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Christmas 2023: Your ultimate Hong Kong gift guide

By Celia Lee 12 December 2023

Header image courtesy of M19Minus

‘Tis the season of gifting and giving! Whether you are gathering ideas for your own Christmas list or panic-scrolling for last-minute inspiration and stocking-stuffing, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our ultimate Hong Kong gift guide for Christmas 2023. 

Skincare | Scented candles | Home décor | Travel essentials | Food & drinks | Games

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Skincare

Pamper yourself and your loved ones with these nourishing winter products! Scrub away the year’s worries and rejuvenate your skin in preparation for the new year.

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Aesop

Aesop’s latest Resonant Gestures festive gift kits are inspired by the power of music. The Majestic Melodies kit offers nourishing hand and body cleansers and creams, while the Rousing Rhythms set includes products for a three-step routine to cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate your skin. The Tuneful Textures and Heartful Harmonies sets both offer nourishing hand care products, while the Fabulous Forms kit includes travel-sized creams and cleansers perfect for keeping up with your skincare routine on the go.

Aesop, locations across Hong Kong

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M19Minus

The Christmas limited bundles from M19Minus offer a wide range of products designed to rejuvenate you once the festivities are over. The Diamond Dazzle Diva kit includes cleansing beads and a travel-sized repair essence. Personalise the Happy-Hour Jingle Belle set with any four items from the brand’s Bund collection of nourishing body and hair care products. The Merry Majesty-Soirée set includes cleansing beads, a repair essence, and a set of travel-sized skincare essentials perfect for your upcoming holidays, while the Petal Snow-Bath kit offers a selection of stem-cell face masks.

Rituals

Rituals’ gift sets always add a touch of elegance to holiday gifting. Boasting an origami design, this year’s gift boxes house a wide range of products from Rituals’ classic and new collections. Unwind and relax with soulful products from the Ritual of Jing collection, or balance your body, mind, and soul with nourishing items from the Ritual of Ayurveda collection. Stay refreshed and rejuvenate your body with products from the Ritual of Sakura collection or check out the latest Legend of the Dragon collection filled with empowering items. Gift sets come in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes.

Rituals, locations across Hong Kong

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Le Labo

Have a fragrant Christmas with Le Labo’s face and body care products! Lotions, face masks, lip balms, and cleansing oils come with subtle notes of basil, hinoki, and mandarin. Fragrance discovery sets come in packs of three or six perfumes. Alternatively, for those with sensitive skin, a series of unscented items will keep your skin nourished throughout the holidays.

Le Labo, locations across Hong Kong

Scented candles

Get in the mood for Christmas with flickering candles, festive aromas, and alluring scents that keeps you excited for the holidays.

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Diptyque

Diptyque’s holiday collection draws inspiration from candles’ dancing flames, with each scented creation encased in a beautifully designed candle holder. The limited items come in three new scents: the Sapin with woody notes of pine, the Délice with sweet scents of berries and vanilla, and the Coton to bring a touch of comfort to your home. Other festive offerings include the Fine Art home fragrance diffuser and a range of fragrances.

Diptyque, locations across Hong Kong

Photo: @becandle_saikung (via Instagram)

BeCandle

The local candle-maker BeCandle is offering a series of festive scented goods as part of its winter collection. Bask in the spicy scent of the Tipsy Toast scented candle. Highlighting notes of juniper berries, nutmeg, and vanilla, this candle transports you to a cosy living room filled with aromas of mulled wine and freshly baked mince pies. Alternatively, immerse yourself in a pine forest with the Pine Needle scented candle. Featuring notes of pine, vanilla, and cardamom, this is the perfect candle to light when you are snuggling under a warm blanket. Both scents are also available in BeCandle’s room and fabric sprays.

BeCandle, G/F, 102 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung

Pop-up locations across Hong Kong

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Hiraya Scent & Co

Have a white Christmas this year with Hiraya Scent & Co’s limited-edition White Christmas collection. The Alpine Christmas candle marries the refreshing scent of pine with the sweet and spicy aroma of festive treats; the Winter Nostalgia candle is warming with notes of green apple, clove, and cinnamon that will remind you of freshly baked pastries; and the Festive Spirit candle beckons the festivities with the fragrance of mulled wine.

Home décor

Nothing gets you into the Christmas spirit like decorating your home. Apart from investing in a Christmas tree, you could spruce up your home with some of these festive decorations.

Marks & Spencer

Deck the halls with M&S’s Christmas collection! A wide range of products are on offer, from Christmas disco plates to snowflake beaded placemats, polar bear room decoration, a Santa face cushion, and much more! Browse across the Christmas shop here.

Marks & Spencer, locations across Hong Kong

The Floristry

Liven up your space with fresh blooms from The Floristry. The Winter Kaleidoscope collection features vibrantly coloured bouquets that are sure to uplift any celebration. Limited-edition items include the Midnight Bazaar flower bouquet, which comes in a selection of vases and jars; the Midwinter Melody bouquet or flower jar, which also comes in a gift set along with a candle, a candle holder, and a room spray; and the Archangel bouquet or flower jar, also available as a gift set with candles, smoke sticks, a candle holder, and room spray. A wide variety of flower wreaths, botanical soaps, candle holders, and incense holders are also available.

The Floristry, locations across Hong Kong

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The Lion Rock Press

Add a local twist to your festive decorations with The Lion Rock Press’s hand-painted glass decorations and Christmas hanging decorations. Highlights include the Taxi Tree, Amah Bag, and Egg Tart ornaments. Alternatively, the Christmas tea towel is printed with Hong Kong iconography to make your festive baking session even more enjoyable.

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Tiny Island

If you’re tired of red, silver, and gold tinsels and sparkling baubles, spruce up your Christmas tree with the decorations from Tiny Island! The brand offers a paper Christmas ornaments set that features iconic Hong Kong elements, including an egg tart, curry fish balls, a post box, a watermelon ball, and a traditional lantern. Alternatively, the Merry Christmas Hong Kong napkin adds a local touch to your dinner, featuring an icebreaker Star Ferry!

Tree

If you don’t have a Christmas tree at home this year, decorate with a few festive offerings from Tree. The candle and tealight holders offer a warming and ambient glow for your living space, while the throw blankets elevate your snuggling experience with extra softness and comfort. Serve Christmas dinner on Tree’s wooden serveware! Beautiful, rustic pieces are crafted from the finest quality logs, pairing natural chatoyancy with expert craftsmanship. Other decorations include wooden sculptures of nutcrackers, Christmas trees, and deer.

If you do have a Christmas tree, you could also purchase the Hong Kong willow Christmas baubles, crafted from fine bone china and decorated with delicate, whimsical patterns.

Tree, locations across Hong Kong

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Qraftie

Surprise your loved ones with a different kind of Christmas card this year! On sale at Qraftie are Christmas and New Year’s Eve artisan mahjong tiles handmade by a mahjong craftsman. Boasting vibrant colours and lively designs, the festive mahjong tiles are accompanied by a beautifully illustrated card for you to put down any thoughtful messages.

Travel essentials

Touring around the world this holiday season? Make sure you have these essentials!

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Tumi

Tumi’s comprehensive gift guide comprises a wide range of travel goods. The 19 Degree Aluminium collection offers stylish pouches and cases, while the Nassau collection allows you to keep your documents in order with card cases, wallets, and clutches.

Tumi, locations across Hong Kong

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Lojel

Lojel offers a selection of organisation and storage goods perfect for everyday use and travelling. Send your loved ones off on a relaxing holiday this Christmas with the Cubo Refresh collection! This series of suitcases come in slick and stylish designs that maximise durability, functionality, and aesthetics for the avid traveller. Alternatively, browse across Lojel’s packing and storage essentials or everyday accessories for the perfect gift. All purchases come with holiday-themed decorative stickers and postcards so you can personalise your gift.

Lojel, locations across Hong Kong

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Lululemon

Spice up your travelling wardrobe with Lululemon’s winter garbs! The Winter Whites collection offers warm and cosy jackets, jumpers, puffers, and fleeces in neutral colours, while the Moonbow Colour collection adds a touch of colour to your white Christmas with dynamic and airy vests, shorts, jersey trousers, and flared pants. Check out Lululemon’s comprehensive collection here.

Lululemon, locations across Hong Kong

Food & drinks

You can’t go wrong with gifting delicious treats. If you are not sure what to give your loved ones this Christmas, check out these mouth-watering offerings! From fragrant tea to buttery biscuits and velvety chocolates, there’s something for everyone.

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Chinese Tea Gallery

Cosy up with a warm brew from Chinese Tea Gallery! Gift your tea-loving friend one of the Tea-riffic gift sets, which comes with a choice of four varieties out of 30 different teas. Alternatively, Chinese Tea Gallery’s fruity and floral blends are perfect for any festive occasion. For those who are busy but love drinking tea on the go, the cold-brew bottle is a fantastic choice as well so you can enjoy your tea anytime, anywhere. You can browse across gift ideas here.

Chinese Tea Gallery

Fortnum & Mason

Spice up your tipples with Fortnum & Mason’s Christmas collection. Try out the Winter sparkling tea for festive, alcohol-free bubbles, while the mulled wine spices pack will surely come in handy when you are preparing for your celebrations. Snuggle under a blanket with a warm cup of plum, apple, and cinnamon infusion tea paired with the Christmas Merrilossus biscuits or the Christmas orange and dark chocolate biscuits.

Fortnum & Mason, Shop 022, G/F, K11 Atelier, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

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Chocolates by Ryan L. Foote

Wow your loved ones with sculptural chocolates from Ryan L. Foote! These unique, 3D-printed sweet treats make for a sophisticated gift. The Hong Kong collection features a selection of local flavours, such as egg tart, Hong Kong milk tea, French toast with peanut butter, and caramel char siu.

Chocolates by Ryan L. Foote

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Charbonnel et Walker

Give Charbonnel et Walker’s festive collection a try this year! Seasonal chocolate truffles come in eggnog and peppermint cookie flavours, while the selection boxes offer a curated selection of limited-edition flavours and classic creations.

Charbonnel et Walker, locations across Hong Kong

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Bar Leone

Bar Leone’s latest gin collaboration with Never Never Distilling Co. is made to impress! The coffee and cacao gin has indulgent flavours of roasted coffee beans, cacao, and bergamot peel, a mix made to elevate your cocktails this festive season. This special gin creation is only available in December and in limited quantities, so get yours before they are all gone!

Bar Leone, 15 Bridges Street, Central

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Whiskies & More

Celebrate with Whiskies & More’s festive whisky gift sets! Savour across a variety of smoky, sweet, and spicy whiskies with the Whisky Wonderland Explorer sets or the ultimate whisky sets. Alternatively, browse across a selection of special bottles for an extra thoughtful gift.

Whiskies & More

Games

Take a break from the festive crowds in town while enjoying a cosy board-game session at home. Here are a few festive offerings we think are worth investing in.

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Anthropologie

Bring together friends and family this Christmas with Anthropologie’s Gather puzzle! The pieces, once assembled, create a picture of an abundant festive dining table filled with aromatic and delicious pies, fragrant mulled wine, and plenty of hot chocolates to go around.

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Hong Kong Puzzle Mystery

The Lion Rock Press has released a new Hong Kong Puzzle Mystery, combining a traditional jigsaw puzzle with a mystery story and scavenger hunt that will keep you occupied this Christmas. Titled The Pangolin Panic, the puzzle mystery follows two volunteers as they embark on a quest to find a missing pangolin called Peter. The puzzle introduces players to Hong Kong’s vibrant wildlife as they put their detective skills to the test. If you haven’t already, check out The Pangolin Panic’s predecessor, The Dim Sum Steam Off, for even more fun this holiday.

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Celia Lee

Staff writer

Born and raised in Hong Kong and educated in the UK, Celia is passionate about culture, food, and different happenings in the city. When she’s not busy writing, you can find her scouting for new and trendy restaurants, getting lost in a bookstore, or baking up a storm at home.

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