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Gifts You Can Give to the Person Who Has Everything (and you don't)

Updated on June 28, 2014
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When choosing a gift for someone who has everything, all it takes is a little more thought, creativity and imagination, especially wnen the wallet holds you ba


By Mona Sabalones Gonzalez

Every now and then there is always the dilemma of what you should give to the person who seems to have everything. It could be your very wealthy boss, a good friend, or a cherished relative.

Enrich Magazine is proposing three gifts that can be given to the person who has everything.

Exceptionally good, rarely known food

Ju.D Lao Fruitcake. You can never go wrong with a Ju.D Lao Fruitcake. Known as the Philippines Fruitcake Lady, Ju.D has, since 1975, been baking delicious fruitcakes that have converted former fruitcake haters to this wonderful holiday tradition. Ju.D’s clientele include politicians, socialites and celebrities among others; and her fruitcake has even made her a celebrity, too. She has authored two cookbooks and hosted a cooking show in Taiwan because of her delicious fruitcakes. She also has guested in many Philippine TV shows.

Not only are Ju.D’s fruitcakes delicious, but she is very inventive, too. She created Ju.D Blue, a dark fruitcake with Blue Mountain Coffee and Kahlua coffee liquor. Another top seller is the Classic Ju.D fruitcake which comes in a lovely red box. The third top seller is Ju.D’s own invention -- the world’s first fruitcake cookie, the Chewy Chewkie. Her fourth bestseller is a creation of her beautiful daughter Jamie, namely the New York Peppermint which is one of a range of student priced, high end cookies that Jamie made. The New York Peppermint is a semi-sweet, soft oatmeal cookie with chocolate bits and a touch of peppermint.

Other products from Ju.D are her Prune Cake (with Kahlua liquor) and her Golden Fruitcake (with honey, cranberry, apricots and walnuts). Ju.D also has delicious ginger cookies as an alternative to the gingerbread cookie which she feels is sometimes overly sweet.

Jamie’s high end, student priced cookies include Ichico San (Mr. Strawberry) which are cookies with Meijii chocolate strawberry bits; Almond Chocolate Chips; Classic Chocolate Chips (with Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate bits; Prune and White Chocolate; and Dark Chocolate Ginger Cookies (with Ghirardelli chocolate bits and candied ginger).


Concept Photography

A person who has everything has probably been photographed by many of the top photographers in the country. But doubtless, the photos are predictable and designed to make you look beautiful. Concept photography on the other hand is challenging; and the gift of a photo shoot with young and talented Kat de Mesa is something you would want to keep forever, just because you discover different sides of yourself in this challengingly gratifying integrative experience.

Kat is a distinctive new voice in photography and although still in college, already her photos were published and she was interviewed in the March, 2012 British online publication, NeverLazy Magazine ( Her pictures were also featured in the May 2012 issue of Base Magazine (


Kat’s inspiration comes from her dreams and from movies by Bernardo Bertolucci and Darren Aronofsky. She loves re-creating her imaginary worlds. Aside from concept photography she also does fashion shoots and lately, street photography. The latter is a new passion for which she has traveled for hours to unknown destinations to find images to shoot – the Badjaos, a fish market in Rizal (in the wee hours of the morning), and rough environments beyond her comfort zone.

“I think it's very important for young artists to be experimental. I try to challenge myself with something new every day. The possibilities are endless,” she says.

The gift of an integrated new experience through concept photography is definitely a gift that someone who has everything probably doesn’t have. See her portfolio at

A bathroom rug that I made
A bathroom rug that I made | Source

DIY Gifts

If you plan to give a DIY gift, be sure that it is well made and that it’s something that your friend will want to use and keep. The benefit of the DIY gift is that it has a personal touch and the fact that you took the trouble to make it shows more love.

I’m showing a photo of a rug that I made, DIY. It’s not a work of genius, but it would be nice for a child’s bathroom. I made the rug because I was sick and tired of buying rugs that were easily destroyed by cockroaches within months. Since then, aside from the rug on the photo, I made an all black version with longer threads, which feel great on the feet and add a nice, classic touch to the bathroom. Cockroaches hate it because it has a rubber bottom. And for some reason, they don’t like the thread I use, so it doesn’t tear. These rugs take a LONG time to make. One day, however, I found my invention in an interior design website. Someone else did it much better and used grey thread and made it a large living room rug. No, I don’t sell the stuff I make.

My article is mentioned in the Editor's Note


Enrich is sold in the US, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and The Philippines



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    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Thank yo Teaches12345. How fortunate that you have a son who can make such wonderful photos for you:).

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      My son is a photographer and I often receive lovely framed photographs as a gift. I treasure them because they are from him and he took time to take the picture for me. Great ideas listed here, Mona.

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Dear Au Fait, you are absolutely right, money is always a great gift. I feel exactly the same way you do. Regarding the rug, I didn't realize it wasn't show in the article. I'll include it now. Thanks for pointing this out to me. The rug takes a LOT of time to make and it is basically the rug kids make in school using knitting thread, then you use a crochet needle and pull the cut strings through holes. Mine is very colorful because I was really just playing with the project, but I love its absorbency and it can be used on either side. It looks very different on its back side and the absorbency is very good, too. Thanks for noting that my rug wasn't featured. Have a wonderful day:).

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      You said you were showing the rug you made, but I saw no photo of it. Sounded very interesting and I'm thinking any article you wrote on how to make such a rug would get a lot of traffic.

      I don't think people must necessarily be wealthy in order to seem to have everything. Some people like to travel light through this world and that can make them very difficult to think of a gift for.

      I really dislike bric-a-brac that will only take up space and require regular dusting. If one doesn't have any some people think one is deprived and start trying to load one down with it. No clothing please as even if it fits my size it may not fit my lifestyle or preference.

      I'm not a person who has everything, but I am a person who is very difficult to choose a gift for. In my case money is perfect. Matches everything in my life, fits perfectly in every situation, but lots of people think money is too impersonal. Something useful or really beautiful that is handmade by the giver is usually appreciated for the reasons you gave. That someone cares enough to take the time to make something special is very meaningful and often cherished.

      Interesting and useful article. Enjoyed reading it.

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Peggy W, you must be a fantastic cook! How wonderful that you can share your talent and make delicious gifts for others. Yes, concept photography is really fun. I have a lot of those because my daughter's friend is a photographer student who often used Kat as her subject. Thank you for reading, and thank you too, for the share.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have made many craft items in the past to give as gifts. Of late, I often bake homemade gifts such as biscotti and other goodies. People seem to like them...especially the ones who seldom have time to bake. That concept photography sounds like it would be fun. Congratulations on the mention in the magazine by the editor regarding your article. Voted up and sharing.

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Hello MartieCoetser, glad to know that this article helped you decide on what to give your friend. Thank you for visiting and reading:).

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      Martie Coetser 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you for this most-needed tips, grand old lady :) You have given me a bright idea :)

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Torrs13, I'm bad at crafts and bad at sewing but do them anyway. It's the fun that counts, and with time, I find myself improving. So, go for it. You'll find great pleasure just knowing the creation is yours. Thanks for the visit:)

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      Tori Canonge 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      If only I was more creative so I could make DIY gifts! I would like to make some shadow boxes at some point to showcase memories that I have had with various people. Maybe one day my crafting abilities will shine through...

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Hi B. Leekley, Ju.D's fruitcake is usually given as a gift from a friend who has visited the Philippines and then returned to his/her country. I can, however, ask Ju.D about shipping costs to the States for you. I personally don't like the coffee fruitcake, but some people just love it. My favorite is the classic fruitcake. Well, to each his own.

      Re the cockroaches, they are a true bane in the Philippines. Usually you have to hire a pest person to de-cockroach your house every few months, but there's a new gadget that is supposed to emit a high pitched tone that mice and cockroaches hate. However, I have dogs and I'm not sure if it's dog friendly. You just plug it in and it's supposed to be good for the whole house. I have been thinking of trying it.

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      Brian Leekley 

      4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, and Interesting. I love fruitcake slices spread with butter and peanut butter, and I thought about asking my wife to buy me a Ju.D. blue fruitcake for my birthday, but the company website says nothing about shipping or about converting the price from Philippine to US currency. I wonder if they would do well selling fruitcakes on one day auctions on eBay.

      When I was in my early 20s in the early 1960s, I sometimes lived in Chicago, and most of the apartments I rented had lots of cockroaches. They ate crumbs of food, not rugs. I think a hub about Philippine cockroaches would be interesting.

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you, Anita, I love the idea of concept photography, too. Wish I had the money to afford a session:)

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      Anita Saran 

      4 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Concept photography is such a great idea for a gift. And congrats on your excellent article being mentioned in the Editor's note.

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Restaurant gift certificates are great. Concept photography is wonderful, both experiential and you get to keep the end results. Thanks for visiting, glassvisage.

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      4 years ago from Northern California

      Very nice and congrats on the mention in the publication! I like to do either restaurant gift certificates or portraits for people who have everything... Thank you for posting!

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      True, Nadine May. Home made cooked gifts are always wonderful additions to the Christmas dinner table.

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      Nadine May 

      4 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      One can never go wrong with eats as a gift, especially wen it is home made.

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you Kerlund74. It is really hard to give a gift to someone who has everything, but there is always something they haven't got. Even Paris Hilton probably is missing one small thing in her life:) Although, I wonder what that could possibly be....

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      4 years ago from Sweden

      I like this, great suggestions. They are original and creative, things that do mean something to give and to get:)

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Concept photography can be a lot of fun. You get to discuss ideas with the photographer and plan settings and costumes. You can grab stuff from your mom's and grandmom's closets, etc. and come up with wonderful, extraordinary images of yourself. It's especially fun if the photographer can capture parts of your personality on film, or create new depth to some aspects of the way you look, and even make your face surprisingly different -- it's you, but another side of you. My daughter has a modeled for concept photographer Kat de Mesa, and I think these photos of her may end up being the favorites of her own children when she becomes a mother and later, a grandmother.

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      Suzanne Day 

      4 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I really like the suggestion of the concept photography. It would be fabulous to see yourself in a different angle, if you have already seen yourself in all the other "beautiful" poses! Voted interesting.

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Dolores Monet,

      I forgot to mention your name when I responded to your point about delicious, homemade food as gifts. Food is a language all its own, and homemade gifts are meaningful and (excuse the pun) fulfilling:)

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      True. Everybody loves eating something delicious and homemade.

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Ms. Dora,

      Ya, I love DIY gifts. Plus, it's the fact that you are given something that is one of a kind.

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      Dolores Monet 

      4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Food gifts for sure! Everyone eats and giving them something special, maybe homemade, can be a real nice present.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Good suggestions. The DIY gifts usually carry the sense of thoughtfulness and personal care.

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Sangre, thanks -- you are so right.

      Billybuc, I agree re the DIY gifts. Just that my DIY is so baaad. I love to do it but people hate to receive it, so I enforce it on all the rooms of my house.

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      Sp Greaney 

      4 years ago from Ireland

      I like these different ideas for gift ideas. No one wants to receive the same thing all the time.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mona, great suggestions. We lean towards the DIY gifts; we find them to be more meaningful and thus appreciated more.


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