The ajb 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s official! The holiday season is nearly upon us. Shop local and shop small this year with our hand made and sourced in Jakarta 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. The ajb Gift Guide is all about skipping the shopping malls as much as possible this year. You can give gorgeous, handcrafted gifts and support small, local businesses in one fell swoop this holiday season.

In a city with so many talented—and friendly—makers, we recommend sourcing from local Jakarta businesses; whether you’re picking up pieces directly from the Studio, at a Pop Up Arts Market, Online, or working together on a custom gift. Who knows, you may make a new friend or two in the process; the best part we believe about shopping local in Jakarta!

Cards and Stationery

Grensi Papergoods and stationery made in Indonesia
Grensi Papergoods and stationery made in Indonesia. Sourced at Temple Trees
Christmas cards featuring indigenous flora of the Indonesian archipelago by local artist Winarti Handayani. Purchased at Temple Trees. Also available at Darmawagsa Square, South Jakarta
Kamalika art prints handmade in Indonesia
Kamalika art prints gift tags, handmade in Indonesia. Sourced at Temple Trees and their flagship store The City Walk Dharmawangsa Square
Cute Christmas cards by Kamalika Artprints. Purchased at Temple Trees. Also available at Darmawagsa Square and Chic Mart in South Jakarta
Each year Kamalika Artprints release their desktop calendar and each year I buy a handful of them. These calendars make a unique, practical and meaningful gift (and they are easy to pack!). The 2017 calendar focuses on endangered flora and fauna of the Indonesian archipelago. Purchased at Temple Trees. Also available at Darmawagnsa Square, Chic Mart and online



If you or a friend are a fan of the bespoke cups at But First Coffee Dharmawangsa, hand made by emerging artist Ignatius Tommy, you will also love this special glaze Ignasius ceramic espresso cup. Shop Ignasius Tommy ceramics online, or follow his Instagram for his next Pop Up. This cup (or similar) is a great gift for someone who loves rustic, earthy pottery
Pekunden Pottery plate by Java ceramicist Bregas Harrimardoyo. Available at Dialogue Artspace and online at Pekunden Pottery
DSK handmade jewellery dish
A little handmade gem found at a Sunday Pop Up Arts Market Jalan Kenangan on Jl. Radio Dalam, South Jakarta. Handmade by Deska Riani AKA DSK on Instagram
Ceramic and bamboo ladle and serving spoon by Bandung artist, Ahadiat Joedawinata. Available in Dialogue Artspace, Kemang
Ceramic and bamboo serving spoons by Bandung artist, Ahadiat Joedawinata. Available in Dialogue Artspace, Kemang. These look perfect teamed with our hand-picked timber bowls by Cayenne
Very sweet hand built espresso cups by Semaya Clay in their signature naive style. Visit their Instagram account for the full gorgeous ceramic range and Email Semaya Clay founder Linda Wongso to make your order. Details below
Semaya Clay
More Semaya Clay goodness here. Petite bowls to use in the kitchen for salt or the bedroom for earrings. A cuppa and cake on the grey and white polka dot side plate..Unique gifts. We love them!
This beautiful Kandura Studio speckled ceramic vase is by Bandung based artists. Head out of the city for the weekend and visit their Bandung studio or look out for them at Ceramic Market, Quibicle Space Jl. Senopati 79 Jakarta on the 2-3 December. You can also find Kandura Studio ceramics at The Goods Department
Pekunden Pottery ceramic coffee mugs
Pekunden Pottery ceramic coffee mugs by Java ceramicist Bregas Harrimardoyo. This week Pekunden Pottery has a small stall in the entrance lobby of Pondok Indah Mall 3
Pekunden plate
Pekunden Pottery ceramic plate. We are loving the sgraffito technique Bregas Harrimardoyo uses on many of his works of art. Sgraffito is a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting colour. In Italian, Sgraffito means to scratch



Recycled wine bottle glasses with leather handles by FFrash
Recycled wine bottle glasses with handles made from scraps of leather by FFrash. Jakarta based organisation Ffrash works hand in hand with street children providing them with skills to make treasure out of trash. The proceeds from the sales of all Ffash homewares are fed directly back into the organisation so that continued support for these children can be guaranteed

Indonesian snacks, treats and delicacies

Scrumptuous Fair Trade snacks by Javara Indonesia. Available for purchase at Javara
Cacao-dusted toffee-coated scorched almonds from Kempi Deli make for that delicious and dangerously moreish Christmas treat
Monggo Milk Chocolate with Rendang Curry Paste
Monggo Milk Chocolate with Rendang Curry Paste…it doesn’t get any more local than that! Unfortunately their Kemang store has closed but Monggo chocolate can be sourced at a range of good Jakarta supermarkets. See their website for stockists
East Java Co Fine Foods Sulawesi Raw Forest Honey
East Java Co Fine Foods Sulawesi Raw Forest Honey, sourced at 1/15 Coffee. The Perfect Gift for Granddad!


We are the people resin bangles
We Are The People resin bangles. Shop online. Throughout the year they also sell their jewellery at local Art Markets. Follow their Instagram account for their next event
These Buoyancy Stacked Rings are made from resin and look beautiful worn together or separately. Purchase online from We Are The People
We are the people resin earrings
We Are The People resin earrings. These earrings are super cute, as you can wear them two ways or even three!
Continuing the resin theme, these funky octagonal-shaped rings in block colours and marble effect come beautifully packaged and make an easy gift to transport home. Available for purchase from We Are The People
Light and highly wearable, these python-skin leather earrings are by GBAKER
Hand-made bangles sourced from the island of Flores are available for purchase at Javara
Sweet and unique, these bangles from Flores are made for smaller wrists. From Javara
These leather necklaces with adjustable lengths are made in Bali. Purchase at Dialogue Artspace

Leather and Python Skin (ethically sourced)

Skin fin natural dip dyed leather coasters. Shop online or email them for sales enquiries. Follow Skin fin on Instagram for their full range of leather goodies and the next Art Market they might pop up in…
GBAKER python purses
GBAKER python purses. The perfect size for a hand phone, small change or credit cards. All GBAKER python products have been ethically sourced and are legally traded under the CITIES authority
GBAKER python earbud holder
GBAKER python earbud holder. The prefect gift for all ages!


Versatile and beautiful Mimesaa marble canister. (10cm x 8cm) Perfect for pens, toothbrushes or flowers


Borneo Craft, utensil holder. Made of rattan which has been dyed naturally and the design is inspired by the traditional handicraft of the Dayak Lundayeh people of Borneo
Borneo Craft, utensil holder. Made of rattan which has been dyed naturally and the design is inspired by the traditional handicraft of the Dayak Lundayeh people of Borneo. Purchase from their shop in the World Trade Centre or Follow them on Instagram to find out which Bazaar they will be selling at next
Borneo craft rattan hand dyed bangles
Borneo craft rattan hand dyed bangles. Great gifts to give in small bundles or as one big stack!
Borneo Craft Tempt Anggur... a place for wine!
Borneo Craft Tempat Anggur…translated as a place for wine! The perfect hostess gift
Du'Anyam Mothers Weaving Luggage tags made by women in Flores
Du’Anyam (Mothers Weaving). These beautiful luggage tags have been made by artisan women in Flores. Du’A means mother in Nusa Tengarra Timor. Du’Anyam produces functional wicker crafts to empower women and improve maternal and child health. This is a useful and seriously cool handmade gift with all sales supporting this worthy social enterprise


The Good Things in Life handmade artisan soap
L- R Java Scents handmade loofah and pachouli artisan soaps
Java Scents hand made cinnamon and clove soap


‘Pepe’ A wishful handmade doll, fabric supplied by Tulisan. These beautiful dolls have been sewn by young people under the guidance of local charity KDM. KDM supports street children and disadvantaged children to become confident, self supporting young adults. All proceeds of sales of Pepe dolls go to KDM to support their childrens program. The perfect gift to hang on the Christmas tree or to hang from a door knob
For the photography enthusiast! Noesa natural dyed ikat and leather camera strap, woven in Flores
House of Diamonds throw blanket
House of Diamonds handmade throw blanket handmade and stitched by Ilmi in Malang, Indonesia. I met the founders, Ida and Lila of House of Diamonds at the ANZA Bazaar last week, and was compelled to share their story. Ida and Lila are creative entrepreneurs who are passionate about empowering marginalised women in their community. They know first hand the life of stitching in a sweatshop. Ida and Lila have a dream to lead other women out of positions of strife to places of hope through providing dignified jobs. House of Diamonds was born from their dream. Shop House of Diamond products through their web shop and look out for them at the next Women’s Bazaar!
Sejauh mata Memandang navy/black Noodle Bowl cotton tote bag. This is a beautifully lightweight bag with a sweet polka dot lining. What's not to love!
Sejauh mata Memandang navy/black Noodle Bowl cotton tote bag. This is a beautifully lightweight and easy to fold up bag,  with a sweet polka dot lining. What’s not to love! The perfect gift to pop into your suitcase for a dear friend or family member this Christmas
Sejauh Mata Memandang (as far as the eye can see) batik stamped multifunctional cloth. We recommend using this gorgeous cloth to wrap a gift, or suggest to the gift recipient to wear it it as a bandana at the beach, wrap it around their wrist like a chunky bracelet, or around their neck with a casual t-shirt. The sky is the limit!
Sejauh Mata Memandang (as far as the eye can see) batik stamped multifunctional cloth. We recommend using this gorgeous cloth to wrap a gift, to line a bread basket, or you might suggest to the gift recipient to wear it it as a bandana at the beach, wrap it around their wrist like a chunky bracelet, or around their neck with a casual t-shirt. The sky is the limit!


Kenzi mahogany wood latte cups by Mimesaa. Shop online or Visit them this weekend at the Semasa Di Kota Tua 2016 Creative Market, 2nd floor of Kantor Pos Fatahillah Kota Tua, Jakarta. 10am – 5.30pm December 3 – 4
Teak wood coffee scoops by Mimesaa
Teak wood cereal spoons by Mimesaa
Obie hand made dolls
One of a kind, Obie hand made mahogany wood dolls in signature monochrome. Shop Obie online
Teak timber bowls with painted detailed exterior by Cayenne

Miscellaneous Gift Ideas

When I saw this book I knew exactly who would appreciate receiving this for Christmas… so without hesitation, I bought it. Quirky and interesting books (like this one) can be purchased at Aksara
Aksara also has some excellent and novel grooming gifts for that hard to buy male!
These vintage-style enamel cups with matching lids are available in vibrant colours from Kedaung. This original design is typically Javanese. Fill them with local chocolates or cashews from Flores and you’ve created a thoughtful and practical gift
Organic coconut sugar is the best gift idea! Wrap it with a wooden scoop or add it to a gift hamper to make that practical gift that will go down a treat! Available from Javara
Continuing the theme of gift hampers, why not add a couple of boxes of artisan salt? This original product has been harvested in Bali and purchase of this product (and any Javara product) directly supports the farmers and their communities

Stockists and Suppliers

Various locations
Web: Aksara
Instagram: Aksara

Borneo Craft Yayasan Total Indonesia
World Trade Centre II
Metropolitan Complex
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav 29-31

Website: Borneo Craft
Instagram: Borneo Craft

Jl. Kemang Selatan VIII
RT.7/RW.2, Bangka
Mampang Prpt., Kota Jakarta Selatan

Instagram: Cayenne

Chic Mart
Jl. Kemang Raya No.55
Kemang, Mampang Prpt

Instagram: Chic Mart

Dialogue Artspace
Web: Dialogue
Instagram: Dialogue

Duft and Chandelle
Duft and Chandelle

Instagram: Du’Anyam

DSK handmade dish
Instagram: DSK

Ffrash Designs

GBAKER Official

House of Diamonds
Web: House of Diamonds
Instagram: HODindonesia

Java Scents home business
Jl. Uranus V, no. 10
Jakarta Selatan
HP: 0811989537

Javara Indonesia
Web: Javara
Instagram: Javara

Kamalika Art Prints
Instagram: Kamalika Art Prints
Web: Kamalika Art Prints

Kandura Studio
Kandura Studio
Kandura Studio

Various locations
Web: Kedaung Home
Instagram: Kedaung Home

Kempi Deli
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town East Mall Lt. 2
Jalan MH.Thamrin No.1, Kb. Melati
Jakarta Pusat, Kota Jakarta Pusat

Web: Kempi Deli
Instagram: Kempi Deli

Mimesaa Home Products marble and wood
Instagram: Mimesaa
Shopdeca site: Shop Deca

Monggo Chocolate
Various locations
Web: Monggo Chocolate

Web: Noesa
Instagram: Noesa

Tobing Dewi
Instagram: Obie Id

Web: Pekunden Pottery
Instagram: Pekunden Pottery

Sejauh Mata Memandang
Instagram: Sejauh Mata Memandang

Semaya Clay
Email Linda Wongso at :

Instagram: Skinfin

Temple Trees Homeware
Jl. Senopati No. 66
Jakarta Selatan

Temple Trees Homeware

The Goods Department
Various locations
Web: The Goods Department

The Good Things in Life. Co
Jl.Terogong Raya No. 34
Jakarta Selatan

Web: The Good Things in Life
The Good Things in Life

Tommy Ceramic Studio (Ceramic Artisan: Ignasius Tommy)
Ignasius Tommy

Various locations

Web: My Tulisan

We are the People
Instagram: We are the People

1/15 Coffee
Jl. Gandaria 1, No. 63
Jakarta Selatan

Words: Liz and Jo  Photography  a journey bespoke

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Crafty and Cool DIY Paper Diamonds

“Helllooo!!!” – A quick selfie as we finish the photo shoot for today’s blog post. We hope you enjoyed it!


  1. Marlo Russell says

    What a great post, thank you. I love the we are the people jewellery, gorgeous. Do they have a retail outlet or only available online?

    • ajourneybespoke says

      Hi Marlo! We are glad you enjoyed today’s post and found some items that you really like. The group, ‘We Are The People’ mainly sell online. Liz originally found them at a pop-up market and although WATP continue to promote their products in this way, we think the best way for you to access their products is via online. You can also check out their range on instagram and send them a DM. Merry Christmas and best wishes,

  2. Lucy says

    Fantastic…some really great shopping ideas!…Thanks for making my Christmas shopping a lot easier here in Jakarta!Merry Christmas..Lucy

  3. Gitte says

    As always- fantastic research girls! Wishing ajourneybespoke a merry xmas – thank you for giving the best blog in jtown ❤️

    • ajourneybespoke says

      Hello Gitte! Always lovely to hear from you. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas too. Thank you for always producing such beautiful products that we all love to wear and use 🙂

  4. says

    Just wanted to let you girls know that I purchased a few of the suggestions from your gift guide and they were absolute hit with everyone. Thanks lovelies for such great and original ideas. Love your work and I look forward to seeing what you’ve got in store for us in 2017. Happy New Year A Journey Bespoke xox

    • ajourneybespoke says

      Hi Georgie,
      Happy New Year to you too! and as always, so lovely to hear from you. We are happy to hear the ajb Gift Guide suggestions were well received.
      Have a great Jakarta year! XX

  5. Huey Miin says

    I bet you girls had the best time doing research for this article! Some great creative gift ideas there …….
    Happy New Year and keep up the great work!

    • ajourneybespoke says

      Hey there Huey Miin! Happy New Year to you too! You’re right, we really did enjoy researching this post. Who doesn’t enjoy a spot of shopping, especially when there are so many lovely bespoke items to appreciate. Best wishes,

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