Make this your checklist of everything you need to buy for everyone on your list including yourself. Holiday offerings include Moleskine, Swarovski, and Anna Sui collabs!
Food | By Trixie Reyna on November 9, 2015
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We know it’s Christmas when our favorite coffee brand launches its red cups. Our favorite Starbucks seasonal flavors—plus some new ones—are back, and along with them are an unprecedented number of gift ideas you can find in Starbucks all over the Philippines! It has officially become more than just my favorite coffee place; it’s now a one-stop gift shop.

Before we get to the things we did not expect, let’s first take a closer look at the things we’ve been waiting for all year: the Christmas drinks, new food items, and the annual Starbucks Philippines planner tradition.

Starbucks 2016 Planner

For us Starbucks fans, the holidays also mean it’s time to collect stickers to redeem the much-awaited Starbucks planner. And for the 2016 edition, Starbucks partners with legendary notebook brand Moleskine to create the Limited Edition Starbucks by Moleskine 2016 planner.

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Moleskine is the heir and successor to the legendary notebooks used by artists and thinkers over the past two centuries—among them Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin. The brand carries over its notable design to the 2016 Starbucks planner that is durable and versatile, with a simple, straight-to-the-point format, and lots of free space to write on and doodle. All planners are made with acid-free paper and subjected to rigorous quality controls to ensure every detail is preserved. They also come with coupons, of course! The Starbucks by Moleskine 2016 planner comes in white, green, black, and red (the last two are my faves because of their compact size and one page per day layout).

You can avail the planners by completing a Starbucks Christmas Traditions Promo Card now up to January 7, 2016 with no purchase required. One sticker is awarded for each Starbucks handcrafted beverage purchase. You must accumulate a total of 18 stickers (nine holiday featured beverages + nine starbucks core beverage except the bottled ones) to redeem one Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2016 Planner.

A combination of up to two promo cards will be allowed, provided that the nine featured plus nine core beverages have been purchased. Single receipt bulk purchase of food and other retail items (merchandise, whole bean, Starbucks VIA) worth at least P7,000 will entitle you to one Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2016 Planner. Combination of receipts is not allowed. Redemption of the Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2016 Planner starts November 2, 2015 up to March 7, 2016 at Starbucks stores in the Philippines only.

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Special holiday beverages

The three holiday featured beverages you need to get the planner include the returning seasonal favorites Toffee Nut Latte and Peppermint Mocha, as well as the new Christmas Panettone Latte (below).

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The Christmas Panettone Latte is a deliciously festive beverage inspired by the classic Italian Christmas pastry, the Panettone, which is a type of sweet bread loaf similar to a fruitcake, traditionally prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year. The drink has a sweet pastry aroma, buttery taste, and orange, cranberry, and apple sprinkles. It’s blended with steamed milk and roasted espresso, topped off with whipped cream and a medley of dried fruits for a textural and delicious twist on a classic holiday tradition.

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The popular Toffee Nut Latte (above) is made of steamed milk, espresso, and toffee nut syrup, topped off with whipped cream and beloved toffee nut sprinkles. Meanwhile, the Peppermint Mocha is a chocolatey coffee beverage highlighted with peppermint notes, which call to mind candy canes, topped off with whipped cream, mocha drizzle, and red and white candy bits.

All holiday drinks are now available until January 7, 2016. Each drink is available hot or over ice for P155 (Short), P165 (Tall), P180 (Grande), and P190 (Venti), or as a Frappuccino blended beverage for P175 (Tall), P185 (Grande), and P195 (Venti).

Christmas Starbucks Cards

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Besides getting a planner sticker, receive rewards for every purchase of your favorite Starbucks beverages using a Starbucks Card. This year, Starbucks partners with Swarovski, the world’s leading producer of precision-cut crystals, for its featured card, the Starbucks x Swarovski Mini Card, decorated with 29 dazzling Swarovski crystals. This special limited edition card can be redeemed through an initial consumable load amount of P2,500. It would make a great Christmas gift!

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Starting December 15, the Starbucks Merry Christmas Card (above) will also be available as a last-minute gift idea for an initial consumable load amount of P300. But you don’t have to wait that long: The Starbucks Holiday Tree and Snowman Card designs (below) are now back for an initial consumable load amount of P300.

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Click through the gallery at the bottom of this post for two more Starbucks cards, among many other gift ideas.

Holiday food

Pair any of your favorite Starbucks beverage with new holiday food items. The ones I’m looking forward to trying the most are the Starbucks Birthday Cake and Italian Pocket. I’m also glad they brought back some Christmas favorites, like the Chocolate Toffee Nut Loaf, Chicken Fajita Roll, Gingerbread Cookie, and Peppermint Brownie.

Starbucks also unveils its new pasta lineup, perfect for people who love pairing their pastas with coffee, as well as the Starbucks Biscotti collection, which includes individually-wrapped artisanal biscotti packaged in a beautiful box with premium metallic gold printing and metallic pantone lines, great as a Christmas party giveaway. View the gallery below for all the Starbucks food items available this season; click the first thumbnail to enlarge the image and launch the slideshow.

More Starbucks gift ideas

World-class coffee meets luxury design with the Anna Sui x Starbucks Collaboration. Stylish and chic, Anna Sui’s beautifully designed collection for Starbucks offers perfect gift options for the trendsetting Starbucks fan this holiday season. The inspiration for the Anna Sui x Starbucks Merchandise Collection came from the Anna Sui New York boutique. This limited edition collection will be available at participating Starbucks stores across the Philippines beginning December 1, 2015. 

Check out the Anna Sui collection and other gift ideas from Starbucks this year in the slideshow below.

For more information about the Starbucks holiday menu and merchandises, visit starbucks.ph.

Photos courtesy of Starbucks Philippines

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