Have Yourself a Cashless Little Christmas

Feeling forced to buy gifts? 

The social pressures and the financial burden of gift-giving can turn anyone into a Grinch.

For us though — market researchers, digital marketers & PR pros who are working in an organization that seeks to serve the nation’s poorest — the holidays bring even harder questions than “who gets what?”.

Why must we keep on anchoring generosity on material gifts?

How can we push for more mindful giving?

How can we go beyond buying a social enterprise gifts?

Well, instead of bemoaning the financial and social costs of giving everyone a present, a couple of work colleagues & I came up with a new way to be generous this season! 🙂

In lieu of buying gifts, we had a “cashless Christmas” instead.

How does it work? Gifts must cost nothing & must be based on a singular idea. Whether the idea is in the realm of tried & true tips or inspiring mantras is all up to the giver. The only requirement for the exchange is that the piece of paper or cardboard containing your idea is “display-able”.

Here are some of the (amazing!) things we received:

Ideas are precious & powerful gifts worth sharing.

Merry Christmas! 🙂 



Make something this weekend: Baby Mobile

Being a mom can be tough. Finding an age-appropriate, engaging baby toy? Sometimes even tougher (though I’m not sure if this is because I’m in the Philippines or if I’m just too picky).

Anyways, for weeks now, I have been searching for a baby mobile that a) is high contrast b) not electronic / no sounds — scared of battery leaks and c) costs no more than 2,000 pesos.


Let’s just say that after scouring The Landmark at TriNoMa, Rustan’s (in Shang, Gateway AND Makati –I luff Rustan’s!) and Robinson’s (Galleria and Manila), I decided to make my own.*

So here’s my little baby mobile guide.

Important: remember to wash ALL of your materials (including the base of the mobile) in baby-safe detergent BEFORE you make the mobile.

Step 1: Choose materials and patterns. I got my pattern inspiration from here. I chose felt because it’s low-maintenance. You don’t have to do any “finishing” or “sealing” on its edges to prevent fraying.

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