Preen Gift Guide: Local finds for your little tots

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Preen Gift Guide: Local finds for your little tots  

By: Marla Darwin

Every week, Preen tackles motherhood sans the rose-tinted glasses. Our columnists L. JulianoMarla DarwinMonica Eleazar-ManzanoRossana UnsonRonna Capili-Bonifacio, and Chrina Cuna-Henson tell their personal experiences like it is—at times frustrating, oftentimes confusing, but always enlightening.
At some point during the deluge of holiday errands, shopping for small children is one of the reprieves I enjoy. This age group is relatively easier to read for the sheer amount of earnestness and whimsy you can spot with them.
I’m a big fan of doing a bulk of my Christmas shopping online. It’s been a big game changer if you hate crowds and traffic. And if you know where to look, there are a ton of unique and interesting finds that you won’t see in malls. To follow that spirit of earnestness and whimsy, here are some of the coolest local online shops I came across for kids gifting:

Oli’s single boxship

Oli’s Boxship describes themselves as “the first book-based creative play subscription box in the Philippines.” To order an Oli’s Boxship is to gift the joy of analog play back to children. The activities center around a theme (farming, exploration, magic, etc.) with hands-on applications that can range from artsy to science-y. With such thoughtful packaging and intentional storytelling, this is the sort of play that will get the adults in the room excited, too.


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