Christmas Shopping on the Island
There is a lot to look forward in the festive season and Christmas shopping is up there on the list for many of us. From moth-er natures great gifts to hardwood kitchenware, we’ve rounded up some of Balis most festive presents whether its for a loved one, colleague, or a Secret Santa swap.
Christmas is synonymous with lights, the tree, wreaths, but mostly grand feasts! What’s a better way to complete a celebratory meal than a sparkling gift that you can sip and enjoy? Two Islands Wine has a great reputation amongst both local and international circles.
Their Sparkling Chardonnay is easy to pair with any meal but best when paired with fruit-based desserts, cheese, and smoked salmon. It’s light tasting and enjoyable any time of the day, so you could even pair it with tapas by the pool. This simple Sparkling Chardonnay is made using grapes from Hatten Wines’ cool-climate vineyard in Australia’s Adelaide Hills and Limestone Coast, fermented using the traditional French bottle-fermentation technique and ‘sur lie’ aged (when wine is kept in contact with the dead yeast cells leftover from fermentation and are not racked or filtered) for a minimum of 12 months. These festive bottles are made with lots of care and will be delivered to you just in time for Christmas! Visit The Cellardoor Bali in Sanur to get a free tasting or browse the vast collection of red and white available.
The Cellardoor Bali
Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, 393, Sanur
+62 361 472 1377
By combining French-inspired designs with Canggu’s laid back nature, this sleek concept store births an inventory of quirky treasures whilst inspiring people to make conscious actions. Paperclip People is instilled with the carefree spirituality of the island, hence their unique items are adorned with a message of positivity and spirituality, and even better, are earth-friendly! They have made it their mission to be active in the environmental movement throughout Indonesia by contributing help in the sustainable agriculture and improving the socio-economic climate within Bali and beyond. The collection ranges from 100% cruelty-free backpacks, notebooks, wallets; ‘feel-good quotes’ t-shirts and sarongs; canvas prints; scented candles; ‘wholesome’ tumblers and mugs; to eco stationery. Paperclip People is fun filled with ethical findings for that special person’s office or home!
Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu
+62 812 4676 6349
Bali’s Own Skincare
Any skincare aficionado would jump for joy at the thought of these special bundles. Sensatia Botanicals has been an all-time Bali favourite for the right reasons,fitting for all seasons. This Bali skincare and beauty brand is a gift from mother Earth, handmade using 100% natural ingredients. Their products are gentle on all skin types, and better yet, contain zero toxic chemicals, making it safe for long-term use and for the environment when rinsed down the drain. Echoing Founder Michael Lorenti Jr.’s philosophy “What’s mine is yours and yours is mine”, Sensatia Botanicals gives back to the local community by employing and empowering villagers in Karangasem; and all workers have a 20% share of company profit!
Sensatia Botanicals’s Gift Bundles include: a Lip Care Collector Set (Lip Scrub, Botanical Lip Protection, Vanilla & Mandarin Lip Hydrate, and more); Hand Cream Collection; Relaxation Wellness Set (luxury spa products for home pampering); Bali Survival Kit (tropical living essentials); Natural Toothpaste Collection; Nine Natural Soap minis; and a variety of hydrating, calming, nurturing travel sets.
Alternatively, Sensatia has welcomed a brand new multi-purpose product to its all-natural body care family, ‘Wunderbalm’ that has been concocted to promote better skin texture for dry and sensitive skin symptoms. The rich and creamy formula is enhanced with avocado oil, olive squalane, and arnica montana extract, all rich in natural moisturiser and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s a handy gift for those celebrating Christmas!
Jalan Pantai Jasri, Jasri Kelod, Karangasem
+62 363 4301270
American clothing brand Volcom has made a home in Indonesia, being part of the surf and skate scene 1996. Beyond that, they have embraced local art and culture in Bali with their Bali Inspired Tees.
Created by two artists part of the Volcom Indonesia creative team, this unique line of t-shirts features classic Balinese themes, icons and styles but done with that wild Volcom flair. You’ll see a tee depicting the Balinese ‘Kamasan’ painting style, featuring skaters and surfers in Balinese traditional attire; the cheeky Balinese monkey getting up to no good; or the unmistakable Barong mask, donning a Volcom Stone and some other crazy twists the brand is known for! These tees are exclusively found in Bali, making them not only a special souvenir but something you really won’t find anywhere else, despite Volcom being a global brand. The tees are an ode to the artists’ island home and are testament to Volcom’s philosophy of being “inspired by the creative spirit”. You’ll find Volcom stores all around Bali, including Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu and Ubud, inside of which you’ll also find murals and painted surfboards done by one of the artists.
Volcom Flagship Store
Jalan Kayu Aya No. 54, Seminyak
+62 361 737 553
A Little Piece of Bali
It’s a truism that travel literature is cultural, but in Bali this really rings true. If it’s culture and literature you’re after, there is a smorgasbord of good reads revolving around Indonesia’s beautiful heritage, including some of Bali’s undisclosed corners and exclusively local activities. This collection of cultural books brings Indonesia’s colour and heritage to the printed page. For the avid travellers keen to unravel Bali’s deepest secrets, Dr. Jean Couteau’s ‘Myth, Mystery, and Magic’ plunges deep into the local culture through a journey rich with village myths and religious folklore, mystical rites and eye opening first-hand accounts; or Jill Gocher’s ‘Secret Bali’ records Bali’s traditional day-to-day life outside the tourist spotlight. For admirers of photographers and of the truly exotic, Stephane Sensey’s ‘Walok’ is a visual journey into the world of the Dani Tribe in Papua, depicted through black and white portraiture; or grab a copy of Kartika Dewi Suardana’s ‘Dances of Bali’, a vibrant collection of the many dance forms in Bali captured delicately through the lens of a Balinese. Published by Phoenix Communications, these books are available in all good book stores in Indonesia, or can be purchased directly: call +62 811 380 850 or email [email protected].
PT. Phoenix Communications
Jalan Benda No. 98 A-B, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta
+62 781 3212
When Christmas comes around, you know its time to let yourself indulge in a few sweet treats. Candylicious is a sugary heaven bestowing upon the island candy and confectionary from all over the world. Expect aisles of the likes of Hershey’s, Reese’s, Wonka, Jelly Belly, Meiji, local Bali brands, and other saccharine surprises you know you love! Bali’s largest candy store offers an unending variety of candy, chocolate, and an exclusive range of candy related merchandise to pick up this festive holiday. On-site, they have a pick-and-mix section, allowing you to mix and match from a vast selection of hard, soft, sweet, and sour treats. You can also look out for household items, such as plush toys, mugs, Christmas decor up for grabs at huge discounts. Candylicious stores can be found at Beachwalk Shopping Centre Kuta and Seminyak Village.
Beachwalk Shopping Centre, Jalan Pantai Kuta
+62 361 8465004
Seminyak Village, Jalan Kayu Jati No.8, Seminyak
+62 361 738097
The Shepherd has long been in the island’s jewellery manufacturing scene specialising in abstract and animal-inspired handcrafted rings. The brand was founded by a young Balinese skateboarder and artist, Kerta Wiyasa, who decided to take the leap into fashion jewellery after discovering a newfound interest in silver-making. Since its humble beginnings in 2015, The Shepherd takes inspiration from nature; the jewellery collection translates the beauty of flora, animals, and mythical creatures from the designer’s insight into gold-plated Silver 925 rings. Expect imaginative twists of familiar characters, from the likes of ‘the cyclops’, ‘mermaid’, ‘merpati’ (dove), adorned with precious gemstones and spiritual meanings.
The Shepherd Jewelry
When it comes to gift-giving, you can’t go wrong with chocolate. Indulge your dear ones this holiday season with a box of Krakakoa’s chocolate gift set! When creating Krakakoa, the founders had a set of missions in mind: to improve the lives of Indonesian cocoa farmers, the sustainability of cocoa farming, and put Indonesia’s cocoa and chocolate profile on the map. The artisanal “farmer-to-bar” chocolate brand prides itself for its award-winning chocolate bars that boasts the flavours of Indonesian archipelago. This Festive season, choose from a range of single origin, arenga palm-sugar infused and flavoured chocolate bars packaged in a special Christmas-themed box, or for a more elaborate chocolate-themed gift, a customisable Christmas hamper in a rustic wicker box can be set up upon request.
Krakaoa Bali Factory & Store
Jalan Raya Seminyak No.57, Seminyak
Jalan Monkey Forest No. 88, Ubud
Hidden Gems and Traditional Finds
Bali Collection’s open-air complex hosts a modest selection of world-famous brands, but the hidden gems are the ones to look out for. The shopping centre boasts 100 well-known stores stretching from west, north to east zone, and upon entering via the West or South Gate, Padi Art Market cannot be missed. It’s a mecca for Bali bijoux, from jewellery, handmade beauty products, homewares, wooden figurines, even Christmas-themed souvenirs. You’ll easily spend hours cherrypicking the most fitting gift. Will it be a rattan backpack? A set of Balinese essential oils? Handmade ceramic ware, perhaps? Worth highlighting is that Padi Art Market is popular among tourists for their wide collection of batik sarongs ranging from affordable to lavish.
Located within SOGO Department Store is Alun-Alun, another hunting ground for authentically Indonesian-made trinkets. Here, you’ll get lost in a treasure trove of handmade beaded jewellery, exquisite scented candles, hardwood carved chopstick sets and kitchenwares, exceptional batik fashion, and a plethora of unique in-fashion items exclusively sold here. Alun-Alun also has authentic dolls, stuffed animals, a gorgeous selection of accessories, and handicraft on offer for kids! You’re bound to be the boldest Secret Santa out there, with your rare discovery that your loved ones didn’t think they needed.
Komplek ITDC Nusa Dua, Benoa
+62 361 771662
A haven for boutiques and an ‘Open House’ bazaar, Seminyak Village uncovers a world of artisanal fares to Seminyak’s upscale shopping scene. The shopping experience here, among world-renowned brands, revolves around a family-oriented market showcasing the island’s deep artistic roots. Under one roof, you’ll immerse in over 30 brands sharing one entrepreneurial spirit of Bali in a festive environment. The mall’s Market Place, nestled comfortably a stroll away after big brand boutiques and a humble bazaar, you’ll find a honeypot of eccentric finds. From kaftans, bandanas, hats, to home signs, purses, handmade resin homewares, and more. There is also a perfume counter located within the mall that offers a myriad of branded perfume and cologne collections.
Jalan Kayu Jati No.8, Seminyak
+62 361 738097