10 Cute Finds for Milk Tea Lovers
Obsessions are everywhere in pop culture, from K-Pop groups to binge-worthy TV shows. But perhaps none are quite as rampant, unrelenting, and ubiquitous as the milk-tea craze. Enter any mall in Metro Manila and you’re almost certain to see long lines snaking around the corridors filled with people lining up to get their daily dose of the trendy drink. And the mania extends far beyond just the beverage itself—we know you milk-tea lovers out there would wear your obsession on your sleeves in any way, shape, or form. Don’t get us wrong though, no judgment here. If anything, we’re only here to fuel the fire.
Here are 10 cute finds for your milk-tea obsession:
Boba iPhone Case (P1,850) from Sonix
These clear iPhone cases from Sonix feature a cute pattern composed of different colored milk-tea drinks complete with the pearls at the bottom—because what's milk tea without pearls? The slim and lightweight design will keep your phone safe from bumps, drops, and scratches without looking bulky. Plus, you'll have the cutest mirror selfies!
Available online and at Power Mac Center.
Extra Pearls Earrings (P150) from Nandemo Creative
Show off your passion for pearls with these quirky earrings from Nandemo Creative. The dangling pair looks just like any regular milk-tea drink and is an ode, in particular, to extra pearls. Raise your hand if you’re guilty of ordering those additional sinkers, too!
Milk Tea Holder (P149) from Danger in Design
If you've ever found yourself carrying more than just a single cup of milk tea in your hand—perhaps you've got your purse, phone, or even a second serving of milk tea—then you already know just how handy this cup holder from Danger in Design could be. The tapered canvas construction promises a snug fit for most milk-tea cup sizes, so you can use it no matter your go-to order. It's got straps on top to help you carry your drink without getting moisture on your hands and to keep you from struggling while carrying several items at once. It even has a little insert on the side for a straw, in case you're still saving your tea for later.
Available at Common Room stores in Powerplant Mall, Alabang Town Center, and Ayala Malls Manila Bay and at The Craft Central in Ayala Malls Vertis North.
Milk Tea Tote Bag (P460) from Artsy Kit
A canvas tote bag is an ultra-practical everyday essential—you can use it to hold all your necessities with no fuss or as a plastic-free alternative for groceries or other bulky items. If you don’t have a go-to one just yet, we spotted one perfect for the milk-tea addicts out there. Cop this tote from Artsy Kit, which features a minimalistic design of the popular beverage topped with a bright pink straw.
See a list of Artsy Kit stockists.
Crazy for Milk Tea Pin (P69) from Marie Lama
Stick this cute pin by local artist Marie Lama on your everyday bag or denim jacket for a cute pop of color and a subtle statement of love honoring your fave milky drink. It features a soft pastel design and says “crazy for milk tea” on top—we know what you’re thinking: “same!”
Available at Common Room; see a list of branches.
You’re My Bestea Pillow (P1,695) from Tickles
Friends and lovers may come and go, but milk tea is forever. If you have no one to cuddle with late at night, just snuggle up next to this milk tea-shaped pillow from Tickles. You may even refer to it as your new “bestea.” Don’t worry, milk tea would never leave you like the others.
Available at Tickles branches nationwide.
Milk Tea Fun Stickers (P169) from Aireescreates
You’ll want to tack these milk-tea stickers by local illustrator Aireescreates on pretty much anything you own—phone, laptop, powerbank, tumbler, you name it. The pack features drinks from popular milk-tea spots you can find around the Metro like Happy Lemon, Tiger Sugar, Serenitea, Macao Imperial Tea, and more.
Available at Common Room; see a list of branches.
Boba Socks (P200) from Iconic
Keep your toes nice and cozy with these adorable socks from Iconic, which sport a pearly milk-tea pattern against a blue background. Use them to add a quirky, offbeat touch to your basic tee-and-jeans look (fold up your pants to show them off) or wear them to be extra snuggly and warm when you’ve got your fave jammies on.
See a list of Iconic branches.
Tiyan? Tea Yan (P595) from Linya-Linya
Wear your post milk-tea binge tummy with pride! This graphic tee from Linya-Linya says it all—you never need to question where the extra bit of bloat is coming from because the answer is usually your latest milk-tea fix. Don’t worry, we too would risk the extra pounds and calories just to have our daily dose of boba.
See a list of Linya-Linya branches.
Pearl Milk Tea AirPods Case (P500) from Kaypey
Don’t have the budget yet for the new AirPods Pro? No worries, just spruce up your old pair with a cute case—at least you won’t have to sell a kidney to afford it. For the milk-tea obsessed, you’ll want to cop this case from Kaypey, inspired by your favorite bubbly beverage.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.
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