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The #WearYourHeritage Holiday Gift Guide: 6 Filipino Brands You’ll Love

by Nicolette Bautista November 19, 2019

The Filipino Holiday Gift Guide: Six Ethical Brands You'll Love

In the Philippines, the year-end holidays bring family—whether inherited or chosen—together. We have Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s, and other seasonal festivities to bring in a more joyful atmosphere.

It’s a time for honouring old traditions and making new memories, usually gathered around a dining table with our favourite Filipino holiday meals. It’s a season to connect: to self, to loved ones, and to our roots. Living in a Filipinx household, the days leading up to Christmas usually involve packing balikbayan boxes and making video calls to relatives overseas.

In the holiday spirit of gift-giving, we want to help you find presents packed with meaning and impact! To us, the answer is to #WearYourHeritage.

#WearYourHeritage lands right on the sweet spot of connecting to our Filipinx roots, supporting Filipinx-owned businesses, and celebrating our Pinxy identity with others!

So, we know Filipinx get into the Christmas spirit as early as September. But, if you’re still looking for gifts, shop at these Filipinx brands we know you’ll love and deepen your impact this holiday season:

(*Quick disclaimer: none of the following have sponsored this blog post. We’re only recommending brands we’ve personally tried or believe deserve more recognition!)

1. Kapé Coffee

Kapé Coffee names its coffee after its partner farmers, so you always know where your beans are coming from. Photo credit: Kapé Coffee
Kapé Coffee names its coffee after its partner farmers, so you always know where your beans are coming from. Photo credit: Kapé Coffee.

 

A gift for the serious coffee drinkers in your family; or, a nightcap to serve after Noche Buena (Christmas Eve Feast) and Media Noche (New Year’s Eve Feast)!

Kapé Coffee is a Vancouver-based social enterprise that offers single origin coffee from the Philippines. They source directly from sustainable farms owned by family farmers and indigenous growers in the Philippine highlands.

Each cuppa you brew from Kapé Coffee is guaranteed to come with a story. Their online shop listings include farmer information, bean’s origin, farm elevation, process, and flavor profiles. Several variants have even garnered awards at the Golden Bean North America and Philippine Coffee Quality Competition!

2. Oodaalolly Chocolate

The Oodaalolly Chocolate Bar Collection includes their three foundational bars: 70% Dark Chocolate with Almonds and Sea Salt, 60% Dark Milk Chocolate, and 70% Dark Chocolate
The Oodaalolly Chocolate Bar Collection includes their three foundational bars: 70% Dark Chocolate with Almonds and Sea Salt, 60% Dark Milk Chocolate, and 70% Dark Chocolate. Photo credit: Oodaalolly.

 

A treat for your foodie friends—they most likely don’t know what they’re missing!

Oodaalolly Chocolate opened our eyes (or palates, rather) to why Philippine chocolate is better than any of us think!

Hernan Lauber, a second-generation chocolatier and the founder of Oodaalolly, brings together Filipino cacao and Swiss technique.

Oodaalolly sources its beans directly from farmers in Davao, Philippines. Their chocolate bars highlight the nuanced flavours of Filipino cacao by producing in small batches and with minimal ingredients. In fact, the 70% Dark Chocolate Bar has only two ingredients: cacao and unrefined cane sugar! Their bean-to-bar process is a rigorous one but ensures utmost quality, a satisfying snap, and silky texture.

For a limited time until December 25th, our Cambio community gets an exclusive 20% off all Oodaalolly online orders! Use the discount code: 6TY974G

3. Pinay Collection

Pinay Collection tees are 100% cotton, heat-pressed, and pre-shrunk for fit, their crewneck sweaters are a 50:50 cotton - polyester blend with a relaxed fit. Both were designed to make unapologetic statements about Filipinx identity
Pinay Collection tees are 100% cotton, heat-pressed, and pre-shrunk for fit, their crewneck sweaters are a 50:50 cotton - polyester blend with a relaxed fit. Both were designed to make unapologetic statements about Filipinx identity.  Photo credit: Pinay Collection.

 

A new outfit to hype up your fave Ate and your ride-or-die besties! Encourage your gal pals to own their sassy Filipinx spirit with Pinay Collection.

Pinay Collection is a merch line featuring minimalist and hand-lettered designs for the unapologetic Filipinx! By using Tagalog words like “maarte”, “maldita”, and “ambisyosa”, the brand aims to celebrate Filipinx heritage and reclaim Pinxy identity.

Jovie, the Toronto-based calligrapher behind Pinay Collection, created the brand as an extension of her art on the Tagalog language. It reflects her own relationship with reconnecting with the language and her Pinxy identity. Along the way, she’s encouraged a community of Filipinx to do the same.

4. Kaya Essentials

Handmade with care to give care, Kaya Essentials is cruelty-free, vegan, and gluten-free. Their products are concocted in Los Angeles, with organic virgin coconut oil sourced from a fairtrade farm in the Philippines
Handmade with care to give care, Kaya Essentials is cruelty-free and gluten-free. Their products are concocted in Los Angeles, with organic virgin coconut oil sourced from a fairtrade farm in the Philippines . Photo credit: Kaya Essentials.

 

An exchange gift for the co-worker who deserves a little TLC. Gift a lip balm or body balm to add to their kikay kit (a Taglish phrase for toiletries or make-up kit).

Kaya Essentials is a skincare line that uses high-grade coconut oil to create organic and simple formulas. They believe that ultimate hydration comes from keeping it simple: organic ingredients. You won’t find preservatives, silicones, parabens, fragrance, and toxins in their ingredients list.

Above all, they’re making an impact in the Philippines. Kaya Essentials is handmade in Los Angeles, but they source their Cold Centrifuged Organic Virgin Coconut Oil from a fairtrade farm in Davao, Philippines. Every product purchased provides a school meal through a partnership with Gawad Kalinga.

Note: they only ship within the U.S., including Hawaii and Alaska.

5. Malaya Botanicals

Malaya Botanicals features an extensive range of wellness products, from pain relief to skin care. Their not-so-secret ingredient? CBD!
Malaya Botanicals features an extensive range of wellness products, from pain relief to skin care. Their not-so-secret ingredient? CBD! Photo credit: Malaya Botanicals.

 

A DIY spa kit to pamper your Titas and Nanay.

Malaya Botanicals makes CBD-infused products that bring holistic wellness and healing to your everyday self-care routine. Their various product lines include: pain management, hair care, essential oils, skin care, and bath products.

Yes, you read the magic word: essential oils. Tita will remember you every time she whips out her CALM Essential Oil Roll-on, made with a blend of lavender, bergamot, lemon, and ylang-ylang. Fav pamangkin (niece) over here!

Reverse the fine lines you gave Nanay with Malaya Botanical’s RENEW Overnight Rejuvenation Cream infused with CBD, aloe vera, and emu oil!

6. Cambio & Co.!

Better together, this brass bangle and woven backpack ensemble strike a perfect balance of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary style. All made by hand in the Philippines. (Find the Stacking Brass Rings & Thick Brass Bangles by Nawa and Cole Mini Backpack in Navy Blue by Rags2Riches right her on our online shop.)
Better together, this brass bangle and woven backpack ensemble strike a perfect balance of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary style. All made by hand in the Philippines. (Find the Stacking Brass Rings & Thick Brass Bangles by Nawa and Cole Mini Backpack in Navy Blue by Rags2Riches right her on our online shop.)

 

A gift to jumpstart your fashionista friends on their #WearYourHeritage journey!

You don’t need to look too far for Filipino-made gifts, it’s the heart and core of our business.

We only partner with brands committed to celebrate Filipinx heritage and empower artisans in the Philippines.

Just a few clicks away from this blog, you’ll find our online shop stocked with a diverse catalog to choose from. Behind every thumbnail and product photo, there’s a story we’re proud to share!

We offer jewelry made by plateros, or goldsmiths, who’ve mastered the art of filigree—a technique passed down since pre-colonial times. 

Our partner AMAMI works with plateros from Ilocos Region to craft pieces from gold filigree, a technique that existed long before the Spanish and which continues today. Inspired by the flora and fauna of the Philippines, our AMAMI collection is the perfect way to #WearYourHeritage
Our partner AMAMI works with plateros from Ilocos Region to craft pieces from gold filigree, a technique that existed long before the Spanish and which continues today. Inspired by the flora and fauna of the Philippines, our AMAMI collection is the perfect way to #WearYourHeritage.

 

For the more playful dressers, we also have accessories upcycled from cotton fabric or made with responsibly sourced shells

By the way of bags, our partners have innovated weaving techniques to something uniquely their own. 

All designed with Filipino soul, all handcrafted with utmost care. A perfect gift for those you love, including yourself!

‘Tis The Season of Giving

Holidays or not, making an impact can happen year-round, especially with how we choose to spend our money.

We are staunch advocates to #WearYourHeritage and we hope you join us! By supporting Filipinx-owned businesses committed to empowering craftspeople in the Philippines, your impact outlives this season.

How are you planning to deepen your impact and #WearYourHeritage during the holidays?




Nicolette Bautista
Nicolette Bautista

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Nicolette is a Manila-based creative freelancer and Cambio & Co's Community Storyteller. She's written on the digital space about mom-and-pop's, small businesses, and social enterprises. In the pursuit of her eclectic interests, Nicolette has a broad portfolio including short videos, album art, and storybook illustrations! Find her on Instagram @of_nicolette and ofnicolette.wordpress.com


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