By Marga Salvador on December 12, 2015
With Christmas right around the corner, offices are joining in on the yuletide cheer with company christmas parties, holiday bonuses, and secret santas. There are a lot of things that are simple, thoughtful, and useful that you can give to your officemates this year.
The problem is, you might also have a lot of officemates that you want to give gifts to. And even if your office Christmas list isn't too long, you don’t want to spend big bucks where you don’t have to. Don’t worry because Christmas shopping for your officemates doesn’t have to be difficult— or expensive. You just need to know where to look. Here are a few places where you can get great gifts for your officemates without spending grand amounts.
It goes without saying that any major shopping spree in the Philippines isn't complete without a trip to Divisoria. You can find just about everything there and now there's even a Virtual Divisoria if you're too busy or lazy to brave the crowds. For an even better deal, buy in bulk and get wholesale prices! However, with the magnitude of things available, be careful to check the quality and components of what you're buying.
Bonus: If you're feeling adventurous, you can make your way to the heart of Divisoria to the 188 Shopping Mall: Wholesaler's Paradise and Shopper's Delight!
If by some miracle you didn't find anything in Divisoria, you can head across town to Greenhills in San Juan where you are sure to find fashions and furnishings for every shape and size. They have a seemingly endless supply of scarves, ties, fans, handkerchiefs, and wallets that you can get for the ladies and gentlemen of the office for some of the best prices around the metro. Just like Divisoria, Greenhills is one of the best places to practice your haggling skills!
This family owned craft and gift store has been sharing eco-friendly and proudly Pinoy trinkets and decorations for almost 50 years now. From desk figurines to wall hangings, they have everything you need to make the office feel like home. Another great thing about Papemelroti is that they come out with a line of products and designs for every season—perfect for your gift giving needs all year round.
Bookstore sale sections
It's the end of the year and sooner or later, your favorite bookstores are going to be rolling out their final sales for 2015. There are novels, management, self-help, comic and motivational books that you can give to the bookworms of the office. You can also help them get a head start for the new year and get them 2016 planners. There are multilevel bookstores like Fully Booked in BGC and National Bookstore in Gateway that have shelves with various books on sale all year round.
If you're rushing work at the office and you don't have time to do the shopping, you can spend an hour or two on Lazada, check out with your credit card or even pay for your items when they get delivered to your doorstep withe their cash on delivery option. Lazada.ph's online revolution is where you can get up to 90% off on items. Their biggest online sale of the year is up and running until December 12 so find some deals and click away!
Your shopping possibilities have just multiplied. One of the world's first and most popular online marketplaces is present in over 30 countries. The reason why ebay is budget friendly is because you can filter your searches for items that offer free shipping so you're really just paring for your goods. On top of that, you can find items from China or the United States that costs a fraction of its Philippine price. Double the deal!