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8 Places You Can Shop for Eccentric and Personalised Christmas Gifts in Malaysia

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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 vivid 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 to shop to suit everyone’s distinctive personality. Trust us, you’ll thank us later.

#1 Tiny Forest


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Image: Tiny Forest

Tiny Forest is the brain child of Malaysia’ 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 customization services. 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!

Ideal for: Nature lovers
Location: No. 14, SS15/8B, Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Operating Hours: Open every day except Mondays, from 12pm-10pm
Instagram: @tinyforestsj

#2 Teenage Head Records


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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.

Ideal for: Music lovers, vinyl collectors
Location: No. 20, Jln SS14/1 (Back Lot), Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Operating Hours: Everyday, 11am – 7pm
Instagram: @teenageheadrecords

#3 Zalora


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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 your petrol money. Zalora will be having the “fashion sales event of the year” soon starting 12th of December. You can enjoy savings up to 70% on popular brands such as Ivy Park, Calvin Klein, and Topshop during the four-day event.

Ideal for: Lazy people who don’t like to go out, fashionistas, introverts
Website: www.zalora.com.my
Operating Hours: 24 hours, baby!
Instagram: @zaloramy

#4 I Love Snackfood


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I Love Snack food is a rustic styled shop that specializes in home decor and good vibes. The store stocks many homeware and collectibles items such as books/magazines, apothecary, accessories, and vintage items.

Ideal for: Vintage collectors
Location: 17a, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 12pm to 7pm (Tues to Sun) -  Closed on Mondays
Instagram: @snackfood 

#5 Book Xcess


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Book Xcess believes that Malaysia has ridiculous book prices, so much that the opened their store to make sure Malaysians kick-start their reading habits at a very cheap price. Their books are priced up to 80% less 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.
 
Ideal for: Book lovers, bargain hunters
Location: Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya, or fahrenheit88 in Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Varies between store but always available online
Instagram: @bookxcess 

#6 Hermo


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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 yesterday, so be sure to take full advantage of it.

Ideal for: Make up hoarders, beauty bloggers
Website: www.hermo.my
Operating Hours: Open 24 hours, seven days a week
Instagram: @hermomy

#7 Typo


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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 kawtim your Christmas shopping list at this store alone. They currently offer some personalized gifts so be sure to visit them for more info.

Ideal for: Stationary geeks, home deco buffs, Instagrammers looking for Instagram-worthy items
Location: Nu Sentral, Pavillion Shopping Centre, Sunway Pyramid, Setia City Mall, KLCC, 1 Utama, IOI City Mall
Website: http://ift.tt/2gTwUiB
Operating Hours: Stores – everyday from 10am to 10pm, online – 24/7
Instagram: @typoshop

#8 KitKat Chocolatory

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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, chocolaty 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.

Ideal for: Chocolate lovers
Location: Mid Valley Megamall, F007, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 59200 Wilayah Persekutuan, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Every day from 10am-10pm
Facebook: KitKat Malaysia



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