Every year, I try to stick to a theme of gifts so I can remember what I gave and it makes buying a lot easier. Some years ago, it was towels and bathroom accessories and last year, it was cups and kitchenware. My theme for this year is “ECO-FRIENDLY”. My gift wrapping will also be eco-friendly, I won’t be buying christmas wrappers this year. I will just recycle gifts bags, shopping bags, glossy magazine pages as gift wrappers/holders. Some gifts that are eco friendly include:
1. Eco-bags – for female friends and relatives. Envirosax and Rootote are the “branded” versions but there are a lot of cheaper alternatives in tiangges and 168. There’s a wide array of designs and sizes. Prices range from P50 to P100.
Top Five Christmas Shopping Tips
1. Take advantage of 0% installment or deferred payment plans. For most malls or department stores, a single receipt of 3,000 would qualify for a 6 months installment payment at 0% interest. Quite a bargain considering the cash outlays we have to allocate for food, parties, vacation expenses.
2. Go to bargain centers like Divisoria Mall, 168, Meisic, etc. If you are buying in bulk, these are the places to be. An item selling for P300 can go down to P100 if you are patient enough to do the haggling and canvassing. Prices quoted by the stalls vary too much so its best to get estimates from the different stalls.