(SPOT.ph) We know that our country celebrates the longest holiday season ever, but sometimes, work and other responsibilities get in the way! So, if you haven’t dressed up your home for the holidays yet, then you still have time to deck the halls before December rolls in. Presenting our list of stores and sites where you can shop easily (and affordably) for all types, styles, and even function of holiday décor.
Check out 10 shops where you can buy last-minute Christmas decor:
Best known for their rustic and charming novelty items designed and illustrated mostly by celebrated artist Robert Alejandro, Papemelroti is also a treasure trove for holiday décor outside the usual glitzy red-and-green theme. Their Christmas wall hangings and signs are simple, folksy, and written with inspirational inscriptions; great for cottage-core spaces.
And if you’re looking for non-traditional belens (nativity scenes or creches), check out their nativity ornaments made out of paper, wood, or ceramics. Their Gloria Nativity set of Robert’s designs decoupaged on 3D fiberboard is a rustic delight; P1,559 for the whole set of nine pieces; or if you’re on a tight budget, their adorable Naif Family Nativity set is at an affordable P229 for a three-piece-set of Mama Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus.
If you’re looking for the best prices, buying in bulk, or decorating for a project on an extremely tight budget, schlepping to Divisoria is highly recommended. If you could brave the -Ber months crush of people (we would suggest you go on weekdays in the mornings), you won’t be disappointed.
At the ground floor level of 999 Mall, you can snap up faux poinsettia for only P25 a stem, P50 for a tree ornament, and P60 for a three-meter-long bead garland. At Mall 168, these ornaments (usually in basic red, green, gold, and silver) are packaged 10 per plastic bag and cost P200 and up. Christmas trees are also a bargain, and those with built-in lights (so you don’t have to go to the trouble of stringing the lights yourself) cost P4,200 for a five-foot tree and P6,400 for a seven-foot-tall one. The cheapest trees without lights can go for as low as only P480 pesos for a four-foot-tall tree and to P2,500 for eight feet!
If you want something even cheaper, the streets of Divisoria surrounding these malls also sell holiday décor, specifically Tabora Street. Aside from twig trees, Christmas lights, and native ornaments, you can easily snap up gift wrapping paper at P20 for five pieces, and affordable sinamay boxes and gift bags along the street.
Divisoria is at Binondo Street, Manila City.
Did you know that SM Home officially launched its Christmas collections in August? Yes, that’s right, August! Aside from their timeless red-and-green holiday ornaments, there is the Colorpop Collection (sweet pastels and toy-themed ornaments), and the elegant Luxe Collection of décor in sophisticated rose gold and neutrals.
Their adorable Classic Christmas cloth stockings go for P249 and up, traditional tabletop arrangements of pinecone and mistletoe start at P699, while festive wreaths are P1,499 and up. From their beautiful White Collection, get transparent glass and glitter ornaments from P129 and up, and trendy white-and-gray buntings for only P599.
Often known as the ultimate shopping spot for die-hard holiday décor fanatics (fun fact: they sell holiday décor all-year-round), Dapitan Arcade is still one of the best places in Metro Manila to shop for unique and affordable Christmas décor. The outdoor arcade near Laong Laan/Dangwa and UST area has also transitioned online during the pandemic, starting out with pasabuy-type services and then eventually developing into a full-blown retail website.
What you’ll find at their palengke-style arcade: Capiz lanterns (parol) for P1,500 and up, Santa Claus figurines for P300 and up, Nutcracker figures for P850 a set. What they’re famous for: their delightful animated Christmas Villages complete with Christmas trees and holiday skaters; these delightful miniature Christmas village sets start at P1,500 for an entire village with lights.
Dapitan Arcade is at 37 Dapitan cor. Kanlaon St., Quezon City.
This florist’s shop absolutely lives for Christmas, and their decorations are truly magical. The items are high-end, but you’ll be assured of a holiday setup like no other. Their Farm Luxe collection, for example, offers faux coral sprays (P525 and up), feather ball ornaments (P625) and felt stockings (P925), in sophisticated colors such as copper, sage green, cream, and camel.
Another plus: Designer Blooms hosts a “Christmas Village” at Power Plant Mall on selected days of November, offering tree-styling, DIY wreath-making, and table-scaping workshops among many other events, to help you spruce up your home.
Unique Novelties & Toys
The best part about this off-the-beaten-track specialty store is that you can shop for your Christmas gifts while buying holiday décor, which is such a time-saver! Their Christmas tree ornaments range from P149 to P300 for 2 pieces, and their high-quality Christmas trees range from P2,250 to as high as P36.500. They also sell Christmas tins and canisters where you can package your home-baked goodies to give out to friends.
The mall-based chain store isn’t just famous for its pasalubong, it’s also a great place to buy Filipino-themed holiday décor. Take your pick from their Abaca ornaments in natural colors (P149 and up), Abaca Parol (P249 and up depending on size), rustic Christmas Wreaths made out of indigenous materials (starting at P899). Their delightful Filipiniana-attired lamps cost P999 and make for adorable tabletop accents.
This niche floral store specializes in seasonal decorations all year around, so this means they have some of the best Christmas ornaments. Case in point: they made the giant Christmas trees in Bonifacio Global City! Their tree ornaments are finely detailed and go one step further than the usual: A realistic gingerbread house ornament costs P299, and the old-fashioned transparent Christmas ball set costs P399 and up. Natural Art is quite famous for their finely made Nativity Scenes—these go from tabletop to life-sized—so check those out as well.
Natural Art is at 3/F Trinoma Mall, EDSA corner North Avenue, Quezon City and G/F S Maison, Seaside Boulevard, Pasay City.
If you want to level up your Noche Buena spread, or if you’re hosting a fancy gathering in December, Manila Table is the online store to find all your tabletop accessories. Their miniature Capiz Christmas trees (P1,399) make for elegant centerpieces, while their wicker chargers (P1,149 each), personalized velvet table napkin ribbons (P349 each), and Christmas wreath-embroidered table napkins (P1,049 for a set of 2) all add a festive touch.
Landmark Department Store
Even with select branches, Landmark is still a great mall-based store to buy affordable home accessories, Christmas décor included. Their Christmas tree lights of different styles and colors go for P679 a box, floral Christmas glitter sprigs at P129 each, and large Christmas balls at P599 a dozen. No time to decorate your own tree? You can snap up one of the readily decorated trees there, lights, ornaments, and all!
Landmark Department Store is at Ayala Center, Makati; Trinoma, EDSA, Quezon City; Three Parkade, BGC Taguig; Festival Alabang Expansion, Muntinlupa; Ayala Malls Solenad, Nuvali, Sta. Rosa.