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Lush cosmetics are… well, lush really! We love their eco-friendly stance and their trademark handmade bath and body products will have both you and your littlies looking and smelling divine! What’s more, they’re bright, colourful and bring the fun into bath-time, making them ideal stocking-fillers for your kids.
Our top picks this Christmas are the Magic Wand Bubble Bar ($89), ideal for any little fairies out there, which you simply swish in the bath-tub to create mounds of sweet soft, candy-scented bubbles, and the Snow Fairy or Celebrate Lip Tints ($89), pink pretty and moisturising lip balms for girls just starting to get into make-up. Meanwhile, boys should love the bright blue Rocketeer Bath Ballistic ($55), which zips and fizzes around your tub faster than a space shuttle blasting into space, or The Jilted Elf Shower Jelly ($79), a tub of green slime that they’re certain to love splatting around in the shower! Lush also do loads of gorgeously-packaged gift sets for all price ranges that are perfect no-brainer presents – and mamas shouldn’t feel guilty about stocking up on goodies for some much-needed personal R&R later!
Petit Bazaar 9 Gough Street, Central, 2544 2255; 80 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, 2528 0229
Never mind the kids… we want all of Petit Bazaar’s charming delightful stuff for ourselves!
OEUF accessories are some of their perennial bestsellers; all are made out of eco-friendly materials and strictly limited edition for that extra-special touch. They have some lovely new items just in for Christmas, including these sets of beautiful crochet butterflies ($830 for a set of three) and a Santa Beard & Hat ($390 each) ideal for festive dress-up sessions!
Petit Bazaar also recommend Oskar & Ellen’s uniquely adorable and always popular fair-trade fabric toys, including this fun pizza play-set ($440 – didn’t you know, tea parties are soooo last century!), tool-belt for budding builders ($210) and super-cute bunny hat ($170). Meanwhile, a handmade Raggidy Rag Doll ($1200), dressed in exclusive Liberty prints, might just be the most stylish rag doll ever!
We also love these stellar Kiko+ Star Dominos ($430) for a prettier twist on the classic game and this GG Oekaki House ($610) would be great for keeping mini artists on-the-go amused during long car journeys! The Petit Collin Teepee ($1600) would also make a cute hideaway for little ones to stash away all their new Christmas toys and play to their heart’s content!
Muji Harbour City, World Trade Centre, apm, Cityplaza; see all locations here
Muji’s old-fashioned stunningly-designed toys, games and stocking-fillers are so wonderful, we’re not entirely sure we fancy sharing them with the kids!
Our top picks for under the tree this year (and proving there is life beyond the Nintendo DS or Xbox!) are the adorable Scottie Dog Noughts & Crosses ($120), the funny Sumo Champion or Football Team Skittles ($120), a set of animal Finger Puppets ($100) or these clever and quirky new takes on classic building blocks, City or History in a Box ($120), which either feature wooden replicas of famous monuments or show how vehicles have changed over time! You can also convert any average dining table into a game with this fantastic Table Tennis set ($200) – let’s hope it doesn’t bring out your inner Monica from Friends!
We also love this colouring book that washes clean for multiple re-uses ($128) and these really innovative Lego Bricks & Paper craft sets ($160-200), which combine card and Lego to create amazing little models (we promise it’ll all become clear once you see them!) and are ideal for older kids.
The current Matilda Rose is one of these luxurious Kirei Sui Pettiskirts ($175-775), which will have your little ones swishing and flouncing about in no time! With sizes ranging from newborn to adult and with every colour under the rainbow available (including a super-seasonal red-and-white combo), every girl can live out their fairytale princess fantasies!
Match their beautiful pettiskirts with a pretty floral crochet hat ($150 and stretchy enough not to grow out overnight!) plus a pair of Matilda Rose’s equally gorgeous, super-soft baby ballet pumps ($150; suitable for littlies up to 18 month) – try red and white polka dots for Christmas or animal prints for more funky tots… and why don’t they make the leopard print ones in our size?!
Unfortunately, there’s not room for us to mention all their fab ideas, but some of our personal favourites include their Makedo kits ($60-195), “Lego for the next generation” that is certain to keep little hands busy for a few hours making flowers, robots, cars or cup critters… to name but a few!
We also love their fantastic Wishbone Bike ($1950) – a study sustainable wood design that starts as a three-wheeler for tykes just learning to ride, changes to a two-wheeler for less wobbly times before finally converting into one of the largest running bikes on the market. It can even be customised with different coloured seats ($160) and cook sticker packs ($240)! Meanwhile, sons and daughters of any caffeine addicts (we know you’re out there!) might enjoy this uber-cute Rise n’ Shine Coffee Maker play-set ($295) and give your favourite baristas a run for their money!
And since we bet you’re wondering what Z was… they’re these great ZooBooKoo educational cube-books ($150) that fold out and back in again to contain tonnes of useful information ready to cram into little brains!
34 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2367 6304
Candy must be one of the easiest stocking-fillers in the book… but how about making it extra-special with these self-styled ‘caramels artisans’?!
All Pappabubble’s sweeties are handmade (see for yourself in their store!) and the huge swirly lollipops ($36-198) look like they’ve come straight out of Willy Wonka’s factory! Meanwhile, their colourful rock candy (from $42) comes in tonnes of flavours (chocolate, passion fruit, lychee, apple tea and mango pancake to name a few!) with all sorts of cute pictures running through the middle – including animals, fruits and special seasonal designs. The best bit – you can even get the candy customised to designs of your choosing! You can’t get that down the local Park n’ Shop, now can you?!
Take the stress out of Christmas shopping and order online instead! Ticketey Boo has got tonnes of great gift ideas for children’s homeware and décor, whether you’re looking for the contemporary, classic, colourful or cute!
Some of their top recommendations this year include these fantastic chalkboard wall decals, fantastic for getting your kids’ creative juices flowing – or alternately, just writing reminders for them to tidy up! Try the Mermaid ($425) or Fairytale Castle ($395) for girlie girls, or T-Rex ($675) or the Pirate Ship ($425) for adventurous boys!
Alternately, cater for mini globe-trotters with these cool luggage sets in either pink Babushka or outer-space themes, which consist of a lightweight and durable wheelie travel bag ($520) plus matching luggage tag ($60) to make sure nothing gets lost in transit!
This giant Dino Stick’A Clock ($675), made of self-adhesive fabric that simply sticks on the wall and is easily removable and reusable, would make a great centrepiece for little boys’ bedrooms; we also love these cute kid-proof Japanese doll bookends ($375) – the perfect accessory to bedtime story sessions!
We love these Gift Packs ($450) that come in the cutest animal-shaped backpacks (we want one for ourselves!) and come packed with goodies – either for Out & About, featuring a roll-up double-sided PVC placemat/wipe-clean chalk-mat and some chunky Crayon Rocks for impromptu drawing sessions; the other a Lunchtime Set, featuring a matching animal-patterned bowl, plate and spoon.
These sets of three Pillow Pals elephants ($160) – in either pink or blue – will soon become much-loved family friends and the corduroy-knit fabric mix means they’re almost soft enough to be pillows themselves!
Another really unique present would be this beautiful Birth Print ($330), which you have customised with your child’s name, birth date, time, location and weight – a gorgeous keepsake that your little one can keep for years to come… even when they’re not so little anymore!
For older children striking out into their own bedrooms, how about a Flip Flop Sofa ($1900)? It’s a sofa, it’s a lounger, it’s a bed… and with kid’s imaginations, it could probably be a pirate ship, a puppy pen or a cubby house too! It comes in loads of cool colours and prints to suit every bedroom and is very parent-friendly too – meaning durable, easy-to-clean and machine-washable and simple to fold out and back up again.
Disneyland Magic Access, Ocean Park SmartFun Annual Pass Lantau Island; Aberdeen
We have not one but two fab theme-parks right on our doorstep, meaning family days out have never been easier! And what with Disneyland’s fantastic new Toy Story Land and Ocean Park’s new aquarium and rides (plus delivery of some penguins!), they just got even better! It can be difficult fitting all the shows, parades and attractions into one day, especially when both always have great special events for different occasions and seasons too, so these annual passes would make brilliant Christmas presents – meaning you could drop by whenever! They’re also fantastic value, meaning that if you go more than once a year on single tickets, you’d make your money back with an annual pass. We’re sure multiple theme park trips might make you very popular well beyond Christmas Day!
Disneyland: Children (aged 3-11) & Students (aged 12-25 with proof of status) $460-1700; adults $650-2400
Ocean Park: Children (aged 3-11) $305-390; students (aged 12+ with proof of status) $540; adults $610-780
Mini Bobble Bottle Stockists include G.O.D, City’super, Jusco, Homeless, Bookazine, Great
A nifty little stocking filler, the Mini Bobble Bottle ($89) filters water as you drink, whilst its chunky wobbly shape and multi-coloured caps and filters mean kids love ‘em! They’ll fit easily into little hands, plus slot nicely into schoolbags or lunchboxes – and hopefully encourage them to ditch the fizzy pop and glug down some healthy natural water instead!
None of these tickling your fancy?! Here are some more quick Sassy faves!
- Mirth Home The Mezzanine Floor, Yip Kan Street, Wong Chunk Hang, 2553 9811
- Mama Kid Man Yee Arcade, Shop 219, 67 Queen’s Road Central; Stanley Plaza, Shop 103A, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley, 2982 2188
- Jelly Bean Shop A ,138 Queens Road East, Wan Chai, 2527 8600
- Wise Kids Cyberport; Pacific Place (Admiralty); Prince’s Building (Central); Causeway Bay; full list of locations here
- Seed Repulse Bay, Central, Lee Gardens 2 (Causeway Bay), The Peninsula (Tsim Sha Tsui), Harvey Nichols (Admiralty);full list of locations here
- GapKids Gap Hong Kong, LHT Tower, 31 Queens Road Central, Central
- H&M Central, Cityplaza (Tai Koo), Festival Walk (Kowloon Tong), Silvercord (Tsim Sha Tsui); full list of locations here
- Uniqlo Cityplaza (Tai Koo), Harbour City (Tsim Sha Tsui), Festival Walk (Kowloon Tong), Lee Theatre Plaza, World Trade Centre (Causeway Bay); see full list of locations here
Never mind stocking fillers, we’re always being asked where we can buy the stockings themselves! The answer… everywhere really! You can buy stockings in various shapes, sizes and prices from City’super, Marks & Spencer, Ikea and Toys R’ Us. There are also fun stockings already pre-filled with sweets at most supermarkets, Mannings and Sanrio Gift Gates (often found in local department stores, Toys R Us or Ella), which you could then decant or stuff further for the day itself! Then there are personalised ones from Stuck On You, fair-trade Oskar & Ellen ones from Petit Bazaar and even cosy knitted ones (above) from Jack Wills (Leighton Centre, Causeway Bay; LCX, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui) for trendier teens too!
If you want to be truly spoilt for choice, look no further!
Dymocks, Page One, Swindon Books, Bookazine
There’s no beating a good book for Christmas and all these great bookshops will have fantastic displays of suggestions to help you hunt out the perfect reading matter for your little ‘uns!
Sanrio Gift Gate Most local department stores (including SOGO, Jusco, Apita), Toys R Us
Super-cute characters, on just about every item you could think of – from cuddly toys to stationary, clothes to crockery! Similarly, Ella and Trendyland will have lots of lovely goodies, including Disney characters too.
Prince’s Building 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
Pretty much the entire third floor of Prince’s Building is dedicated to children’s stores (including newborn favourite Mothercare and HK institution The Toy Museum), so this should be a good bet for a present haul!
KidX Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Another mecca for children’s shopping, the majority of the ground floor of Ocean Terminal is a veritable kids paradise and includes the largest Toys R Us in Asia!
Kids Palace Windsor House, 311 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Windsor House has recently had a swish new facelift, yet it’s fantastic range of children’s shops (including superstore It’s Imagical and Next Children) remain very much intact!
Horizon Plaza 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
Every HK insider’s favourite, this mall boasts a huge Bumps To Babes and Toys Club, plus you could check out the new line of kids furniture at Sassy favourite TREE and stock up on some Sift cupcakes for the way home!
There used to be a time when HK-based e-shopping felt like it belonged with the dinosaurs… but thankfully, things have come a long way! For convenience, speed and the fact you don’t have to change out of your pyjamas, here are some of our favourite sites:
Stuck On You
Personalised nametags and cute accessories.
Colourful and quirky print bags, homeware, toys and wall art.
Fun and funky clothes, adorable Zoobie Pet blanket/pillow/soft toys and a Sassy discount of 10% until March 31 with the code SASSYMAMA.
Eco-chic goodies for the whole family, including snugly baby clothes and accessories. Enter the code HOLIDAYFUN to get 20% off your festive order.
Get crafty with these great DIY kits, for gifts just that little bit different.
Charming handmade crochet hair clips and headbands.
Funny and fashionable cartoon tees for fashion-forward tots – and get matching ones for mama too! They’ve got a 30% off Christmas sale too, just enter discount code XMASROCKS when you checkout!
Super-sweet clothes, accessories and toys for little ones – we particularly love their booties!
From the practical to the fashionable, Cosmo Beebies has got it all!