With the holidays on the horizon and present-giving stresses already creeping up on us, we thought it was time to explore a few of our favourite gift stores in town. These treasure troves are good for Christmas, birthdays, weddings, baby showers, those ‘just because’ moments and pretty much every other special occasion you can think of!
So here’s our pick of the top five gift stores in Hong Kong – after all, the best gift is giving, right?!
This is the absolute mecca of all gift stores! Allure Living consists of three levels of jam-packed original gift ideas direct from Scandinavia and The Netherlands. Located right in the heart of LKF, Allure Living is conveniently next to Sense of Touch – so after all that gift giving, pop in for some guilt-free pampering! Even the walls of the stairways are lined with gorgeous goodies tempting your every step!
The first floor is filled with home furnishings and accessories perfect for the contemporary home. Cases, candle holders, weekly planners and organiser chalk boards, photo frames, door mats, clocks – housewarming presents will be solved here! Meanwhile, the second floor has more of a retro domestic goddess feel to it; this is the level for any baking maniacs and hostesses with the mostess on your gift lists! Think coloured glassware and brightly coloured spotted china; we loved the Eco Deco range for green queens, the home-grown LOVERAMICS collection of innovative yet practical urban tableware, and the heavenly scented Seda France candles.
Finally, the top floor is dedicated to all things children – so baby shower gifts are sorted at Allure Living as well! There is a particularly wonderful selection of soft toys including owls, monkeys, kangaroos and elephants if you are looking for something a little different from the standard cuddly teddy bear!
Allure Living also ensures that your presents will look their best with a gorgeous selection of gift-wrap and countless colours of ribbons and strings. Finding an appropriate gift card in Hong Kong can sometimes feel like looking for a needle in a haystack, so you will be relieved to know that they also stock a wide range of sophisticated greeting cards too!
Allure Living 1-4/F, 54 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
Homeless is a one-stop-shop for the ultimate cool housewarming gift! Everything you may ever need here is all under one roof and you are sure to find something that no one owns or has ever seen before here! Filled to the brim with funky furniture, cool lighting and plenty of unique little knick-knacks to sprinkle around your home (over 3000 items at the last count, apparently!), they also boast the exclusive Hong Kong distribution rights to many top international design brands.
Homeless is all about combining functionality and fun, so you can expect tonnes of cute, creative and quirky gift ideas here. We loved the toothpick holder that is shaped like a little voodoo doll! Sabrina gave one to my mom and she makes sure that it always on the table – now her guests can get clean teeth and revenge at the same time!
Homeless stores in Hong Kong:
Homeless 29 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong
Homeless L8, The One, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Homeless 1-3/F, 19 Yun Ping Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
2890 8789 www.homeless.hk
Homeless Shop 119, 1/F, Style House, The Park Lane, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Homeless 106-107, HomeSquare, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
Founder, designer and former That Mama Joanne Pereira is the creative brains behind this innovative design concept. The name might ring a bell if you have ever visited Eclectic Cool’s studio showroom in Ap Lei Chau and the eye-catching Poho store brings superbly cool art, homeware, furniture, rugs, stationery and jewels closer to your door. Take our word for it – you will find the perfect gift here for the person who literally has everything (and everyone knows one of those!). Joanne travels constantly around the globe sourcing quirky products and keeping ahead of design trends.
We loved the Eclectic Cool Home brightly coloured Moroccan poofs and funky eclectic neon signs, with slogans like “Love”, “Lucky” and “You Only Live Once” (you can also get these customised too). Meanwhile, the Kujo range of different, often Hong Kong themed giftware also caught our eye – the Lucite trays can be personalised with your special someone’s initials and would be great for housing perfume bottles or jewellery. Can’t make it down to the Po Hing Fong store? Don’t fret, you can also shop online too! Top photo also from Eclectic Cool
Eclectic Cool 58 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Thought Ellermann just did flowers? Think again! A hidden gem tucked away on Tung Street in Poho, their boutique boasts an exquisite selection of Parisian inspired homeware, fine-crafted crockery and glassware, handmade greeting cards and an assortment of books, which are all presented with as much craft and care as the flower arrangements themselves.
We’re particular fans of their intricately designed cake plates and teacups with matching saucers. We’ve always loved the idea of having a high tea bridal shower where each guest brings a cup and saucer of the guests’ choice and the host brings a teapot as a gift – you’d end up with a very eclectic mix that combines to be one very cool tea service! Then every time you have a cuppa you can think of who gave you that cup and can remember your special friends and your special day!
Check out our full write-up on Ellermann here
Ellermann 39 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Just down from where Sidewalk used to be on Gough Street is new gift hotspot Visionaire! Stocking “cool things in all categories from around the world”, we love the monogrammed canvas totes in all shapes and sizes by British brand Alphabet Bags – these would be perfect to send to a bride-to-be with her new surname initial… or even to a new mama with her baby’s initial!
We also intend on doing a bit of sneaky self-gifting with one of Finnish design company Character’s LED lights, which have been created from elements salvaged from local shop signs. Imagine the ‘Y’ from “SONY” illuminated and affixed to your living room wall – now that is what we call a feature wall! Be sure to check out the cool jewellery and accessories here as well (including Maron Bouillie’s Parisian bags and ERA ORA’s printed scarves), which would be great gifts for any occasion.
Check out more of our favourite Gough Street hotspots in our guide here
Visionaire G/F, 26 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong
And one more for those last-minute present panics… Giftwell
Giftwell is the new kid on the HK block, making present giving far simpler than it ever has been before thanks to super convenient gift card system! Hop onto their website and tick a few boxes for what type of person is on the receiving end (including the hipster, workaholic or foodie) and how much you want to spend, and Giftwell will bring up several options of stores that you can buy a gift card from – including Sassy faves like G.O.D., Kapok, Rue Madame and The Principal. Giftwell even give you a suggested gift amount – because we all know that in Hong Kong, there are some stores where $500 just won’t cut it!
After you have it all sorted, just click through and the gift card will either be emailed immediately to either the lucky recipient directly or delivered to their doorstep in beautiful packaging! How easy is that?! Read our full scoop on Giftwell here for more info.