Jose Mari Chan shares five tips for online holiday shopping

We’re well into the “-ber” months, so if you’re like us, you’ve already started preparing your holiday shopping list. But if you’re feeling a bit lost on how to approach another holiday season amid a pandemic, Shopee’s Christmas ambassador Jose Mari Chan has some advice for you.

The musician, who has been Shopee’s Christmas ambassador since 2018, shares that the important thing is to imbue the true spirit of Christmas. “This pandemic may have completely changed our shopping habits, but one thing remains the same—every chance you get to show kindness, do so. Whatever you give doesn’t have to be a big amount.”

Jose Mari Chan has a few ideas on finding the perfect Christmas gift, with no last-minute shopping involved.

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Take advantage of the convenience and accessibility of online shopping

Like plenty of Filipinos, Jose Mari Chan prefers to shop online these days, from gifts to necessities and healthcare products. “Instead of taking public transport or driving to a store, you can purchase from Shopee while staying at home.” Aside from enjoying the safety and convenience, he adds that users get to help out other Filipinos. “You’re doing not only yourself a favor. You also continue to support small businesses, manufacturers, and delivery services.”

Check for free shipping & other promos to make shopping more worthwhile

Jose Mari Chan reminds users to keep an eye out for vouchers, especially during Shopee’s big sales. Stack vouchers for bigger discounts. 

Go cashless for safe and convenient transactions

Start opting for contactless payment methods for safe and convenient payments. Use ShopeePay, Shopee’s all-in-one e-wallet, to Buy Load, Pay Bills, and Scan to Pay. For account security, Jose Mari Chan adds, “Change your ShopeePay PIN regularly, and do not share it with anyone to prevent unauthorized purchases.”

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Plan and organize your Christmas list early on

Jose Mari Chan shares that he and his wife are early birds when it comes to holiday shopping. He advises users to follow this principle and plan. “List down some important people whom you want to cheer up, then browse online to see what items you can give. Do it early. If you leave it up to the last minute, you might make some impulse purchases or even overspend,” he says.

Put more heart into picking gifts to make them more meaningful

Feeling stumped about gift ideas? Here’s a piece of advice from Jose Mari Chan: try to come up with gifts that hold meaning for the recipient. “For the past years, my wife and I have been giving each other a common gift that we’d both agree on prior, such as items we need for the home. I would also ask special friends if they have a favorite charity, and I would donate in their name as a gift.” 

The musician concludes that as he gets older, he derives more pleasure from giving than receiving. “When you receive, it’s just a moment’s pleasure. When you give, it lasts longer. When you give out of kindness, love, charity, and generosity, the impact will last for many years.”


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