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.
(image from the Dapitan Arcade Facebook Page)
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.
(image 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.
(image from 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.
(images from 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).
(image 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.
(images from chrysaranest.com)