BY THE MASALA TEAM
It’s that time of year when both our hearts and wallets get lighter and our weight gets heavier. But fear not! Masala Recommends some of the best year-end sales around town that’ll leave you sale-ivatingwhile leaving your purses jingling.
As an established mecca for makeup, Sephora should be the first place you visit thanks to slashed prices on widely-popular products by brands like Urban Decay and Huda Beauty, as well as limited edition gift baskets from companies like tarte. You’ll also receive fun freebies if you purchase over a certain amount. For basics and makeup on the go, Watsons and Boots offer massive discounts, and if you want to treat the senses, The Body Shop and Bath & Body Works have sales of up to 50 percent off right before the New Year!
FURNITURE AND HOME FURNISHINGS
Out with the bad feng shui, and in with the new! If you’re looking to spruce up your home, head on down to the expansive Ikea attached to Mega Bangna where you’ll discover that the Swedes do sales just as well as they do flat-pack furniture. Zara Home and Jaspal Home in malls like Em Quartier have sets of furnishings for much lower prices – including festive options. If you want to put the ‘home’ in bohème, visit independent furniture shops, such as Pagoda and Co. in Sukhumvit Soi 45, which has up to 50 percent off its quirkier products.
If you’re looking for electronics, it doesn’t get much better than the sales at Power Buy, a dedicated electronics mall available inside shopping centres like CentralWorld and Central Chidlom. Whether you’re looking for home appliances, personal devices, or miscellaneous accessories, a lot of their stock goes on sale at the end of the year, so watch out for big bargains. They also have daily deals and hourly flash sales of more than 50 percent off. More good bets for deals include Pantip Plaza, MBK and the Digital Gateway at Siam Square.
Be sure to pick up a premium-quality pen or two from B2S’s phenomenal end-of-year, clearance sale, with deals on stellar stationery brands like Sheaffer. Alternatively, check out 555 Paper Plus for a surplus of reduced-price merchandise, including adorable wedding reception paraphernalia and materials for arts and crafts.
Kinokuniya are offering a fantastic range of must-read books as part of their end of year promotions. A wide assortment of reduced-price goodies are on offer, including the Bangkok, Phuket & Phang Nga – The Michelin Guide 2019 (a mouthwatering must-have for aspiring foodies) and a plethora of other engrossing stocking fillers.
New year, new look! Gift yourself a fresh aesthetic while keeping your pension intact by checking out year-end sales at retail giants like H&M, Zara, and Mango, available at several malls across Bangkok. If you’re really on a shoe-string budget, however, check out Amarin Plaza, which hosts outlets for high-street options like Jaspal and Chaps; their sales get even steeper as December rolls around. For high end, low cost chic, trek over to Central Village, Bangkok’s new luxury outlet.
Good shoes make even sack-cloth look like silk. Indulge in a pair, or five, to set you up for 2020, without financial setbacks. While the shoe sections in malls like Emporium and Central Chidlom boast a plethora of discounted options, individual shops like Quinn and Footwork offer weird and wonderful options to add pep to your step.
On 12.12, make sure to check out online platforms like Lazada, Shopee, and GoWabi, which will have another whale of a sale for you to stock up on all the categories above to ensure a very click-happy new year.