Decking the halls for the Yuletide season? Hit these Metro Manila holiday shopping meccas for great Christmas decorations.
As has been the tradition for most Filipino families, decorating homes for the Christmas holidays always start as early as September. In fact, if you haven’t started by now, you’re already a little behind. If lack of holiday knick-knacks is what’s keeping you and you’d rather skip the same old mall-sourced décor, not to worry. Here’s a list of specialty shops where you can get your Christmas fix:
39 Dapitan corner Kanlaon Sts. Brgy. Sta. Teresita, Quezon City
Mondays to Sundays, 8AM to 7 PM
Dapitan Arcade is basically your 365-day retail spot for hand-crafted Christmas decorations; there’s not a lot of places where you can buy a belen wood sculpture in the middle of July. The arcade’s set up much like a tiangge, so negotiating and bulk-buying for lower prices are a few of the ways you can save money here. Some stores sell similar items so you get to compare tags and see where you can get the best bargains. Other stores carry baubles unique only to them and some even accept orders for personalized home décor, so you’re sure to buy something that’s uniquely yours.
Photos from the Dapitan Arcade Facebook Page
Recto Avenue, Manila
A place that needs no introduction, Divisoria is the ultimate nirvana for bargain hunters. While it's persistently busy pretty much the entire year, the Christmas crowd is unbeatable and for good reason: you can get unbelievable deals on anything and everything Yule-related, from lights to trees to gifts and even costumes.
Photo by Timothy Albano via Wikimedia Commons
The Christmas Factory
565 A.H. Lacson corner F. Jhocson Sts. Sampaloc, Manila
Mondays to Sundays, 9AM to 9PM
True to its name, The Christmas Factory manufactures its own products, hand-crafting and painting each polyresin-and-fiberglass item. Stand-alones, hangers, and tabletop versions of Jolly Old St. Nick are their specialties, and they can even create your personal Santa rendition based on your design. Money-saving tip: If you want to save on holiday décor for Christmas in 2015, start early by placing your orders from January to March to get a 10% discount.
Photos from The Christmas Factory Facebook page
Unique Novelties and Toys Corporation
15 Zorra St., Paltok, San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City
Mondays to Saturdays, 9AM to 5PM; open on Sundays until December 21
Unique Novelties may sell everything from dashcams to houseware to even corporate giveaways, but they’re also particularly known for carrying a variety of Yuletide decorations. As a one-stop-shop for Christmas items, you’ll find things like Christmas lanterns, Christmas trees and ornaments, string lights, and even life-size Santas. Money-saving tip: Take advantage of their wholesale prices by purchasing more than six pieces of a particular item.
Photos via uniquenoveltiesph.com
Anding’s Toys and Flowers
3/F, Primeblock, Tutuban Center, Claro M. Recto Ave., Tondo, Manila
Mondays to Sundays, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Anding’s isn’t just a place for a whole lot of flowers or toys; their collection of holiday ornaments are just as expansive, with items ranging from ornaments to Christmas socks. Don’t have the time to buy separate items and put them together yourself? No sweat. Anding’s sells decorated garlands and mini trees that you can simply buy and set up as you please.
Photos via andigngs.com.ph
Natural Art Flowers and Decors
4th Floor Han's Infinite Tools Bldg. 801 Tayuman Street Corner G. Perfecto Street, Tondo, Manila
Mondays to Sundays, 8:30AM to 10PM
While Natural Art has now expanded to an event planning and flower arrangement company, their expertise started with and continues to be importing and selling Christmas decoration. You can buy decorations and style your home yourself, but if you feel like giving your home a professional touch, Natural Art can also do the decorating for you (for a fee, of course).
Photos from the Natural Art Flowers and Decors Facebook page
776 Col. Buenaventura St., Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City
Tuesdays to Sundays, 10AM to 7PM
Chrysara NEST (named after owner Alice’s children, Chris and Sara) offers unique, hand-crafted home décor, collectibles, and small furniture. Based in Pampanga and originally intended as an export company, Chrysara opened their retail store in Mandaluyong in 2013 for those who would like to buy pieces for their personal use.
Photos via chrysaranest.com
Kultura mall stores can be found at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM Makati, SM City Cebu, and SM Lanang Premier. Kultura Souvenirs are located at SM City North Edsa and SM City Fairview. Kultura Butik are in Taal Vista Hotel and Pico de Loro Beach Club. Store hours vary.
Kultura has been selling "proudly Pinoy" products mostly in SM Malls all over the country for years, showcasing local craftsmanship in home accents, fashion accessories, and even native delicacies. Being a store that prides itself in offering only native goods (especially the kind that sentimental expats fawn over and take home), you can bet they take Christmas seriously. During the Yuletide season, you'll find locally made holiday decor such as Capiz lanterns and nativity scenes.
Photo via Kultura Filipino Facebook page
Yule Shop at Crosswinds Tagaytay
Brgy. Iruhin Central, Calamba Road, Tagaytay City
Brittany Corp.'s resort development Crosswinds is its Swiss-inspired leisure development in Tagaytay. But while the idea of building a community that echoes those in other countries is not a new concept in the Philippines, one of the resort's most unique elements is its Christmas Village. The perpetually decked area of the resort contains the Yule Shop, where you can buy Christmas decorations year-round, and there's even a Santa's House nearby where your kids can play with toys while you choose from their selection of holiday accessories.
Photo via crosswinds.com.ph