Gift Guide 2018: Practical Presents Under P500 For The Hostess With The Mostest
“The heart of hospitality is about creating space for someone to feel seen and heard and loved. It's about declaring your table a safe zone, a place of warmth and nourishment,” says Shauna Niequist, New York Times best-selling author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, Bread & Wine, Savor, and Present Over Perfect. "The heart of hospitality is when people leave your home they should feel better about themselves, not better about you."
When throwing parties at home, the host or hostess must always take into consideration the whole guest experience, pleasing all their senses—from a visually delightful table setting with delicate textures, to a desirable ambience and a delectable scent within the room, down to the delicious food, of course.
"What should you give the hostess with the mostest?"—this is a question that always gets asked. One of the best answers for this is to gift her with unique and lovely presents she can use for entertaining at home. If throwing parties at home is her thing, she'll surely be thrilled to receive gifts that can be added to her collection of entertaining essentials.
Now, for your convenience, we've curated items that may be purchased online. Enjoy Christmas gift-shopping (and while you're at it, why don't you get some pieces for your own dining room and kitchen as well?!).
What: Boqueria Lifestyle Market
Why you should shop here: "Growing up, our home was always well-curated by our mom—mixing and matching the new and the old, turning trash into beautiful treasures, making sure that the home was always a joy to go home to," sisters Steph and Lady Badoy recounts the foundation of their four-year-old brand. They would style vignettes from their collection and post them on Instagram, where people would compliment their flair for styling. The overwhelming feedback to what only used to be a hobby became their inspiration to establish this web-boutique and styling services company. Must-haves from Boqueria Lifestyle Market include the Cai ceramic plates, Lyna placemats, and their various cutlery, which are perfect for hostesses who love anything handpicked, customized, and specialized—elements that make the signature Boqueria Lifestyle Market touch. Apart from these pretty finds, the brand also offers event, space, and product styling services.
Price range: P100 to P2500
What: Bits & Bobs
Why you should shop here: The two-year-old business' products are all imported from UK, catering to the ever-evolving taste of homemakers today who are looking for more interesting items for their homes. "The local taste has been evolving to be more discriminating and quality-conscious, and we believe Bits & Bob’s unique and quintessentially English offerings can fill this opportunity," owner Mila Lee shares. They carry around 17 collections of their flagship brand Wedgwood, an English teaware and tableware brand established in 1759. Its pretty sets of the best fine bone china you can find are not only nice to look at on your holiday tablescape, they will also serve as great gifts. Hurry up, as these dainty pieces are currently on a 10% sale until mid-December!
Price range: P2500 to P5600 per set
What: Amber & Anne
Where: @amberatanne on Facebook and @amber_at_anne on Instagram
Why you should shop here: With the aim of creating more locally-made products and providing additional work opportunity to sewers, Melanie Magboo of Amber & Anne developed upcycled raw materials to come up with fashionable home items. Their bestsellers are the round placemats and coasters made of Philippine raffia adorned with pearls. Other must-haves from this brand include table runners, embroidered table napkins, and crocheted napkin rings. Amber & Anne also gives their customers the freedom to choose, as they're flexible with specific requests for fabric prints and custom-made sizes to achieve exactly what their clients want. They offer free gift boxes this holiday season to early bookings and a 10% discount or more for bulk orders.
Price range: P500 to around a P1000 per set
What: ZIN Manila
Where: Rustans Department Store Kitchenware Area in Makati, Alabang Town Center, Shangri-La Plaza and Gateway, Kitayama Meat Shop in Makati, Connie's Kitchen, Urban Pantry Promenade Greenhills. @zinmanila on Facebook and Instagram
Why you should shop here: Here's for all passionate cooks out there! Whether you're a mom who loves spending time in the kitchen to prepare meals for the family or someone who simply considers cooking an outlet, this gourmet find is the next gem you'd want to hoard! ZIN Manila introduces finishing salts in different varieties, from Natural Sea Salt perfect for everyday cooking to fancy Himalayan Salt & Black Pepper. Having finishing salts in your pantry give your meals added crunch, extra texture, and more flavor. Gift your friends with their Signature Blends—choose from Coffee Salt, Sriracha Salt, Garlic & Chili Salt, and Rosemary & Lemon Salt.
Price range: P150 to P260