If travel is their passion… Quirks Novelties & Curiosities is a treasure trove. There are scratch maps and globes so pals can keep track of places they’ve visited, a corkboard map for their memories and a Travelogue for chronicling adventures.
Quirks is at Rockwell Power Plant, Shangri-La Plaza, SM Megamall and SM Aura. Visit www.quirksph.com.
If they’re comic book junkies… The Best American Comics 2014 is a great read, even for people who want to start reading comics but don’t know where to start.
Available at National Book Store.
For the devoted pet owner… Bow House (@bowhouse_ph on Instagram) makes the coolest dome beds for pups—they look so comfy that some humans want to sleep inside them too. They come in two colors and three sizes.
For the eternal student… Kate Spade’s Pencil Pouch is a fabulous choice.
It has two pencils, an eraser, a ruler and a sharpener, all Kate-Spade chic.
Available at National Book Store Glorietta, Rockwell and Shangri-La Plaza and Powerbooks Greenbelt 4, Alabang Town Center, Megamall and Trinoma.
If accessorizing is her thing… Add Alex & Ani to her arm party. We love how Alex & Ani’s bracelets aren’t just pretty, they’re also meaningful. Each is associated with words meant to inspire.
Our current favorites? The Monopoly-inspired collection which includes four bracelets: the Monopoly dog (“loyalty, companionship, love”), cat (“intuitive, curious, independent”), house (“roots, security, love”) and car (“freedom, movement, journey”).
The expandable bangles will fit every wrist.
Alex and Ani on the second floor of SM Aura. Alex and Ani is also available at Rustan’s Shangri-La.
Cruciani, those macramé bracelets from Italy, are also a great choice for bracelet-loving friends. They can be worn alone or piled on or mixed with other bracelets. The classic clover bracelet comes in many colors.
The zoo collection—turtles, elephants, dolphins and parrots— is cute too.
www.facebook.com/crucianiph or @crucianiph on Instagram.
If your inaanak has unwavering love for Frozen… she has probably received a deluge of Elsa, Anna and Olaf merchandise.
Go unique. Give them a cuddly Sven, Kristoff’s adorable reindeer.
Available at Toy Kingdom.
For the nail polish addict… The Les Rouges Culte de Chanel collection is a must-have. It brings back three vintage reds from Chanel’s ‘80s archives: Rouge Flamboyant, Laque Rouge and Rouge N°19.
The six sparkly shades—Dream Weaver, Weird Science, Marrakesh Express, Dear Mr. Fantasy, Magic Carpet Ride, Xanadu—from Deborah Lippmann’s Fantastical Collection are also perfect for the holidays.
There are boxed sets too—I’ve Gotta Be Me and Celebration—that would make great Christmas gifts. Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.
If your niece is a Swiftie… Grab a pair from the new Taylor Swift for Keds collaboration. There are 15 styles to choose from-polka dots, little hearts, plaid, floral and wool.
Keds Robinson’s Magnolia, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center Cebu, Complex Lifestyle Stores in Eastwood Mall, Alabang Town Center, Fairview Terraces, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Festival Mall, Glorietta 5, Ayala Center Cebu, Shoe Salon and major department stores.
For the bridezilla… Have a friend who’s consumed by planning her wedding? Let Moleskine’s Wedding Journal give her a hand.
It contains a 12-month foldout timeline, tabbed sections, adhesive labels and even a Bridal Book insert for the secrets she needs to keep until the big day.
Available National Book Store
For anyone whose relatives are obsessed with their lives… Rock Ed Philippines founder Gang Badoy-Capati collaborated with artist CJ de Silva-Ong in creating the Tita Ping T-Shirt series, which Gang named after her favorite aunt who passed away this year.
“She asked the toughest questions at Christmas,” Gang said. The hilarious shirts are the perfect answer to relatives’ queries at reunions: “Hindi ka pa ba mag-aasawa?” and the classic “Tumaba ka yata?”