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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Themed Presents for Your Siblings, Barkada, Bosses, and Everyone in Between

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Themed Presents for Your Siblings, Barkada, Bosses, and Everyone in Between

If there’s one thing that’s as challenging as picking the perfect presents for the people in your life, it’s making sure your gift choices are fair so no one gets green eyed with envy and tampo with you. As a general rule, your budget on each item depends on how important the recipient is in your life—but what if all of them are of equal importance to you?

Themed presents, a.k.a. the same item/style but in different colors will save the day for you. The key here is to look for an item that all of the people in a particular recipient cluster (barkada, bosses, colleagues, etc) will be able to use (functionality always wins in the gift-giving game). We’ve compiled a list of themed gift ideas for the different people in your life:

For your sisters: Strengthen your bond through matching pieces of jewelry, but instead of the usual charm bracelets, why not get you and your siblings a sleek yet modern update like metallic coil bracelets? Swarovski Stardust Deluxe bracelets, prices upon request, available at Rustan’s


For your inaanaks: Whether pretty little girls or cute little boys, puzzle boxes will surely be something they’d love to unwrap—plus, you get bonus smiles from their parents for your help in honing their children’s analytical skills. Crocodile Creek Puzzle Sets, prices upon request, available at National Bookstore branches nationwide



For your ultimate BFFs: Help empower their natural beauty by gifting them with an easy to use lip and cheek mousse—it’ll help them nail that no makeup look in as easy as 1-2-3. Happy Skin’s How to Make Beauty Effortless Lip & Cheek Mousse Set in Fall in Love and Laugh Always, P1,199, available at Glorietta 3, Rustan’s, Plains & Prints, and The Landmark


For your bosses: Pens are foolproof gifts, but make sure to get those that are of top quality and with sleek designs so they can use them for all occasions. Online pens, prices upon request, available at Powerbooks and National Book Store branches nationwide


For your female barkada: Support their goals of a fresh start this new year by getting each of them a multi-functional beauty essential. Surprise them with a skin ally like a concealer and foundation combo—after all, beautiful makeup starts with a flawless canvas. Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation Concealer SPF19/PA++, P1,900 each, available at Rustan’s and the Clinique boutiques in SM Megamall, TriNoma, and SM Mall of Asia


For your guy buds: You’ve probably given them way too many socks, food gifts, or handkerchiefs, so why not take things up a notch this year? Wrap a pair of on-trend denims for them—make sure to take into consideration their body types when picking out your presents. BOBSON Denim Men’s Stretch, 4 Way Stretch , Tokyo Tapered Fit, and Mechanical Stretch, prices upon request, available at leading department stores nationwide



For your circle of career counselors: These women know what they want and how to get it, and a bold shade of lipstick will certainly help boost their fierce personas even more. L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipsticks in Glamour Fuchsia, Pure Fire, Pure Rouge, and Red Valentine, P400 each , available at The SM Store, The Landmark, and leading stores nationwide


For “token” gifts: Have little gifts handy for when you realize you forgot to get a co-worker something, or someone you didn’t expect would give you a gift actually gives you a gift (and you won’t be able to sleep if you don’t reciprocate the kindness). Goody Ouchless 2mm elastics, P229.75 for 29 pcs, available at Watsons, SM Beauty, The Landmark, and other leading stores nationwide


For your Star Wars fanatics friends: Indulge their frenzy with memorabilia they can actually wear like flip flops and slip on sneakers—they won’t forget you forever because of this thoughtful gesture (Skechers x Star Wars slip on sneakers, prices upon request, available at Skechers stores and retailers nationwide; Havaianas Star Wars collection, P1,245 for adults and P1,045 for kids' pairs)


For your kikay office acquaintances: Face masks. Girls won’t be able to resist beauty products—and even those who aren’t into makeup will be able to reap the benefits of these skin savers. Leaders Clinic face masks, prices upon request, available at Festival Supermall and



READ: Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Fab Picks That Will Get Any Girl to Go Out of Her Comfort Zone


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