You know that really good friend you see again after he/she was abroad for a few months? That friend you greet with an overly enthusiastic “OMG! YOU LOOK SO GOOD! You changed so much!” line? That friend, who even after all the change, is still the same old pal you hung out with all the time?
That friend is like SM North EDSA’s National Book Store. (I know this comparison seems a little bit odd but stay with me.) The first time I saw the new National Book Store was at last week’s #GiftsTheyllLoveatNBS event. I had no idea they were unveiling a new look. All I knew was I was there to do some Christmas shopping. So imagine my surprise when what greeted me was a new and improved National Book Store designed by renowned French designer Malherbe. The new interior boasts of a much more contemporary design, with all the products displayed so neatly–keeping the layout looking spacious and inviting. There were even digital boards spread out all over the store that added a more modern and festive feel to it. It was definitely a far cry from the National Book Store I used to know. But even so, it still felt like the National Book Store I grew up with and loved all this time–except it’s no longer JUST a bookstore.
Aside from the usual school and office supplies plus the extensive selection of books at National Book Store, they now carry a wide array of items that are perfect for your holiday shopping! There’s literally something for everyone: cute and quirky items from Bando, Kate Spade and Leuchtturm for the travel bugs; arts and crafts sets plus brands such as Caran d’ Ache, Chameleon and Pan Pastel for the creative spirits; specialty notebooks and pens from brands like Itoya, Rhodia and Sheaffer for the dedicated writers; productive toys and accessories like Crocodile Creek and Kids Made Modern for jolly kids and kids-at-heart… I can go and on really. It’s truly a one-stop shop now, perfect for people like me who usually end up cramming Christmas shopping.
And if you’re clueless on what to give your loved ones, National Book Store is also launching its new Gift Generator–an app that generates Christmas gift suggestions based on interests. Just answer a few questions and voila! Christmas gift dilemma…SOLVED! You can even have your purchases delivered now that National Book Store also has its own delivery service. Isn’t that handy?
Now who says Christmas shopping is difficult?