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Curating An MCO Care Package? Here Are 11 Gift Ideas From Small Local Online Businesses

Let them know you're thinking of them.

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1. DIY Batik Kit | Novak Batik

Has your friend been complaining of boredom? Well, send them a beautiful batik kit and let them unleash their inner artist! Novak Batik makes modern contemporary hand-drawn batik designs that are individually mounted on bamboo rings. Each DIY kit also includes five colour powders, a watercolour brush, sponge brush, colour tray, and a colour making instruction card. 

Price:
RM45

Visit their Shopee or Instagram for more information.

2. Mini Succulent Terrariums | Little Eden Succulents

If your friend is feeling a little lonely this lockdown, try sending them a cute mini terrarium or two for company! Succulents are low-maintenance plants that immediately add a touch of nature to any house. Founded in 2016, Little Eden Succulents specialises in making round glass terrariums that house different species of succulents. They also hold workshops teaching people how to create their own terrariums.

Price not specified.

Visit their Instagram for more information.

3. Handmade scented candles | HÅNDLAVET

Include a candle or two in your care package to help your loved one relax and unwind after a long day! HÅNDLAVET makes 100% soy wax candles that are hand-poured in small batches, and are available in 1.8oz and 6.8oz jars with cotton or wood wicks. Each candle looks classy and minimalistic, and are made with natural ingredients like ginger and waterlily, dried fruits and buchu leaves, citrus and lilac, iris and rose, and more.

Price:
RM18 - RM85

Visit their website or Instagram for more information.

4. Delicious homemade spreads

Include a jar or two of healthy homemade spreads that are not only high in nutrients, but are also a super versatile condiment to compliment almost any dish! Check out these two homegrown brands for some of the best spreads in town:

Do you know someone who absolutely loves garlic? Well, this is the perfect gift for those who can't get enough of garlic bread, but don't have the time to make their own from scratch. Based in Subang, La Qumar Foods sells a yummy homemade traditional Lebanese garlic sauce that's made from natural ingredients. Known as 'toum', this vegan garlic spread is really versatile and addictive, and can be used as a dip, condiment, sauce, or marinade.

Price:
RM19 per jar

Delivery within Klang Valley only.

Contact them on WhatsApp or Instagram for more information.

Mama'spreads sells nutritious homemade spreads in three varieties, which are peanut, almond, and sesame tahini. Tahini is a paste made with finely grounded sesame seeds that tastes savoury, bitter, and nutty, and is often used in pasta sauces, salads, nachos dips, and even burgers for an extra creamy kick.⁣ Each of their spreads are made using sugar-free, all-natural products, as well as extra virgin olive oil. 

Price:
RM12 - RM24

Check out their Shopee, Facebook, or Instagram for more information.

5. Paper flower bouquet | The Good Paper Co

Want to send them flowers that will never wilt? You can get a wonderful alternative from The Good Paper Co, and they look just as realistic as actual flowers! This small business was founded by a paper crafter who makes stunning bouquets and floral arrangements using coloured paper. If your friend is really creative and enjoys a fun art project, you can even get them a paper rose kit and register them for a private workshop where they can learn to DIY their own paper flowers!

Price:
RM90 (Paper rose kit)
Price of readymade items not specified.

Delivery only within Selangor and KL.

Visit their Instagram for more information, or click here to order a paper rose kit.

6. Homemade cookies | Lovesome Cookies

If someone you know has been feeling down, send them a thoughtful care package with some treats to sweeten up their day. Established by a husband and wife duo, Lovesome Cookies sells homemade custom decorated cookies with the prettiest designs imaginable! Among their designer cookies is their version of the famous Hokkaido Shiroi Koibito cookie (White Lover cookie) that come packaged in lovely gift boxes.

Price not specified.

Delivery within West Malaysia only.

Visit their Facebook and Instagram for more information.

7. Homemade Macarons | Crumblemelt

Alternatively, you could send them a box of colourful and tasty macarons to add some cheerful colours into their life. Based in KL, Crumblemelt makes custom French macarons in pretty pastel colours, which are sold in adorable gift sets. You can also get these as door gifts for special occasions, or order their tiered macaron tower as a unique party centrepiece.

Price not specified.

Contact them on WhatsApp or Instagram for more information.

8. Build a personalised vegan gift box | Fittie Sense

Encourage your friend to adopt a healthy lifestyle, or start a plant-based diet by gifting them a personalised vegan gift box filled with probiotics, sugar-free sauces, gluten-free grains, and much more. Fittie Sense allows you to fully customise a gift box from a large range of organic vegan products and snacks. They'll help you put together the best products based on your needs, preferences, and budget, and will even include a handwritten note at no extra charge.

Price:
RM55 - RM75

Delivery within Klang Valley only.

Visit their Instagram for more information.

9. Freshly roasted coffee beans | Bean Shipper

If your friend lives on their morning cup of coffee, you should gift them a packet of coffee beans to get them through the work-from-home period. Bean Shipper is a Malaysian online store that sells freshly roasted coffee beans from artisanal coffee roasters in Malaysia and Taiwan. They also have a customised subscription plan for customers to regularly receive freshly roasted coffee on a self-determined schedule.

Price:
RM7 - RM130

Visit their website or Instagram for more information.

10. Vacuum-sealed meat | Tear N Eat

If your friend is a health and fitness enthusiast, then they would appreciate this unique gift. Tear N Eat sells 100% natural meat that's cooked, fat-trimmed, and vacuum-sealed. Their chicken breast and chicken breast nuggets are Muslim-friendly, and have no added preservatives or antibiotics. Their chicken breast comes in five different flavours, which are BBQ, Thai tom yam, Sichuan mala, signature shoryu, Chinese herbs, and spicy paprika. Their products are a convenient option for those who are struggling to find time to prepare fresh meals. 

Price:
From RM90 (10 pieces)

Visit their website, Facebook, or Instagram for more information.

11. Journaling kits

Add some aesthetic stationery supplies in a curated journaling kit to get them started on their journal journey. You can order these kits at affordable prices, and each one comes with a grid or dotted notebook, as well as a huge assortment of patterned paper, colourful postcards, cute stickers, washi tapes, sticky notes, brush pens, and heaps more.

Price:
RM22 per kit

Visit Sketchmore's Shopee or Instagram for more information.

Price:
RM28 per kit

Contact Nota KL on WhatsApp or Instagram for more information.

Price:
RM22 per kit

Visit Art World Journal Kit's Instagram for more information.

Need more items to fill your gift boxes? Here are more gift ideas from other small online businesses:

Alternatively, you can deliver fresh meals right to their house. Check out these online shops selling yummy food: