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Top 5 Shops Where You Can Buy Last-Minute Grad Gifts

Score an A—not for effort, but for awesomeness, with finds from these shops


Whether you’ve been putting it off or you totally forgot about buying a friend or special someone a gift (but remembered it just in time, so still yay!), you can easily make up for it if you know where to shop for stuff that will make the recipient feel special. You can also go the opposite route—shop for gifts way in advance or pick up something for a “just because” present.

Need a gift for a soon-to-be graduate, or anyone in their teens, tweens, and early twenties? Check out our shop suggestions:

H&M Home

Entice your recipient to love her favorite apparel brand’s cool, chic, “homebody” sister just as much. H&M Home has a limited but lovely selection of small tabletop and wall accents perfect for decorating a shared bedroom. We love that the items are sorted per style—making it easier for you to finalize what to get for a dainty niece or a rocker-chic little sister.  

RL Picks:

  • Cardboard coasters
  • Cushion cover
  • Round mirror 
Common Room
  • Facebook and Instagram: CommonRoomPH
  • 325 Dela Rosa Street, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
  • Open daily, 10am to 10pm

Set in school zone Katipunan, Common Room may well be an after-school happy spot for students of the nearby universities—but we bet they would still be happy to get something from this shop bursting at the seams with all things handmade by local artists. Overwhelmed? Choose a beautiful or quirky or #Hugot card or two that your recipient would love to frame or pin on to their mood board. 

RL Picks:

  • Aprons and pouches by Milk Collective PH
  • Quirky cards by Brent Sabas
  • Whimsical dream catchers by Kim Creates
  • With branches at Greenbelt 5; Trinoma; Bonifacio High Street, UP Town Center

Typo is one of those shops you have to stay away from if you’re an absolute sucker for cute things that cannot easily qualify as “Needs.” But if you are shopping for a gift and have a budget for it, then go ahead and choose from little items bound to add joy to your recipient’s tote or desk, or go for the bigger purchases such as the light box or curtain lights.  

RL Picks:

  • Curtain lantern lights
  • “Light Me Up” battery operated light box
  • Colorful headphones 
Common Thread
  • Greenbelt 5 and Power Plant Mall
  • Facebook and Instagram: CommonThreadPH
  • Open Sun – Thurs (7:30am-10pm); Fri and Sat (7:30am to 11pm)

Common Thread gathers a good mix of brands without looking cramped and hodgepodge. There are Wanderskye luggage covers, The Lunchbox Project paper products, Gouache leather goods, Happy Socks, and Seychelles flats, to name some. They also have a product line for kids and small gift items, such as the leather tassel keychain, under their house brand. 

RL Picks:

  • Soak Soaps
  • The Lost Nomad laptop sleeve
  • The Luxe Guides 

All photos are courtesy of the stores.

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