* This article was written with the help of a friendly RD Minion named Lucinda.
As November bids goodbye, we welcome December with open arms and a whole lot of festivities. You can see Christmas ornaments decked on fake pine trees (because we rarely see the real ones in Malaysia) and bright lights adorning the city streets and shops. Everyone has some sort of love-hate relationship when it comes to the final month of the year. It’s when everyone looks forward to their favourite holiday – Christmas, but at the same time mourn the ‘death’ of their wallets thanks to the massive year-end sales.
Sometimes, it’s not the thought of emptying your bank account during a shopping spree that bothers you. It’s your inability or indecisiveness when it comes to buying the perfect gift for your loved ones. Gift shopping seems like a nightmare to you and every purchase feels like a high-stake risk. Well, put your worries at bay, because we’ve searched high and low for the best unique places for you to shop at to suit everyone’s distinctive personality. Trust us, you’ll thank us later.
#1 Tiny Forest
Image: Tiny Forest
Image: Tiny Forest
Tiny Forest is the brain child of Malaysia’s pop darling, Yuna, and her beloved mother. Opened back in 2014, their store has proved to be a haven for nature lovers and avid terrarium-loving hipsters. You can be the Leonardo da Vinci to your own terrarium as they offer customisation services too. If you know a tree hugger, we’re pretty sure they’ll be overjoyed being gifted with these petite ‘sanctuaries’. Psst! We hear they’re having a year end sale, so grab this opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts!
: Nature lovers
: No. 14, SS15/8B, Subang Jaya, Selangor
: Open every day except Mondays, from 12pm - 10pm
#2 Teenage Head Records
Image: Hizwan Hamid
Teenage Head Records probably has the truest essence of what makes up a record store. From rare vinyl collections to retro cassettes and latest CD records, it’s definitely a music fan’s wonderland. The best part about this place is, there’s music from each end of the spectrum – rock, pop, alternative, and even Hindustani music.
: Music lovers, vinyl collectors
: No. 20, Jln SS14/1 (Back Lot), Subang Jaya, Selangor
: Everyday, 11am - 7pm
You’d be lying if you said you’ve never heard of Zalora. Online shopping has never been easier with this e-commerce retail platform. This is also where some of us spend half of our salaries at (we know
, guys). With literally thousands of clothes, shoes, bags and accessories at your finger tips, you’ll be spoiled for choice! Plus, it saves all the hassle of driving, finding a parking spot, and spending on petrol. Zalora will be having the “fashion sales event of the year” soon starting 12th
of December. You can enjoy savings of up to 70% on popular brands such as Ivy Park, Calvin Klein, and Topshop during the four-day event.
: Lazy people who don’t like to go out, fashionistas, introverts
: 24 hours, baby!
#4 I Love Snackfood
Image: Stacy Liu
I Love Snack food is a rustic styled shop that specialises in home decor and good vibes. The store stocks many homeware and collectibles items such as books, magazines, apothecary, accessories, and vintage items.
: Vintage collectors
: 17a, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
: 12pm - 7pm (Tues - Sun), closed on Mondays
#5 Book Xcess
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Book Xcess believes that Malaysia has ridiculous book prices, so much so that they decided to open a store to make sure Malaysians kickstart their reading habits at a very cheap price. Their books are priced up to 80% lesser than other book stores. Book Xcess stocks fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and various genres in between. They even stock games! Along with the bargains, the stock can be unpredictable.
: Book lovers, bargain hunters
: Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya, or fahrenheit88 in Kuala Lumpur
: Varies between stores, but always available online
Make up and beauty aficionados, skip the long queues and mall crowds by getting your Christmas gifts at Hermo. Not only do they offer attractive promos and discounts, some of their products are priced slightly lower than the market rate. With more savings, you’ll have more excuse to shop even more! They’ve kicked off their Christmas sale, so be sure to take full advantage of it.
: Make up hoarders, beauty bloggers
: Open 24 hours, seven days a week
Where else can you find stationary and home deco at the same place? Be prepared to geek out at the assortment of items Typo has to offer. From intricate patterned cushion covers, alphabetical light boxes to artsy notebooks, you’ll be immersed in a world of unique marvels. Who knows, you can even kaotim
your entire Christmas shopping list at this store alone. They currently offer some personaliaed gifts so be sure to visit them for more info.
: Stationary geeks, home deco buffs, Instagrammers looking for Instagram-worthy items
: Nu Sentral, Pavillion Shopping Centre, Sunway Pyramid, Setia City Mall, KLCC, 1 Utama, IOI City Mall
: Stores – 10am - 10pm, everyday; Online – 24/7
#8 KitKat Chocolatory
Image: Rojak Daily
If you know someone who’s mad about cocoa, then this
is the place for them. It’s like a confectionary playground for sweet tooth lovers who wish to indulge in their velvety, chocolatey dreams. You can custom make your own KitKat, pick the ingredients, flavours, and even down to its packaging. For a more personal touch, you can also add on personal messages to the person you’re giving it to. If you're curious to know what sort of flavours they offer, read our review of KitKat's Chocolatory store here
: Chocolate lovers
: Mid Valley Megamall, F007, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 59200 Wilayah Persekutuan, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
: Everyday, 10am - 10pm
: KitKat Malaysia