The best way to send gifts to your loved ones in the Philippines

In times past, Filipino families stayed put/together. Mothers lived near their parents, and ties between family members were easy to maintain. However, these days, the modern family finds generations stretched across barangays, cities, countries, even the World. Families are challenged to stay connected, and holidays like Christmas can be difficult.

Bridging the miles…

Millions of Filipinos live and work overseas. And while most try their best to come home during the holidays, the truth is, many of us simply can’t make it — either because of work, or financial reasons.

But being Filipinos as we are, and Christmas being our most important festive holiday, we find it a must to reach out to our family and friends back home.

So, if you are overseas, here are some tips on how to share the love with your family and friends back home.

1. Balikbayan Boxes

Most Filipinos send Balikbayan boxes home. It’s not that expensive though it may take up to thirty days for your box to arrive. Also, we’ve heard stories of boxes being opened and some of the stuff get stolen. Well, that’s the risk you’ll have to take.


  • Prepare them early.
  • If you can’t fill a box by yourself, pool in with your friends who may also wish to send some stuff or presents.

2. Remittance

OFWs sending money home is a familiar routine. And more so during the Holiday season, OFW’s send extra money as gifts to their loved ones.

Pros: Family members can decide what it is they want to purchase as their gifts for themselves.

Cons: It may be a bit impersonal.

3. Lazada PH

Lazada is the number 1 shopping destination in Southeast Asia revolutionizing shopping for people who want a secure, reliable and effortless shopping experience. Get the best deals through our mobile apps and websites anytime, anywhere, and enjoy multiple payment options including cash-on-delivery, extensive customer care, and Buyer Protection.

Lazada is one of the highest trafficked online shopping e-commerce sites in Asia. It has over 20,000 items across eight different categories for its Philippines site, despite being a few years old. Some of the popular categories on the marketplace include health and beauty, watches, mobile and tablets, cameras, gadgets, fashion and many more.

You can pay via Paypal, debit card, or credit card. It also offers cash-on-delivery service, where customers can pay in cash when they receive the goods at their doorsteps. Lazada is also accessible via a mobile app (iOS and Android). Shop anytime, anywhere via your computer and mobile phone.

With their quick and reliable delivery service, just sit back, relax and your package will come to you.

Pros: Effortless shopping. It’s just a click away. Plus, there’s no advance preparation necessary. It’s easy and as takes only days (1–7 in Manila, 5–12 in Non-Metro Manila Areas) for the items to be delivered. It’s something you are sure your friends and family can enjoy and, even share with others.

Cons: We really can’t think of one right now.

Enjoy the holidays. Share the love.

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