Tired of the usual kitschy things you find in souvenir stores? Try shopping for something out of the ordinary at these fun and unique places!
Whether you’re getting some uniquely Singapore souvenirs for friends and family back home or looking for something as a keepsake of your time in the country, we’ll show you where to find cool and stylish gifts that are practical at the same time.
Produced by a pair of twin sisters, Binary Style is inspired by this little red dot and their globetrotting life experience. Their Singapore-themed scarves feature well-loved landmarks such as Tiong Bahru, Bukit Timah and Singapore Botanic Gardens with bold colours and patterns. Check out their first collection of scarves, The Singapore Stories, here.
If you are specifically looking for accessories, stationery or giftware, Supermama’s extensive and well-designed collection is bound to have the ideal gift to remind you of your life in the sunny city. Items in the Souvenirs From Singapore series are reasonably priced between $5 and $20 and the collection captures the Singapore narratives in various minute objects. Get them here.
If you’d rather do your shopping online, visit this curated online store which stocks a wide range of products from emerging and established brands from Singapore. You can even buy locally made food ingredients and items. The best thing is? They ship internationally! Nice!
#FinderFind: Cushions with prints of art deco buildings in Singapore by local furniture designers Scene Shang.
While T-shirts often make typical souvenirs, these shirts and bags from Statement are sure to be conversation starters as you explain what it takes to be a “Professional Kan Cheong Spider” (hint: it has nothing to do with arachnology) or how to use Singaporean phases such as “No Lah, Where Got” and “Uh Uh Siol” correctly. Just make sure you really understand what they mean before buying them for yourself! Or someone else.
Incorporating a quirky part of Singapore into all its products, LOVE SG blends local flavour with international appeal. Your friends (and you) will love these useful items with Singapore-centric designs. We personally love the Streets canvas bag which highlights some of the well-loved neighbourhoods in Singapore. Show your love for SG at these places.
Wear these adorable Singapore sweet treats and get ready for compliments coming your way! Known for designing miniature snacks and desserts on earrings, necklaces, rings, cufflinks and key chains, thepigbakesclay’s colourful collection is sure to perk up your outfit. Buy them online or look out for their pop-up stores and stalls at flea events.
Choose an array of specially designed purses, pouches and clutches with original prints by Hani and Aisah Dalduri. Or you can get a Kimono top or a Furoshiki (a traditional Japanese Wrap cloth) which can be used on your coffee table or as wall art. Fictive Fingers also holds fabric printing classes and a Textile 101 Course if you’d like to learn to make your own as gifts!
Sasha in Singapore books
Revisit familiar Singapore attractions with your child as you read about Sasha’s adventures around the island (and the region). These fun, colourful and educational books by Shamini Flint feature all the fun things to do in Singapore and some titles also come in a Mandarin edition.
Tip: Before moving here, get a copy of “Sasha Visits Singapore” (available on Amazon) to introduce your child to their new home.
Muneerah Bee, January 2016