With the holidays fast approaching and mall foot traffic looking like what it was before the pandemic, your best bet to Christmas shopping this year is online. No lines, no looking for a place to park, and definitely no exposure to COVID-19.
But don’t just log on to the usual suspects of e-commerce. Make this year special for the people on your Christmas list and the sea of local businesses by adding to cart items from homegrown ventures. Not only do they need your support after over a year in lockdown, these brands offer some of the most unique finds in retail. You also get to help communities and causes close to their heart.
ANTHILL Fabric Gallery
The social enterprise that champions local weaves and provides the communities that make them with sustainable livelihood will donate 20 percent from the sales of its Bayanihan Bucket to The Rice Movement. The non-profit will provide nourishment to hungry communities in Cebu.
Made of Abaca Pinganggabol by the Daraghuyan Bukidnon Tribe, the Bayanihan Bucket contains self-care items like Tsaa Laya tea bags, Luna Maia air-cleansing sprays, and postcards by Abby Sy. (Read: Hanap Habi Preserves Benguet’s Weaving Tradition With RTW Pieces)
This brand of “handcrafted clay pieces by clarice inspired by silly and quirky things” features fun and colorful items like black and white smiley coasters, a froggy duck trinket holder, and funky lip earrings.
You can’t say no to a business that sells “iba’t ibang likhang lokal na para sayo.” It’s got everything, from fashion to accessories, stationery to personal care products. We like the T-shirt emblazoned with the Pinoy statement Morena, a resin cellphone case with pressed flowers, and native facemasks using Kalinga cloth from the Cordillera.
We’re impressed with the selection of gift ideas from our brothers and sisters Down South. Our favorites: abaca roses in all colors imaginable; a pretty flower-embroidered pouch wallet made of buri; bayong bags with leather handles; and lanyards made of freshwater pearls, crystal beads, and angelite stones. Communities like the Tboli tribe in Sarangani (which makes beautiful bamboo baskets and bags) are supported by Artisan Mindanao. (Read: Check Out These Fun Finds From Likhang Habi Kalayaan Online Fair!)
If you want someone to use their hands for activities other than scrolling and texting on their phone, get them one of the fun kits from this online store. There are embroidery kits, paint by numbers kits, resin kits, and plant kits.
Crash Planting On You
View this post on Instagram
Whether the plantito or plantita in your Christmas list is a first-time or longtime plant lover, he or she will love a Premium Gardening Gift Set from the brand named after the popular Korean series. Let them take gardening a step further by painting the pot of their plants wit this Paint By Numbers Kit. (Read: These 3 Women Turn Stress Into Business a la K-drama With ‘Itaenim Class’!)
Log on to crashplantingonyou.com.