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Get Wrapping! Christmas Gifts for the Naughty and the Nice

By Stasia Fong 6 December 2013
  Most of us enjoy the act of giving - and let’s face it, everyone loves receiving. But the unfortunate collateral damage of Christmas is those generic gifts that we’re obliged to buy but no-one really wants, destined for a sad life at the bottom of a cupboard or endless circulation on the re-gifting circuit. Break the cycle of bad gift giving and find the right present for the right person. Whether it be grandma, the kids, the foodie in the family or that special someone, we’ve got it all wrapped up in our Naughty and Nice Christmas Gift Guide. For Her: Christmas is the time of year to make the woman in your life feel extra beautiful and special. If you’re planning a cosy night for just the two of you this festive season, spice it up a touch with some sexy undies from Pearl Lingerie. Play it safe and stylish with the Antinea range, slinky and sexy with something from Lise Charmel, or bring out her wild side with a statement piece from Aubade. Better yet, make yourself the man of the year by taking advantage of Pearl Lingerie’s 17th Anniversary Sale and get all three for the price of two! No girl can have enough handbags and shoes, so if you trust your knowledge of her style, head over to Sheung Wan’s Sambag and browse through the Aussie boutique’s collection of the latest trends. Not feeling that confident? Check out the online Stocking Fillers Guide and take the less-is-more approach with a scented candle or a funky scarf. If you’re shopping for a close friend or you’re one of those rare guys who really knows his girl’s size and style, look no farther than Hollywood Road’s Polkadot Boutique, the home of emerging Hong Kong designers. Pick her out a one-of-a-kind frock for that upcoming NYE party or some gorgeous contemporary jewellery to complement her go-to LBD. Got a gal who’s a bit of a beauty queen? We all know the Koreans are the glamour pusses of Asia, so trust Here We Seoul to serve up the latest makeup and skincare essentials from the land that bought us K Pop. Whether the girl in question is your BFF or your arm candy for New Year’s Eve, she’s sure to be glowing from the inside out with the fun and festive Xmas Skincare Set. Jewellery never fails to put a smile on a girl’s face at Christmas, as long as you know what she likes that is! Nuage Concept stocks a wide range of contemporary French jewellery, bound to help any gal make a style statement over the festive season. If you need a little help picking something out, be sure to check out the online gift guides, split into personal style and price options, or let her choose for herself with a Gift Certificate. Find out more about Nuage Concept in our interview with the founders.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend at any time of year, but if you really want to make her eyes sparkle this Christmas, you’re going to want Haywards of Hong Kong in your corner. Swat up on the basics with our Diamonds for Dummies Guide, or pop into their Hollywood Road showroom and let the experts help you choose the perfect style, cut and setting to leave her speechless from the moment she opens that little velvet box.

For Him: Does your man fancy himself as a bit of a rock god? Wear Your Music makes supercool unisex bracelets from the recycled guitar strings of famous artists, including Eric Clapton, Jack Johnson and Carlos Santana – it doesn’t get much more rock ‘n’ roll than that! The bracelets come in a range of different colours and styles, and money from their sale goes to charity. Can’t decide? Browse the various online Gift Guides and pick out something for the bassist, classic rocker or metal head. Read the story behind this awesome company here. Pretty Dangerous offers stylish accessories for men with a touch of edge. The skull cufflinks, chain bracelets and multi-functional collar stays - which triple up as bottle openers and screw drivers - come top of their For Him Wish List. Not convinced? Read what the boys over at our brother site NecesCity had to say about the cool collection. If your man is a big beer drinker, make him work for his vice this Christmas by treating him to a craft beer making kit from The Beer Necessities. With a whole range of options, including the tart and fruity Cran-Beary Wheat and the dark and malty Black Bear Stout, this presents promises to do nothing at all for his beer belly –sorry! Take advantage of the special Christmas offer and get a free Wherry Beer Kit with every purchase of a Barrel Microbrewery System, or simply go for a Gift Voucher and let him choose his poison himself. If the man in your life is somewhat of a sophisticated gentleman type, add the perfect touch to his wardrobe this winter with help from Cabretta Couture. Their UK-made handcrafted leather gloves open up a whole new door to male accessorising, and are sure to keep him looking stylish and suave whether he’s driving, golfing or simply posing.

Ties are always an easy option for the businessman in the family, but The Dark Knot in Causeway Bay takes this go-to present to a whole new level. There are 72 designs to choose from, ranging from classic stripes to fun animal motifs. All are handcrafted from the highest quality silk and come in elegant packaging with advice on matching suit and shirt combinations, so you’re sure to find a tie that’ll fit his style to the tee.

For Parents/Grandparents: When it comes to parents and grandparents, it’s always “the thought that counts”. My Happy Sunflower is the perfect place to get Mum, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa a unique gift that is sure to make them go “aww!” Personalise a mug with a loved one’s handprint or a unique design, or order custom-made jewellery bearing the tiny fingerprints of their little angels. Memories are forever, so give your loved one a gift they’ll treasure for life. We all want our loved ones to stay in tip-top shape, so go easy on the Christmas cookies and eggnog and give them the gift of health is holiday season. Central’s Integrated Medicine Institute has compiled a wide range of Gift sets and ideas for all members of the family with discounted deals for everyone. Alternately, you can mix and match and create a tailor-made basket of goodies from their wide range of natural products and supplements.

With every Christmas comes new family photos, but not many of us think to give them as gifts. Kids don’t half grow up fast these days, so capture their fleeting loveliness with a professional photo shoot. Let HDP-Photography capture your family memories, and turn them into Christmas cards and portraits for the whole clan.

For Kids: Christmas provides the perfect excuse to spoil kids rotten. Whether you’re buying for your own brood or somebody else’s, online store Lullaby Layette has some great options to keep all the family happy. The fun and affordable Little Talker range, bearing slogans such as “I’m with the hottie pushing the stroller” and “smart like dad, gorgeous like mum”, are sure to flatter doting parents, while the two-in-one cuddly toy and blanket gift sets from Piccolo Bambino will also kill two birds with one stone. Be sure to check out their online shop to make your life just a little bit easier! If you’re looking for something a little different to give to that tot who has everything, head to Name Ticklers for a truly personal Christmas gift. The CDs, plush toys and interactive storybooks will literally sing the child’s name or use it in a story - guaranteed to make every child feel like the special Christmas angel they are!

If the kids in question fancy themselves as tiny trend setters, head to Little Parisians and shower them with stylish clothes and accessories for the holiday season. With cute coats, party dresses and snappy shirts for all ages, this hotbed of French fashion will see your kids sparkle throughout the holiday period. There’s also some super cute and colourful accessories for those notoriously hard to buy for pre-teen girls, including watches, headbands and vanity cases. Little Parisians is currently offering up to 60% off and free delivery, so head to their online shop and pick up some great gifts for a great price.

For Foodies: Got a wine lover in the house? Treat them to a case of their favourite from etc wine shops or browse through the Christmas Wish Book and pick out something new. Hopefully they’ll share it at their Christmas party instead of quaffing it all by themselves!

If you’ve got a foodie for a loved one, surprise them with a tasty bouquet of their favorite Christmas treats from Edible Arrangements. The perfectly presented fruit and chocolate creations look and taste amazing at any time of year, but the Christmas Collection, starring the Reindeer Sleigh Ride, Merry Gingerbread Men and Blissful Star Festival bouquets, will add a little extra magic to the mix.

For The Home: Got a friend who’s not making the most of their outside space? Help them on their way by buying them some stylish planters, outdoor lights or beanbags from Everything Under the Sun. These Ap Lei Chau-based suppliers stock stylish lines from the world’s top designers, and you know you’ll be reaping the rewards of your gifting next time you’re invited over for a BBQ. Get some tips for making the most of outside space here. Take your love ones on a magic carpet ride with a beautiful gift from Pak Persian Carpets. The wide range of modern, traditional and antique Persian carpets will add that extra bit of warmth to any home during the cold winter months and timeless style all year round. BAMBOA has some great gifts for the eco-minded home owner (or renter). Their unique range of products, which includes stylish tableware, bed sheets and towels, are all made out of sustainable bamboo and help support local artisans and rural communities. Visit their showroom in Wellington Street, Central, or shop online in the E-Store. If you’re looking to treat someone to a better night's rest, buy them some organic and luxurious bed linen from Burnt Oringe. Known for being Asia’s sleep specialists, Burnt Oringe will help customise luxury bed sets that your loved ones are sure to appreciate. Let’s face it, no-one likes shopping for sheets for themselves!
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Born in Singapore and raised in Hong Kong, Stasia Fong is a freelance writer with dreams of breaking into the television industry and executive produce her own television show.