8 Affordable Holiday Gift Ideas for the Everyday People In Your Life
  • This time of the year, many moms would already be busy ticking off items from their Christmas gift list (if they aren't done already, that is). A new shirt for hubby? Check. That young adult novel released last month for your teen? Check. A fun toy for bunso? Check. It's not that hard to think of gifts for your family members.

    But, as the holidays draw nearer, your list is bound to get longer to include people who aren't family, who aren't friends, but whom you can't do without just the same. For example: what do you give the doctor's secretary whom you always call for appointments or emergencies? Or that mom in school (whom you only know by her first name) who always reminds you about upcoming school activities and exam dates? What do you give your hairstylist, or that friendly bank teller, or your child's class adviser, in the spirit of the season? Not another mug or photo frame please!

    It can be challenging to come up with ideas, but don't fret! Below is a list of thoughtful gifts that will fit right into your budget—starting at P88:


    Anyone whose job entails standing up in high heels daily from 9 to 5 will appreciate the relief soft footwear brings. Banana Peel flipflops in castonia cream with green leaves, P159.75; red flipflops, P349.75. Available at The SM Store 


    Who doesn't need an extra bag? Daiso reusable shopping bag, starts at P88. Available at Daiso. Click here for a list of branches.


    Stress causes tired and achy muscles on the neck, shoulders, and legs. Soothe them away in no time. Electric shoulder, back, neck, legs hot compress heat pack, P299. Available at Lazada.

    Make them look forward to lunchtime. Lunch bags, P399.75 each. Available at The SM Store.



    Someone you depend on needs a dependable shield from the elements, rain or shine. Fibrella umbrellas with UV protection lining, P499.75. Available at The SM Store.

    You do good when you look and feel good. Brighten up their day with flirty accessories! Earrings in Fiore 2 (pomelo flower tassel on stainless hoop earrings), and Kylie (sapphire flower tassels on 3-inch gold toned hoops), P300 each. Available on Beachin' Out.


    Earrings in Maggie (gold toned hardware, chrysocolla, yellow tassels), P250, and Kate (layered blue gray flower tassels on gold toned hardware), P400. Available on Beachin' Out.


    Give them donya feels—and a healthy dose of humor. Selfie fans, P599.75. Available at The SM Store. 


    Induce relaxation after a long day at work. All-natural room and linen sprays come in 5 different scents: Islas de Gigantes (fresh bamboo), Sambawan (olive), Vuhus (green tea mint), Malcapuya (shea butter), and Carorian (light blue). P200 for 100 ml. Available on Beachin Out.

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