15 Gifts You Can Make For Your Besties

Through thick and thin, your best friend has always been there for you. Show your thanks and love by surprising your bestie with thoughtful presents on this list.
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  1. Bedroom Balloon Surprise
    Make your bestie's birthday memorable by using only two things, balloons representing her age and photos! Pick pictures that show off her stages of growth and number it from 1 to her current age. Let her reminisce through each one in her bedroom.

  2. A Harry Potter Journey
    If your bestie is a Harry Potter fan, this pin will show you the best present ever! Recreate scenes from books 1-7 and combine a treasure hunt experience for your friend as well. Major effort=love! You can also do this with other movie themes.

  3. Open When...
    For this DIY, you'll need cutest envelopes you have or DIY some to create little presents for your bestie, label each one from, "Open when you're having a bad hair day" to "When you pass an exam!" and give her stars, quotes or funny stories to make her day.

  4. Friendship Bracelet of Memories
    Pick out photos of you and your bestie which show off your best moments together, edit them together in a long strip that fits around your wrist and print it out on photo paper. Cut the strip and punch holes on both ends, secure them with a string or some loom bands.

  5. Picture Collage
    Let the story of your friendship always remind you of your strong bond together. Instead of posting them online or letting it collect dust in an album, why not post your photos on your friendship wall with some twine, pegs, or washi tape?

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  6. Photo Bookmarks
    Have a lot of besties in your circle? This fun and thrifty project will still help you make a thoughtful gift. Follow the steps on this pin so you can create a bookmark worthy of a lasting impression.

  7. DIY Funfetti Candles
    Create a unique candle that reminds your bestie of all the good things in the world, like cake! This cute candle is easy to do and delicious to look at. Click this pin for the instructions.

  8. Countdown of Presents
    This is fun to do: collect presents for your bestie and put them in one big box. Place envelopes on each flap with numbers same to the gift, then write a message on each one that you want your bestie to read along with the present.

  9. Mini Photo Album
    Perfect for Instagram besties, collect all pics that tell the best stories. Edit them side by side and print it out on photopaper, staple the center to form mini photo albums that you can hang on key chains or have around to keep your bestie happy!

  10. Hot Cocoa Kit
    Get a mason jar and fill it up with powdered choco mix, marshmallows, cinnamon sticks for a lovely hot cocoa kit your bestie will surely appreciate especially on cold, rainy nights.

  11. Macaron Lip Pot Key Chain
    Create the cutest lipbalm case for your bestie! Use her fave flavored lippie (it has to be in a pot!) and some air dry clay to create the pads of the macarons. Click the pin for step by step instructions.

  12. Status Update Coasters
    Browse through old yearbook photos or Facebook for some memorable photos and quotes or status from your bestie, print those out and apply with glue on a round cardboard. Create a waterproof barrier by applying a layer of glue for super fun coasters!

  13. DIY Sea Salt Hair Spray
    Give the gift of best hair day in a bottle; this sea salt hair spray will surely make your bestie smile with natural beachy waves. Create some for yourself, too!

  14. Mini Spa Jar Kit
    Grab your bestie's set of fave nail polish, cotton pad wipes and some scrub and fill it in a jar for an at home mani-pedi spa kit. Be as creative with the packaging as possible!

  15. DIY Armband for iPod/Phone
    Bust out your sewing kit! This project will require you to sew a pretty armband perfect for the gym buff bestie that loves to work out while listing to music. Click this pin for instructions.

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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