27 November, 2013
Christmas, Style

Sassy’s Online Gift Guide 2013

27 November, 2013

‘Tis the season to get spending… and where has the year gone?! Once again, Christmas is upon us and whether you’re jetting off overseas to visit friends and family, or staying in the ‘Kong, there’s no escaping that you’re going to need some fantastic festive presents tucked up your sleeve. Pounding the Hong Kong high street is never much fun, so here’s our Sassy Online Gift Guide 2013  – full of awesome gift inspiration from some of the best sites around that deliver to Hong Kong. Whoever’s on that list this year, we’ve got your backs!

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Food, glorious food…nothing quite beats it as a great gift, especially when it comes beautifully packaged and delivered direct to your loved one’s door! Sassy is LOVING the Joyful Season hamper, $1899, by gifthampers.com.hk – packed with fabulous savoury and sweet goodies from all around the world. Favourites include mouth-watering delights from the famous Dean & Deluca, fine French Bordeaux, and the very best chocolate; from French fondue to Australian dark chocolate-coated strawberries… yum! Oh, and did we mention the delectable French macaroons and the scrumptious biscuits and cookies too? Not a chocoholic? The French Gourmet Hamper (which comes with a private cooking class experience!), Aussie Christmas BBQ Hamper and the English High Tea Hamper have all your bases covered. If you have a foodie on your gift list this is the perfect one-stop shop; hampers start from $399 with plenty to choose from, delivery is free in Hong Kong and you can even get same-day delivery too for those gift emergencies! line-purple

FOR THE EDITED HIGHLIGHTS…

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For the pick of the Christmas gift pack, your very first stop should be Sassy Sale! We’ve curated some seriously Sassy seasonal gifts that we’re confident will get you ticking names off your list quicker than you can say, “Pass the mulled wine”! Whether it’s a family-friendly deck of our 50 Things To Do With Your Kids in Hong Kong cards, a chic and practical Mischa Travel Clutch, indulgent treats from Dumon Chocolatier, delectable dining discounts from What’s Up Hong Kong, party-perfect foldable flats by Shoesee, Christmas dinner-friendly tights by Milk and Honey Shoes, a fab Punch Detox juice cleanse for post-mince pie indulgence, or even practical advice on hiring domestic help from Sassy Mama’s very own Andreas Rosbochwe’ve got something for everyone here!

FOR HIM…

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It’s always good to support home-grown talent and our recent discovery, Damina boutique in Soho, have a great selection of fashion finds for the men in your life. They’ve just introduced a range of Italian-made, button-down shirts with unique and exquisite detailing, like contrasting or double collars, AMF stitching detail, French cuffs and bold prints. The shirts are designed to fit a full range of Western and Asian body types and sizes and he quality is impeccable but affordable (prices start at $980); this could be the perfect present for your man this year… and hey, it certainly beats socks! Click here to see the full selection.

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If the blokes in your life are of a certain age (namely grown-up but going on 15!), then Truffle Shuffle might be just the treasure trove you’re looking for. This British-based website is home to everything retro and nostalgic, perfect for conversation-starter tees, pop culture accessories and tongue-in-cheek gifts. Star Wars? Top Gun? Breaking Bad? Button Moon? They’ve got it all… and then even more!

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If your man’s a beer lover, then he’ll love a subscription to the Hong Kong Beer Club. Subscriptions range from three months ($1,200), six months ($2,400) or a whole year ($4,700) and each month, carefully selected beers from the world over are delivered direct to your beer enthusiast’s door. Subscriptions include VIP membership of the HK Bottle Shop and discounts on in-store products to boot!

FOR FOODIES…

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If there’s a cheese enthusiast on Santa’s list, they will love the Classified Cheese Box, which includes a variety of cheeses that are either regional, country-specific or curated by their in-house cheese specialist – this month it’s a super indulgent 500g of pure creamy Mont d’Or goodness. Reasonably priced at just $275, this will make a great token for any cheese fiend, delivered right to their doorstep for Christmas feasting! Note that delivery is limited to Hong Kong Island only.

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Chai? Rooibos? Or a nice organic matcha? Whatever your leafy tipple, British brand Teapigs has just launched in Hong Kong and have something to whet your appetite for a refreshing cuppa. With loose-leaf blends, tea bags and all the associated accessories, this is a tea purists’ paradise! Not sure what you’re buying? The handy guide helps you narrow down your selection and find your perfect brew. Time to put the kettle on…


FOR THE HOME…

zzzzoom photographyA picture paints a thousand words… or so the saying goes! For your own little piece of Hong Kong, check out the selection of high quality photo canvasses at Zzzoom Photography. Remind friends and family overseas of special times they had in Hong Kong, or buy for friends here as a treasured memento of all your fun antics in the 852. Prices start from $1,100.

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We’re huge fans of the funky range of cushion covers by world-class designer andphotographer Clinton Friedman at Attic Lifestyle – and in case you can’t be bothered to schlep it to their store in Wong Chuk Hang, they also have an online store to bag the goods too. These cushions are light and flat, so easy to pack if you want to take gifts abroad this Christmas; alternatively, international shipping is free on orders over $1500, and free within Hong Kong on orders over $200 (the cushion covers are $550 each). Introduce the couch to a bit of art this Christmas!


FOR HER…

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Lusting after a bit of K-Mid style? Want to get onboard with the best of British? Check out UK-based fashion site Atterley Road, which stocks a whole host of fab brands including Hobbs (and their even more stylish diffusion line, NW3), Jigsaw, Whistles, Great Plains and Zatchels. They’ve even just launched their own super-chic boutique line, Atterley Road, which is full of sophisticated dresses and effortless accessories. Perfect for fashionistas who are bored of the Hong Kong shopping scene!

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If bling is her thing, then she’ll love all that sparkles at Bayila, another Hong Kong-based designer that ships worldwide. Visit her online Etsy store and feast your eyes on statement necklaces and earrings in stunning high quality Swarovski and Preciosa rhinestones; the necklaces come packaged in seriously impressive black quilted leather-look boxes that scream, “Special gift”! We’re coveting the Galadriel show-stopping necklace ($1,982) made from pristine Swarovski rhinestones, and the elegant Juliette drop earrings ($676), both shown above. P.S. Need a bit of help navigating the ins and outs of Etsy? Check out our guide here! backroom hk gift card “Style is a way of speaking without saying a word”. If you know someone who loves her fashion but you’re too scared of buying her the goods themselves and getting it wrong, plump for a gift card from Backroom. With its mix of luxe designer labels and urban cool at discount prices, she’ll be one very happy fashionista!   Boticca Alternatively, if you fancy taking the plunge and choosing that special something yourself, Boticca have a handy holiday collection that promises to help you find the perfect gift. Put in your budget, the style of the person you’re buying for (e.g. chic, casual) and what product they tend to like the most (e.g. necklaces, bags, earrings etc.), then let the computer do its stuff… clever! Boticca offer free worldwide shipping and free gift-wrappingplus if you’re a bit last minute, they offer express shipping too.

FOR THE BEAUTY JUNKIE…

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Hong Kong has most of the mainstream beauty brands covered… so for true beauty junkies you have to go that little bit further leftfield! Cult Beauty is a fabulous website full of niche, independent cosmetics brands – like peeking into a Beauty Editor’s closet. A few of our favourite finds include Jack Black’s no-nonsense lip balms, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ amazing lip tars, the all-purpose celeb fave Egyptian Magic Skin Cream and the beautifully-packaged Le Soft Perfume fragrance sticks.

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OPI and Essie are so last year, dahling! These days, it’s all about the indie nail polish makers – one-woman-bands mixing up a storm and producing absolute beauties. Up until now, most of these unique polishes have been subject to stringent shipping laws and hefty delivery fees – until Shop Dazzled appeared! Founder Denise has brought over some of the best indie brands to her Hong Kong-based site, including A-England, Cirque and Happy Hands, so look out for lacquers more glittery, crazy and creative than you ever imaged. Happy Hands even has a range themed around cult TV comedy Arrested Development… need we say more?!

FOR LITTLE ONES…

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Looking for something to keep kids out of mischief on Christmas Day? We’re loving the clever designs from South African-based CoolSpacesforKids, available online from aforementioned Internet wonder Etsy – especially the Doorway Puppet Theatre, the Playhouse Tablecloth and the Hopscotch Mat. Cute!

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This is a great, thoughtful gift for any little people in your lives – All About Me Hong Kong specialises in personalised, fun and educational books for kids, set in Hong Kong, where your little one and their friends become the stars of the story! New for the festive season is the book Christmas in Hong Kong: The Search for Snow… Does it ever snow in Hong Kong?! You’ll have to read the book to find out more!

BaoBae_640x400 BaoBae showcases the most tasteful baby and children’s clothes, toys, books and furniture around, as well as a selection of maternity items so you can shop for the small people in your life and pick up a little something chic for any expectant mamas at the same time! If you’re all shopped out, BaoBae’s luxury gift hamper service is your new BFF; simply state any personal preferences, such as favourite colours or due dates (if the recipient is currently a bump!) to get a tailored selection of goodies, plus there’s also the clever option of including a wee gift for a sibling up to the age of 7 or their mama too.


FOR EVERYONE…

Not On The High Street
UK website Not on The High Street is a total treasure trove of quirky, personalised and downright thoughtful gifts. Featuring oodles of independent designers, you can easily while away hours clicking through their different categories. We defy you not to come away with something from here! Shipping varies by seller

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Another one-stop “little bit of everything” shop from the UK is Oliver Bonas. Selling women’s clothing, jewellery, accessories and homeware, this online store is currently offering free international shipping on orders over £50 (that’s around $625). Check out their gift guide for inspiration.

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What about the person who just has everything? Usually we’ll all have at least one of these on our Christmas lists! What about a Charitable Choice gift card? Buy them online, and the recipient gets to choose which Hong Kong-based charity receives the donation. So that’s it folks… happy shopping, and we hope your Christmas stocking is just as covetable as this one!

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