It’s the thought that counts, really

especially under unprecedented times, every gift should be appreciated.

Gift-giving is a well-loved tradition during the holiday season.

In the past, people would go out of their way to wait in long queues and brave overcrowded malls for presents beautifully wrapped as a gesture of appreciation and gratitude to their loved ones.

But a deadly virus changed all that, and last-minute shoppers who usually filled malls and markets to the brim are now opting to stay home and spend money on more economical and practical needs.

It is a good thing that nothing could ever dampen the spirit of giving, not when pre-loved and affordable items are just within reach online. After all, it’s always the thought that counts, really.

According to recent research by Kantar Profile’s network, 80 percent of Filipinos are open to giving and receiving preloved gifts during the holidays, being wary of impulsive buying.


From marked-down devices, top video gaming consoles, lifestyle brands, laptops and even secondhand vehicles, Filipinos are not shying away from searching, owning and giving hand-me-downs to avoid unnecessary and extravagant spending, wanting to find the best deals at the most affordable prices without sacrificing the meaning behind their gifts.

Carousell, formerly known as OLX, is one of the leading marketplaces in the country and in Southeast Asia that offers great deals and wide choices of preloved items ranging from fashion, food,

autos, tech, toys and even properties just with a click of a finger — perfect for those who want to continue the practice of giving and sharing joy during Christmastime while staying safe as well.

“We understand the need for Filipinos to imbibe the spirit of gift-giving during this season. While the current situation dictates for us to be more mindful with our spending, we want to support Filipinos’ natural generosity during the holidays by giving them an online avenue to purchase thoughtful and practical gifts,” Raffy Montemayor, general manager of Carousell Philippines, said.

No one has to break the bank or turn the world upside down to be able to make someone smile and find the perfect gift this holiday season. Just visit Carousell at and download the app on Google Play or App Store.

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