10 Non-Lame Singapore Gifts To Buy For Overseas Friends Buy Buy Buy

Wait, you weren’t SERIOUSLY going to pick up that “Singapore Is a Fine City” T-shirt, were you?

1. Orchid accessories from RISIS

RISIS accessories

Available at TANGS

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

4. Jewellery from Choo Yilin

Choo Yilin

Available at Choo Yilin, 331 Joo Chiat Road

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

6. Canvas Bag from Love SG

LoveSG bag


A heads-up on districts to visit when they next pay a visit to Singapore. Available at

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

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

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

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.


She may have been born and bred in Singapore, but Denise considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and needs to make a yearly pilgrimage there to maintain her sanity. Competitive by nature, she enjoys combat sports and is currently obsessed with Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which she picked up just under a year ago. To no one’s surprise, the country currently at the top of her travel bucket list is Brazil.


  1. May I also suggest funny tee shirts designed by local label: Wet Tee Shirt. Not only does each t-shirt is designed with local humour that Singaporeans will be able to identify and relate deeply with, it makes a perfect gift for tourists who wish to bring a part of Singapore back to their country. Check out our SG50tees

  2. Very good info. Lucky me I recently found your website by accident (stumbleupon).
    I have book-marked it for later!

  3. How about orchids? The national flower of Singapore!
    That would be pretty cool gift!

    Floral Valley has orchids and other pretty cool flowers grown locally!

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