It’s almost that time of the year again! If you’re racking your brain trying to figure out gifts for those on your Christmas list, consider us as Santa’s Little Helpers with this guide to buying local gifts – all designed or made in Malaysia. We have a suggestion for all 12 Days of Christmas, so get ready to spoil your loved ones.
Who can say no to beautiful stationery? The answer is no one. Say goodbye to boring notepads with Mossery’s whimsical range. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Mossery was founded by an illustrator, a printer and a marketer. Their stationary puts the fun into functional, with good quality paper pages just yearning to be filled. Need a Christmas card to go along with your gift? Mossery has got you covered too.
Prices from RM17. Available online at www.mossery.co
Just In Case phone cases
If you know someone who changes their phone case as often as they take a shower, head to Just In Case. Originally an online store, the team recently opened its first physical store in Mid Valley. They sell a wide selection of phone cases for different phone models. With quirky graphical patterns, illustrations and even a glow in the dark series, you’ll be spoiled for choices. Look out for their current collaboration with local artist Haris Rashid.
Prices from RM39. Available in store at Just In Case (Mid Valley) and online at www.justincase.com.my
Vintage 1988 jewelry
Vintage 1988 is a Malaysian independent fashion label that sells a range of locally made accessories. Starting out as a market stall, they have now expanded to a concept store in Paradigm Mall and are also stocked in various other shops. We particularly like the charm bracelets range – with different themes such as music and travel to suit different friends’ tastes. Jewelry can be repaired or polished in store, free of charge.
Charm bracelets from RM27. Available in store at Vintage 1988 (Paradigm Mall), various boutiques and online at www.vintage1988.com
Design studio and leather specialists Thirtyfour was first founded in 2006 and has become known for sleek and chic accessories for both men and women. For a practical yet luxurious gift, go for one of their leather iPad sleeves and get it personalised with a monogram. Or opt for personalised leather luggage tags for the jetsetter in your life.
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Casey iPad Mini case priced at USD45. Personalisation priced at USD7. Available online at www.thirtyfour.net and at Bangsar Village II and Publika.
Notbook Notbuk 2015 planners
Kricia Bong’s love for stationary and crafting is what led to the creating of Notbook Notbuk two years ago. She sells a variety of journals, planners, booklets, and notepads on her website, notbooknotbuk.com. Notbook Notbuk’s items come in bright colours, fun patterns and some even have motivational quotes on it — perfect for procrastinators, those that are disorganised, and people that can’t function without having a plan.
Prices from RM6. Available online at www.notbooknotbuk.com
Goodpair socks by Medium Rare
Established in 2009, Malaysian brand Medium Rare started out by sourcing quirky, good quality clothing from different parts of the world. This year, they created their own range of socks called Goodpair, all manufactured locally. It’s hard not to feel more cheerful with a pair of these graphical and colourful socks on your feet. Call it a walk of art.
Prices from RM19 per pair. Available online on the Medium Rare Facebook page and Zalora, and in store at ALLIEN (Publika) and Fabspy (Mid Valley).
Politiko card game
Leave the noisemakers at the door; maybe Politiko is all you need to get the party started. Now in its second edition and with an East Malaysian addition, this satirical party card game is based on the landscape of Malaysian politics and created by CENTAUR (Centre for Artful and Useful Recreation). Each player assumes the role of a political party and uses a variety of schemes and tactics to gain voters. Perfect for that one friend always eager to steer the conversation to politics.
Priced at RM38 (RM19 for expansion set). Available at Czip Lee Bookstores, Times, Borders, select board games stores and loyarbarang.com
The Saponifist soaps
The Saponifist is a collection of handmade soaps by Nadya Lee. Packaged with handsome retro lettering, their soaps are synthetic-free and made from 50% Pomace olive oil. Best-selling products include the Panacea (Chrysanthemum & Licorice Soap) and Tincture Face Oil, for those with dry or acne-prone skin. They are also a limited edition Christmas bar – the Humbug Billy. No more excuses for generic toiletries at your office Secret Santa.
Prices from RM20. Available online at www.saponifist.com, also at select weekend bazaars – check their Facebook page for updates.
Five & Two Fine Foods
Run by the husband-and-wife team, John and Georgina Peter, Five Two Fine Foods saw the magic that is bacon and decided to make it into non-halal jams and sambals. Sweet, savoury, tangy, spicy – and much more interesting than fruit jam. Go the whole hog with a Christmas gift box; or opt for the halal Streaky Beef Jam and Streaky Beef Sambal. Your foodie friends will thank you.
Prices from RM23. Available online at www.fivetwofoods.com
Ash Be Nimble sportswear
Ash Be Nimble is a Malaysian brand of fitness wear started by Malaysian road and trail runner Hui Mathews, who spotted a gap in the market for affordable yet fashionable fitness wear. The range (all under RM100 per item) includes sports bras, tank tops and shorts in funky colours and flattering cuts. Perfect for fitness freaks (or those who plan to join the gym in 2015). During December, online orders can be gift-wrapped and delivered for free (within the Klang Valley).
Prices from RM50. Available online at www.ashbenimble.com
Born in Malaysia photo book
Born in Malaysia is a photo book that documents the journey of Kenny Loh, who travelled around Malaysia to take photos of ordinary people and their trades. The result is a heartwarming collection of photos that snapshot a range of lives, reminding us of both our diversity and commonalities, as well as some of the fading traditions of Malaysia. Read our interview with Kenny Loh here.
Priced at RM64.90. Available at MPH, Times, Kinokuniya and Popular.
NASOM lunch range for kids
Looking for a gift for the kids in your life? In collaboration with the kitchenware companies LaGourmet and Katrin BJ, the National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM) has produced a range of lunch boxes, bags and bottles featuring cute animals. But there’s more to it than that – the animal illustrations are all by Akhtar, a child diagnosed with autism. 10% of the sales of these products will go back to (NASOM).
Prices from RM19. Available at Cold Storage and La Gourmet.
Words by Stephanie Boey, Kathryn Rao, Rathika Sheila, Mabel Ho and Ling Low.
Image credit: Mossery Stationery, Just In Case, Vintage 1988, ThirtyFour, Notbook Notbuk, Medium Rare, Loyar Barang, The Saponifist, Five Two Fine Foods, Kenny Loh, Ash Be Nimble, CENTAUR, Makchic.