Have friends and family you can’t visit back home right now? Loved ones who have always wanted to come to Singapore but can’t do so because of Covid?
That doesn’t mean you can’t still send your favourite people special Singapore souvenirs – and these one are sure to melt the cockles of their hearts! They also make great going-away gifts for friends who may be leaving soon. And there’s nothing wrong buying them for yourself either!
Here are 11 brands who sell unique Singapore souvenirs:
*Please note there will be further changes to the Covid-19 restrictions post the Phase 2 Heightened Alert on 13 June 2021. It goes without saying, the safety of everyone remains a top priority.
Working closely with various design and art studios in Singapore, Supermama carries products that represent the contemporary Singapore culture. In 2013, they were awarded the President’s Design Award – the foremost design accolade in Singapore, for their signature cobalt blue and white porcelain collection titled “Singapore Icons”. Some of their popular items are sold out so you definitely have to be on the lookout for when they will be restocked. The Merlion Kokeshi (seen in the picture) is priced at $68.
Addresses: 265 Beach Rd., 199544 / 80 Airport Boulevard, #02-207, 819642
Tel: 9615 7473 / 6291 1946
Opening Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mon. to Sun.) / 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon. to Sun.)
Featuring original Singapore products, this is where to buy some huggable souvenirs from Singapore. From an Ang Ku Kueh cushion to a traditional pandan cake cushion, both priced at $29.90, TotallyHotStuff carries a range of items. The online store also features some quirky items and gifts from Asian designers.
Address: 21 Bukit Batok Crescent, #02-79, 658065
Opening hours: By appointment, email for more information
3. Binary Style
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 the SG-inspired collection here. Their bestseller, “Bumboats on Singapore River”, costs $65.
Address: 111 Middle Rd., National Design Centre, #03-07, 188969
Opening Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
While T-shirts usually make typical souvenirs, these shirts priced at $30 and tote bags priced at $25 from Statement are sure to be conversation starters as you explain what it takes to be a “Professional Kan Chiong Spider” (hint: it has nothing to do with arachnology) or how to use Singaporean phrases such as “No lah, Where Got” and “Uh Uh Siol” correctly. Just make sure you really understand what they mean before you buy them!
5. LOVE SG
Incorporating a quirky part of Singapore into all its products, LOVE SG blends local flavour with international appeal. Your friends (and you) will dig these useful items with Singapore-centric designs. We personally love the Streets canvas bag that costs $26.90 and highlights some of the well-loved neighbourhoods in Singapore. If you are looking for something fun and cute, this is the place for you.
Addresses: Multiple locations; see website
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website
Wear some adorable Singapore sweet treats and get ready for some compliments that will come your way! Known for designing miniature snacks and desserts on earrings, necklaces, rings, cufflinks, key chains and charms, thepigbakesclay’s colourful collection is sure to perk up your outfit. Her miniature food charms are currently on sale for $5 to $10. Buy them online or look out for their pop-up stalls at flea events.
7. When I Was Four
“Uncle, Kopi Dabao!”, is a sentence Singaporeans often say when at a coffeeshop ordering coffee to go. The kind uncle at the coffeeshop will then hand over a plastic bag with a green sting filled with coffee. You can find that same Kopi Dabao bag in tote bag form at When I Was Four for $19.90. They also have the “teh” (which means tea) version. Head to their store if you are looking for some creative souvenirs for your friends!
When I Was Four
Address: 231 Bain St., #04-41, 180231
Opening Hours: 12 to 7:30 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Sat.)
8. Red Republic
If you are looking for souvenirs in Singapore that would accurately represent the Little Red Dot. Red Republic has a variety of items like HDB (flats in Singapore) memo pads for $15.90 and a Merlion luggage tag for $12.90. These souvenirs will definitely be able to help jog the memory of people who have been away from Singapore for long or provide a glimpse into what Singapore life is like.
Address: Multiple locations; see website
Tel: See website
Opening Hours: See website
9. The Little Drom Store
Popular for their pins, The Little Drop Store sells different designs from childhood snacks to Singlish pins. Each pin costs $15.90. Although on the pricier side, these pins are so cute, they can be used to accessorise any outfit. You can even put the pin on your bag or pouches. If pins are not for you, you can also get the stationery or masks available on their website. These items from The Little Drop Store will definitely take you down memory lane.
The Little Drop Store
10. Cat Socrates
As part of their Singapore theme collection, Cat Socrates features many items that are inspired from Peranakan tiles and even shophouses. These goods will help to share or remind your loved ones of the Singapore in the good old days. With placemats for $9.90 and coasters for $6.90, these souvenirs will make affordable and lovely presents for your friends and family living outside of Singapore.
Addresses: 78 Yong Siak St., #01-14, 163078 / 448 Joo Chiat Rd., 427661
Tel: 6333 0870 / 63480863
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mon + P.H.); 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Tue. to Thu.); 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Fri + Sat); 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sun.) / 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mon.); 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Tue. to Sat.); 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sun +P.H.)
Have a Singaporean friend who is away from home? How about a cushion cover for your friend so that he will always have a piece of Singapore wherever he goes. Onlewo who specialises in home products like wallpapers, cushion covers and more, sells it cushion covers starting from $48. If your friend is feeling a bit homesick, why not get him something from Onlewo to bring him comfort?
Address: 129 Jalan Besar, 208847
Tel: 9112 4685
Opening Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tue. to Sat.)
Muneerah Bee, January 2016 / Updated by Muneerah Bee, November 2019 / Last updated by Jasia Shamdasani