Alternative Gifts To Celebrate the Birth of a Baby

From tiny clothes and cozy blankets to soft toys, people love to bring or send presents for new babies. It’s hard to resist these adorable items, but offering a gift to another member of the family could be a welcome alternative. Here are some ideas of what to give in honor of the baby.

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Something for Mom

A typical new mother is exhausted from around-the-clock feedings and perhaps feeling a little less like herself. Something specifically for her, such as a spa or nail salon gift card, will give her the occasion to pamper herself. Another gift card option is one for her favorite clothing store. After months in maternity clothes, she’ll most likely be ready for a new outfit. For the mom who needs some encouragement, a book of short inspirational quotes or meditations may be just what she needs. 

Something for Siblings

If the baby has older brothers or sisters, they may feel jealous and overshadowed by the noticeable focus on the newborn. When siblings receive special attention from friends and family members, they may be more inclined to celebrate the new little one. Bringing the older child new toys or games can make them feel noticed and appreciated. Cookie bouquets are another great option for young children and bigger kids, since they are fun to look at and delicious to eat. 

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Something for Dad

The father of the new baby might just be the most overlooked family member. He may not want to admit it, but a first-time father can feel hesitant about his new role and wish for some guidance. A parenting book just for dads can make him feel more prepared and connected. Even an experienced dad might like a journal to record memories of the baby’s early life from his unique perspective. 

Providing gifts for the many needs of a newborn is one way to support the family, but it’s fine to change things up. Bringing presents for the baby’s family members can convey encouragement for them in their very important new roles.

Select a Cleaning Service for Your Office with These Tips

Every office needs a good, regular clean. However, most businesses don’t want to have their staff handle the cleaning or hire someone to clean regularly. Many businesses rely on commercial cleaning companies to keep their offices free of dust, take out trash and maintain cleanliness. Here are some tips for finding the right one for your needs.

Insurance

You want to choose commercial cleaning services Los Angeles CA that have liability insurance. Your business should not be held liable should one of their employees break or steal something or fall injured. The cleaning business should handle those types of liabilities.

Staff

The cleaning staff should not be cash workers. You want the company to have professionals on hand to clean your office. This is especially important if you have expensive equipment or sensitive information. Besides, the company’s liability policy may not cover non-employees putting your business at increased liability.

Checklist

The cleaning company should include a checklist for their staff to mark off showing that they’ve cleaned the agreed-upon areas. Ask to see the checklist during the interview to make sure they actually plan to clean what you need. If there’s something not on the checklist that you need to be cleaned, see if they can negotiate on that.

Interview

During the interview process, ask to see their list of references to call after the meeting. You need to know their hours of operation and how many days they will clean your office. Compare their prices with those of other companies to ensure you are getting a good value for the service. Inquire about the MSDS forms for all cleaners and chemicals they use to clean your facility. This can help you not only know exactly what they use to clean, but also see if there is something that may cause issues.

Lamudi Honors Buyers’ Choice in The Outlook Awards

Leading real estate platform Lamudi gathers the top real estate developers in the Philippines for The Outlook 2019: Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards, a gala event co-presented by Philippine Daily Inquirer Property and Holcim Philippines to be held at the Makati Shangri-la on November 14, 2019. The event recognizes the real estate innovations developers designed in response to the changing needs of property seekers all over the country, with nominees shortlisted by a panel of judges and winners chosen through a survey with 10,000 active Lamudi property seekers.

Lamudi’s preparations started in January, when nominations were opened to all developers in the Philippines until May 31st, provided their development has not won at The Outlook Awards before. There was no nomination fee to submit the name of a project, and no limits were imposed on the number of nominees in all award categories.

The Judges

The real estate platform asked judges to review all the nominations between June and July, using a predefined category-specific score sheet for each category as a guide in shortlisting the nominees. The panel of judges will determine the winners of the Special Awards. The winners for the House, Condominium, Mixed-use, and Grand Awards categories will be determined via a 10,000-respondent survey involving active property seekers on Lamudi.

Here are the panel of judges for The Outlook: Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards:

  • Atty. Robert Nomar V. Leyretana,  Deputy Administrator of the Land Registration Authority
  • Richard Raymundo, Managing Director of Colliers International Philippines
  • Kenneth Stern, Country Manager of RE/MAX Philippines
  • Platzer Georg, Market Development Manager of Ikano Philippines Inc. and Store Manager of IKEA Pasay City
  • Arch. Amado P. de Jesus, Vice Chairman of Philippine Green Building Initiative and  Principal Architect of A. P. de Jesus & Associates
  • Theresa Samaniego, Editor of Philippine Daily Inquirer Property
  • Amelita Remo, Writing Editor of Philippine Daily Inquirer Property
  • Dr. Eduardo Ong, Former Chairman of the Professional Regulatory Board for Real Estate Services
  • Leira Buan, Assistant Secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC)
  • James Buskowitz, CEO of Buskowitz Group
  • Rick Santos, Chairman and CEO of Santos Knight Frank
  • Jason Buensalido, Principal Architect, Chief Design Ambassador and Founder of Buensalido+Architects

The Nominees

The Outlook: Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards, which is supported by the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA), received an overall increase of 30% in the number of nominations in its third year, with a 90% increase in the number of nominees from Visayas and Mindanao compared to 2018.

Awards for Developments in Luzon

The shortlisted nominees for the Best Affordable Condo in Luzon are:

  • Amaia Land Corporation – Amaia Skies Shaw
  • Cathay Land, Inc. – Stanford Suites 2
  • DataLand, Inc. – The Silk Residences
  • Empire East Holdings, Inc. – Cambridge Village
  • PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation – Arezzo Place Pasig
  • SM Development Corporation – Cheer Residences
  • Sta. Lucia Land, Inc. – Monte Carlo

The shortlisted nominees for the Best Premium Condo in Luzon are:

  • Avida Land Corporation – Avida Towers Makati Southpoint
  • Century Properties Group, Inc. – Iguazu Tower at Acqua Private Residences
  • Costa del Hamilo, Inc. – Freia at Pico de Loro Cove
  • Empire East Land Holdings, Inc. – San Lorenzo Place
  • Filinvest Land, Inc. – Fora Condotel
  • SM Development Corporation – Hope Residences
  • Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation – Torre Lorenzo Central
  • Robinsons Land Corporation – Chimes Greenhills
  • Alveo Land Corporation – The Sandstone at Portico
  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. – Princeview Parksuites

The shortlisted nominees for the Best Luxe Condo in Luzon are:

  • Ayala Land Premier – Park Central Towers
  • Megaworld Corporation – The Albany
  • North Bonifacio Landmark Realty and Development Inc. – Grand Landmark Residences South Tower (Grand Hyatt Manila Residences South Tower)
  • Century Properties Group, Inc. – Century Spire
  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. – Anchor Grandsuites

The shortlisted nominees for the Best Affordable House in Luzon are:

  • Amaia Land Corporation – Amaia Scapes Bulacan
  • Avida Land Corporation – Avida Southfield Settings NUVALI
  • CitiHomes Builder and Development, Inc. – Liora Homes
  • Demeterland Development Corporation – Valley Verde Villas
  • Filinvest Land, Inc. – Amarilyo Crest
  • PHirst Park Homes – PHirst Park Homes Tanza
  • Taft Property Venture Development Corporation – Cera at Citation Residences

The shortlisted nominees for the Best Premium House in Luzon are:

  • AboitizLand, Inc. – Seafront Residences
  • Brittany Corporation – Promenade
  • Crown Asia – Valenza
  • Filinvest Land Inc. – The Peak

The shortlisted nominees for Best Mixed-Use Development in Luzon are:

  • Ayala Land Corporation – Evo City
  • Costa del Hamilo, Inc. – Hamilo Coast
  • Italpinas Development Corporation – Miramonti Green Residences
  • NAI RCL Philippines – Waves Beach Club and Residences
  • Megaworld Corporation – Arcovia City

Awards for Developments in Visayas and Mindanao

The shortlisted nominees for Best Affordable Condo in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • Amaia Land Corporation – Amaia Steps Capitol Central
  • Cebu Landmasters, Inc. – Casa Mira Towers Labangon
  • Damosa Land, Inc. – Seawind
  • Filinvest Land Inc. – One Oasis Cagayan de Oro
  • Grand Land Inc. – Amani Citygate Davao
  • PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation – Arezzo Place Davao
  • Taft Property Venture Development Corporation – Soltana Nature Residences

The shortlisted nominees for Best Premium Condo in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. – 202 Peaklane
  • Ayala Land Premier – The Residences at Azuela Cove
  • Cebu Landmasters, Inc. – 38 Park Avenue
  • Federal Land, Inc. – Marco Polo Residences
  • Filinvest Land, Inc. – Sanremo Oasis at City di Mare
  • Megaworld Corporation – The Palladium
  • Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation – Dusit Thani Residence Davao

The shortlisted nominees for Best House in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • AboitizLand, Inc. – Amoa
  • ACM Landholdings, Inc. – Salas Real
  • Amaia Land Corporation – Amaia Scapes Iloilo
  • Cebu Landmasters Incorporated – Velmiro Uptown CDO
  • Damosa Land, Inc. – Damosa Fairlane
  • King Properties – Modena Liloan

The shortlisted nominees for Best Mixed-Use Development in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • Cebu Landmasters, Inc. – Astra Centre
  • Gaisano Grand Group & Grand Land Inc. – The Grand Citygate Davao
  • Italpinas Development Corporation – Primavera City
  • King Properties – Meridian
  • Megaworld Corporation – The Mactan Newtown

Special Awards

The shortlisted nominees for Best Green Project are:

  • SM Prime Holdings, Inc. – Three E-Com Center
  • Century Properties Group, Inc. – Century Diamond Tower
  • Costa del Hamilo, Inc – Hamilo Coast
  • Filigree – Botanika Nature Residences
  • Innoland Development Corporation – Calyx Centre
  • Ayala Land Premier – Cerilo

The shortlisted nominees for Best Innovation Project are:

  • Megaworld Corporation – World Commerce Place
  • Sunshine Fort North Bonifacio Realty Development Corporation – The Seasons Residences
  • Italpinas Development Corporation – Primavera City
  • Innoland Development Corporation – Montage
  • Costa del Hamilo, Inc. – Hamilo Coast
  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. – 202 Peaklane

The shortlisted nominees for Best Co-Living Project are:

  • Philippines Urban Living Solutions Inc. – MyTown Co-Living Hubs
  • Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation – The Flats Fifth Avenue
  • First Georgetown Ventures, Inc. – The Grid Dormitel
  • Lino and Kux Co-Living Bedspace – The Communal
  • DEI Properties – iDorm @ The Fort

The shortlisted nominees for Best Co-Working Project are:

  • Unionspace – Acceler8
  • Common Ground – Common Ground – ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower BGC Branch
  • International Workplace Group – Spaces
  • Launchpad Coworking – Launchpad Coworking One Griffinstone
  • KMC Solutions, Inc. – Robinsons Gamma

The Philippine Daily Inquirer Property Special Award and the Personality of the Year will also be awarded at the gala night.

Grand Awards

The shortlisted nominees for Best Boutique Developer in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • ACM Landholdings, Inc.
  • DATEM Homes, Inc.
  • Innoland Development Corporation
  • Italpinas Development Corporation
  • PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation
  • RFK Holdings, Inc.
  • Softouch Property Development Corporation
  • Sterling Land Residences and Development, Inc.
  • Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation

The shortlisted nominees for Best Boutique Developer in Luzon are:

  • ACM Landholdings, Inc.
  • Brittany Corporation
  • Central Country Estate, Inc.
  • Costa del Hamilo, Inc.
  • Citihomes Builder and Development, Inc.
  • Crown Asia Properties, Inc.
  • DATEM Homes, Inc.
  • Demeterland Development Corporation
  • Italpinas Development Corporation
  • Philippine Realty & Holdings Corporation
  • PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation
  • PHirst Park Homes
  • Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation

The shortlisted nominees for Best Developer in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • AboitizLand, Inc.
  • Alveo Land Corporation
  • Amaia Land Corporation
  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc.
  • Avida Land Corporation
  • Ayala Land Premier
  • Ayala Land, Inc.
  • Cebu Landmasters, Inc.
  • Damosa Land, Inc.
  • DMCI Homes
  • Federal Land, Inc.
  • Filinvest Land, Inc.
  • Grand Land Inc.
  • Nexus Real Estate Corporation
  • Robinsons Land Corporation
  • SM Development Corporation
  • SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
  • Sta. Lucia Land, Inc.
  • Suntrust Properties, Inc.
  • Taft Property Venture Development Corporation
  • Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc.

The shortlisted nominees for Best Developer in Luzon are:

  • AboitizLand, Inc.
  • Alveo Land Corporation
  • Amaia Land Corporation
  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc.
  • Avida Land Corporation
  • Ayala Land Premier
  • Cathay Land, Inc.
  • Century Properties Group, Inc.
  • DataLand, Inc.
  • DMCI Homes
  • Empire East Land Holdings, Inc.
  • Federal Land, Inc.
  • Filinvest Land, Inc.
  • Greenfield Development Corporation
  • Megaworld Corporation
  • NAI RCL Philippines
  • Robinsons Land Corporation
  • SM Development Corporation
  • SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
  • Sta. Lucia Land, Inc.
  • Suntrust Properties, Inc.
  • Taft Property Venture Development Corporation
  • Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc.

For more information, visit lamudi.com.ph/outlook2019-awards.