When a loved one moves into a new house, presenting them with the perfect housewarming present turns their new space into something warm and cozy. To help you pick just the right present, Pursuit of Passion has put together a list of 10 local artisans who create unique pieces. Have fun in figuring out which item your loved ones would appreciate the most in their new home!
For the homeowner with the green thumb
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New homeowner friends who have a knack for growing plants will appreciate the “living sculptures” that Plantdaddy constructs. These are not just houseplants. Rather, they are intricate artworks that use plants as the focal point. Created precisely as conversation starters, Plantdaddy’s pieces are perfect for modern homeowners as well as those who lean toward the rustic aesthetic.
It doesn’t matter if your loved one is moving into a condo with limited space; they can still appreciate The Green House Project‘s hydroponics, succulents, terrariums, air plants, and other indoor plants. These pieces are small enough to fit into a minimalist condo unit but are big enough to fulfill The Green House Project’s advocacy, which is to promote a healthy environment indoors by way of greenery.
For the organic homeowner
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An organic, natural home is a healthy home. Treat your new homeowner friends to an array of Bodyfood All Natural’s products. All their products are made using raw materials either homemade or sourced from different parts of the Philippines. Some of their bestsellers are their beeswax candlesticks, natural balms, katol cones, blends of essential oils, and dishwashing and laundry soap pastes (which also come in bars).
For the scent-sual homeowner
A home that smells heavenly is one great way to help your friends feel at home in their new crib. Real Scents has just come out with more creative room and linen spray fragrances to help you out: fresh bamboo (our favorite!), sugar & spice, candy cane, and white tea. Aside from these, they offer essential oils in equally distinctive scents (for example, Beach Escape and Quiet Elegance). A home that smells like a day at the beach —who wouldn’t want that?
For dog-loving homeowners
Happy dogs mean a happy home. Help your friend’s puppers claim their new space with Bow House’s dog-centric home pieces. Dog beds (“muttress”), dog baskets (“bowsket”), and portable mats (“doga mats”) are just some of the products Bow House makes especially for beloved pet dogs. How cool would it be if you could gift your new homeowner friends a fabulous starter piece for their pet dog’s corner in their new home?
For the quirky homeowner
What other decor and accessories can turn a house into a home more effectively than clay mugs, plates, bowls, and planters? All Tahanan Pottery’s pieces are made by hand; many of them are finished with intricate designs. If you’d rather make your friends become proactive homeowners, you could also present them with fully paid classes at Tahanan Pottery’s studio in South Triangle, Quezon City.
What originally started as a stress relieving hobby turned out to be an artistic journey that today provides homes with pretty ceramic and terra cotta pieces. Clay Storytellers, whose HQ is at Casa San Pablo, depict all sorts of elements from the Filipino culture–a mother embracing her child, the Holy Family riding a carabao, a bayanihan scene, a puto bumbong vendor, two people roasting lechon. Can you see one of these pieces on your friend’s bedside table in their new room?
Help your friends put their own stamp on their new home by presenting them with personalized home accessories. The Coolist expertly engraves and imprints names and images on cute accessories, including drinking glasses, cheese boards, coasters, bottle openers, wine glasses, shot glasses, and scotch glasses. Let your friends lay claim to a fun night ahead!
For the design-loving homeowner
Although Good Luck, Humans may be known for their comfortable and stylish hand-embroidered dresses, skirts, and blouses, they do have a home line. Beanbags using handwoven textile, floor pillows made with individually hand-stitched “buttons”, and poufs made of a combination of denim and handwoven textiles, ottomans with “lucky buttons” — all these will definitely add lots of color and texture to your friend’s new home.
For the homeowner with the sweet tooth
Literally, nothing adds sweetness to a housewarming party than an exquisitely decorated yummy cake, especially if your homeowner friends are huge fans of sugar and flora. Doughmestic Botanicakes handcrafts and styles each individual floral cake. Even the colors of each sugary flower, each sweet leaf are unique to each cake. Apart from cakes, though, they also custom-bake cupcakes, which are just as visually and gastronomically captivating.