A Raft of Otters (AROO) in Tanglin Mall has a great selection of Singapore gifts and souvenirs. AROO were the recent gold award winner for the best gifts in Singapore in our Expat Living Readers’ Choice Awards. The store caters to all budgets, with an impressive range of gifts from Singapore, and also homeware with an Asian twist.
For lovers of elegant jewellery, Sui Jewellery’s collection of Peranakan-inspired pendants are beautiful Singapore gifts. They come in various designs, all with a touch of sophistication and charm.
The Photo Phactory range of trays and coasters is another gem. These locally designed pieces showcase Singapore’s rich heritage with vibrant prints inspired by the island’s multicultural landscape. They’re a perfect gift for anyone who appreciates the beauty of Singapore.
Foodies will relish the unique salt and pepper shakers from Pinyin Press, designed to look like steamed buns. There’s also a range of high-quality cotton tea towels with images of waving lucky cats or colourful shophouses. You’ll even find the recipe for a Singapore Sling!
Elephant Parade hand-painted elephants are one of AROO’s most popular souvenirs, and exclusive to the store. These vividly coloured, highly collectible figurines make a lovely addition to any home or office, and also a thoughtful gift. Our current faves are the Raffles Landing and One Degree North designs.
Elsewhere in the store, the year-round collection of Singapore-themed Christmas decorations is particularly impressive. These include tree ornaments featuring landmarks like the Merlion and the iconic Raffles doorman, to glass pineapples and xiao long bao, and beaded hornbills.
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For other Singapore gift ideas, check out the solid brass traveller palm napkin rings and palm tree candlesticks from Layard Interiors, the tropical-themed glasses from Tara’s World, and the bamboo-edged ceramics and block-printed cloths and napkins from Hankie Pankie Tables.
There’s also orchid-scented candles and diffusers from Temple Candles, and A Shophouse Walk, a coffee-table book from Kildi Photo. Drawn By Jessica offers SG-inspired colouring mats for kids, and Knotty by Nature has tropical fashions for him and her. The tropical vibe continues in the wonderful artworks from Lou Lauwerys, By Fable and Old East Indies Art.
A Raft of Otters is a one-stop-shop for any kind of gifting need you have (including gifts to self, of course!). The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and they’ll also help you track down the ideal item.