Perambulator Mila Shwaiko’s latest adventure in digging up the hidden treasures of Ubud, Welcome to an insider’s viewpoint. This fifth edition is all about gifts for the festive season:
Welcome to a special holiday edition of the Perambulator! You may need a car for this version. If you are in need of Christmas presents, check out the suggestions below for men, women, kids, homes, and relatives living in faraway lands. I draw the line at pet gifts.
PS Best wrapping paper and cards can be found at Kado (Jl Dewi Sita) or at Ganesha Bookstore (Jl Raya).
For the homebody
Mercredi is on Jl Monkey Forest near Komaneka on the left hand side of the road. Incredibly beautiful home wares- thick cotton blankets, colorful cushion covers, and woven rugs all referencing Indonesian patterns and colors in updated styles. Little on the high end of the price scale.
Juice Ja. Go and make someone the locavore hamper to end all hampers here with local goodies. Bali salt, two types of local jams, and some amazing Cosmic coffee from Kintamani would make any foodie happy. On Jl Dewi Sita. Bali Buda near the Post Office also has some great Bali sweets and herbs to add to the hamper.
Calico (Jl Monkey Forest near the football field) has new stock all the time. Tiny statues, wooden candlesticks, wooden trays, placemats, coasters and bags sourced from around Indonesia at great prices. Go exploring and am sure you will find something for someone on your list.
Bluestone. Room sprays and an outrageous Sweet Orange oil to put with a ceramic burner to make any house smell amazing. Great packaging and aromatherapy benefits to boot! On Jl Dewi Sita.
Indonesian and Indonesia inspired treasures for the house. Some serious pieces here, but also stocks handicrafts and objet that make good gifts for people serious about their Indonesian decor. On Jl Monkey Forest.
For the hipster leaning
The easiest gift of all: t-shirts. Tn Parrot has the best quality t-shirts in Ubud with vintage-style graphics celebrating Bali and Ubud from Rp 150,000 and up for men, women and children. Check out the “Ubud,established 8th Century” one. On Jl Dewi Sita opposite Tut Mak.
This shop is overflowing with vintage goodness. From clothes, to shoes, phone covers, notebooks, bags, men’s shirts, jewelry, tea towels, wall decorations, pins- the quasi-hipster in your life will be happy.
Another tiny shop with a range of things for the ‘vintage’ lovers. T-shirts and bags with great graphics, gold wash jewelry in the case at the back of the shop are some of the most interesting items. On Jl Dewi Sita near the Gootama Selatan road.
For the minimalist
Bali’s version of Aveda, Sensatia has just opened on Jl Monkey Forest (Ubud Market end). Slick packaging and great quality soap, body wash, body lotion and more starting at Rp60,000. Anything with tea tree and peppermint is a winner or try the soap with volcanic sand.
Minimalist elegance in leather and silver. Stunning leather tote bags and delicate silver jewelry will be much appreciated by anyone unwrapping this.
Great simple silver jewelry. You can choose from modern or Balinese designs, yoga inspired symbols, put-together-yourself charm bracelets, slick modern earrings and rings. On corner of Jl Gootama and Jl Dewi Sita with very wallet-friendly prices.
Kou has two stores- an edible gifts store (caramel jam and Bali sea salt gift sets) on Jl Monkey Forest close to the market and their original soap store on Jl Dewi Sita. The soaps and bath salts are all the best smells of Bali wrapped in stunning packaging starting at Rp 50,000.
For the young(er) ones
Edgy and modern products referencing Indonesia and Bali. The most well known product are their road sign bags, but they have a fun stuff any under 25 year old would love. Think plastic fantastic. On Jl Monkey Forest near Komaneka.
UBUDahh (near Ganesha Bookstore on the Post Office street) is probably one of the best spots to find stocking stuffers for the girls in your life, big and small. Colorful painted Balinese boxes, bead bracelets, cushion covers staring at Rp 50,000. Lots of objects representing the full spectrum of pink here.
Ma-an is baby gift central on Jl Hanoman (between Kafe and Jl Gootama Selatan). Baby shoes in leather, colorful reversible sun hats, whitewash wooden letters, and quirky bibs.
XS has some mad children’s clothing here (big on the animals), but the best things are the children’s dress up masks and capes. Turn your child into an owl, lion or superhero with Rp 250,000. On Jl Hanoman near Jl Gootama Selatan.
For the Indonesia-ist
Threads of Life is known for the amazing weavings from across Indonesia, but also has a great range of stocking stuffers (clove drawer sachets), incredible baskets and indigo scarves that can’t be from anywhere but Indonesia. Prices range from Rp 30,000- Rp 500,000 for gifts. Find it at the top of Jl Kajeng.
Rio Helmi Gallery. Looking for a beautiful gift that is easy to transport and captures the soul of Bali? Art-quality photography prints starting at USD 120 by Rio Helmi. The Memories of the Sacred book also makes an incredible present for the coffee table book collector or Bali lover for around USD 60. Find the gallery on Jl Suweta.
Neru is a little shop filled with goodness on the corner of Jl Gootama Selatan and Jl Hanoman, Neru stocks gifts for the quirkiest people on your list. Bali and Indonesia with a twist, you will find beautiful woven necklaces, tiny Balinese paintings in a box, Japanese-inspired ceramics and more from around Rp250,000 and up from local craftspeople and artists.
Pithacanthropus has high quality batik pieces and basically anything else you can imagine made of batik fabric: phone covers, table mats, little people clothing, things you need the staff there to explain uses for, silk scarves, toys, everything. Men’s shirts are a good choice. Let your Indonesian pride in this national treasure shine through. High quality means high prices though, so don’t get too excited if you’re on a budget. On Jl Monkey Forest near the football field.
Ganesha Bookstore is heaven-sent for the bibliophile in your life. Here you can find Bali’s best selection of book on Bali and Indonesia here, as well as retro posters, greeting card sets, ethnic jewelry, musical instruments and small gifts inspired by Bali crafts. On the corner of Jl Raya Ubud and the Post Office street.