Taking Gifting To The Next Level (A Merry SM Christmas!)

If there's one thing I pride myself in, it's being generous or so my friends say. Whenever the holiday season comes around the corner, I mostly have my loved ones on top of my list. I figured, Christmas is all about giving and sharing, so why not take it to the next level this year?

Our Family Christmas Celebration/Annual Group Photo 2014

The coming Christmas season makes me extra excited because my son is old enough to appreciate a surprise and my family is so looking forward to what surprise I have on my sleeves too! I plan to make it more special than the previous ones because there's only a few of us left here in the country to celebrate Christmas since my eldest sister is in the UK and my older brother just left to settle in Australia with his wife. My parents have been kinda sad lately so I want to cheer them up too!

Aside from this, we have gone through so many challenges these past few years since our home was razed by a huge fire back in 2012. It's still a little bit difficult for us to recover but each year since, we have been trying so hard to get back up on our feet. SO, it's always a time to make things much more extraordinary every Christmas season. Each year becomes sort of a thanksgiving for our survival.

A simple feast at Ground Zero days after the fire. 

My Grown-Up Christmas List

It's been a while since I made a wish list for myself. Ever since I became a Mom, all of my prayers and wishes have been centered around my 2-year old boy and my 9-year old niece, Sofia. So this year, allow me the luxury of being a bit selfish so I can share my Top 5 Christmas wishes for myself: (Don't worry, I'm easy to please. Haha)

  1. Apothecary Jars - yep, I want jars for when I'm organizing  during different celebrations at home and at work. I'd like to set up a candy buffer business someday too! Would be nice to use these babies in organizing stuff at home.
These babies are meant for me! Hahaha (Photo grabbed from Google)

      2.  Wooden Clothes Cabinet - yes, since our house is not 100% repaired yet, I am currently sharing a closet with my 2 sisters which can prove to be difficult sometimes. I'm going to need my own closet and that's part of my wish list this year!

Something like this would be nice! (Photo grabbed from google)

3. Dining Table - a new dining table would be a nice addition to our home too. The one we are using now is actually an old one from my Uncle so I hope to have our own this Christmas. 

This one is a nice sample! (Photo grabbed from google)

4. Pink Luggage - part of my bucket list is to travel the world with my son so I'm adding this on my Christmas wishlist. I want it pink and fab!

3-piece Set of Luggage. (Photo grabbed from Google)

5. Shopping Spree at the Grocery Store - this is probably my most favorite here, yes, I want to go on a shopping spree at SM grocery store. I want my cart to be filled with healthy food to help me in my #BalikAlindogProject.

Uh huh, everything healthy! (photo grabbed from google)

Not Just Me But My Family

My Christmas list doesn't just center on myself, no matter how hard I try, I'm still hoping to give my family the best of the very best. So I have these on my list for my Parents, Sisters, Brother, Son and Nieces. 

  1. Family Trip - we haven't been on a trip abroad together before so I am hoping to make it happen real soon. This will make me uber happy! We've all been working so hard this year so it would be nice to get away for a while. 
A trip would be nice! (photo grabbed from google)

2.New Sala/Sofa Set - this would be an awesome addition to our house. My parents love to hang out in the living area and I want them to feel relaxed and happy sitting on the new set. 

Nice, right? (Photo grabbed from google)

3. Home Theater System - my family enjoys chilling at home while watching a good movie or listening to music, This will make them extra excited! 

A Home Theater System! (Photo Grabbed From Google)

4. Playhouse - this has been part of my childhood wish and I'm hoping to be able to get one for my niece and my little boy. I can imagine their happy faces when they see this!

A playhouse for our babies! (photo grabbed from google)

5. New Car - yes, would love to have a new car! Something automatic and gas-saving! My parents would have a ball if they see one on the garage! hahaha...

Part of my Dad's list, I'm sure. (Photo grabbed from Google)

For The World In Need

GOD has been so good to us. He has blessed us probably more than we deserve. So it's a must for me and my family to give back too. Part of my wish this Christmas is to help out other people in need. Like:

1. SM Christmas Bear of Joy - SM Malls aim to give help to people in need. If you purchase a bear, half of the proceeds will go to various orphanages and institution programs of SM Cares

Photo grabbed from : http://smcares.com.ph/newsevents/?p=993
2. Gift Giving with Lumads of Mindanao - the Lumad mass murder breaks my heart and being able to spend a little time with them for a little lunch or gift-giving would be one way to make my Christmas merrier. 

Lumads of Mindanao (Photo Grabbed From Google)

3. Kiddie Party For Orphans - my son's first birthday party was held at Assosacion de Damas de Filipinas. I remember how happy the kids were so I wanted to make it a yearly thing. This year, I want to come back and organize a little kiddie party for them!

My son's 1st Charity Birthday party at Damas de Filipinas. What a blast!
These types of activities and advocacy is what I want to do so I can also give back for the blessings bestowed upon me and my family. I want to make these people who have no home to feel like they are not alone on one of the most important occasions of the year!

SM Baby

I grew up shopping at SM Makati each and every Christmas since I was old enough to remember, so this year, it's going to be another yearly tradition for me and my little boy! I want him to grow up to be an SM baby too! 

So where's the best place to go for your Christmas Shopping? Yes, at SM Malls! Join the Merry SM Christmas!

 “For more updates about this year’s “Merry SM Christmas” campaign, visit SM’s official Christmas microsite (https://www.smsupermalls.com/merrysmchristmas2015) and follow its official social media accounts at Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/smsupermalls), Twitter (https://twitter.com/smsupermalls), and Instagram (https://instagram.com/smsupermalls/); and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through Viber (http://chats.viber.com/SMsupermalls). Shoppers can actively share their holiday merriments inside the SM Supermalls by posting their photos on social media and adding the hashtag #MerrySMChristmas2015.”

What are you waiting for? Make this coming Christmas a very Merry Christmas for You, Your Family and everyone you love!

Advance Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year Guys!

#MerrySMChristmas2015 #SeasonOfGifting 

nhessie a.

By some surprising twist of fate, I am now a mom...a single one at that! I'd like to think that God has granted my most fervent wish - to become a superhero! At least in the eyes of my one year old boy - Alejandro. I'm a public servant experiencing fulfillment from doing the best I can to change the world in my own little way. A newbie blogger mom/digital mom and so far, I'm having difficulty switching from being the single, career woman I'm used to in the past and the new role I'm dealt with today. I'm an online entrepreneur too - I don't know where I'm going but then again, I already know where I'm from. And I don't ever wanna go back, Join me, in my missteps and misadventures and tell me what you think about my take on LIFE, LOVE and EVERYTHING ELSE IN BETWEEN. Welcome to Mama Whale's world!


  1. Love your post sis, Have a #MerrySMChristmas!

  2. Awesome list here! The jars were also on my bucket list and me and my team we're planning to host a gift giving activity this December.. would you like to join? :)

  3. i wish to have a bigger car as well, kahit manual as long as it's bigger. naisip ko nga bumuo eh, out of trailer cargo. upcycling galore sana yun! Oh, if i only have the means (time, energy, money) for it!

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  5. I love the wooden cabinet!!! But most of all, nothing beats charity works

  6. the play house is on my list too :) also the home theater. I'm sure SM will have many and big sale events coming up for the Christmas Holiday

  7. im planning to have a dessert buffet table too when I resigned from work. I would to have those jars, they are so pretty!

  8. The play house is so lovely. Would love to have one in our house but there's no place to put it into.

  9. Christmas is near na talaga. I don't want to wish for bigger things this year, I just want those apothecary jars so much! lol!

  10. You had me at 3 girls sharing closet. I wish you get all of the items in your wish list and more.

  11. This is awesome! Whoa Christmas is near and so much things to prepare. Though were not celebrating Christmas but I did enjoy the ambiance and environment.

  12. the only way to go talaga to feel the christmas spirit lately is to give back

  13. I love the playhouse for the backyard sana in a bermuda grassed garden tapos may tanim akong kamatis, talong at iba pang gulay. :)

  14. I would love to have a kiddie party for orphans, we were thinking about it for my daughter's birthday, hindi natuloy lang yung plans, hopefully next year or kahit anong month siguro when we already have the time to prepare.

  15. Nice the pink luggage. I want one for the holidays!


  16. I love the jars and pink luggage :) But of course, Christmas is not just about giving and receiving gifts, right? It's also about sharing :)

  17. Oh Nhessie! You have impeccable taste in everything - from fashion to furniture - to the luxuries of life, heehee.

    Ako rin, I want all that. Nakakatawa, if I were younger, the grocery spree wouldn't even make it to my list, ngayon kasama yan sa top choices ko haha!

  18. I was about to squeal over the pink luggage bags until I saw the next item: grocery shopping spree! Winner yan!!

  19. I also want everything on your list! :)

  20. I got to thinking of what I want for Christmas and I actually have no idea XD

  21. I hope you get all your Christmas wishes this year, Nhessie. You and your family deserves these things especially after going through that tragedy with the fire.