Text and Photos by Bernadeth Manalo
Editor’s note: This is not a sponsored post.
This is among the highlights of Christmas season. Sabi nga nila, it is better to give than to receive. Kaya kapag pasko, trending ang #exchangegift at #christmasparty. Mangyari e, nakabili ka na ga ng pangregalo mo ngayong Pasko?
Kung hindi pa ay balita ko’y uso na ang personalized o customized gift. Mas sweet daw kase. Ay s’ya parine, bibigyan kita ng mga pwede mong ipangregalo na kayang kaya ng budget mo.
Nang Dahil Kay Baby
“Nung una katuwaan lang namin na igawa ang aking pamangkin ng beanie na ginantsilyo, sapatos at damit. Hanggang sa isang araw namasyal kami na suot ng aking pamangkin ang ginawa namin at marami ang nagandahan dito. Mayroon nagtanong kung saan nakakabili nito. Hanggang sa naisipan naming na magpaorder muna sa kapitbahay at i-post ito sa Internet. Pumatok naman ito.”
This was how Dan Mendoza narrated the humble beginning of their crochet (gantsilyo) business which offers shoes, beanies, and dresses for the little ones. They also make cellphone and laptop cases for the adults.
This business which formally started just last November is owned by her Auntie Edna and cousin Jean Marie Tolentino in San Pablo City, Laguna. Dan serves as the marketing agent of the business. He is the one who posts their products and process orders online. He also takes charge of orders of those living in Lipa City and nearby areas.
These personalized crochet items would be perfect for your little angels.
All you have to do is contact them, let them know your chosen design and after a week, your orders will be on your hand. For more details visit, Sulit.com.ph and enter these keywords on the search box: shoes,beanie,dress,cp case,laptop case, (ginantsilyo)handmade.
“I just love and enjoy what I do lalo na ‘pag happy ang customers ko,” shared Smile Garing, owner of Ishopnstyle PH.
This online store started in May 2013. It offers handmade arm candies and bracelets which perfectly suits fashionistas out there.
“I love designs and nag-isip talaga ako ng manenegosyo na ‘yung hindi ko na kelangang umalis ng bahay at iwan ang mga bata. May business ka na at the same time nababantayan mo rin mga anak mo,” furthered Smile.
With this, Smile personally creates all the designs which you can see by following her account on Instagram – @ishopnstyle.
Photo courtesy of OMD
Ooooh, My Face Dolls
“It started as a gift from Bea Estoesta (co-owner of OMD) and from then on we made plans to start a small business.” – Primrose Jungco, co-owner of OMD face dolls.
This business of adorable and eye catching little dolls was conceptualized last December 2012 and was brought to the online market last January 2013. According to Prim they started selling to their families and friends via word of mouth. Then, they maximized the use of social media by creating their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/OMDfacedolls) and Instagram account (@omdfacedolls).
She described how they come up with the name of the business. OMD face dolls were first introduced as OH MY Dolls but for the sake of name recall they shortened it to “OMD”.
With their business, they create personalized 3D face dolls. Customers send a copy of their photo then OMD face dolls print this photo on a special paper, seal it with a waterproof film, have it molded into 3D, and put it on customer’s desired doll.
This candy and pastry buffet business which started last August 2013 was put up by Crislyne Ramos and her husband.
“We are supporting each other when it comes to ups and downs of our business,” stated Crislyne.
How their business began? Their son was turning 3 then and they wanted to give him the best party with lots of candies and sweets on his birthday with the theme of Disney’s Cars. So, she set up a candy and pastry buffet for her son’s special event. From there, they were able to conceptualize everything they need to start this business.
This Christmas season, their highlighted products are red velvet crinkles with cream cheese spread, toasted pastillas, and flavored pastillas.
Meanwhile, if you’re thinking of Christmas giveaways, their best seller is the mini cake jar with flavors like red velvet, oreo cheesecake, s’mores, brownie, and chocolate fudge.
They personalize stickers according to the theme of the event, with packaging and accents as sinamay bags, ribbons, colored paper, and gift tags.
“I came up with these designs because when it comes to food presentation, box labels, and designs I make it a point that before eating our delicious products their eyes are already happy and so excited to taste it, not only because of its personalized design but more because of the person who gave that special gift,” ended Crislyne.
To view their products and have a taste of Sweet Treats by Crislyne, add her on Facebook, Cres Guevara Ramos.