Wait, you weren’t SERIOUSLY going to pick up that “Singapore Is a Fine City” T-shirt, were you?
1. Orchid accessories from RISIS
A far less tacky alternative to a Merlion paperweight, don’t you think? RISIS carries a range of accessories that use the orchid as its central design element. Perfect for the more mature gift recipient. Available at TANGS.
2. Kaya from Ya Kun Kaya Toast
Also known as “coconut jam”, we think this sweet, eggy treat should be declared a national treasure. Available at Ya Kun Kaya Toast outlets islandwide.
3. Accessories from Ang Ku Kueh Girl And Friends
Drawing inspiration from local snacks and everyday life, these accessories are so cute that you’ll want to buy them all. Available at angkukuehgirl.com.sg.
4. Jewellery from Choo Yilin
We love Choo Yilin’s jewellery, which uses a lot of Type A jadeite and vibrant-coloured gemstones, woven with intricate metal work to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect our Asian heritage. The bangle featured above is from the brand’s Bamboo collection, which is inspired by the work done by non-profit organisation UNIFEM. The collection features bamboo segments and Cambodian women’s basket weaving artwork as design motifs. Available at Choo Yilin, 331 Joo Chiat Road, 6348 1010.
5. A T-shirt from Statement
With logos like “Professional Kan Cheong Spider” and “Bojio?”, these are perfect for inducting your friends into the weird and wonderful world of Singlish. Available at naiise.com.
6. Canvas Bag from Love SG
A heads-up on districts to visit when they next pay a visit to Singapore. Available at naiise.com.
7. “There’s No Carrot in Carrot Cake”
The 101 to Singapore hawker food, complete with beautiful images taken by Dr Leslie Tay of ieatishootipost fame. Available at naiise.com.
8. Daybook Watch
The straps are made with genuine Italian leather, and come in a variety of eye-catching designs and colours. This watch brand is proof that Singapore design is going places. Available at daybookwatches.com.
9. Marmalade from Straits Preserves
With a focus on local ingredients, this local small-batch brand recently picked up a few awards at the The World’s Original Marmalade Awards. Expect flavours such as Tropical Calamansi, Singapore Sling (with hints of cherry), and Spice Island. Available at HipVan.
10. Granola from Eastern Granola
It’s granola made from local ingredients! We like the Milo Granola (featured), which comes with rolled oats, Milo powder, chocolate chips, gula melaka, butter and salt. Available at Eastern Granola.