You already know I've been really really reeeeally good this year, and I know you're getting pretty busy, so I'm writing to you a bit early to let you know about some fabulous gift ideas. I want your elves to be prepared so there is no last minute stressing up at the N.P!
There is no-one else more excited on Christmas morning than the kids (hopefully they will wait for the sun to come up this year!) ... so of course there are loads of ideas for them, but us grown ups also deserve a nice pressie or 3 under the tree, so I have created a generous list for you to choose from.
Your sleigh can carry a lighter load this year too, as all these fantastic gifts are right here in HK (so you can afford to be extra generous).
For The Kids:
Everyone loves a puzzle, but this one you can play with! You will find many more quality, 'forever' toys at Tic Tac Toe:
What child doesn't like seeing their name! These personalized pillows by Matt & Milly are the perfect keepsake:
I love kids clothing that stands the test of time and these reversible, pretty Pinafores by Little Poppits certainly do that:
Getting out of the bath has never been so much fun with these 'Yikes Twins' hooded towels. Many fun designs available at Chic-oholic Kids:
T-Shirts have been around since, well... "forever" and MKU Originals have mastered the art of t-shirt designs. These are 2 of my favourites:
From Superheroes to Princesses, learn how to face paint like a pro with Snazaroo face painting kits... Vibrant, Non Toxic, Hypoallergenic and washable! Brought to you by EEK
I have too many Tutus... said no girl EVER! These Pettiskirts by AQ Prettiness take the prize for most fabulous, frilly & fun:
How adorable are these singing 'Stuffies'! They are personalized with your little ones name. My favourite is the "Sleepy Time" song. Check them all out at Sing Your Name:
Create your very own theatre with these super cute hand knitted finger puppets from Etcetera. They have come all the way from clever artisans in rural Peru:
Books are always a great gift, and these personalized books by Karoo really are something special. Dedicate a book to your little one and they can be the star of their very own story:
Dragonfly Girls is an all original, east meets west clothing store for girls up to 8years old. My favorite is this Abigail Dress (there is just something about polka dots!)
This is the perfect gift for crafty, creative kids who love to make beaded jewellery and accessories. DIY bead kits by Kaya & Ida:
What better way to reuse your children's clothing than to create a memory pillow. Sadiefranks can create beautiful cushions, bunting and animals with all your favourites, for the perfect personalized pressie:
For the Men:
Men love Beer, that's a fact! Why not wrap up this boutique trio of craft Italian beers from Craftissmo. They make a great last minute gift too as Craftissmo deliver in under 2hours!
It's never too cold to plan a beach holiday, especially since we're so close to SE Asia. So get your man beach ready with these funky boardshorts from Float Captain: Surf Supply Co:
I just can't go past a great t-shirt and independent Hong Kong label, Momantai, have the whole family covered with their trendy & exclusive 852 design:
Famous for recreating historical and cultural objects into wearable treasures, that live on in the contemporary world... Patinova have that something special for your loved one under the tree. I love their 1997 Handover commemorative coin cufflinks:
This gift is wonderful for Dads (as well as Mums and the Grandies). What's better than a handmade gift... Thank you My Happy Sunflower for creating these adorable hand print mugs:
Oh how I miss the glorious foodie markets, packed with delicious cheeses, chutneys and chorizo! Well miss them NO MORE as GMT Foods have got it all, direct from award winning British producers. Lots of scrummy gift packs to drool over:
Those of you who were born in the 70s and 80s will remember a time when (video) games were simpler... I just love this Bamboo Space Invaders t-shirt by MKU Originals:
Since we have a theme going, and we're looking pretty "beachie", why not be brave and don a pair of these funky flip flops, by Cap East! My faves are these fishbones, perfect for the man who has everything:
If your guy likes maps, this is just the thing... A Hong Kong word map, cleverly created by Sugar Snap Prints
For all the travellers out there, this ones for all your landings around the globe. Been Here There And Everywhere Canvas Company is the pioneer of these fabulous canvas bus scrolls (or should I say, aeroplane scrolls):
For the Ladies:
The weather is getting cooler and these stunning photographic scarves by Phye make the perfect accessory (and gift):
If your man has boardshorts under the tree, then you better get one of these beautiful beach to bar coverups from Pebbles & Pearls:
If you love beautiful fabrics then you will just love Une Fille Chine! These pouches are just perfect for all your little accessories (and they have some pretty striking table linens too):
Newly launched in HK, Saara Designs from Finland, have some fantastic gift ideas for your home. I'm a sucker for red coffee cups and love these ginger cookie inspired Acacia wood coasters:
If you're after a practical gift that is not boring, then look no further than Pinstripe Interiors. I adore these Hammamas towels, which are fab for the bathroom or beach, and make a great picnic blanket... so versatile and quick drying:
There is something about these traditionally crafted (and stylish) Madagascar Raffia bags. Part of me wants to use it as a functional home piece for my magazines, and part of me wants to take it shopping and fill it up!
I don't know about you, but I'm always up for a new handbag (no excuse needed!). I am in lurrrve with this gorgeous, artistic HK inspired bag by Louella Odie':
I couldn't go past this gorgeous hand painted Truck Art plate, commissioned by Folklore HK. Functional and beautiful!
This beach tote and sarong duo by Vicious Venom will make you the envy of everyone on the beach or at the pool... For some extra sass and convenience, you can attach the sarong to the tote as a strap:
Sometimes it's a question of jewellery or a scarf, but at Little Black Scarf you can do both! This is one of many fabulous designs you can choose from:
If you're anything like me, you forget to keep adding water to your essential oil burner or replace the candle when it runs out. Well, problem solved with these beautiful electronic diffusers, available at Native Essentials, along with all your essential oil needs:
If you want the delicious scent of Christmas in your home, look no further than the handmade Soy Wax Melts from the newly launched Shan's Home Fragrance - Luxury Soy Wax Products, in many delicious fragrances:
Scrub a dub dub... It's getting into the dry time of year and you want to keep your skin glowing! Kiwish, all natural body, face and lip scrubs and glorious lavendar/vanilla body butter are handmade in HK:
You can't go wrong with my stunning jewellery & accessory picks:
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Oh and since we don't have a chimney (the guys upstairs would probably not appreciate it) ... I will leave a magic key that will only work for you.
I'm really looking forward to sharing Christmas with loved ones, that's what's most important after all (although your nice list has been a great incentive for the kids to be good).
Wishing you all a happy happy Christmas season and I hope you spend it with as many loved ones as you can muster. (Remember, if you can't be with the ones you love, love the ones you're with).
ps. Santa, I've got some pretty awesome cookies lined up for you for Christmas Eve and I promise not to drink ALL the Mulled Wine!