And we thought 2016 was hard. This year has been even more than the challenge we all expected, and yet it still manages to surprise us up until the very last stretch. (Brutal traffic nightmare, anyone?) Now would be a great time to receive all the gifts we deserve for even making it to this point in 2017. It’s also the perfect time to be the beloved Santa for all the people who kept us sane — that is, if you haven’t yet. But what with keeping up with Philippine politics, fighting the patriarchy, figuring out taxes, and enduring the extra crazy holiday rush, ain’t nobody got (a lot of) time for that.
So for this year’s Young STAR gift guide, we curated a selection of holiday treats for the different people in your life. We have everything from cult faves to clever exchange gift ideas to things you might even want to get for yourself. Not to say that you’re “cheating” your way to finishing that shopping list, but stressing over it should be the least of your worries in this season.
Whether it’s for an actual ’90s kid or for your 2000s-born sister or your mom who are still hungover on the past, gifting anything nostalgic is always a foolproof idea. Bring back the memory of using a Walkman (feel old yet?) by gifting a pair of headphones in classic black. No one can resist the 2017 version of our fave Polaroid, but nothing screams ’90s more than a bodysuit, graphic tees, and a cap that literally has “1996” written on it. These are cool again. Deal with it.
Planning your Christmas parties is all fun until you actually have to buy the gifts for your randomly chosen monitos or monitas. Most plans get finalized a day before the actual party (we’re looking at you, Mr. Senior Class President), but that doesn’t mean your gifts have to be so, um, random. Here’s a list of things that are hard, soft, long, affordable and eco-friendly that your friends and your wallet will thank you for.
We’ll never really know when and how “gifting local” became a holiday thing, but ’tis the season to be reintroduced to your friendly neighborhood artisan and, fine, your foreigner cousin (whom your mom insists that you’re close with). Here’s a list of cool crafts for “tourists and tourists in their own country.”
There’s the tita you’re obsessed with on Facebook. There’s the tita you wanna go on a vacation with. There’s that group of titas you try to avoid at family reunions, but there’s also that tita who happens to be your kababata. Regardless of whether they’ve been good or bad this year, it’s always nice to show ‘em you care by giving them gifts they’ll actually love (and you’ll secretly want to borrow).
Chances are, there are certain people on your list who know exactly what they want for Christmas. #Pressure, but if you really think about it, it can be a good thing too. You don’t even have to look any further than their Instagram feed and activity. Yeah, it’s a little bit of stalking but they’re also probably just spelling it out for you by leaving all these digital clues. The best part is you can order most of these things online, saving you from the hassle of the holiday rush. It’s a win-win for everyone, really.
While we’re supportive of our loved ones’ enlightened digital experience, gifting gadgets isn’t the most economical thing especially for someone who’s still paying for McFlurry with coins. Get ‘em something they might not even think of like coffee for when they’re pulling an all-nighter, a waterproof jacket they’ll actually want to wear, or even physical cards to play with while they rest their eyes from all that blue light.