We all love browsing shiny new objects, but sometimes the shopper’s guilt kicks in and you think, “Do I REALLY need this new bag or these new sandals? Wouldn’t my money be better off spent on something practical like groceries or gas?” Fear not, mamas, this month’s What Sassy Mama Wants is full of items that make the perfect gifts so you can have all the fun of shopping without the remorse! After all, what better feeling is there than picking out the perfect present for someone? From birthdays to baby showers, here are a few items that will give you that gift-giving high!
1. Sugar Snap Prints Initial Cushions
Looking for an extra special home touch? New boutique design company Sugar Snap Prints have grabbed our attention with their adorable customised pillows that are perfect for sprucing up baby’s nursery or adding that cosy home feel to any living room. We especially love their ‘initial’ covers which include a fun illustration of your little one’s initials with their name and birthdate. This makes a perfect gift for new mums looking for nursery inspiration!
Find it: Available for $300 at www.sugarsnapprints.com
Sassy Mama Discount: Enter code ‘SASSY50‘ and enjoy a $50 discount off your basket, valid until 31 August!
2. IIKOO Musical Flashcards
Here’s another one that’s great for gifting friends with musically-inclined children! Baby’s first music lesson should be a blast, and we think these flashcards are the perfect way to cultivate any little one’s love of music. IIKOO’s aim has always been to make learning as fun and EASY as possible, and they’ve nailed that with their simple-to-use musical flashcards, featuring 26 symbols with Chinese and English names. The cards are big and bold, and water-resistant in case baby bub decides to practice their music lessons in the tub!
Find it: Available for $199 at Tom Lee music stores around Hong Kong
3. Pompourri Bespoke Stationary
Pompourri is one of our favourite places in the city for cute stationary. Their quality cards come in a variety of colours and designs and you can customise them with your own writing to give your presents that extra special touch! The premium textured paper lends the cards an elegant and sophisticated look, meaning your friends and family will keep them prominently displayed on the living room mantlepiece vs. chucking them in the bin!
Find it: Buy online at www.pompourri.com. Minimum order is 100 cards and prices range depending on style and customisation.
4. Giftwell Foodie Card
Stuck on finding the perfect present for family and friends? Giftwell’s innovative solution to gifting means no more lugging heavy shopping bags around, mama. They’re celebrating their 1-year anniversary and we’re loving the special Foodie Gift Card Set they’ve launched to celebrate the occasion! This one’s a real winner for all the foodies in your life — with the subscription, you get to send the giftee a gift card each month (choose from 3-month, 6-month, 9-month or 12-month gifts) to be used at a different restaurant, gourmet cafe or patisserie around town. The foodie destination remains a surprise each month until the giftee receives the gift card at their doorstop, so the ‘surprise element’ of presents that we all love lasts way beyond the initial unwrapping!
Find it: Available starting from $500 at www.giftwell.hk
5. Mathy by Bols Bedroom Furniture
We were looking for a little inspiration for decorating our little ones’ abodes when we caught word of this furniture brand from the UK with the most amazing bedroom furniture! If you want to put a big smile on your kids’ faces, treat them to Mathy by Bols’ cool selection of kids’ beds, which includes treehouses, campervan-shaped beds, cabin tents and triple bunk beds! Your munchkins are guaranteed to fall in love with their unique designs as they live out their fantasy of falling asleep in a treehouse or camping out at night. The beds are all handmade to order, so you know you’re getting bang for the buck!
Find it: Available online at www.cuckooland.com
6. Nanoheat PAD
We’re all about conserving energy, especially when it comes in the form of a stylish, sleek item with practical applications! Nanoheat is a Hong Kong tech company specialising in designing innovative, high-tech products using renewable energy sources and their nanoheat PAD is a stylish addition to any office desktop. The chic product works to keep tea and coffee hot with warming temperatures ranging from 45-50 degrees Celsius and a power consumption of just 10W. Stock up on these to gift coworkers for the office Christmas party!
Find it: Available for $189 at K11 Design Store
7. Para’Kito Wristband
We love the Para’Kito brand for its ability to take something as mundane as mosquito protection and make it trendy! Their products are pretty stylish (for a mosquito repellant!) and we especially love the colours and design of their Para’Kito wristband, which is great at protecting against the itching and irritation of mosquito bites (tried and tasted by one of our Sassy Mamas, of course). Gift one of these to all your friends in different colours and hit the hiking trails and outdoor yoga classes this summer without fear of getting attacked by pesky bugs!