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9 Must-Have Pieces for an Efficient Home

Check out some of our favorite items that you can also use as gift ideas for friends and loved ones

Photography: Louie Aguinaldo (Main Photo) Styling: Dagny Madamba, Issa Villar, and Paula de Guzman (Main Photo)

We're ushering in the month of November and this only means two things—another payday and Christmas is just around the corner. To avoid holiday stress and to give you more time to plan and prepare your gifts, it's best to shop earlier. If you're thinking of what to give your friends this year, you may want to get them something functional and perfect for the home.

Our list below contains pieces that your loved ones will surely appreciate. The best thing? You can also buy one for your own home! 

Philips’ LED Bulbs

“I love Philips’ LED bulbs because they’re energy-saving, not glaring, and long-lasting. I believe every home should switch to LEDs, and Philips is the right choice.”— Katherine Lopez, associate features editor

Philips LED Bulbs, P349.75 for set of three (5 watts), True Value.

Tea Light Candle Holder

“I love this piece because the bronze shade of the metal serves as a great accent piece for my plain white bathroom.” — Bea Perdigon, editorial assistant, RL Web

Tea Light Holder, P1,190, H&M Home.

Reed Diffuser

“I love coming home to the sweet and calming scent of dalandan. It helps relieve stress so I can have a good night’s sleep.” — Cielo Calzado, managing editor, RL Web

Dalandan Reed Diffuser Set, P699.75, Kultura Filipino.

Woven Baskets

“Our place is quite small and gets cluttered easily so I rely on baskets to hide our small items. Plus, our space looks cozier and homier with these around.” — Dagny Madamba, style editor

Woven Baskets, find similar at Make Room & More, Bonifacio High Street.

Kitchen Aid Mixer

“If there’s one item that’s forever on my wish list, it’s the Kitchen Aid Mixer in robin’s egg blue or pink! In my head, I have this fantasy of wanting my dream house to smell like freshly baked goodies all the time.” — Paula de Guzman, editorial assistant

Kitchen Aid Mixer, P28,290, Rustan’s Department Store.

3M Hooks

“My top pick are 3M Hooks! They spare me from the tedious task of drilling holes on walls.”— Tala Singson, associate stylist

3M Hooks, available at Handyman.

Kubular Coffee Table

“This Kubular coffee table is the perfect rustic-industrial piece that will update our living area. This is definitely on my must-have list this year!” — Sunshine Selga Funa, managing editor

Gene Coffee Table, price available upon request, Kubular.

Hand-crocheted Poufs

“I love the hand-crocheted poufs by Milvidas made by the women of the Gawad Kalinga AYA Village in  Parañaque. When you buy their products, you help provide more livelihood opportunities and a better life for the Gawad Kalinga families.” — Therese Dehesa, associate section editor, RL Web

American Standard Fittings

“My parents had them in their house, and the fixtures survived forty-five years!  It’s a very durable brand, and I’d recommend it to anyone.” — Rachelle Medina, editor in chief

American Standard Shower System, price available upon request, Wilcon Depot

This snippet originally appeared in the July 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Minor edits have been made by the editors. Log on to for more details.

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