Still thinking of a unique gift this Christmas?
Why not get something that’s proudly Philippine made. You’re not just giving your friend, family, relatives, or even your Monito/Monita a creative gift, you might also be helping a community build their livelihood.
Bo’s Coffee collaborated with entrepreneurs, artists, and writers to create this beautifully crafted 2015 planner, Origins: A Travel Journal. It’s not just a functional gift, it was also meant to showcase Philippine’s local coffee and the wonderful places that our country has to offer.
Details: The Origins travel journal is available at any Bo’s Coffee shop. Price, P1,000.
2. Homemade Goodies
The Blue Kitchen offers artisanal homemade Philippine products that’s a perfect gift to your foreign or balikbayan friends and relatives. They also have food baskets sold during this holiday season.
Details: They have branches in Shangri-La, Powerplant, and Robinsons Magnolia malls. You can also check their website at http://www.thebluekitchen.com. Prices range from P80-P400.
3. A Local Wine
Instead of popping a bottle of champagne on Christmas or New Year’s eve, why not sip a local wine such as Bielma’s Bugnay fruit wine made from local berries. Local fruit wines have been gaining popularity in the past years and some of them were even sold in supermarkets nationwide. They’re not just a perfect pair to your noche buena, they’re also healthy and all-natural.
Details: For orders and inquiries, you may contact them at +63 947 964 14 13 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check out their Facebook page, Proudly Promdi.
4. Artisan Dressings and Dips
Give your health conscious friend a treat he/she won’t be guilty of. Whisk sells delicious dressings and dips to indulge and still be fit and fab.
Details: Check out their Instagram (ilovewhisk) and Facebook page. For orders and inquiries, you can contact them at +63 917 8771948 or email email@example.com.
5. Travel Accessories
Everybody is always on-the-go, so it pays to have travel accessories that are not just stylish but useful for those people who are always hopping on a plane, or just plain mobile. ANMA Lifestyle luxury travel accessories are the perfect items to organize your luggage stuff from jewelries to cables to travel documents.
Details: Order online through their website https://anmalifestyle.checkout.ph. You can also get the products at Retail Lab in Powerplant Mall or Suelas Showroom in Jupiter Street, Makati. Price starts at P250.
6. Handmade Travel Bag
The Lost Nomad has been creating a name for their native and leather travel bags and totes. It’s classy, modern, and functional designs are the perfect must-have for a wanderlust.
Details: Order online through their website http://www.thelostnomad.com.ph. They are also on Instagram and Facebook. Price starts at P400.
7. Leather Totes
What can get any more native than bags that were handwoven by tribes from the Mountain Province, Mindoro, all the way to Basilan? Vela Manila’s leather goods were matched with handwoven fabrics that exemplified Filipino culture and talent.
Details: For orders and inquiries, you can go to their Facebook page or contact them at +63 917 5217006. Price starts for as low as P150.
8. Stylish Sunglasses
Without typhoons dropping by the archipelago, it’s always sunny in the Philippines. So a good pair of sunglasses are a must-have in a tropical country such as ours. Sunnies Studios are stylish, affordable eyewears for every Filipino.
Details: Located in selected malls nationwide. Online orders can be made via Zalora or their Facebook page. Price ranges from P299 to P499.
9. Make-up Essentials
Make your female friend happy this Christmas with make-up essentials from Happy Skin. Their cosmetics are safe for all skin types because of the natural ingredients they use in their products. The packaging is also cute and creative making it a unique present to give this season.
Details: Available in Plains and Prints, Beauty Bar, and selected Rustan’s stores nationwide. They are also being sold locally and abroad through their online store, http://www.happyskincosmetics.com. Price starts at P299.
10. Environment-friendly Products
Human Nature’s natural products ranges from cosmetics, body care, baby care, men’s care, home care, and even pet care. From the offshoot of Gawad Kalinga Foundation, they have continued the advocacy of GK making it a pro-philippines, pro-poor, pro-environment enterprise.
Details: Human Nature products are available in selected supermarkets and department stores nationwide. You can also look for a branch or dealer located in your area. They also have an online store, http://humanheartnature.com, both for local and international customers. Prices may vary.
Whether cheap or expensive, unique or not, remember that Christmas is not just about gift-giving. Most importantly, it’s a time to cherish the bonds that we have with our families and friends, and the love that God has offered to mankind.
Have a merry and blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year!