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The Orchid, Singapore's national flower, has been lovingly handcrafted to produce the Risis orchid. These are real orchids, dipped in 22K gold and made into pins, earrings and pendants.
As the national flower, u will find orchids farms around and if u wish to surprise someone with these lovely and expensive flowers, there are many places u can order them from. U can view these at the Mandai Orchid Garden or make it easier, the wonderful Botanic Gardens in town. To order there is Singapore Orchid or if u cant decide, there is a shop at the airport departure that offers that service.
Raffles hotel has its own shopping arcade and in this part of the hotel, it is open to the public (the interior part of this property is restricted to patrons and hotel guests only). In their museum and gift shop, u can bring home some lovely items.
A unique combination of a good souvenir can be found at Doc Cheng's (one of the outlet in the Raffles arcadel) is a pair of chopsticks cleverly inserted into a bowl. You'll also find coconut utensil from perforated skimmers to big stir-fry spoons.
The famous Singapore Sling has been captured on coasters, T-shirts and posters at the Raffles Hotel Museum Shop. There are also lots of other Raffles Hotel souvenirs such as fridge magnets, key chains and reproduction of luggage stickers from the 1960s.
For more memorabilia of Singapore, drop into any one of our four Museum Shops located in the heart of town. The Museum Shops carry scenic posters of old and new Singapore, beautiful batik sarongs, locally-designed trinkets and unique momentos inspired by Singapore's art and heritage such as porcelain, jewellery, lacquerware and shawls.
My favorite print and map store is the one found in this city - http://www.aoto.com.sg/ Never fail to buy on every visit a lovely souvenir from this shop located at the Tanglin Shopping Center (note : not the Tanglin Mall). In this shopping center, u will also find other cool crafts shops that sell everything from around the region.
As for heritage, the unique one to Singapore is the Peranakan culture. Besides the Peranakan Museum, u can visit :
Kim Choo's (small shop and restaurant)
Another cool destination is the Chinatown Heritage Center for a good gift. Love the canteen the coolies used as lunch boxes and the Samsui women's outfits and wooden clog shoes (resembles the Dutch - kind of !)
Get a whiff of fragrant Malay spices like cloves, cinnamon and cardamon as you walk down the streets of Geylang Serai or the aromatic Indian spices like saffron and curry along colourful Serangoon Road. For a quick purchase, pick up any one of these spices which are also readily available in supermarkets e.g NTUC or Cold Storage and sundry shops. Spices of many Singaporean dishes come in pre-packed mixes. Perfect for whipping up a storm and impressing all back home! Try the more popular - Prima.
Other food items include :
This chain makes lovely pineapple tarts that my son got addicted to, I have to say so am I !!! They r also popular among the locals for many other snacks.
Bee Cheng Hiang
This is one chain that is famous for its pork jerky (sweet) but is known as BBQ pork. During Chinese New year period, u can smell it the moment u walk into Chinatown, u can sample them before buying. There r a few options so shop around !
All the lcoal attractions offer their own unique gifts :
Zoo - their famous orang utan's stuffed animal or Tee and many other items
Sentosa - my girl owns the pink dolphins set and my son owns a solar panelled cap that has the luge logo
Everywhere (in town or ethnic quarters) u can find T-shirts or hats, keyrings, etc but shop around coz the prices are quite different !