Taking Gifting to the Next Level

Today is the last day to join Nuffnang’s Merry SM Christmas Blogger Contest and I have finally decided to join it. I have been thinking on what to write for this contest and I have finally found the answer while browsing my old photo albums in my Facebook Page.

You see, I don’t usually post my Christmas Wish List because nobody has been giving into my demands. Nobody really cared to give me something because they think that my Christmas wishes are expensive or maybe they think that I already have it all so they don’t need to give me any Christmas presents. Well, my Christmas Wish List includes a new pair of eye glasses ( I only have one pair and I believe that I need a spare because sometimes I forget to bring them and I cannot read anymore without my eye glasses) , a shoe rack (the one I got from an online shop sucks, it always gets broken and won’t stay in one place), and a leather seat cover for my car (I have been dreaming to buy one but just couldn’t afford it just yet and it’s quite out of my budget).



The Christmas gift ideas for my loved ones this year are :

  • For my Dad – I want to give him a new shaver, he’s growing his beard and I don’t like it.
  • For my Mom – I want to give her a new pair of slippers, she’s not into shoes and sandals, so I will give her what she wants and needs.
  • For my Fiance – I want to give him Nike train shorts because he needs it more than ever, especially now that they will have their Basketball Game for the Christmas Season.
  • For my Son – I want to give him a new pair of school shoes, the one he is currently using still looks good but I think he outgrew it already.
  • For my Daughter – I want to give her lots of double A and triple A batteries for her electronic toys and dolls.
  • For my brothers – I want to give them new polo shirts to wear for Christmas Eve.

And for the Last Question “How do you plan to give back to others this Christmas?” here is my million dollar answer :

I plan to give back to others this Christmas by joining the activities prepared by our Philippine Army to our Lumad brothers in Bukidnon. It is not a secret that we have many IDPs (Internally Displaced People) in Bukidnon right now because of so many problems that these Lumads are currently facing. There are those who run away from their ancestral land for the reason that armed rebels had attacked them and they decided to flee to save their lives. These people needs help, they don’t have any property, they don’t have a home, they don’t have work, they don’t have anything to eat anymore. They need support, they need medical attention, and they need us more than ever. A little help goes a long way, so I did ask my friends to give what they can, be it used clothing, pre-loved toys from their kids, and food to ease the hunger that our Lumad brothers are currently facing. We will be conducting medical and dental mission because our Philippine Army have doctors and dentists, but we lack medicines, so I am trying to find people who could help us with it. I hope by posting this Gift-Giving idea in my blog post, I could find people who will help in one way or another.

Another way for you to participate in Season of Gifting is through here :  Check out the SM Cares Bears of Joy campaign and know how you can take part in the season of “gift-ing” (http://smcares.com.ph/newsevents/?p=993)

I have joined a lot of alternative Christmas Party for our Lumad brothers for the past 2 years and I can say that it was successful and life-changing. A close friend of mine started his Dream and Action Foundation 4 years ago, this year will be the 5th year of gift-giving to our Lumad Brothers in different municipalities here in Bukidnon Province. We gather our old but usable clothes, pre-loved toys, and food that we could share every year to give to our Lumad Brothers during the Christmas Party that we celebrate with them. We also ask some of our family and friends for support so that we can cater more people every year.

Here are some of the photos that we had during the events:


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Malingon Falls


Spruce Winner

We went to a Spruce Shop to buy a pair of slippers for my brother because he needed a new one. They got this promo that you can buy one umbrella if you purchase 1500php worth of slippers. I wanted to have two umbrellas so I bought a pair of slippers for myself too. I paid around 3500php for my purchase including the two new umbrellas.

When I get to the counter they asked me to fill up a raffle coupon because they also have a raffle promo, I never really care though because I only want the umbrella, but still I filled up the 2 raffle coupons and went home.

After a month, somebody called me through an unknown number and because I don’t usually answer calls I send them a text message asking who they are and what they want. The person on the other line replied me and told me that they are from Spruce Ph – Valencia Bukidnon branch and that I won in their raffle promo. They called me again and they told me that I indeed won in the recent promo. I was happy and excited because they told me that it was 5000php worth of shopping spree in all their items.

I was hesitant at first though but went I went to their store, together with my mom who is also excited like me, it was indeed TRUE! Yes, I won 5000php worth of Gift Certificates and I was like, OHHHHH YEAHHHH, LUCKY ME!

So these are the GCs that they gave me:


Of course, I asked my little brother to take a photo of me together with my PRIZE.


Elysian Closet

My friend and I had this dream of opening up our own store which sells trendy clothes and fashionable items. We have not realized this dream yet because of some constraints such as the place where we could open up a store, budget-wise, we still cannot afford to open up a boutique and we cannot afford to incur losses.

But I told her we can start small by opening an online store. We have found few suppliers who could give us high quality products but not so expensive so that we could still sell it at a lower price compared to other online stores. So we both invested time, money and effort to this little online shop and we really hope it will work out well. We started last October 1 and so far we have sold more than half of our items already.

The tops and origami skirt I am wearing in the photos below are just some of the products we were selling. Yes, I choose to sell trendy clothes that I, myself, would wear wherever I go.

I hope you could all check out our Facebook Page here : Elysian Closet . Maybe you will find something that you like, send us a message and we will answer your queries.

Custom Suits and Shirts

Wearing custom suits is a great way for white-collar professionals to make a favorable impression in the office and at meetings with prospective clients. Shoppers who are interested in these suits can buy them from a company that has been making custom suits for more than 150 years. The company has some locations in the United States and Canada.

Store Locations

People who work on Wall Street can make an appointment with a company employee in Manhattan. Executives in the entertainment business can make appointments to work with someone in Beverly Hills. Politicians can visit the company’s store in Alexandria, Virginia. They can also make appointments to work with someone from the company’s location in Washington, D.C. Company presidents in Canada can make appointments with someone in the Montreal location. Company employees will visit a customer’s home or office to help them select a suit.


All customers are measured to make sure their handcrafted suits will fit them perfectly. The suits incorporate design elements from American and European suits. These elements include jackets with no vents that have two outside pockets. The jackets have a number of inside pockets. Customers can order jackets with square or sloping shoulders. Jackets with shaped waists and chests are available. Those who want something elegant to wear over their suits in cold weather can purchase topcoats with shaped waists and chests. These coats are made with flap pockets or slant pockets.

Custom dress shirts for men and women are also available. Customers’ measurements are taken to make sure that every shirt fits perfectly. Design elements of these shirts include French cuffs and stiff collars. Collar styles include wing, tab and band. Each shirt has a collar that is specifically chosen to suit the shape of the customer’s face. These collars do not need to be starched.


Fabric for the suits is imported from Europe. Customers can choose wool or cashmere. All-weather wool and lightweight wool suitable for summer are available. The shirts are made from fine cotton that is preshrunk.

Shoppers who purchase custom suits and shirts can be confident they are getting clothing that will fit them perfectly.