LIST: Christmas Gift Ideas of 2020 Below Php 1,000
It’s only a few weeks before Christmas which means that all sorts of Christmas preparations are now underway. But given the unpredictable future we have amidst the pandemic, there is no stopping us from celebrating the spirit of Christmas through gift-giving even in the new normal.
This is why Philippine Primer listed down a number of Christmas gift ideas—from classic holiday gifts to new normal items, perfect for your family members, friends, and office mates for a budget of less than Php 1,000!
Assorted bread packs
Looking for a gift set for employees? Fuwa Fuwa offers Customize-Your-Own Christmas Packs!
There are three variants available where you can either choose your favorite bread combination for Php 195 or pick from an assorted pack starting at Php 170 to Php 290. Each purchase of their Christmas packs also comes with a cute gift bag.
Price: Php 170 to Php 290
For inquiries: 043-799-8181 ext. 200
Pocky Christmas box
Glico Pocky Christmas Box is a foolproof and affordable holiday gift for kids and even adults with a sweet tooth. This snack box comes with three assorted boxes of Pocky flavors such as strawberry, chocolate, and cookies and cream.
Each box of Pocky has unique designs to choose from like the Snowman or Tree pattern that kids will surely love!
Price: Php 120
Where to buy: Supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide
Bottled tea leaves
Skip the usual coffee products and give your loved ones some locally-grown hand-plucked tea courtesy of Celestea. Their collection of artisan teas, teawares, and natural sweetener is an impeccable choice for a holiday gift this year.
Check out their Holiday Collection for this year featuring three cher gift boxes: Le Noël Noire, Le Noël Verte, and Le Noël Rogue available for Php 449 to Php 1,899.
Price: Php 100 to Php 500 per bottle
Where to order: celestea.co
Customized fridge magnets and stickers
If you are looking for the ultimate personalized holiday gift especially for your art-inclined family or friends, look no more as Printstix offers amusing handcrafted fridge magnets and stickers.
You can customize your magnets or stickers with either your pet, family photos, or whatever it is you want.
Price: Php 150 to Php 600
Where to buy: printstix.com
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For all the titas out there who love a gorgeous set of plates and bowls to add to their collection, it is best to check out Mesa Moderna’s assortment of aesthetic dinnerware, kitchen tools, and drinkware for holiday gifts.
With a wide variety of colorful plates, glasses, and other tableware, this online shop is a superb choice to do gift shopping.
Price: Starts at Php 200
Where to buy: MESA MODERNA Facebook page
Mug Shop MNL
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A customized mug is one of the classic Christmas gifts to give this holiday season. Specializing in that craft is no other than Mug Shop MNL, proudly designed and made in Manila.
They offer specially customized mugs that can be personalized with texts, names, or even photos of your liking.
Price: Php 250 to Php 400
Where to buy: mugshopmanila.com
Included in Coastal’s New Norm collection is this quaint leather alcoholster—an everyday statement piece created for the new normal.
Made of 100% leather, this holster is designed to hold your alcohol bottle in place and comes with a trigger spray bottle, detachable leather wristlet, and belt hoop.
Price: Php 280
Where to buy: costalbags.com
Journals and notebooks
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What makes a journal junkie happy is a good quality notebook where they can scribe their writings.
Victoria’s Journals offers a wide variation of bullet journals and notebooks that can be used either as a personal journal, yearly planner, or whatnot. It also comes in different sizes and styles for all journaling needs.
Price: Starts at Php 400
Where to buy: National Bookstore branches nationwide
Succulents and home plants
Spruce Plant Shop
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Helping plant moms and dads with their home plant collection? Better give them something to gush about such as small indoor plants from Spruce Plant Shop.
Their catalog of indoor plants comprises a number of desk or shelf potted plants and even floor potted plants in different sizes and types. Each potted plant also includes quirky pots and vases.
Price: Starts at Php 430
Where to buy: Order via their Instagram page
Face mask case
Wanderskye Travel Accessories
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Compact face mask cases from Wanderskye is an innovative holiday gift fit for the new normal.
These face mask cases provide functional storage for face masks and protect it safely from catching any bacteria or virus that may be present on tables, inside bags, and any surface you may put your masks on.
Price: Php 445
Where to buy: Alabang Town Center, Glorietta 3, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Robinsons Place Manila, Lazada, BeautyMNL
A more practical and no-nonsense choice of holiday gift is gift certificates. For those who have friends or family members that need new specs, JINS Philippines offers Php 500 worth of gift certificates that can be used at any JINS eyeglass shop branches in the metro, including SM Aura in BGC.
Price: Php 500
Where to buy: JINS Philippines physical stores nationwide
AIRsm Face Mask
A very useful new-normal essential are facemasks and UNIQLO’s new AIRism Face Mask combines functionality and comfort with its three-structure filter.
UNIQLO’s unique AIRism technology is an innovative product that provides comfortable protection for daily needs. It is available in three sizes (S, M, L) and comes in white and black colors.
Price: Php 590 for 3 masks
Where to buy: UNIQLO stores nationwide, Uniqlo Online Store
Soy Scented Candles
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Switch up the usual candle gifts with perky scented candles from Happy Island. Their soy scented candles are organic and hand-poured featuring a bunch of elegant, playful, and relaxing scents.
You can choose from a variety of scents perfect for every mood, from zesty fruit scents to classic fragrances.
Price: Php 599 to Php 699
Where to order: Shopee, Lazada, BeautyMNL
Perfect for the new normal, transparent bags are this holiday’s gift steal. Coastal’s New Norm lifestyle collection includes clear easy-to-go PVC plastic bags that can be used as a bag in itself or as a protective cover for other bags.
It easily protects your belongings from virus droplets and can be easily disinfected after use.
Price: Php 650 to Php 850
Where to buy: costalbags.com
The Bamboo Company
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Something definitely unique and classy for a holiday gift is a handmade bamboo speaker. Made by a community in Cardona, Rizal, The Bamboo Company sells bamboo speakers that work to amplify sounds from the phone without the need to use any high-tech gadget.
It can also be customized with name engraving for a more personal touch.
Price: Php 699
Where to buy: thebamboocompany.ph
Decal Bar Manila
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With almost everyone locked up inside their homes taking up online classes or adjusting to a work-from-home setup, planner boards definitely come in handy.
Plan your days well amid the uncertain times with Decal Bar Manila’s planner boards available in a monthly variant and a weekly one.
Price: Php 699 and Php 899
Where to buy: decalbar.ph
Which of these Christmas gift ideas are you planning to include in your “to buy” list? Share it with us in the comments below!
This first appeared in Philippine Primer Japanese and English magazines November 2020 issue.