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  • A Gift Guide for the Overwhelmed Ninang: 7 Handy Tips

    In a panic over buying your tons of gifts for your inaanaks? Mommy contributor, Irene Recio gives you seven tips to make this season light.

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    Christmas is coming at lightning speed. You have about a hundred inaanaks and your Christmas shopping list is far from complete. Panic slowly sets in as the DJ on the radio counts the precious days before Christmas finally arrives as he plays those Christmas songs we love.  What to do, what to do?


    Relax.  Here’s a guide to make shopping easier and life simpler.

    • List, list, list.  It will help a lot to keep a list of names of allyour inaanaks
    • Categorize.  It will also aid your panicky heart to arrange the names of the children in your list according to age range and gender. This will make buying and choosing gifts easier.
    • Knowing is half the battle. In an ideal world, knowing the likes and hobbies of your godchildren will make shopping for them easy-peasy. You know that what you’ll buy will be liked and loved.  But sometimes this ideal world is almost impossible.
    • What’s hip and what’s hot.  Ok, so you’re not so close to allthese children. It will help if you’re abreast with the latest fashion and toy crazes of today. For example, a tween inaanak may appreciate the latest Miley Cyrus-ish clothes and a toddler boy inaanak will love building things with some Mega Bloks.
    • The power of books.  When in doubt, it’s always safe to give educational materials.  A toddler will love giant picture books with lots of bright colors and textures.  A preschooler (boy or girl) will love pop-up or interactive books with textured and colorful pages.  A pre-teen inaanak will appreciate books with stories that are familiar to them or books with a specific interest like dinosaurs, fish, planets, beads, or whatever else they fancy.  And teeners will want to read the more popular stories of today like that of the Twilight series.
    • Presentation.  Wrap your presents in pretty paper with a pretty bow, or wrap it in a whimsical way.  They haven’t opened your gift yet, and they already love it! 
    • From the heart. It’s not always the size or the cost of the gift that counts. Giving a gift to these children with sincerity and love matters most.  It’s also teaching them that not everything material is important. What is vital is the act of giving and the thought that is put into it.  As that famous song goes, give love on Christmas day.


      About the Author:
      Irene Recio is a full time mommy to Andi (1 year & 4 months to date) and wife to Val. She's a work-at-home mom, preschool teacher, and entrepreneur. She graduated from DLSU with a degree in B.S. Applied Economics and B.S. Applied Corporate Management. She is currently taking up her Master of Arts in Education Major in Basic Education Teaching in the Ateneo de Manila University.


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