Local favourite lifestyle store Goods of Desire can help you accomplish all your Christmas shopping in one stop. If you’re in the market for a Secret Santa gift, they have some very cool heat sensitive mugs which change imagery when hot liquid is poured in. The A Symphony of Lights mug is particularly fun to watch transform ($120).
Slippers for Christmas need not be a dull and tired present. You can surprise your gift recipient with colourful footwear festooned with Hong Kong imagery like the Nathan Road design covered in neon signage ($268).
You could also go the more budget route and pick up some pairs of classic Chinese “silk” slippers at Ladies Market. They come in all sizes and colours and are compact and light for packing if you’re heading home this holiday, allowing you to buy multiple pairs and kit out the whole family. You can pick up some equally colourful shoe bags to go with them. They’re great for those who travel a lot, and kids like them too (you could end up with a pair for $60 if you haggle well!).
We all know this will come in handy: replace any lacklustre, plain umbrellas in the homes of your friends and family with this quirky stick umbrella decorated with Hong Kong newspaper classifieds ($280). There are lots more designs in folding umbrella style too ($195).
There will no doubt be a person on your list who is difficult to buy for. They’re not a big reader, nor into fashion…but they will most certainly like to eat! Lavish them with truffles and biscuits from the Peninsula Boutique. The glamorous Peninsula Hotel in Kowloon has a shop selling beautifully-displayed treats, from truffles to biscuits in tins and boxes evoking images of Hong Kong (from $150).
For the gourmands in your life, the Peninsula also makes well-presented sauces and condiments. Their Classic Sauce Gift Box is a good buy as it comes in a lovely red box with four classic Asian sauces to spice up your friend’s dishes, or perhaps introduce a family member to Chinese cuisine ($420).
Another local treat comes in the form of tea-flavoured chocolates courtesy of chà.ke.li at yè shanghai. Decadent bonbons made with a variety of teas like jasmine, puer and oolong are lovingly handmade and packaged in boxes ranging from eight pieces ($138) to 28 pieces ($398), or individually for $15, but we doubt you’ll be able to buy just one.
Wine lovers usually count France, Australia or Chile as places producing their favourite wines. But you can surprise the oenophiles on your list with a bottle of Hong Kong-made wine. Chinese have quickly become some of the world’s top wine connoisseurs and local winery The 8th Estate is keeping up. Their award-winning wine is produced locally from imported grapes, with prices for a bottle starting at a very festive $160.
To go with the wine, pick up the cute Hong Kong street sign wine glass markers from Goods of Desire ($160). Both gifts are sure to make great conversation pieces at the Christmas dinner table.
You can cross off a lot of people on your shopping list with home decor gifts which are both practical and beautiful. Zest of Asia has a range of products with an Asian touch from moderately priced Chinese porcelain ($320, in different sizes) to a 1 metre-high Chinese lantern ($950). How many people can say they received an authentic Chinese lantern for Christmas?
Perhaps treat yourself to a gift this year and these beautiful images by Hong Kong-based artist, Francesco Lietti, which are mounted on plexiglass, giving you the opportunity to light up the image from behind. They come in a range of sizes and prices range from HK$2,500 to HK$7,900. To review the images, visit the website here and email your order to [email protected]
Fiona Paton Design also offers gifts for the home with her Hong Kong Style range, such as these hand cut Chinese paper-adorned luminaries. Each one features an intricate Chinese red paper design and reflects beautifully when lit. They are perfect for the festive season but would not be out of place on display year-long (from $160).
Fiona also creates trays in bold colours with mounted Hong Kong map prints, along with a gorgeous phoenix and peony version. She can even customise trays with your own photos or child’s artwork (from $600) for an original present to be cherished for years to come.
But you needn’t burst your wallet. Those wonderfully quirky and packed to the brim market stalls of Hong Kong offer charming sets of rice bowls and Chinese tea pots. Bonus: they come in attractive wooden crates which are great for presentation and can be used for something else later. There are tons to choose from in all sizes and colours at markets like Temple Street Night Market (depending on your bartering skills, you can score a set for under $100).
If you want to treat your wife or girlfriend, you can’t go wrong with one of these beautiful bags, created by local designers Louella Odié. The high quality bags and purses featuring Hong Kong scenes are bound to impress (price ranges from HK$800 for the tote and HK$1000 for the wristlet. The wristlet is available at Sooqcentral.com and the tote here.
A pair of earrings to sparkle the earlobes of a good friend, or a handsome set of cufflinks to bring a bit of pop to your partner’s shirts are other ways to show off one’s personal taste. Hong Kong jewellry designer and gemologist Shikha S. Lamba manufactures and designs eclectic sterling silver jewellry (prices starting at $350) and gold jewellry (from $2000). Her cuff bracelets are particularly eye-catching ($665).
Scribble Jewellery produces custom-made pendants and charms for adults and children using Chinese names and images of Hong Kong landmarks like the Peak Tram and LKF. They make great leaving presents or personal keepsakes. Pendants and charms range from $600-$950 and cufflinks are $1500.