My daughter’s 18th birthday was celebrated with a bit of melancholy because of my mum’s illness which eventually led to her passing away after few days. However, plans to celebrate my daughter’s birthday went ahead and we celebrated last February 13 at the Vikings Venue in SM MOA, Pasay City, Philippines in the evening.

Before the birthday celebration, I had listed several souvenir ideas for my daughter to choose. We narrowed down to 2 – one for the regular guests and another one especially for her friends, as requested by the celebrant.

We deliberated on many items before we decided to choose the ones we have given our guests. I wanted something related to Alice and Wonderland so I was thinking of a mug and a tea diffuser. My daughter wouldn’t have any of that, citing reason that kids her age wouldn’t appreciate something like that, so it was scratched off. Then I suggested for a customisable USB since kids these days are tech savvy and they could use it so save files and other documents that are related in school stuff. My daughter gave me her nod so the wooden USB was settled. And for the regular souvenir for the other guests, I let her chose which one. I scoured the internet for a supplier in Quezon City so my daughter could choose what she liked.  I found a supplier thru FB. She and her papa went to a souvenir shop called Favors and Decors, somewhere in UP Diliman area and met with the owners. She was shown many wooden pieces of trinkets and finally chose the wooden trinket box which we filled with Bath and Body Works Anti-bacterial gel. We just love collecting those cute BBW Anti-bacterial gels so we chose it as our filler. Initially, we were planning to fill with customised chocolate and mints with my daughter’s name and event printed but I had to order in the US and would cost me a lot if shipped to Dubai. So we settled with BBW since we got them all on sale!


Here is the small trinket box my daughter chose to give to the guests.

I spent around US$67+ (inclusive of the shipping cost) for the wooden USB (20 pieces) with free inscription and a minimal shipping cost to UAE. I then paid Php2700 for 60 pieces small wooden trinket box. I bought the wooden USB from one of the suppliers in Aliexpress. I am very happy with the way the store owner treated my request. The store owner was so accommodating that another line was added in my customized order. I am also equally surprised to receive the goods in less than 3 weeks from the time I placed the order.



The wooden USB in the tin cans we bought and filled with shredded tissue papers and decked with ribbons and tags with our favourite Totoro character sticker I printed from home.

I actually allotted US$150 budget for souvenirs alone and I am happy that I managed to save some to spare for the trinket organza bags and tags I have made.

I know the souvenirs weren’t as fancy as we wanted them to be due to budget constraints. We really didn’t want to go lavish with the celebration since we scrapped the whole formal debutante’s ball. I am glad that we sticked to the budget and was able to use some to go around on other incidental expenses.

So, if you are planning to have a debut soon or any event and you are looking for nice souvenirs, here are the contact details of the suppliers.


Wooden USB

Store name: Xiaoxuan store 24 hours on line



Wooden small trinket box

Store name: Favors and Decors

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Tel. No.: +6323305200

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