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8 Things You Should Spend Your Christmas Bonus On

Achieve a more organized and positive 2019 by investing in these essentials

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If there’s one thing I really took to heart from binge-watching Queer Eye, an American reality television series featuring heartwarming lifestyle makeovers, it’s that your home should be a reflection of your best self. It’s easy to blame your personality or quirkiness for a messy room, but even the most eccentric artists prove that there needs to be order in chaos.

Before you spend your Christmas bonus on something that won’t even last until the end of the month, think instead of items that can give you peace, order, and better time management for the year to come. Keep in mind that your home should be set up in a way that helps you reach your goals. Here are a few dream items—arranged from most expensive to affordable— to help get you started:

Samsung Front Load Washer-Dryer 8.5 Kg Wash / 6 Kg Dry, P45,645 from P54, 995 on Lazada

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Perfect for: Newlyweds, fashionistas, small families


The Samsung Front Load Washer-Dryer is a space saving inverter which allows you flexibility while running errands; their Add Wash feature lets you add pieces of clothing mid- cycle and you can also easily pop in hand washed clothes that are just for drying. It also boasts of Ecobubble Technology to help remove dirt faster in order to preserve the quality of your clothes.

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Supersonic Hair Dryer from Dyson, P21, 500

Perfect for: Client servicing corporate employees, busy women who are always on the go


While definitely a splurge for its price, it could be a worthy investment for someone who blow dries daily. Aside from less hair damage—thanks to temperature control, this device also helps with styling, taming frizzy hair, and managing curls.

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“It cut my drying time in half,” says one user. “And my hair looks so bouncy and shiny after… and even if it’s hot, it doesn’t smell like my hair is burning. With my previous hair dryer, if I put it on max heat, it starts to smell like burnt hair.”

Kitchen Bar Cart from Raw.Tura, P19, 500

Perfect for: Creatives, foodies

With the tagline “not your ordinary carpenters,” Raw.tura is a lifestyle furniture design company that makes use of natural elements to make locally handcrafted items. It's perfect for anyone looking for an understated accent piece that’ll breathe life into a room.

If you love spending time in the kitchen, you can have them customize a bar cart to suit your space, and even experiment with materials to create a truly unique piece.

Matstone, Misso Multi Versatile Wonder Machine, P18, 999

Perfect for: Gym rats, health enthusiasts, houses with seniors

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This 10-in-1 “kitchen assistant” can definitely make eating healthy less boring. Aside from eight functions that include juicing, meat grinding and mincing, the upgraded Misso Multi Versatile Wonder Machine now also works as a vegetable slicer, and ice shaver.

“It’s not the easiest to use,” cautions one user. “But I love the slow juicing process because I get the pure juice.”

Soft Cube Stool/Side table with Rollers from Manila Maker, P9, 450 (Designed and produced for @simplesupplycompany)

Perfect for: Extroverts, music lovers, hipsters

One way to really get your money’s worth is to choose versatile items that you can convert into whatever you need it to be. This stool and/or side table from Manila Maker is perfect for a host who’s always entertaining guests, or someone who likes hanging around different parts of the house (it has rollers!). When not in use, you can use it for storage, or maybe even to display your latest Cubao X find.

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Bosch GSR 180-LI Professional Cordless Drill/Driver, P7, 229 from P9, 000

Perfect for: Crafty woodworkers, DIY enthusiasts


“A cordless drill may be one of the most versatile and time saving tools in your kit,” says one user. “Imagine having to manually put in all 30 screws of your IKEA bed with a screwdriver... not fun.”

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This tool might even have you redesigning your home in no time, since you’ll be able to manage a lot of things yourself. (Just read the instruction manual to avoid accidents!)

Full Print Teepeee from Fun Nest, P5, 000

Perfect for: Expecting parents, small families

Do you have a toddler or two in the house? Add a standout piece that’ll help develop your baby’s imagination without being an eyesore for when it’s the grownups’ turn to come out and play.

These teepees from Fun Nest aren’t only Instagram-friendly, they’re also the answer to boring afternoons at home. Add a ball pit (starts at P5, 000) for more interactive playdates with kids.

Modular Cabinet Set by Simply Modular, P2, 720/set of 6

Perfect for: Condo dwellers, space savers, families with kids

If you’re at a point in your life where you’re not sure what’s next, and you’re afraid of making any major commitments, opt for furniture pieces you can easily move around without sacrificing style. This modular cabinet set (you can even order sets of 20) provides a screwless, stackable option so you can easily convert pieces into shelves, desks, or side tables.

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Remember, when planning major purchases, think long term. It’s easy to get carried away with sales and holiday promos, but when it comes to choosing what you need, only you will really know if that price tag is worth it.

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