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Gifts You Can Give to the Person Who Has Everything (and you don't)
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).
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 (http://issuu.com/neverlazy). Her pictures were also featured in the May 2012 issue of Base Magazine (http://issuu.com/basemag/docs/baseissue03).
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 www.facebook.com/katdm.photography.
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.