traditional chopsticks. they look great and come in a nice box so make an ideal gift. there are hundreds of designes to choose from and the best place to get them are the markets. especially china town market.
on a recent trip to singapore i saw loads of these lucky cats pretty much every where i went. i thought that they were originally chinese lucky cat, but they actually originated from japan. the maneki-neko is sometimes also called the welcoming cat, lucky cat, money cat and believed to bring good fortune to its owner. common colours are white, black, gold and sometimes red. the arm waves and are quite nice and inexpensive, which is why there are lucky cats all around my work place. i saw them in all the street markets including the chinatown and bugis street market. the more you buy the better the discount.
if you go to singapore you have to go to the marina bay sands hotel. they offer a trip to their observation deck for around $20 and the view of singapore's skyline is breathtaking, but also a little scary. its 57 levels high, there is a queue to get in, and the lift is a journey unto itself. they have an infinity pool and other areas which you can access at an extra cost. lucky we i went they had an air show and boat display to celebrate their independence. i couldn't recommend this enough.
peranakan gifts are mainly porcelain. it comes from the word "descendant". and their items are a mix of chinese, malaysian and european styles. they range from things including brooches, plates to tea sets. they also produce beaded slippers called kasut manek. these handmade slippers are covered with tiny, faceted glass beads. the peranakan souvenirs are unique to singapore and should be one of your choices.
one of the most famous drinks around. the singapore sling is a cherry-red cocktail and is the motif found on thousands of gifts and souvenirs from singapore, celebrating the cocktail invented in singapore in the early 1900’s at the raffles hotel. not very expensive and widely available. also visit raffles why your there but this can be quite expensive.
singapore’s national flower, the risis orchid is made into all kinds of jewelry like earrings, necklaces, brooches, collar pins, cufflinks. it is also used to decorate countless singaporean households. makes a nice gift especially if you buy a 22k gold version.
any new country you go to you should always bring back a souvenir t-shirt. from singapore i recommend one with a merlion on it. the merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as national personification of singapore. the fish body represents singapore's origin as a fishing village when it was called temasek, which means "sea town" in javanese. the lion head represents singapore's original name — singapura — meaning "lion city" or "kota singa". the market owners are also very flexable on the price.