Don’t be basic! Get these one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts crafted by hand

Ysa Abad
Don’t be basic! Get these one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts crafted by hand
Win hearts with gifts that are clearly not mass-produced!

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It’s always the thought that counts when it comes to gift-giving. But if you feel guilty having sent out generic gifts in the past, then maybe it’s time you level up this year’s holiday gifts through some customizable items. 

After all, there’s something about handmade gifts that make them more creative, unique, and special. 

So if you’re struggling to come up with beautiful gift ideas, or just want to be extra with one-of-a-kind items, we’ve rounded up a list of local shops to let you offer your loved ones just that!

You can either draw inspiration from them and start DIY-ing gifts, or if there’s not enough time, go ask these shops to personalize their items for you.

Knitting Expedition

Usher in the Yuletide season with the Christmas collection from Knitting Expedition

Living up to the holiday Filipino spirit, they’ve prepared knitted figurines of parols (lantern). pillows and ornaments,  garlands, wreaths, checkered balls, belens (nativity sets), and even our favorite kakanin, puto bumbong and bibingka, in their collection. 

Hand-knit by women who maintain rice terraces in Uhaj, Ifugao, Knitting Expedition also make wooly warmers, accessories, and home products that are of great quality. 

They’re also known for their quirky handknit toys that are perfect for kids and adults alike. They have dolls of doctors, nurses, and a wide variety of animals – including octopi, sting rays, carabaos, and dogs. So many kinds to choose from! 

You can place orders through their Instagram account or website.

Ili Likhaan Ceramics

Nothing screams unique more than these products from Ili Likhaan Ceramics. Given that all are handcrafted, it’s ensured that no product is exactly the same as the others.

What we love about them is that their designs could range from thematic, to quirky, to whimsical – making sure that it could fit anyone’s taste. Some of our favorites are the mugs sculpted into body shapes, and those illustrated with nature scenes.

Aside from mugs, they also have pen holders, pitcher sets, incense holders, palettes, bowls, and vases. 

If you want to go the extra mile in personalizing your gifts, you can also choose to join their Christmas workshop! 

This beginner-friendly pottery class also includes the necessary materials for you to create your own personalized projects for your loved ones. Ready to make your own mugs, spoons, or palettes? 

Check out their Instagram page for more details.

Chunky Cuddles

Brave the holiday cold with these thick and snuggly hand-knitted blankets from Chunky Cuddles. 

Made of merino wool, the blankets are lint-free, pet-friendly, and machine-washable. Aside from the knitted texture lending a rustic aesthetic, the blanket’s thick design will surely give users the extra warmth they need. 

The best part? Chunky Cuddles also make pet beds for your spoiled furbabies! You can customize the colors, design, and even add a pet blanket and pillow for the whole package.

Now, every member of the family can get extra cuddles for Christmas! 

You can place your orders through their Instagram shop.

Woven PH

Style and functionality come together in these handmade items from Woven.PH. Made by local artisans, their pieces made of banig materials are specifically crafted to be useful and fashionable. 

Ranging from small accessories like keychains, bag tags, and cardholders, to bigger products like wallets, sling bags, and cases, you can surely find a perfect holiday gift for every member of your family! 

You may shop through their website or Instagram account. 

Knotting Girl

For loved ones who are into interior designing, these macrame products from Knotting Girl are fabulous choices! 

Their wall hangers are customizable so you can go crazy personalizing the theme, design, and colors for your one-of-a-kind order.

Just by looking at their past designs, which include crescent-shaped wall hangers and huge dip-dyed dream catchers, makes us want to get our own vision turned into reality, too.

Aside from wall designs, they also make macrame coasters, bucket bags, plant holders, keychains, and straps. Last year, they launched a holiday collection of Christmas ornaments, so we’re really looking forward to what products will be part of their holiday collection this year. 

Check out their Instagram page for more details. 

Natu Handcraft Studio

No matter the occasion, you can never go wrong with giving body care products. Natu Handcraft Studio offers handmade soaps and shampoo bars that are formulated with natural ingredients, and are plant-based and plastic-free.

They have several options, such as the Moringa Mint and Matcha Green Tea soap, Vanilla Espresso Coffee Soap, or the Moisturizing Shampoo Bar Argan Oil and Cocoa Butter, which are suitable for every skin and hair type, and address various needs – may it be exfoliating, nourishing, or detoxifying.

And if you want your loved ones to get the whole relaxation package, you can also add infused body oils or scented candles from Natu Handcraft Studio!

Their Peace Soy Wax Candle, which is topped with amethyst, moonstone, lavender, and calendula, might be helpful in soothing all the hardships of this year. 

You may shop through their website or Shopee.

Bubble N’ Fizz

What better way to unwind this holiday season but with a DIY spa day at home? 

Cop these handmade organic, environment-friendly, and high-quality bath bombs and bubble baths from Bubble n’ Fizz! 

With their pretty colors and amazing aromas (you can choose peppermint, bubblegum, and eucalyptus, among others), these bath bombs will surely leave you feeling rejuvenated after a good, long soak. 

They also have a kids set so even younger members of the family can enjoy a relaxing bath time, too! The set comes with a Surprise toy bath bomb, so that’s an extra added gift for the kids.

You can start placing your orders through their Instagram account or Shopee.

The Clay Project

Jewelry never gets old. But if you want to veer away from the usual gold and silver, why not try these fun and colorful designs from The Clay Project?

All their accessories – from earrings, to bracelets, to necklaces are handcrafted from polymer clay. Some are designed with semi-precious stones, pearls, and flower toggle locks that double as charms or pendants. 

Aside from accessories, they also customize lanyards, phone grips, masks, and eyewear straps to give them a more chic look – suitable for your kikay and fashionista friends and relatives.

They’re also accepting bulk orders, so you can personalize an accessory for your whole squad. 

Check out their Instagram page for more details. 

Which of these handmade gifts are you buying for the holidays? –