Back to top Gift Guide: Top 20 Gifts for Commuters
Light saber umbrellas, stealthy laptop sleeves, "rollable" shoes, and more!
Published on: Nov 11, 2010 - 3:57am

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Commuting in Manila can be a real pain, especially when you have to deal with crowded MRT trains, hours of slow-moving traffic, and that extra chatty seatmate on the bus. This Christmas, give commuters (or yourself) any of these essentials for the urban jungle: amusing distractions to pass the time, crafty self-defense tools against the dreaded bag-snatcher, or stealthy gadget-keepers for your valuables. Click the gallery above to see's gift guide.


Photos by (audiobooks, MRT and LRT cards), and from Hadaki, Lightsabrella's Facebook,,,,,,,,,,,,, Levi's Facebook, and Frollic's Facebook.

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  • tim
    @ironicallyspeakingrnrnIf your gonna use pen+knife to just stab your better off using an ordinary pen which only cost P5-P20 and mall swiss knives which cost below P200.rnrnGadget sleeve seems ok until you realize that most holdups take all your belongings based on experience. Aside from the painful pricetag you have to pay.rnrnMost of them are quite impractical and expensive for commuter gifts.
    Nov 19 2010 @ 03:32pm     Reply  
  • inay
    these are quite expensive and i agree with what the others are saying that these will just attract snatchers and hold-uppers. also, you should have included pepper sprays. it's more affordable and a must for every commuter (rather than the pen with the pointed tip on the other end).
    Nov 16 2010 @ 04:59pm     Reply  
  • dukha
    sana meron ding gift ideas below P100.
    Nov 15 2010 @ 05:04am     Reply  
  • tsong
    sana idinagdag sa list yung taser para sa mga nagko-commute. very good gift idea yan.
    Nov 14 2010 @ 08:45pm     Reply  
  • ironicallyspeaking
    um did half of the people who commented actually checked out the list before making half-assed judgments based on the picture alone?rnrnthe macbook for one isn't part of the list, the deceptively vintage book cover laptop sleeve is. and a waterproof envelope lookalike mini-gadget sleeve to keep your ipod nano from prying eyes.rnrnand there's also a pen + knife combo there, so you have the chance to gouge out your petty crook's eyes out. rnrnmy only problem is yeah, echoing the sentiments of those above, most of the items here aren't really budget-friendly. that pen + knife combo is worth php 3,000 -5,000 alone. pretty nifty idea, but let's face it, who's going to gift a pen worth that amount? rn
    Nov 14 2010 @ 05:52pm     Reply  
  • scorched
    wow, I expected too much. akala ko maipangreregalo ko na to sa mga kaibigan ko. rnrnhindi na to gift guide, personal wishlist na dapat to.
    Nov 14 2010 @ 10:44am     Reply  
  • nachi
    Nov 13 2010 @ 01:21pm     Reply  
  • miss understood
    What I need is a Laser gun that zapz people to another universe evertime they cut lines at the mrt, enter the train before letting people get off, walk like zombies, scratch their crotch, pick their nose, sneeze in mid air or in their hands, stand in the middle of the escalator and prevent people from passing by, stop right after they get off an escalator... you get the pointrnrncan i buy something like this in the philippines?
    Nov 11 2010 @ 11:14pm     Reply  
  • jake
    Yep theyre eye candy, which also means most of these items are gonna be eye candy for bag snatchers/holdapers/etc. as well and to quote "amusing distractions to pass the time, crafty self-defense tools against the dreaded bag-snatcher, or stealthy gadget-keepers for your valuables" so where's the sense in that?rnrnBesides that masyado na overpriced most of the items here. That's not even practical unless your rich.
    Nov 11 2010 @ 10:13pm     Reply  
  • ganda
    Oo may functionality pero takaw-attention naman! kakaloka! bringing these things to the streets is like spraying blood on a tank full of sharks!
    Nov 11 2010 @ 07:07pm     Reply  
  • minnie vergara
    sus naman kayo di don't bring anything na lang kung ganun! I'd love to get any of these gifts! hint hint....
    Nov 11 2010 @ 06:12pm     Reply  
  • commuter 101
    This list actually makes a lot of sense. The write-up of each product featured here very well justifies why they're perfect for the metro commuter.rnrnI realized the grammatical horror of my first post.
    Nov 11 2010 @ 04:38pm     Reply  
  • commuter 101
    This list actually makes a lot of sense. The write-ups of each product featured here very well justifies why they're perfect for the metro commuter.
    Nov 11 2010 @ 04:35pm     Reply  
  • ordinary joe
    most of these are not practical, your more of a fodder for snatchers than ever before. Besides that its just too expensive for my budget.
    Nov 11 2010 @ 03:49pm     Reply  
  • urban guru
    I love this list!
    Nov 11 2010 @ 02:30pm     Reply  
  • pat lim
    hindi naman affordable yun ibang gifts ang mamahal baka maholdap pa ko dun!buti walking distance lang house to office.
    Nov 11 2010 @ 12:30pm     Reply  
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