Best shops to buy souvenirs and gifts for friends and family in Singapore: Naiise, Gallery & Co, Supermama, and Design Orchard
Naiise is a multi-brand retailer with a strong e-commerce presence as well as multiple brick-and-mortar stores in Singapore. It opened its latest flagship at Changi Airport's Jewel.
What to buy: Naiise carries a wide range of locally designed merchandise that include sauces and premixes of local food dishes from Koh Wong Hing Sauces, cushions in the shape of traditional snacks by Nom Nom Plush and Singlish parody tees that walk a fine line between cute and cringe.
Supermama has also recently opened a small flagship at Jewel. The open-concept minimalist store houses a range of locally resonant objects that focuse on culture and heritage as a context for its designs.
What to buy: Supermama gained popularity with its Merlion Chou Chou. It is also relatively well known for its Singapore Icons porcelain plates that make perfect for gifts.
Design Orchard opened earlier this year opposite the huge H&M on Orchard Road. The multi-storey building stocks over 60 brands that span fashion, homeware, and lifestyle categories. It also features a rooftop garden that overlooks the busy junction, making it perfect to people-watch.
What to buy: From Old Seng Choong's traditional baked confectionery snacks to Peranakan shophouse printed cushion covers, this is a one-stop shop for those looking for a last-minute gift.
Gallery & Co.
Located at the National Gallery Singapore, this store doubles up as a cafe, and carries a range of art-related merchandise as well as seasonal souvenirs that are inspired by the museum's past and current exhibitions.
What to buy: If you're fond of art books, be sure to comic artist Sonny Liew's range of publications at the store. The store also sells kid-friendly toys and stylish accessories.