Tips on How to Handle Relatives and Friends Asking for Pamasko

If you are working abroad to better provide for your family, salute to all your hard work and sacrifices.

Filipinos are actually known for having strong family ties and they will do everything just to make their family happy.

With such cultural upbringing, it’s common for us to share our blessings to other family members and relatives.

And now that the Christmas season is fast approaching, people are busy saving money for their inaanaks.

So if you are also doing the same thing, then here are some helpful tips to deal with friends and relatives asking for their Christmas gifts or presents.


Well, first of all, there’s nothing wrong about giving your loved ones simple gifts.

The thing is that, sometimes, they ask too much that unfortunately you cannot provide.

For instance, due to the popular use of iPads and iPhones nowadays, they request for the same stuff before you arrive home this Christmas.

If you have enough money to spend, perhaps it wouldn’t be a problem for you. However, if you think it’s too much and way out of your budget, then you can simply tell them that maybe they can ask for other less expensive gifts this Christmas.


Welcoming the Season of Giving

Christmas is an ideal way to enjoy family gatherings and reunions. In fact, Filipino celebrations are never without get-togethers and traditional dishes such as lechon, fruit salad, palabok, rice cake, buko pandan juice, gulaman and a lot more.

With that being said, OFWs always want to go home during special holidays like this.

But the problem is, what if you don’t have much pasalubong for your family? Would you rather decide not to go home and let your loved ones understand your situation?

The best thing you can do is tell them not to expect too much because it’s not easy to make money abroad.

Make them understand that your presence is more important than any material gift in the world.




Deciding On What Christmas Gifts Are Best To Give

If you want to buy gifts and make sure that they meet your budget, focus on souvenirs than hi-tech gadgets like tablets.

For instance, if you’re in Dubai, you can buy shirts with I Love Dubai prints to make them feel like they’ve been there also.

There are lots of more affordable pasalubongs you can surely buy for your loved ones back in the Philippines.

All you need to do is make them feel that it’s the thought that counts.

Now, do you already have something in mind to give your relatives and families back home this Christmas?


Wrapping It Up

Whether you have enough budget or limited money on your pocket, it’s important to always teach your children not to be materialistic.

The older ones will surely understand how hard it is to earn money overseas.

As long as you’re safe wherever you are right now, that is all that matters.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Speak Your Mind