7 Pinoy-made Christmas gift ideas for less than ₱500

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Life is Pawsome is a small social enterprise that sells bow ties for pets. The brand also supports underprivileged artisans and animal institutions. Photo from LIFE IS PAWSOME/WEBSITE

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Christmas is fast-approaching, and finding a good gift at an affordable price can be difficult to manage. If you’re trying to live consciously, participating in buying mass-produced products can feel wasteful. Luckily, we now have better options — local businesses and social enterprises alike are coming up with products that are just as good and competitive as those sold from foreign brands.

Buying from local businesses not only guarantees that your gift is unique, but it also helps several causes. These include responsible upcycling, animal institutions, cancer beneficiaries, PWDs, and formerly at-risk teens. All are committed to providing sustainable livelihood to their artisans and communities.

In the true spirit of Christmas, we’ve compiled a list of products from local businesses that are all under 500 pesos, all from local businesses with chosen advocacies that will sure make your gift-giving worthier.

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Life is Pawsome

Life is Pawsome is a small social enterprise started at GK Enchanted Farm to support underprivileged artisans and animal institutions. The company sells accessories for cats and dogs, including bow ties and collars. Their profits are divided between the team and the artisans, and to aid other Gawad Kalinga projects.

The bow ties start at ₱200. Life is Pawsome’s products can be purchased online. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

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LoveHopeFaith

LoveHopeFaith, or LoveHopeFaith Group (LHFG) is a social enterprise dedicated to helping cancer patients. The group offers watches that are durable and water-resistant, which come in a sleek design with assorted colors to choose from. Half of their proceeds go to various beneficiaries.

Each Life Saver watch is priced at ₱250. LoveHopeFaith is located at Building, 99, Unit 101 Topaz, 101 Kamias Rd, Quezon City, 1101 Metro Manila. Visit their website for more information.

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Theo and Philo

Theo and Philo is the Philippines’ first bean-to-bar artisan chocolates. The company uses high-quality local cacao beans from Davao and are directly working with a GK farming community to help support their livelihood for the further improvement of their infrastructures.

Theo and Philo offers a variety of chocolate bars and even chocolate spreads — their flavors range from the classic Milk Chocolate to more eclectic Milk Chocolate Adobo and Dark Chocolate Labuyo. All chocolate bars come in beautifully printed packages.

Each chocolate bar is priced at ₱115. Theo and Philo’s products can be purchased through their website. Visit their Instagram page for more information.

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Plush and Play

Plush and Play is a social enterprise that started in Enchanted Farm, Bulacan. They sell stuffed toys and felt items made exclusively by the craftswomen of Gawad Kalinga, providing them jobs as well. Their stuffed toys are made from hypoallergenic materials that highlight Filipino fruits and vegetables, often with named after Filipino icons (Okra Aunor, Buko Martin), embodying Filipino culture at best.

The stuffed toys start at ₱179.15. Plush and Play’s products can be purchased online. Visit their Instagram page for more information.

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Conscious Canvas PH

Conscious Canvas PH is a social enterprise that sells bags and roll-up cases made by PWDs. The bags come in the form of a tote bag, all with colorful and painted designs. With every purchase of their bag, 10 percent of the profits will go to Philippine national para-athletes, in addition to livelihood support of PWDs.

The tote bags and roll up cases are priced at ₱250 each. Conscious Canvas PH’s products can be purchased online. Visit their website for more information.

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Messy Bessy

Messy Bessy is a local brand that distributes natural, biodegradable, non-toxic home and personal care products, including a Men’s Care line. The business aims to help formerly at-risk teens by providing them with education, employment, and rehabilitation. They have set up their own non-profit organization called HOUSE Foundation, to encourage other businesses to follow in their footsteps.

Their body products start at ₱250, while their homecare products are at ₱75 above. Messy Bessy not only has several locations, but their products are also sold in partner retailers and specialty stores in various malls around Metro Manila. Visit their website for more information.

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Cristal Glass Project

Cristal Glass Project is a small business founded by upcycler Ron Cristal. Making use of upcycled beer bottles, he creates tumblers from local and international brands that can also serve as containers and home decoration. The glass tumblers feature beloved local beers all for a very affordable price.

Cristal Glass Project also offers customized works, including their sought-after lamps.

The glass tumblers start at ₱159. Cristal Glass Project’s products are sold at Common Room Katipunan, Quezon City, The Grid Pad & Creative Campus Cebu, and Tali Ti Amianan LU Town Center, La Union. Visit their Instagram page for more information.