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The 12 Best Gifts to Buy for Yourself, Because Why Not?

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Let's be real. You probably already have a long, long list of things you need (read: want) to buy for yourself. Well, we're going to be absolute pieces of shit and make that list even longer, if only because we're living through a pandemic and you only live once.

Don't feel that guilty. After all, a lot of Filipinos are also self-gifting this year if Facebook's IQ Research is to be believed. So, here are our picks for the best gifts for yourself. From small knick-knacks to big purchases, these will start 2021 in the best possible way.

12 Days of Grooming Advent Calendar

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MR PORTER GROOMING
mrporter.com
P5,484
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Yes, it's mid-December. Yes, we've definitely passed the point that buying advent calendars makes sense. Look at it this way, though... now you can instantly open a few products as soon as this one from Mr Porter Grooming arrives at your doorstep. We won't spoil much but it has goods from Malin + Goetz, Dr. Barbara Sturm, and Augustus Bader.

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Response CL

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Adidas Consortium x Commonwealth
commonwealth-ftgg.ph
P7,500
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A few weeks later and we're still all about Commonwealth's partnership with Adidas Consortium. And with good reason: Crafted from rich materials, the Response CL features stitched down leather, molded suede panels, and hairy suede in shades of warm white and earthy tones. Other details include sonic welding, thermoplastic rubber, and reflective details sitting on top of a 3-D spacer mesh.

More: Commonwealth's Omar Quiambao On the Latest Adidas Collab, What's Next, and More

Osynlig

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IKEA
ikea.com
$9.99
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We're going to go out on a limb and say this is probably the best candle release of the year. We know, we know, Travis Scott just dropped his Byredo collab. But, you really can't beat the price on this one. For the starting price of $9.99 (approximately P480), you get a candle from the man behind Byredo in a cool votive.

Pique Kimono Bathrobe

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H by Frette
hbyfrette.com
$100
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The ultimate robe to lounge in at home (we're not kidding—H by Frette has been supplying linens and towels to the world's top hotels since 1899). Because actual loungewear is overrated. Plus, who doesn't miss the amazing feeling of hotel robes?! Now in your home.

AirPods Max

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Apple
apple.com/ph
P32,990
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We had to. Apple's latest release has been labeled as one of the best Christmas gifts you could give someone this year. We say, why not gift it to yourself? You know, so you can form a first-hand opinion about it before anyone else.

Ressurection Aromatique Hand Soap

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Aesop
aesop.com
Price upon request
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In case you didn't know, you can shop Aesop Philippines online. Just drop them an e-mail at the link above. Don't know what to get yourself? Get in to the brand's status hand wash: the Ressurection Aromatique Hand Soap. Trust us.

Box Tee in Sapin Sapin Pique

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Carl Jan Cruz
carljancrewz.com
P3,100
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What your wardrobe exactly needs is one of Carl Jan Cruz's classic pique tees. The whole line is inspired by pambahay comfort, so it's great for local weather and great for layering too. As the designer says, why can't pambahay be pang lakwatsa?

Colour Crate

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HAY
designstory.com.ph
P2,245
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Anything from Danish design brand Hay is always a good gift. That includes this multifunctional plastic crate that isn't at all like the hardware store storage crate you have lying around. Stack 'em up and get different colors for all the more fun.

Mabuhay MNL Hand-Tufted Rug

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Auggie Fontanilla
auggiefontanilla.com
P13,000
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If you can wait a bit for a gift yourself, we'd suggest getting a hand-tufted rug by artist Auggie Fontanilla. All rugs are manually embroidered and manually color dyed. These are made in Indonesia. We weren't kidding about the wait.

PlayStation 5

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PlayStation
playstation.com
P27,990
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The PlayStation 5 is probably already on your Christmas list but, if you needed a reminder, here it is: The PS5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive is available in the Philippines with a recommended retail price of P27,990. Read our review of the PlayStation 5 here.

Dior and Shawn Bucket Hat

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Dior
dior.com
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Dior and Shawn Stussy. What more could you ask for? This bucket hat comes in three colors and features the collab's signature on the front.

Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or 700ml

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Glenmorangie
boozy.ph
P4,049
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If all else fails and you forget to shop for yourself (it happens), pick up a great bottle of liquor. Our pick? The Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or. Finished in wine casks from Sauternes, it brings mellow sweetness to Glenmorangie's smooth style.

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