DOH recommends better gift alternatives this Christmas

Press Release | 10 December 2020

If you love your family, keep them safe and healthy. As the holidays draw near, the Department of Health (DOH) provided suggestions that can help prevent COVID-19 transmissions such as giving face masks and face shields and other creative ways as alternatives to traditional Christmas gifts.

“The number of daily new COVID-19 cases may be on the downward trend but we should not let our guards down, especially now that the holidays are upon us”, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said. He added that even if the government is now looking at several vaccine candidates and talking to several bilateral and multilateral partners, the country is still far from being safe.

“When planning for the holiday gift-giving, think of ligtas na regalo - which gifts can make them safe. One thing we recommend are face masks which may serve as a constant reminder to the recipient to wear one,” Sec. Duque said.

Aside from face masks and face shields, healthy food and fruits, exercise gadgets/equipment that promote physical activity and help improve body resistance against diseases may also be given as holiday presents. Moreover, DOH also encourages do-it-yourself gifts to limit in-store shopping.

“This Christmas, let us be creative by providing our loved ones with gifts that promote a healthy lifestyle or can help improve their health condition. When giving gifts to kids, always ensure that it is safe for them and check the warning label on kids’ toys. We can also give DIY gifts that will not require us to go shopping, like handmade cards, arts and crafts, or a video. Such gifts make it more personal and also keep you from going to crowded places, thus reducing the risk of acquiring or transmitting the virus. After all, a safer holiday celebration is the best gift we can give to our loved ones,” Sec. Duque concluded.