10 gift ideas from local small businesses

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Consider supporting our SMEs, which make up 99 percent of registered businesses in the country. Collage by ZOE SABANDAL

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — The assortment of giftable items from small to medium enterprises should come as no surprise — SMEs make up 99% of all registered businesses in the Philippines. Beyond the joy of knowing you give twice (to the recipient, and the entrepreneur) purchasing from these sources gives you a chance to really examine and support values that line up with your own. Here, a list of 10 gifts to get from our own SMEs.

Abaca fiber face mask

₱199, Loop Store. Photo from LOOP STORE

A thoughtful gift for anyone whose safety you want to ensure, this mask from Loop Store has been rated high for its density, porosity, filtration and water repellency by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). From a sandy hue to this purple, we love all the nature-inspired colorways produced by a certified Fair Trade company of 120 artisans in Mindanao.

Custom painted pots

₱50, Pot Head PH. Photo from POT HEAD PH

For the plant lover, a simple idea done exquisitely. The real gift here is the artist’s time. Order from Pot Head PH.

Half moon soap bars

By pre-order from Guapa Skin. Photo from GUAPA SKIN

Made from olive oil and cocoa butter, these soaps from Guapa Skin not only provide a luxurious experience in the shower, they delight with their form factor too. Easy to grip and architectural, this is a nice daily stimulant for your creative friend’s shower thoughts.

“Windows” pattern studies

₱6,000 each, Photo from FUTUR:ST.PH

A special item for an art-loving recipient, these cutout Windows by Jessica Dorizac are a nod to the pursuit of arts in isolation, as they were made during the start of the enhanced community quarantine. A purchase benefits both the artist and the bar-turned-affordable-art-space, Futur:st.

“Good Morning” towels

₱399, Locano. Photo from LOCANO

The familiar Good Morning towel gets innovated in inabel textile, and a larger size meant for the kitchen. Woven using the Binetwagan pattern, the giving goes a long way as not only is it woven by an artisan, but 15% of proceeds till the end of the year will go to Waves for Water Philippines, to give more Filipinos access to clean water. From Locano.

Daisy chains

To order from SofCthings

Seen on artists’ necks to boyfriends’ wrists, this tender jewelry trend bloomed in quarantine. Small-business style, just message this seller to pick out colors of beads or even send her a sketch before she sends you the payable amount. She also has a practice of paying it forward, like this drive for e-learning equipment. Perfect for a fashion-loving friend.


₱2,500, Unfinished

From one graphic design fiend to another, this medium density fiberboard stool from Unfinished punches up a balcony or studio in dusk orange.

Vintage clothing

100% silk blouse, ₱1,100, Denuo. Photo from DENUO

A new proposition: give something old. Denuo is a trove of vintage items that makes it easy to be kinder to this earth. Don’t worry so much about fit: The rigorous product descriptions help in estimating what will suit the intended wearer.

Piña embroidered shirt jack

To order from Sunday Best. Photo from SUNDAY BEST

This shirt moves so well in person. And the Maria embroidery design is by the artist Auggie Fontanilla. Order from Sunday Best.

Gunitaan Filipino folk tales zine

₱750, by preorder until Dec. 11 from Serious Studio. Photo from SERIOUS STUDIO

Gunitaan” is a collection of regional folk tales perfect for learners of all ages. Proceeds will be split between rebuilding Bad Student’s risograph studio, Aeta communities in Zambales and Pampanga, Lumad communities in Mindanao and in the University of the Philippines, the T'boli dreamweavers in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato as well as indigenous communities affected by supertyphoons in Buhi, Camarines Sur.