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Check Out These Malaysian Online Stores For Some Much Needed Retail Therapy

Treat yourself to a lil' something while supporting small local businesses.

Cover image via Mareqeshi/Facebook & Bingka KL/Facebook

Disclaimer: This list is arranged in no particular order.

2020 has been a bizarre year so far

While we're all required to stay home right now, you might have been keeping busy by Netflix-ing, making the viral dalgona coffee, or working out.

Whatever it is you're doing, we hope you're staying healthy and safe with family.

To lighten spirits, we've come up with a list of local online stores for you to enjoy some much-needed retail therapy:

1. Mareqeshi

Take this time to spruce up your kitchen with some gorgeous household items from this homegrown business.

Mareqeshi sells wooden salad bowls, enamel cutlery, wooden cheeseboards, table linens, among other things.

They are doing deliveries during this Movement Control Order (MCO) period.

You can order from their Shopee store or through WhatsApp.

Phone: +6011-10294884

 Facebook | Instagram

2. Bingka

From purses and bags to pillowcases and other home decors, Bingka never disappoints with their quirky Malaysian-inspired items.

Whether it's a gift for someone or you just wanna treat yourself, their items add that subtle hint of personality to your wardrobe and home.

During this period, they are taking small orders but are not doing full-scale deliveries.

 Facebook | Instagram | Website

3. Mentega

Still wanna look professional for those conference calls?

Taking into consideration Malaysia's humid weather, Mentega nails it with their custom-made men's hair products.

Every single jar is handcrafted and hand-poured by the team to make products like hair clay, pomade, and beard oil, among others.

They are currently doing deliveries.

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4. Mano Plus

Mano Plus is a one-stop lifestyle shop that carries multiple brands, including several homegrown businesses.

They sell stationery, candles, skincare, clothes, accessories, home decor and storage, and books - the list goes on.

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5. Hermo

Pamper yourself and de-stress by doing your very own home spa session!

Hermo is an online Malaysian beauty site that has over 300 beauty brands, including bestselling K-beauty products from Cosrx, AHC, and Innisfree. You can also stock up on essentials like shampoo and body wash.

For this MCO period, they put together a whole list of great promotions on their skincare items and home spa devices.

You can check it out here.

6. MaryamBayam

Who says you can't look cute while being at home? MaryamBayam sells gorgeous batik earrings, headbands, necklaces, and scrunchies that are all handmade in Kampung Chelet, Nilai.

Prices for items start as low as RM10 and they ship worldwide.

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7. Dear Scrub,

Image via Dear Scrub,
Image via Dear Scrub,
Image via Dear Scrub,

Feeling a little lethargic at home? Beat the blues by treating yourself to a nice scrub!

Dear Scrub, makes natural body and facial scrubs that are also customisable for all occasions - such as for wedding door gifts, annual dinners, and birthdays.

Phone: +6010-7840739

Facebook | Instagram | Website

8. The Coote Store

Image via The Coote Store
Image via The Coote Store
Image via The Coote Store

Give your pet a little love too by treating them to a new toy or outfit.

The Coote Store
sells stuff for pets while donating some of the profits to Malaysian animal shelter, My Pets Haven.

Aside from that, the online store also sells adorable stationery, bags, and accessories.

 Instagram | Website

9. Apom! (A Piece of Malaysia)

Image via Apom/Facebook
Image via Apom/Facebook
Image via Apom/Facebook

Looking for a good conversation starter? Apom has you covered with their cheeky Malaysian-inspired T-shirts, baby onesies, socks, badges, cups, board games, cushions, tote bags, and more.

They're currently having a T-shirt sale on their site. Also, be sure to check out their board games, like The Malaysian Dream - a great card game that can be played with your family during this time.

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10. Pantun Pins

Add a whimsical touch to your outfit, bag, or shoes with these enamel pins from Pantun Pins.

Some of their adorable Malaysian-inspired designs include Digimon, bread clips, and pasar drinks. They also deliver worldwide, so you can send some love to friends who are staying overseas.

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11. Poppylab

Splurge a little on yourself or friends by getting a pair of earrings from Poppylab - each pair is specially designed and handmade.

Aside from earrings, they also have necklaces, bracelets, and rings.

If you would like to gift it to someone, they are currently offering free gift packaging with a personalised gift card during this period.

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Remember to #JustStayAtHome. Watch the latest update on the COVID-19 situation:

There are also several online batik stores on this list that are currently doing deliveries:

We can show our support for Malaysians struggling during this time while not needing to leave our homes:

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