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.
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 and they’re virtually unbreakable. I recommend the ones at Lai Hao Taiwan Gift Shop.
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.
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).
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.
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 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 for 160NT each.
Top Image: in Blooom