Pomona, (PressExposure) July 03, 2009 -- Sending gifts through mails has been one of the many popular cultures of Filipinos, specifically with OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) sending Balikbayan Boxes to the Philippines. But other than material gifts such as toys or any other kinds of things, sending flowers to the Philippines is also a growing industry. In today's technology pertaining to communications, Filipinos are allowed to send flowers to Philippines [http://www.myayala.com/shop/categs.asp?k=Flowers-philippines&categ_id=362] or any other kinds of gifts by use of the internet. One particular online gift shop that provides a way for Filipinos to send flowers to Philippines [http://www.myayala.com/shop/categs.asp?k=Flowers-philippines&categ_id=362] is myAyala.
Like any other, myAyala is an online gift shop that provides the widest ranges of gift items for Filipinos living abroad. Because its online, Filipinos could easily order a gift, from food to flowers, and have it sent back to their families in the Philippines. This is one of the many ways that OFWs could send their gifts back to the Philippines. So what are the advantages of sending gifts through online gift shops such as as with myAyala than the use of Balikbayan Boxes?
One obvious advantage of online gift shops over the use of balikbayan boxes is its convenience. All the OFW have to do is to buy their gifts by use of a computer (which is connected to the internet) and have it sent on their family, unlike balikbayan boxes in which the OFW would have to make time to prepare the box and the content. Usually, preparing a balikbayan box requires them to buy the stuff on their own which is very time consuming, especially when running on a very tight schedule from work whereas online shopping only takes about minutes and can also be done at work.
Another popular feature about online gift shops is that OFWs could easily send flowers to Philippines [http://www.myayala.com/shop/categs.asp?k=Flowers-philippines&categ_id=362] which is impossible with balikbayan boxes. With online gift shops such as myAyala, Filipinos are offered the possibility of giving flowers to their loved ones to celebrate their anniversary or send their grief by sending flowers for a funeral.
The one drawback of using online flower shops is its expensiveness. Compared to balikbayan boxes, which is considered as the most economical way of sending stuff back to the Philippines, online stuffs such as clothing, toys, and flowers have added costs, usually for delivery fees (though some online gift shops offer free delivery).