I have a confession to make: I’m not a Divisoria fan.
This is blasphemy for a Thrifty Mom to say. Everyone loves Divi! The deals! The crazy buys! The savings! I know. For three Christmas seasons I did my gift shopping there. We would go last week of November/ first week of December. It was brutal. You need to have the art of split-second decision-making down, because there’s no time to browse. (Once we were with a notoriously slow-shopper friend who wanted to go back for a skirt she’d seen that morning, which meant we had to go against the flow of the crowd and find that tiny stall amidst the crazy. It almost came to fisticuffs.) The crowds are insane and you are shunted along whether you want to or not. It’s filthy and dangerous too: my crossbody bag got slashed once, the umbrella I placed inside protecting my wallet from being stolen. Then there’s the exhaustion of hauling tons of stuff home in those plastic-coated banig bags. I don’t miss walking to the highway to hail a Pasay bus laden with two of these behemoths.
I get it though. Craziness is part of Divi’s charm and for other people, the whole Amazing Race-ness is what makes it so attractive. Not me. These days I’m all about online shopping. No dealing with crowds, infinite time to browse, hell, I don’t even have to get up from a chair.
So if you’re planning to shop online for your gift list, here are some websites to hit up:
Here’s why you should get Human Nature’s awesome products; but if you’re still not convinced, their Christmas gift sets should change your mind. Ranging from P99 to P729 and complete with sustainable packaging, ribbon and tag, they’ve got stuff that’ll cover your gaggle of inaanaks, officemates, kikay friends and impossible-to-shop-for brothers. You can also check out their “Gifts of Goodness” offerings — quirky, fun things like notebooks, bamboo bowties, dolls and drinks made by social enterprises, which means they benefit disadvantaged communities. Cool and socially conscious!
Check out other awesome gift ideas!