Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the non-romantic loves of your life


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by Gaby Gloria and Fiel Estrella

Whether you’re a walking heart-eyes emoji who’s head-over-heels in love or an independent individual who’s comfortable with singlehood, Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be spent sulking (even if it is a marketing ploy), nor does it mean you only have to celebrate it with your significant other via grand gestures and expensive gifts.

This February, take stock of and show appreciation for the different kinds of love present in your life, and not just the romantic sort. It can be with your family or it can be with your friends, what have you — the bottomline is, there’s a lot of love to go around, and that’s always something to be kilig about. You owe it to them and yourself not to be lonely on V-Day, and we know exactly the way to go if you want a show of affection that’s fuss-free, easy on the pocket, and a guaranteed delight for everyone involved.

For the barkada you need a lot of catch-up time with: unli pizza

Mga kapitbahay! World Pizza Week is upon us, and we’re already emptying our stomachs for the carbs fest. Yellow Cab is making it easy for you to decide where to hold that much-needed catch-up kwentuhan session, since they’re having Buy 2 Take 2 promos all week.

If you guys are up for it, clear your schedules on Feb. 8 and head to the nearest Yellow Cab to get all-you-can-eat slices of New York’s Finest Pizza and #4 Cheese Pizza, with free-flowing Mountain Dew for only P299, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Yellow Cab will be offering unique BUY 2 TAKE 2 promos all week: Feb 7 – Manhattan Meatlovers and Hustlers (P560); Feb 9 – Barbeque Chicken and Hustlers (P560); Feb 10 – New York Classic and Hustlers (P500), valid for dine-in, take-out, and delivery.

For the parents you’re encouraging to go on a date: customizable chocolate triangles

 Chocolate is always a pleasant surprise — moreso when it comes with a customized message that’s even sweeter than the nougat. If you think your parents need some romance and some quality time (perhaps they’ve been too busy with work, or they just don’t know how to “woo” each other anymore), you can literally spell it out for them, hearts and all.

A gift that is both creative and personal makes all the difference, and your favorite triangular candy bar is encouraging you to use your imagination. From Feb. 1 to 14, there will be Toblerone pop-up Valentine stations at select malls, where you can get blank white sleeves to spiff up your chocolate packaging through your own artwork. Local artists and calligraphers will be present on certain dates to lend a hand in designing these sleeves. You can also visit the Toblerone website to create digital designs to be printed at the pop-up stations.

Toblerone bars with beautiful pre-designed Valentine’s sleeves, available in all flavors and sizes, have been released as well, created in collaboration with local artists such as watercolor painter Alessa Lanot, visual artist Anina Rubio, illustrator Soleil Ignacio, graphic designer June Digan, and graphic artist Juan Rodriguez.

For the sibling always trying the latest food fads: chocolate glazed doughnuts

Thinking of how to get into the good graces of your sister so she can cover for you the next time you go out? Here’s a suggestion: get her a box filled with Krispy Kreme’s three new chocolate doughnuts. With a selection that includes Chocolate Glazed, Chocolate Glazed with Sprinkles, and Double Chocolate Cake doughnuts, you might just find yourself bringing home another dozen all for yourself.

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