Souvenirs are such an endearing way to show a friend, colleague or a loved one that you thought about them or it can be simply a material for them to remember you by. Souvenir shopping is obligatory on each of our trips. And who else takes a little souvenir or two with them on their travels for friends you’ll be meeting up with or people you might potentially become friends with?
While you can get conventional souvenirs anywhere from touristy streets or malls, here are 5 local homegrown brands you might want to check out the next time you need to shop for souvenirs! These are sure to be practical but uniquely designed products that represent the Malaysian culture in such a quirky and modern way.
1. Bingka KL
First up, it’s the homegrown label Bingka, that is named after the steamed tapioca cake. Their outstanding designer motifs and prints of Malaysian elements such as kuih, fruits, culture and tropical flora and fauna silk screened by hand on tote bags, tea towels, pouches, pillowcases, and coasters might make you covet more than you need!
2. Lilin and Co
Have you ever smell a scent and you instantly get reminded of someone, or a place and a memory? There is something special about scents that engages you in a personal way and that warm and fuzzy feeling is unconsciously etched in your thoughts forever. Lilin and Co, a Malaysian founded in 2016 brings you 10 hand poured luxurious and cosy scented candles which are made from 100% natural soy wax. Perfect way to bring a piece of home with you wherever you go!
3. Pantun Pins
A piece of wearable Malaysian story told in a cheeky little pin, that’s how Pantun Pins have been capturing the hearts of so many. These enamel pins immortalise the little things from Malaysian’s day-to-day life, our childhood, tempting fans to collect every single piece by evoking national pride and nostalgia! Lightweight and cute, these make the perfect souvenir!
4. The Sarong Malaysia
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The Sarong Malaysia mengucapkan Selamat Tahun Baru Cina kepada pelanggan, sahabat dan seluruh masyarakat Tionghua. — Semoga permulaan lembaran baru ini akan menyemarakkan semangat perpaduan serta membawa kemakmuran, kesejahteraan dan kebahagian berterusan kepada rakyat Malaysia 🇲🇾. — 👕 Denim jacket with Batik patches, designed by Athirah Lokman, a creative homegrown designer and an entrepreneur locally based in Kuala Terengganu. — 🏷 Share your Batik moments with us by hashtag-ing #thesarongmalaysia. Get out & get featured guys.
Who says Malaysian Batik needs to be old and boring? The Sarong Malaysia makes the Malaysian Batik modern and trendy! From its motifs and patterns to the cuts and details – hidden button plackets, welt breast pockets, three-finger button-down collars and cotton inner linings, The Sarong Malaysia makes shirts suited for modern men.
APOM stands for A Piece of Malaysia. The fun brand brings together wacky products that are so Malaysian that all Malaysians will be able to relate to. From local slangs and sayings, to local food, localised graphics of International Franchise and happenings, bringing APOM as souvenirs will be an interesting one!