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By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS

Christmas is right around the corner (just 10 days away), so if you haven’t filled your gift list yet, now is definitely the time to do so.

With Amazon and other deliver services suffering serious backlogs due to supply-chain breakdowns and other distribution issues, getting off the couch and doing in-person shopping may be your best option at this point.

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Here are two great ideas that could help you save the gift-buying day and cross off your entire list, regardless of whether the recipients have been naughty or nice.

A New Creed of Scents

Creed, the iconic French perfume house that has been producing exclusive fragrances for men and women since 1760, has just opened its first boutique in Mexico, right dab in Colonia Polanco, on the tony Avenida Masaryk, between Montblanc and Brunello Cucinelli.

Known for its exclusive, ultra-pricy scents designed for the world’s regal, film and social elite (we are talking the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly), all Creed fragrances are made up in a concentrated eau de parfum strength known for extreme endurance using an ancestral technique of processing precious materials selected for unequalled luxury and distinction.

Creed’s history began with a Royal English Leather bottle commissioned by King George III after falling in love with a pair of Creed scented gloves.

Photo: Creed

Passed down from father to son for seven generations since its founding in London by James Henry Creed, the brand is the only fragrance house in the world to rely on an ancient infusion technique to capture the raw and rare essence of each perfume, creating a legacy of unmatched fragrances.

Now based out of Paris, each fragrance is weighed, mixed, macerated and filtered, all by hand in Creed’s Parisian laboratory.

With the opening of its new Mexico City boutique, Creed now has seven stores in North America.

Robo-Clean

As a rule, giving home appliances for Christmas is a bad idea.

When Mom opens up that new iron or washer-drier set, she pretty much is getting the message to get back to work tending the house, and she is generally not pleased.

Photo: Koblenz

However, like all rules, there are exceptions, and Koblenz’ new Advanced duel robot vacuum cleaner-mop is certainly a gift that she (and just about anyone else who hates house cleaning) will appreciate.

This new home wizard mops the floor with water, sucks up dirt and even cleans the air with a HEPA filter, and it can be programmed from your phone or through Alexa. Koblenz’s Advanced robotic vacuum comes in two formats: Gamma White, which includes both the vacuum and the mop options, and Gamma Black, which only includes the vacuum, with a price difference of about 2,000 pesos.

And since Koblenz is a 100 percent Mexican brand, with over 60 service centers nationwide, if the robo-cleaner ever does breakdown, it is easy to find replacement parts and repair service.

And best of all, it is a gift that Mom really will appreciate.

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