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This Quirky Singaporean Store Is Where You’ll Be Buying Your Souvenirs from Now on

Check out our top picks!


 

(SPOT.ph) Souvenirs from Singapore almost always consist of a Merlion key chain, an “I (heart) SG” T-shirt, and maybe a small figurine of the Marina Bay Sands. But design retailer Naiise (pronounced as "nice") shows that you can bring home a piece of Singapore with you without going for the obvious.

 


 


 


 

Founder Dennis Tay was determined to bridge the gap between designers and business. “They don’t like to do the business side of things. They love creation but at the same time, they don’t believe that there is a market for it,” he explained while giving us a tour of the Naiise branch at Shaw Centre Mall in Singapore.

 


 


 

With only 3,000 SGD to his name and while working from the confines of his bedroom, he sought to set up a platform for creatives to freely express themselves through various products while also making sure they were properly credited and compensated for their work. He only started hiring a year after the business began—and the first addition to his team actually became his wife!

 


 


 

From its humble beginnings, Naiise has since expanded its stores to Malaysia and the United Kingdom. “It started in the first year as a hundred brands. Today, we represent 1,078 brands—800 of them are local businesses from Singapore,” he shared. “This adds a large diversity to the retail culture in Singapore.”

 


 


 

The number of brands also comes with a wide variety of products. They have everything from stylish furnishings for your home and printed canvas bags, to accessories, colorful trinkets, and pretty stationery. They don’t have a physical store in the Philippines yet—fingers crossed!—but they do ship here. They’re also coming over for the Singapore Travel Showcase on September 15 to 17 at the SM Mega Fashion Hall, so we’ve rounded up 10 picks we hope we can get our hands on.

 

 

Tsumugi Card Box from ideaco (P1,000)

If you want to make your desk a bit brighter, then these quirky boxes are for you. Never lose track of calling cards, post-its, and memos ever again. You can even stack them on top of each other to save space!

 

 

Daily Planner from Jo & Judy (P796)

It doesn’t matter even if we're already counting down the days till Christmas, because this chic millennial pink planner is undated.

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Snapshots Magnet Set from Love SG (P596)

Step up your souvenir game with these picture-perfect magnets that look like they’ve just been developed from a Polaroid camera.

 

 

Recipe Plates from Red Republic (P676)

Up your flatlay game with an illustrated recipe of your favorite Singaporean dish right on your plate. From chicken rice to laksa, to chili crab and nasi lemak, these plates will have you full even before your first bite.

 

 

Paper Clip Set  from Love SG (P396)

Keep track of your files with these cute paper clips that resemble the famous landmarks of Singapore, like Marina Bay Sands, the Merlion, and Gardens by the Bay. They also make a great (not to mention useful) gift for friends who also love to travel!

 

 

Postcard and Cut-out Statue from Postcardtube (P236)

Designed after the historic and colorful shop-houses found in different neighborhoods like Joo Chiat and Chinatown, this collapsible cut-out statue also doubles as a postcard that you can send to your friends.

 

 

Bluetooth Sound Speakers from DP Electronics (P1,580)

These small speakers come in adorable designs and they also function as a selfie camera button so you can take great photos even from afar.

 

 

Lavender Soy Candle from Hush Candle (P720)

There’s no better way to relax and unwind after a tiring day than with a scented candle made with essential oils from different parts of the world. The relaxing aroma will let you drift right off to sleep.

 

 

Durian Coin Dish from Meykrs (P1,196)

They might not smell the best, but they make a sophisticated desk accessory. These coin dishes serve as a handy trinket while also showing off your exotic taste.

 

 

HDB Eraser Blocks from Red Republic (P80)

These colorful erasers resemble the housing buildings by the HDB or Housing and Development Board. These buildings provide a home for many Singaporeans, while also being a melting pot of different cultures.

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