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No-sweat Kris Kringle suggestions for the family


Denice Sy

Noche Buena, Monito, Monita,Simbang Gabi, Christmas caroling: There are many traditions in the Philippines during this time of year. One such activity that is often enjoyed by most is ex-changing Kris Kringle gifts during holiday get-togethers and reunions.

Kris Kringle is a widely known concept worldwide. In Western countries, it’s more commonly associated with “Secret Santa,” or what some would refer to as “Monito, Monita,” a game where participants drop their names into a bowl (nowadays, this is usually done virtually).

Each indi-vidual then finds the person they will buy a gift for. And on the day of the party, they leave a gift addressed to the recipient at a designated place. When the time for gift giving comes, recipients will attempt to guess who their gift came from, which is the primary reason for the name Secret Santa.

Locally, Kris Kringle is similar to Secret Santa, except we add a little twist to make the game lean toward a common theme. Here are some fun Kris Kringle ideas for families to try. I also included gifts that moms will certainly appreciate.





1. Something to relax with

Use this opportunity to treat your family members to gifts they can help them destress. Get them a Relief Electrothermal Water Heat Pack, ₱199 or Fresh Air Revitalizer, ₱499. Both available from the SM Store.





2. Something worth ₱50 or less

Keep the holidays budget-friendly by being resourceful. Thankfully, the season makes it easy to get good finds with myriad sales going on simultaneously. Malls and online sites continue to of-fer huge markdowns. Example: Ever Bilena is offering their bestselling lip liners, among others, at P49 only at all their retail outlets nationwide, at 70 percent off from its original price.



plush teddy bear


3. Something plush but practical

Plush always sounds good. Cozy up with these suggestions: Robe for using after a hot bath, or pajamas for catching up on sleep.










4. Something intangible

Getting a gift that isn’t material challenges individuals to think of more experiential ideas: Home massage service, manipedi gift certificates, all-youcan-eat buffet stubs, and concert tickets.









5.Something edible and healthy

The holiday season is definitely not the best season for our body. Don’t add to the weight gain by engaging in a Kris Kringle theme that satisfies the belly without the guilt. Healthy Options has multiple options for healthy snacks that are pre-packed and ready-to-eat like trail mixes and power bars. Moms will benefit from these quick recharges.





6. Something you want for yourself

Nothing better than paying it forward by gifting someone something you would want for yourself. While you’re at it, why not buy one for your recipient, and get one for yourself too?

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