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Christmas gift guide: The best Hong Kong-themed gifts in town
December 7, 2020
By: Rachel Read
December 7, 2020
This year has been a particularly hard one for independent businesses – meaning there’s all the more reason to shop local and celebrate the best of Hong Kong this Christmas.
From silk scarves and funky socks to eye-catching art prints and Insta-worthy tableware, our guide is filled to the brim with amazing gift ideas inspired by the 852, all created by fantastic homegrown businesses – so share the love and get shopping:
If someone you know has a blank wall desperate for some incredible artwork, how about treating them to a picture-perfect print from Hong Kong Arts Collective? This limited-edition collection comprises dozens of captivating pieces by some of the city’s finest artists and photographers, with 20% of each purchase going towards ImpactHK, a non-profit association dedicating to helping Hong Kong’s homeless community.
Available from Hong Kong Arts Collective
Bag it up with these fun cotton canvas totes from local illustrator Miss Fong in Hong Kong. Featuring pun-tastic prints of some of the city’s most beloved symbols – including dim sum, curry fishballs and Cantonese opera – they’re ideal for carrying everyday essentials and brightening up your weekly shop.
Available from Miss Fong in Hong Kong
Hong Kong design studio The Cabinet have reinvented traditional Chinese porcelain for the 21st century with their exquisite 3 Wishes plate collection. Forget basic blue-and-white patterns; made from bone china porcelain, these colourful designs are loaded with witty intricate details, including gossiping office workers, a sunglasses-wearing poodle and a selfie-taking dragon.
Available from The Cabinet
Make a splash on your next beach day with these vibrant eco-friendly towels by Rupert & Bird, which utilise a fabric made primarily from recycled plastic bottles. Lightweight, quick-dry and sand-free, they come in a range of beautiful Hong Kong-themed designs inspired by iconic elements of city life, such as shipping containers, black kites, and Chinese calligraphy – effortlessly balancing sustainability and style.
Price: USD50 (approx. HK$380)
Available from Rupert & Bird
Socks have built up a bad rep over the years as being a last resort for gift-giving, but who wouldn’t love to find these quirky Hong Kong-themed Playful Socks in their Christmas stocking? We’ve fallen head over heels for their vivid colours and cute designs featuring 852-inspired motifs such as egg tarts, milk tea and trams – so there’s no excuse not to look great from top to toe.
Price: From HK$69
Available from Playful Socks
Catch the sewing bug with these fantastic DIY embroidery kits from Make & Do HK. Ideal for staving off boredom during rainy days (and future lockdowns), these nifty kits include everything you need to create vivid Hong Kong-inspired embroideries showcasing the city’s green trams, red-sailed junks or glittering skyline.
Available from Make & Do HK
Bold, bright and beautiful prints are the name of the game at Maeli Studios – and gifting one of their signature silk scarfs is certain to make a stunning style statement. Featuring rich hues in a limited-run range of unusual Asian-inspired prints, their gorgeous scarves have been designed to transform into hair ties, bag ribbons, belts or even wrap tops when required… making that essentially five presents in one.
Price: From HK$680
Available from Maeli Studios
Add a touch of cool to your couch with one of these snazzy cushions from homegrown design studio Glue Associates. These cotton-linen numbers will turn any living room from drab to fab with unique, vibrant designs that offer a playful take on familiar Asian motifs like dim sum steamers, ping-pong bats and chrysanthemum blossoms.
Available from Glue Associates
Is it bad to wish for a thunderstorm, if it means we get a chance to whip out one of these super-sleek umbrellas from Tiny Island Maps? These compact, fold-up brollies with a curved bamboo handle can be stashed into your bag with ease, in case of any sudden showers. Choose from a quartet of designs that showcase striking minimalist map prints of different Hong Kong neighbourhoods – staying dry was never so stylish.
Available from Tiny Island Maps
These cute coin purses and wallets from local designer Grew From Hands look positively good enough to eat (please don’t though). Handmade from high-quality leather, these adorable accessories come in a range of delicious designs inspired by local street snacks, such as gai dan zai, waffles and dim sum steamers – with personalised embossing available on request.
Price: From HK$498
Available from Grew From Hands
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