Gifts and souvenir shops have long been a nice business ideas here in the Philippines. Since the Filipinos are naturally gifty people and the Philippines welcome a lot of tourist, gift shops thrive well. If you want to start a business that sells souvinirs and gifts, you can take a look at these six business ideas.
[Hat Tip] The author of this superb business ideas list is Kit Kalagayan of Gift Canyon, a website that discusses unique gifts.
1. Customized Shirts Business
People love making their own design and having them printed on a shirt. Either as a present for others or as a gift for oneself!
I have seen this becoming a really popular trend starting 2013. Now, malls are teeming with customized shirts services where you would procure your own design and have a shop print it to a shirt so you can have a one of a kind design that is yours only.
2. Customized Mugs and Pillows Business
Custom pillows are another superb gifts business that can be easily marketed through Instagram or Facebook.
Like the above, customized items has recently gained traction and is becoming more popular than ever. Customized mugs and pillows are easy to market because of Facebook and Instagram, where users are young, impulsive buys who love visual data. Nothing can be more visual than customized prints and unique gifts.
3. Couple’s Shirts Business
Couple’s shirts are very popular among young couples!
Another ever growing trend in the Philippines is the ever ubiquitous couple’s shirts. All you have to do is design (or hire a designer) a pair of graphics that somehow connect to each other, like a music player and headset, a ninja boy and a ninja girl, a prince and a princess. Most young couples nowadays love PDF (public display of affection) and a couple’s shirt is a nice way to display their relationship status. This business is especially productive during Valentine’s day.
4. Pasalubong Shops
A pasalubong shop is very profitable if you live near tourist attractions.
If you have a house near tourist spots in the Philippines, why not open up a pasalubong shop? Custom shirts, dresses, key chains and ref magnets are very popular among tourists, both local and foreigners. Edibles like local sweets are also quite popular in souvenir shops, so try to hit two birds in one stone and sell both.
5. Custom Fondant Cakes
Custom fondant cakes make nice income for stay at home moms who can bake.
Have a hand in molding clay and baking? Why not try the baker’s modelling clay, which is fondant? People nowadays do not like the generic “Happy Birthday” cake they can buy at the local bakeshop. They want something even more personalized that shows the traits of the person celebrating the event. I have seen a lot of stay at home moms flourish and earn a lot of extra income by just taking orders via Facebook.
6. Homemade Cookies and Cupcakes
Homemade cookies are another easy to market food business, especially during Christmas season.
Speaking of baking, the holiday seasons not only bring cold air but also an increased production of giftable products. One of the most common gifts at work are food and cookies and cupcakes deliciously and lovingly made at home, wrapped in fancy handmade wrapping. You can try this business this Christmas season.