Christmas is right around the corner, and thankfully, you've learned your lessons from holidays past and started Christmas shopping early. Or not. If you're like us, you're probably still just counting those freshly withdrawn bills from your 13th month bonus.
Well, we've got news for you buddy: that ain't going to make you happy. Our advice: spend it. Get yourself something really nice, get your girlfriend that bag she's always wanted, and get your parents something other than a Christmas card.
To help you sort things out, we present you our annual gift guides! Dubbed "All The Things Bros Want 2014," we've hunted down all the things we'd pony up for without hesitation, organized according to the type of guy you are. So whether you're a PlayStation addict, a hardcore fan of retro Jordans, or the type of guy that checks Lookbook on a daily basis, we've got something for you. #GetClickingAndGetGifting
If you’re a top-scoring fixture on Santa’s naughty list, you better get your girl something more than just nice for Christmas—at the small price of your all life savings, valuable assets, and/or soul.
Trust us, it will be worth it. You can start by gifting her with the items on this list—prepared by no less than our most trusted spy inside the world of women, Cosmpolitan Philippines' Assistant Managing Editor, Mich Lagdameo!
"Upkeep” for a year
You men have no idea how much we spend to keep looking like the “simple girl” that you know and love. Imagine the monthly requirements—manicures, pedicures, facials, haircuts, hair coloring, spa treatments, laser hair removal—and multiply that by 12, and you’re looking at a loss of upwards of 50 grand.
Hey, beauty comes at a price!
Prepare to shell out: P50,000+
A trip to Paris (with shopping money!)
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Every girl dreams of seeing (and shopping in) the City of Lights. And of course, she wouldn’t want to go alone, right? Book her and her annoying BFFs on a flight to Paris, home to the Eiffel Tower (perfect for OOTDs!) and all original great fashion houses.
Now, she didn’t come all that way just to window shop, did she? Say au revoir to all you money, mister. Merci!
Prepare to shell out: P100,000+
A Mini Cooper
Image via Mini.co.au
Contrary to popular belief, women do like cars. We like them cute, we like them classy, we like them more expensive than they look. We don’t care about engine specs and all that crap—we just want to know if it comes in nice colors. On the upside, at least you can borrow that sweet ride on coding days (if you sufficiently beg and bribe, of course).
Prepare to shell out: Around P2.2 million
A Chanel 2.55 purse
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There’s a reason why we want it: It’s a classic, timeless bag that should last a lifetime—and it will take you just as long to save up for it. Resellers price this bag at around 200k—murang-mura! Watch your woman coo over the luxurious quilting and cult-classic design and you can be sure she’s never gushed about you like that.
Prepare to shell out: P200,000
Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Satin pumps
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You can blame Carrie and Sex and the City for quite a lot of things you find wrong about your woman: her unrealistic expectations of relationships, odd fashion sense, and unfeasible desire to live in the Big Apple are a few. Here’s a new reason to hate on SATC: these now-iconic Blahnik Satin pumps that just cost you pretty much two to three months’ sweldo.
Prepare to shell out: $970 (around P43,000)
Christian Louboutin Pigalle (nude)
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Of course more than one pair of designer shoes made this list. Here’s a standard rule in women’s fashion: Every girl needs her basics—and the simpler the design, the more expensive it is. Case in point: this stiletto heel (which admittedly looks like every other heel you already see your girl wearing) will set you back about a month or two’s salary, and look, your girl is literally just stepping on your hard-earned cash!
Prepare to shell out: $680 (around P30,500)
A Tiffany & Co ring
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Who said you had to be engaged to wear gorgeous, sparkly baubles? Gift your lady with a forever-crowd favorite Tiffany piece (a ring costs at least 10,000…dollars) and watch her melt into a pliable puddle of mush into your arms (and bed).
Why Tiffany and not your mother’s trusty alahera, you ask? The secret, sirs, is in the infamous powder blue box—and every woman dreams of being presented with one. Remember this: If jewelry brands were basketball players, Tiffany would be freaking LeBron.
Prepare to shell out: P450,000 (at least!)
A MacBook Air
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Yes, some women would love to receive a gadget for Christmas, but we’re not techie enough to care about the minor details. Simple gadget-related questions we want answered: Is it sexy? Is it expensive? But is it dumbed-down enough for me to use? Yes on all three counts for this MacBook Air!
Prepare to shell out: P59,990 for the most-pimped out variant (might as well go all out, yes?)
A dream wedding
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Okay, if you’re on her shit list there’s no guarantee she will actually still marry you, but hey, if you’re intent on spending a lifetime proving to her you’re not an asshole, you might as well start with that dizzying spectacle you call The Best Day of Our Lives.
Your girl would definitely want to feel like Kate Middleton on that day, so be ready for this shindig to run into the millions. (Don’t believe us? Ask a newly-married friend and he’ll tell you he’s still eating de lata for dinner three months later.)
The concept of having a dream wedding is highly subjective though. So if your girl wants to keep it small and simple, then you and your bank account are in luck!
Prepare to shell out: P1 million (at least!)
A weekend getaway to Amanpulo or Bali
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And not just any weekend getaway, mind you—we want the works. We want flowers waiting for us when we arrive, a closetful of new resort wear, dinners on sandbars, gifts at every turn… And oh yeah, we don’t want you there. Content yourself with our beachside selfies (and by footing the bill)!
Prepare to shell out: P100,000+