Monito, Monita Gifts For Every Theme

Step up your Monito, Monita game and spoil your recipients with these gifts. We've got ideas for every theme — and every budget!

The Filipino version of a Secret Santa gift exchange happens over the course of a few days, where themes are announced to guide your gift-giving. The exchange culminates in “revelation day”, when you find out who your gift-giver is!

Something Local

1 — Truest’s bone china mugs (Php2,295 for a set of two). Quietly spearheaded by Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, Truest is a non-profit organization that empowers local artisans. Hoping to “change the world, one beautiful gift at a time”, each purchase helps support sustainable projects that directly benefit indigent families in Leyte.

2 — Pulseras by Kim’s custom gold bar necklace (from Php1,200). Customize this bling for a friend.

3 — Orias Essentials’ Palm Tree jewelry cufflinks (₱1,990). or IG: @oriasessentials


Something Small

1 — Adorn by MV’s pearl barrette (Php189). IG: @adornbymv

2 — Art Bar’s Kawaii washi tape in blue- and pink-foil dots (Php199 each). @artbarph

3 — Couch’s handmade White Rabbit pin (₱250). IG: @cooouch

4 — The Face Shop’s Apeach Pastel Cushion Blusher (here in Lalala Coral; Php495). Shop at

5 — Typo’s fluffy cat pen (Php100).

6 — H&M’s asymmetrical earrings (Php399).

7 — Fine Time Studios’ Sticker Pack No. 5 (Php199 for 10 assorted stickers). IG: @finetimestudios

8 — Japan Home Centre Philippines’ Hello Kitty jewelry travel case (Php88). IG: @japanhomecentre

9 — Colourette’s Velvetints All Day Powder Matte (here in Bubbly; Php349). IG: @colourette.cosmetics

10 — The Baby Blue Bunny’s hypoallergenic polymer clay Totoro earrings (Php189). IG: @thebabybluebunny

11 — Cynthia Bauzon-Arre’s Philippine Fruits A6 notebook (Php189). Available at Common Room at Katipunan, Power Plant Mall, Alabang Town Center and Ayala Malls Manila Bay

12 — Couch’s handmade Troll nostalgia pin (Php250). IG: @cooouch

13 — Peripera’s Cloud Ink Velvet (here in Pure Apricot Coral; Php500). or

14 — Beatnik’s Doghook hand-stitched genuine leather keychain (Php289). IG: @beatnikmnl

15 — The Craft Central’s Unicorn mini notebook (Php69.75). IG: @thecraftcentral

16 — The Face Shop’s Good Luck My Plant hand cream (Php395). IG: @thefaceshopph

17 — Kewpie doll (from Php300). Available at UVLA Vintage Store at Cubao X

18 — H&M’s cherries keychain (Php250).

19 — PC & Co’s Titas of Manila notepad (Php75). Available at National Book Store shops at major malls nationwide

20 — Mixtype Life Style’s cassette tape lock (Php149). IG: @thecraftcentral

21 — Ink Scribbler’s 6×6” square notebook with 120 perforated sheets in 80gsm (Php199).

22 — Ame-Senpai’s Pets button pins (Php189 for a pair). IG: @ame_senpai_art

23 — H&M’s acetate earrings (Php299 for a pair).

24 — Ame-Senpai’s Ramen button pin (Php189 for a pair). IG: @ame_senpai_art

25 — Sakura’s Gelly Roll Souffle 3-D Opaque Raised Ink pen set (Php264 for a set of five). Available at The Craft Central shops at Greenbelt 5, SM Megamall, SM City North EDSA, SM Mall of Asia and Ayala Malls Vertis North


Something To Treat Yourself With

1 — Cathy Doll’s face-mask sheets in I Love You (with honey; Php47), Take Care (with green tea and witch hazel; Php59) and Miss You (with snail slime; Php47). Available at Watsons at SM malls nationwide

2 — Lush’s Sleepy Body Lotion is a gentle lavender and oatmeal infusion that will usher you into dreamland (Php575).

3 — Karada’s 45-minute foot reflexology massage (Php995; or request for a treatment upgrade with a Japanese master trainer, starting at Php1,995).

4 — The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by South Korean Buddhist teacher Haemin Sunim (Php960) is a calming and beautifully illuminating read.

5 — VMV Hypoallergenics’ 60-minute Superskin Facial Gift Skintificate treats you to a classic facial of your choice (Surf & Turf, Club Scrub or Sweet Creams; Php1,250 each).

6 — The Crystal Rose Room’s rose quartz crystal for love and self-love (from Php550) is supposed to focus beneficial energies — and remind you that you are loved. IG: @thecrystalroseroom

7 — Saan Saan’s handmade soy candle in No. 33 Teahouse (Php535 for 3.3oz).


Something Soft And Cuddly

1 — Pop Junk’s Korean Yogurt Smoothie plushie (Php399). IG: @commonroomph

2 — Flight 001’s eye mask (Php999).

3-7 Fried chicken drumstick pillow (here in mini; Php795), avocado plushie (Php799), Dreaming gum plushie (Php995), Instant Mommy ramen pillow (here in mini; Php599) and sushi roll pillow (Php1,199).

8 You’re My Bestea milk tea pillow (Php1,695).


Something For The Doers And Dreamers

1-3 Taylor Swift’s 1989, Nirvana’s Nevermind and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band vinyls (from Php1,500).

4 — H&M drop earrings (Php299).

5 — Rob and Mara’s genuine leather Devon loafers in Pale Rose, handcrafted in the Philippines (Php1,680). IG: @robandmaraph

6 — Badass Tote Girl’s Everyday Tote bag with crossbody strap (here in salmon; Php750) and Weekender Tote (here in taupe; Php795). A portion of sales will be donated to the Jeremiah 33 Foundation, a shelter for young girls and victims of abuse, and Anawim, a facility for abandoned elderly. IG: @badasstotegirl

7 — Abbey Sy’s Always Be Creating: A Field Guide to Living a Creative Life (Php295).

8 — Typo’s panda folding umbrella (Php595).

9 — Wiji Lacsamana and ChinggayLabrador’s Quiet MysticOracle Deck opens you up to the infinite possibilities that lie in your environment (Php1,600). or IG: @quietmystic

10 — Mikko Sumulong and Chinggay Labrador’s #NoFilter Oracle Deck (Php1,300) consists of 52 cards of straight-up truth and guidance. or IG:

11 — Yoyoso’s elephant gel pen (Php49).

12 — Typo’s Compact Arcade Game with 152 built-in retro games — batteries not included (Php1,199).

13 — Havaianas’ Brasil Logo flipflops (here in Flamingo; Php999).


Something For Your Wanderlust

1 — Dreamweavers Studio’s dreamcatchers (here in large, Php800; and mini, Php220). IG: @dreamweaversstudio

2 — Cathy Handbags’ Jill Natural camera wicker bag (Php3,800).

3 — Pinspired Philippines’ Philippine tricycle postcard (Php38).

4 — Stories, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio (Php816), is a brilliant compendium of diverse tales by some of the world’s best writers — including Chuck Palahniuk, JoyceCarol Oates and Jodi Picoult. Available at selected Fully Booked stores

5 — La Cafetiere’s red Classic 6-cup stovetop espresso maker (Php2,000).

6 — Strange Mercy x Piopio’s El Nido graphic tee (Php1,500) is the hip souvenir shirt you’ll actually wear.

7 — Liwayway’s rooster salt and pepper shakers (Php1,500 for a set of two).

8 — Keds x Sunnylife’s Triple Islabomba sneakers (Php3,590).

9 Cygnett’s FreePlay Bluetooth wireless earphones (Php4,995), with its built-in microphone and rechargeable battery case, is lightweight, convenient and sweat-resistant — perfect for those with an active lifestyle. Available at Cygnett at SM Mall of Asia and SM City North EDSA, Rapha’s Gear at Glorietta 2 and Alabang Town Center, and Switch and Powermac stores at major malls nationwide


Something Cool

1 — Marshall’s Major III Bluetooth headphones (Php7,890) offers over 30 hours of wireless playtime. IG: @digitalwalkerph or

2 — Delsey’s Moncey 55cm double-wheeled trolley case (Php13,990) has a 100% polypropylene shell, making it ultra-secure and water-resistant. or

3 — Funko’s Stranger Things 3 #843 Eleven Pop! figurine (Php650).

4 — Kipling’s Tamiko backpack (here in Cool Moss; Php7,600) is a roomy and lightweight medium-sized backpack, with a zippered laptop compartment for all your urban adventures. or IG: @kiplingphils

5 — Zapateria’s Trooper Fatigue boots (Php6,500), handmade in Marikina by fourth-generation master shoemaker Rico Sta. Ana. IG: @zapateriahub and @zapateriashop

6 — Liwayway’s Jose Rizal resin bookends (here in small, Php5,500; also in large, Php8,000).

7 — Cygnett’s ChargeUp Pro 27,000mAh 72W USB-C Power Bank (here in black; Php8,495) charges three devices at once, and gives you up to 16 hours of laptop usage. Available at Cygnett stores and Rapha’s Gear at Glorietta 2 and Alabang Town Center

8 — Cygnett’s ChargeUp Boost 10,000mAh Portable Power Bank (here in navy; Php2,195), lets you recharge your phone and tablet at the same time. Available at Cygnett stores and Rapha’s Gear at Glorietta 2 and Alabang Town Center

9 — Marshall’s Stanmore II Voice Bluetooth speaker (Php26,990) connects wirelessly, delivers clean audio, and is equipped with Google Assistant. IG: @digitalwalkerph or shop at


Something Extravagant

1 — Orias Essentials’ Drive sling bag (here in Rich Brown; Php4,950) is made of genuine cowhide leather. or IG: @oriasessentials

2-3 — Tumi’s 31L International Carry-on (Php79,990) and 80L Extended Trip Packing Case (Php99,900) in Banyon Leaf from the 19 Degree Collection both feature a premium aluminum body, three-stage telescoping handle system, two TSA integrated combination locks and four dual spinning wheels.

4 — Ishinomaki Laboratory’s made-in-Japan Ishinomaki Bird Kit (Php2,500) is a nod to the famed Vitra Eames House bird ornament — except this one involves DIY assembly and can be painted however you wish. It also makes a chirping sound when you turn its head. and IG: @lamanaph or @ishinomakilab

5 — Harlan + Holden’s Heel2 Women (here in nude, Php7,950) comes with a calf leather upper, 2.75-inch wooden heel and soft insole.

6 — Zapateria’s Mr Black tasseled leather loafers (Php8,000), handmade in Marikina by fourthgeneration master shoemaker Rico Sta. Ana. IG: @zapateriahub and @zapateriashop

7 — Orias Essentials’ Solihiya X leather mini roller bag (here in Light Olive, Php8,790). or IG: @oriasessentials


This article first appeared in the November 2019 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Pierra Calasanz Labrador

Photographed by

Toto Labrador

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