If you're fussing over what to get for everyone back home, we're here to help. This is a list of Bali souvenirs that are truly icons of the island.
Love Bali, and wanna put your money where your mouth is? Then be sure to drop some dollars on local products and souvenirs like accessories, cosmetics, soaps and tableware that will remind you of Bali long after you’ve packed up and gone home.
Here’s a list of things you can buy to bring home a piece of Bali with you.
1. “Pohon Barang”: Wooden Crafts
You’ll see entire shopping streets lined with intricate wooden crafts - sometimes functional, as a frame / tableware, and sometimes of cutesy animals like cats / frogs, and even on the “barong”, a Balinese mythical creature. They start from USD $1.
2. “Ata” Woven Bags
Fashion magazines the world over have lauded the “ata” bag as the must-have summer accessory! Woven together ata vines that grow in the forests of Bali, these Bali bags are exceptionally beautiful, effortlessly chic, and very affordable!
Batik is a traditional Indonesian textile, characterized by hand-painted floral patterns that are dyed in a myriad of local colours. A variety of batik products include apparel, handkerchiefs, scarfs, tablecloths, or pillow covers.
Celk is a village in Bali famous for silver. You can buy beautiful silver accessories such as necklaces, earrings, and broaches. Don’t worry if you have no time to visit Celk. You can find shops where Celk silvers are sold around Kuta and Ubud.
5. Natural Aroma / Essential Oils
Bali is home to a bunch of independent, handmade, organic, natural and (most importantly) inexpensive aroma / essential oils. Usually made from natural local materials, these aroma / essential oils are moisture-rich and pretty high in quality. From these oils, products like cosmetics, candles, soaps and moisturizers are also made.
6. I “HEART” BALI Barang
T-shirts, tanks, mugs, cupholders, towels, coasters, and other goods that say “I LOVE BALI” are available everywhere, and by everywhere, we literally mean like everywhere.
7. Kopi Luwak
Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world - made from part-digested coffee cherries eaten (and defecated) by the Asian Palm Civet Cat. Here’s a clip of Jack Nicolson describing it.
8. Garam Kusamba
Garam Kusamba is salt, produced near Kusamba coast, Bali. It is made by hand and tastes a little bit sweet because of the minerals it contains. When added as an ingredient, it will make a simple dish tastier and if used in a hot bath, it will make the water moisture-rich.
Jamu is pretty much hailed as a traditional medicine in Indonesia, 100% made from natural local herbs. It can be applied topically or taken orally, and is popular among Indonesian women.
10. Bir Bintang
The Local Beer. Need we say more?
Arak is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from coconuts – the local rum really.
Krupuk!!! Delicious shrimp crackers served as a popular side dish in Bali. WARNING: Highly Addictive!