Debutante balls, sometimes called cotillions or coming out parties, have a long history. Once seen as a "debut" for a young woman who was available for marriage, their purpose today is to uphold tradition, raise money for charity, and, of course, celebrate a young woman becoming an adult. A common age for a debutante is anywhere from 16 to 18. Similarly, the Philippine Debut marks a girl's 18th birthday. This occasion is comparable to a Sweet 16 or quinceañera. Gifts are more commonly given at a Philippine Debut than a debutante ball or cotillion. Some thoughtful gifts for these celebrations include:
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