Even if you aren’t meeting in-person, you can get your loved ones something special for Christmas.
Ok, so now we are all resigned to the fact that the majority of us will be spending our winter holidays in Hong Kong. It’s not a bad thing – given the situation around the world, this will probably be one of the safest and most comfortable places to be in this year! But what about our friends and family whom we are missing? If Christmas has always been the time that the family gets together no matter where they are, you cannot help but feel more than a twinge of sadness. All the more reason why you need to make an extra effort with your Christmas gift shopping this year.
With the COVID-19 outbreak affecting deliveries across the world, you’re probably best off looking at local shipping in your home country. If you have been living abroad for a while now (how many of you planned to be in Hong Kong for a year and have stayed 10 already?!), you may need some help. We’ve rounded up some of the best present picks from all around the world, including Hong Kong specials that offer international delivery. The selection includes ideas for men, women and children so all that’s left for you to do is wrap up your gifts (remotely) with love, warmth and cheer and send them on to your loved ones overseas.
Editor’s note: All prices listed were correct at the time of publication, and exclude delivery charges.
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Gift Ideas For The UK & Ireland
Brit-expat mums and dads, this is for you. We have picked quirky and cute ideas that your friends and family are sure to love.
Denman, Rainbow Of Hope Tangle Tamer, £17.50
Honeywell Biscuit Co., Full English Biscuit Breakfast, £32
Blade & Rose, WWF Polar Bear Leggings, £12
Avoca, Button Salad Bowl, €39.95
Echlinville, Dunville’s Single Malt Irish Whiskey, £88
Etsy, HappyLittleCreation, Dream Big Little One Print, from £9.76
The UK and Ireland are full of lovely shops that we love to order from. These are some of the other favourites that you can browse through to find what is perfect for your folks.
Gift Ideas For The US & Canada
While we all love the range of items available at most of the usual suspects in the US and Canada (Amazon, Target and more), we decided to opt for some more unusual picks. Most of these come tried and tested by members of the Sassy Mama team.
Sisters, Balancing Shampoo, $28 USD
Williams Sonoma, Sphere Ice Moulds – Set Of 2, $14.95 USD
Pinhole Press, Robot Memory Game, $24.99 USD
Simons, Table Runner, $14 CAD
Best Buy, Shiatsu Neck Massager, $49.99 CAD
Wayfair, Double-Sided Art Easel, $152.99 CAD
There’s more! If your friends and family overseas are jewellery-obsessed and wine aficionados, we have options that will appeal to them. And then, of course, ice cream that will win over the kids (and the big kids too!).
Gift Ideas For Australia & New Zealand
This region is home to some of the nicest design stores that many of us have ordered from regularly. Our Sassy Mamas from Down Under have helped us pick these gems.
Nicole Webb, China Blonde, $35 AUD
Australian Geographic, Australia In 100 Places, $59.95 AUD
Finch & Folk, Aussie Quiet Book, $49.95 AUD
Ben & Ellie, Nappy Change Clutch & Wipes Set, $199 AUD
My Food Bag, Gift Voucher, from $20 NZD
Babu, Zebra Babysuit, $19 NZD
Besides the places mentioned above, take a look at what is available at any of these stores if you would like to shop locally in Australia.
Gift Ideas For Europe
Covering a range of countries, the picks will help you reach friends and family in France, Germany, Switzerland and more.
Atelier Cologne, Personalised Trio Set, from $240 USD
Gifts For Europe, Godiva Advent Calendar, $27 USD
SendGiftBasket, Family Hamper, € 139
Gift Ideas For Asia
Hong Kong is home to a large Indian expat population as well as those who have moved frequently between here and Singapore. If you need to send gifts and hampers to loved ones in these cities, we have got the perfect picks!
Urban Platter, Kotgarh Fruit Bageecha Xmas Plum Preserve, 189 INR
India Circus, Lamp Shade, 1,349 INR
Gift Hampers Singapore, Celebrity Baby Hamper, $160 SGD
1B4, 12-Bottle Box, $54 SGD
Need something more? Look at places with a wide range of products that deliver to all parts of Asia.
Read more: How To Raise Multicultural Kids In Hong Kong
Gift Ideas To Send From Hong Kong
This has to be our favourite part of Christmas gifting – sharing what we love with those whom we love. If it has been over a year since your friends and family came to visit you, you can send a piece of Hong Kong to them. These stores all offer international shipping to most parts of the world.