Daiso is one of those stores which allow you to stretch your dollar, just as ValuDollar lets you purchase snacks and candy cheaply (but prices vary across their many outlets). For just $2, you can get just about anything you need from Daiso. Falsies? Yup. Heat packs for traveling? Sure. Decorative items for upcoming festivities? Of course! And here are some items which left an impression on me (and some on my wallet) during my recent visits to two Daiso outlets (located at Waterway Point and Vivocity). They left me amazed at their (low) 2-dollar pricetag…
*Items 1 to 13 were spotted at Waterway Point’s Daiso outlet*
This is the item that was the inspiration for this blogpost:
(1) Relaxing Bath Neck Pillow
I wish I have a bathtub at home so I have use for this! 😀
Perhaps you may want to get a bath neck pillow for your staycation? 😀 It even has suction cups to hold it in place! My goodness. How utterly luxurious.
And while I did not buy the bath neck pillow, I did get one of these fluffy animal pillows:
(2) Fluffy Cushions
This kind of reminded me of Uniqlo:
(3) Inner Shirts for Men
And these pails are great for storing your gardening tools, or for the kiddos to bring to the beach or sandpit. The quality’s very good – thick plastic!
(4) Plastic Buckets – not for kicking
And a range of Disney themed makeup brushes! How are these selling at just $2? It could be $7.90 or $9.90 at least in a theme park’s gift store, no?
(5) Disney Themed Makeup Brushes
And I ALMOST bought this Mickey lid for mugs:
(6) Cup Lids
I’ve never heard of a herbarium (I know of terrariums and aquariums, but…) and there’s a range of oils for one…
(7) Herbarium Oils
And to keep shoes in shape… you need a shoe tree! Get two of these, of course:
(8) Shoe Tree
And this impressed me: an entire set of 30 color pens for just $2?! These should be flying off the… rack!
(9) Color Pens
And if pens are not impressive enough… how about a ‘flat frame saw’ for $2?
And this I did buy… for those days when I do not successfully stab the plastic lid but the edge of the straw’s gone blunt already… (@_@)
(11) Bubble Tea Straws
And beautiful glassware from Japan. $2?!
And since Halloween’s just around the corner…
(13) Decor for Halloween
Maybe I’ll get one of these to scare the neighbor who keeps smoking at the common corridor! Heh heh.
All these items below were spotted at Daiso, Vivocity. Of course, I cannot guarantee that they’ll be in stock when you visit. You can call them or make a trip down to check it out yourself. You may make some surprise finds too:
(14) Candy Jars
A candy jar that’s really big! Remove the lid and you may even use it as a vase!
This next item may not exactly be “cheap” but I just wanted to share that Daiso sells Garlic Chilli Sauce! LOL! Aren’t you impressed?
(15) Garlic Chilli Sauce
And they have foldable chairs too. Do take note of the weight limit though. It’s 50kg.
(16) Foldable Stools
Scented candles for your bedroom?
(17) Scented Candles
Givin’ Yankee Candle a run for their money.
And you can probably have flowers in these test tubes. A rack with 3 test tubes costs just $2!
(18) Test Tube Rack
And these aroma diffusers are TOO pretty. I couldn’t resist them. Bought the Lavender ones…
(19) Aroma Diffusers
Crocs-lookalike sandals, anyone? 😉
And since Sentosa is near Vivocity, this Daiso outlet sells picnic / beach mats in various designs and colors:
(21) Beach Mats
As for straws, I was SO impressed that they have bamboo straws, boba straws, plastic straws and even PAPER straws! I bought all the reusable bamboo straws. Haha!
(22) Straws of all kinds!
And this is getting ridiculous… I know. Daiso even sells fishing rods (complete with line, hook and float) for just $2. There were only 2 left, apart from 1 sample. So I bought both of them…
(23) Fishing Rods
And oh! This is like a lazy susan for your television or computer monitor. I’m gonna use it for my laptop so I can swivel it around (360 degrees!) when I clean the house. Haha!
(24) Rotating Table
And this next item blew my mind too: 100m of packing film! Instead of paying I-don’t-know 10 bucks(?) at the airport to get your luggage wrapped in cling film, do it yourself at 2 dollars or less.
(25) Packing Film
Daiso truly has an insane range of products. It’s terribly difficult to walk into a Daiso store and leave empty-handed. Sure, not all of the items are worth your 2 dollars (be discerning), but many of them are. Some would probably be much pricier if sold in other stores.
As a kid, my mother used to bring me to One.99 stores in Singapore (Remember those? Then you must be pretty old… like me. Haha) And while Nanz Chong-Komo’s business did not survive SARS, it appears that Daiso will certainly survive COVID-19 (and possibly, beyond). Daiso Marina Square has just opened its doors today and Daiso Bugis Junction will open on 21st September. 😉