Proudly Pinoy holiday gift guide

Published December 12, 2020, 2:29 PM

by Jessica Pag-iwayan

Bring happiness to your loved ones while helping our local artisans bounce back

Time flies. We’re now about to wrap up 2020. So many things have happened this year, but nothing will stopus Filipinos, not even some of the non-believers,from celebrating perhaps the most important occasion of the year—the Christmas holiday.

This holiday is a rare opportunity for families to get together, exchanging gifts and some laughter, while enjoying delicious food. This is also a chance to spread happiness and let our loved ones know that we remember them, by spending time with them or giving them a gift.

For Filipinos and by Filipinos, we’re listing down some of the best gift ideas available in the market today. These items, all proudly local, promise world-class quality. On top of making our family and friends happy with any of these gifts, buying from these brands also helps our local artisans bounce back, especially in these trying times.

CCP x Freeway Philippine Artists Collectors Masks

We’re now living in a new normal where wearing a face mask is a must. Make this new reality a bit more artistic with limited-edition face masks inspired by the works of our Filipino artists, including National Artists, available at . A collaboration between clothing brand Freeway and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the project features designs drawn from the masterpieces of Vicente Manansala, Raul Isidro, and Cid Reyes.

Sta Ana Gin

It is no secret that gin has been part of the Filipino drinking culture. Local distillery Bleeding Heart Spirits (Ltd) has elevated this drink by introducing Santa Ana gin. This new super premium gin is inspired by the inimitable dancehall days of 1920s Manila and its crown jewel, the legendary Santa Ana Cabaret. Available at, this drink is exclusively sold in the Philippine market.

Kasama Pens

Tagged as the first Filipino brand pen, Kasama PH offers proudly Pinoyfountain pens. To ensure the quality of the products, owners and business partnersMark and Alvinkeep their production limited to only 60 pieces of pens every after two months.

AMAMI jewelry

Featured in Facebook’s #LoveLokal campaign, Amami is a local brand that celebrates Filipino heritage jewelry. This small business also employs craftsmen who use a pre-colonial and delicate technique called filigree. Not only are the pieces unique looking, the business is also a breath of life to the oldtradition of jewelry making and provides livelihood opportunity to more than 20 artisans.

Anthill Fabric Gallery

Who could say no to items made of traditional woven fabrics? With the goal of preserving local weaves through contemporary and circular designs as well as of giving sustainable livelihood to local weavers, Anthill Fabric Gallery offers a wide variety of products. From elegant clothing and accessories to home décor, this online store has it all.

Scented candles by Tranquil Co. PH

Bring a sense of calmness to our loved one’s home through scented candles made by Tranquil Co. PH. This shop offers scented soy candles with wood wicks. These candles are handpoured in small batches and carefully designed with dried flowers. What’s great about this business is that the candles can be customized from the scent to the label design, making each more personalized to the customer’s liking.

Brand Aid: Noche Buena para sa Lahat!

Giving gifts is not limited to our loved ones. One can buy a gift online and send it to those who need it the most. Consider the Brand Aid: Noche Buena para sa Lahat!gift pack available at Lazada. In partnership with international hunger relief organization Rise Against Hunger Philippines, some of the biggest food companies in the country have joined forces to provide Noche Buena for indigent Filipino families. Join this cause by purchasing packages available on sale on the online shopping platform.

MMFF movie tickets

Among those worst hit by the Covid-19 crisis is the Philippine movie industry. No wonder, even President Rodrigo Dutertehas encouraged everyone to support the first-ever online Metro Manila Film Festival. With just the price of one movieticket, the whole family can now enjoy watching a film together in the comfort of their homes.

Home décor from Dapitan Arcade online

With everyone stuck at home, there is an eagerness to give our houses a makeover. From kitchen utensils and Christmas décor to rattan-made items, Dapitan Arcade online has so much to offer to those itching to give their homes a new touch.

Marikina Shoes

As if Covid-19 pandemic were not enough, a recent typhoon brought Marikina shoe makers to their knees. Make someone special happy by giving him a new pair of the quality shoes Marikina is known for and, by doing so, help our local shoe markers get back on their feet. Some of the brands you must check out are Godfather and Bristol.

Kopi and Chill

Gin is not the only drink in the Filipino DNA. Sois coffee. Our family members will surely appreciate getting their daily dose of caffeine from proudly local coffee grounds. Start-up business Kopi and Chill houses different local coffee variants, such as Sagada, Kalinga, and Barako, and to cater to those who want their brewed coffee anytime, anywhere, it also offers drip coffee and coffee bags.


Looking for comfortable lady’s footwear? Check out Sundals by single mother Evan Marie Arellano, who is selling locally made handicrafts and footwear. Made from abaca, her fashionable sandals are eco-friendly. In every product, she uses materials sourced from local famers in various parts of the country, such as Bicol, Cebu, and Laguna.