THE-GUIDE

11 more gift ideas from local small businesses

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From thoughtful streetwear to gourmet pili nuts, here’s a carefully selected roster of gift ideas.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — The best gifts are closer to home than one may think. The year saw an outpour of local SMEs, carrying creations heavily influenced by Filipino values and craftsmanship. Here, a carefully selected follow-up to our previous roster of gift ideas from small-scale Filipino enterprises:

Gingerbread cocktail

₱1050, 35cl Cocktail Co. Photo from 35CL COCKTAIL CO.

Made for the cocktail lover, the Gingerbread is a hearty homage to horchata and holiday nostalgia, and can even be served with oat or whole milk for something akin to eggnog. 

Letter clay charms

₱380, Tropik Beatnik. Photo from TROPIK BEATNIK

These handmade clay letter charms are speckled with freshwater pearls and seed beads. Colorful and adaptable, these charms are strong contenders to be your quirky friend’s new favorite accessory.

Bucky’s Christmas gift sets

₱450 - ₱1099, Bucky’s. Photo from BUCKY'S

Bucky’s, the sweet tooth’s pleasure, has released holiday gifting sets composed of favorites, a canvas tote, and surprise extras of ornaments or kitchen tools of choice.

Notecard set

₱1750, Fifth Wall Fest. Photo from FIFTH WALL FEST/OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Artist made cups

For the aesthete, this Black Box Notecard Set from Fifth Wall — the Philippines’ first international dance festival — is not only a collaboration of like-minded artists but a call to get our hands moving (in this case, writing) again.

These unique ceramic drinking vessels can make a morning coffee or tea habit feel much more like a ritual. Since the pieces are singular, just message the artist Ella Mendoza’s Instagram to see what’s on hand and arrange your own pickup from her studio in Marikina.

Endemic bonsai

₱2200, Balo Bonsai. Photo from BALO BONSAI

A plant gift for the small space dweller, this bitungol (governor's plum) bonsai brings the great Philippine outdoors in.

Art print

Sweet Whimsical Dreams by Carla Francisco, ₱2300, Artdrop. Photo from ARTDROP

Brighten up your apartment while supporting your local artists. This abstract piece by Carla Francisco brings a museum experience to the home and is a focal point to let the mind wander.

The Great Indoors tee

₱1200, Support Your Friends. Photo from SYF

For the streetwear devotee, the designers of this tee gave it a loose fit and elbow-grazing sleeves meant to be flapped back and forth like a body fan. A tropical gesture indeed.

Mushroom boursin galette kit

₱850, Mise. Photo from MISE

A treat for the foodie who misses the look and feel of bistro dining, Mise has galette kits you can assemble, from savory leek or mushroom, to dessert-apropos apple.

Mount Mayon Pili Nuts

Kyoto Matcha pili nuts, ₱550, Healthy Options. Photo from HEALTHY OPTIONS

The best of both worlds come together when high grade matcha dusts lightly toasted pili nuts, dubbed as the macadamia of the Philippines. Bagging snack awards in Europe, this is a new candidate for those annual holiday baskets going out to the gourmands in your life. Buy from Healthy Options.

Floral floor mat

₱1500 - ₱1650, Zissou. Photo from ZISSOU

Crafted out of dried water lily stalks and plastic twine, these handmade flower-printed mats from South Cotabato are added textures for the homebody’s bare feet to walk past. And in 2020, aren’t we all?