Handwritten cards, presents under the tree and stockings stuffed to the brim: it’s no surprise that Christmas is known as the most wonderful time of the year. From glossy lip lacquers to charitable donations, we’ve lined up everything quick, easy and cost-friendly on our wish list. Because you know it’s a great gift, when you’d love to receive it yourself. The best bit? Everything is under $150. Yup, shopping’s never been so easy (oops!). Since they’re all within budget, you don’t have to make the dreaded decision of picking just one. Parcel them together, or add them to existing gifts to make sure your present ticks all the boxes…
Uber Tunique is a staple option for quick and easy jewellery. We love the look of the delicate small T-cuff bar. Available in silver, gold and rose gold, this bracelet is an easy addition to any stocking, and ideal for secret Santa! Plus, there are plenty of cute tassel bracelets going for $150 too. We’d recommend popping by the store in person to check out the pieces and get each one individually gift wrapped.
Available online or at Uber Tunique for $120.
This vegan lip balm from Courtney and the Babes has perfected the balance between light and nourishing. Made with coconut oil, olive oil, candelilla wax, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, vitamin E and organic, cold pressed vanilla extract, you can be sure your lips will be well taken care of through the dry months. The subtle vanilla scent won’t overwhelm your senses, but still offers a little pick-me-up.
Available online from The Slow Mode for $78
In case you didn’t already know, we’re HUGE fans of The Lion Rock Press, and all the unique gems they offer… From the cutest wrapping paper and gift tags, to intricate little Christmas ornaments (my family adores the star ferry one!), this is Sassy Mama’s go-to for unique Hong Kong presents. And don’t worry about cards yet to be written, this Christmas Card selection is ready to represent our bustling city. Our favourite this year is the navy and rose gold notebook – complete with our infamous skyline.
Available from The Lion Rock Press for $120.
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Cotton On’s Typo is a fool-proof place to pick up presents when you’re on a strict budget. I actually picked up my a couple of these handy, portable, and perfectly oversized mugs to add to various Secret Santa parcels this year! The “There’s a rather large chance this is wine” caption is a favourite in our office. Made from porcelain, with a plastic and silicon lid, it ticks the eco-friendly box by limiting the amount of single-use plastic we waste with disposable water bottles. An ideal portable present for on-the-go parents!
It may not be the most inventive gift in the world, but you really can’t go wrong with anything related to candles. This mosaic candle holder is an easy addition to any festive table setting. Pair it with one of the candle sets, and you’re good to go. Opt for a Christmas-scent to add an extra touch to any personalised Christmas hamper.
Read more: Home Decor for the Holidays
New Year Resolutions come with a lot of resounding statements. One we hear pretty frequently is “get organised”. If you know someone looking for a little support in that department (or someone who’s already leading by example!), kikki.K‘s lush selection of stationery is here to lead the way. Their gorgeous Swedish designs are enough to transform even the most unorganised friends and family members. This stylish Monthly Planner is perfect for office desk dwellers and your little learners – especially if they’re off to university soon!
Available online at kikki.K or in stores across Hong Kong for $66.50 (originally $95)
This lavender, rose geranium and ylang ylang bar of soap is packed full with organic olive and cupuacu seed butter, meaning it’s highly-moisturising for both your body and face. Made with 7 certified-organic ingredients, it’s a certified organic and gluten-free bar which is a quick, fragrant addition to any gift. Check out the exfoliating or shaving bar for handy alternatives. After all, ’tis the season to pamper-yourself…
Available from John Masters Organics for $140
In case you haven’t already heard, Charlotte Tilbury will be launching in Lane Crawford Hong Kong in April, 2018. If you’re looking to get your hands on it early, you can still order online – just be sure to factor in shipping time! Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Lustre Luxe Colour offers a little touch of luxury and we’re loving the look of the classic ‘High Society’ shade.
Blended with anti-aging Lotus Flower extract, this lacquer creates the ideal colour-rich shine. Plus, the creamy formula promises to avoid that sticky, scared-to-sip-mulled-wine feeling. Phew! There’s even a little rumour going round that the colour lasts up to six hours – and we’re more than willing to put it to the test.
Available online at net-a-porter for $150.
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Ah, the fragrance of fresh cinnamon and peppermint… Christmas is definitely in the air! Lush is renowned for their all natural skincare and products, and their no-nonsense stance against animal testing. Team Sassy can’t get enough of this bubbling bar (which lasts for 50 to 90 washes). Packed with essential oils, this shampoo bar is all about promoting the healthiest locks. Perfect.
Available from LUSH for $115.
If you’re looking to gift something a little more meaningful this year, it’s worth making a donation to a cause you care about. Whether that means supporting animal welfare, sustainability initiatives, individuals with disabilities or children and healthcare…
For $150, International Eye Health Organisation, The Fred Hollows Foundation gives sight to a person in need. With more than 36 million people blind in the world, it’s surprising to learn that four out of five don’t have to be. The most common forms of blindness (such as cataract, trachoma and diabetic retinopathy) can be prevented or treated with a simple and straight forward operation. And that’s exactly what your donation goes towards! You can personalise a message to your loved ones, and the donation is made in their name, with a gift or sight card sent to you.
Available online at The Fred Hollows Foundation
Featured image via Getty, Image 1 from Uber Tunique, Image 2 from The Slow mode, Image 3 from Kikki.K, Image 4 from Lion Rock Press, Image 5 from Cotton On, Image 6 from The Candle Company, Image 7 from John Master’s Organics, Image 8 from Charlotte Tilbury, Image 9 from Lush, Image 10 via The Fred Hollows Foundation.