Stuff to send to the Philippines in a Balikbayan box


Im getting ready to send my first bulk load of things to my wife in Cebu and was thinking what do you put in there.. Firstly depends what you are doing. If you have spare power tools kicking around throw them in the box as they are expensive in the Philippines and the majority of them are cheap immitation. Soaps are always worth sending especially things like imperial leather the 4 for £1.00 or pears. Not only good for yourself but ideal give aways as they are nearly £1 each in the Philippines in most locations. Tea bags are another good item to stock as getting your “favourite” brand may be impossible. Also any favourite foods such as Frey Bentos pies as I love them! but also if you keep the casings they are ideal for making more pies. SudoCrem (ok i know I go on about this) but it heals a lot of wounds and is cheap for a giant tub. Herbs and spices are available but i prefer to buy in the UK as i can normally get grinders with them. Kitchen appliances are always good to buy as our Gaisano blender had sparks flying out of it last year. So getting things like the “Tesco” budget range is great gifts and all tested to UK standards. One company worth looking at for electronics is Thompson electrical based in Worcester as they do a lot of the graded stock (basically they repair faulty goods from the manufacturers to a high standard). Mobile phones if you or your friends have old ones throw them in the box they are good gifts or sellable at a shop (UK price no doubt pretty much worth £0 second hand). The list goes on but personally these are the items i generally send but im thinking of booking 1/4 of a container this time and filling it as a lot of the tinned foods etc. are cheaper in the UK due to the recession. There is a lot of stuff if you look round you could probably even make money on as the Balikbayan boxes are taxed as per “container” not what is in the boxes.

0 comments for “Stuff to send to the Philippines in a Balikbayan box

  1. tom
    July 11, 2009 at 2:36 am

    I send toothpaste, vitamins, towels and sheets, and kitchen gadgets. If you are looking for something to sell I have heard that radio alarm clocks with illuminated dials are very difficult to find. I also send bath soaps, shampoo and laundry powder.

  2. TropicalPenpals
    July 11, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Hi Tom,
                Your list souds pretty good..are prices lowering there in the U.S. the same as the  UK is doing?

  3. tom
    July 11, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Yes on some things the prices are lower.

    I send some of the same stuff you listed also that’s why I didn’t list it again. Also don’t forget canned meat. Not that good for you but they love it. I usually send SPAM (I get the lite kind for less fat and salt) Corned Beef, Vienna Sausage. At my house they love the Sardines in tomato sauce.

    I usually send a little chocolate or candy too.

  4. TropicalPenpals
    July 11, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Yeah April is always asking me for Spam although pricing in the UK is roughly the same as the Philippines maybe its cheaper in the U.S.?  Thats why i havent sent any from here.. I am looking into sausage making though as a small venture aswell as for our own stocks as getting something that would cost around P100 in the UK is over P600 in Rustans for example. I know April would love the Sardines I think ill grab a few tins next week as my first box will hopefully be heading out. Also a breadmaker to get some real deal bread aswell 🙂

  5. tom
    July 12, 2009 at 2:04 am

    Spam prices are probably about the same. Here they are around $2.50 a can. A little less on sale. But don’t forget the came from overseas factor that makes them so much better. 😎