2016 MBP Gift Swap: Gift Giving with a Twist

I’m happy to have joined the MBP Gift Swap, a first for our community, Mommy Bloggers Philippines. It’s like Secret Santa on a higher level. We must buy a gift that would reflect our blog and personality. I have simplified this rule to make it a bit easier for me to pick a gift for my MBP Gift Swap Partner – get something that I myself would love to receive. After deciding on what to give our partners (which should also be at the prescribed monetary value), we must ship them out not later than December 10. By December 15, all of the participants in the Gift Swap must have already received our corresponding gifts. I confess that I send out mine at the last minute. It was a good thing that LBC is so reliable that Gracie got my gift by December 12 :)

As my blog post title says, this gift giving activity has a twist and it is equally exciting and challenging! Upon receiving our gifts, we must blog and share about it on social media. We need to share our MBP Gift Swap experience, the stuff we got, and tell something about the sender. Our posts about the gift swap must be published not later than December 20. From December 21 to 23, our sponsors will judge our blog posts according to blog style and relevance.  Ten mommies will receive a gift pack full of goodies, pictured below.

2016 MBP Gift Swap Gift Pack

I’m really hoping and praying to be among the winners. If I win, I would love to share the products included in the gift pack with my loved ones so they too can try them out and hopefully, include them in their future shopping lists.

Here are the brands who made this year’s gift giving more bountiful:

Contadina
Tupperware
Lorenzana Lorins Patis and Lorins Bagoong Alamang Guisado
myPhone watch
VillaDelConte chocolates
Arla
Poetry Magnets

Now, let me tell you about my MBP Gift Swap experience.

I got my package from Nina Sogue of The Balancing Act (http://www.ninasogue.com/) on the night of December 14. I had a funny story of how I got my gift. My son and I were at my parents’ house when a rider from Grab Express texted me and said that he was already in our area. He was asking about our exact location. I freaked out because I thought that I accidentally booked a ride. I texted back and said that I didn’t request for a ride. At that time, I misconstrued Grab Express to be the same as that of Grab Car, which explained why I panicked. I checked on the notifications and history of the app on my phone. It did not reflect anything related to December 14. I called Customer Support to help me sort out the confusion. During the call, I heard my Dad talking to someone who was looking for me outside the gate. I went out while the call with the CS rep was still active. That was when the rider said that he was from Grab, he has a package for me, and that he’d been looking for our address for quite a while. That was when everything made sense! Ha! Nina, my MBP Gift Swap Partner, sent her gift for me through Grab’s courier service. That was also the time when I remembered that I indicated my parents’ home as the delivery address. I profusely apologized to the rider who, thankfully, wasn’t that upset at all. A little while later, I got a text from Nina asking if I was able to receive her gift. I said I did and that I freaked out throughout the process. She apologized and said that she didn’t text me prior to the delivery because she wanted to surprise me. I was indeed surprise! I told her that I made a boo boo on my part and was okay with it. I was actually laughing at what just happened – that made my gift swap experience amusingly memorable :)

Take a look at what sweet Nina gave me – the My Balanced Life Planner 2017.

This red, annual planner came with a handwritten note from Nina. Instead of using a stationery, she used a black, speacialty paper and used a blue green metallic pen (if I’m not mistaken, or am I color blind?) to tell me why she chose the planner, a little something about herself and her blogging journey. Her choice of medium in sharing her story gave me a glimpse of her creativity and interesting personality. It prompted me to visit her blog, The Balancing Act. Nina’s blog has that neat layout and at the same time, exudes     creativity and vibrance. Go ahead and see it for yourself!

Nina, a young mom to a little charming boy, started her blog in February 2016. According to her, before putting out her thoughts in a public blog, she used to pour out her heart on a planner. That is why she decided to give me one. I have also noticed that the name of the planner, My Balanced Life, somehow shows congruence to Nina’s blog title, The Balancing Act. Nina’s blog has become her passion project where she shares her experiences as she tries to juggle different roles at the same time – being a mom, employee, a curious soul and a dreamer.

I commend Lani, Louisa and Joy for coming up with the MBP Gift Swap! It surely is a fun way to get to know the mommies in our community – we had a glimpse of each other’s personal lives and learn a thing or two about another mom’s blogging journey. I also enjoyed shopping for gifts for my other gift swap partner and crafting my letter and notes for her. Most of all, I felt like a kid again while I waited in eager anticipation to receive my gift :)

I will definitely join next year’s #MBPGiftSwap of #MommyBloggersPH. I hope that there will be more members of our growing community who will participate in the coming years so that we will be able to get know each other and, of course, spread the Holiday cheer!

Merry Christmas to all! :)




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