippine honey and local fruits, these jams are as delicious as they are pretty! You’ll never go wrong with its gift sets -- the flavors please most palates, the packaging makes them gift-ready (the bottles are pretty enough to reuse), and this product is proof that a premium item doesn’t have to hurt your budget.

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    The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
    For a list of branches, visit www.coffeebean.com.ph

    The Archipelago Food & Beverage Co. Superfood Trail Mix, P95, and Fruit + Nut Bar, P99
    Need some stocking stuffers for your office Kris Kringle? Turn to these beautifully packaged snacks. Made with ingredients like almonds, cacao nibs, and dried fruits, they taste great (think tropical flavors in every bite) and are good-for-you to boot! 

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    Marketplace by Rustan’s 
    For a complete list of branches, visit www.rustansfresh.com.ph 

    Deli, cheese, and antipasti platters, starts at P1,199
    Attending a potluck party? Surprise your host with a platter of the choicest cold cuts and cheeses. With platters that feature jamon serrano, salami picante, manchego, and blue cheese, to name a few, the generous offerings are sure to impress!

    Fresh fruit baskets, starts at P1,499
    A combination of local harvests (like pineapples and oranges) and fruits flown fresh from Japan (including apples and pears), these gifts prove that healthy eats can be part of a festive holiday table. 


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    For a complete list of branches, visit Facebook

    Califia Farms Cold Brew Mocha, P649.95  
    Surprise your caffeine-loving friend with her java fix. This bottle of cold brew combines two sure-hit flavors: chocolate and coffee. It’s even dairy-free, thanks to the addition of almond milk.

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