Whether you’re looking for some great mementoes from your trip for yourself, things to look at in the future and let all the fabulous memories come flooding back, or whether you want to give your family and friends back at home a wonderful gift to show that you were thinking of them whilst on your vacation, these are some recommended souvenirs to take home from Singapore:
Okay, it’s clichéd, sure, but the unusual Merlion is one of the country’s main symbols. And anything with the Merlion on is sure to make one think of Singapore. Numerous vendors sell small statues that can sit prettily on a shelf of your travel treasures. Alternatively, there are so many different things with a picture of the Merlion on – key ring, bottle openers, pencils, pen, tea towels, t-shirts, ornamental plates, mugs, shot glasses, notebooks … the list is endless! Your souvenirs don’t have to be huge or expensive, just a token reminder.
If you are (or anyone you know is) a culture vulture, small books about the traditional local dialects will go down a storm. They are also fab for lovers of linguistics and they are definitely unique to Singapore. Back in the day, early migrants spoke their own languages and dialects. Whilst many differences have been lost over the years you can be reminded of them with a set of great books. Covering Cantonese, Teochew, and Hokkien, they make for an interesting read.
Guide to Singlish
Another linguistic treat, this book is current and fresh, showing people how to speak Singlish! Singlish is the name given to the colloquial English that is spoken in Singapore and you will probably be surprised at a few of the words and phrases. Fun and informative, this is a great gift.
Food and Spices
Singapore is known for its terrific food and you can share a little taste of the country with your loved ones back at home with a top notch foodies’ gift. As well as the pre-made gifts you could also put together your own little goody box for a personalized flavour. Items to consider include some of the wonderfully aromatic spices, local cooking sauces, flavoured teas, and crackers / biscuits. Head to one of the many markets or supermarkets and create a brilliant gift for food lovers or something to take home to enable you to recreate all your favourite tastes from Singapore.
Local Arts and Handicrafts
Things that have been made in a specific country and are special to that place often make terrific souvenirs. There are so many different things to choose from so you can be sure that you’ll be able to find something that matches the tastes of the intended recipient. Things to think about include calligraphy work, bamboo decorations, colourful kites, paper umbrellas, poster prints depicting Singapore attractions and life, and porcelain. There are numerous specialist shops as well as the markets.
Abundantly available in thousands of outlets and stalls across Singapore, you’ll definitely find a t-shirt with a suitable logo for almost anyone! Easy to pack, lightweight, useful, and practical, a t-shirt is an excellent fall-back option if you have run out of other ideas.
Look out for own perfect gifts and souvenirs as you wander around Singapore.