The perfect gift

posted December 20, 2014 at 07:55 pm
by  Dinna Chan Vasquez

Every one of us has a friend or relative who seems to have everything. He or she is usually wealthy and shops online or abroad. Buying gifts for that person is a struggle.

Blogger Cecile Van Straten

“I don’t need anything,” that person would say. But everyone needs something. You can always ask them but that would take the thrill out of gift-giving.

A logical gift would be one that would benefit those who have very little. Every purchase of a Unicef card goes toward bringing hope and happiness to disadvantaged children (and it’s free delivery for orders of P1,000 and above).

Lifestyle editor Gianna Maniego with tennis
star Tomas Berdych

For a monthly gift of P600 a month, you can, in your friend’s name, help provide children, families and communities have access to nutritious food, clean water, education, health care, livelihood opportunities and more via World Vision. You can pay the “giving” for the first three months and let your friend take it from there.

Another option would be the gift of experience. For teenagers, that could include concert tickets (Sam Smith’s concert is a good idea if you could get tickets as everything is sold out). Kids who have the best toys and the most modern gadgets would enjoy a trip to The Mind Museum.

Nikki Verzo likes a hand-written note

I have a friend who lives in a beautiful house, is successful, has an enviable collection of designer clothes and bags and can travel whenever and wherever she likes. She also works from home and makes a lot of money.

She is the most difficult person to shop for. What does one give a woman who has a life like that? You cannot give her food since she is finicky eater. You can't buy her anything fashion-related because her taste is very evolved in terms of clothes and accessories. She is also very specific about things she likes.

Wife and mother of four Keri Zamora

I've kind of figured her out, in a way. Since I cannot afford the clothes and bags that she prefers and I know she also likes makeup, I give my friend a cosmetic pouch and fill it with samples that she can bring with her when she travels.

Last year, she was very happy about my gift. She said she had been looking for a makeup pouch like the one I gave her—one with compartments for brushes.

We asked people about their ideas for giving gifts for people who have everything. Most of their answers, surprisingly, are quite practical. Nobody suggested buying a star and naming it after the person.

Piandre’s Drea Zulueta likes anything

“I’m a practical gift giver,” says Alexei Villaraza, director of media content at [email protected] “I would gift someone who has everything with everyday essentials like toiletries or household cleaning aids.”

Gianna Maniego, lifestyle editor at Manila Standard Today, suggests a good gift for the mom who has everything: “gift certificates” from family members for things that money can’t buy such as a dinner date with her husband, babysitting services for when she has to go to a salon or maybe a foot massage by one of her kids.

Alexei Villaraza is a practical gift giver

Cecile Zamora Van Straten, who blogs at, is the mother of three boys and wife to entrepreneur Jeroen Van Straten. This year, she will give a special person something which combines two of his interests—art books and lamps.

Van Straten ordered a Lumio—a book that unfolds into a multi-purpose lamp—online.

“It has everything for the man who has everything,” she says.

Cindy Go's suggestion: a box set
of Louis Vuitton's City Guides

Cindy Go, PR and AR executive at MAC Cosmetics Philippines, would give the person a box set of Louis Vuitton's City Guides so "she can be inspired to plan her trips abroad."

Andrea Zulueta, general manager of Piandre salons, loves the monogrammed glasses at Oliver and Maude.

Great gift idea for those who have
everything: Post-Poo Drops, the
first bathroom scent for masking
the odor of you know what.

“Anything monogrammed would make great gifts for people who have everything,” she says.

Keri Zamora, wife of San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora and mom of four, suggests gift certificates from the recipient’s favorite clothing store or restaurant or a bottle of good wine.


Nikki Verzo, showroom manager at H&M Philippines, would prepare a hand-written card or note.

“Something this personal and well thought of would be priceless in this day,” says Verzo.

Packaging is also very important. The gift may not cost a lot but anyone would appreciate a gift that’s beautifully packaged.

Your gift might get lost or broken one day but your friend or family member will never forget how you made him or her feel.

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