6 Favorite Items in Balikbayan Boxes

There Are 6 common Items Found in Your Balikbayan Boxes

Overseas Filipino workers love to send balikbayan boxes to their love ones in the Philippines. They’re excited to fill their huge boxes with different items for different family members. For families, it’s that chance to get hold of gifts carefully selected and packed by loved ones whom they miss a lot. We’ll mention the 6 Favorite Items in Balikbayan Boxes.

Do you know that Overseas Filipinos Workers can now send Balikbayan box items worth P250,000 without paying equivalent taxes and no weight limit. That means you can put more items without worrying the number and weight you put in the Balikbayan Box as long as the box is still in shape. Balikbayan boxes are also an economical way to send home large bulk of items as baggage allowance on flights are limited and excess baggage fee is expensive.

As Christmas holiday is coming, filling of Balikbayan boxes begin for Filipinos who misses their love ones back home, hoping to deploy the box just in time to be received before Christmas Day.

Speaking of what items to include in a balikbayan box, there are ten favorite items that you don’t want to miss before packing that balikbayan box for your love ones.


One of the 6 Favorite Items in Balikbayan Boxes is that sweet imported chocolate. In the Philippines, chocolates like — Hershey’s Kisses, Mars,  M&Ms, Toblerone — are generally considered as expensive items and one of the favorite items to received by your love ones. However, in abroad they are relatively a cheap commodity, sometimes are more cheaper during holidays. Also, the Filipino’s sweet tooth favors chocolates, and these popular chocolate brands are sought after. Therefore it makes a lot of sense to include them inside a balikbayan box package.

Toiletries , Cosmetics and Body Products

Another items that you should consider in your balikbayan box are toiletries, cosmetics and body products. These are also a cheap commodities in abroad where you can also find them in a “sale” shelves corner of the supermarket abroad. Therefore, tooth paste, laundry soap, baby lotions, moisturizers, hand creams, soaps and shampoo in extra large containers are also usually found inside balikbayan boxes.

Related Article: List of Banned Items From Your Balikbayan Box

Shoes, Slippers and Apparel

Shoes are among the most requested items families (especially children) answer when asked “ano ang gusto mong pasalubong?” No wonder you’ll find branded shoes like Nike, Addidas, Skechers and other popular brands. Branded T shirts and slippers are among the items you’ll find once you open that balikbayan box.

Canned Goods And Good Stuff

For sure you will never miss this item when you open that huge box filled of different items. Imported canned goods such as corned beef, meat loaf, chicken sausage in can, and other canned items are the common item you’ll found. Then there are biscuits, peanut butter, jams, condiments and candies that’s no longer foreign to family members; they can easily buy them in convenience stores or supermarkets back home. But the fact that you have better and cheaper access to them means you don’t mind spending for their weight to be shipped, instead of just sending money to family to buy the very same items in a neighborhood store. It’s the personal touch that matters.

Modern Toys

Some of the Filipino children never had a modern toys. Those are too expensive to buy or no vendor who sell those modern toys in the Philippines. OFWs may have the same feeling when they were kids, so providing a better experience for their children, nephew or niece is something they spent. Stuffed toys (no matter how fluffy they are), remote control cars, drones and other educational toys have therefore found their place in that precious balikbayan box.

Discarded Appliances

Filipinos are commonly resourceful group of people (see Jeeps converted to jeepneys or motorcycles converted into habal habal to extend their usefulness). So it is not new that many of us are willing to ship items that are slightly defective and good to fix. “This  Iphone can still work, though the it was wet and LCD was broken.” “This toaster has a different AC plug but my neighbor in the Philippines who manages an appliance repair shop should be able to fix this”. No wonder it’s up to our imagination what Filipinos abroad will be sending if cost of shipping over sized and bulky items like washing machines, refrigerators or old furniture is only reasonably lower than buying them brand-new back home.