For this final, festive 2019 gift guide, we asked contributing writer and stylist Pierra Calasanz-Labrador to recommend items from her own Christmas wish list. The result? She ended up buying a lot of these knickknacks, accessories and gadgets for friends and family — and for herself!
A high tech, futuristic-looking fan and air purifier in one? Yes, please! We’re super-crushing on Dyson’s Pure Cool Me (Php23,500), the brand’s first personal-sized purifier fan, perfect for your desk, nightstand or compact space. Engineered to improve air quality, it captures harmful gas and pollutants, and projects cooling, filtered air when you need it. dyson.ph
Totes Loving This
Mini carryalls that pack major personality — which one spells you? (PS: These cuties are all proudly locally made!)
1 — Vela Manila’s Calamansi Mini satchel (Php1,500) from its Luntian collection features abaca pinangabol handwoven by the Daraghuyan tribe of Dalwangan, Bukidnon. velamanila.com
2 — Oxgn’s olive bum bag (Php399) is your fuss-free adventure essential. Available at Oxgn (formerly Oxygen) boutiques at most major malls nationwide; oxgnfashion.com
3 — Katre’s Mini Mini Boite Peach Blush (Php7,999) is a petite take on the vintage hat box silhouette. It’s crafted in calf leather and can be monogrammed. shopkatre.com
4 — Quiddity’s Arezzo triangle wristlet (Php5,200) is made with Italian vegetabletanned leather; best paired with the Manananggal keychain (Php1,500), inspired by Philippine folklore. shopquiddity.com
6 — Bagsbyrubbertree’s Tiny Box (Php5,500), in vegetable-tanned leather, is hand-cut and hand-stitched and makes a handsome case for your camera or everyday essentials. bagsbyrubbertree.com
7 — Ishinomaki Laboratory’s AA Stool (left; Php15,120 for a set of two) is designed by Japan’s Torafu Architects and made locally by Lamana under the Made in Local initiative. As well, the Ishinomaki Stool (right; Php10,000) is designed by Keiji Ashizawa, in collaboration with Herman Miller, and made by Lamana. lamanaph.com
Home For The Holidays
Entertaining is even more fun with these goodies.
1 — Dulcetierra’s Buddy Gaiwan flower-shaped tea set (Php1,150) — the cover can be used as a cup! — is a modern take on gaiwan brewing and ideal for making green and white loose-leaf teas, using lower temperatures for shorter, multiple infusions. Available at Frankie & Friends General Store at SM Aura Premier; dulcetierrateastation.com
2 — Métier Home’s Terazzo Plates in bone china (top here in white, below right in pink; Php1,050 for a two-piece set). metierhome.ph
3 — Sip’s bamboo cutlery (from Php550), from the eco-conscious and travelfriendly Burrito set (also includes wooden chopsticks, a regular stainless steel straw, a thick stainless steel straw and a straw cleaner), comes in a canvas roll-up case. sip.ph
4 — Paano Kumain ng Kulay? (Php99) — with poetry by Mabi David, illustrations by Yas Doctor and English translations by Karla Rey — is a fun way to get the kids to eat their greens (and reds, and yellows…). adarna.com.ph
5 — Ilha Philippines’ Fruity clutch (Php3,850) is handcrafted by Marikina-based Filipino artisans using locally sourced fibers and materials. Available at Rustan’s stores nationwide; IG: @ilha.philippines
6 — Conscious Collective’s A Date with Ginger gift set (Php2,980) features all-natural ginger powder, cantucci (Italian cookies with almonds) and two mugs with wooden spoons, in a reusable wooden box. A passion project in collaboration with Villa Fuscagna, Conscious Collective’s curated boxes help share the healing power of natural foods, while also supporting local farmers. IG: @consciouscollectivemnl
7 — Made from recycled plastic bottles, Sora’s multipurpose towels (Php2,299) — in earthen block colors or 17 other prints — is good for the planet and pretty too. Quick-drying, ultra-absorbent, sand-repellent and foldable into a compact size, you can use it as a yoga mat, beach towel or picnic blanket. Available at Frankie & Friends General Store at SM Aura Premier; thesoralife.com or IG: @thesoralife
8 — SmartyPlantsPH’s ceramic cactus (Php650) is a quirky centerpiece that will never die on you! Available at Frankie & Friends General Store at SM Aura Premier
9 — Jim Weaver Designs’ Lechon pocket square (Php1,250) celebrates the star of the Filipino feast in a witty, wearable design. Made of 100% pure silk, and measuring 43cm by 43cm, the square features the original artwork of Filipina illustrator and graphic designer Isabelle Ocier. It also comes in a larger “Boodle Fight” scarf version. jimweaverdesigns.com
10 — CMV Txokolat’s box of chocolates (Php800 per box of 12; also available in boxes of six or 24) features artisanal pralines in nostalgic local flavors. Ginger Cerveza Negra, gumamela (hibiscus) or gin pomelo-spiked chocolate, anyone? IG: @thecmvtxokolat, fb.com/cmvtxokolat
11 — Bacon delivered to your sweetheart’s doorstep every month? Smoke’n Sweets’ Bacon subscription is a genius gift idea. Their meat offerings are carefully cured and smoked with a variety of imported hardwoods, such as oak, pecan, cherry and even cacao branches, for flavor you won’t find anywhere else. Plans are offered at Php4,800 for one year’s supply of 500g per month, or Php8,000 to get 1kg delivered to you every month for a year. IG: @smokensweet, fb.com/rachelruivivar1, or find them at the Sidcor Sunday Market in Centris, Quezon City
Hang Out, Hang Loose
When your closet is your happy place.
1 — Ishinomaki Laboratory’s AA Hanger (Php18,000), designed by Torafu Architects, is chic and minimalist and adds extra hanging space in your home, office or shop. It’s now also made locally by exclusive Philippine partner Lamana under the Made in Local initiative. lamanaph.com
2 — Ta Loulou’s Matilda onesie (here in green; Php990) with ruffles and flower appliques will look adorable on your little sweetheart or godchild. taloulou.com
3 — Hinhin’s Munti dress (here in Blue Floral; Php4,500) is from popular Filipina blogger Tricia Gosingtian’s debut line of nostalgic, dreamy, empowering and surprisingly figure-friendly dresses (the dress she wore in her baby bump reveal on IG is from Hinhin!). Not your ordinary online store, the site also serves up long-form features on introvert issues, inspiring muses and quiet pleasures. hinhin.com
4 — Muna’s unisex polo in melon (Php1,599). Fun fact: “muna” is Tagalog for “before anything else”. Available at Frankie & Friends General Store; IG: @munaproject.ph
5 — Looney Tunes x Oxgn Bugs Bunny vinyl tote (Php399). Available at Oxgn (formerly Oxygen) boutiques at most major malls nationwide; oxgnfashion.com
It’s always happy hour with these guys around.
1 — Don Papa’s flagship seven-year-old rum (Php1,499) is a premium aged, small-batch rum from Negros. Produced with a molasses base from an old strain of sugar cane, Don Papa offers flavors of vanilla, honey and candied fruits, and a long, rich and textured finish. Available at Kultura at SM malls nationwide; or shop at boozy.ph
2 — Fat Bastard Shiraz (Php650) is sourced from the vineyards of the Minervois and Pézenas areas in France. The nose presents a spicy yet fresh profile, while the palate exhibits a robust body and invigorating flavors of paprika, tobacco and peony — perfect to pair with dishes that have a spicy kick. Chic, fun and fresh, it’s an unconventional choice for Christmas dinners. FB: The Wine Steward, Inc
3 — Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Php1,500) is distilled at the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery. Rich, complex and smooth in taste, this whiskey gives you great bang for your buck. Available at boozy.ph
Because nine out of 10 friends said “travel” topped their wish list. Here ar some gift ideas to accompany them on their journey.
1 — DTI Go Lokal! x Common Room’s packing cubes (Php1,399 for a set of three), from the Sakay! Collection, features a cool transport toile depicting icons and patterns from the traditional Filipino modes of transportation. Available at Go Lokal! Glorietta 2 and the Go Lokal! concept store at DTI Bldg, 361 Sen Gil J. Puyat Ave, Makati; IG: @dti.golokal
2 — Oxgn x Looney Tunes bucket hat (Php349) for good adventures and bad hair days. Available at Oxgn (formerly Oxygen) boutiques at most major malls nationwide; oxgnfashion.com
3 — Fuji’s X-T30 (Php52,990) boasts the X Series’ fourth-generation X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and the new X-Processor for premium-quality images — in an even more compact and lightweight body. Who needs filters when Fuji has a built-in film simulation mode for gorgeous images? fujifilmph.com
4 — Overcast’s Willa G-15 sunglasses (Php2,199), with combination walnut wood and stainless steel frame, come with a double-bar bridge and G-15 polarized lenses (with UV400 protection). Available at Frankie & Friends General Store at SM Aura Premier; or shop at overcastspecs.com
5 — Everyday Explorers’ saddle-stitched Explorers Journals (Php389 each), available in six configurations, are ideal for travel notes, scrapbooking, bullet journaling or jotting down project ideas. Available at Frankie & Friends General Store at SM Aura Premier; or shop at everydayexplorers.co
6 — Kool’s Royal cup (in grande size; Php449) is collapsible, ultra-portable and leakproof and comes with a reusable straw and heat sleeve. Made of food-grade silicone, it’s also BPA-free and microwave-safe. Available at Frankie & Friends General Store at SM Aura Premier; kool.ph
Oh, The Places You’ll Go
Step out in style in locally crafted footwear.
1 — Marquina’s Armas Chukka boots (here in Mahogany Brown; Php5,650) are handcrafted and feature full-grain leather uppers, premium leather lining and a comfortable memory foam footbed. marquinashoemaker.com
2 — Andante’s Ballerine flats (here in white; Php2,290) take their cue from the classic ballet pointe slippers. Handmade in genuine leather, they feature square toes, a high vamp and an Aerifoam soft insole. andante.shop
3 — Marquina’s Grand Horsebit loafers (here in Black Noir; Php5,650) are crafted by hand, featuring full-grain leather uppers, premium leather lining and a memory foam footbed. They also come embellished with a horsebit buckle. marquinashoemaker.com
4 — Andante’s Balmore Oxfords (here in tan; Php2,890) are designed as laceless, easy-to-slipon shoes, for effortless style. andante.shop
5 — Aesca’s Morena slip-ons (Php2,805), from the Kayumanggi Collection and featuring original art by Filipina artist Alelia Ariola, can be your wearable conversation piece at holiday parties. We love how Aesca collaborates with Filipino artisans to create empowering pieces. aesca.ph
Shining, Shimmering, Splendid
Big things come in small packages.
1 — Sierro’s Essence watch (here in black; Php4,999) — with an interchangeable stainless steel mesh strap — can be worn with a nylon strap (here in black/green/ red; Php499). sierro.store
2 — Amami’s Mini Relikaryo necklace (Php13,200) and Pearl Tambourine dangle earrings (pictured on Christmas tree; ₱4,900) help add a traditional touch to your contemporary wardrobe. By reviving an appreciation for tambourine jewelry, visionary brand Amami is protecting the beautiful, local heritage craft, and providing a sustainable living for a dying breed of local artisans. IG: @amami.ph; or find them at their pop-ups at Central Square, BGC (Dec 5–8) and The Fifth at Rockwell (Dec 14–15)
3 — Modern Myth’s Skinny ring (Php2,820), in solid 14k gold, can be stacked or worn on its own. modernmythlabel.com
4 — Aesop’s Tacit (USD155) is a unisex fragrance that marries crisp top notes with delicately spiced undertones — the fragrance recalls komorebi, the word for sunlight filtering through the trees in Japanese. (Psst! A little bird tells us Aesop is opening in Manila soon!). aesop.com
5 — Sunnies Face’s Fluffmatte lipstick (here in On Repeat; Php345) from its new Nude-ish collection has even international models and beauty aficionados obsessed. Add the lightweight, powdery matte lippy formula to your makeup arsenal. sunniesface.com
6 — Philippine Treasures’ mini capiz Christmas tree (Php1,685). Available at Frankie & Friends General Store at SM Aura Premier
This article first appeared in the December 2019 issue of Smile magazine.