Contributed by Tina Relampagos
The Holidays is the best time of the year. We get to take a brief break, reunite with friends, spend quality time with family and share what we’ve earned working so hard throughout the year to the dearest people in our lives. Unfortunately, it’s also the busiest time of the year. It’s the last push for deliverables and sales at work, bumper-to-bumper traffic and jam-packed malls. In the end, you run out of time to arrange for your celebrations and buy gifts for your family. In fact, you’re not down to 10 days. Ten days until Christmas! But just like last year, we’re here to help you figure that out with this gift guide for your family.
First, settle down. The worst that you can do at this point is to rush to shops and malls, thinking that it will be worth it despite the traffic, crowds and long lines at the cashier and gift wrapping station.
Second, get real, your best solution is going online. Convenience is just the trivial part of going online. Shopping for gifts online gives you the liberty to browse through your options, and check against your budget without getting overwhelmed with all the deals and crowd.
Third, think gift value. It’s really difficult to pick the right gift. We all know that. We want to give someone the type of gift that will show that we thought about them, we’re grateful for them and we appreciate them being part of our lives. But, we can’t be too sure whether they’ll use what we give them. Worse, there’s more than one of you with the same gift because well, that’s what’s on the wishlist. That’s why choosing gift certificates puts more value to your gift. It shows your thoughtfulness but at the same time, it makes sure that the important people in your life has the choice to get the item that they truly need and definitely use.
Fourth, be thoughtful. Gift certificates are often seen on Christmas as corporate giveaways, given in bulk, in a white envelope. But we don’t want your gift to be impersonal. Each gift at Gifted.PH comes with a customized greeting card where you can put a personalized message from as simple and thoughtful as “Merry Christmas!” or “Happy Holidays to you and your family!” to something memorable like “Thank you for being there during the hard times” or “I hope to spend more time with you next year.”
For ATE, give a Bench gift certificate. Bench gift certificates lets her shop at their local and international brands like Charles and Keith, Call it Spring, Cotton On, Herbench and more. Bench gift certificates start at Php 1,000.
For KUYA, give a Benel Archery gift certificate. At Benel Archery, he can start a new hobby with those bows and arrows. We had first-hand experience last month and we’re telling you, it’s easy to get obsessed with it. Benel Archery gift certificates start at Php 1,000.
For MOM, give a Nail Spa gift certificate. Nail Spa is anyone’s easy pampering getaway in the city. She can get her mani-pedi, foot spa and massages in their very relaxing salons. Nail Spa gift certificates start at Php 500. For more gift ideas for Mom, click here.
For DAD, give a Felipe and Sons gift certificate. Dad deserves some pampering too and Felipe and Sons, a barbershop and haberdashery, is the right place for him. From haircuts, shave to facial and hair treatments, they have everything for that a hard working gentleman needs. Felipe and Sons gift certificates start at Php 500. For more gift ideas for Dad, click here.
For your YOUNGER SISTER, give a SMILE Group gift certificate. SMILE Group is known for their STEM program that makes learning interactive. Our favorite is Engineering for Kids where they can learn how things work and build things with toys and other items. Something that your sister will truly enjoy. SMILE Group gift certificates start at Php 750.
For your YOUNGER BROTHER, give a Galleon.ph gift certificate. Galleon.ph carries items that are not found abroad. They have a wide variety of items from electronics, gadgets, computer accessories, toys, sports gear and equipment and more. Galleon.ph gift certificates start at Php 500.
For your NIECE, give a Fully Booked gift certificate. Fully Booked is the haven for book lovers of every kind, arts & crafts tools and collectables. The shopping experience itself is a gift. Fully Booked gift certificates start at Php 300.
For your NEPHEW, give an Abubot.ph gift certificate. That’s right, you heard it right, Abubot. No, it’s not an online shop for accessories. It’s an online shop for games, apparel and collectables for geeks and fans! Abubot.ph carries hard-to-find geek items like Star Wars Kylo Ren Lightsaber chopsticks, Darth Vader voice changer mask, DC Hero Harley Quinn chibi, Batman v Superman statue and obviously so… much… more. Abubot.ph gift certificates start at Php 500.
For the BABY, give a Baby Company gift certificate. Baby Company has everything the baby and his/her parents need from nursing, feeding, weaning to items that will support his or her activities as a toddler. They carry your most trusted brands for child care such as Chicco, Enfant, Farlin, Cradle, Lulu Baby, Leap frog, Phillips Avent, V-tech and more. Baby Company gift certificates start at Php 500.
For LOLO & LOLA, give a L’Opera Ristorante gift certificate. L’Opera Ristorante is that classic Italian premier restaurant that is inspired by authentic Tuscan cuisine. It has been awarded by Philippine Tatler as part of Best Restaurants in 2016 and established by Chef Paolo Nesi. L’Opera Ristorante gift certificates start at Php 1,000. For more gift ideas for Lolo & Lola, click here.
For TITO, give a Museum Café gift certificate. He will enjoy Museum Café’s modern take on Asian cuisine dawned in its cosmopolitan atmosphere. It will be perfect for a lunch out from work, his business meetings, even Sunday meals with the family. Museum Café gift certificates start at Php 500. For more food and restaurant gift ideas, click here.
For TITA, give a Makati Shangri-la gift certificate. Makati Shangri-la gift certificates allow her to enjoy a buffet at Circles Event Café and other accommodations and services in this prestigious hotel. Makati Shangri-la gift certificates start at Php 1,000.
Do these gift suggestions help? Let us know what else is troubling you this Christmas rush.
Happy gift giving!