November 16, 2017

Preen Gift Guide: The Practical Items You Never Knew You Needed

Having trouble with your gift list for the holidays? Our weekly gift guide series will help you figure out what you can get your loved ones this coming season. From food to fashion and beauty, we’ll be covering all possible areas to make sure you have the best options to choose from. We will be posting gift guides every week till Christmas comes around so keep checking back for more!

Think back to when you received mundane gifts for Christmas. You probably thought that these were not-so-great things to get for the holidays. Maybe it was even fueled by the many articles that say you shouldn’t give stuff like socks and mugs to your loved ones.

As time goes by, you’ll realize that these are items that you actually need. Gone are the days when you just put them at the back of your cabinets. These will prove useful for your personal and work needs. So we made a guide to practical gifts to give to your friends and family. If you know someone who might need them, then don’t hesitate.

H&M 5-Pack Trainer Socks

You can never have too many pairs of socks. This pack from H&M will give you various designs from black to floral so you can change it up each time. Available at Greenbelt 4.

Babyliss 3Q Hair Dryer

Drying and styling your hair in the morning can be a hassle when you’re in a hurry. Solve this problem with Babyliss’ 3Q Hair Dryer, which is a lightweight device with controlled airflow to dry your hair faster. You can also control the heat settings depending on the style that you want to go for. Available at Beauty Bar.

Fibrella F366 Umbrella

Umbrellas have become a bag staple because of our erratic weather. One minute it’s sunny, the next it’s raining hard. Give someone a Fibrella foldable umbrella, which is sturdy and you can bring it to a service center if you encounter a problem. Available at SM Makati.


For those who want to bring their healthy smoothies everywhere, the NutriBullet is the device for them. This mini-blender comes with a removable cup you can use after juicing all your ingredients. The blades’ cyclonic motion will also ensure that all nutrients will be extracted from the fruits and vegetables. Available online.

The Venture Pack Happy Soul Travel and Toiletries Organizer

This organizer will help anyone clear out their bathroom vanities of clutter. Just place them inside the compartments and hang the organizer on the wall. This can also be placed inside the luggage for easy packing. Available on Zalora PH.

UATT Glass Mug w/ Straw

This mug will come in handy at home and the office. It comes with a ceramic straw so it’s eco-friendly too. Available at Quirks.

Nespresso Essenza Mini

Do you want to make coffee fast? Then opt for the Nespresso Essenza Mini. It has a smaller size compared to the other machines, and all you need is insert a Nespresso coffee capsule of your choice. And voila, you have coffee. Available online.

PACSafe CitySafe CX Anti-Theft Backpack


It’s important to keep your bag secure whether you’re just going to the mall or traveling. The CitySafe CX Anti-Theft Backpack is stylish and will ensure that your valuables will be safe with its security hooks, zipper locks, RFID protection, and slashguard strap. Aside from your other essentials, you can also fit your 13-inch laptop in the sleeve. Available at SM Megamall.


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