5 Gift Ideas for the Titas of Manila

It’s the season of giving, but sometimes, it can be pretty hard to find gifts for those who are very near and dear to us.


If you are like me, most of the people I have to give gifts to are so-called “Titas”. Luckily, I found a place where you can buy big and small items for the home or office.

Design Story is home to the brands Hay and Stellar Works.

If you’re a Tita, I’m sure you’ve already heard of the brand HAY. If you haven’t, though, Hay is a Danish brand by designer Rolf Hay and offers must-haves for those who like minimalist and industrial designs. Stellar Works, on the other hand, specializes in home furniture.


Here are some of our favorites that also happen to be perfect gifts this Chistmas!


These trays are iconic for the HAY brand. Whether you use it on its own or with other items, these trays are multi-functional. You can use it when serving tea and entertaining guests or to organize your keys and accessories.  They come in different sizes and colors, too, so you can match them to the personality of the person you are giving it to. They can also add more trays in the future depending on their needs or if they ever want to expand their collection/


Wooden Hand Models

If the Tita you are giving a gift to is an artist, you can give her this Hand Model. Aside from being a model where an artist copies, it also serves as cool home decor. It is also great for kikay friends to use to organize their rings, bracelets, and other accessories.



Time is the most precious thing you can give this Christmas and maybe you can give a bit of it through this beautiful hourglass. It is a cute touch to any bedside or office table.

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Throw Pillows

Never underestimate pillows. Titas are usually low-key homebuddies. They like spending time at home (probably with wine), so a throw pillow is actually a great idea. Any color will work as an accent piece; and you don’t have to worry about the size, color or material!



I know, I know. This is for people with a bit of a budget and those who do have to worry about bringing a huge box to the next Christmas party. What I love about the chairs at Design Story is that they can stand alone as an accent piece or work as a set for a dining table. They also have cool office chairs!


You still have time to shop for gifts! Don’t forget to drop by Design Story to see the coolest products for your friends and family!

 Design Story

3rd floor of Uptown Place Mall, 11th Avenue corner 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City

815 6022

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