From A to Z, we’ve got your gifting inspo covered!
We get it mamas, there’s a million and one things to do on a regular basis, so when the holidays roll around the task of shopping for loved ones on your list can be beyond daunting! We’ve all been there, so in order to make this year go a lot smoother for all of us, we’ve compiled a list of great gifts and experiences that will not only be thoughtful but unique and special as well. Check out our A – Z guide, be inspired and get shoppin’!
In the interest of being a helping hand and making the whole process smoother, we’ve put together some useful print outs to keep you organised. Download these, print them off, stick them on the fridge and get the whole family involved!
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We start this gift guide with the letter A for Aesop! The Australian hair, skin and body care company supplies good quality products that ensures you stay pampered all day, everyday! We love The Avid Explorer body care set for mamas and The Intrepid Gent set for papas.
This one’s for the ladies who love a spot of makeup; ByTerry is a luxury skincare, cosmetics and perfume company originated from France. For a splurge-y face product, we love the Imperial Rose Illuminating Concentrate and for a gift set, we like the Baum de Rose gift set, which contains several different nourishing lip balms.
We are big fans of Cochine Saigon at Sassy Mama HQ! The luxury fragrance line from and inspired by Vietnam. Cochine was launched here in Hong Kong and is the baby of Hong Kong based Kate Crofton-Atkins. The line was created when she was living in Saigon and was completely inspired by all the smells and sights that make the city so unique. Our faves are the Tuberose and Wild Fig scented candle and the Vanille and Tabac Reed diffuser. Perfect home-warming gifts!
Add a little sparkle to your stocking this year! If you’re looking for something truly special this Christmas, look no further than Diamond Registry. Located in the heart of Hong Kong, this diamond wholesaler offers super competitive prices on all their gorgeous loose GIA certified gems! With experts advising you on how to find the best of the best, straight from the source, you really will be getting top quality below market price. Stellar service and a quick, easy process? Tick! Regardless of the type of jewellery you have your heart set on, they have something for every special occasion. Did we mention that you can set your stone in a bespoke, custom-made setting? That’s right, mamas, this is the place to come if you’re looking for serious value for your money over the holiday season (aren’t we all?)!
Epic MMA is a mixed martial arts gym run by world class champion instructors located in the heart of central. The gym offers a huge selection of courses and personal trainers tailored for all levels. Check out their schedule and programs to book a first trial class. Time to beat that Christmas bloat!
The Fly-Tot is great a gift for frequent travellers! The Fly-Tot is an inflatable cushion that fits in the space between your seat and the seat in front of you to allow your little ones to lay flat on a regular economy seat. Our editor, Kat swears by it as it has been a lifesaver for her as she travels long haul flights with her littles!
In case you didn’t already know, we are obsessed with this gorgeous brand. Grana is a Hong Kong startup all about comfort, style, and quality. Their fabrics include 100% Chinese silk, Japanese denim, super soft Peruvian Pima cotton, and their latest addition: Mongolian Cashmere! The affordable prices are really just the icing on the cake. We love this warm and luxurious cashmere sweater for women and the comfy cashmere hoodie for men. Definitely on our wish list this year!
HK Ballet is Asia’s premier Ballet company and with the talent and creativity of the dancers and its shows, this makes for a great and enjoyable Christmas gift! The Nutcracker is always a good one for Christmas, but get tickets soon as they tend to run out!
Indigo Living is one of Hong Kong’s go to places for anything home decor or furniture. With a variety of styles to choose from, you can find anything from beds, bedside tables, desks, wall units and cots plus, bed linens, mattresses and cushions and even a selection of toys and books too! We love their Peacock obsessed theme and their Nutcracker-inspired designs for Christmas goodies.
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J.Crew is renowned for its simple, casual yet incredibly stylish Italian cashmeres, Ludlow suits, Flannels, handbags and shoes. The store also has chic children’s clothing for us mamas that like shopping for your little ones. The Girls’ pajama set is adorable and the cute taco bag!
Celebrate Christmas with a grateful heart this year and show the people around you your love and appreciation this season. Our favourite Swedish stationery brand, kikki.K is back again this year to make your gifts meaningful and special. Send a loved one the beautiful Display Box ($295) where special treasures can be kept or the beautifully curated Christmas Gift Packs ($260) that are ready to inspire and delight the receiver. Our favourite has to be the Christmas Paper Lover’s Book ($220) as it’s chock full of craft projects you can create with your kiddos this holiday for some quality time together. kikki.K have also launched a gorgeous limited collection of leather planners, notebook holders, keychains (and more!). Get them monogrammed with initials or a personal motto at their Pacific Place Little Boutique. Make sure to check out kikki.K’s Facebook and Instagram for more holiday inspiration!
We love supporting the mama and daughter duo behind Louella Odié. The handbag and textiles brand specialises in Hong Kong’s cityscape and nautical prints, giving oriental style a whole new meaning! This is the perfect gift for those special ladies in your life who are looking for a taste of Hong Kong to carry with them everywhere. We love the Lattice handbag design and the smaller version of the Lattice print – the Five-Pocket bag.
A favourite amongst many fashionistas in Hong Kong, Monica Vinader has a collection of signature bracelets, bangles, earrings, necklaces and rings. They also do a free engraving service! Our faves are the signature thin bangle (for a splurge!) and the red Linear Friendship bracelet to get you in the Christmas spirit!
For the friend who loves a good lippy and matching manis, NARS Cosmetics is the one to shop from! The popular high-end cosmetics brand originating from the US offers several gift sets every Christmas. For a more affordable one, we love the cool Thousand Worlds Lip and Nail set and for those looking to splash out a little, the Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret set, which offers a generous selection of lipsticks appropriate for every occasion! Yes, please!
Originating from London, the designers from Oliver Bonas take inspo from a range of genres and eras to create unique goods; from clothing, accessories to furniture and home decor, you’ll find something for everyone here! We love their affordable Secret Santa gift range and the Sister & Co. Coconut and Coffee body scrub.
Available online at www.oliverbonas.com
Patinova makes unique pieces for men and women celebrating HK’s unique culture. Founder Ben Huang has created impressive accessories out of ordinary items such as cufflinks crafted from classic coins depicting Chinese characters and designed as Dragon Boat Race paddles. We love the classic coin design cufflinks for men. The perfect gift for the men in your life who love something a bit out of the ordinary.
Available online at www.patinova.com
Quintessentially is one of the coolest gifts you can get your family and friends! It’s a lifestyle management service – (they also have an mobile app!) – where you are assigned a lifestyle manager. They will tailor your membership towards your needs, whether you want to check out the best fine-dining spots in town or organise a baby sitter or laundry pick up service, your lifestyle manager can arrange it all. They’ll also keep you up to date with all the cool events happening around you so you can be sure you’re getting the most Hong Kong has to offer.
Rebecca Minkoff is a favourite for many mamas out there as this American brand is not only affordable but carries beautifully and stylishly made handbags, accessories and clothing. We love their super cool hologram crossbody mini bag and their Christmassy green coloured Fulton Brief for men. Your family member or friend will love receiving this gift under the tree this year!
On the hunt for swoon-worthy décor? With party season already beginning, we’re looking for anything to ease the process! Whether you’re hosting a sophisticated dinner party at home or at your favourite private kitchen, Swoon Soirées is here to guarantee a picture-perfect table setting and Pinterest-worthy buffet backdrop. With no-fuss paper pinwheels, and glitter-kissed deco, we’re in love with their latest selection! After all, we hear gold is the new black for all black-tie events this holiday… Perfect for a parents-only New Years Eve Party!
Get in the festive season with Tiny Bitz as their whimsical designs catches the Christmas spirit this year. Their newly launched collection is inspired by sweet candy canes and a classic nautical palette with a cheeky Merry Bitzmas message making every baby’s first Christmas extra special. We are loving their Line Dance striped set in their award-winning growing kit which includes 3 pieces of clothing plus a Christmas Beanie for only $498. The clothing is specially rolled in their signature cylindrical gift box making it the perfect present under the tree this year. Yes, please! Pick up the adorable Christmas onesies and gift sets at both Petite Bazaar locations this year.
Hong Kong has caught the fitness bug and there is no better gift than to give the gift of accountability in getting strong together. Check out the uber popular strongman gym, Ursus which is Latin for “bear”. Their name reflects their philosophy of building strength through their wildly fun and challenging classes. Sign you and the hubby up for a Muay Thai class, Bear Camp or Ursus Fit. The classes are addictive, so this is definitely the gift that keeps giving!
For the adventurer on your list, check out Viator! They list activities and trips you can do around Hong Kong and is the perfect choice for your friends and family that have the travel bug. What says, “I appreciate you!” than getting them an affordable getaway? From a trip to the Big Buddha to a Macau getaway, there’s something for everyone (and price range) here too.
Warrior Academy is a new fitness centre that has recently opened up in Hong Kong. With state-of-the-art equipment, Warrior Academy merges martial arts, strength, conditioning, wellness and nutrition (they have a food bar with delicious, healthy treats – like the avocado brownie)! Check out their schedule and book a free trial. They have generously offered three free sessions instead of one so you can try out a different class each time and not a moment too soon with all the holiday feasting that’s around the corner!
1/F, HK Plaza, 188 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 28383878, www.warrioracademyhk.com, [email protected]
Looking to gift (or receive!) the gift of relaxation? Xi Shi is the mobile solution for you! You can book a massage online and the masseuse will come to wherever you are. Talk about convenience! They have a range of services (even prenatal and postnatal for all mamas-to-be and new mamas) at affordable prices.
YEECHOO is Hong Kong’s first online designer dress rental destination that will let you rent a chic designer frock for that upcoming party or important function for a super-affordable price. No need to purchase! Our editorial assistant, Tania recently rocked this number for a charity ball. Check out their monthly rental service which makes for a special gift for your fashionista friends out there who have a ton of parties or events to attend!
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Athleisure, anyone? For the perfect on-the-go leggings, check out Zarie’s DREAM leggings. They’re super comfortable and designed to enhance our natural curves by using a special fabric to tone and slim our legs as we wear them. The perfect choice for those comfy days at home after a big Christmas meal.