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Braving bazaar crowds, shopping blissfully in virtual malls or scouring Instagram for unique finds? Here are some ideas to help you zero in on what to get for your favorite people:

Present perfect

Yes — these wearables are in again — and you’re welcome to get in on the trend too:

  1. Ethnique’s textured Cinta belt bag (P3,000);
  2. Kathy & Kathy Bespoke Men, gold-plated Filipino icon cufflinks (P10,000); IG: @kkbespokemen

The hipster

Gen X vibes for those into old-school cool:

  1. Uniqlo’s The Game by Namco Museum graphic tee (P590);
  2. Proppy’s Chocolate Hills-inspired socks (P349);
  3. Ramir’s fringed fanny pack with removable belt (P1,850); IG:
  4. Pre-loved Pretty in Pink soundtrack vinyl (Northwest Estate and Collectibles; the crew recommends calling to reserve items); +63 905 315 9388; FB: Northwest Estate and Collectibles
  5. Tretorn’s Nylite Plus tennis shoes in vintage white and green, available at Res Toe Run (P3,490);
  6. Polaroid camera, available at Bratpack, Greenbelt 5, Makati (P9,790);

The bohemian

Earth-friendly, nourishing essentials for your nature-loving friend:

  1. Iori Espiritu’s ceramic plate (P350) and mug (P600); IG: @ioridori
  2. Nanny Rose’s green tea and fruit loose-leaf tea blend (P650);
  3. No Drama Mama’s zero-waste shampoo (P199 for 60g) and conditioner (P299 for 90g) bars; IG: @no.drama.mama7
  4. Good Luck, Humans’ hand-embroidered Winged Creatures fabric brooches (P3,800 each); IG: @goodluckhumans
  5. Rope Republic’s macramé sling bag, with cotton rope and vegetable-tanned leather (P2,500); IG: @roperepublic
  6. Human Nature’s 100% natural, lead-free Velvet Color Liquid Lipstick (in Poppy Berry) (P450);
  7. WVN’s hablon-weave Silay Sunset towel (P2,000); IG: @wvnhome
  8. Oil Me Up Essentials’ Chill Pill (P495 for 10ml), Tummy Tamer (P495 for 10ml) and Headache Helper (P225 for 5ml);

The workaholic

Create a calming office space for an adored busy bee:

  1. Hydro Flask’s 354ml coffee tumbler (P1,490); IG: @roxphilippines
  2. Habil Crafts’ zero-maintenance moss terrarium (from P969); IG: @habilcrafts
  3. Muji’s colored pencils (P935 for a set of 36);
  4. Nanny Rose’s shea butter and aloe vera hand balm (P350);
  5. Aurora M. Suarez’s Sunday Night Journal (P599);
  6. Woven’s hand-woven Pintados laptop sleeve in medium (P1,199);
  7. Lamy’s Safari pen (P1499.75);
  8. The Freefood Co’s Coco Dolcé milk chocolate bar, 100g (P180);
  9. Muji’s A5 ruled notebooks (P169 for a set of five); IG: @muji_ph
  10. Ella Lama’s A6 blank journal, available at Common Room (P169);

The adventurer

Wanderlust-inspired essentials for a nomadic soul:

  1. Guppy’s “The Bulols” shorts from the ArteFino Collection (P1,500);
  2. Johanna Michelle Lim’s What Distance Tells Us: Travel Essays about the Philippines (P500);
  3. Ramir’s leather sandals (P1,850); IG:
  4. Klean Kanteen’s limited edition vacuum-insulated canister (591ml) in Lavender Dream with loop cap (P2,450); IG: @kleankanteen_ph
  5. Gouache’s Pigeon waxed-canvas bike messenger bag (P2,200);
  6. Promate’s Spectrum stereo wired headset (P1,395); IG: @promatephil

The trendsetter

Local color for the fashion-savvy:

  1. Kathy & Kathy Bespoke Men gold-plated palm tree cufflinks, from the Gentlemen’s Collection (P10,000); IG: @kkbespokemen
  2. Linea Etnika’s red Capa Cecilia capelet (also available in black, blue and beige), with Yakan weave buttons, Tausug seputangan (headcloth) handloom trim and back detailing (P5,500);
  3. Costa del Sol’s rainbow woven tote (P3,500); IG:
  4. Maco Custodio’s upcycled plastic-weave sneaker (introductory price P7,500); IG: @macocustodio
  5. Lila’s inabel (handwoven textile made from cotton and other natural fibers) weave sneaker (P4,000); IG: @lilalifestyle

This article first appeared in the November 2018 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Pierra Calasanz Labrador

Photographed by

Toto Labrador

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