As some of you may not know, I’m a grandma. I have two wonderful grandsons, Domenick (10) and Callum (6) that live in Houston, Texas with my step-daughter, Tara. This year I asked them what they wanted for Christmas, and they told me they really didn’t need much. I said, “Wow, you guys must be spoiled. Do you know how many children in Belize would kill to have someone buy them Christmas presents?”
Without any prompting from their mom or me, the boys decided together that they wanted me to take the money I was going to spend on them, and spend it on buying gifts for some Belizean children. I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of them. Since Nige has lots of cousins whose parents don’t have enough money to buy their kids any presents at Christmas time, we decided to spend it on them. Since I promised my grandsons pictures of the gifts, I thought I’d blog about it so you all could see what Christmas gift options are in Belize.
First, little three year old Jared will be getting this bike, his dream gift (I can’t wait to see the look on his face). It cost $130 bze ($65 usd), but we have to take it to the gas station and get the tires filled with air still.
We also got him a little pack of dinosaurs, just so he’d have one more present to open ($2.95 bze/$1.48 usd).
Next there’s Jaeda (or Nena as we call her). She’s a little princess, so we got her this Beauty Set ($21.95 bze/$10.98 usd) and a pair of pretty black sandals (not pictured), or slippers as they are called in Belize ($20 bze/$10 usd).
The older boys, Jaylan and Jace, really needed shoes too, so we got them these tennis shoes ($40 and 30 bze respectively/$20 and $15 usd). Although, in Belize, they drop the word shoe and just call them tennis. Also pictured is a cute pair of infant sandals for the baby, Janae ($20 bze/$10 usd).
Speaking of the baby, she’s only six months old, but growing quite quickly, so we got here two cute 12 month outfits ($30 bze each/$15 usd). I love buying baby clothes!
Back to the older boys, we also got them so cool baseball hats ($25 bze/$12.50 usd).
And some slippers as well ($15 bze each/$7.50 usd).
Last, for Nige’s other cousin, not quite three years old yet, we got him a very sturdy, metal Tonka Dump Truck ($80 bze/$40 usd). He shouldn’t be able to break this any time soon!
While shopping, we also bought one boy and one girl present to put in the Salvation Army donation bin. All in all, I’m very happy with the results of our shopping trip, and I can’t wait to give the presents to the kids. Tara will be reading this email to my grandsons Christmas morning, and I think they got the best present of all – getting to experience the gift of giving!! Thank you boys!!