Written by Din M. Villafuerte
It’s a question we all face as soon as we hear those Yuletide carols and see those strings of twinkling lights lining the streets: “What do I get for everyone this Christmas?”
We’re pretty sure we’re not the only ones who ponder over what to give as stocking stuffers. The holiday season always finds us in an extra generous and extra celebrating mood. More is always more on Christmas, after all. We live for those endless get-togethers and for those excited smiles when we hand out our gifts to family and friends.
We love surprising our loved ones with practical and useful presents but we dread being known as the boring or unobservant gifter either. As we count the days until Christmas and we rack our brains for what to get our favorite people, IKEA comes to the rescue with sensible and meaningful yet delightful gift ideas.
The BJÖRKÅSEN Laptop stand in anthracite (₱1,590) is perfect for the one who’s always glued to their laptop. Its adjustable height means you can use it whether you choose to be on the couch or your bed. The top can be tilted so you can get that comfortable angle as you work—or binge-watch—on your laptop and prevent “tech neck.”
The laptop stand has a built-in cup holder, which means you get to keep your drink within reach yet you don’t run the risk of spilling tea on your gadget. We love that it’s easy to stow as well, especially for those with limited space at home. The laptop stand is also available in beige and turquoise.
Nothing nurtures creativity than exciting new toys. We bet anyone you surprise with the BYGGLEK 201-piece LEGO® brick set (₱1,390), whether it’s your inaanak or your significant other who hasn’t outgrown his or her love for LEGO (such fun people exist, that includes us) will love you forever.
The set includes 200 bricks in various colors and sizes plus a brick separator (that’s the orange tool which makes taking bricks apart a lot easier, you no longer have to end up with chipped nails or bricks with teeth marks). The BYGGLEK white boxes with lids are sold separately.
Get the BLÅVINGAD Soft toy orca, (₱790) for your animal-loving niece or nephew or marine life-loving bestie. At 60 cm, this cuddly black and white orca makes for the best snuggle buddy, especially this season.
Its filling is made of recycled polyester from ocean-bound plastic, making it sustainable and environment-friendly. What’s great about it is that this orca is easy to clean, too. Just pop the soft toy in the washer and hang dry.
Spread warmth this season with the THORGUN Throw (₱300) in Christmas-y bright red. The super soft fleece wrap is designed to keep you cozy as you go on that Christmas movie marathon. It is lightweight so you can bring it when you go on those holiday dinners outdoors, too. It is available in light blue and off-white as well.
We all have that one friend or family member who’s always complaining about not having enough storage space. Be the best Santa and gift them with the NISSAFORS Utility cart (₱2,290), it’s the easy solution whether it’s clutter or essentials that you’re meaning to keep in one place.
Show your love with the GLOSTAD Loveseat (₱6,990) in Knisa medium blue. It’s the perfect addition to your home, especially with the holiday get-togethers that you’re planning to host. We bet no guest would be able to resist the call of its comfy and thick seat, padded armrests and soft back cushions. It’s easy to assemble, too, which should be a fun bonding activity for the holidays.