A list of what to give your loved ones this Christmas.
It’s exactly 25 days until Christmas, are you officially done with your shopping list? For the first time in forever, I can actually say I am done with holiday shopping! I realized that it’s a general tone for people to sound quite burdened when it comes to checking off Christmas lists, I’m choosing the other road this time around. This year, I resolve to being thrilled to be blessing the people I love. Not that I didn’t enjoy giving the past years, but unlike before, I now refuse to be weighed down by the pressure of having to give. Besides, the Bible verse is timeless: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
It has been an eventful year and I have been truly blessed by the people I’ve come across with – whether they are new ones or have spent time with a bunch of old friends as we nurture this gift called friendship.
Here’s hoping to share with you my personal picks for Christmas Gift Ideas 2015.
Merriam-Webster perfectly defined for us what presence mean. And as seemingly corny as it sounds, it truly has been an elusive thing these days. We’ve exchanged our presence for social media “connection,” and even when we’re with our loved ones, we tend to still be stuck, heads down, eyes glued on our smartphones. I’m guilty as charged. Obviously with my own albeit trivial online presence, I tend to check how my published posts are doing. But I’ve been doing better these days at being “present,” and hope to do better as I spend more time with family this holiday season. As costless as “presence” seem to sound, it actually can cost us our default, which is to get hold of our smartphone. Offer the gift of your “presence” and have a real, meaningful conversation and quality time with the one you love. The gift of undivided attention is priceless!
Okay, before you get driven off the wall and begin to point out the many ways I’m contradicting myself, allow me to say that it’s really a matter of balance. It’s the Digital Age and owning a smartphone is inevitable. Why, even our friendly neighbourhood helper has one! It does keep people “connected” in more ways than one. It’s an avenue to connect, definitely. But it will never replace our actual presence. And while we’re at it, why not buy the one that’s a bang for every buck you spend. That’s just ZenFone 2 Laser for you. You simply won’t find a better phone in the same price range. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying mine and have captured lots and lots of meaningful memories with friends and loved ones with one. 🙂
3. Céleteque DermoCosmetics Beauty Pack
While I know that there are a lot of drugstore brands available in the market, I cannot emphasize enough how Celeteque DermoCosmetics is notches higher compared to its counterparts. The dual benefits of makeup and skincare in a solution offers a full skincare regimen. I have been personally using this set for a full month now and I’m totally loving its many benefits, especially how the cystic pimple scar has practically vanished! True story. For more of Unilab’s innovative health and beauty products, visit www.unilab.com.ph.
4. A Getaway Gift
Imagine receiving an announcement of a year-end getaway on Christmas morn! Getaways with family are the best. Making memories as we spend quality time with family is in itself a gift. And yes, this has something to do with Christmas Gift Idea Number 1, “Presence.” In this day and age, that’s just something that we cannot emphasize enough. More than the material gifts, let us work towards investing and loving the people within our circle of influence. They don’t just happen to be around, we are all appointed to impact each other’s lives and we are to love and be a blessing to those we come in contact with.
That said, here’s wishing you all a meaningful and blessed Christmas! In a world, fueled by everything commercial, let us be reminded of the purpose of Christmas, Jesus’s redemption of mankind. 🙂