45 Fantastic Filipino Gifts For People Who Love The Philippines

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With 45 unique Filipino gifts in this article, you can surely find something for the Philippines-obsessed person in your life. Whether it’s for a local, a visitor of the country, or a Filipino abroad, you will find an awesome Philippines gift for everyone on this list

Before you continue, let me share the number one gift first; a trip to the Philippines!

But don’t worry if that’s slightly above your budget, you will find 45 cool and affordable Philippines gift ideas below!

Are you short on time? Check out the editor’s top three gifts by budget.

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#1 Filipino food gifts: sauces

Set of three Filipino sauces
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If you are looking for Filipino food gifts, you came to the right place! You will find plenty of delicious Filipino food gifts in today’s post.

This sauce trio is the best gift for a Filipino food lover who is a lazy cook. All they have to do is open one of the three bottles and add a bit of the sauce to create a delicious Filipino taste. The trio includes the three most famous Filipino dishes: kare-kare, adobo, and caldereta.


#2 Traditional Philippine game: sungka

Sungka board game
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If you are looking for traditional Filipino gifts for board game lovers, you have to buy sungka! Sungka is a two-player mathematical thinking game. Check out the full explanation on Kami.

I included a foldable sunga board as well as a regular one. Personally, I think the regular one looks better, but for a traveler, the foldable one is definitely more practical.

#3 Coconut fiber planters

Planters in the shape of dogs
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Did you know that the Philippines is the third-largest producer of coconuts in the world? No wonder you can find a lot of souvenirs from coconut fiber in the Philippines.

My favorites were these planters that are handmade from sustainable coconut fiber by Filipino artisans.


#4 Map of the Phillippines

Vintage map of the Philippines
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Travel lovers always love maps, and Philippine lovers are no exception to that.

If you are looking for Philippines gifts for history buffs, then the 1734 vintage map of the Philippines is a great gift idea.

If you are looking for gifts for someone who prefers a current map of the Philippines, then head over to Etsy for maps in all sorts of designs!

Or check #13 for another beautiful map-related gift.


#5 Jeepney wall art

Jeepney canvas
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Jeepneys are the iconic public transport buses from the Philippines, they are such a big thing that I couldn’t not include them on this list. So if you need traditional Filipino gifts, then this three-panel canvas of the famous jeepney is the perfect gift.


#6 Filipiniana

A woman wearing a traditional bolero from the Philippines
Photo courtesy of Barong World

Filipinos hold a strong sense of national pride. Giving them something that ignites this pride would surely be a great gift!

Choosing this modern Filipiniana as a gift is the best way to go. It’s handcrafted and perfect for any occasion, be it parties, formal events, or any gathering at all.

The Filipiniana is a traditional attire that represents the rich cultural and historical heritage of the Philippines. Its design showcases intricate embroidery and beadwork, reflecting the craftsmanship and artistry of Filipino artisans.

Wearing this will certainly evoke a sense of patriotism within them, making them feel proud!


#7 Philippine-themed hoodie

A man wearing a hoodie with the text "I am not late, I am Filipino"
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

This hoodie is the perfect gift for Filipinos who moved to a place where it gets a lot colder than in the Philippines (which is pretty much anywhere).

It’s a funny joke with a reference to their heritage. Though you can find more designs on Zazzle if the recipients is actually always on time.


#8 Philippines-themed phone case

Phone case with map of the Philippines
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Phone cases are also super practical Filipino gifts for anyone who wants to protect their precious phone in style.

I loved the phone case with a colorful map of the Philippines, but there are over 400 different designs on Zazzle, so you can surely find something for the recipient of your gift.

Oh, the only important thing to know is that Zazzle only provides cases for iPhones and Samsungs.


#9 Philippines family sign

Family name sign
Photo courtesy of Broad Bay

If you are looking for Filipino gifts for families that moved elsewhere, this family sign with the Philippine flag is the perfect gift.


#10 Flip-flops with the Philippine flag

Flip flops with the Philippines flag
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Flip-flops are very practical at sunny destinations such as the Philippines, so if you need practical Philippines gift ideas, these flip-flops with the flag of the Philippines are the perfect gift.


#11 Lingling-O necklace

A set of three traditional necklaces from the Philippines
Photo courtesy of Narra Studio NY

The Lingling-o is not only a piece of jewelry or a decorative ornament as they hold cultural, spiritual, and social significance for the Ifugao people.

It traces back to the early 500AD-1000AD not only in the Northern regions of the Philippines but down to the southern part of Palawan as well.

In the past, the social status of the wearer is evident based on the material used in making it (such as gold, jade, brass, and many more).

They believe that it symbolizes fertility, virility, and good luck. In some cases, it even serves as a prosperity or protection amulet so it’ll be a great gift to give to anyone, no matter the age.

This necklace is handmade by the Ifugao people in the Cordillera region which reflects their cultural identity and spiritual beliefs. This is definitely a symbol of their ancestry and pride.


#12 Handwoven baskets

A set of three handwoven baskets from the Philippines
Photo courtesy of Narra Studio NY

These cute handwoven baskets are handmade by artisans from the Philippines and make excellent Filipino gifts for women.


#13 Lord of the Rings-inspired map

A vintage map of Philippines in the style of Lord of The Rings
Photo courtesy of In The Reads

This Tolkien-inspired map of the Philippines is one of my favorite Philippines gifts for people who are obsessed with Lord of the Rings.

But I guess, I am just a big fan of Lord of The Rings myself, so I may be a tiny bit biased.


#14 Philippine-themed water bottles

A black water bottle with the map of the Philippines
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Stainless steel water bottles are great gifts for sustainable travelers. And if you need Philippines gifts for a sustainable traveler this water bottle with the Philippine map is the perfect gift.

Or check out the other designs on Zazzle.

#15 Personalized Baybayin necklace

A traditional necklace from the Philippines
Photo courtesy of Pamana Designs

Are you looking for cute Filipino gifts for her? Then this necklace with a Baybayin word, the ancient script of the Philippines is a great idea.

You can choose the word or name yourself, so it’s a personalized and heartfelt gift that locals and foreigners will appreciate.


Filipino gifts for mid-budgets


#16 Filipino snack box

A box filled with snacks from the Philippines
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This is another one of the great Filipino food gifts.

The box includes 9 different popular items such as  Oishi crackers and chocolate, nagaraya, and Ding dong.

#17 Filipino language course

Filipino basic course book
Photo courtesy of Amazon

A Filipino language course is one of the best Philippines gifts for people who travel to the Philippines frequently and who love to communicate with the locals in their native language.

Although, there are over 120 languages in The Philippines, English, and Filipino (or Tagalog) are the official languages.

So check out Udemy for online Filipino courses, or check out the book on Amazon.

For a cheaper Filipino language gift idea, head over to #31.


#18 Philippines gifts: passport cover

A black passport cover with a symbol from the Philippines
Photo courtesy of Pixel Park Zone

The 50 different Philippine-themed passport covers on Zazzle all make super practical Philippines gift ideas for travelers. I quite like this one with the Philippines sun and stars but there are plenty more options on Etsy to choose from.


#19 Philippines travel guides

The rough guide to the Philippines
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The rough guide to the Philippines

The rough guides are beautiful and informative travel guides for all sorts of travelers.


Lonely Planet: Philippines guidebook
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Lonely Planet: Philippines

If you are looking for Philippines gifts for budget travelers, the Lonely Planet is the gift you need!


#20 Rum

A bottle of rum from the Philippines
Photo courtesy of Drizly

Tanduay Rum – produced by Tanduay Distillers, Inc. – has a long history dating back to 1854 when it was first established.

Through the years, it has grown to be the largest rum producer in the Philippines and even expanded its presence all over the world.

It offers a wide range of rums, including aged rums, and flavored ones, and is known as one of the most affordable brands around the world. But if you think the price influences the quality, think again! Tanduay rum has garnered numerous awards over the years, including top honors at the 2022 SIP Awards.

Besides the awards and its affordability, it has also been a part of Filipino culture for decades. No celebration is complete without a bottle of Tanduay Rum. This is why this is such a great gift for foreigners as well as locals.


#21 Sun pearl earrings

Hanger earrings with pearls from the Philippines
Photo courtesy of Pinoy of America

The Philippines is renowned for producing high-quality, lustrous pearls in various colors.

Not only that but its large size and rarity contribute to their value not just locally but internationally as well.

Gifting a piece of jewelry made of this pearl would make not just a Filipina but any woman feel appreciated and happy whilst wearing it would make them feel more beautiful and elegant.

As a cherry on top, giving it as a gift symbolizes love and affection and is seen as a heartfelt gesture, making it a meaningful gift.

Any woman will surely be delighted and at the same time flattered when she receives such a gift!


#22 Philippine-themed socks

Socks with money print
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Philippine tarsier monkeys are the cutest native monkeys of the Philippines, so if you need Philippines gift ideas for an animal lover, these socks are the best gift.

But check out Zazzle for 30 more Philippine-themed socks.


#23 Coffee from the Philippines

bag of Artisans Philippine Coffee, Barako Gold Medium Roast Beans
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Philippine coffee is known for its diverse and rich flavors. One of the most famous ones is the Barako coffee having a strong flavor and distinctive aroma.

If you’re looking for a gift to give coffee snobs then the latter is the best way to go!

Oh, and did you know that the Philippines is also home to the world’s most expensive coffee?

Kape Alamid or civet coffee is made from the coffee beans that Asian palm civet cats have pooped from eating coffee cherries and fermenting them (inside their stomach). It’s so unique that just a cup of it can go as high as $100. (Would you dare have a cup?)


#24 Filipino cookbooks

The easy Filipino cookbook
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The easy Filipino cookbook

As the name already suggests, this is the best cookbook for people who like to keep it simple.


The "I Am A Filipino Cookbook"

I am a Filipino and this is how we cook

This cookbook has been rewarded the title of the best cookbook by The New Yorker, Boston Globe, and many more. So it’s a must for any Filipino food lover!


#25 “Powered by Pancit” shirt

Shirt with text "powered by pancit"
Photo courtesy of Uber Ube Tees

This “powered by Pancit” shirt is a fun gift for someone who loves Philippine noodles (pancit).


#26 Dried mangos

Dried mangos packaging
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Dried mangos are one of the most popular and relatively healthy snacks from the Philippines. So if you are looking for Filipino food gifts for someone who is into healthy food, this is a great option.


#27 Philippine-themed tote bags

Tote bag with food prints
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

If you are looking for Filipino food gifts that are not actually food, this tote bag with traditional Filipino food is the gift you are looking for! Although, check out numbers 23 and 32 for more fun Filipino food gifts that are not edible.

Oh and if you’re not sure whether the recipient likes Filipino food (although I hardly doubt that they don’t), check out the other 310 Philippines tote bag design on Zazzle.


#28 Fun books about the Philippines

History of the Philippines book
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History of the Philippines

The books by Captivating history are great for history buffs who love learning about a country’s history in an entertaining way.


Brown skin, white minds book
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Brown skin, white minds: Filipino-American post-colonial psychology

This is one of the best Philippines gifts for an American-Filipino.


Philippines culture smart guidebook
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Culture Smart! Philippines

This is a great book for people who love learning about local cultures and traditions.


#29 Philippine-themed travel mug

Travel mug with flag of the Philippines
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Check out the 161 different Philippine-themed travel mugs on Zazzle if you need Philippines gifts for a coffee lover.

Or go for my favorite one, the travel mug with the flag of the Philippines in the shape of a heart.


#30 Filipino literature

Book cover of 'Trese Vol 1: Murder on Balete Drive'
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Trese has gained international fame, reaching audiences beyond the Philippines. If you like watching Netflix then you might have seen it too.

Just like the animated adaptation, the comics introduce its readers to the mythological beings and lore of the Philippines.

With mixtures of genre including horror, mystery, and fantasy, and the story being set in modern Manila makes it all the more intriguing.

This is a must-read especially for Filipinos or of Filipino descent. Not only because of what was said but because as they go through the pages, they’ll see hints and glimpses of Filipino culture, making it a fantastic gift and worth the read!


Filipino gifts for small budgets


#31 Capiz Christmas ornament

A star Christmas ornament made from lapiz art in the Philippines
Photo courtesy of 8605 Collective

Capiz is a type of shell that is often used in the Philippines for handicrafts such as lampshades, chandeliers, candle holders, and other types of decorations, such as this Christmas ornament.

And what makes this one of the best gift ideas from The Philippines is that it’s handmade by artisans from the Philippines, so you’ll be supporting the local communities with your gift too.


#32 Filipino gifts for her: sun jewelry

Filipino sun ring
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Jewelry with the Philippine sun symbol is one of the best Filipino gifts for her. They are small, cute, and remind her of her favorite country in the world. Plus, they are packaged in an elegant and Philippine-themed gift box.

You can go for a ring or necklace with the sun.

Oh and in case you are wondering why the sun is a symbol of The Philippines, it is depicted on the flag of the Philippines. The sun symbolizes freedom and the eight rays represent the provinces.

#33 Children’s books

Book cover of 'All About the Philippines: Stories, Songs, Crafts and Games for Kids '
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All About the Philippines: Stories, Songs, Crafts and Games for Kids 

If you’re planning to take kids (ages 8 to 12) on a trip to the Philippines then this would be a great gift. They’ll get to learn almost everything there is to know about the country in an entertaining way.


Book cover of 'Filipino Children's Favorite Stories: Fables, Myths and Fairy Tales'
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Filipino Children’s Favorite Stories: Fables, Myths and Fairy Tales

Wanna take bedtime stories up a notch? Then check this out! This gift is great for kids ages 5 to 10 and is perfect for those of Filipino descent. It’s an illustrated book containing whimsical stories of Philippine fables, myths, and fairy tales that have been passed down through generations.


Book cover of 'Filipino Celebrations: A Treasury of Feasts and Festivals'
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Filipino Celebrations: A Treasury of Feasts and Festivals

A treasury of feasts and festivals is a great gift for Filipino expats who want to teach their children about their Filipino heritage. With this book, they’ll learn more about important celebrations and occasions and even learn a couple of songs that go with it. It’ll surely get them excited to know more about their roots!


#34 Funny Filipino beanie

Filipino beanie
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Just like the hoodie, this “Excercise, I thought you said extra rice” is the perfect gift for a Filipino who moved to a colder country.


#35 Filipino word searches

Word search puzzle book
Photo courtesy of Amazon

As a puzzle-love myself, this Filipino word search puzzle book was definitely one of my favorite Philippines gifts.

Puzzle books are the perfect activity books for travelers to keep them entertained on a plane, bus, or when sunbathing on the beach.

But if you are looking for Philippines gift ideas for someone who already speaks Filipino, you may like the next activity book for adults.


#36 Philippine-themed luggage tag

Pink luggage tag
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

With over 170 different Philippine-themed luggage tags on Zazzle, I am sure you can find one that is perfect for the recipient of your gift.

Are you having trouble picking one?

Go for the colorful sun symbol luggage tag, this one is especially nice if you are looking for Philippines gifts for women.


#37 Vintage travel poster

Vintage Philippines travel poster
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This Philippines vintage travel poster is the perfect gift for someone who is so obsessed with the Philippines, that they want to decorate their entire home with Filipino items.


#38 Filipino spices

Adobo seasoning
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Spice mixes are great small Filipino food gifts for people who love cooking and more specifically cooking Filipino food. If you are not sure what Filipino food the recipient likes, then this adobo is a safe choice as adobo is the most popular dish in the Philippines.


#39 Funny mug

Photo courtesy of The Shirt Lounge

Do you know someone who speaks with such passion and enthusiasm that you feel like they’re shouting, even when they’re not? Do they proudly proclaim their Filipino heritage, and celebrate their culture every chance they get?

Then we have the perfect gift for them: a mug with the iconic phrase “I’m Not Yelling, I’m Just Filipino”!


#40 Necklace with the Philippines map

Map of the Philippines necklace
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Another one of the best Filipino gifts for her is this necklace with a map of the Philippines.


#41 More Filipino gifts for her: bracelet

Bracelet with Mahal Kita
Photo courtesy of Amazon

In case your Tagalog (the national language of the Philippines) is as bad as mine. Mahal kita means “I love you”, making this bracelet one of the best Filipino gifts for your Valentine.

If you are looking for another gift to say I love you, check out the next item or these Valentine’s gifts.


#42 Filipino keyring

Keyring with mahal kita
Photo courtesy of Amazon

If you are just scanning through this article and you skipped the last gift, allow me to explain.

“Mahal kita” means “I love you”.

So this keyring is a great gift for someone you love (I know, you probably hadn’t figured that out yourself).


#43 Filipino earrings

Heart earrings
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Alright, this is the last piece of jewelry on this list. These heart earrings with the Philippine sun symbol are also great Filipino gifts for her. And just like the ring and necklace, it comes in a cute gift box.


#44 Philippine-themed cosmetic bag

A black make-up bag iwth the sun from Philippines
Photo courtesy of Pixel Spark Zone

Are you looking for Filipino gifts for her?

And does she love make-up?

Then this cosmetic bag with the sun symbol of the Philippines is a cute gift idea for you.


#45 Filipino-themed coasters

Coasters with the Philippine flag
Photo courtesy of Amazon

These coasters are perfect gifts for Filipino friends who moved abroad and who love to bring a bit of the Philippines to their new home.


#46 Pili pastillas

Photo courtesy of Maria’s Bulacan Sweet

Do you have a friend who loves anything sweet and Filipino? Then look no further, because Pili Pastillas are the ultimate snack gift for them!

For those unfamiliar with these delectable treats, Pili Pastillas are tiny, soft, and chewy sweets made from pili nuts, which are native to the Bicol region of the Philippines. These little balls of happiness are coated in a smooth layer of milky sweetness, and their flavor is a mix of nutty and sweet that will make your taste buds dance.


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Final note on Filipino gift ideas

If after all these suggestions, you are still asking yourself “What is a good gift for a Filipino”, then check out the editor’s top 3 for the final blow.

AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Lara, a 30-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!