The Ultimate Smile Magazine Gift Guide

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!)

1Vela Manila’s Calamansi Mini satchel (Php1,500) from its Luntian collection features abaca pinangabol handwoven by the Daraghuyan tribe of Dalwangan, Bukidnon. velamanila.com

2Oxgn’s olive bum bag (Php399) is your fuss-free adventure essential. Available at Oxgn (formerly Oxygen) boutiques at most major malls nationwide; oxgnfashion.com

3Katre’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

4Quiddity’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

5MCV Design’s Tolten Solihiya Box bag (Php4,000), in navy weave with snakeskin handles and kamagong wood clasp, is a practical spin on the classic craft. seektheuniq.com; IG: @mcvdesigns

6Bagsbyrubbertree’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

7Ishinomaki 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.

1Dulcetierra’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

2Métier Home’s Terazzo Plates in bone china (top here in white, below right in pink; Php1,050 for a two-piece set). metierhome.ph

3Sip’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

5Ilha 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

6Conscious 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

8SmartyPlantsPH’s ceramic cactus (Php650) is a quirky centerpiece that will never die on you! Available at Frankie & Friends General Store at SM Aura Premier

9Jim 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

10CMV 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.

1Ishinomaki 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

2Ta Loulou’s Matilda onesie (here in green; Php990) with ruffles and flower appliques will look adorable on your little sweetheart or godchild. taloulou.com

3Hinhin’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

4Muna’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

5Looney Tunes x Oxgn Bugs Bunny vinyl tote (Php399). Available at Oxgn (formerly Oxygen) boutiques at most major malls nationwide; oxgnfashion.com

 

Holiday Spirits

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

2Fat 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

3Buffalo 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

 

Fueling Wanderlust

Because nine out of 10 friends said “travel” topped their wish list. Here ar some gift ideas to accompany them on their journey.

1DTI 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

2Oxgn 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

3Fuji’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

4Overcast’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

5Everyday 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

6Kool’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.

1Marquina’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

2Andante’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

3Marquina’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

4Andante’s Balmore Oxfords (here in tan; Php2,890) are designed as laceless, easy-to-slipon shoes, for effortless style. andante.shop

5Aesca’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.

1Sierro’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

2Amami’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)

3Modern Myth’s Skinny ring (Php2,820), in solid 14k gold, can be stacked or worn on its own. modernmythlabel.com

4Aesop’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

5Sunnies 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

6Philippine Treasures’ mini capiz Christmas tree (Php1,685). Available at Frankie & Friends General Store at SM Aura Premier

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This article first appeared in the December 2019 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Pierra Calasanz Labrador

Photographed by

Toto Labrador

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