7 Long Distance Relationship Gift Ideas that Will Make You Feel Closer

Long distance relationships? Some people believe they never work out. But for some, it is the ultimate test of their love.

Sure enough, nothing is easy in a long-distance relationship — also infamously known as LDR. There will be nights when you’ll badly miss your other half, days you’ll regret not being able to answer their calls, and other times when you’ll deeply contemplate if it’s really worth the wait.

If you’re reading this post, then your relationship probably means the world to you, and that alone is reason enough to hold on to what you’ve got.

To keep the spark alive, here are 7 LDR gift ideas that will make you feel closer despite being miles apart:

1. A Box of Home
This first gift is best given to the person moving abroad. Basically, it’s a box that contains items that will remind them of home, be it a bracelet from a nearby beach resort or a CD album of a local artist.

Of course, you can also throw in a bunch of heartfelt letters, including those from friends and relatives.

2. A Scented Accessory
If you want them to feel your presence wherever they go, spray on some of your perfume on a brand-new accessory. It can be a necklace, bracelet, hat, or a necktie for men.

A handkerchief may also work, but they won’t be able to use it every day. Just be sure to include a bottle of your perfume in case the scent wears off.

3. A Couple Pillowcase
In a long-distance relationship, nothing stings more than the thought of sleeping countries away from each other. To ease the coldness, you can send your partner the other half of a couple pillowcase. A set of which can easily be found in e-commerce marketplaces.

A couple shirt would also have a similar, soothing effect to your distant loved one. But, just like the idea behind giving scented accessories, it’s better to give something that they can use every single day.

4. A Virtual Serenade
As a couple, there are many ways for you to overcome the distance. You can still see each other via video calls, hear each other through VoIP phone calls, and even smell each other with the help of scented gifts.

You can also express your love through virtual serenades with services like oSerenade. This can be done in a few simple steps. Just remember to place the order at least a week before you want the serenade to be delivered, be it your anniversary or your loved one’s birthday.

5. A Photo Album
A lot of couples today store all of their photos digitally rather than keeping an actual photo album. Sure, this means your other half can always reminisce your times together online, but being able to physically hold the pictures is an entirely different experience.

If possible, you can also create the album together before you or your partner leaves. This instills a value into the album that can never be measured by money.

6. Your Face on a Stuffed Toy
What’s even better than being able to hold your photo? Being able to hug and cuddle with it through long, lonely nights!

Today, you can find companies that accept orders for personalized stuffed toys. Simply go with any toy style you prefer and tell them to use your photo for the face.

Take note that the price for this gift varies depending on the size and material quality. As an alternative, you can go for personalized pillowcase, which are generally cheaper and more accessible in the Philippines.

7. A Souvenir from Where You Are
As the partner who’s going away, you often think to yourself: “I wish you were here.”

Unfortunately, you may need to wait a while before your other half can join you in your travels. For now, you can take your adventures to them by sending them a souvenir whenever you go somewhere new.

Before we end this post, let’s stop for a moment to appreciate all the OFWs who are willing to brave the challenges abroad. They show how powerful the Filipino spirit can really be, especially if it can lead to a better future for their loved ones at home. If you have a relative, friend, or partner working abroad, feel free to give them a shout-out in the comments below!



7 Gift Ideas for the Boss Who Has Everything

As a child, unwrapping a gift to find the toy you’ve always wanted is the best feeling ever. The same goes for teenagers who are granted their first laptops, iPhones, or even cars. For them, such gifts are incredibly satisfying because they most likely couldn’t afford purchasing those items themselves.

But what about someone who, theoretically, already has everything? For example, if your boss had been a good mentor, leader, and friend to you, would any of your material gift ideas appeal to them?

Worry no more — we did all the digging for you. Regardless if it’s their birthday or you just happened to draw their name for the office gift exchange event, here are seven ideas that they will definitely appreciate.

1. Ticket to a Sports Game
If your boss is a huge PBA fan, one of the best gifts you should consider would be game tickets — preferably when their favorite team is playing. In a nation of basketball lovers, competitions are being held all year round, so you shouldn’t have a problem picking one they’ll enjoy.

2. Card Holder Case
Do you want to know how executives keep all their cards and cash in their wallets? Probably uncomfortably. That’s why you should consider giving the gift of a business-class card case. And if you’re having difficulties looking for these in malls, consider checking out online shopping sites like Lazada instead.

3. Cake
The next gift idea should be rather self-explanatory, especially if the office is celebrating your boss’s birthday. Everybody loves cake, but some people can be finicky when it comes to the brand and flavor. You may need some insider information for this one, so be prepared to ask around until you find out your boss’s favorite cake.

4. A Song
Everyone has their own jam. If you’ve been working for your boss for quite some time, then you should at least have a clue on what artists they listen to. But rather than looking for CD albums, a more impactful gift would be a virtual song dedication. You can do this with the help of online serenade services.

5. A Snack Basket
If you’re going away on vacation, it’s normal for officemates request for “pasalubongs” from your destination. For example, “danggit” is a popular delicacy from Cebu City, while peanut brittle is from Baguio. Wherever you’re going, make sure you take home a bundle of snacks for your boss.

6. A Personalized Mug or Coffee Cup
Bosses are often associated with plenty of stereotypes, such as being grumpy, workaholics, unfun, and so on. While these generalizations are mostly based on assumptions, there’s one stereotype that’s more likely to be true — they’re probably heavy coffee drinkers. That’s why, no matter the occasion, a personalized coffee mug is always a thoughtful gift.

7. Homemade Food
The thing about giving gifts to bosses is that there’s no point in trying to impress them with the item’s price tag. For them, it’s always the thought that counts.

Whatever you do, you should avoid giving last-minute gifts that took no planning whatsoever on your end. Instead, come up with something that requires effort and time — like a DIY accessory or homemade cookies. This, of course, depends on your particular set of skills and hobbies.

For some people, the idea behind gift-giving is presenting someone an item that they really want. But in some occasions, it’s about staying in the good graces of your boss. Hopefully, the list above helped you do the latter.

What gift would you give your boss? Share it to our readers in the comments below!



The Best Anniversary Gifts to Celebrate Your Love

Anniversaries only happen once a year. So, as one of the partners in a long-term relationship, it’s your duty to make those days as special as possible. You can plan a trip outside the city, treat your taste buds in a romantic dinner by the pier, or have a simple staycation with ice cream, movies, and each other’s arms.

Whatever you do, just don’t forget the all-important anniversary gift to commemorate your love.

What’s that? You forgot to plan for your anniversary?

Don’t panic — you’ve come to the right place.

Here are 5 of the best anniversary gifts that will make it seem as if you’ve been planning for weeks!

1. “Where We’ve Been” Map

If you’ve had plenty of memorable adventures together, then a simple gift idea would be a “where we’ve been” map. For this, you’ll need a regular map, printed photos of your travels, and some stickers for decoration.

The bigger the map, the better. It’s also ideal to pin it somewhere visible, like your living room wall or your fridge.

2. A Spa Day

According to science, couples who go on relaxing activities together enjoy healthier and happier relationships. That’s why, instead of purchasing expensive gifts like jewelry or gadgets, consider treating your other half to a day at the spa — where your only job is to relax and feel the stress being squeezed out of your body.

With the internet, it should be easy to find establishments that offer whole-day packages. Otherwise, you’ll have to cap off the day yourself by looking for other things to do, such as dining out or watching a movie.

3. A Spotify Playlist

Music and romance go hand in hand. If you believe your love story can be summarized with song titles, then a thoughtful gift you can give would be your very own Spotify playlist.

While this gift is good enough by itself, you can match it with a brand new mobile device with the playlist already downloaded. That is, if you have Spotify Premium and a decent budget.

4. An Online Serenade

What’s even better than a music playlist? A virtual serenade that’s specially dedicated to your loved one.

It doesn’t matter if your partner works abroad or if you lack the ability to perform in the serenade yourself. With services like oSerenade, you can hire an artist to sing it for you and deliver the finished product by your specified date.

5. A Pet

Starting a family is in every couple’s bucket list. But for those who aren’t ready for the challenges of parenthood, raising a pet would be a good “training”, so to speak.

By now, you should already have an idea on what animal your partner prefers as pets. In comparison with children, pets are relatively low maintenance. However, raising them is still a very challenging yet fulfilling experience. Just be sure your home can accommodate your family’s soon-to-be, newest member.

Bonus: Your Story in a Box

This next idea may require a ton of planning (a year’s worth, in fact), but it’s definitely one of the most romantic gifts you can ever give. Basically, you’ll spend the entire year writing about the most noteworthy events — be it your first overseas trip, your very first dinner with the family, that one time you danced in the rain, and so on.

Of course, you can also just recall everything you’ve done this past year and write them down. To make it more special, be sure to use colored paper and spray some of your cologne. Put everything in a keepsake box and you’re good to go.

While anniversaries are meant to be fun, they can also be stressful and frustrating, especially for the ill-prepared. Hopefully, the ideas above helped you come up with an amazing gift idea that your other half will surely appreciate.

Or, if you want to get started right away with an online serenade, click here to learn how to order!



10 Best Acoustic Songs to Sing to Your Girlfriend

As a guy, it doesn’t matter if it’s your anniversary, monthsary, or celebrating her nth birthday. If you don’t come up with a gift idea, then you could be in big trouble.

Sure, she can say that it’s the gesture that counts — that she’s content as long as you spend time together. But as her man, you have a duty to make her feel like the luckiest girl on the planet.

Aside from typical gifts like chocolates, flowers, jewelry, and other material things, dedicating music is one way to keep her thinking about you. After all, music shines where words regularly fall short — igniting powerful emotions in the hearts of listeners.

Here’s a short list of the top ten acoustic songs you can dedicate to your girlfriend:

1. Gitara – Parokya Ni Edgar
“Gitara” by Parokya Ni Edgar is one of the most iconic acoustic songs that a lot of millennials grew up with. The song is all about expressing your feelings through music, which matches exactly what you’re trying to do.
It may not be easy to play, but once you nail the basics of playing fingerstyle guitar, it should all come together easily with some practice. If you’re planning to perform this live, it’s a good idea to have someone else play the guitar while you sing, or vice versa.

2. Passenger Seat – Stephen Speaks
Next on this list is “Passenger Seat” by Stephen Speaks — a song that will probably get recognized anywhere. This is the perfect song to dedicate if you’ve been on plenty of road trips with her.
Getting to sing it should be a privilege for you as well. After all, you finally have everything that you need, sitting right there in the passenger seat. No matter where you’re headed in life, you’ll surely get there with a blissful smile on your face.

3. Wherever You Will Go – The Calling
You don’t need to be an expert guitarist to perform The Calling’s “Wherever You Will Go”; the entire song can be played with only four chords. It also has one of the most powerful lyrics any guy could sing to a gal. And if you’re not together yet, you can melt her heart away with: “If I could make you mine, I’d go wherever you will go.”

4. Tuliro – Sponge Cola
When played acoustically, “Tuliro” by Sponge Cola gives off a fun and positive vibe that your girlfriend will love. Imagine singing this song with your posse: two guys playing guitars, another with a pair of maracas, and you singing your heart out — holding a single rose. Such a gift is nothing short of awesome.

5. You and Me – Lifehouse
Okay, Lifehouse’s “You and Me” might be a bit trickier to play than the previous songs, with roughly double the number of chords you have to play. However, it makes up for it by being easier to sing. The song is about facing all the confusion that goes on in everyday life, and having that one person that turns everything into background noise.

6. Your Song – Parokya ni Edgar
Yes — there are two Parokya ni Edgar songs in this list, but that’s only because they’re that good. This particular song, called “Your Song”, deserves to be sung to every girl. It’s simple, pure, and sincere. Hopefully, those words also describe you as a partner.

7. Collide – Howie Day
This song may remind you of the morning sun as it reflects from your girlfriend’s face. For a different couple, it may pertain to all the signs and ‘coincidences’ that put you in each other’s path. Whatever your inspiration may be, Howie Day’s “Collide” is, without a doubt, a song worth dedicating.

8. Photograph – Ed Sheeran
One of Ed Sheeran’s slow songs, “Photograph” perfectly defines love during its first lines. It can hurt, it can be hard, but it will definitely make you feel alive. Before you sing this song to your girlfriend, consider creating a picture collage of your memories first.

9. Marry Me – Train
Are you finally ready to pop “the question”? Then “Marry Me” by Train is the perfect song choice. At this point, it shouldn’t even matter if you can sing it well or not. Remember, you only get to ask that question (hopefully) once in your life — might as well go all out.

10. Abot Kamay – Orange and Lemons
It may not be popular as popular as the other songs on this list, but “Abot Kamay” by Orange and Lemons has a melody that every listener will remember. The song is about a guy’s yearning to get close to that special girl. You may already be close to your girlfriend emotionally and physically, but singing this song to her would still create a “kilig” moment.

Ready to dedicate a song? Whether you’re too shy, out of practice, or living far away from your girlfriend, you can still send a virtual serenade in a few simple steps. Check out this page for specific instructions!

How to Say Sorry to the People You’ve Hurt

What’s the hardest thing to say to a person?

Some of you might think that the answer should be “I love you”.

Sure, these three words are the proverbial cats getting our tongues during our youth. But once you experience disappointing or hurting someone dear to you, then there’s nothing more deflating.

In many cases, asking for forgiveness is a lot tougher than confessing your feelings, especially if your approach is to suck it up, swallow your pride, and apologize face-to-face. It may be the most straightforward and sincere way to express your regret, but you also have other options if you can’t muster up the courage to do so:

1. Say it was a mistake
Most, if not all, hurtful behaviors are unintentional. They are often the result of stress, anger, or other unfortunate circumstances.

Regardless, you need to be honest and straight up say that what you did was an accident. Tell them that you miscalculated the costs of your behavior and deeply regret the outcome.

Don’t be afraid to admit you were being an idiot at that time, just show that person that you’re also disappointed in your actions.

2. Tell them what you learned
Knowing how to say sorry is never enough, even if you are bold enough to admit your mistakes. Sometimes, the other party wants you to learn and change from the incident.

This is when you need to show your self-awareness and identify the root cause of your hurtful behavior. Were you depriving yourself of sleep? Are you focusing too much on your work? Do you have any addictions that endanger your stability?

Whatever it is, it must be brought out and dealt with in a mature manner. Once you get their attention, ask for their help and discuss how you’re going to improve.

3. Allow them to vent
You can’t expect someone you’ve hurt to be calm and silent in a discussion with you. That said, you must make a promise to yourself to avoid reacting negatively.

For example, if they talk to you in an aggressive and loud manner, don’t try to match it. Just be humble and let that person express anger.

Only try to subdue them if things get a little violent. In which case, you need to tell them to sit down and take deep breaths. Tell them that they can let it out on you, but not on the furniture or your house pets.

4. Express it through a song
Words are very powerful. They can hurt, soothe, inspire, or everything all at once.

Songs, however, are even more powerful. They can evoke emotions through simple tunes and beats.

If you think that words aren’t enough to inspire forgiveness, then you need to channel the power of song. If you’re musically inclined yourself, you need to seriously consider performing to that person up front. It will definitely be greatly appreciated, regardless if they choose to forgive you or not.

Otherwise, try sending an online serenade or burning music to a CD with an apology letter to match.

5. Write a list
To help you stay aware of the costs of your behavior, write a list together of everything that can need to be addressed.

There’s no formal way of doing this. You can write it on your yearly planner, on your phone’s note-taking app, or even on a post-it note on the fridge.

You can also ask the other person to specify a form of punishment in case you transgress again. Don’t be afraid to suggest something lighthearted and humorous, like being in charge of the dishes for a day or having to buy a chocolate cake. Hopefully, you can make this activity fun and finally put a smile back on their face.

After your apology, you should be prepared to comfort them by all means possible. Be ready to “baby” them, submit to all their wishes, and let them have their way for as long as needed. You can expect this to last anywhere from a couple of hours to an entire week — depending on the gravity of your mistake and how the other person copes with being hurt.

How would you solve a quarrel? Feel free to share your suggestions to us!



7 Unique Gift Ideas for Your Beloved

Flowers, chocolates, greeting cards — we’ve all seen these gifts before.

Sure, you can say that the gesture of giving is all that matters. But if you believe that your loved one deserves the best, then it’s okay to be a little finicky with what to give.

Without further ado, here are seven unique gift ideas that your loved one will surely appreciate:

1. Online Serenade
If you’re struggling to convey your emotions through words, why not express them with the magic of music?

Serenades — no matter the era — is one of the sweetest gifts you can give someone.

Unfortunately, not everyone has the time to prepare and deliver a romantic serenade in today’s busy world.

An online serenade, on the other hand, can be planned within a minute. While the company may take a few days to produce the piece, senders themselves only need a computer and an internet connection.

Online serenades are also guaranteed to reach your beloved regardless of where they live. This is perfect for those with loved ones who work or live in distant places.

2. Homemade Dessert
The fastest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. But rather than giving store-bought chocolates, cakes, or cookies, you should consider making these treats yourself.

Think about it: even if your handmade desserts aren’t as flavorful as the ones from the store, your beloved will appreciate the effort you put into making them.

Besides, it should be easy to find simple and easy-to-follow recipes. A quick search on Pinterest should give you a ton of ideas.

3. Custom Mug
How to make sure your loved one remembers you every day? Give them a personalized mug!

That way, they’ll think of you whenever they enjoy a hot cup of coffee in the morning.

Don’t worry if you think you’re not skilled enough to create something giftable. If you’re familiar with oil-paint pens, then all you need is a brilliant idea — or an artistic friend who’s willing to help out.

Alternatively, you can look for a company that creates custom mugs for a price.

4. Sleepover Kit
A sleepover kit is perfect for couples who don’t live together yet. All you need is a basket or a small travel bag that has everything, like the crashing partner’s deodorant, shampoo, bath towel, and so on.

If you want, you can purchase the necessities as a couple and make this gift a bonding experience. Call it a “practice session,” if you will, on how you two can make shopping decisions together.

5. Message in a Bottle
With mobile phones and online communications, a lot of couples missed out on the thrill of receiving and keeping written notes of adoration.

To make sure your partner never loses it, you can put your message inside a decorated, empty wine bottle. Spray the inside with your perfume to enhance the effect.

If you want, you can also add your twist to this gift idea. For example, promise to open the bottle after some years or once they accomplish a significant life goal, like your first anniversary or graduation. You can also ask your partner to write their message.

6. A Holiday Trip
Millennials today fancy the idea of traveling to romantic places, and they like to share it via social media. If you have enough savings, head to your partner’s Facebook timeline and view their likes (More → Likes) to find travel spots or restaurants they’d like to visit. Alternatively, you can look for interesting places in your area.

Just remember that this particular gift requires weeks, if not months, of planning. It’s also something that only makes sense when done once or twice a year.

7. Something from their Pinterest Boards
The final gift in this list requires you to do some research. If your partner uses Pinterest, then they’re likely to create or follow boards that can show you exactly what they want.

Just watch out for the things they already have, unless you’re confident that your gift will be infinitely better. And if they don’t use Pinterest, you can also check the pages they like or follow in other social media networks.

Final Words
In gift-giving, it’s the thought that counts, not the price tag. Hopefully, your beloved can appreciate one of the gift ideas listed above.

Have an awesome gift idea you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!



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