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When your Christmas list is a kilometer long and you’re running out of time, it’s tempting to rush to the store nearest you and snap up the first thing that falls within your budget. While this is the most convenient way to shop, it is also what mostly everyone else is doing.

So this year, why not make your choice of presents more discerning—and, therefore, special—by choosing only products that are proudly Philippine-made? It’s a great way to promote Pinoy pride, and you will be boosting the livelihood of our local farmers and artisans. And contrary to popular belief, these suggestions below are not difficult to find—many of them have stalls or stores inside our malls, some even offer online shopping services! Tara na, bili na!




[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/christmas-pinoy-gift-ideas-photos-8.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]8. The ECHOstore[/text_image]
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Their products: Home decor, gifts, fashion accessories, health and wellness, body, beauty and nutritional products, food and beverage, products that help the environment, books, music, etc. All are sourced from marginalized and indigenous communities all over the Philippines. So if you buy from them, you are supporting poverty alleviation and promoting Filipino design excellence.

Perfect for: Buying in bulk for your officemates, or your co-parents in school.

For more information: Visit www.echostore.ph to get their list of branches

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Their products: Shirts, bags, and accessories that with cool, graphic designs that showcase Filipino culture. Their famous design to date is Jose Rizal wearing shades, but they also have shirts spouting quotable-quotes from Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, plus a line dedicated to the Eraserheads band.

Perfect for: Your barkada

For more information: Shop online at http://teammanilalifestyle.com/shop/

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Their products: Locally-made household-cleaning products that contain safe, non-toxic, all-natural, biodegradable ingredients. So not only are they good for the environment, they’re good for you too!

Perfect for: Your mom-friends

For more information: Visit http://www.messybessy.com/buy.html for their complete list of stores

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Their products: Personal care, home, and even pet care products that, in their words, are pro-Philippines, pro-poor, and pro-environment.

For more information: Shop online  or check out their list of branches at  http://www.humanheartnature.com.

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Their products: Once known as the place where foreigners can buy run-of-the-mill souvenir items, Kultura has now reinvented itself as the go-to-place for Filipino crafts. Here, one can find anything from exquisite woodcrafts to jewelry.

Perfect for: Your kikay friends and family members

For more information: You can find Kultura at all SM malls nationwide.

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Their products: Filipino books (including works by Bob Ong) and graphic novels by Carlo Vergara ("Zsa Zsa Zaturnah"), and Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo ("Trese").

Perfect for: Bookworms

For more information: Visit http://visprintpub.blogspot.com/

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Why consume copious amounts of coffee or spent thousands for a datebook when there Pinoy-made planners available? Not only are they more affordable than their imported counterparts, they are also as functional and contain slews of bonus features.

Perfect for: The friend or relative who meticulously likes to keep track of everything

For more information: Here's a list just for these planners.
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Their products: Designers Rajo Laurel and Amina Aranaz-Alunan collaborate with the best craftsmen from all over the country to create world class bags and home accessories.

Perfect for: The moms, in-laws and all the titas

For more information: You can shop online at http://rags2riches.ph/shop-online/.


Do you have other ideas for Pinoy products that would make awesome gifts? Share them in the Comments Section below.

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Jaclyn Lutanco-Chua

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