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Top 4 Shops for Quick Housewarming and Wedding Gifts

Be a proud bearer of fabulous (and secretly last-minute) presents


Rush gift shopping happens even to the best of us. But just before you resort to a gift card yet again for an upcoming wedding or housewarming, make a quick stop to any of these shops where you can find a suitable gift en route to the salon to have your hair done, or to the deli for cheese to bring to a potluck housewarming party.

Fully Booked

Show your recipient some shelf love with gorgeous books on style and decorating, or a hobby you know he or she has been meaning to start on but haven’t got around doing. Fully Booked’s selection doesn’t disappoint. 

RL Tip: Avoid giving a duplicate by doing some quick Instagram stalking for book posts, or subtly asking your recipient if he has a copy of *insert book title here* and if you could please borrow it.

RL Picks: 

  • Love, Life, Style by Garance Dore
  • The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz
  • The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton
  • The Little Book of Lettering by Emily Gregory 
  • 3/L Abenson, 28th Street and Fourth Avenue, Bonficacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Tel. (02) 887-5247
  • Open daily, 11am-9pm
  • Facebook: Habitat Manila
  • Instagram: @habitatmnl

The understated elegance of the European retail brand Habitat will not be lost on your recipient. From the deliciously delicate and subtly irregularly shaped dinnerware, sexy vases and lamps, and furniture for every part of the house, no item will have the words “I was bought on the last minute” written on it, only “I was bought because I was as exquisite as you.”  

RL Picks:

  • Staten Porcelain Line
  • Ribbon Lamp

The no-nonsense simple perfection of MUJI products is especially ideal for recipients whose decorating style is still unknown to you. You cannot go wrong with their sleek and basic implements for the kitchen, dinnerware, everyday bed and bath items, and even big purchases such as storage pieces and dining sets. 

RL Picks:

  • Monochromatic and pinstriped bedroom slippers
  • Piggybank
  • Hangers
  • Wooden toys 
True Home by True Value
  • 3/L Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City
  • 3/L Robinsons Magnolia, Aurora Blvd., corner Dona Hemady St., Quezon City

Like a well-curated home section of a department store, True Home by True Value has all the convenience of having everything you need for every room in the house under one "just-right" space—not too big to get lost in, but spacious enough for comfortable browsing.

The shelves are neatly stacked; the range of brands wide enough. There are small appliances, décor, kitchen implements (e.g. Trudeau, Cuisipro, Lodge), products for the bedroom and bathroom. 

RL Picks:

  • Orla Kiely Home cake tin set
  • Next Time clocks
  • Kilner bottles 

Fully Booked, Muji, and Habitat photos are courtesy of the shops. True Home are from the author.

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