6 Thoughtful and Unique Gift Ideas from Gawad Kalinga Social Enterprises
Shopping for gifts is fun because we know that presents make people happy. Now, let’s put an altruistic twist to gift-giving by buying from these 6 social enterprises.
Buying gifts from these social enterprises will help them reach their goal of helping more people through their profit. You, as a gift giver, will be remembered as someone who gives thoughtful and fabulous gifts, and more socially conscious buyer to boot!
- Enchanted Nuts Peanut Brittle
The peanut brittle with a twist! The founder, Tita Tess’ story is inspirational. She started her business in her humble home. The first few batches of peanut brittle she made were given as free samples to Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farmer guests. Eventually, GK saw the product’s potential and helped her in selling Enchanted Nuts.
She used herbs found in her garden and GK Farm such as chili, malunggay (moringa), turmeric, and my personal favorite — sweet basil. This is the perfect gift to family and friends who like sweets but are also looking for different flavors. To your friends who like to add something familiar yet modern in their dessert table for Noche Buena, then Enchanted Nuts’ different flavors will not disappoint guests.
110 g pack — Php60.00
Enchanted Nuts is available at Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm. They don’t have an e-commerce site yet, but you can send inquiries through their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Enchanted-Nuts-231078137280103/
2. Golden Duck Salted Eggs
Give eggs on Christmas Day! Golden Duck is a social enterprise that produce premium duck products such as salted duck eggs, duck patties, and sisig. The duck eggs are not too salty and they are perfect for Pinoy ensaladas. They can also be eaten as quick ulam when you’re too lazy to cook. Foodies will definitely enjoy this salty food.
You can get Golden Duck Eggs at Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm. To learn more about them, you can visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/goldenduck.ef.
3. Plush and Play Plushies
For your cute toddlers and pre-schoolers, Plush and Play stuffed vegetable and fruit toys are perfect. These toys are cute, colorful, educational, and affordable. The toys are also named after famous Filipino celebrities which make them quite adorably corny. Grown ups like me will also love getting these toys to brighten up their gloomy days. No doubt that Plush and Play toys can make the young and the old smile.
Plush and Play is sold at Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm and at different online shopping sites such as Shopinas, thegoodstore.ph, and plushandplay.com/shop.
Stuffed toy per piece — between Php150.00 and Php300.00
Gift sets — Php1,500.00
4. First Harvest Spreads
For your friends who like to put hearty amounts of spread on boring breads (yes, breads can be boring), then First Harvest spreads are the perfect gift idea. They sell peanut spread, salted coco caramel, peanut crunch, and their First Harvest Trio pack. The peanut butter and the rest of the spread are heavenly with the right amount of sweetness that will not make you feel guilty. That gooey and sweet peanut butter will definitely make anyone’s Yuletide season merrier. All First Harvest Products do not contain artificial preservatives, so you’re giving away healthier sweet products.
First Harvest products are available at Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm, Lazada, and Human Nature branches and website. You can visit their official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FirstHarvestFoods/.
First Harvest Gift Set — Php550.00
250 g Peanut Spread — Php185.00
250 g Peanut Crunch — Php190.00
250 g Coco Sugar Peanut Spread — Php230.00
125 g Salted Coco Caramel — Php150.00
5. Bayani Brew Farm Fresh Teas
Give the gift of hydration and unique flavors with Bayani Brew Farm Fresh Teas. These bottled teas are fresh from the farms of Gawad Kalinga and developed by its community members. Its flavors — lemon grass, sweet potato, and moringa are unique to the taste buds, and they will pleasantly surprise you. You never thought you could drink camote from a bottle. My personal favorite is the lemon grass flavor. If you want to have this tea with a twist, mix it with vodka. Voila!!! You have a cocktail that will make your friends’ Christmas season brighter. Speaking of bottles, they are BPA-free!
You can buy Bayani Brew at Shopee, Lazada, Bo’s Coffee branches, Family Mart branches, Rustan’s Market Place, Robinson’s Selection, Human Nature branches, and at their online store.
350 ml bottle — between Php60.00 and Php80.00 depending on the retailer
350 ml 4-pack — between Php240.00 to Php260.00
350 ml 6-pack — between Php360.00 to Php380.00
6. Human Nature Products
Everyone knows this product by name, and they have come a long way from selling hand sanitizers in bazaars to becoming a household name that sells beauty and health and wellness products. I’m a big fan of Human Nature. I regularly buy their lip gloss, lip balms, hand and foot salve, and shaving cream. You can also give your cuddly toddler inaanaks complete baby care line from Human Nature. All their products are 100% natural and cruelty free.
Human Nature products are available at almost all supermarkets and groceries, Human Nature stores all over the country, and at their website https://humanheartnature.com/.
Lip gloss/lip balm: Php90.00 to Php100.00
50 ml Sunflower Beauty Oil Luxe — Php300.00
100 ml Shaving Cream — Php175.00
30 g Hand and Foot Salve —Php 150.00
These products are high-quality and can compete globally. Buying these products to give away as gifts spreads awareness that our own Filipino products are also superior, but very reasonably priced so you will not go broke. Even your pickiest and gift-snob family or friends will surely appreciate the quality of these proudly-Pinoy products.
This Christmas season, start helping social enterprises build better communities by shopping your heart out!