11 Singaporean Souvenir Gifts To Get Your International Friends This National Day

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With less than a month to August 9th, it’s officially Singapore National Day season. Whether you’re working or studying, you probably have international friends who are unaware of what makes us Uniquely Singaporean. To get them up to speed and kick off this year’s slogan of ‘18 days of giving, a lifetime of caring’, here’s a handy gift guide on Singaporean souvenir gifts you can get for your international friends!

Best Singaporean Souvenir Food Gifts

Chilli Crab Flavoured Food

Chilli crabs are crabs stir-fried in a sweet and savoury blend of tomato and chili sauce to deliver a mouthwatering dish unique to Singapore. Since it can be rather expensive and a hassle to prepare, why not buy chilli crab-flavoured Singapore snacks and food instead? From peanuts to potato chips, your international friends are sure to latch onto the chilli crab hype as they indulge in the various Singaporean souvenir snacks.

chilli crab singaporean souvenir snack gift guide
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Kaya Jam (Coconut Jam)

Whether you call it coconut jam or kaya jam, Singaporeans have come to embrace this sweet and pandan-rich spread. Made from coconut milk, eggs and sugar, Kaya with toasted bread makes for a tasty Singaporean snack. Share the kaya joy with your international friends to enjoy this popular local spread abroad by gifting them a bottle!

kaya singaporean souvenir snack gift guide
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Deep Fried Fish Skin

While not sounding appetising, deep fried fish skin is a popular Singaporean snack. This is especially when you throw in salted egg flavouring from Irvin’s or The Golden Duck. Made with dory and salmon fish skin, each piece is coated with generous servings of salted egg seasoning and finished with curry leaves. With upcoming flavours like mala and truffle, make sure your international friends don’t miss out on this unique snack that doubles as a tasty Singaporean souvenir!

fish skin singaporean souvenir snack gift guide
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Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling (distributed by Alcohaul.sg) is a gin-based cocktail that contains traces of lemon, pineapple and cherry. As Singapore’s most iconic alcoholic drink, it carries more than a century of the island state’s history and is definitely something your foreign friends should try!

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Instant Bak Kut Teh (Pork Rib Broth)

Translated from the Hokkien dialect as meat bone tea, bak kut teh is famous for its rather complex broth of herbs and spices that takes hours of brewing. Give your friend the gift of convenience with instant bak kut teh! Packing the same flavourful punch and aroma, instant bak kut teh captures the essence of what makes a good bak kut teh dish while offering the quick and easy option of having it at any time.

bak kut teh singaporean souvenir snack gift guide
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Best Singaporean Souvenir Gifts

Merlion Souvenir Gifts

The first name that comes to mind for any Singaporean souvenir is the Merlion! From puregold coins to fancy lighters, allow your foreign friends to bring home a piece of Singapore with cool merlion-based trinkets and souvenirs!

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Monopoly Singapore Edition

International editions of Monopoly often serve as decent gifts! They are interactive games that double as educational tools to  inform non-local players about the location’s culture. As a Singaporean souvenir, Monopoly Singapore Edition (distributed by eztoys) includes numerous nods to Singaporean culture. Railroads are labelled as MRT stations and chance cards include instances like MRT breakdown fines. Acquaint your foreign friends with cultural landmarks like Sentosa Cove and Botanic Gardens today!

monopoly singaporean souvenir snack gift guide
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Handmade Earrings Of Singaporean Food

Looking for a non-conventional Singaporean souvenir for international friends to remember you by? Why not try accessorising with your favourite local food! From ang ku kueh to kueh tutu, you’ll be spoilt for choice as you pick up these adorable handmade earrings featuring traditional Singaporean snacks.

earrings singaporean souvenir snack gift guide
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Batik Products

While batik might not have originated from Singapore, it sure has developed a large following in Singapore and would be more than suitable as a Singaporean souvenir gift . From home decor to clothing, batik has managed to revive itself with modern designs that are eye-catching and pay tribute to its humble Indonesian origins. Educate your international friends with the ancient Javanese art of wax-resist dyeing today!

batik singaporean souvenir snack gift guide
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Singaporean Souvenir Stamps

Have a foreign friend who loves collecting stamps? Help grow their collection by gifting unique Singaporean souvenir stamps! With stamps covering everything from Singapore’s conscription act to a beautiful design of Singapore’s skyline, you’ll be hard pressed to find a design your international friend won’t like. Who knows, one day these Singaporean souvenir gifts might end up becoming rare stamps that are worth a fortune!

stamps singaporean souvenir snack gift guide
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Hello Kitty Singapore Girl

What’s a Singaporean souvenir gift list without a Hello Kitty plush toy? Taking the nation by storm at one time because of McDonald’s promotions, these cuddly soft toys are a major deal in Singaporeans often spend hours queueing in line just to get their hands on limited edition Hello Kitty toys. Get your international friends started on the Hello Kitty craze by buying the special Singapore Girl edition, complete with a Sarong Kebaya uniform and bow.

hello kitty singaporean souvenir snack gift guide
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Armed with this list, you’re now ready to represent Singapore proudly to your international friends by giving them these wonderful Singaporean souvenir gifts! Know of any more gift ideas? Let us know below!

Need ideas on how to spend the holiday during National day? Check out our guide on things to do with kids so the little ones don’t miss out on the fun!

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