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5 Gifts For Those Who Have Everything

Check out our stylish picks for sticky gift-giving situations


We all have that friend: the one who’s nice, but just a little bit intimidating because she has tasted the finer things in life. Or your boss, who’s the CEO of a big company, and he just invited you to his important birthday bash tonight. Or the hostess with the mostest, who has welcomed you to her home, which is already filled with beautiful and fancy things. What sort of gifts do you give them?

Don’t frantically scrounge about in a department store and buy the first thing you’d see. Put a little thought into your present, and get pieces that are not necessarily expensive, but are unique and a little bit unusual. Here are some ideas. 

Architectural blocks for the designer

The Wooden Wonderland by Danish company HAY has several geometric shapes that you can play around with to form different configurations, and even different miniature cities! These aren’t just for kids; ask your designer friend to come up with cities of his own.

Available at Design Story. 

Exotic textiles for the gypsetter

The tasteful traveler will appreciate fabric from a faraway land. These Sri Lankan hand-loomed bed covers from L’indochine are exotic and will look beautiful whether used as bed linen or as throws on a sofa.

A decorating book for the stylish nester

This is the perfect gift for a friend who loves to decorate. Bazaar Style by Selina Lake shows different ways to mix and match bohemian pieces and vintage furniture for the ultimate gypsy traveler home.

Available at National Bookstore.

An homage to the Met for the heritage fan

Designer Ito Kish created this bone china in 2015 Arellano vase collection is inspired by the Art Deco details of the Metropolitan Theater, designed by Juan Arellano. With the current renovation of the Met, this gift would definitely be timely.

Available at KISH.

Splurge: dark scent for the snooty aesthete

For the drama queen, these decadent Fornasetti candles with the famous “Themes and Variations” face of Lina Cavaleria, continue to be beautiful long after the flames have burned out.

Available at KISH.

Visit HAY at Design Story, Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City; L’indochine at Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall; National Bookstore at major malls, and KISH at 233 N. Garcia St., Makati City.

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