Online report features 14 export suppliers offering craft gifts, novelties, stationery and gift packaging, plus details on product pricing and supply market trends.

MAKATI CITY, PhilippinesThe Hinrich Foundation released Philippines Sourcing: Gifts & premiums with the support of its partner in export development, Global Sources.

The online report offers import buyers websites of 14 verified exporter suppliers and profiles gifts, novelties, stationery and gift packaging. It also features an overview of the industry, new product features, price guides and export data. A PDF of the report is available to download for free online.

Renewable materials, recycled inputs on trend

Gifts and premiums suppliers in the Philippines often combine two or more locally sourced materials in one design to create variety and differentiate products as being made in the Philippines. As demand for environment-friendly products continues to grow, most makers opt for inputs coming from renewable resources.

With the Philippines being a major producer of the fiber, abaca is a common material across the different product categories, including tabletop decorations, stationery and gift packaging. Leaves and fibers from the buri palm are widely used in handcrafted novelties and gift packaging. Rattan is another popular material, particularly in bags, figurines and storage solutions.

“The use of natural and eco-friendly materials such as abaca and buri is common in Philippine products because of their local availability. Eco-conscious buyers in traditional export markets such as Europe and Japan also drive this trend,” said Cherrilyn Baylon, export consultant of the Hinrich Foundation.

Some suppliers are going “green” by using recycled paper and recyclable boards to produce gift packaging, shopping bags and totes, and recycled glass bottles for ornaments.

Suppliers and products

Established in 2008, Custommade Crafts Center Inc. partners with and sources products from indigenous and rural communities. The company’s selection includes fashion accessories and home textiles made of traditionally woven fabrics.

Disenio De Craftico uses abaca fiber, buri leaves and other natural materials for handcrafted gift items as well as festive and seasonal decorations such as wreaths, garlands and figurines. The company was established in 2011 and is based in Albay province in Luzon.

Salay Handmade Paper Industries offers handmade acid-free paper made from abaca fiber and other indigenous materials. Established in 1990 and based in Misamis Oriental City in Mindanao, the company also produces notepads, calendars, photo albums, photo frames, greeting cards and gift boxes made of this paper.

In addition to Custommade Crafts, Disenio De Craftico and Salay Handmade Paper Industries, suppliers featured in the report are:

– Alice Blue Candle Inc., Metro Manila: Scented candles made of soy wax.

– Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper Crafts, Misamis Oriental: Handcrafted notebooks, photo albums and travel journals featuring paper from abaca fiber and cogon grass.

– Crissander Enterprises, Bohol: Craft gifts such as bookmarks and keychains made of jackfruit wood, coconut lumber and other types of indigenous wood.

– Fae Décor Crafts, Metro Manila: Handcrafted figurines, candle holders and other ornaments made of wood or tin.

– Greenflex International Corp., Metro Manila: Artificial trees, wreaths, garlands, plastic fruit and vegetables.

– JRCS Enterprise, Laguna: Papier mache gift and storage boxes, trays, photo frames and animal figures

– Marjorie B. Arellano Handicrafts, Metro Manila: Handcrafted home decor made of wood, buri leaf, coco palm and capiz shells.

– Merr-C Society of the Word Foundation Inc., Bulacan: Handmade toys, wall charts, educational books and masks.

– Rathbone & Co., Metro Manila: Animal-shaped ornaments made from buri and abaca fiber, and other natural materials.

– Saffy Inc: Home decor, jewelry boxes, bookmarks and novelty items made of capiz shells, abaca fiber, bamboo, acacia wood and other indigenous materials.

– Yssa’s Crafts, Negros Occidental: Wind chimes, candle holders and serving dishes made from flattened bottles


The report further shows:

– The Philippines does not track gifts and premiums as a separate export category, but statistics for basketwork, wooden ornaments and other products associated with the sector indicates that it sent abroad more than $33.1 million worth of related items during the period January to May 2018.

– The US was the top importer of the products, accounting for 45 percent of the total export value. Japan, the Netherlands, the UK and Germany were the other major markets.

– More than 50 percent of the surveyed companies see quotes remaining at current levels in the next six months.


Philippines Sourcing: Gifts & premiums is one of a series of online Sourcing Reports covering emerging Asia supply markets. A full version of the report can be viewed online here.


Other related Sourcing Reports available available on the New Sourcing Markets website: Wooden handicrafts, India; and Gift packaging, Indonesia. The site also offers sourcing reports on other products and suppliers from India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

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