Online report features 15 export suppliers offering gifts, novelties, promotional items, stationery and gift packaging, plus details on product pricing and supply market trends

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

The online report offers import buyers websites of 15 verified exporter suppliers and profiles gifts, novelties, promotional items, stationery and gift packaging. It also features an overview of the industry, new product features, price guides and export data. PDFs of each section are available to download for free online.

Report features handcrafted models made of eco-friendly materials

Handmade gifts and premiums from the Philippines are characterized by the use of indigenous materials. Amid growing environmental and social awareness in the market, suppliers are adopting sustainable or recycled materials to differentiate their products.

Among the latest releases are handmade stationery, gift packaging and other paper products made from abaca, cogon grass and pandan leaves. Vases, decorative boxes and other home decor made of pandan leaves and coco coir, or the fiber extracted from coconut husks, are also on offer.

Suppliers are also going green by using indigenous natural materials with recycled paper, plastic or wood in a single design. Products in line with this trend include shopping bags and totes made from old newspapers and fitted with rattan handles.

Besides adopting environment-friendly materials, makers are exhibiting their social awareness by sourcing from organizations that provide employment to marginalized communities.

Suppliers and products

The Leather Collection, established in 1991, uses textiles handwoven by the women of the Bagobo tribe in Southern Mindanao. The Metro Manila-based supplier of leather goods features the fabrics in its Bagobo Weaves collection, which includes leather key fobs, desk trays, cardholders and coin purses.

Established in 2002, Domesticity Creative Designs’ gifts selection includes notepads with 300 sheets of kraft writing paper and covers made from woven pandan leaves. The front is decorated with a ceramic square featuring handpainted images of lemons, olives and herbs. Based in Metro Manila, the company has a factory in the province of Negros Occidental in Visayas.

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

In addition to The Leather Collection, Domesticity Creative Designs and Salay Handmade Paper Industries, suppliers featured in the report are:

– Artisana Island Crafts, Negros Occidental: Wall décor, windchimes and tissue holders made of ceramic and woven pandan leaves.

– Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper Crafts, Misamis Oriental: Notebooks, photo albums and travel journals made of abaca fiber, cogon grass and raffia fiber.

– Golden Arts and Furnishing, Negros Occidental: Laminated decorative balls, trays and photo frames with banana bark, coconut twigs or shell inlay.

– Hagonoy Sports International, Bulacan: Handbags made from recycled juice packs, and shopping bags made of dried coconut leaves or recycled shampoo sachets.

– JRCS Enterprise, Metro Manila: Paper mache gift boxes, tissue boxes, trays and photo frames.

– Marjorie B. Arellano Handicrafts, Metro Manila: Candle holders made of capiz shells, dinnerware made of acacia wood, and basketware made from the plant bangkuang or Actinoscirpus grossus.

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

– Rathbone & Co., Metro Manila: Animal-shaped ornaments made from gmelina, buri and abaca.

– Silay Export, Negros Occidental: Multicolor coasters, novelty-shaped bowls, and trays made of resin with mango leaf inlay.

– Tumandok Crafts Industries, Negros Occidental: Photo frames, decorative bowls and vases made of banana bark and capiz shells.

– Twenty Nine Eleven Handicraft Trading, Metro Manila: Torches made of bamboo and other indigenous materials.

– Vivo Handicrafts, Negros Occidental: Crocheted wall art and figurines with coconut twig frames.

The report further shows:

– The Philippines does not track gifts and premiums as a separate export category, but 2016 exports of products associated with the line were valued at about $112.6 million. The products sent abroad included basketwork, wickerwork and other articles made from plaited materials, wooden ornaments and cases, and articles made of bone and horn.

– The US was the top importer of the products, accounting for 55 percent of the total export value. The EU, Asia and the Middle East were the other key destinations.

– Of the surveyed suppliers, 73 percent will be raising prices in the next six months. Most of these companies, however, will be keeping increases within 10 percent.

Philippine Sourcing Report: 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 online are: Craft gifts, India; and Wooden crafts, Laos.

Sourcing from Philippines buyer’s guide

To help buyers new to Philippines sourcing, the Hinrich Foundation has prepared a guide that provides an overview of the industries and products available.

Buyers will also learn how to find and evaluate reliable suppliers, available banking options, common methods of payment, shipping details and steps to avoid or settle trade disputes.

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