It’s almost Christmas and everyone ispreparing for the much-awaited season of giving. You might already be thinking of Christmas gift ideas and browsing through different online sites and Instagram shops as early as now.
While everyone is still encouraged to stay at home, the best solution to stay safe would be to shop online. And what a better way to do it is to support our local entrepreneurs and businesses who all need the help they can get especially this pandemic.
That said, we have listed top local online stores where you can shop proudly-Pinoy products that you can give to your family and friends this Christmas.
We have many local shoemakers in the country that make quality and comfortable footwear and Habi is one of them.
Habi promotes responsible fashion, local pride, and social involvement by using 100% Filipino-made, environment-friendly footwear and lifestyle items.
Aside from providing quality products, Habi also partners with local communities all over the country, particularly in Payatas and Batasan, Quezon City, Marawi, Lanao del Sur, Lamitan, Basilan, Isabela, and Kiangan, Ifugao to help them in terms of livelihood, artistry, women empowerment, and education.
Kalikhasan Eco-Friendly Solutions
Kalikhasan is a small business enterprise that offers sustainable, eco-friendly and chemical-free personal care, home care, wellness, zero-waste lifestyle products.
This local initiative derives its name from ‘nature’ (kalikasan) and ‘to create’ (likha), which reflects its mission to provide an earth-friendlier alternative for a more sustainable lifestyle.
Kalikhasan products range from organic insect repellents to virgin coconut oil-based massage oils, essential & fragrance oils, linen & room sprays, and cologne sprays - products that are gentle to the earth.
Belle de Jour Power Planner
With its mission to empower and inspire today’s women so they can achieve their goals, their dreams, and make a difference in their community, well-loved Filipino planner brand, Belle De Jour (BDJ), offers planners and notepads/paper to make planning more inspiring, joyful, and definitely stylish.
BDJ planners are designed for Bellas who need to balance a million things. These stylish planners have weekly affirmations, informative editorials and special worksheets that all work together to achieve a sense of self-fulfillment at the end of the day.
Qubo DIY Garden Kit
Qubo is a local brand of DIY garden kit that provides a delightfully convenient gardening experience by fitting all the components an individual needs to create his or her own edible herb garden in one elegantly packaged box
It is the perfect gift or giveaway to first-time gardeners, enthusiastic city-dwellers, and experienced gardeners of all ages.
Each DIY garden kit comes with your chosen seeds, cocopot, potting mix, pebbles, organic fertilizer, an instruction manual and a specific plant card to make your gardening experience an easy and hassle-free one.
Skin Care for Hope
In line with the thrust of making clean beauty part of one’s daily routine, local skincare brand Skin Care for Hope offers gentle, moisturizing, and mindfully created products that are paraben-free and specially formulated with natural ingredients.
The skincare brand also offers crafted skin care bundles that are purposely made to give Filipinos more opportunities to make better choices when it comes to skin care. These everyday essentials help address special needs on hand and foot, as well as scalp and skin and may also be used by those who are experiencing xerosis and undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.
Dream Coffee PH
The Dream Coffee produces only 100% Single Estate, Single Origin Philippine Arabica.
Through intentional and mindful processing, every single premium Arabica bean in their bags is shade-grown in a single estate from a single origin, organically produced, handpicked and harvested ripe, roasted in small batches, and traded directly and ethically with farmers.
Dream Coffee continues its mission to positively impact a growing number of 75 farmer-families and to produce coffee with dream-like taste. They directly trade with coffee farmers from T’Boli and they also give the coffee farmers training in production and post-harvest processes to better their crop productivity and bean quality, in trade practices, and in managing their earnings through savings.
Rags to Riches (R2R)
R2R is a fashion & design house that empowers local community artisans. They make bags, clothes, home accessories, and *almost* everything in between.
R2R started with the very serious mission of lifting Filipino artisans out of poverty through partnering with artisans and transforming unwanted fabric into woven rugs, then into bags.
They make sure to reflect their eco-ethical principles which includes intentional design, sustainable materials, long lasting products, and empowering trade.
If you’re into astrology, then you might want to check out this unique collection of zodiac-themed candles.
Sunday Zen’s soy candles are eco-friendly, they burn clean, and leave a lovely scent in your living spaces. Each zodiac sign candle is a bit more personalized as it features a statement that suits each sign.
The candles come in artisan ceramic pots that are kiln-baked and specially glazed in Albay and hand-painted in Laguna. So, every time you purchase a Sunday Zen soy candle, you don’t just buy quality soy candles but also support the livelihood of local craftsmen.
This holiday season, skip the traditional gift shopping and avoid places brimming with crowds. Check out the above-mentioned local online shops that don’t just sell what can be bought at the malls, but offer unique and interesting gifts that one might not find anywhere else.
Vista Residences is the condominium arm of the country’s largest homebuilder, Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc. that offers ready for occupancy and pre-selling condominium projects in Manila, Makati, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, Ortigas, Baguio, Cebu, and CDO that are strategically located within major cities, in close proximity to premium universities, transit oriented locations and developed business districts.
Living in Vista Residences enables you to enjoy convenience, where everything is pretty much within walking distance or a few minutes away from the property; comfort because the project features and amenities are designed to deliver comfort at all times, which makes condo living a worthy investment; security that is 24/7 and CCTV monitoring, which makes the residents safe and secure within the property.
In line with Vista Residences’ thrust to offer convenience among its residents, it also features an AllDay Convenience Store and Coffee Project in all its projects.
Vista Residences is part of Vista Land’s roster of vertical housing brands that cater to millennials and young professionals. The other vertical brands include Camella Manors, COHO, and Crown Asia.
For more information on Vista Residences, email [email protected], follow @VistaResidencesOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, or call the Marketing Office at 0999 886 4262 / 0917 582 5167.