Still trying to figure out what to get your friends, coworkers, and loved ones for the holidays?
Consider buying things that are locally made and support your fellow Pinoys!
You’ll not only surprise your recipient with a unique and thoughtful present. You’ll also be helping to support local craftsmen, creators, and crafters who have put their hearts and souls into their work.
Here are some of the best local products you can get.
Istorya Creations specializes in customized and customized jewelry, accessories, and novelties.
You can have anyone’s name or even a small word of love engraved on whatever thing you like, such as a keychain, a bracelet, or a baggage tag.
Your own scribbled or hand-drawn creations can also be engraved!
It’s ideal for when you want to give your holiday gifts a personal touch.
Ba.O Artisan Candles
Ba.O Artisan Candles are created entirely of beeswax, essential oils, and aroma oils sourced locally.
Each batch is hand-poured into repurposed coconut husks (or “baos”) lined with cement. Some of the candles you can try are the following:
“Yoga” (Bamboo, Peppermint, Green Tea) for clarity and serenity of mind.
“Focus” (Citrus Vanilla) brightens the surroundings.
“Rest Easy” (Lavander Vanilla) reduces anxiety and repels bad vibes are the three scents now available.
Saucha Soaps are all-natural soap bars infused with herbal and floral teas, allowing you to receive their benefits through topical application.
They’re free of artificial fragrances, colorants, preservatives, parabens, and sulfates and are designed to be therapeutic.
They’re also created in small batches the old-fashioned way, ensuring quality and attention from artisan soap producers.
Cookie Dude PH
Do you want to make some festive desserts?
Cookie Dude PH’s unique Christmas sweets are a must-try!
Some of the cookie varieties you can try during holidays:
Gingerbread Rock – a dark chocolate cookie covered with gingerbread spice and sugar glaze
Glen Cocoa – a dark chocolate cocoa cookie topped with marshmallows and candy canes.
Nito vines are used to weave a variety of items in Kathang Iraya.
The Iraya Mangyan tribe in Mindoro handcrafted these, and proceeds from sales will assist them.
It will improve their economic situation, promote their creative work, and offer them tribal dignity.
Inday Dolls are handcrafted dolls created in conjunction with the Fine Arts Major Organization by the Women Artists of the Iloilo City District Jail – Female Dormitory.
“A restorative psycho-social exercise for the inmates, where they are allowed to relate their tales as women and mothers through art,” according to the description of the Inday dolls and other handicrafts.
The proceeds from sales will be used by the women to support and continue their families.
Suppose you don’t want to deal with the headache of deciding what to give and wrapping it yourself.
In that case, you can use the handy option of ordering lovely curated gift boxes like those offered by Twin Box.
Although the items have been pre-selected, you can mix and match them to provide your loved ones exactly what they desire.
Fete Box is another curated gift box service for the extra special people in your life.
They’re perfect to help spruce up a loved one’s home especially with mindfully selected items such as candles, jewelry trays, face mists, wine, and more.
Flat Foot Brewing Co
Flat Foot Brewing Co. creates handcrafted beers with distinct flavors.
Stout and Pale Ale are currently available, as well as a limited series of tea-flavored beers: Earl Grey Amber Ale, Citrus Gold Ale, and Chrysanthemum Cream Ale!
Craft beer-loving friends and relatives will appreciate these thoughtful presents.
Want to send more thoughtful gifts this holiday season?
Choose plantable pencils, which are wooden sticks with gelatin capsules on one end, and seeds in place of erasers.
Eco Hub Cebu creates these locally, and you can get them for a reasonable price at Cebu’s Agmu zero-waste store.
Here’s a treat for Pinoy titas and titas-at-heart!
Stay-at-home moms in Laguna weave Hyacinth MNL’s bags with care and love using dried water hyacinth.
They have a wide range of styles to pick from, including crossbody bags, half-moon clutches, and huge top-handle bags.
Olk Candle’s fragrant soy candles are so lovely that you’ll almost want to refrain from lighting them for fear of destroying the aesthetic.
But once you do, the wonderful scents—many of which you won’t find anywhere else—are incredibly relaxing.
This is an ideal and thoughtful gift for creative homebodies.
Bagoong (shrimp paste), tinapa (smoked fish), guava rum jam, and herbed cheese are among the gourmet spreads available at Felicisimo.
Give this to your relatives and friends as a festive addition to their holiday feast!
With letter canvas cases from Stash MNL, you can personalize your throw pillows.
Give this simple but considerate gift to your loved ones to display on their couches and in their bedrooms.