Christmas is the season of giving. While you’re already shopping for presents to family and friends, why not share the love to as much people as possible and go for gifts that give back to the community as well? Check out our mommy picks from local brands that are driven by selfless social purpose: 1. Toys from Tahanang Walang Hagdan
Shape Sorter, P600; Garden Tools (Blue), P590
Carpenter Bench, P600; Owner Jeep, P535
Tahanang Walang Hagdan has everything from wooden blocks and shape sorters to wooden jeeps and toy sets. For other options, they also have home decors, tailored bags and craft instructional materials. Shop their store here.
Established in 1973 by Belgian nun Sr. Ma. Paula Valeriana Baerts, Tahanang Walang Hagdan empowers persons with disability, such as orthopedically handicapped persons, by providing programs and services that enable PWDs to lead productive and independent lives. Tahanang Walang Hagdan also provides employment through livelihood programs. Learn more about Tahanang Walang Hagdan here.
2. Bags from Decena Collections
Tinalak DC Tote Bag (Yellow), P3,100; Tinalak DC Red Hard Bag, P2,050
Got a stylish mom friend who needs a break from her child’s baby bag? Decena Collections by AADR Arts and Crafts Center has handwoven ones made by grassroots communities and indigenous groups from Aklan, Bukidnon, Ifugao, Kalinga Mindoro and South Cotabato. Browse the entire collection here. Proceeds from the sustainable and ecological business support every member of the organization’s partner communities.
3. Lunch bags from Luntian Bags "Don't Panic" Luntian Lunch Bag, P375; "Eat Your Veggies" Luntian Lunch Bag, P345
Whether it’s for the kids or for mom and dad, these lunch bags can jive with every family member’s daily lug. They’re inspired by the good ol’ brown paper bag, but this time made with jutesack fabric, lined with canvas and totally machine washable. The “Eat Veggies” bag comes in regular size and “Don’t Panic” comes in large. Luntian Bags also has quirky tote bags and woven yoga bags. Shop their store here.
Founded in 2007 by Ichat Bulaong, Luntian Bags is a livelihood project based in a seaside barangay in San Teodoro, Mabini, Batangas. Cutting, sewing, and printing of these earth-friendly canvas bags provide livelihood for 20 people and their families -- most of them seamstresses and wives of fishermen and carpenters.
4. Stationery and accessories from Tejo
Flower Foldover (6 pcs), P180; Blue Glass Necklace, P300
From parenting 24/7, sometimes a mom simply has no time to indulge herself. Pamper a mom friend (and yourself!) this Christmas with Tejo, which has woven accessories and craft notecards and foldovers. The stationery above comes in a variety of designs including ones perfect for handwritten thank you notecards (for all the presents ninong and ninang will be giving this year). See those and more at their online store here.
Founded in 2013 by Gabriella Marie A. Cruz, Tejo provides livelihood to mothers from Parañaque and Muntinlupa City through training programs on how to weave, press notecards, and design bags.
5. Bags from Mga Likha Ni Inay
Mga Likha Ni Inay has a bag for your every need: sling, clutch, bucket, shoulder and more. Whatever your giftee prefers, they have it in beautiful woven designs. Their brick and mortar stores also sell Filipino apparel, wooden home decor, food products and more. See their online shop here. And find the locations for all their stores here. Their food items can also be found in leading supermarkets.
Established in 2014, Mga Lika Ni Inay (MLNI, Inc.) is a marketing initiative of the microfinance institution CARD-Business Development Service Foundation, Inc. By selling uniquely-designed fashion items, the enterprise sustains a competent marketing channel that provides assistance to CARD microentrepreneur clients in building their business and bettering their way of life.