Valentine’s Day is coming in a few days, and there’s a lot of pressure for your gifts to be thoughtful, sweet and romantic all at the same time. Here are a number of alternative gift options you can find in Manila that your girl is sure to love…
1. ISLAND ROSE
About Island Rose
If you’ve bought high-quality roses in the Philippines, chances are you’ve come across us! www.islandrose.net is the official e-commerce site of the Philippine Cut Flower Corporation (PCFC)—the largest retailer and wholesaler of roses in the country. Island Rose specializes in growing popular Dutch and French variety flowers using state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities in the cool climate of Tagaytay, Philippines.
At www.islandrose.net, you can order high quality roses straight from the farm for delivery anywhere in the Philippines. This gives you the advantage of having the freshest and widest selection of genuine Island Rose products at the fairest prices.
The Items featured:
Blush Premium (white & pink roses), Gloria Premium (white roses)
Box of Handmade Assorted Belgian Chocolates which they make in the workshop.
A Rose Gift Box that has a recyclable box that can be used as a keepsakes box afterward.
A Messenger Bear, a cute Teddy Bear, and you can customize the message on its shirt.
(*All products can be mixed and matched through the Island Rose website. We also have combination packages in our deals section.)
Products: Island Rose sells flowers straight from their farm. To complement those lovely flowers, they also have other gift items such as chocolates, jewellery, stuffed toys, etc.
Where to Buy: All products are available at www.islandrose.net, Island Rose App, Facebook and an outlet opening soon at One Uptown Residences on 8th Street corner 36th Street in BGC.
Price Range: Php690 pesos to Php 6,000 depending on the kind of gift or combination of gifts you want.
Delivery/Payment Methods: All have nationwide delivery available. All Major Debit/Credit Cards, Paypal and Cash Payment which is available in 4000 cash outlets including 7 Eleven, Pawnshops, Banks and Payment Centers.
2. THE GLASSHOUSE FLOWERS
About The Glass House Flowers
The Glass House Flowers is known as the first to introduce upscale floral arrangements in Signature Acrylic and Mirror boxes in the Philippines. Keeping up with the trends, we are also launching The Glass House Balloonery which features another first in the country—the Balloon Bar—where clients can mix and match balloons to come up with their own balloon bouquet designs, all with the convenience of purchasing online.
The Items featured: Mirror Box (fresh roses) and Mini Fleur Clair (preserved rose).
Products: Fresh and preserved Ecuadorian roses in acrylic and mirror boxes. Luxury bespoke balloons and balloon installations
Payment methods: Bank deposit (BDO/BPI/Metrobank) and Paypal for credit card transactions
Price range: Php2000 – Php28000
Where to Buy: (IG, website, physical store, FB) Clients may order through our website: www.theglasshouseflowers.com
Delivery/Payment Method: Delivers Preserved Rose arrangements nationwide.
Our goal is to help make every occasion and message extraordinary. Our experienced team ensures that every bouquet is made fresh and wrapped using quality materials. We offer bouquets in various colors, sizes and arrangements to fit a wide array of celebrations and themes, so you can send your special message across.
Through our online platform, we seek to make your gift-giving experience as convenient and enjoyable as possible.
The item featured:
Beauty and the Beast Rose – An enchanting preserved real red rose encased in a glass dome with LED lights. A Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose look-alike to live out your fairytale dreams.
Products: Flowers, plants, curated gift boxes, bundles, baskets, edible arrangements and food
Payment methods: Cash on delivery (COD), Cash pick-up, PayPal, Credit Card. Online banking via Dragonpay (BDO, BPI, Metrobank, RCBC, RCBC Savings, Unionbank, UCPB, Chinabank, PNB and EastWest Bank). Over-the-counter (OTC) banking through Dragonpay. Remittance centers (Bayad Center, LBC branches, SM Payment Counters, Robinsons Department Stores (RDS), Cebuana Lhuillier).
Delivery: Delivers nationwide for selected products in 2 – 7 days. It offers same-day delivery to Metro Manila, Cainta, Taytay and in some areas in Antipolo, Cebu City and Davao City.
Price range: Starts at Php399
Where to buy: Website (www.flowerstore.ph)
Promo Code: OAP10 get 10% OFF until Feb 10!
4. BIZU PATISSERIE x DESIGNER BLOOM
ABOUT BIZU PATISSERIE
“At Bizu, cakes are not merely baked- they are created. They are not merely kept in glass cabinets- they are sat on pedestals. That’s because they are not only special- they are unique, each unlike any other, each as much a piece of culinary experience as a piece of art, each produced out of respect as much for highly discriminating tastes as for the niceties of good living.” – Vergel O. Santos
We put great importance in making sure that we bring you the most special cakes and pastries you could ever imagine. The harmony of flavours, the texture of our delicate mousses, and the artistry we put into each creation mirrors the kind of dedication the Bizu team has- just so you could perfectly indulge and be content. Visit us and be doe-eyed with the multi-colored pastries displayed in our long vitrines.
Items featured : Bizu has partnered with Designer Blooms for both their online and physical stores. For every purchase of Valentines product at any Bizu store comes with a voucher for a 10% discount from Designer blooms. You may also choose to order any of their Valentine’s Day edition products at shop.bizupatisserie.com , to receive a free Designer Blooms Rose Bouquet. This promo is valid from Feb 8 -16, 2020 and only the first 50 will receive a bouquet.
Romance Cake: Heart-shaped chocolate cake with layers of dark chocolate ganache, creme brulee, caramel, and farm-fresh local strawberries as a generous topping.
Valentin Macaron- Macaron combined with award-winning Malagos choclate ganache with a scrumptuos strawberry filling. Then playfully half dusted with crushed almonds and pralines.
Valentine Cake Pops- Butter cake and moist choclate on a stick coated with glittery sugar sprinkles and candy stripes.
Payment methods: Cash & Credit Card
Delivery: Delivers within Metro Manila and nearby cities
Price Range: Romance Cake Php 1,630, Valentin Macarons Php 598 (8pcs), Valentine Cake Pops Php 1,280 (per dozen)
Where to buy: Physical store or oline at shop.bizupatisserie.com
Greenbelt 2, Greenhills Promenade, Alabang Town Center, St. Luke’s Global City, Robinsons Magnolia & Eastwood Mall
Aperitif, French for “appetizers,” is all about the art of grazing with innovative styling and one of a kind products that serve a broad range of clientele through different product lines boasting not just gourmet food but sophisticated yet affordable event stations and gift boxes. From celebrities to politicians, to corporate clients to Manila’s elite and thousands of social media followers, the brand has become a one-stop-shop for everything that calls for a celebration.
Heart-shaped truffle caviar pie
Heart-shaped triple fudge chocolate cake
Heart-shaped cookie box
Products: They sell a variety of different products. The iconic product would be the Graze Box with its signature cheese and cold cuts graze box that come with a bottle of wine. They also have their Sweet Box filled with chocolate-dipped goodies and their famous Triple Fudge Cake and Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Payment methods: Accepts payments through Paypal and Bank Deposit
Delivery: Delivers within Metro Manila only
Price range: Prices for the graze box range from Php1950 – Php7000. For pastry sweet goodies, from Php850 – Php2160.
Where to Buy: Buy online at www.aperitifph.com or Instagram (@aperitif_ph).
6. FRUITS IN BLOOM
ABOUT FRUITS IN BLOOM
Fruits in Bloom are makers of edible and gourmet arrangements. We strive to provide fresh, innovative and premium designs for all occasions. The gourmet arrangements are presented in gift boxes. You’ll see our packaging comes in a premium food box. It’s fresh because it’s made of 100% fresh fruit.
Products: Edible Fruit Arrangements.
Items featured :
Love and My Valentine – fresh fruits crafted artistically to create a unique, fresh and innovative arrangement for all occasions.
Fruit Donut – fresh fruits covered in chocolate.
Payment methods: Website – Paypal, Bank Deposit
Delivery: Delivers within Metro Manila and nearby cities
Price Range: Starts at Php850. Fruit donut is 550/box.
Where to buy: Website (www.fib.com.ph )
7. M BAKERY
ABOUT M BAKERY
The cupcake shop that sparked the worldwide cupcake craze with its appearance on ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Saturday Night Live.’ M Bakery (Magnolia Bakery) is most famous for their banana pudding and Instagram-worthy pastel cupcakes. But cupcakes only make up a portion of the desserts available; they have a full line of freshly baked products with rows and rows of cakes, cheesecakes, pies, cookies and puddings available on display. What sets them apart from everyone else in the dessert field is that they bake everything on the premises. The desserts are made the old fashioned way—everything is made from scratch without the use of preservatives—just how desserts are meant to be!
Items featured: Be My Valentine’s Cupcake, Red Velvet Cake
Products: Baked items such as cakes, cupcakes, bars & brownies, muffins & scones, pies, cookies, cheesecakes, icebox desserts and banana pudding, milkshakes and coffee
Payment methods: We accept cash, card, WeChat and Alipay
Delivers nationwide: No
Price range: Cupcakes start at Php120; cakes, at Php1,500; Banana Pudding, at Php145.
Where to buy: Physical store in BGC. You can also place orders by calling 09176331718 or via Foodpanda.
M Bakery (Magnolia Bakery)
One Bonifacio High Street Mall
5th Avenue corner 28th Street, BGC, Taguig
8. INS TEA & BREAD
ABOUT INS TEA & BREAD
INS is a milk tea concept from Macao serving a variety of drinks, bread and cakes. They have a selection of milk tea, fruit tea and their brulee series served in cute cups. Aside from that, they serve bread and cakes baked in-store which you can enjoy in their cozy, pastel-colored interiors.
Mango Blueberry Cake – chiffon cake layered with blueberry frosting topped with fresh mangoes and comes with stuffed toy packaging
INS Mousse Cake – peach flavored mousse cake with crunchy biscuit bits
Products: Milk Tea, Fruit Tea and Cakes
Payment Methods: Cash
Delivery: Delivers within Metro Manila
Where to Buy: INS Taft branch (available every day but advance order is advised)
9. LE SUCRE LAB
About Le Sucre Lab
Le Sucre Lab started as a pastry studio and workshop in 2017 in Sta. Ana, Manila, where everyone is welcome to learn the art and science of baking – from basic techniques to creating world-class confection masterpieces.
Culinary ingenuity and love for confections are always in abundance at Le Sucre Lab. Paired with hard work and tons of research, Le Sucre Lab came up with the DREAMCAKE®: a glorious mélange of indulgence.
Item featured: Red Velvet Dreamcake® (php 595). It will only be available this February. It has 6 layers (from bottom to top) rich red velvet cake, creamcheese frosting, our signature vanilla bean “goo”, white chocolate disk, cream cheese mousse, red velvet crumbs and finally a dark chocolate medallion.
Payment methods: Cash and Card Payments on selected stores (ATC and Tejeron Branch)
Delivers nationwide: Don’t deliver. But are on Food delivery apps (Metro Manila only)
Price Range: Php335 – Php685
Where to buy:
Don’t accept orders online. They may purchase directly at stores.
2428 Tejeron St, Sta Ana Manila (3rd floor)
SM North Edsa (2nd FLR) City Center
SM Mega Fashion Hall 2nd FLR
ATC, The Garden
Also on Grabfood and Lalafood.
10. NAKED PATISSERIE
ABOUT NAKED PATISSERIE
Naked Patisserie is not your ordinary pastry shop — we specialize in making premium bespoke Weddings & Events cakes and believe in going the extra mile for you, our clients.
All of our recipes and cake designs are signature Naked Patisserie creations and are made with the finest ingredients. Exquisitely hand-painted fondant cakes, buttercream cakes, and rustic naked cakes are just the beginning of what we can whip up for your next event!
We believe in promoting a well-balanced, natural lifestyle while staying true to being transparent when it comes to what’s in your food. We can bake traditional, organic, or vegan desserts that are sure to sweeten up every celebration! Our philosophy is simple: Good Food, Naked Ingredients.
Products sold: Bespoke Cakes, Savory and Dessert Spreads, Giveaways, Southern Roots Party Trays
Items featured: Decadent chocolate truffles filled with premium oreo cheesecake filling and topped with edible gold dust.
Payment methods: Cash, Credit Card, Check
Delivers nationwide: Yes
Price range: Starts at P260
Where to buy: SMS, Viber, IG, FB, Website, Online Store
Live an Awesome Life,
ABI of Team Our Awesome Planet
Disclosure: Gifts suggestions courtesy of the brands listed above curated by the team. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions and insights.
P.S. For a lasting rose gift, give the special Gold Rose by Eternity Rose (£129.00), a real rose that has been dipped in 24K gold.