If you’re getting ready to go see family and friends out of town this holiday season, why not bring them a piece of Indonesia – that isn’t batik! Here are some lovely Made-In-Indonesia gifts that they’ll actually want to receive!
You can’t bring a delicious, rich, warm portion of rendeng or even an authentic kaki lima nasi goreng with you but you can bring one of Indonesia’s most delicious crops. Head over to Anomali for quality beans across the archipelago. The coffee connoisseurs source the best beans across the country and roast in house. Not sure what to pick, no worries, their knowledgeable and friendly staff are happy to help.
For snacks and great vintage looks, Cemal Cemil is stocked with snacks straight from Indonesian childhood. The cute shop also has tons of old-school games and knick-knacks that make for unique gifts.
Do your loved ones have enough batik to last them a lifetime? Indonesia is filled with great young designers churning out some really exciting items. British designer Martha Ellen puts a modern spin on traditional tenun that’ll impress anywhere.
Shopping for the guys is also a huge problem, but no longer thanks to the funny and hip T-shirts of Kementeran Desain. A Storm Trooper popping out of a bajaj? It’s sure to be a hit with all of the hipsters and pop-culture nerds on your list!
For the ladies, it’s all about accessories. Gift some great Indonesian accents like a bag from Tulisan or a funky statement necklace from Antyk Butyk. The Goods Dept. has a great selection of AB and other local jewelry brands.
You may have noticed that we have a pretty vibrant local art scene, take a piece back and spread the word! The best place in town to grab cool artistic oleh oleh is at Catalyst. The people behind Kopi Keiling have set up shop in Kemang and curated a wonderful store filled with affordable art and products by local creatives.
One of the most unique locally made products is Magno’s wooden radios. While any book lover would be pleased to get a Lontar publication in their stocking. We recently picked up Elizabeth Pisani’s Indonesia, Etc. from them and have always appreciated their translated versions to Indonesian literature.
If you’re looking for truly one-of-a-kind, head to Jalan Surabaya in Menteng. There is store after store filled with antique of all kinds of authenticity. Our top picks here for gifts are the vintage adverts and Indonesian vinyl.