The holiday season is all about giving – giving: yourself a few treats, multiple glasses of steamy, mulled wine, a chance to relax and of course, a little Christmas joy to loved ones. December may have crept up on us rather unexpectedly, but you better not pout, you better not cry, because here at Sassy we’re giving you a helping hand with with our very own A-Z list of all our favourite brands! We’ve highlighted some of our most coveted products (which are definitely on our own wish-lists), showcasing a range of different gift ideas, so have a browse and get inspired. We’re making gift-giving a breeze this year!
A is for Arctic Gold by ghd
You all know that we’re huge fans of British brand ghd – they’re the only products that can tame our tresses in humid Hong Kong! So this Christmas we’re seriously lusting after the brand new limited edition Arctic Gold range, which comes in beautiful white and gold. Whether you’re after volume, curls or a sleek, polished look, ghd’s stylers have you covered with their unique tri-zone® technology and professional design. Don’t forget to tag #hintghd to let your loved ones know exactly what you want this year!
B is for Baendit
We’re lucky that we get to enjoy sunny skies for most of the year in Hong Kong, and to protect our peepers we’re hoping to snag some snazzy new sunnies this holiday season. Baendit eyewear is the coolest new sunglasses brand on the scene – the amazing bendable arms and interchangeable lenses are perfect for girls who change their mind often (that’s us!) or want to mix and match their sunnies to suit their outfits. Switch up the colour and shape for any occasion to fit your lifestyle or mood… just get creative with them!
C is for Caudalie
Caudalie is known for its incredible beauty products inspired by the beautiful family vineyard in Bordeaux, France. This year, treat your bestie (or yourself!) to their special Christmas gifts sets featuring best selling products like the Divine Oil, Vinoperfect Radiance Serum and Beauty Elixir, which are all Sassy faves! The best thing is there are various sets to suit different budgets, so you’re sure to find the perfect pampering present. We’re eyeing up the Vine Body Luxury Set ($280) with nourishing Vine Body Butter, hand and nail cream and lip conditioner… spoil yourself this winter! Sassy Girls will also get a complimentary personal skin consultation before the year is up, so stop by their Gough Street Boutique Spa soon!
D is for Décor 8
Spruce up your pad for the New Year with Décor 8’s modern yet affordable furniture. They have everything from tables and chairs, to lighting and rugs, but we love the look of the plush sofas. Not only are they comfortable and stylish with a retro twist, but they’re also bespoke and can be designed to suit your own personal taste. Choose from a range of gorgeous fabrics and leathers – the whole process can take as little as two weeks to complete! So what are you waiting for? Sassy readers can also bag 10% off any sofa until 31 December 2015 – time to give your home a facelift!
E is for The Entertainer
Girls who love trying new things and getting the best bang for their buck will love The Entertainer app. We’ve used it several times to snap up the best steals and deals in town, from cruises on the AJ Hackett to discounts on our favourite cupcakes. With over 1,100 Buy-One-Get-One-Free offers in Hong Kong, you’re sure to find some amazing bargains at the best spas and leisure spots in the city like CAUDALIE Boutique Spa, Sense of Touch, Spa L’Occitane and Let’spa. The Entertainer 2016 costs $450, but Sassy readers can score a $65 discount with the promo code “SASSYHK2016” so you’ll only pay $385. With so many awesome deals, you’ll earn that money back in no time! Here’s to saving money in 2016…
F is for Flex Studio
Already feeling bloated and lethargic after endless Christmas parties and turkey dinners? Now’s your chance to get back on the fitness wagon with Xtend Barre® Cardio Blast classes at Flex Studio! We’re regular Flex-ers here at Sassy, and we love the small studio feel and the range of classes, all of which are perfect for toning, strength and mobility. This class, however, turns it up a notch with a high paced, fat burning version of the popular Xtend Barre®… get ready to sweat! This is perfect for barre lovers of any level looking for 55 minutes of increased heart rate, leaner muscles and flatter abs as a result. Sign us up, ASAP!
G is for Gift Hampers HK
Gift Hampers HK is our fail-safe option for luxurious hampers filled to brimmed with sweet treats and indulgent goodies. If you’re not sure what to buy someone for Christmas, you can’t go wrong with their selection of specially curated hampers, with contents sourced from all over the world. They have some gorgeous and delicious products exclusive to Gift Hampers HK that will make your hamper stand out from the rest. Plus, they’re the only hampers to include White Moet… who doesn’t love a glass of bubbles? Cheers!
H is for Home by BoConcept
We’re slightly obsessed with home-ware at the moment, which is why H by Home’s new accessories are top of our Christmas wish lists! This Danish design company creates contemporary, high quality furnishings that are functional and modern – perfect for urbanites with a love of sleek design. The gorgeous range of the new accessories can help someone you care about make the most out of their space – and the price point is so affordable too! We’re ready to deck the halls with H by Home!
I is for INSIDE Home-ware
Taking the Hong Kong homeware scene by storm by storm since 1997, INSIDE have been a staple for lovers of all things boutique and unique.With three stores on the island and a regular flow of new and inspirational products, you’re bound to find gorgeous, hand-crafted one-off pieces that’ll turn your house into a home. Browse their carefully curated collections here and spoil your family this Christmas with inspired decorations, homeware and gifts that are sure to delight!
J is for Juices, Genie Juices
A bespoke Genie Hamper is the perfect gift solution for your nearest and dearest. Genie has hand-picked some of their nutritious favourites this season. This thoughtful and unique gift is the perfect balance between tasting delicious and bursting with goodness. Genie is Hong Kongs original Retail Juicery. Their juices are jammed packed with the freshest and tastiest ingredients, your family, friends or colleugues will be thanking you for days for their healthy holiday pick me up gift. Order your $850 Genie Christmas Hamper online by 5pm for next day delivery or simply call 2549 2778.
K is for kikki.K
Since this Swedish/Aussie stationary brand launched in Hong Kong this year, we’ve been obsessed with the clean, fresh designs and useful notebooks and planners. Get ahead this year and treat your friends and family (or yourself!) to kikki.K’s beautifully designed collections where you’ll find everything and anything you could ever want from stationary. We’re loving the ‘Goals Journal’ which is sure to come in handy when January and those pesky New Year’s Resolutions roll around. The encouraging tips and inspirational quotes are bound to help you achieve those goals in 2016 – go get ‘em girls!
L is for Louella Odié
It comes as no surprise that Louella Odié base their vibrant patterns on the city that we love to call home – Hong Kong. Influenced by island living, this mother and daughter team design handbags, scarves and accessories’for women who have a strong sense of style and a love of pattern. With their designs sold at the best independent boutiques across Asia, as well as in the Four Seasons Hotel, they are make the perfect gift for family and friends looking for a sophisticated style and a taste of Asia.
M is for Monica Vinader
This year’s festive season sees the launch of Monica Vinader’s new Stellar Collection featuring coloured diamond rings and bracelets, inspired by the midnight sky. Bridging the gap between fine and fashion jewellery, Monica Vinader boasts a superior range of friendship, gemstone and diamond jewellery with personalisation at the heart of the brand. Spoil your girls with a personal message or hand-drawn doodle using their complimentary engraving service in-store and online, and create the perfect gift that defines individuality!
N is for Nespresso
You’re snuggled up on the sofa, buried in a fort of blankets, desperately trying to find a heating setting on your air-conditioner – yep, winter has officially hit Hong Kong. There isn’t much like ducking in for a hot drink when the weather’s taken a tern for worst, so why not keep warm with the ultimate ‘at home’ coffee experience and snap-up a stylish, Nespresso coffee machine for you and your loved ones? With a ton of diverse and aromoatic brews to choose from, Nespresso offers the best beans in the business, with club membership and fantastic, festive offers.
O is for Oliver Bonas
If you’re in search of some serious Christmas and festive inspiration, you’ll definitely be decking the halls of your Hong Kong home with all the latest gear from Oliver Bonas! We love this fabulous one-stop shop for a little bit of everything that is sure to spruce up your living space, and put a huge smile on the face of your loved ones. We’re all for heating up that mulled wine (for the…fragrance, of course) but what better way to spread the spirit of giving than with a gorgeously scented, and subtly designed Christmas candle.
P is for Personalised Perfume by Moonstruck
Everyone knows the best gifts are personal. With that in mind, Moonstruck are offering just the ticket. Their personalised perfume making kits allow you to tailor your own signature scents to your loved one’s preferences and tastes. Full of everything you’ll need to kickstart your aromatic adventure, these kits – each of which comes with a 1-on-1 private DIY session in perfume making – will have you whipping up luscious, eco-friendly scents in no time! Plus, if you mentioned Sassy’s Christmas guide when making your purchase, you’ll receive an exclusive 20% discount. Make sure to book your appointment here!
Q is for Qeelin
Looking for a truly special gift that’s inspired by Chinese culture? Qeelin has created a sophisticated selection of jewellery that’s perfect for a unique memento of Hong Kong for someone you care about, whether it be your best friend, mum or sister. We’re lusting after the ‘Lucky 12’ line, which features the animals of the Chinese zodiac. The playful designs are ideal if you want a more personalised gift for your recipient, and you’ll get the best quality – we’re talking 18K gold and pave diamonds… someone must have been awfully nice this year!
R is for Rumi Yoga Wear
With the winter months in full swing, it’s time to beat the cold with a healthy body and a healthy mind…but obviously you need the gear to get off to a great start! Whether you’re treating yourself to this one, or snapping up some matching, stretchy pants for you and your bestie, Rumi Yoga Wear provides quality and comfortable training gear (in heaps of pretty patterns!) that you’ll find yourself living in from December onward…
S is for Slendertone
Slendertone is a world leader in providing products that improve muscle tone. For that fitness-fanatic in your life, the Abs-7 toning belt will tone your tummy and fight the flab with no effort required (finally!). Simply wear the belt for just 20 minutes a day and reap the benefits of a complete abdominal workout- that’s the equivalent of 120 sit-ups! Continue to wear the belt for four weeks and you’re sure to see improved muscle definition. The results from Slendertone have been clinically proven with over 6.1 million belts sold worldwide – so get on board girls!
T is for TeaCha
We don’t know about you, but we’re constantly refilling our mugs here at Sassy we’re tea-obsessed. Herbal, peppermint, green – you name it, we’re drinking it. And TeaCha definitely has a mantra that we can get on board with. With a ‘perfect cup of tea for every occasion’, TeaCha makes the ideal gift for your slightly caffeine crazy colleague. TeaCha’s gift set offers a global tea experience containing 15 of the world’s most delectable blends such as Belgian Chocolate Mint, Nana Mint Chill and Jamaican Ginger. Quote “SASSYX” on checkout and grab 10% off all gift sets before Wednesday, 23 December! Ahhh, tea bliss!
U is for UGG
You might remember UGG boots as your permanent footwear from your college or university days, paired with a sloppy sweat pants, but I bet you didn’t know that these snuggly booties are all grown up these days! If you miss the warmth and comfort of good ol’ UGGs, but want a bit more sophistication than the classic style, never fear. You can choose from a range of different collections that feature faux fur-lined footwear, leather and lace-up lovelies, ballet falts and even sneakers! Whether you’re going for the edgy biker look or the sophisticated riding style, UGG have you winter shoes covered this year. Hello cosy toe-sies!
V is for Varietal Wines
Christmas is all about family gatherings and with that tends to come heapings of turkey and stuffing, and even more lashings of wine. Stock up early on premium lables and newly discovered gems, at affordable and fair prices here and snap up their ‘All You Need for Christmas Wine Package’ boasting three bottles of bubbly and nine bottles of French and New Zealand red and whites (for only $1388). Sassy readers will even receive a free cool bag with their purchase!
W is for Wine
… of course! Our favourite tipple is all we want when the holiday season comes around. Whether it’s mulled, red, white or sparkling, a good glass of wine is the perfect way to celebrate the festive season and enjoy a couple of days off before the New Year. This year, we’ve found the ideal gift for those Sassy oenophiles out there – the “Exploring & Tasting Wine” book from Berry Bros. & Rudd! Compiled by wine experts, it has stacks of useful info on wines and pairings, and even a notebook to jot down your newly acquired vino knowledge after any wine sessions. Know a wine-love who will love this gift? Snap up the book now for 10% off the original price. You’ll pay just $425, so snap this offer up before 28 February 2016. Happy wine tasting!
X is for XYZ
Escape the busy day-to-day hustle and bustle of Hong Kong life and take a little time to rebalance with XYZ spin classes. Super convenient for the Island dwellers, the spin classes are designed to push bodily limits and strengthen the mind’s resolve through the fun and catchy tunes as you bop up and down during this great work out experiences. Work off the post-Christmas guilt (we feel you) with an innovative and original gift to give!
Y is for YEECHOO
Holiday parties, celebratory drinks, Christmas dinners… there are plenty of special occasions coming up to rock a fabulous festive frock! So why not give your bestie an awesome experience for her Christmas gift this year with YEECHOO? She’ll have an infinite closet to choose from for all those upcoming parties if she rents the high-end, off the runway cocktail dresses and evening gowns from YEECHOO. The best thing for you is that these stunning dresses are only a fration of the retail price! She can choose from brands such as Vera Wang, Marchesa, Alice + Olivia, Jason Wu, Roland Mouret and many more for those special occasions, and will feel like the belle of the ball. There’s so much choice, you and your girlfriends will find tons of gorgeous gowns to suit your own styles!
Z is for Zahrabel
As a family-run family-run establishment dishing out mouth-watering, authentic cuisine, Zahrabel is a true gem in Hong Kong’s sea of unlimited restaurants and dining options. Surprise the foodie in your life with a delicious and beautifully crafted [email protected] takeaway hamper with tubs or delicious hummus, Jos Mahrouse, and heaps of other Lebanese goodies! In the spirit of giving, Zahrabel will also be donating 10% of proceeds from all [email protected] hamper sales to charity! The family behind Zahrabel strongly believes in giving back to the community, supporting medical and social welfare in Hong Kong, focussing on Queen Mary Hospital. Be sure to snap up this gift that keeps on giving with this perfect holiday spread.