A “Made in Taiwan” Gift & Souvenir Guide

No one can argue with pineapple cakes, tea leaves and a bottle of Kavalan, but here are some interesting things if you’re looking to get crazy with your Taiwan souvenirs.

Taiwan Themed Jigsaw Puzzle

Pintoo is a Taiwanese company that makes plastic jigsaw puzzles that stay together without glue. This “Great Memories” design is perfect for someone who grew up in Taiwan and can recognize the retro stuff depicted here. Pintoo has a few shops around town. You can find them all on Google Maps here.

Taiwanese Style Beer Glasses

It’s weird, but we drink out of these thick-walled, little glasses in Taiwan. They’re cute to have at home as a set. The hipster boutique brand One Day sells this set online here. They also have a physical store at Huashan 1914 Creative Park (Map).

Bubble Tea Cup Holders

For any and all bubble tea lovers. You’ll find these fabric cup holders everywhere in Taipei. Plenty of handmade ones sell on Pinkoi too. The ones above sell online here and they’re 550NT for two.

Taiwanese Honey

Know someone who’s into honey? Then get them a jar of this good stuff. You can find lots of foodie gifts and souvenirs at Maji Food & Deli near Yuanshan MRT (Map). And if you have time to experience a honey tasting in Taipei, I highly recommend it. The good-looking jar above can be ordered online here for 400NT.

Taiwanese Bean-to-Bar Chocolate

Chomeet is one of the Taiwanese bean-to-bar brands producing high-quality, small-batch products. You can order online from their store or Pinkoi shopfront. There’s also a lot Taiwanese chocolate on sale at Lai Hao Taiwan Gift Shop in Yongkang Street (Map).

Taiwan Grown Coffee

Coffee lovers would totally love to try Taiwan grown coffee in these individual serve packs. These ones are available at Lai Hao Taiwan Gift Shop (Map).

Bopomofo Accessories

Pinyin is still very much a thing in Taiwan, so these items are definitely unique. Hey Sun makes colorful tees in both adult and kid sizes, plus bags, aprons, socks and cushions. Here’s their online shop. This cute kid’s apron above 1,080NT. The bag is 650NT.

Patterned Textile Stuff

Kitschy, Japanese-influenced textile company inBlooom sell fabrics, bags and other accessories inspired by vintage Taiwan designs. You can browse their shop in Dadaocheng (Map) or the Nanshan Breeze mall (Map).

Cross Stitch Kits

Cross stitch kits from Taiwan-based Xiu Crafts will probably be a hit with anyone you know who’s crafty. Prices vary depending on size and level of difficulty. You can purchase online, or from their booth inside Eslite Bookstore Songyen Store (Map).

Good Eye Taipei City Guide

For anyone you’d like to convince to come to Taipei, Good Eye Taipei City Guide is an incredibly well-designed, detailed and bilingual travel guide. In my opinion it’s the best Taipei guide for the millennial traveler. Order it online from Eslite or Books.com.tw. You can also pick it up in-store at MUJI or Eslite for 380NT.

hey taipei book

Hey Taipei Picture Book

I wrote an English-language, rhyming picture book about Taipei because there wasn’t one out there. It’s the best damn Taiwan gift for kids! You can buy it online or in a bunch of places around Taipei. Here’s the full list of places where Hey Taipei is on sale.

Bubble Tea Pins

Ahhhh, these pins are so cute! I love the xiao long bao, mango ice and bubble tea ones the most. Like a lot of other stuff on this list, you can pick these up at Lai Hao Taiwan Gift Shop (Map) for 160NT each.

Colorful, Cute Socks

Everyone loves socks, right? These super cute ones are from Taiwanese brand 10 more socks. You can browse their designs online here.

Top Image: in Blooom

Comments (1):

  1. James

    July 7, 2019 at 01:39

    I realize this post is from last year but I want to add a couple of ideas. The newly released Taipei Michelin Guide is bilingual and not only features Taipei’s Michelin stared restaurants, but many non-stared “Bib Gourmand” recommended restaurants, plus guides to the best foods and stalls at all of Taipei’s major night markets. Great for food lovers and armchair travelers. Another item we’ve bought on our last two trips to give as gifts are canvas bags — check out Yung Sheng Canvas (永盛帆布製)in Tainan or TAGather (日常經典) in Taipei. We also love inBloom! 🙂


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