Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas rush

"Christmas rush"
Sun.Star Davao, Dec. 12, 2009
Tick tock. Tick tock.

Unlike the previous Christmas celebrations when I almost completed my Yuletide shopping by the 1st week of December, this year is a whole lot different...I have not even reached half of my Christmas list yet. Help!!!

“Don’t panic”, I say to myself. I know I am not alone in my gift-finding quest. I braved the Christmas rush, visited bazaars and asked around for recommendations. Here are some holiday presents that will surely be on my list:

SuperDevos (365 Devotions for Energized Kids) books

Written by one of my favorite children’s authors, Grace D. Chong, SuperDevos is a wonderful gift idea for kids ages 7 and up. It has 365 devotions, one for each active day of the year.

According to Grace, “a once-a-week lesson on God’s precepts during Sundays is good, but hardly enough. SuperDevos comes at a time when we and our children are too busy to sit down together and talk about the Word of God.”

Every devotion is, at most, two minutes long and contains eye-catching visuals by John Michael Lu. Priced only at P325, SuperDevos books are available at OMF Lit Bookshop, Ground floor, Mitaji Building, Tionko cor. Mapa Sts., Davao City. Telephone number 082.221.3416.

Tomo (I Was An Eighth-Grade Ninja) graphic novel

Winner of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in the Comic/Graphic Novel Category, Tomo is a tale of Hana, a thirteen-year old Japanese orphan trying to fit into life at an American school. She works on her martial-arts skills with her grandfather and his strange little pet. All the practice comes in handy when she battles hostile animal-like warriors from another world. In discovering secrets about her identity and her past, Hana bravely faces her enemies and realizes her divinely-given purpose.

The manga-style illustrations by Filipino artist Ariel Padilla will definitely engage young readers. I love how the series injects Christian values in their stories. Just a word of caution though, the series can be addicting to your kids! Also available at OMF Lit Bookshop for only P175 each.

How to Win Your Child’s Heart book

Psychologist Dr. Ruth Chang reveals the various parenting styles and explains which among them works best in this practical and insightful book. Learn how you can raise your children by remembering to ‘PARENT’—Praise, Accept, Respect, Empathize, Nurture and Train. Buy this meaningful gift for fellow parents for only P150 at OMF Lit Bookshop.

Decoupage tin cans

I saw these adorable decoupage tin cans in a Christmas bazaar. Decoupage is “the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf, etc.”

Made by talented artist Daidai Joaquin, there are endless possibilities for these cans--as dainty home decorations, lovely containers for goodies or flowers and lots more. P120 for large sizes and P100 for small ones. For orders, contact Daidai at (0923)3280100.

Homebound 2010 planner

This one-of-a-kind planner is a joint effort of For the Love of Prints (FTLP) and Coedclothing Co. The spacious weekly pages are both stylish and functional with discount coupons from well-known Davao establishments, striking postcards and fascinating Davao trivia. Be organized this 2010 with these proudly Davao-made planners!

Homebound is priced at P375 and can be bought from National Book Store (Davao branches only), Sunlab GMall and Martish Store. Log on to for more details.

Personalized mini desk calendars

Another fabulous way to get organized this 2010 is giving your fashion-loving friends these personalized mini desk calendars from For the Love of Prints.

Measuring 8.5” x 11”, these lifestyle desk calendars come with a leatherette base and feature several designs such as “bagaholic, shopaholic, coffechick, couple, men, fashionista and flip flops”. Personalized names (maximum of ten characters) can have different styles and fonts. Prices range from P130 to P150 depending on design. For orders, check out

Pop art photos and personalized photo calendars

Pop art is a visual art movement popularized by American painter, printmaker and filmmaker Andy Warhol. Now, you can have and give your very own personalized pop art masterpiece by Portraits Unlimited Studio.

POP ART (with mounting and easel): 6” x 9” P1,000 and 12” x 18” P1,500; Group pop art, P200 per head and four combination, P200 per slide. COMIC ART: 6” x 9” P1,400 and 12” x 18” P2,000.

Portraits Unlimited Studio also offers personalized photo calendars at only P600. For inquiries and booking, text/call (0922)2386385. E-mail address:

Sweet Treats by Corinn

Yummy bite-sized Choco Loco, Food for the Gods and Chewy Butterscotch individually packed in foil and beautifully packaged in elegant boxes.

Sweets Treats owner Corinn Tan has been making her bestselling goodies for nine years now in Manila. This year, she started offering her tempting creations in Davao as well. A box of 24 pieces costs P460 while a box of 12 pieces is priced at P250. Loose goodies, P18.50 per piece. Boxes are available in two colors: dark brown and apple green.

Want to make a good impression this Christmas? Share these heavenly delights to friends and loved ones! Order now at tel no. (082)2211608 to 09. Check out

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