It’s that time of the year once again—lights are strewn around the house, decorations are livening up public places, and carols are making the surroundings more whimsical. Christmas is now only a few weeks away, and many are starting to search for the perfect gift this season.
Speaking of gift-giving in this time of a pandemic, a lot of people have resorted to scouring the Internet for their Christmas shopping needs. So if you are among those who have not yet decided on what gift to give this holiday season, we suggest giving out personalized Christmas gift baskets! (Read: These Rural Women Are Making a Difference in Their Communities)
My Pope Philippines lists three of the best food items you can add to your gift basket that come from local brands—which means you’re also helping small businesses struggling in the middle of the pandemic!
Christmas Gift Basket: Peanut Butter
Peanut butter goes well with bread, cookies, and even savory dishes like kare-kare. It’s truly a versatile ingredient as it not only can enhance the flavor of different food, but can also stand on its own. (Read: 3 Peanut Butter Alternatives for Baking and Eating)
But what if we told you that peanut butter can be leveled up even more? That’s right, TheBasics—a local brand—has a peanut butter spread with crunchy cacao bits in it! The cacao bits add more texture and flavor to the peanut butter we already love and kids can enjoy it even more with this! Plus it’s all-natural, has no preservatives, and uses refined sugar—definitely a healthy option!
Christmas Gift Basket: Homemade Sauces
We Filipinos love a good homemade dish and love it even more when shared with family. And with homemade sauces from Burgos Homemade, you can do just that! Their flavors include Pesto, White Truffle, and Salted Egg, which you can either use as a sauce for your pasta or as a dip for your favorite chips. (Read: Christmas Shopping? These Online Bazaars Are Worth Checking Out!)
Christmas Gift Basket: Premium Teas
If you know someone who loves caffeine and warm beverages at night, then these teas are perfect for them. Tsaa Laya‘s premium local tea flavors are Lemon Ginger, Tanglad, Pandan, Arvensis Mint, and Java Banaba—definitely very Filipino, if we say so ourselves. (Read: 4 Tea Flavors for Different Health Needs)
But what makes Tsaa Laya stand out even more is that women and mothers from Calauan, Laguna, who moved there when they were displaced by Typhoon Ondoy in 2009, make these products. So by simply patronizing their products, you are not only giving gifts to your loved ones, but you are also sharing the Christmas spirit with families in need!