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Christmas 2022: Your ultimate Hong Kong gift guide

By Celia Lee 9 December 2022

Header image courtesy of Tree

Many shopping malls in the city are already heralding in the festive season with Christmas tunes and sparkling displays. As the holidays close in, it’s that time of the year again when Christmas shopping is due. Before you dive into the holiday sales, here’s a list of ideas to help you with your gift shopping this year.

Candles, decorations, and homeware | Cosmetics, fragrance, and makeup | Fashion | Food and drink | For the art lovers

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Candles, decorations, and homeware

Christmas is a fragrant holiday. From the rich aroma of Christmas cakes to the mouth-watering scent of cinnamon and gingerbread, the festive season calls for a pleasantly scented and well-decorated space for your celebrations. What better gift to give than the key ingredients that create this Christmassy vibe?

Acqua di Parma

A new limited-edition holiday season collection is available for purchase at Acqua di Parma, the go-to store for scented candles enthusiasts. Three gift sets are on offer this 2022, each dedicated to a different scent: the bright and refreshing Colonia, the woody and citrusy Colonia Essenza, and the relaxing Blu Mediterraneo. Gift boxes for Colonia and Colonia Essenza include eau de cologne, shower gels, and deodorant sprays, whilst Blu Mediterraneo comes with eau de toilette, shower gel, and body lotion.

Three new home fragrances are also available this holiday season. The three new scents are the citrusy and sweet Panettone, the fresh and woody Bosco, and the smoky incense of Magia del Camino. Stock up on your fragrances this Christmas!

Acqua di Parma, Level 3, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City 3, 37 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

The Lion Rock Press

Local souvenir shop The Lion Rock Press is introducing a new series of Hong Kong-themed Christmas offerings to celebrate the season while honouring the city we know and love. Particularly, two brand-new Hong Kong-themed decorations are sure to add some variety to your Christmas tree ornaments. The Hong Kong wreath is a festive ode to the historic Hong Kong junk boat encased in a holly wreath whilst the Christmas pudding ornament embodies the East-meets-West culture of the city as the traditional Christmas pudding is snuggly placed inside a dim sum basket.

If decorations aren’t your ideal gift, consider The Lion Rock Press’s festive jigsaw puzzle. Picturing a vibrant scene built up with elements of the Nutcracker ballet, Christmas trees, and local Chinese New Year traditions, this puzzle is the perfect, long-lasting gift for a puzzle loving friend this Christmas.

Tree

The sustainable homeware store, Tree, is promising to keep your house nicely decorated this Christmas. Their selection of Christmas throws is perfect for draping over the couch or bed and make your Christmas movie marathons all the cosier!

Tree’s packable tree is a great alternative to live Christmas trees. The sustainable tree is not only collapsible, but it also gives your space a rustic and minimalist look when displayed. Pair it with Tree’s house candle holders in three different sizes and you have yourself a living room decorated in the spirit of a white Christmas! Complete the festive vibe in your home with Tree’s decorative natural trees and reindeer made with rattan and silong pugo.

Tree, locations across Hong Kong

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Scented Niche

Looking for some elegantly decorated candles for the holidays? Look no further than Scented Niche’s newest collection. The Charming Holiday collection is inspired by the bracelets with medallions worn and popularised by Queen Victoria. Each candle in the collection relates to a bespoke charm or symbol that best represent the Christmas spirit: the woody and spicy Gloria, the Christmas-tree scented Fir, the smoky Gabriel, and two new fragrances curated especially for the festive season.

Scented Niche’s holiday collection comes in illustrated containers for the ultimate decorative effect when displayed in your home. Complete your Victorian England-themed Christmas this year with these festive candles!

Scented Niche, locations across Hong Kong

TC Acoustic

Want to blast Christmas tunes on end this holiday season? You’ll need a good set of sound system for that. TC Acoustic has got you covered this festive season with audio equipment from Sonos and Kilpsch to set the perfect mood for a cosy evening in and keep you karaoke-ready for an impromptu singing contest.

The Sonos Ray is a must-have for your movie marathons this Christmas. Paired with the Sonos Sub Mini, prepare for a home theatre upgrade that’s sure to impress your guests! Looking for something a little tamer for your next audio purchase? Check out The Fives Wireless Speakers from Klipsch that delivers clear and bold acoustics into your home.

Home Rituals at The New Moon

Home Rituals is offering a selection of gift bundles just in time for the holidays. Comprised of quality items from homegrown brands Baea, Sol, and At Liberty, these bundles allow you to give the gift of wellness to your friends, loved ones, and yourself this festive season.

The Home Rituals at The New Moon set includes a key item from each brand participating in the pop-up, whilst The New Moon is offering six curated gift bundles with a wide variety of products, from diaries and essential oils to crystals, designed to cater to your journey of self-discovery. Local knitwear brand Sol is offering knitwear sets to keep you warm and cosy this Christmas. Why not elevate your lounging experiences with a pillow gift set from Baea? With bundles from Home Rituals, you are guaranteed a relaxing festive season.

Home Rituals at The New Moon, 3/F, Hong Kong Jewellery Building, 178-180 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan

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Ralph’s Coffee

Ralph’s Coffee is offering you a sweeter holiday treat than its usual brew. Its holiday gift set includes an exclusive holiday mug and chocolate spoon gift tack for you to make the perfect hot chocolate for snuggling up in bed with.

Ralph’s Coffee, Shop M12–16, M/F, Landmark Prince’s, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2325 4473

Photo: B&O

Bang & Olufsen (B&O)

The luxury sound brand, Bang & Olufsen, is welcoming a new member to its audio equipment family. The newly launched Beosound Emerge home speaker is a slim addition to your home that provides full-range and ultra-wide sound without taking up too much space! It’s the perfect system for blasting Christmas tunes at your next festive gathering this month.

B&O, locations across Hong Kong

Aesop

Aesop is here to help you relax with its festive gifts. The bronze incense holder sports a subtle and elegant design that brings calm and relaxation to your space by blending in with its surroundings. Pair your holder with one of Aesop’s Aromatique incenses and create a festive atmosphere in your home this Christmas.

Aesop, locations across Hong Kong

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Cosmetics, fragrance, and make-up

Christmas is the time for dressing up to different occasions. And what better gift to give this Christmas than a variety of festive-themed make-up, cosmetics, and fragrances for your friends and family to show their indulgence in the festive spirit?

Fenty Beauty

The popular makeup brand by Rihanna, Fenty Beauty, is introducing a new holiday collection for everyone to pamper themselves in time for the festivities. The Berry holiday edition semi-matte lipstick is not only refillable, but it also comes in a variety of different shades to make sure everyone can be as berrylicious as possible this Christmas.

Other holiday sets include the limited-edition Lil Icons mini semi-matte lipstick set, the holiday-exclusive Baby Watts mini fluid freestyle highlighter duo set, and the Double Cheek’d Up freestyle cream blush set as part of the berry holiday collection. Look your best this Christmas with these offerings from Fenty!

Fenty Beauty, in various Harvey Nichols and Sephora locations across Hong Kong

Le Labo

Want to spice up your living space this Christmas with a different scent? The candle discovery set is designed for you to experience three of Le Labo’s interior fragrances at home or on the go. Also on offer is the classic collection eau de parfum discovery set, which comes in box of three or six. These are the perfect gift for anyone who loves to pair that mood with a good scent. Included in these packs are the musky Another 13, the wild Santal 33, and the fresh and herby The Nnoir 29, the sweet Rose 31, and more.

Le Labo, locations in Hong Kong

Photo: Aesop

Aesop 

Aesop’s seasonal collection, The Poetry of Place, showcases the brand’s connection to local history and its neighbourhoods. The new gift sets take in the surroundings of each Aesop store in the world and convey these findings in physical forms.

Precipitous comes with three parsley seed skin care products that represents the quietude of Aesop New Town Plaza in Sha Tin. Igneous contains a geranium leaf body care duo that represents the Aesop store in Sydney. Industrious contains hand care products and is inspired by the warm space of Aesop Sounds Hannam in Seoul. Congruous is a care package for the body and hands with a design echoing the Aesop store in downtown LA.

Aesop, locations across Hong Kong

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Sephora 

If you’re looking for some self-care products for your loved ones this Christmas, Sephora is definitely the place to shop. From fragrances to skincare profucts, to haircare items, and finally makeup essentials, you can get them all in one place at Sephora. The holiday set eye shadow palettes from Tarte and Sephora Collection are sure to give you eye-catching looks this festive season. Keep your skin in good condition with a Holiday Party Green Clean trio pack from Farmacy before highlighting your features with Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow niacinamide dew drops multi-use serum. Style the perfect look with GHD’s limited-edition Unplugged cordless styler gift set. Don’t forget to lounge back with PF Candle’s No. 04 teakwood and tobacco soy candle as you cosy up with an eggnog.

Sephora, locations across Hong Kong

DFS

DFS is launching its annual Give Joy: The Holidays Must Go On campaign this festive season. Head over to a DFS store near you or their online store if you prefer to indulge in the shopping festivities without being overwhelmed by crowds and Christmas activations.

DFS is the one stop location for shoppers who like to get their gift shopping completed in one day or for those who have no idea what to get for their loved ones this Christmas. With a wide variety of products on offer, from beauty and fragrances, fashion, to food and gifts, watches, and jewellery, there’s bound to be something special for everyone. Apart from the usual festive activations and photo spots, in DFS stores this Christmas you will also find exciting live music and dance performances, festive workshops, and much more.

DFS, locations across Hong Kong

Photo: Rituals

Rituals

The well-being-centred cosmetic brand, Rituals, invites its loyal customers to join in on the spirit of gifting and giving this Christmas with their The Art of Gifting campaign. Introducing a series of gift sets featuring their bestselling scents, such as the fresh and sweet Sakura, the rich and luxurious Ayurveda, and the bright and energising Mehr. To make your gifting experience even more personalised this Christmas, Rituals is rolling out a ribbon printing service at their stores that lets you package your gift set with a personalised message.

Rituals, locations across Hong Kong

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GLOHS

GLOHS is an emerging cosmetic brand in the city, and its festive offerings are the talk amongst beauty gurus around town. Highlights of GLOHS’s Christmas gift combos include the Skincare Do-Re-Mi set complete with cleanser, toner, and facial cream, as well as the Hydrate Delight set that keeps your skin watered with facial cream, night cream, and an overnight gel mask through the winter days.

From now until 31 December, customers buying two combos can also get $150 online credit for your next purchase from GLOHS, whilst those spending $2,000 or more also get a free hydrate and refine serum! Don’t miss these exciting offers and combo sets and pamper yourself and your loved ones the right way with GLOHS’s products.

Fashion

Dressing up for Christmas is not complete without your best winter fit. Here’s a few of the best fashion items perfect as gifts for you and your friends and family this festive season.

Lululemon 

Offering fashionistas the gift of joy this Christmas, Lululemon’s Set Joy in Motion holiday collection is perfect for those looking to bring cheer and happiness with their presence this winter. Included in the collection is a curated selection of best sellers and crowd-favourites, such as the Swiftly Tech long sleeve shirt 2.0 race and the City Sweat pullover hoodie. Head over to Lululemon’s stores or their website and browse the selection of minimalist items designed to lift your spirits up for the holidays.

Lululemon, locations across Hong Kong

Photo: Hong Kong Trails

Hong Kong Trails

Struggling to think of something good to gift your loved ones who are also hiking enthusiasts? Hong Kong Trails has got you covered this Christmas with the best selection of products. The multi-purpose neck gaiter is an essential hiking accessory suitable for use all-year round and comes in five Hong Kong-themed designs that keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer as you conquer another trail. The hiking towel is another essential item to add to your hiking gear, and is also perfect as a beach towel or picnic mat!

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Vestiaire Collective

The global online market place for preloved fashion, Vestiaire Collective, is hosting a limited-time campaign this festive season for fashionistas across the city. Gift With Purpose showcases a curated selection of preloved seasonal clothing items and accessories which you can get at an exclusive discount by using the promo code XMAS22. Combat fast fashion this Christmas by shopping your festive fit sustainably on Vestiaire’s website!

Food and drink

Christmas is the season for delicious spreads, perfectly roasted turkeys, and just a little too much for the family to drink. To keep everyone fed and entertained at your upcoming family gathering, bring your contribution of festive of food and drinks to add to the pile.

Photo: Perfume Trees Gin

Perfume Trees Gin x Fan Ho

Looking for something to spice up your espresso martini this Christmas? Perfume Trees Gin has the perfect liqueur for you. Celebrating its first anniversary, Perfume Trees Gin is honouring legendary street photographer Fan Ho in presenting a limited-edition whiskey barrel-aged sugar-free coffee liqueur named Pale Ink. Aged in American rye whiskey barrels for as long as nine months, this liqueur offers a rich and complex flavour that represent the time it took for the spirit to come to fruition. With this on the table, the whole family is sure to get into the Christmas spirit real quick.

Perfume Trees Gin, Shop 301, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan | (+852) 6324 6437

The Baker and the Bottleman

We all know Hong Kong Decembers are rarely cold, which means it is picnic season all year long! The festive picnic baskets from The Baker and the Bottleman are here to spice up your picnics this Christmas with a choice of a cookies basket or a granola basket.

Alternatively, the Festive Party set can be a perfect addition to any Christmas gathering this festive season with indulgent delights such as chocolate twists, gingerbread croissants, and Rocky Road. Want to offer you loved ones with a sweet tooth a festive treat this Christmas? The Gingerbread House from The Baker and the Bottleman is perfect for the occasion. Packed with two cranberry and chocolate scones, it is sure to impress any dessert lover! Meanwhile, the mini treat box gives you a fun, customisable choice between Rocky Road or triple Valrhona cookies.

You can place your orders from now till 16 December at The Baker and the Bottleman’s online shop. Collection of your festive treats are available from 1 to 25 December. Don’t miss out and enjoy a delicious Christmas!

The Baker and the Bottleman, Shop G14–15, G/F, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai

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Sugarfina

The luxury confectionary boutique, Sugarfina, is celebrating the festive season with an offer kids will love and parents will be mortified to know! The devilishly magical Happy Holidays candy bento box is the highlight of Sugarfina’s festive offerings. Filled with eight classic and holiday candy flavours, this box is sure to get you hyped for the holidays!

Also on offer is the new Reindeer peppermint marshmallow puffs; pomegranate and apricot-flavoured Holiday Presents; and white chocolate sprinkled Santa cookies to keep you and your little ones in the festive spirit. Sugarfina’s Christmas offerings are irresistible—approach with caution whilst you shop!

Sugarfina, locations across Hong Kong

Photo: The Whisky Library

The Whisky Library

Not sure what to gift the spirits connoisseur? The Whisky Library has just the thing for you. A selection of limited and exclusive bottles is available at the store this festive season, including the Scally Winter Edition 2022 boasting rich and robust notes and the Big Peat Christmas Edition that combines the best single malt Scotch whiskies from Islay.

The Whisky Library, Shop B48, B/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2696 2889

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For the art lovers

Hong Kong is a hub for culture and art, and it only seems fitting that art should be included in our list of gift ideas. From art with a distinguishable local touch to pieces and paraphernalia of famous artists, you can find it all in Hong Kong this Christmas.

The M+ Shop 

Recently, M+ opened its first special exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now. And if you know someone who’s an art fanatic, The M+ Shop is definitely your place to shop for a perfect Christmas gift. Choose between exhibition-specific souvenirs from Kusama-themed totes and phone cases to festive gifts such as the Veuve Clicquot decorated with Kusama’s La Grande Dame, 2012 on the bottle and the box.

Other festive gifts are also on offer at The M+ Shop. The M+ x Vincent Broquaire “How to Build a Museum” washable colouring mat is the perfect gift for little ones with a knack for art and a tendency to draw all over walls and floors. The festive building sets from Little Brick can also be another way for you to express your creativity.

The M+ Shop, M+, 38 Museum Drive, West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui

Photo: The Hong Kong Arts Collective (via Facebook)

The Hong Kong Arts Collective

Looking for some unique and quirky art to gift your fellow artist this Christmas? The Hong Kong Arts Collective (HKARTS) has the perfect offer for you. HKARTS originally introduced square prints as a way to offer the public an affordable way of collecting limited-edition prints and support local artists. Each square print is hand-signed and number by the artist, making it a perfect decorative piece and a unique gift. What’s more, 20 percent of all sales from square prints go to ImpactHK, a local charity working to support the homeless in the city. Choose from a selection of prints from over 20 artists for your perfect gift!

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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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