7 Gift Ideas for the Modern Filipino at ArteFino

As Christmas draws near, many of us have gotten into the spirit of giving. Finish your Christmas shopping, support local, and give back at the same time when you shop on the new ArteFino website.

ArteFino  is a website from the movement that “celebrates the Filipino artisan.” When you shop at ArteFino online, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the artisans and the Tanging Yaman Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that raises funds for institutions that build and nurture local communities.

Here are some of the artistic finds at ArteFino:

1. Palda Upcycled Earrings by NVC Foundation’s Artisans of Hope

Palda Upcycled Earrings. Photo courtesy of ArteFino.

What to get your eco-warrior and fashionista friend? These lovely earrings (P350) would make the perfect gift! Aside from adding some pizzazz to any outfit, they are also eco-friendly, crafted from recycled coffee capsules. On top of that, a portion of the sales will help the artisans, NVC Foundation’s Artisans of Hope, from Bacolod City and fund the nutrition, education, and livelihood programs for marginalized families in the Philippines. 


2. Summer Butterflies Utensil Caddy by Art of Gold

Summer Butterflies Utensil Caddy. Photo courtesy of ArteFino.

This multi-functional hand-crafted caddy (P750) can add some life to your dinner table with its colorful butterfly design. It’s made by woodworkers from Paete, Laguna and hand-painted by Filipino artists, built to last for years — something the recipient can pass down from generation to generation.


3. Plato Gadget Tray in Mahogany by Haspe Design Studio

Plato Gadget Tray in Mahogany. Photo courtesy of ArteFino.

Classic meets modern — this multipurpose tray (P880) would make a fine addition to your loved one’s work-from-home set up. It’s made out of mahogany wood (wengue and mahogany shades), gemelina (oak), and a rattan solihiya weave by the wood artisans of Baliuag.


4. ADNTee in White by Adante Leyesa

ADNTee in White. Photo courtesy of ArteFino.

This unisex and simplistic tee (P2,000) showcases a beautiful mosaic woven patch at its center. It’s made of indigenous fabric upcycled from scrap pieces from Anthill Fabric Gallery and from various weaving communities all over the Philippines. The T-shirt could be a great balikbayan gift as it carries different woven pieces from various places in the country. You can also choose to give other colors, such as black, olive green, and navy blue.


5. Classic Clock by Pulido

Classic Clock. Photo courtesy of ArteFino.

Telling time is a lost art. But what a work of art this is by one of Vogue Italy’s Emerging Designers, the Philippines’ very own Charming Baldemor. This classic wooden clock (P2,800) features natural wood and a braid design that required complex, fine carving from the Paete artisans. Another wonderful addition to any home!


6. Plorera ng Bulaklak by Cornerstone Pottery

Plorera ng Bulaklak. Courtesy of Artefino.

Has a loved one grown into a plantito or plantita during the lockdown? Give him or her the gift of these vases (P1,500 for a set of 3). They can add personality to any room and make his or her plants feel right at home. Artisan potters from Balubad in Silang, Cavite hand casted and finished them with a Taal volcano ash glaze, making them great conversation starters.


7. Linen Strap Top by Coco and Tres

Linen Strap Top. Courtesy of ArteFino.

Your sophisticated loved ones can wear the handiwork of experienced Ilokano weavers with this elegant, feminine, OOTD-worthy top (P3,200). Just look at that beautiful, finely woven Inabel detail! The people on your Christmas list would love to have this in their closet.

To explore more of ArteFino’s artisanal items, visit or their Instagram page here.

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