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16 Universal Gifts That Your Secretary Can Easily Buy For You

These will keep everyone on your shopping list happy.
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Some people are natural gift-givers, and some aren't. If you're part of the latter, then this foolproof list might help. We've rounded up the best practical gifts, from reusable tumblers and wireless speakers to coffee tables books, to make the task of holiday shopping a little easier. These are so easy to find, you can have someone else buy them for you if you're too busy. Most importantly, you won't find any neck pillows, mugs, and socks here.

Oontz 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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Cambridge Soundworks
lazada.com.ph
P1,349.00
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Skip getting someone a predictable power bank and go with a portable Bluetooth speaker. The only problem you'll have is choosing from all the different brands and kinds available. The Oontz 3 by Cambridge Soundworks is currently the best rated out of all right now... so, that's a start.

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Standard Mouth

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Hydro Flask
thetravelclub.ph
P1,890.00
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One can never have too many reusable tumblers. A new one is always a welcome addition to one's cupboard. It's definitely worth looking into Hydro Flask since it just arrived in the country. There are multiple colors to choose from and even more caps and accessories to pair the bottle with.

Gift Card

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Mr Porter
mrporter.com
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Gift cards have gotten a bad rep through the years. Most feel it's impersonal, but isn't it better to get something as good as cash rather than something you have no use for? Get in on the bandwagon because the sky's the limit with gift cards.

Aroma Diffuser

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Muji
muji.com/ph
P3,950.00
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This was the year of diffusers and essential oils and the wellness trend is showing no signs of slowing down. A diffuser is a guaranteed win for Christmas, and a quality one from Muji just adds more points.

Scented Candle

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Diptyque
rustans-thebeautysource.com
P2,150.00
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A candle is a classic last-minute gift. Take it a step further and pick a more luxurious brand like Diptyque. It's perhaps the most well-known in the realm of luxury candles, and will always be appreciated by someone in the know. For the scent, make sure you go with something safe and universally loved such as Baies.

Bellagio V2.0 30" Spinner Trunk

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BRICS
bricstore.com
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Travel in style with the Bellagio trunk. Modern functionality meets Old World Elegance in a lightweight, strong, polycarbonate structure, with elegant leather details and a traditional trunk shape giving it an elegant, polished look. It comes in a variety of colors to suit your style: classic cream, blue, black and olive green, and the new silver and gold, each with contrasting tan leather details to give it that retro charm. Luggage is a practical gift for special people on your list.

Scratch Map Philippines Edition

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Luckies of London
quirksph.com
P1,350.00
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Get a scratch map for someone who loves to travel and not just any boring old one. This Philippine edition map is a lot more unique than your regular world map.

Kaleido Tray

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HAY
nestmanila.com
P1,795.00
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Christmas, as it seems, is a time to give mildly useless home decor. If you must, you might as well pick something modern from HAY. This Kaleido tray fits it to other sizes much like a Matryoshka doll and fits together like a puzzle too.

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Half Size Cheese and Charcuterie Graze Box

Aperitif
aperitifph.com
From P1,950.00
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What's festive and fun to give this season? A grazing box. Really, who doesn't love cheese and charcuterie?

Marble Tray Cheeseboard with Turquoise Inlay

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Moss Manila Home
mossmanilahome.com
P7,615.00
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If you already gave out grazing boxes last year, why not go with a cheeseboard this time around? There's a wide variety of choices, too, and many of them customizable. From more affordable wooden boards to sophisticated marble trays.

Herb Bouquet

Tarragon PH
instagram.com/tarragon_ph
Price upon request
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Itching to get someone a bouquet? Skip the flowers or fruits, and go for an herb bouquet instead. It'll last longer and be more useful.

Redemption Body Scrub 180ml

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Aesop
mrporter.com
P1,862.00
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A body scrub is in the same league as a candle. The only way to step it up is to buy a more luxurious option. Luckily, Aesop has a wide selection and is landing in the Philippines soon.

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Californian White Sage Incense Bundle

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Satta
mrporter.com
P689.00
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Sure, giving someone sage for Christmas is a little out of the ordinary. But, who doesn't need to sage their surroundings after 2019?

Printed Ceramic Cup and Saucer Set

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Café Kitsuné
mrporter.com
P1,170.00
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A cup and saucer is a great alternative to a boring old mug.

Organic Set

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Collonil
collonil.ph
P2,650.00
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Gift the sneakerhead in your life a set to keep his kicks clean This one from Collonil comes with a pouch and wipes. It's also organic.

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