Besides creating an artwork or writing a card, I used to think that giving grand gifts was the best alternative in making someone feel special during Christmas (especially when running out of gift ideas).
I resort to this alternative thinking that I don’t have enough time to create something special and handmade for everyone. But what if someone else could do it for you? What if someone else can passionately work on his/her craft and fulfill your gift needs at the same time?
This Christmas season, I hope we can all join this movement of supporting passionate minds and homegrown hands. Let’s #GoHomegrown!
There are so many gift ideas I want to share but I guess, I’ll save the others for another blog post.
For your fangirl/fanboy friend
Star Wars, Rick and Morty, Moana, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones – you name it! Paper Pirate Ship probably has any famous show you could think of. Check out some of her sticker sets!
For the inspiration seeker
If you love to spread positivity, this gift’s perfect for you. Write Designs has high quality decals you can stick anywhere – from your laptop to even your window. You can literally fill your world with these optimistic messages!
(Promise, it’ll last for a long time. I’m a witness!)
For the lover of creative spaces
As a lover of spaces, this one’s a favorite! Vitrum makes use of used materials like wine bottles, copper wires and things you’ll find in junk shops.
These lamps are one of a kind. After every bazaar, Vitrum dismantles all its pieces to create a brand new design. You can even have it customized!
Pia Suiza, one of my friends in the community, quit her corporate job just to pursue what she loves doing.
Her products are perfect for small spaces – perhaps, your small workspace. If you love decorating but not have your own place yet (like me!), you can start with these items.
For the scent connoisseur
What I love about scents is that it reminds me of different memories. Make memories more memorable with Real Scents. It makes use of all natural scents without harmful chemicals.
Check out her holiday gift sets!
For the foodie
Everyone loves food – it’s one of the safest gift ideas especially if you don’t know the person you’ll give to, too well. My mom and titas are always the type to give food packages during Christmas. Growing up, I realized how practical it is!
Village Breadhouse is one of my favorites especially for palaman!
For the adventurous yuppie
An architect and crafter, my friend Tal Jalandoni also quit her day job to focus on her craft. These leather products are perfect for the artsy adventurer!
You can even have yours personalized.
P.S. I really love the guitar strap!!
For your favorite niece or nephew
Double the love by giving these uniquely handmade pieces!
For the art enthusiast
From nursing, AR Manalo pursued his passion for painting instead. One of my favorite artists – not only because of his works but because of how he works.
If you’ve saved up, there’s nothing like giving an original piece to a loved one.
This December, make every gift count twice. Share love to family and friends, and also to small businesses that keep on creating. #GoHomegrown