Thoughtful gift ideas

We often say that it's the thought that counts when buying gifts. In case you need some extra help, here’s a list of thoughtful gift ideas you can give to a friend, a family member or even just to a stranger.

Give for a cause

*KKK bears and necklaces
Instead of spending for a bucket of beer, inspire a friend or make a sick child happy by donating or buying a bucket of bear from Mga Kaibigan ng mga Kabataang may Kanser (KKK). The cute and colorful teddy bears costs only P100. Match it with a multicolored bucket, each adorned with inspiring quotes that costs only P50. Proceeds from the purchased buckets of bears will help fund KKK programs. If you choose to donate it, you’ll also put a big smile on a face of a cancer-stricken child. For only P180 also, you too can help support the chemotherapy of KKK kids. This, in exchange of an angel necklace which comes with a chain and mesh pouch.

*Never, never give up shirts
You can also show off KKK’s famous mission statement, “Never, Never Give Up” through a comfy t-shirt. For P250, share the message of hope and encourage others to help the fight against cancer. KKK products are available at Door 7, Golden Star Bldg. San Marcos St., Molo, Iloilo City. You may also inquire through their Facebook page KKK

Gifts for the foodie

Gift certificates for a food tasting tour are perfect treats for friends and families and especially for out of town guests. Give them an unforgettable gastronomic experience with the best tasting food at the City of Love.

Steps of Rome.
For someone who likes baby back ribs, imported sausages and cheeses, gourmet burgers and a wide selection of pizza and pasta, bring them to Steps of Rome CafĂ©. The classic Italian restaurant is located at Plazuela de Iloilo along Iloilo City’s Diversion road. Gift certificates are available at Steps of Rome in P250, P500 and P1,000 denominations. Visit their page: Steps of Rome

Let your loved ones feast in more than 35 mouthwatering Ilonggos dishes and delicacies served at Freska’s Hometown Buffet. Try their delicious versions of pork sisig, crispy pata, kilawin na tanigue and grilled seafoods. Freska is situated at Ayala Technohub Bldg., Smallville Complex-Boardwalk Area. Gift certificates are also available in P250, P500 and P1,000 denominations. Visit their page: Hometown Buffet by Freska

Al Dente Restaurant.
For Italian classics with a contemporary flair, let them try the marinara pasta, mahi-mahi fillet, salpicao and Margherita pizza of Al Dente Ristorante Italiano situated inside Sarabia Manor Hotel at General Luna Street. Gift certificates are also available in P250, P500 and P1,000 denominations. Visit their page: Al Dente

Organic products. Why not?

Handmade-natural Earth Food Organic Soaps.
Give someone you love a gift that is not just gentle on skin, but for the environment too. Earth Food Organic Soap (EFOS) are yummy looking handmade carved soaps by an Ilongga. It is made out of all-natural organic ingredients. 
Check their products at Homestore at the 3rd Level of The Atrium Mall. For more details about EFOS or for orders, click on this link: Earth Food Organic Soap

Organic produce at Zarraga Trading Post.
For a guiltless food feast, consider choosing organic food baskets as gifts. Organic food and products taste better because free they are free from pesticides and food additives. For a wide variety of healthful organic produce from fruits, vegetables, rice and natural health teas, visit the Zarraga Organic Trading Post (OTP) in Zarraga town. The store sells the fresh produce of the Talibong Organic Farmers Association of Zarraga. You can order organic goodies directly at their store located at Zarraga’s Public Market.  For a list of available products, check Zarraga Otp on Facebook or you may contact Rita Gallego at 09394962981 or 09228702871.

Spa for a cause at Spa Riviera
Give someone something that helps them de-stress.  Help your loved ones celebrate with a healthier state of mind by giving them a spa retreat. Spa Riviera offers P200 gift certificates that you could give to someone. To purchase, visit any Spa Riviera branch. They have a branch in Jaro situated at the 2/F Dona Maria Bldg. Castilla-Burgos Street and along General Luna St., City Proper. Visit their page: Spa Riviera

Finding the right gift can be a challenge. So, before you start rushing to the mall for your next gift, dash through your list with this gift ideas. /By Karen Bermejo

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