It’s December already!!! Ang walang kamatayang tanong is, “Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?!”
Ako din hindi pa.
It’s not easy to look for gifts when you’re restricted to look for them online lang. Wala kasing time magroam around the mall. Yesterday, we had lunch with my boss. I was the one who reserved tables at the restaurant. While I was waiting for everyone to arrive, nag-ikot ako dun sa stores that were in the perimeter of the restaurant. I was able to buy a few gifts for the male classmates of Anika. Gusto ko pa sanang magikot and magpanic buying kaso dumating na ang mga ka-lunch ko. I thought to myself, sa sobrang hirap to find time to buy gifts for people, I’m ending up squeezing a short gift shopping time in between the things that I have to do.
The gifts for the kids are easy. Madali makahanap. Ang hirap ako is to find a gift for Wowa, Alvin and my boss. Wowa has almost everything. What can you get somebody who has everything and can buy almost anything? My boss is the same. Ano pa kaya need niya in life that I can afford to buy? He always borrows my power bank. Power bank kaya? However, I gave him na one two Christmases ago eh. I know na! I will buy a lot of power banks para he can leave one in his car, leave one with me, leave one at his office. O di ba? Parang Katinko lang ni Alvin. Merong naka-tago kada part ng house =) As for Alvin, yan ang taong walang gamit but when you ask him what he wants, wala daw. The only thing that he wants is a new motorcycle which I will buy over my dead sexy bodeehhh!
Apparently, ganun din ang tingin nila with me. My MIL complains that she has a hard time finding gifts for me. I don’t understand. Napaka-dali kong bilhan ng gift kasi ang dami kong gusto! One time, my mother-in-law and her sisters told me that they have a hard time looking for gifts for Anika too. Parang daw kasing she has everything.
Well, hindi naman true that she has everything. I don’t also agree that it’s difficult to buy something for her.
Anika is a very simple girl. It doesn’t take much for her to be happy. Mababaw ang kaligayahan niya and you don’t need to get her anything expensive. Bigyan mo ng malaking box yan and some colored felt tip pens, contented na contented na yan.
Nope. I do not want you to buy her toys. She has a lot. As in, I am continuously purging her room for toys that I donate to the less fortunate. Maaayos pa kasi eh. Besides, hindi cool to open a lot of toys during Christmas. Nakaka-umay. She doesn’t get to play with a lot of them kasi ang daming bagong bubuksan.
So no toys.
No stuffed toys either.
Anika gets attached easily to stuffed toys. Wala kasing kapatid so she treats her stuffed toys as baby brothers and sisters regardless of the size. Sinasama niya yan lahat to bed when she sleeps. Hindi na kami kasya sa kama at night. Promise.
So not stuffed toys.
Like I said, she doesn’t need extravagant gifts. I’m going to list down some of the things that you can give her. This might also give you an idea what to get your nephews and nieces.
She will appreciate a nice set of pajamas.
She will appreciate a nice pair of house slippers and rubber slippers.
I will appreciate it if she gets underwear and those white shorts from SM that she wears under her school skirt. It saves me time to shop for it hahahaha. If you are asking why Anika wears white shorts under her school uniform, si Alvin ang tanungin niyo. I never wore shorts under my uniform skirt ever so hindi ko gets.
She likes colored pens and pretty notebooks. She likes writing and drawing and I’m happy when she’s doing that instead of watching TV.
Anika wants a telescope but Alvin’s getting her that already. She likes stuff na interactive like a chemistry set. Yung may natutunan siya.
She likes Lego and Toots already is giving her a boxed set. Ngayon lang na-iinto Lego building ang Anika. It’s great in developing her fine motor skills and honing her creativity. Pagna-buo na niya, idodonate ko na.
Anika likes backpacks. She uses them to school and whenever we go out. Hindi ko naman alam sa batang ito bakit ang daming dala every time umaalis. Dala yung mga notebooks niya, a book, her change of clothes etc etc.
Like Faye, I will appreciate if you gift Anika with GCs to Kidzania or Kidzoona or to anywhere she can have playdates with your kids. Kung may nabibili lang na kalaro, I would have bought her like mga tatlo so she can have someone to play with. Nakakaawa din siya pag tinitingnan ko sa bahay na mag-isa eh. Parang loner. Inaaliw ang sarili.
Lastly, I think she will like board games. She likes playing board games with me and Alvin. As I said, wala kasi kalaro kaya pinagtiya-tiyagaan kaming mag ina.
I saw Anika crying nung isang araw.
ME: Why are you crying?!
ME: Anong nothing?! Don’t nothing me.
Don’t nothing me, amp.
ANIKA: You keep telling everybody kasi to give me notebooks and pens eh.
ME: Bakit? Di ba gusto mo yun?
ANIKA: But I like other things too.
ME: What are they?
May listahan naman pala lola niyo. Hahahaha!
Yung last item, she wants a personalized ring. Faye and I were telling her kasi that we both had a ring with our initials on it (MF). Siya din daw gusto. Baka ipagawa ko na lang kay Ms. Tina Tagle of Willow Jewelry yan. Or baka, i-Pandora ko na lang siya muna.
I know baka kumpleto na kayo but I have yet to start shopping for the gifts for Anika’s classmates. Ano mga ibibigay niyo? =D #CrammingForLife