Beating the holiday rush with cute finds

The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for arts and crafts entrepreneurs like me. From making stocks to joining art fairs, sometimes there's little time left to shop for gifts for my loved ones. Aside from supporting artists and makers by buying local, I make sure to check out SM Stationery as well because a lot of my friends are addicted to paper goods and cute stuff.

SM Stationery: they've literally got it all for you!

SM Stationery: they've literally got it all for you!

What I like about SM Stationery is the assortment of products they offer. Whether your budget is tight or you're willing to splurge, whether you're shopping for stocking stuffers or you're looking for the perfect exchange gift, I am sure you'll find something there for people on your list.

For the friend who likes all things cute and fluffy

Why hello there, Hoho Cat!

Why hello there, Hoho Cat!

There's no shortage of cute animals-themed stuff at SM Stationery. (I can tell you this for a fact because I spent almost an hour looking around their SM Megamall branch, trying to narrow down the items to be included in this picture.)  Dogs, cats, bunnies, and bears are common, but you can also find the occasional penguin, frog, and giraffe in between. From notebooks to pens to pouches, you'll find something here for your friend who can't get enough of fluffy buddies.

For the friend who likes bright, happy things

I want to get every fruit-themed sketchbook at the store. Someone stop me!

I want to get every fruit-themed sketchbook at the store. Someone stop me!

Another theme that seems popular is fruits, and their fun colors really capture that cheerful feeling. I imagine these items to be perfect for a friend who never fails to brighten up your day or make you smile. (Or it could be a great motivator for someone on your list who is trying to get into a healthier lifestyle! Tell me, would you be able to buy potato chips when your strawberry wallet is looking right at you?)

For the friend who likes minimalism

Love all the patterns here! And the cats!

Love all the patterns here! And the cats!

Even it your friend has shun all the colors, but black and white doesn't mean boring. This monochromatic palette lends itself well to textures and patterns that are just as visually interesting as rainbow pieces. Practical items like sketchbooks and pencil cases look fun yet classy when done in black and white.

For the friend who likes to travel

I really like urban sketch-y type illustrations so I've got my eye on that notebook on the right.

I really like urban sketch-y type illustrations so I've got my eye on that notebook on the right.

Don't let your friend go on a trip without a little travel-themed token for you. Whether it's a journal to keep all their memories in, or a luggage cover to protect their belongings, your friend will be inspired to make new memories knowing you support them in their adventures.

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Here are some other items I like to get myself (because you know, we need to reward ourselves sometimes haha!).

I work with a lot of paper and I file them at the end of the year, so these cute labels will make organizing all my sketches a breeze.

I also cannot get enough of pens, and these cat pens caught my eye. Aren't they adorable?

Last but not the least, I've had my eye on these fluffy creatures since I first saw them a couple of months ago. I already got myself a pouch for my phone, but their faces and the colors are compelling me to get more!

Since December is only a couple of days away (oh how time flies!) and I haven't finished my holiday shopping yet, it is comforting to know that SM Stationery will always be there in case I run out of gift ideas!