It was such a thrill to be lumped alongside the likes of Randell Tiongson, Marvin Germo and Efren Cruz and be considered as a personal finance expert by affinity. Although to be perfectly candid, I’m more of a personal finance enthusiast than an expert, and to be clear, I’m not fishing for compliments, I’m just being real.

Anyway, here’s the link to Ezra Ferraz’ Rappler article on “9 financial-savvy tips for Christmas gift-giving” and I was amused that of all the tips I sent him, he chose my core philosophy in gift giving or that gifts are tokens of appreciation and love, so we shouldn’t attribute anything else to them. They won’t mend broken relationships, make up for lost time with family members or make someone fall in love with you, so no need to stress yourself over finding that one perfect, expensive gift. It’s enough to show that you had your recipient in mind when you purchased or made that gift.

And for more of Christmas shopping tips, check out an old post I made years ago on Kikay Exchange on the rules I follow for stress free Christmas shopping.

Also, Ezra Ferraz is holding a Twitter conversation tonight, December 4, from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm, using the hashtag #PaskoPeraTips. He will post general questions based on the write-up and more specific questions directed to each of his resource persons. I will be participating but I doubt I’ll make it all the way to 11pm because the baby sleeps between 8:30pm to 9:00pm and he gets cranky when he goes beyond that time period. Cranky baby = miserable mommy and daddy.

My Twitter handle is @kikayexchange and I hope you can drop by tonight. See ya!

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