Tacky souvenirs are a thing of the past. We found you the most stylish knick knacks for a slice of Singapore.
Searching for a gift with local flavour? You’re in luck ‘cos there are plenty of cool souvenirs in Singapore. But first, forget everything you know about run-of-the-mill souvenirs. That means your mix of kitschy magnets, lacklustre chocolates and postcards with neon text (in comic sans, no less!). When you’re done savouring local food and shopping homegrown designers and beauty brands, give this list of stylish Singapore souvenirs a look. We’ve got all kinds of amazing goodies from local indie brands and locally-based artists.
Quirky Singapore souvenirs and cool gifts
1. Snack Box Singapore from Send Thinks
Nothing gives the feeling of home better than the snacks of our childhood and new ones with reimagined old flavours. If you’re looking to gift someone who’s missing the Lion City or want to impress a foreign buddy, hit them with a taste bomb that’ll knock their senses out. Snack Box Singapore by Send Thinks is a curated box filled with nostaligc mama shop snacks and trending favourites from the city. Experience local faves like kaya, curry, mala and laksa or fall in love with a new range of flavours. Send it with a customised message and you’re on your way to becoming their favourite gift giver.
Send Thinks, shop online
2. Chew toys from Furball Collective
For those who believe your pet is as Singaporean as you are, Furball Collective’s collection of chew toys will give all the island feels your furbaby needs. Choose from the pineapple tart squeaker, xiao long bao chew toy, and curry puff squeaker amongst others. Our fave is the curry fish head bed which is sure to make your pet look even more adorable.
Furball Collective, shop online
3. Porcelain plates from Supermama
We’re loving the blue and white porcelain wares designed in Singapore and made in Japan. The exquisite plates, in particular, feature all kinds of familiar landmarks. The Nanyang procelain and the otters rice grain ones truly embody the spirit of Singapore!
Supermama, shop online
4. Peranakan-themed items from Cat Socrates
Cat Socrates is an absolute fave for its eclectic collection of locally-inspired treasures. If you’re as obsessed with Peranakan tiles as we are, you’ll find the vibrant heritage print on vegan suede yoga mats, mugs and serving trays. Pick up a copy of Singapore Shophouse while you’re at it – the book is full of insightful gems!
Cat Socrates, shop online
5. Nostalgic pins from The Little Drom Store
Love jazzing up clothes and bags with quirky pins? You’ve come to the right place. Stock up on these little accessories splashed with local flavour. Expect to see everything from old school trinkets and Singaporean snacks to iconic playgrounds and elements from the country’s past.
The Little Drom Store, shop online
6. Printed scarves from Binary Style
Binary Style’s abstract prints are incredibly unique – just look at the one inspired by Little India. Reflecting the district’s rich atmosphere, it features a sumptuous palette of deep purples and greens, fortune-telling parrots, peacock feathers, and the neighbourhood’s famed windows. Other prints include traces of Joo Chiat, Tiong Bahru, Chinatown and Kampong Glam, as well as the blooms, birds and Peranakan tiles of Singapore.
Binary Style, shop online
7. Good Morning Mug from Red Republic
Paying homage to the “Good Morning” towels Singaporeans grew up seeing, this mug features the nostalgic print. Lug this along for your morning coffee and get a perky start to your mornings.
Red Republic, shop online
8. Merlion tees from Kattoe Design
Yeah, we know, Merlion merch can run the range from cheesy to so-lame-it’s-ironically-cool. But these tees? We’d wear them, tongue firmly in cheek. The Merlion series of black and white shirts come in two designs, available for men, women or kids. We’re eyeing the Merlion King illustration, parodying Disney’s classic The Lion King with Singapore’s famous animals. Yup, the zoo’s Ah Meng and the Bishan otter make an appearance alongside Punggol’s wild boar and Jurong Bird Park’s hornbill. Cute!
Kattoe Design, shop online
9. Printed cushion covers from Onlewo
Onlewo is famed for its bespoke home decors and wares, which feature familiar Singaporean motifs inspired by the city’s heritage. We love the cushion covers for a lightweight gift. Plus, each has a story to tell. The Star Tile print is adapted from the tiles on shophouses in Katong and Little India, while Downtown features local icons and attractions.
Onlewo, shop online
10. Kopi dabao tote bag from When I Was Four
Make your love for Singapore kopi eternal with this supersized tote bag. Going the extra mile to make things realistic, the bag comes with a matching long straw and interchangeable straps, which are available in green and pink. Just like the ones at your regular hawker drinks stall.
When I Was Four, shop online
11. Tiong Bahru coasters from Sift and Pick
So you love the retro-themed murals dotting the hip ‘hood of Tiong Bahru? Street artist Yip Yew Chong is well-known for his nostalgic heritage paintings, which you can bring home with these drink coasters. They’ll add a vintage touch to your abode with old school sights of hawkers, bird singing corners and more.
Sift and Pick, shop online
12. Paintings of Singapore landmarks from Clare Haxby
British artist Clare Haxby has an entire collection of mixed media paintings featuring local landmarks – all inspired by her time living in the Little Red Dot. These limited edition art prints make for great home decor, especially when you get to choose your favourites. The series includes Botanic Gardens, Sultan Mosque in Kampong Glam, Esplanade, black and white houses, Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore skyline and rows of colourful shophouses.
Clare Haxby, shop online
Now you’re all ready to go gift hunting. Happy shopping for the best Singapore souvenirs on the island!