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Where to Buy Gifts When You've Given Up

These are the places to go to when you are absolutely clueless.
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Gift-giving can be an ordeal. There are the easy ones: the wife who's been hinting at that dreamy Swarovski set, the mom who will accept anything because that's what mothers do, the son who wrote a cheat sheet for Santa. But what about the officemates who give you token cookies every Christmas party? What about those "hi friends." You're not sure of their names but they know you enough to say "hi" when you see each other. He always drops a friendly Facebook comment. She always brings you a magnet from whatever country she's been to.

These are the kind of people that leave you stumped every holiday season, but remember, when all else fails, these stores will rescue you from gift-giving woes.

1| Blue Magic

Photo by FACEBOOK @OfficialBlueMagic.
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Blue Magic is heaven if you're looking for a stuffed version of every animal in a seven-year-old's world. This plush menagerie has palm-sized panda dolls, life-sized teddy bears, and unicorns of all sizes. It has also branched out to include cacti, leaves in test tubes, wicker purses, homeware, and rosaries, but of course, the plushies are the bestsellers. A favorite of '90s tweens, receiving a Blue Magic stuffed toy is a rite of passage that deserves to be brought to this century.

Interesting Finds:

Little Lucky Life-Size Bear Stuffed Toy (P5,199)

For your lonely acquaintance who needs a hug now and then. 

Photo by BLUEMAGIC.COM.
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Slime Poopie (P69)

Is it maple syrup? Is it poop? Is it slime? It can be anything you want it to be. And that's the beauty of this gift.

Photo by BLUEMAGIC.COM.

Shirley Unicorn Mug (P169)

For days when your coffee needs an extra dose of magic

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bluemagic.com.ph

2| Tickles

Photo by INSTAGRAM @tickles_ph.

This random gift shop has everything you need from large plushies to car stickers to magnets and pinsin short, the stuff that impersonal office gifts are made of!

Interesting Finds:

Fart Fines Coin Bank (P295)

Install this in the office as your gift to everyone. Farters must be punished. 

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Photo by SHOPPEE.

Dormitos Pillow (P765)

Because Doritos was taken.

Photo by ZALORA.
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Drumstick Pillow (P995)

For the friend who watched Gamechangers but can't quite let go of meat just yet.

Photo by ZALORA.

zalora.com.ph/tickles

3| Papemelroti

Photo by FACEBOOK @papemelroti.
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If at some point in your life you wonder what could paper become if it's not paper? Papemelroti has the answer and more. This kitschy shop peddles paper in all its stages, shapes, and forms. Papemelroti is to paper as Blue Magic is to plush pandas.

Interesting Finds:

Naif Holy Family Nativity Set (P229)

Photo by SHOP.PAPEMELROTI.COM.
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There's no better nativity set than a paper nativity set.

Life Begins After Coffee Decoposter (P498)

Photo by SHOP.PAPEMELROTI.COM.

Everyone's life story.

Lion Clock (P1,399)

Photo by SHOP.PAPEMELROTI.COM.
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We need to bring clocks back.

shop.papemelroti.com

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Sasha Lim Uy
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Sasha eats to live and lives to eat. For five years, she handled SPOT.ph's food section and edited the last two installments of its Top 10 Food books. She also recently participated at the Madrid Fusion Manila as curator.
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