I’ve only been to the Philippines once. 


It was in 2010.

I took my family there on vacation. We sat on a beach on the island of Boracay for 5 weeks.  It was amazing.  

(they’re so little! They’re 15, 18, and 13 now!)

I’ll tell more about the trip another time (including getting robbed).
It was amazing.  Even the robbers were nice.

What I didn’t expect was that when I met my team, I had this super strong desire to reward them.  

To give gifts.
To give money.
To help them.

I didn’t realize how much I loved these people.  They do such good work, they invest their lives in you and your company.

At some point you’re going to want to give them gifts.


Here’s what my VA wrote about it.

Your VA just got married, had a new baby or had a birthday. You want to send them a gift.

What would be nice? What would they like? What would be appropriate?

A good option would be to choose from their registry.

Because of the pandemic, more Filipinos have embraced online shopping. For major life events like weddings and baby showers, we’ve embraced the convenience of online gift registries. Just ask your VA where they’re registered and you can get them a gift from there.

If they don’t have a registry, you can ask about their wishlist. We do most of our online shopping on apps like Lazada or Shoppee. You can ask your VA to share their wishlist through the app.

If they don’t have either one, sending them a bit of cash is always appreciated.

Cash is so easy.  
Add it to their salary and tell them 

I included an extra $30 this month because you’re awesome.
Here’s a $50 bonus. You did such great work.
Happy Birthday. Here’s $20.

Bonuses go a long way in the Philippines.