Christmas gift guide 2015


Season’s greetings, Hong Kong! Struggling for Christmas gift inspiration? Relax – we’ve got this. Arthur Tam and Jessica Li
create an advent calendar filled with great festive gift ideas

For Him

1 Nécessaire de Voyage Jasmin Angélique Cologne
Makes a lot of Scents
For men who love spraying it on to masque their body odour or cigarette smoke, Atelier Cologne is here to help with wonderful gift sets that include Cologne Absolue (30ml), soap and a handcrafted leather case. $930, Atelier Cologne, Shop 1008, 1/F, 8 Finance St, IFC Mall, Central, 2344 0770;

2 Pixie Espresso and Lungo Kit
It’s the Xmas Cheer (or Maybe Just the Caffeine)
If your friends love Nespresso capsules, why not get them Nespresso stainless steel cups to go with them? There are two sizes to suit your coffee needs and the detailed, engraved design is full of Christmas spirit! $540, Shop 1058, 1/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, 800 968 821;

3 15squarestreet Aluminum Timekeeper
About Time
Is your man always untimely? Then a remarkable timepiece is exactly what he needs! Keep him punctual yet stylish with this sleek and chic aluminium watch. Designed by squarestreet, a Scandinavian accessories brand founded in Hong Kong. $1,950, 15squarestreet, G/F, 15 Square St, Sheung Wan, 2362 1086;

4 John Hardy Gourmette Bronze and Braided Brown Leather Cord Bracelet
More than just a bracelet
These days, guys are all about adding on more arm candy for a hipster fab look. So, get your boyfriend this luxurious bracelet from John Hardy as an extra special something, provided he’s been good this year. $3,860, Shop 123, 2-38 Yun Ping Rd, Lee Gardens Two, Causeway Bay, 2523 9828;

5 Le Slip Français Xmas Tree Briefs
Keeping Those Chestnuts Toasty
Get a pair of comfortable, fitted Parisian underwear to lift his bum while keeping his balls properly in place. It’s a playful, fun and intimate gift that’ll really stoke your fireplace. $288, Le Slip Français, 16 Upper Station St, Sheung Wan, 2803 2391;

6 Carven White Leather Sneakers
Crossing the Lines
A white pair of kicks is essential for any man’s wardrobe, but it’s difficult to find a pair that acts more like a statement piece rather than your average accessory. To solve this problem, Carven has released a sleek and clean pair of sneaks with edgy criss-cross straps. Your man is going to have an extra special white Christmas this year. $3,290, Shop 213B, 2/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd C, Central, 2801 4051;

For Her

7 Monica Vinader Esencia Bracelets
Wrist bling
Women all over the city are going gaga over MV bracelets that start at a reasonable $850. But for something a bit more upscale for that special someone, opt for her new collection of diamond bracelets that come in yellow, champagne and blue. $7,800 (each), Shop 1025C, 1/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, 3568 6628;

8 Soap and Paper Factory Hand Cream
A Smooth Touch
Winter is upon us, which means it’s dry skin season. Avoid a rough touch with this all natural, sensual hand cream from New York City. $167, available at Klondike, 39 Tung St, Sheung Wan, 3956 4556;

9 Fossil Limited Edition Kaleido Watch Set
Tripped out
This artistic arm piece keeps winter from looking drab. Best of all, it comes with a kaleidoscope for you to peer into and discover a new magical sight, one that looks even better after a decent dollop of mulled wine. $3,000, 1 Yee Wo St, Causeway Bay, 2468 2952;

10 Tiffany T Square Rings
The Modern Audrey Hepburn
Tiffany’s… ‘nuff said. This home run of a gift comes in 18-carat rose gold, 18-carat white gold and 18-carat yellow gold. $11,500, G128, Times Square, 1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay,2506 1328;

11 Le Mini Macaron Gel Manicure Kit
Nail it
We can’t all be like Rihanna with a team of manicurists on-call keeping our nails on point. The Le Mini Macaron Gel Manicure Kit, however, is the next best thing and promises salon quality nails at home. Best of all is the cute UV light macaron that helps dry your nails. $330, Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, 2118 2288;

12 Sunday Somewhere Valentine Rose Gold Sunglasses
Against the Light
Sunnies aren’t just for summer. And if you spend your holiday in Bali, a pair of rose gold Sunday Somewheres with flash rose gold lenses not only exude style, but elegance and edge.  $2,490, Reddot Optic, Shop D, Lyton Bldg, 32-48 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2511 4222;

13 Phillip Lim Alix Circle Clutch
Clutch Player
Geometry and stationery blend together to create this minimalist, masculine chic accessory that reads, Boss Ass Bitch. $4,190, Shop 2083, 2/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, 2805 0688; 

For Kids

14 Orochen Forest Family
Puzzling Playtime
Inspired by the ethnic Chinese minority group the Orochen people, this wooden puzzle takes children and their imaginations on a wild ride through the wonders of nature. Each puzzle is made of birch ply and individually hand cut. $490, only at Kapok, 3 Sun St, Wan Chai, 2520 0114;

15 Gogo’s Chop Shop Cushions
Food hugging
What do kids love eating the most? Burgers, ice cream and, of course, pizza! Now your tiny tots can hug their favourite slice. These quirky and silly cushions are all printed n London by Gogo Chop Shop and illustrated by Chi He. $500, Woaw, 11 Gough St, Central, 2253 1313;

16 Brown Nightlight
Brown in Polar Form
Brown, the adorable character from the Line messaging app, transforms into a safe and functional nightlight for children. A wonderful complement to any bedroom. $1,600 (small), $2,400 (large), Line Pop-Up Store, Langham Place Atrium, 555 Shanghai St, Mong Kok, 3552 3388;

17 Soludos Espadrilles
Kicks with a Side of Fries
Stylish traditional Spanish rope-soled espadrilles by designer Nick Brown lend walking down the SAR’s pavements an air of the Spanish coast. $450, available until Dec 14 exclusively at Kapok, 3 Sun St, Wan Chai, 2520 0114;

18 The Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse First Edition
Mousy Story, Long History
Delve into Beatrix Potter’s classic 105-year-old tale of a woodmouse who strives to keep her home tidy despite unwarranted visits by pests. A gift of great historical value that’ll teach your kids about the wonders of reading... once they’re old enough to be trusted with it! $4,500, Lok Man Rare Books, 6 Chancery Ln, Central, 2868 1056;

19 Unit Bricks
Building blocks for the mind
Unit bricks are back, bigger and better. Kids and adults are both going to have loads of fun challenging themselves and testing their architectural aptitude. What a great way to spend Christmas morning, bonding with your family and sipping some eggnog. $2,300;

For Home

20 Santa Pop Snow Globe Forest Ornament
Classy and Snowy
It may not snow here, but here's a snow globe to bring the Xmas spirit well and truly home. $90, available until Dec 19 at Santa Pop, Lot 5, 1/F, 5 Staunton St, Central, 9332 8201.

21 The Inner Mind of a Taxi Driver
Taxi Art
A cab driver's dashboard is basically a window to his or her soul. This a beautiful and clever photography book, great for art lovers and displays the full soul power of local taxi drivers. $300, GOD, SG09-SG11, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St, Central, 2915 2822;

22 Trombone Cocktail Shaker
Double 'O' Suave
This stainless steel shaker is the required tool for making perfect Martinis for all those house parties you're hosting at New Year's and throughout 2016. $780, Archetypal, 15 Moon St, Wan Chai, 2320 0580;

23 Diptyque Bougie Parfumée, Sapin
Pine scented
Nothing puts you in the Christmas mood like the smell of pine. Get this classy candle from Diptyque and smell the holidays. $330 (70g), Dyptique, Shop 1080 1/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, 2521 6799;

24 Tom Dixon Etch Tea Light Holder
Illuminating Design

Tom Dixon's etched candleholder gives a new dynamic to candlelight. Switch off the lights and gaze at the enchanting patterns on your wall. $900, Archetypal, 15 Moon St, Wan Chai, 2320 0580;

25 Ekkebus Hamper
Something for everyone
Shoppers spending $200,000 or more at the Landmark can choose a 'celebrity curated' hamper as a gift, such as this gourmet hamper designed by Richard Ekkebus, head chef of Amber. Other hamper choices are curated by the queen of cakes, Bonnae Gokson, and child education expert, Joanna Hotung. Check out on how to redeem your gift. Alternatively, if you aren't spending 200K you can make your hamper at Landmark by picking up the following: NV R&L Legras Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs ($1,247); 2011 Chateau des Fines Roches ($1,350); La Maison du Chocolat ($365); Manni 'per me' Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($454); Jing Red Dragon tea 100g ($398); Fine French Fleurs de sel de Guerande ($198); Amedei ($298); Amedei Hazelnut Tuscano Spread ($190); Ortiz Boinito dell North ($65); Himalayan Pink Salt ($140); Illy Momo Arabica Brazil ($119); Dijon Mustard ($62).


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