A lot of people spend an entire year planning for the summer. These are the members of the wanderlust collective who curate Pinterest boards specifically for their vacation outfits, take screenshots of travel-stagram photos to peg, cut down on luxury expenses, and spend idle hours daydreaming of an escape. For those of you fortunate enough to begin your expeditions abroad early on, we urge you not to forget your fashionable loved ones.
While you’re living it up in style somewhere else, we’re stuck here with major envy. But it isn’t such a terrible sight once we have your pasalubong to look forward to. And for a fashion girl, silly keychains, “I Heart _____” t-shirts, and chocolate you obviously got from Duty Free just won’t do.
We’ve made a pasalubong list of the things you can get fashion girls back home and make them feel like they were missed.
Printed scarves from Nordstrom
Nordstrom is one of the biggest retailers in the world, which houses different designer brands across numerous floors. It also happens to be a go-to hub for classy accessories and hard-to-find fashion pieces. While their customers wear scarves around their necks to combat the cold weather, us fashion girls in the Philippines will be tying them around our heads as a summer statement piece.
Bras from Victoria’s Secret
Sometimes, what’s underneath is just as important as what is on the outside. Guaranteed, the undergarments from this brand simply do not compare. More than the cute colors and lacey details, these brassieres will give you the support and extra push you need. While we’re patiently waiting for those precious cups to make their way to the Philippines, your pasalubong will suffice. Give us a break; it’s the closest we can get to looking like a VS angel.
Huggable hangers from Target
Target, pronounced by many as tar-jay, is a discount-retailer based in the States. The difference it holds over all the other groceries is that it has everything—like dairy, produce, cosmetics, furniture, and clothes. Prominent names in the fashion industry often collaborate with Target and provide chic pieces that don’t hurt the budget. Fashion girls are very meticulous when it comes to their beloved wardrobe pieces, no matter the price they pay. If the clothes aren't on our bodies, then they're patiently waiting in the closet with extreme care. Send home a set of velvet hangers to prevent clothes from slipping and make closets look clean and tidy.
Spring jewelry from …everywhere
If there’s one advantage to the lack of seasons in the Philippines, it’s that every day can feel like spring or summer. And our year-round weather is currently being experienced by other countries. As of the moment, their collections are adorned with floral earrings, rose gold bangles, and thin necklaces. These accessories also win best pasalubong because you’ll never have to worry about the fit. It’s a win-win situation!
Fleece sweaters from Acne Studios
While others notice the flowers bloom and the cool settle down, us shopaholics only have the end of winter sale in mind. Sweatshirts, pullovers, and trench coats have been marked down to make way for the season. Even without winter or autumn, season-specific garments can work on our tropical just the same. Haphazardly roll of the sleeves of a sweater and pair it with denim shorts and fringe sandals, and you’re good to go.
Art from the street
A stroll along a foreign destination paints this scenario. You’re holding a cup of Joe in one hand and see a street performance grabbing attention in the middle of the park. As you frolic further, you stumble upon an artist with paintings and photographs set up along the sidewalk—that’s your target. A piece of art is bound to elicit only positive responses from your loved ones. Let’s face it, your #travelgram posts are mainly for your benefit, so give the people back home a little something to say that you wish they were there with you through a scenic framed photo or a cool painting.
Back issues of magazines from nearby bookstores
Dear traveler friend, you don’t have to worry about getting magazines for us in the English language, because we look to these glossies for visual inspiration. It’s always nice to examine the culture of a different country through the treatment of their photos, the way they style their clothes, and even how they curate their editorials. A good read is always a good gift.
If it seems that we’re asking for too much, then don’t worry. We’ll find a way to return the favor!
GIFs from Giphy.com and main photo from @kimcamjones on Instagram