Pre-loved Christmas Gifts :)
The best presents I got this Christmas consisted of second-hand stuff. :D
And really, some of the most thoughtful presents really don’t require big spending, or any spending at all for that matter.
And I guess it’s just fitting that my 2 favorite people this year know what would be great to give me. :)
From Nica, I got a lovely, rough-around-the-edges, gray cotton blazer. :)
Ever since I borrowed it so I could look more “decent” on a taping for ANC’s Shoptalk, I LOVED it. It blew my mind when I found out that she scored it for only P50 at some ukay-ukay haunt. I’ve asked her to direct/accompany me to ukay-ukay spots since then. I tried going to one once, but I’m either too unlucky or too lazy, or both.
So yeah. I’m glad she gave it to me. :D
Nica, can I just say SUPER SULIT na talaga yung bili mo sa blazer, bilang ukay-ukay na siya, na P50, na nagamit mo na rin, at naregalo mo pa. What the hell. Sulit na sulit.
From Karlo, I got his Korg keyboard. :)
The keyboard he used on his past gigs, from the time he started performing at gigs.
So you can imagine that there’s a lot of history and sentimentality there.
And Karlo can be a very sentimental person, so yeah, it means a lot that he was able to let go of this. :) It came with a sweet card too. :)
I’ve been dabbling with Garage Band lately, tinkering around, trying to make my own track/s, and because Karlo fully supports all my “artistic pursuits”, as fleeting or short-lived as they may be, he’s given me his favorite keyboard (he hasn’t really started to fully utilize his other keyboard/s because he was usually drawn back to his trusty OG Korg keyboard).
Karlo and I really made a deal not to spend more than P500 on gifts for each other this year, and yeah, it’s made the gift-giving more meaningful. :) (Though I’m a little embarrassed to talk about my gift now. Haha. So I won’t. So there.)
I’m rather pleased with this whole concept of gift-giving of meaningful second-hand stuff. I just might employ this next year among broke and non-broke friends alike. :D
So I spent my Christmas eve writing these two recent blog posts because we don’t really celebrate Noche Buena in our family, but even though I wasn’t necessarily brought up steeped in story-for-the-grandkids-worthy tradition, there’s a warmth in this nippy yuletide air. The Spirit of Christmas, as they call it, perhaps. :)
Only love and mint humbugs,