The Christmas season is just right around the corner and some people are already starting with their lists. This year, we want to push more people into supporting local. According to the Department of Trade and Industry, 99.6 of the registered businesses in the Philippines are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). But, what’s surprising is these companies lack support from consumers like us.
As they say, Christmas time is the season of giving. Why not decide to give back to local businesses? Supporting and buying from local businesses means that more people can keep their job and you contribute to growing the local economy.
Local Christmas Gift Ideas
Our graphic shirts aren’t just only fashionable, they also have flair and character. You can gift a shirt that shows a person’s interest, hobbies, or quirks. You can buy a hugot shirt for that one friend you know who makes everything in life hugot-able.
Give your best friend a gift to always remember you by with a friendship band. These awesome bands are from a local business called Hitchknot. The creator, Becca creates these cool looking handmade accessories. Hitchknot’s bracelets remind us of the indigenous textile industry we have in the country. It’s well made, fashionable, and most distinctly unique.
Candles may sound boring or generic as a gift, but these candles from Calm & Cozy will make you rethink candles. These hand-poured soy candles are clean burning which means there are no toxins, carcinogens or pollutants. They also last over 30% longer than paraffin wax. Their best selling scents are Vanilla, Coffee, and Minty Lavender. Did we mention that they have a refill service as well?
Anything leather and hand made is going to be exquisite. That’s what Astrid Leather brings to the table —unrivaled craftsmanship. Gifts like these last for many years and they’re perfect for those special people in your life. Astrid also offers personalization through engraving your name or initials for as low as Php 50 per name.
Finally, we have Boozy. Boozy is an on-demand liquor delivery website. They offer nationwide shipping and even a COD payment option. This is the perfect gift during Christmas parties or dinners. Bring a bottle or two of fancy booze, and you’ve made the perfect holiday gift. What we like about them is that they have some of the lowest prices for some booze.
Let’s all support local, and make an effort in getting to know the stories of these businesses. If each one of us makes a conscious decision to prioritize buying local products, our Christmas time will only get brighter, not just for you but for everyone.