Starting a new monthly series on the blog aptly called “ABC Favorites”. Here I talk mostly about things I particularly like – mostly in lists. And sometimes, I feature some of my favorite brands as well – you get the gist. Hope you enjoy reading through!
Christmas is nearing – and I’m sure some of us are still doing last minute shopping for gifts (trust me, I did too)! The thing is, I’m pretty picky with my gift selections – my top choices are usually paper goods, craft materials or something memorable worth keeping (usually travel-related) and adding a personal spin to it (such as doing a bit of lettering on it). I take time wrapping my gifts and sometimes, even add a small note to my presents – I don’t know, I just want people to feel special whenever they receive things from me (#cheesylol).
With that, I came up with a quick roundup of some of my favorite homegrown holiday gift ideas this season. I love how a lot of local brands have emerged this year and have become my staples for gifting. So if you’re clueless on what to give to your artsy, fun-loving best friend / sister / girlfriend (or basically whoever), here are some of my recos!
1. Sunday Paper: Essentials
For your go-getter bff, Sunday Paper’s line of Essential notebooks is a perfect fit. The brand carries two variants: Today, which resembles a daily planner segregated into personal & work-related taks; and Notes and Ideas, which makes it easier to jot down instant light bulb moments for when you’re on-the-go.
2. Hey Kessy: Make Things Happen
(First of all, shameless plug: I designed this!)
For that crafty friend of yours, it’s easy to give out a few rolls of washi tape to make her giddy in an instant. But this particular design (which I collaborated with Hey Kessy on) makes crafting extra special – with words like “Make Things Happen” embedded on the roll, it’s impossible to not get motivated with such strong and powerful words.
Tip: Add in a few more goodies from Hey Kessy’s shop to make your present extra special! Check out Hey Kessy’s online store or drop by their shop at Esteban Abada, Quezon City.
3. Sketchnotes: Handbound notebooks
For those looking into personalizing their presents, Sketchnotes offers a wide range of plain, unlined kraft notebooks in various sizes. My favorite is the mini sized one as it’s extra handy and perfect to carry around especially when you’re on-the-go.
I ordered a few pieces myself this Christmas and hand lettered the covers for gifts.
Take your pick from the variety of notebooks Sketchnotes has on Facebook.
4. Boho Teepee: Dreamcatchers
Looking to add a little oomph to your room? The Boho Teepee can make that happen. These handmade dreamcatchers come in different colors and stones and are beautifully packaged – they make for effortlessly beautiful gifts to that special someone.
5. Paper Street: Paper Goods
Paper lovers out there would definitely appreciate Paper Street, which offers a selection of paper goods – from wrappers, notebooks to notecards, they’ve got you covered.
6. Hodge Podge
For bottlecap accessories that make a statement, Hodge Podge always hits the spot. Bottlecap accessories come in keychains, pens, ID buddies, bookmarks and many others!
The last has got to be my favorite:
7. Paano Ba To?! by Bianca Gonzalez
Not emphasizing the fact that I am the letterer of this book (!!!), but B gives helpful tips & advice in this first book of hers, entitled Paano Ba To. Perfect for that person who still hasn’t figured out things yet and would want a “helping hand” at living life, this book goes through different chapters – from friendship, family, purpose, career and many more to inspire and motivate young girls to aim high, reach their dreams and win at life.
Grab a copy of Paano Ba To at National Bookstore.
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Also, shameless plug:
Made by ABC notebooks are still available! Purchase your last orders at the shop before I close all online transactions tomorrow.
Same goes for #TravelingType. Orders will close tomorrow. Order form here.
Hope this helps in your last minute holiday gifting dilemmas!
Also, don’t forget to download my printable holiday gift tags here. And yes, you’re welcome.
Counting down the days until Christmas! Happy holidays everyone!