Manila, Philippines — Christmas is fast approaching, which means it’s time to get your holiday shopping done as soon as possible. With so many things happening in the world, the festive season should be filled with joy, laughter, and love, and not stress over worrying about what presents to buy.
The rise of e-commerce has shown how convenient it is to shop online. With just a few clicks on your laptop or a few taps on your smartphone, you can order your favorite goodies online and have them delivered to you in just a few days. With the holiday traffic and jam-packed malls, it’s definitely a good idea to get your Christmas shopping done online.
To get you started, here is a holiday gift guide for every type of person in your life. With this well-curated list, you can narrow down your options and ideas for the perfect holiday gift while also having the opportunity to give love and support to local brands.
For those who like to pamper themselves
All of us have powered through the year, so everyone deserves to unwind during the holidays. Gift your loved ones with items that can help them with their well-deserved relaxation.
For example, why not give new sheets and blankets from Linen and Homes? Their linen sets (from P2,950) are made from 100% cooling bamboo viscose, which is luxurious, lightweight, and breathable. Another excellent choice is local accessory brand K Accessories for all the women in your life. This brand makes bold and stylish necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and ear cuffs. Try their collections and holiday gift sets (from P399).
If your loved one likes to keep a peaceful atmosphere with a calming aroma, help create that mood with Lumi Candles. Their soy candles (from P650) come in a variety of fragrances, from lavender to fresh bamboo, rosé, vanilla, and more.
Check out these stores for more of your wellness and self-reward needs:
- Teeth Whitening Kits from Holo
- Starter Sheet Sets from Flax Linen Beddings
- New earrings from Penny Pairs
- New outfits from Yong Studio International
- Trendy clothes from Bella Clothing
- New sneakers from Sanbera
For the home office warrior
Hard workers need to have the right workspace to help them meet all their deadlines. Upgrade their home office with the WFH must-have, a desk riser or a portable desk from Stance Philippines. Their Stance EasyDesk (P1,990) is a portable workspace that can be used in bed or on the couch. The Levit8 Portable Standing Desk (P1,980) can be placed on any surface to elevate the laptop.
You can also brighten up their workstation walls with prints and frames from Sevenside Ent. Online Store. Their customized frames start at P240 while their collage frames, which you can fill with memorable photos or any visual art to draw inspiration from, only range from P1,400 to P1,600.
Have a few more to spare for that special person? Be sure to explore these great sites for more home and office needs:
- Additional reads from BookSpine PH
- Home air purifiers from Aviche
- Handcrafted furniture from Ecowoodphilippines Corp.
- Outdoor lighting from Altum Circular
- Plant care essentials from Gardening Tita
- A nativity set for the holidays from Alriver
- Custom laser cut ornaments Laser Crafts PH
For the foodie
The way to a foodie’s heart is through their stomach. For this holiday season, step it up a notch and get them something they’ve never tried before. The sweet treats from Deliziosa will be a hit for those who like kakanin like black kutsinta and inutak. You may also consider the baked goodies from Cupcakes by Sonja, Manila’s first cupcake store. Try their classics like the Red Velvet Vixen (from P100) and the Lemon Drop (from P105). For the more adventurous foodie, their special treats like the Hostess with the Mostess (from P540) and the Pistachio Berries and Cream (from P930) will definitely be a hit.
If you know a coffee lover, there can never be too many mugs for them to enjoy their favorite drink. Orion carries a line of high-temperature-fired porcelain Italian coffee cups in playful colors and sizes. They have Egg Cup sets (from P660) and Espresso Egg Cup sets (from P560).
For more cravings, you can visit these shops too:
- A variety of coconut oils from Greenlife Coconut Products Philippines
- Deli sandwiches from Bhaji Restaurant
- Burgers from Hungry Homies
- Porchetta from Benedicto Kitchen
- Seafood Boil from Surf n Turf MNL
- Custom cakes from Honey Glaze Cakes
- Holiday catering from Eateree Eat Better, inc.
Powered by Xendit
Shopping from these stores is easier thanks to Xendit, a Filipino start-up company that’s building a seamless payment infrastructure across the country. It helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) grow online through its simple, secure, and convenient digital payments solution. Through Xendit, customers can shop from businesses online and choose from a variety of payment methods.
Xendit’s one-stop online platform simplifies operations, allowing businesses to focus on their goals and grow.
“Times may have changed but Christmas in the Philippines is still one of the most exciting times of the year. This is why we want to be an instrument to continue making gift-giving possible for Filipinos. Buying online is easier since stores now accept many modes of payment. At the same time, you support small businesses and help them have a merry Christmas, too,” says Christian Reyes, Xendit Philippines COO.