What do you get the girl who has it all? Or the fussy family member who has ‘no idea’ what they want this year? Well, we think that we’ve come up with the solution in the form of thoughtful, DIY gifts that can be tailor-made to suite friends and family. And above all, are easy and inexpensive to recreate!
Christmas tunes are blaring and we’re cursing the lack of central heating in Hong Kong, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t dream of summer sea breeze and golden pineapples… made from wine and Ferrero Rocher!
A super simple (yet highly desirable!) gift to recreate, head out and grab a bottle of vino and a couple of packs of chocolate (we suggest buying extras incase, like us, you have no self control). Use double sided tape or a glue gun to stick the Ferrero Rocher to your bottle, tie some burlap ribbon around the neck, fashion leaves out green fabric scraps or tissue paper and you’re good to go!
We’re at the height of merriment by the time the big day rolls around, and between all of that mince pie munching and mulled wine guzzling we’re guaranteed to be in great spirits! But we’d never say no to a little extra…
Top off the festivities with a mini bar in a jar. Create an original cocktail recipe, or opt for one of our favourites like the humble Bloody Mary. A cheap and cheerful option that would also make for a fab bachelor/bachelorette gift. All you’ll need is a suitable sized mason jar (check out Japan Home and Living Plaza for cheap options) and the ingredients to build your Boxing Day hangover cure.
Grab a mini bottle of vodka, can of tomato juice and Tabasco (opt for a large jar and full sizes if you can’t find small versions), and a small sealable pouch for your spice mix. We’d suggest going with:
-2 tbsp Worchestire Sauce Powder (or a bottle if needs be!)
-3 tbsp Celery Salt
-1 tbsp Paprika
-1 tsp Black Pepper
-1 tsp Ground Mustard
With little to no carpeting in Hong Kong apartments, those hard floors get seriously frosty! So this cute pamper package makes for a much-needed and thoughtful gift for loved ones, friends and even for Secret Santa!
Usually you can rely on high street stores like H&M and Cotton On to stock some inexpensive, Christmas-y slippers, and the rest is down to you and what you think your recipient would love. Festive nail polish, bright lippies and some chocolate goodies are a great place to start!
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One for the homeware-obsessed in your life, surprise them with a delightful décor bundle that will light up their Christmas – literally (seriously, candles, candles and more candles are a great way to go)!
Find a cool wooden crate from somewhere like Zara or H&M Home, and start filling with home goodies. We’re loving these festive items, but this time of year is also perfect for browsing homeware stores and bagging great discounts. Go with a potted plant (a Poinsettia perhaps?), maybe something luxurious like fancy hand soap, or a festive throw?
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Got someone with a sweet tooth? Fill a box with all of the ingredients needed to whip up a tasty treat on Christmas day! Hong Kong does get cold but it’s never too cold for Ice Cream so this cute box filled with yummy gummies and topped with sprinkles is the perfect post-turkey pick-me-up. Fill up some spice jars (IKEA trip anyone?) with rainbow sprinkles, and create a pick and mix section! Check out Etsy for cute sundae cups, spoons and straws.
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One of my favourite things to do with my family in the lead up to and on Christmas Day is to pop on a terrible Christmas movie and tuck into the never-ending supply of snowman-shaped chocolates, mince pies and other tempting goodies. This DIY hamper is one I’ll be recreating for years to come – a fabulously festive hamper that’s both thoughtful and perfect for those who can’t wait to open their presents! Head to HMV, choose their favourite movie and then stock up on a ton of sugary snacks to boot!
Mr Simms’ Olde Sweet Shoppe on Lyndhurst Terrace has an awesome range of nostalgic sweets that come in authentic paper bags that you display with ease. Check out supermarkets like City Super for popcorn packages, or indulge in festive flavours from SOTE! Add a mini bottle of their favourite tipple for an adult edge
Snuggling up on the sofa or tucked up in bed with a hot cuppa is one of the best ways to beat the cold and start feeling festive. I mean, we love a good cup of tea all year round, but a mug of Yorkshire’s best just isn’t the same when you’re sweltering in the Hong Kong humidity!
This bundle is built for the tea-lover in the your life, or to gift a host as a little ‘thank you’. Etsy host a huge assortment of plain and intricate tea-pots, as do Cath Kidston with their quintessentially British prints, but you can just as easily keep it simple with IKEA’s own, or take it up a notch with a gorgeous lacey gold set from iDecorate! Nestle your tea pot amongst dunking essentials such as shortbread and biscuits (Marks and Spencer is a safe bet!), complete with a pack of the perfect brew.
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