Manila Bulletin

Early gift ideas for moms

- By NI­COLE DE LOS REYES

It’s be­gin­ning to feel a lot like Christ­mas!

With less than 50 days to go, you’re prob­a­bly only half­way through your to-do list of all the things that you need to get done by Dec. 24.

You may have started cre­at­ing your lists and check­ing off the names of your loved ones, your hus­band’s co­work­ers, and your chil­dren’s friends to buy presents for. You may have or­dered your cus­tom­made greet­ing and thank-you cards, picked up the wrap­ping pa­per, and planned the most ef­fi­cient de­liv­ery routes for all the gifts that need to be dropped off.

You may have started sav­ing Christ­mas din­ner recipes on your Pin­ter­est board, shop­ping for Christ­mas out­fits for you and your chil­dren, set­ting up decors and the Christ­mas tree, and call­ing up the pho­tog­ra­pher to co­or­di­nate this year’s fam­ily Christ­mas card.

On the flip­side, you may have not given any thought to these things and the idea of even mak­ing a Christ­mas list seems alien to you. Why bother? There’s usu­ally some­one else who takes care of this! I’m guess­ing that at this point, you al­ready know the one per­son in the house who has been ex­tra-busy since the ber-months hit.

She’s the one who makes sure ev­ery­thing runs smoothly, the one who wor­ries about how to get things done so you won’t have to, and the one who thinks of every­one else be­fore think­ing of her­self. Yes, that’s right! This per­son is your wife or your mother. And since the busiest time of year can be rough on her, she’s go­ing to need some ma­jor TLC next month.

But what gift can you pos­si­bly get for the woman who has thought of and done ev­ery­thing?

For the woman whose love lan­guage is more of­ten than not, ser­vice, here are some mean­ing­ful and gen­uinely help­ful gift ideas that will show her how much you care this hol­i­day sea­son:

Pro­fes­sional home clean­ing ser­vice by The Hap­pi­nesst

Every­one de­serves a day off, but that’s hard to come by for the mom who is busy clean­ing up af­ter every­one else. The Hap­pi­nesst is a home­clean­ing ser­vice that will not only give mom a break, but also get the house cleaned to her ex­act­ing stan­dards. Their ser­vices in­clude gen­eral house clean­ing, deep clean­ing (in­clud­ing floor pol­ish­ing and deep suc­tion of cush­ioned fur­ni­ture), and air-con clean­ing. On top of that, they use eco-friendly prod­ucts, mak­ing their ser­vice a sus­tain­able busi­ness to sup­port. Noth­ing would please mom more than start­ing the year off with a spic and span house!

(+639) 17 700 8018 | (+639) 99 998 1890 | the­hap­pi­nesst­clean­ers@gmail.com | Face­book: @the­hap­pi­nesst | In­sta­gram: @the­hap­pi­nesst_

Healthy food de­liv­ery by Seed Manila

Meal-plan­ning is one of the daily chores that a mom does all year round, and it is no easy task. Re­search­ing healthy recipes, do­ing the gro­ceries, cook­ing, and pack­ing the chil­dren’s lunch boxes are just some of the many things a mom does, more of­ten than not leav­ing no time to pack her own lunch, even if she would also like to eat healthy. If she lives or works in the BGC area, a week’s worth of meals from Seed Manila would make the per­fect gift for her! This gourmet food ser­vice cus­tom­makes an af­ford­able, healthy menu and de­liv­ers it straight to your loved ones’ doorstep or work desk. With eth­i­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents and eco-friendly pack­ag­ing, it’s hard to dis­agree with Seed’s slo­gan that “the best gifts are home­made.”

(02) 325 3473 | seed­manila.com | Face­book: @seed­mani­laof­fi­cial | In­sta­gram: @seed­manila

Event Brand­ing by Kasali

It’s likely that mom has picked up her own thank-you cards months in ad­vance (if she hasn’t, you can or­der a cus­tom­ized, mono­grammed set from @mikodl­r­paints/), but some­thing she might ap­pre­ci­ate is some help per­fect­ing the look of her par­ties and events this sea­son. Kasali is a bou­tique in­vi­ta­tion and event brand­ing com­pany that will cus­tomde­sign in­vites, menus, ta­ble num­bers, place cards, and missalette­s, for this year’s noche buena mass and din­ner. It’s best to give out this present early, since there is a lead time for the de­sign process. But we guar­an­tee that she’ll love this ser­vice for throw­ing stylish events all year round. Ex­tra points for us­ing re­cy­cled pa­per! kasali.ph | In­sta­gram: @kasali.ph

Free trial ses­sions to all her fa­vorite work­outs by Class Pass Manila

Will your mom like yoga, the Barre, Plana Forma, or Pi­lates? What about that new lagree class that all her friends are talk­ing about? Or are high-in­ten­sity work­outs like box­ing, row­ing, and in­door cy­cling more her style? It is a tricky de­ci­sion to make, but luck­ily, she can try out any class un­der the sun with a sub­scrip­tion to Class Pass Manila. It’s an app that al­lows her to find and book nearby classes and cre­ate a monthly plan based on the app’s per­son­al­ized rec­om­men­da­tions. It’s ev­ery­thing she needs to cre­ate the per­fect fit­ness rou­tine and get dis­counts while she’s at it. Best part of all? The first seven days are free. class­pass.com/try/manila | In­sta­gram: @class­passph

The most com­plete home ser­vice spa by Beauty Concierge Philip­pines

Did you know that you can treat your mom to all her fa­vorite spa ser­vices with­out her ever need­ing to leave the house? Beauty Concierge Philip­pines is a home spa well­ness and beauty ser­vices web­site that of­fers a cus­tom­ized, self­care ex­pe­ri­ence, all in the com­fort of one’s home. Their menu of ser­vices in­cludes ev­ery­thing you can think of: mani-pedis, blow-dry, high­lights, re­bond­ing, airbrush make up, lash lift, hair re­moval, slim­ming treat­ments… you name it, Beauty Concierge prob­a­bly has it! They even do spa par­ties at rea­son­able rates and kid­die nail care, for an evening of lola-nanay-apo bond­ing.

(+639) 17 321 2184 | beau­ty­concierge. com.ph/ | book@beau­ty­concierge.com.ph | Face­book and In­sta­gram: @beau­ty­conciergep­h

A home ser­vice mas­sage for the en­tire fam­ily but spe­cial­ized for moth­ers by Mas­sage Mnl

Af­ter an ex­haust­ing year of car­ing for every­one, your mom is prob­a­bly look­ing for a nice way to wind down. Mas­sage Mnl of­fers af­ford­able mas­sages and well­ness treat­ments she can en­joy at home. Treat her to a Swedish, deep tis­sue, ven­tosa, stone, or foot re­flex mas­sage. They also have spe­cial­ized treat­ments for ex­pect­ing and new moth­ers, such as pre­na­tal, lac­ta­tion mas­sages, and even baby mas­sages (to help with the lit­tle one’s sleep rou­tine).

mas­sagemnl.com | (+639) 28 628 2778, (+639) 16 798 8656, (+639) 77 264 8847 | info.mas­sagemnl@gmail.com | Face­book and In­sta­gram: @mas­sagemnl

Give her mem­o­rable, fam­ily pho­tos with a ses­sion from Sweet Es­cape

It only takes an hour to get every­one to­gether for a fam­ily photo ses­sion, but this is a gift your mom and every­one else will en­joy for years to come. Sweet Es­cape is an on­line pho­tog­ra­phy web­site that helps you or­ga­nize shoots with pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers in 500 ci­ties all over the world. One minute a mother may have small chil­dren and then, in a blink of an eye, they’re fully grown. It’s a great ser­vice to doc­u­ment all your mem­o­rable mo­ments to­gether as a fam­ily. www.sweet­escape.com/ | In­sta­gram: @sweet.es­cape

Get some­one to pro­fes­sion­ally de-clut­ter her home with Neat Ob­ses­sions

Some­thing that would make a huge dif­fer­ence for mom this year? Get­ting some­one to pro­fes­sion­ally or­ga­nize and de-clut­ter her home.

Issa Reyes of Neat Ob­ses­sions is the Philip­pines’ an­swer to Marie Kondo, and is even a con­sul­tant-in-train­ing of the Kon­mari method. A look at the be­fore and af­ter pho­tos of her home projects are all the con­vinc­ing you’ll need that this is the one gift that will “spark joy” for mom this Christ­mas.

neato­b­ses­sions.com | Face­book: @neato­b­ses­sion­sof­fi­cial | In­sta­gram: @neato­b­ses­sions

Help her train hap­pier, more com­pe­tent staff with Okay Ka Yaya Ko

Okay Ka Yaya Ko is a kit cre­ated by the Jaric Foun­da­tion to make it eas­ier for moms to train house­hold staff through a re­spect­ful process that shows great em­pa­thy and re­spect for the work they do. It in­cludes a skills train­ing man­ual with videos, Pow­erpoint slides, and a book­let, and tools such as lam­i­nated signs, chore cards, sam­ple forms, and even color-coded rags that in­di­cate whether they are to be used for the kitchen sink or the toi­let seat. This in­tel­li­gent, user-friendly guide took months to re­search, build con­tent, and trans­late into Ta­ga­log. On top of that, all pro­ceeds from the sale of the kit go to As­sump­tion Mis­sion schools and fu­ture projects to up­lift the lives of kasam­ba­hays. (02) 898 1370

Open her a starter ac­count for in­vest­ing stocks with COL Fi­nan­cial

Maybe your mom has al­ways wanted to in­vest in the stock mar­ket, but didn’t know where to start. COL Fi­nan­cial is rec­om­mended by all the ex­pe­ri­enced traders. It is the most pop­u­lar lo­cal op­tion for in­vest­ing stocks on­line. Open­ing a starter ac­count for her with them is a great way for her to dip her feet into in­vest­ing, with guid­ance from some of the coun­try’s best fi­nance ex­perts.

(02) 865 15888 | www.col­fi­nan­cial.com | helpdesk@col­fi­nan­cial.com | Face­book: @col­fi­nan­cial | In­sta­gram: @col­fi­nan­cial

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