Starbucks Christmas + 2014 Planners

It’s always the most anticipated, and the waiting is over! Starbucks Philippines unveils its Christmas campaign starting tomorrow, November 2. And I’m lucky to be one of those invited to get a sneak peek at what’s in store at Starbucks this holiday season.

Of course, when you talk about Christmas at Starbucks, the first thing — rather, things that come to mind are its seasonal beverages. Just like last year, there’s Toffee Nut Latte (forever the favorite) and Peppermint Mocha. But the third drink this year is something that’s making a comeback after a long time: Gingerbread Latte.

Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

Had a sample of the Gingerbread Latte as Frappuccino. It’s roasted espresso and steamed milk topped with whipped cream and ground nutmeg.

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha

Sample of the Peppermint Mocha. It now comes with crushed candy canes on top!

If you like the cookie butter taste in everything, then you must grab the Gingerbread Latte. Anyways, the 3 Christmas beverages come in hot, cold, and Frappuccino. These are available in stores until January 8, 2014.

Next are the yummy food items:

Starbucks Christmas Food Items

Clockwise, from top: Holiday Turkey Chicken with Apple Cranberry on Pistachio Cranberry Bread, Roasted Chicken and Bacon Wrap, Chicken Fajita Roll, Glazed Pork Ham on German Bread.

Starbucks Peppermint Brownie

New look: Peppermint Brownie.

Starbucks Choco Toffee Nut Loaf

Also making a comeback: Chocolate Toffee Nut Loaf.

Starbucks Christmas Cookies

Farthest to nearest: Chocolate Salted Caramel Pecan Roll, Gingerbread Cookie, White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie.

Starbucks Christmas Cakes

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake with Nutella and Triple Decker Cheesecake with Snickers.

There’s also something new in the merchandise:

Starbucks Christmas Merchandise

Seasonal mugs, tumblers, and ornaments, plus the Starbucks Christmas Blend and Christmas Blend Espresso Roast whole beans.

The rightmost tumbler is the most interesting for me, as it has a “secret opening procedure”. Hehe!

Starbucks Card Christmas

Limited-edition designs: Starbucks Card.

Starbucks Card Carrier

Another limited-edition item: Starbucks Card Carrier.

The leather card carriers are available in limited quantities. They come in black, magenta, brown, and yellow (some kinda ochre). To get any of these babies, you either activate or load your Starbucks Card with PHP1,500 from November 4 to 6, 2013. I’m not sure if they’re selling it separately as an on-shelf merchandise so better load up by Wednesday next week.

Of course, the much-awaited item of the season: the Starbucks 2014 Planners.

Starbucks 2014 Planner

The 4 Starbucks 2014 Planners in yellow, brown, magenta, and black.

They have leather covers with embossed details, plus bookmarks unique to each (coffee bean for yellow, a house for brown, a vinta for magenta, and a Starbucks cup for black). The colors of the planners were based from the roast profiles of Starbucks’ whole bean coffees. Notice the packaging of each roast: yellow for Blonde Roast, brown for Medium Roast, magenta for Dark Roast, and black for the Reserve Coffees (the exotic ones). Starbucks used those colors for next year’s planner.

Starbucks 2014 Planner-QR

Inside: there are QR codes that feature videos on how customers can make the most of their coffee journey with Starbucks.

Starbucks 2014 Planner-Sample Page

Another look at the inside pages. Sorry, I don’t have a sample of the actual date pages. Ack!

Starbucks 2014 Planner-Launch

The planners come with more coupons — and stickers! Love, Marketing Manager for Starbucks Philippines, shows attendees what’s in store for everyone who gets the planner.

Starbucks 2014 Planner-Sticker Card

Time to collect stickers! And this year, the magic number is 18.

When before, you had to collect 17 stickers, you’d need 18 stickers this year — 9 Christmas beverages and 9 core beverages (except bottled ones). But if you get the sticker card (with a beverage purchase, of course) on November 2 and you’re among the first 300 (per branch) to do so, you get 1 sticker free! That means you only need to collect 17 stickers during the duration of the campaign until January 8 next year.

BUT BUT BUT! If you don’t feel like collecting stickers, you can still get a Starbucks 2014 Planner. All you have to do is activate or load your Starbucks Card with PHP5,000 (single transaction) and you get a planner — plus load to be able to use your card for purchase of any Starbucks drink, food, or merchandise.

One more thing: they’re also having a Christmas Kick-off Party tomorrow, November 2, at Robinsons Place Manila Activity Center from 5 to 8 PM. Treats and surprises await guests, so be sure to drop by this Saturday.

Indeed, Starbucks is truly sharing the joy this Christmas. So if I were you, I’d head to the nearest Starbucks branch and enjoy all their holiday offerings.

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  • liezel lim November 5, 2013 at 12:56 am

    hi i have a question on getting the SB card holder I would appreciate if you can clarify this with SB management. If I purchase a new SB card from nov 4-6 and I load it with P5000.00 instead of P1,500.00 will I get to have the SB card holder and the planner or its not the case?

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    • moonchild117 November 5, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Hi! As far as I know, the promos cannot be used in conjunction with the other. If you load your Starbucks Card with PHP5,000 from Nov. 4 to 6, you get a planner OR the card carrier (since the PHP1,500 is just the minimum amount to load to get the card carrier). You would have to choose which one you’d like to claim. Hope this helps. 🙂

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  • Didi November 5, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Group 2!! 🙂
    So in like with the Gingerbread Latte!! 🙂

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    • moonchild117 November 6, 2013 at 9:25 am

      The competitive group! Hehe!

      Thanks for dropping by. 😀

      Reply
  • Akhilnath December 9, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a nice information

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