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Love, Ms. Piggy: Love & Gift giving

The Gift of the Magi is a short story, written by William Sydney Porter about a married couple and how they dealt with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. As a sentimental story with a moral lesson about gift giving, it has been a popular one for adaptation, especially for presentation at Christmas time.

The Gift of the Magi

On Christmas Eve, with only little money in hand and desperate to find a gift for Jim, Della sells her hair for $20 to a hairdresser, and eventually finds a platinum pocket watch fob chain for her husband’s watch for $21. Satisfied with the perfect gift, Della runs home and begins to prepare food for dinner.

At 7 o’clock, Della sits at a table near the door, waiting for Jim to come home. Unusually late, Jim walks in and immediately balks at the sight of his wife sporting a short hair. Della then admits to Jim that she sold her hair to buy him his present.

Jim then gives Della her present – an assortment of expensive hair accessories, useless now that her hair is short. Della then shows Jim the chain she bought for him, to which he says he sold his watch to get the money to buy her combs.

Although Jim and Della are now left with gifts that neither one can use, they realize how far they are willing to go to show their love for each other, and how priceless their love really is.


Sometimes, when we (couples) have passed the honeymoon phase & kids have taken center stage in our lives, it’s easy to take each other for granted. We neglect to say “I LOVE YOU” and do random acts of thoughtfulness & affection such as giving each other little gifts like we used to way back when.

Or maybe money is tight, so you forego going on dates & gift-giving during holidays  and important occasions.

For old married couples like Kap & I who have been two-gether for more than half our lifetime, it’s easy to fall into the trap of “forgetting” each other & setting one another aside in lieu of the kids & the complexities that is life. DON’T. We mustn’t. We should still prioritize one another & make each other feel like they are the most important person in the whole wide world.

Even though money is not aplenty in the GOppets household, and Kap can be a stiff when it comes to spending, we have never failed -in our 28 years of being together, to give each other gifts on important occasions like birthdays, valentines, mother’s day/father’s day, anniversaries & christmases. It does’t have to be costly gifts. But it sure would be nice to give & receive meaningful ones.


This Christmas, Kap gave me a set of pillows. :) I’ve been having stiff neck from my lumpy pillow for the longest time. My head pillow has taken the worst of turns because being peri-menopausal, I have extreme night flashes & I sweat out gallons! So my pillow has been washed so many times & it’s super lumpy.

Also, my body pillow has become flat & soft over time that I don’t get proper back support when I sleep on my side. So I really loved the thought Kap put into his gift for me with this giant, plush body pillow! IN PINK pa! <3



I need to surround myself with lots & lots of pillows when I sleep. Because of my night sweats, Kap got me a pillow with a cooling pad (that blue patch) that keeps me in cool comfort throughout the night. And he also got me a plush body pillow so that wherever I turn, I have ready support right by my side. To me, this is such a romantic gift because he had my comfort at mind. He put thought into his gift & got me something he knew I needed.


Romantic gifts don’t have to be flashy diamond rings or designer bags. This right here is romantic in the sense that it’s thoughtful & I knew he had me & my comfort in mind as he was buying this perfect gift for me. <3

You don’t need to break the bank to show your love & affection. Learn from Kap! ;)) Gift-giving should be a constant tradition. No matter how small or inexpensive the object may be. It’s really the thought that counts. For me, at least.

Remember. Your life started with just the 2 of you. And after the kids have grown, it all boils down to just the 2 of you again. So BE important to one another, and show it. Sure, the kids take much of your time & attention for now. But remember, at the end of the day, it’s still you & him baby. Make the love you have for each other count.


Because my funds were depleted buying gifts for the kids (who live in a material world), I got Kap a nice shirt that he can wear when we go on a date, aside from his gazillion and one EAT BULAGA shirts hahaha! :P Remember, it’s the THOUGHT that counts. So make sure you give time & attention in buying a well-thought of gift for your loved one. <3

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  • Reply Kei Aclaro

    Hi, Ms. Jane! Happy New Year po ulit… Ang sweet nyo naman po ni Kap. You are really the epitome of what a married couple should be. … And you’re right! Gifts need not be any expensive, material things… Even just a compliment or a note would surely be appreciated deeply by the partner who received it.

    It’s the thought that counts ika nga… I hope you will continue on cherishing and loving each other for years to come. God bless po…

    January 4, 2015 at 11:23 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you Kei! <3 Yes I hope we will both grow old together & still healthy & in love. I wish you the same thing. Mwah! :-*

      January 4, 2015 at 11:48 am
  • Reply candy

    Woohoo! SSEN is back! I miss you, Mommy Jane! Even though you said you’ll take a break during the holidays, I would visit your site from time to time to check if you have a post.

    happy new year!

    will your post be regular na from hereon?

    January 4, 2015 at 12:19 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Awwww you’re the sweetest Candy I love you!! Thank you! :-*

      January 4, 2015 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Noel Q.

    Tama ka Jane, huwag dapat kalimutan ang isa’t-isa.

    Akala ko bukas pa mag-start ka ulit mag-blog, buti I checked in today, hahaha… Happy new year ulit!!! Mwah!

    January 4, 2015 at 4:12 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      eh asan na ang gift kooooooo??? lol-jk! :-*

      January 4, 2015 at 4:16 pm
      • Reply Noel Q.

        Prayers! Di mo na-feel? hahaha…

        January 4, 2015 at 4:19 pm
        • Reply sugargospice

          hayz napapalibutan ako ng mga kapitan Ksssss! sige na nga. :P

          January 4, 2015 at 4:20 pm
          • Noel Q.

            Hahaha… tapusin ko lang physical therapy ko… katatanggal lang ng cast… pag malakas na ulit left arm ko mamimili na ako =)

            January 4, 2015 at 4:21 pm
          • sugargospice

            YAY! thank you in advance for my YSL bag ha? Wag na balutin sayang kawawa ang treeeees! :-* #jokenotreally

            January 4, 2015 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Noel Q.

    YSL lang pala e, suuuuure!!! (yari sa laguna, may tsinelas pa from liliw, hahaha)

    January 4, 2015 at 4:25 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      hmp. nevermind! :P

      January 4, 2015 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Jing

    Happy new year to the Goppets family! Yay, I’m happy to see your post today,Mommy Jane! Tapos, Love Ms Piggy pa hehehe ….nakakataba ng puso talaga when you feel being loved and cared for, yung obvious na pinag isipan kung ano makakapagpasaya sayo teheeee kilig moments :)

    January 4, 2015 at 9:26 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      hahaha oo nga hanggang ngayon kinikilig pa rin ako Jing kaya hindi ako pasaway sa ngayon. Only time will tell kelan uli ako magsa-salbahe hahaha! :-*

      January 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm
  • Reply Chel

    Parang Kath-Niel lang! Favourite labtim! :)

    January 5, 2015 at 12:31 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      a hundred years ago hahahahahaha! Mga feeling bagets kadire. Thanks Chel! :-*

      January 5, 2015 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply med

    GUILTY. I didn’t give Lowell a gift. He’s not into gifts anyway! But yes, you are right – it should be a tradition and it doesn’t have to break the bank, too! From now on I will do that. Thank you. You see, I am learning a lot from you!

    January 5, 2015 at 8:46 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      hahaha si jeff din he doesn’t see the need for a gift kasi i can buy naman daw anything I want anytime. Pero talagang nagpaka-drama queen ako so now he makes it a point na he gets me something kahit ano lang that makes me feel loved. Kawawa naman kasi ako diba kung lahat sila nagbubukasan ng gifts tapos nakatingin lang ako haha. Yes, this year make a conscious effort na to buy papa lowell kahit ano lang that he will like & appreciate. Gift-giving should be a forever thing. ;)

      January 5, 2015 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply edelweiza

    You and Kap are an inspiration to young married couples like Edwin and me. Sabi nga, kahit may mga anak na, dapat you still have couple time every now and then para hindi mawala ang kilig sa pagsasama. Ang sweeeet naman ng kiss na yan! Ayieeeeee! :)

    January 6, 2015 at 2:26 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Oo nga ako din kinikilig tuwing nakikita ko haha. Matandang karengkeng lang talaga ang peg diba. Hope to see you soon Edel mwah!

      January 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply cheekeegirl

    how sweet! i agree with u ms. jane in every word you said…

    January 19, 2015 at 4:33 pm
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