Filipinos are known for their hospitality and being very appreciative when they receive gifts, tokens and freebies. When coming from abroad, or even when traveling from a local place outside a person’s residence, it is customary in the Philippines to bring souvenir items when meeting friends and relatives (traditionally called “pasalubong” in Filipino). These things don’t necessarily need to be grand or expensive as even a simple keychain or any small souvenir makes people feel happy and remembered. And when sending personalized gifts, it further makes the gift-giving endeavor a more special experience for them.
Figurines, Accessories and Books Related to Culture and Traditions
The trademark of Philippine culture is its evolution into a distinctive mixture of native Filipino traditions and influences of various Eastern and Western customs. There are many figurines, accessories and books reflecting these like figurines or images of Roman Catholic Saints and the Holy Cross; bracelets and other charm items reflecting either the Western Zodiac referring to a person’s birth month or the Chinese Zodiac referring to a person’s year of birth; and even books about religion, self enhancement and Philippine and world literature.
During major Filipino celebrations including Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year, a number of figurines of angels, saints, fairies, animals referring to the Chinese Zodiac, mystical creatures, charms and crystals, incense and scented candles are bestselling gifts in the Philippines.
Print-designed items (with personalized drawings, messages or photos) in plates, key chains, mugs, bags, pillows and photo frames are good gift ideas for those in the Philippines. Filipinos often receive souvenir items for various occasions like weddings, birthdays, family reunions and other special events. Corporate giveaways are also usually sent out to many workers and professionals. And Filipinos give their appreciation by really using these personalized items and showcasing the souvenir items on their display racks at their homes and offices.
Many online stores make it easy for people to buy personalized gifts like these. People can use pre-customized designs then tweak them to make the gifts personalized. And of course, others can prefer to use their own designs.
Personally designed and tie-dyed shirts and even engraved markings in jewelries are favorite gift ideas in the Philippines. People can choose the recipient’s favorite design, celebrity icon or his/her trademark, smart, funny or catchy phrase, or just about anything the person specifically likes for such gift ideas.
Personally Made Art and Craft Items
Those who are into arts and crafts can come up with their own gift ideas like paintings and sketches, framed cross stitch designs, painted bottles, customized jewelry boxes, home ornaments and paper crafts. Scrapbooks filled with good memories and fun designs are good gift ideas for Filipinos as well.