Are you looking for gifts to share this year? Here we’ve compiled Filipino local gifts by local businesses that you can give to family, friends, or significant others — including home displays, clothes, bags, and of course food!
- 1. Bethlehem Nativity Set from Papemelroti
- 2. Cute toys from Knitting Expedition
- 3. Chocolate mini sampler box from Theo and Philo
- 4. Tablea from Kablon Farms
- 5. Jam gift set from Pili & Pino
- 6. Queso de bola spread from Nanay Luisa’s
- 7. Scented candles by Pabango de Manila
- 8. Reusable straws from Coffee N Tea
- 9. Journals by Jacinto & Lirio
- 10. Face mask by Bibsisita
- 11. Organic skin care products from Human Heart Nature
- 12. Baybayin Backpack from Legazy Street
- 13. Witty Shirts and Hoodies from Linya-Linya
- 14. OOTDs by Tayo Studio
- 15. Necklace by Tala by Kyla
- 16. Wooden bowls from Luid Lokal
- 17. Home furniture from Ilokana Handicrafts
- 18. Honey and bee products from Ilog Maria
- 19. Leather bag from Our Tribe
- 20. Marikina shoes from Mardini
- 21. Bamboo sunglasses from Wodd PH
- 22. Customized phone holder from Erinn Souvenirs PH
- 23. Water bottle holder from Gab’s Happy Plants
- 24. Children’s books from Adarna House
- 25. Laptop sleeve from Woven PH
- 26. Retaso hats from Sudlan
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1. Bethlehem Nativity Set from Papemelroti
This Bethlehem Nativity Set from Papemelroti is a nice reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. Perfect for home or office use or as a gift for the coming holidays!
Buy this Bethlehem Nativity Set.
2. Cute toys from Knitting Expedition
Looking for a gift for your pamangkins? Knitting Expedition is a local business that sells knitted toys, accessories, and woolly warmers, which are handmade by women in Ifugao. The knitted toys come in different designs and colors, which will surely make a kid’s imagination come alive.
3. Chocolate mini sampler box from Theo and Philo
Can’t choose which chocolate you like the most? Then get this chocolate mini sampler box from Theo and Philo. It’s a perfect gift for someone who has a sweet tooth!
Theo and Philo is one of the leading chocolate brands in the country, known for their bean-to-bar processing. They work with farmers in Davao.
Buy this chocolate mini sampler box.
4. Tablea from Kablon Farms
Is there anything more comforting than a hot cup of pure tablea chocolate? Get your own tablea from Kablon Farms, a family-owned business in South Cotabato. Kablon Farms sells pure tablea and sweetened tablea which contains coconut sugar. They also sell chocolate bars and other food products.
5. Jam gift set from Pili & Pino
Take your loved one on a culinary tour around the Philippines with a Taste of the Philippines jam gift set from Pili & Pino. The jams are made from locally grown ingredients sweetened with coconut nectar syrup and include delicious flavors such as Dulche de Coco Leche, Island Mango Preserve, and Barako Coffee Jam.
Buy a Pili & Pino jam gift set.
6. Queso de bola spread from Nanay Luisa’s
Queso de bola is a staple during Christmas and New Year. Now you can enjoy this goodness anytime you want. This queso de bola spread is perfect for toasts in the morning.
Buy queso de bola spread from Nanay Luisa’s.
7. Scented candles by Pabango de Manila
A scented candle is perfect for someone who wants to relax at home. Pabango de Manila creates different scented candles in alluring scents, including lavender mint, fresh bamboo, french vanilla, vanilla spiced with cinnamon, and christmas fir. They use bamboo wicks, which produces less soot compared to traditional ones.
8. Reusable straws from Coffee N Tea
Not sure what to give your officemates? How about a set of reusable straws and brush? This gift is affordable and is practical, as it can be used for juices, milk teas, and other drinks! Coffee N Tea offers them in high-quality stainless steel or borosilica glass variants.
9. Journals by Jacinto & Lirio
Write your hopes and dreams or whatever it is that’s going through your mind in this chic, vegan-leather refillable journal by Jacinto & Lirio. Jacinto & Lirio showcases Filipino innovation of plant leather with their leatherworks.
10. Face mask by Bibsisita
The pandemic has taught us that a facemask is a necessity! Use it to protect yourself from the crowd during flu season or for yourself when you are not feeling well. These beautiful facemasks from Bibsisita do the job, and do it in style!
Bibsisita is a homegrown local brand that incorporates Filipino-themed artwork into everyday items, including face masks, pillows, and bags.
Buy Bibsisita face masks.
11. Organic skin care products from Human Heart Nature
Human Heart Nature is a social enterprise offering great-quality, organic products — from soaps, shampoos, and conditioners to make up and home care supplies such as dishwashing liquid and detergent powders.
Some of their bestselling items are the tinted lip balms, sunflower oil, and skin shield lotion. They also have gift bundles, which are useful for holidays.
12. Baybayin Backpack from Legazy Street
Show off your Filipino pride in a Baybayin backpack by Legazy Street. These backpacks are locally made using premium-quality vegan leather and cotton, with prints in vinyl material that is designed to last for years. They come with pocket compartments, water-resistant fabric, and can be carried around in four different styles.
13. Witty Shirts and Hoodies from Linya-Linya
Linya-Linya is a clothing brand known for their witty and relatable shirts, featuring unique art created by local artists. Whatever it is you’re feeling at the moment — happiness, kilig, hope, or bare exhaustion from life itself, you can find a shirt reflecting your feelings perfectly.
14. OOTDs by Tayo Studio
Looking for a local shop to buy your OOTDs? Check out Tayo Studio, a local business that sells inclusive clothing ethically made in Manila. Their clothing sizes accommodate everyone, even plus size. Choose from basics, signature dresses and jumpsuits, and coord sets that you can use for casual wear or photoshoots for your feed!
15. Necklace by Tala by Kyla
A simple yet chic necklace can elevate even the basic outfits. Tala by Kyla is a local brand offering necklaces, earrings, and rings. Their products are known for their affordable price points and hypoallergenic and non-tarnish qualities.
Aside from regular designs, you can also find jewelry that reflects some of the current trends including K-dramas and K-pop, Taylor Swift-inspired pieces, and horoscopes.
16. Wooden bowls from Luid Lokal
Level up your kitchen by adding stylish wooden bowls and utensils from Luid Lokal. Based in Angeles City, Pampanga, this company offers different kinds of bowls, including rice and salad bowls, calabash bowls, soup bowls, and sets that can be given as gifts.
Add to cart as many as you want — each bowl features distinct strokes and textures, so no two bowls are alike!
Buy Luid Lokal products.
17. Home furniture from Ilokana Handicrafts
Filipinos create the most beautiful wooden crafts. Ilokana Handicraft is a local brand that aims to help its local artisans and offer good-quality home items made from buri, abaca, and rattan. Shop everything from furniture to storage boxes, baskets, and wall decorations.
Whether you’re simply looking for a nice addition to your house or someone who is a dedicated #TeamKahoy, you’ll love the affordable products at Ilokana Handicrafts.
18. Honey and bee products from Ilog Maria
Ilog Maria is a one-stop shop for organic bee products. They have everything from natural honey to honey propolis soaps, oils and lotions, shampoos and conditioners, mosquito repellants, and more.
Currently, Ilog Maria only has a physical store located in its farm in Cavite, but you can still buy its products from resellers online.
19. Leather bag from Our Tribe
Our Tribe is one of the best leather product makers in the Philippines. Built in 1972, they create good-quality leather bags, sandals, and accessories.
A leather bag is an amazing gift for a sister, mother, or girlfriend. They are durable and classic timepieces that you can use any time of the year.
20. Marikina shoes from Mardini
If there’s one thing that Marikina-made products are known for, it’s durability. Mardini is a Marikina footwear brand that sells genuine cow leather and suede boots and shoes, which come in a variety of colors and designs. A pair of these shoes will take you to places and add class to your outfit.
Buy Mardini shoes.
21. Bamboo sunglasses from Wodd PH
Wodd PH is an eco-friendly local brand offering sunglasses for men and women, as well as other bamboo products. Aside from using sustainable materials, it also commits to one bamboo tree replacement for every product sold.
The natural aesthetics of bamboo sunglasses makes it stylish and classy. It’s a great gift for everyday casual or office use.
22. Customized phone holder from Erinn Souvenirs PH
A phone holder is one of those things you didn’t know you needed until you have one. It makes it easy to watch movies in your phone or leave it active at the background while busying yourself with something else. Erinn Souvenirs PH creates wooden phone holders in different designs. You can also have your own customized engraving.
This gift is affordable and perfect for buying for your group of friends!
23. Water bottle holder from Gab’s Happy Plants
We already know how important it is to stay hydrated throughout the day. Why not give someone a water bottle holder to help them carry their reusable travel bottles wherever they go? Gab’s Happy Plants is a local business that creates macrame products including water bottle holders, hanging plants holders, and bags.
24. Children’s books from Adarna House
Another great gift for your pamangkins — books! Cultivate their love for reading and learning with storybooks, big books, chapters books, and multilingual board books. This way, they will also learn about Filipino culture, folk stories, values, and more.
25. Laptop sleeve from Woven PH
Work anywhere with your laptop in a beautiful, handcrafted woven laptop sleeve from Woven PH. They come in different designs so you can play mix and match with your outfit!
26. Retaso hats from Sudlan
Looking for something fun and quirky? Sudlan is a small local business that uses upcycled materials to create colorful retaso sun hats and reversible bucket hats. Their hats will not only protect you from the sun, they are also a great addition to your outfits!
What other Filipino local gifts do you recommend? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Katherine Cortes is a 30-something freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).