Holiday Gift Guide: 6 Filipino Brands You’ll Love

The Filipino Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Filipino Brands To Gift Your Heritage

If you grew up in a Filipino household like ours, the days leading up to Christmas usually involve packing balikbayan boxes and making video calls to relatives overseas.

It's a time for us to honor family traditions, pay respect to our ancestors, and make 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.

Throughout the year at Cambio & Co., our rallying cry is to #WearYourHeritage. Naturally, for the holidays, our advocacy is to gift your heritage.

When you #giftyourheritageyou not only support Filipino-owned businesses (like us at Cambio & Co.!) - you also celebrate and share your Filipino identity with others!

To help you out, we curated 5 Filipino brands that'll help you deepen your impact in our community, and strengthen your connection to your Filipino roots during the holidays.

And you guessed it! These brands are all available outside the Philippines, and ship locally within Canada and the USA! Read on.

*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 Philippine 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.

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 Filipina/x spirit with Pinay Collection.

Pinay Collection is a merch line featuring minimalist and hand-lettered designs for the unapologetic Filipina/x! By using Tagalog words like “maarte”, “maldita”, and “ambisyosa”, the brand aims to celebrate Filipina/x heritage and reclaim Pinay/xy 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 Pinay identity. Along the way, she’s encouraged a community of Filipinx to do the same.

4. Malaya Botanicals

 

A DIY spa kit to pamper your Titas and Nanay.  

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

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, calm and anxiety, skincare and beauty - all which include premium CBD and natural ingredients like 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 Moisturizing Cream infused with CBD, aloe vera, and emu oil.

5. Cambio & Co. Filipino Jewelry & Accessories

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.

 

That's us! Filipino jewelry and designer bags, handcrafted by traditional artisans in the Philippines.

The best part? Within our shop, you'll find more Filipino-owned brands from the Philippines, available locally in Canada and the USA. We only partner with brands that intentionally celebrate Filipino heritage and empower artisans in the Philippines.

That includes Philippine fashion brands like Rags2Riches, AMAMI Jewelry, Sesotunawa and more.

You'll find jewelry made by plateros, or goldsmiths, who’ve mastered the art of gold filigree—a technique passed down since pre-colonial times. 

Inspired by warm summers in the Philippines and the flowers that bloom from it, our Pusô Hardin Pyramid Clutch was designed by Christian Cera, a visionary Filipino designer and in-house collaborator at Rags2Riches.

For the more playful dressers, we also have accessories made by artisan wood carvers or handcrafted with responsibly sourced shells

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

All designed and handcrafted in the Philippines to create sustainable livelihood for traditional artisans, preserve Filipino craftsmanship, and celebrate our heritage unapologetically - during the holidays and beyond.

We're fierce advocates for Filipino excellence and hope you #GiftYourHeritage with us! By supporting Filipinx-owned businesses committed to empowering craftspeople in the Philippines, your impact outlives this season.

Are you looking for Filipino gifts for the holidays? #GiftYourHeritage With Us.

Check out our full collection of Filipino jewelry and handcrafted bags, all made by Philippine artisans to celebrate our culture, craftsmanship and heritage.

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Nicolette Bautista

Nicolette Bautista

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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