I am the Grinch of Christmas. I am adept in avoiding Christmas parties and the silly dancing that go with it; and deplore the traffic rush during the Holiday season. During reunions, I am usually the girl who avoids long talks and mindless chatter around the fruit punch. To say that I am a Holiday party pooper is an understatement.
However, if there’s one thing that I do LOVE about the season, it’s the spirit of gift giving. Yes, I am the girl who will not bat an eyelash for a rush trip to Divisoria for Christmas presents. In malls, I am the one who begins her Christmas shopping in November. And oh, wrapping gifts is my therapy. In a season where commercialism is always cited as the main driver of the endless shopping -my heart chooses to believe that it is love that compels us to search for the perfect gift.
I always think that I already have enough for myself. If there’s one thing I wish for this Christmas, it will be to blessed with a child. Nothing material, just an opportunity to experience the joys of motherhood. There’s nothing I wouldn’t give just to experience morning sickness, bloatedness, the pregnancy glow, visits to the OB-Gyne, child birth and feeding sessions at 3AM. I always believed that I have been blessed enough to have something to wear, to eat where I want to, to see sights I’ve never seen; anything beyond that is icing on the cake.
So while I wait for my perfect gift, I have resolved to honor the season not through the endless parties or the probability of new clothes and the endless twinkle of Christmas lights. I chose to honor the season by searching for the perfect Christmas gift for my loved ones.
I got married to the biggest nerd in the planet, whose idea of fun and a perfect date is to browse for toys inside Toy Kingdom. He would flit from the shelves displaying collectibles from the DC Universe to the Transformers display then back to where the Wii and Playstayion consoles are displayed. The perfect gift for him is a shopping spree inside the store, an opportunity for him to look back when he was still a child and his dad would take him to Toy Kingdom and just let him choose what he wants. My husband’s father passed away before we got married, so in my mind – it’s a chance to go back and relive one of his favorite childhood memories.
I guess when you say it’s Chrisymas, it’s all about the experience. My parents are very simple people. The smallest gestures will make them happy beyond belief.
My father, bless his heart, is a very simple man whose idea of luxury is owning a pair of Raybans. So, that’s my ideal gift for my 64 year old father – Raybans that are original, something he can always use and will definitely treasure. My mother, meanwhile, used to be a sales executive before her early retirement. She is the type to fuss on really nice clothes, perfume and make-up. At 60 years old, she gets kilig when people tell her she barely looks a day over 50. I think the latest anti-aging creams and tonics from name brands like Shiseido or Khiels will make a very good and apt gift for her. So she she can continue to be a very groovy Lola to Penny.
For my sister, who is my best friend and partner in crime, a roomy bag or the latest power suits would be very ideal. She’s one of those modern career woman types who doesn’t blink when faced with a 4-inch stilleto and a power suit. For my brother and my sister-in-law, who are new parents, I’d love to give something that will take their minds off the craziness of parenthood even for a bit. My sister-in-law would love a new dress from H&M, while my brother will definitely appreciate a new game for his PlayStation.
As for little Penny, now on her series of firsts (solid food, first word and everything) sensory toys, a few more dolls and new clothes.
As a close-knit family, being together already meant a lot to us. And quite frankly, I really feel like I am already so blessed this year. One thing that I also want to do is to gather friends and family and give back by spearheading a fund-raising drive for the stray cats and dogs being taken cared of by non-profit CARA in their clinic in Mandaluyong. The clinic takes in and rescues strays, giving these animals much needed love and care. As a non-profit, CARA would benefit a lot on future food donations for the animals in need currently kept at the clinic.
I always believed that gift giving shouldn’t be too focused on the price or the amount you spent, the best gifts are those that come from the heart. Though I am at my grouchiest during the Holiday season, seeing my family happy with the gifts I bought them is enough to truly make me happy.
Parents can start the early Christmas shopping for their kids and take advantage of discounts made available for kids. For those who would like to begin shopping for gal pals, Watsons has shin unveiled exciting gift sets for as low as 99 pesos.
True to the SM Holiday spirit, malls and department stores has now embraced the Yuletide season with its gaely decorated halls. Similar to its commitment to the gift-giving season, SM has also unveiled the beginnings of its annual corporate social responsibility initiative, “SM Christmas Bears of Joy” where shoppers can share the joy of the season to children from various orphanages simply by buying a Christmas bear.
For more updates about this year’s “Merry SM Christmas” campaign, visit SM’s official Christmas microsite (https://www.smsupermalls.com/merrysmchristmas2015) and follow its official social media accounts at Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/smsupermalls), Twitter (https://twitter.com/smsupermalls), and Instagram (https://instagram.com/smsupermalls/); and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through Viber (http://chats.viber.com/SMsupermalls). Shoppers can actively share their holiday merriments inside the SM Supermalls by posting their photos on social media and adding the hashtag #MerrySMChristmas2015.”