Enough gift guides which are targeted for last minute duty, this year let’s aim for quality and gifts that will stand the test of time. We’ve rounded up a selection of Pinoy handcrafted goodies that will look great with any gaming setup or even for making your work-from-home setup just a bit more appealing.
Remember: these artisan goods are made to order, often in limited quantities, so make sure to get yours in nice and early. To add to that, most of these sellers require filling out an order form that is open for limited periods only.
The trade-off to going through all that hassle versus simply plucking a gift off Lazada or Shopee is the inherent charm that custom items possess. It’ll also signal that you were thoughtful enough to plan weeks or even months in advance for a special occasion. What a swell person you are! Your chooms are sure to appreciate any of these!
OPTIONS: wood mixing
Headsets tend to look so messy just lying there on your table, so give them a proper resting place with Iron Meets Wood’s solid wood stand. This thing will last forever (because, you know, solid wood) and is hefty enough to handle whatever set of cans you throw at it. Aesthetically, the warm natural tones of hardwood will definitely make you forget about the plastic and RGB of a “gamer” stand.
IMW is also known for their custom wood wrist rests to make typing more comfortable so might as well check them out too!
PRICE: P799 or P1200-P1400
OPTIONS: 700x300mm or 900x400mm
We’re not sure about that push to replace street signs with Baybayin, but we can’t deny that it looks great as a design motif.
The eye-catching patterns and colors of PATAG’s flagship mouse pad are inspired by Ifugao traditions and it’s nice to know that a portion of profits is donated back to the community that inspired them-PATAG is tied up with the Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement, an NGO dedicated to conservation efforts in the Cordilleras, and shares profits with the Ifugao IPED Center.
The 900mm variant will be released soon, so plan ahead for this one if you need maximum real estate for your flick shots.
OPTIONS: Laser engraving and custom size
Do you have a buddy with a custom or limited-edition controller that he loves to display on his desk? Give them an even better way to show off with an acrylic rack. Available in single or dual-holder configuration that totally looks like an X-wing fighter while it’s unloaded. This piece doesn’t have any charging functionality like those big bulky and usually black stands you can get in gaming stores-but then again, those stands don’t make your controller look like it’s floating at a distance either!
TQBF also makes all sorts of acrylic cases and covers for the rest of your peripherals. Lowkey perfect for those obsessed with keeping dust off their keyboards and mice.
OPTIONS: Lots of variants
Custom keyboards are super fun (and super gastos) and if you know someone who just got into the hobby, you’ll know they can never say no to even more parts for their build. For maximum compatibility though, we recommend sending them over a custom cable to complement their setup. Real talk: cables are always the last thing to be bought because keycults are too busy obsessing over keycaps and switches.
Keyboard Studios comes up with so many delightful custom designs in monthly batches that you’ll probably have a hard time choosing-or end up ordering one for yourself as well.
PRICE: P1800 base price
OPTIONS: full custom
If you’re the type who isn’t paralyzed by choice-or maybe you know someone who really loves color coordination-then a fully customized cable from Keycoil may be the answer. From the color of your separate wire segments all the way down to a choice between gold or chrome USB plugs, Keycoil will let you go HAM on customization.
With additional cable length options and different endings to go with the loads of Paracord and Techflex color combos, you can also spec out an order to double up as the cutest phone charging cable you’ve ever seen. Now if only we had a local Cable Bite maker as well…