Think of us at snack-time

You may not be able to pack our famed chicken rice or laksa in your suitcase, but you can certainly still have a taste of these local flavours through novelty cookies by The Cookie Museum. Serving up gourmet cookies since 2004, The Cookie Museum is a homegrown brand that puts its own spin on mainstream recipes with local flavours, like chili crab and nasi lemak. Conveniently located at Marina Square, Raffles City and Takashimaya, their gorgeous cookie tins and unique cookies will make for a nifty souvenir for the office pantry.

Love our local breakfast of kaya toast? Recreate your own with jars of the traditional coconut jam. While kaya can be found at most supermarkets, the one by Singapore’s very own Ya Kun Kaya Toast has gained its own following, and can be found at the franchise’s numerous coffee shops island-wide.

Be fashion forward

The dynamic fashion scene in Singapore has seen the emergence of numerous homegrown fashion labels in recent years. Many of them are fitting interpretations of Singapore’s modern, metropolitan aesthetic with collections that embody the very essence of urban chic. In Good Company, a label started by designers Kane Tan and Sven Tan in 2012, has a knack for putting a luxe spin to the simplest of designs. Available both online and at its boutiques at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and ION Orchard, you’ll want to make this Singapore label a staple in your wardrobe.

Those who fancy a more feminine style would appreciate how social media influencer Velda Tan has reinvented herself as a fashion-forward designer with her label COLLATE. Since its debut at Singapore Fashion Week in 2015, Tan’s labour of love has impressed with its elegant, sharply-tailored silhouettes that suits the modern, sophisticated woman to a T. COLLATE’s threads can be found at Tangs at Tang Plaza.

And of course, there is Charles and Keith, arguably Singapore’s biggest fashion success story. With affordable luxury as its signature, the brand’s shoes, bags and accessories will make you look good without breaking the bank, and can be found at numerous outlets island-wide.

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With love from Singapore

Driven by a deep-rooted love for design, Supermama’s founder Edwin Low prides his little gallery shop for curating and creating meaningful, well-designed objects for savvy consumers.

Its signature range of high-grade ceramics are thoughtfully put together by Singaporean designers, and expertly brought to life in Japan by the craftsmen of porcelain company Kihara. Supermama has a few Singapore-inspired collections that make for great souvenirs, featuring well-known motifs like the Merlion, the Tembusu trees of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and even public housing flats!

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A one-stop treasure trove of unique Singapore items is local retailer Naiise. Founded in 2013, Naiise sees itself as a curator of all things well-designed and a platform for local designers to showcase their talent.

From accessories to stationery and even homeware, many of the eye-catching items have a little bit of local flavour to them, whether it’s a postcard to remind you of all the good food you had in Singapore or erasers modelled after local snacks like kueh tutu (small steamed cakes with various fillings).

Our personal favourites are the comfy cushions designed to resemble oversized local snacks, like ang ku kueh, curry puff, gem iced biscuits and pineapple tart. Apart from being adorable to look at, they also make nice pillows to hug on your flight home!