🇭🇰 Where to buy Hong Kong-themed gifts for adults…
…if we haven’t got what you’re looking for! 😜
In an effort to keep up the support for our home-grown independent businesses, AND to offer a public service for those of you looking for Hong Kong-inspired gifts that (shock horror!) The Lion Rock Press haven’t got covered… I will be blogging about my personal guide to a few of the best goodies I’ve come across this year. First up, ADULTS!
I have either bought these things for myself or others, have had them bought for me, or have them on my wishlist for Christmas- and upcoming birthday (friends and husband take note!).
Was there ever a more gorgeous addition to your home than the heavenly limited-edition lamps from Ginger Jar Lamp Company? I virtually moved house ONLY to be able to have enough room to fit one on either side of my bed. I have the vintage Fat Lady base and my husband has the Warrior (eye roll please) but we do at least have matching divine mustard-coloured Ikat shades. I’ve chipped in for a friend as a housewarming gift, for a buddy’s 40th, and a pair of their signature Double Happiness lamps for a wedding- what a special gift to be treasured for a lifetime! They’ve just today launched a mix and match tool on their website so I will no doubt be losing hours of my life to that!
I’m absolutely mad about tea towels… everyone needs them, right? I would actually love to make them at The Lion Rock Press if it wasn’t for the fact that other people have done such a brilliant job already! My favourites are from ByMamaLaterre (HK postboxes and their divine new HK A-Z), Paper Roses (Dumplings), Zest of Asia (Chinese Thermos Flasks) and Pinyin Press (Noodles and Chicken Feet). Pinyin Press also do brilliant Lucky Cat oven gloves– I’ve got one red and one blue! I am constantly buying tea towels for hostess gifts, and they’re great because they’re completely ageless… you need them whether you’re 28 or 88! I can’t seem to leave Thorn & Burrow (fave shop for gifts in Sai Ying Pun AND stockist of myriad HK-themed gifts including LRP) without another of the wretched things! I’m addicted!
There was a time when every male in my life connected with the 852 got a pair of Patinova cufflinks for their birthdays. There’s something about those gorgeous frilly Elizabeth II twenty cent coins that I just could not resist. I’m still always recommending them, and everyone who wears them say what a great talking point they are- especially for old HK friends and family who are now living overseas.
I wear my Simon Robin Hong Kong Heartbeat necklace almost every day- it goes with pretty much everything. My bestie bought it for me at a fair knowing I’d love it, but selflessly passed it to my hubby for him to give it to me as an anniversary gift. Clearly I smelt a rat straight away! Ha! Since then, I’ve bought several of them for friends and they all love them- the rose gold version is on my Christmas list!
Despite owning a couple of their lovely HK-themed keepsake bracelets (gorgeous, special and really well priced), I bought myself this rose gold tiger bracelet from niin because I loved it especially since I was also making a 10% donation to WWF! Since then, it’s been a bit of a go-to gift when I’m travelling overseas to visit friends- especially those born in the Year of the Tiger.
Like me, Louise Hill is mad about vintage Chinese thermos flasks, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy her Old Town print which is an explosion of colour and nostalgia! I bought my mother-in-law her China White print last year which has pride of place in her new dining room and I’ve also clubbed together with others to buy leaving friends her iconic WE LOVE HONG KONG on canvas. Meanwhile, I’ve also got my eye on the talented Belinda Bath’s China Doll Tryptych for my daughter’s room but it would look just as good in my electric blue kitchen (Yatesie! Are you reading this?!).
I bought this lovely HK Print for my bestie from Biscuitmoon Designs because we used to walk the Morning Trail together when we both lived in Mid Levels and this view is so nostalgic. All 4 of them in the series have a really nice retro feel and look awesome in good old black Ikea frames.
Another of my obsessions is old Chinese doors, so I was thrilled to see China ABCs incredible photo of them which I have been coveting this year- I need to make some wall space for that beauty. I must say though, if I was leaving HK, I would for sure ask my buddies for “TEAM YATES” in her Alphabet Art to have in my kitchen- I know it would make me smile every time I looked at it.
Known for her Zodiac Collection, I am absolutely gagging to get Eleanor McColl’s HK PEOPLE collage which is still a work in progress (hurry hurry!). Like us at LRP, Eleanor ‘celebrates the ordinary’ and we share a love for the overlooked icons of the city like the “cardboard grannies”. In a simple black- or bold bright coloured frames- these would make a killer gift.
I bought this print from Ciaolink from the Conrad Fair a couple of years ago and it hangs in my bathroom. I look at it closely every day without fail because I just adore it and, coming from a family besotted by paper, I’m crazy about the Japanese “Pachika” it’s printed on. It shows the steps between Bridges Street and Man Mo Temple from Hollywood Road- which is my daily commute- and I am constantly inspired by that area. I know I will treasure it forever, so I recently bought their Percival Street one to hang next to it.
In the spirit of full disclosure, Evolving Patina is my youngest brother John’s passion project, but I love his stuff SO much and I sure you all will too. His photos are composed of abstract patterns from distressed surfaces, and many of them were taken right here in HK on days out we took together. One of them is actually featuring on our new LRP 1000 piece puzzle called “Celebrating Hong Kong”. My particular favourites are the ones he shot on a trip to Tai O with me last year. The turquoise one of a peeling old door hangs in my daughter’s room, and I’ve just taken delivery of an enormous one for my living room which is a 5cm square macro shot of the bottom of a washed-up canoe in Tai O blown up to almost 2 metres wide. They somehow manage to be striking and colourful, yet neutral enough to look good with all your furnishings. I think they’d make an awesome gift for someone’s special birthday… or just a treat for yourself #YOLO.
I’m a complete sucker for coffee table books about Hong Kong, and the lovely Arti from Bookazine sent me a copy of Sunset Survivors earlier this year when I was spending a lot of time with my Nan in hospital. It tells the story of Hong Kong’s traditional tradesmen and women with interviews and absolutely stunning photos. I read it cover to cover several times over and still often go back to it- quite divine. I’ve bought copies for my book-loving friends and it’s a guaranteed hit. I’m hoping to join the upcoming RGS walking tour the author is hosting! Right up my street!
Since finding out about our growing Craft Beer market here in HK, I’m now obsessed with buying cases of that rather than a crate of Asahi cans from Park n Shop when we go round to friends… and wow it’s always so well received and a great conversation starter. With names like “Big Wave Bay” and “Dragon’s Back”, the Hong Kong Beer Company has nailed the fun local names although, naturally, I find it more fun to take a mixed case of Lion Rock Brewery beers and try and pass it off as my new line- the Pale Ale always goes down a treat. From an aesthetic POV, my favourite is Young Master Ales whose labels are to-die-for and, being teetotal myself, this is of extreme importance! They’ve got an big range of beers and I buy their gift vouchers for those hard-to-buy-for HK boys! There’s also Black Kite Brewery , Gweilo (check out their SKYLINE cans!) and- the ultimate in design porn for me- Moonzen– the boxes they come in are incredibly beautiful- we keep them all to send our LRP orders!! Check out these stunning Moonzen gift sets– amazing value for HK$200 IMO since we’d usually spend that one a bottle of nice wine to take over which has got like a hundred zillion air miles… so much better to support our local micro breweries!
If you’re still reading, THANK YOU for taking the time to hopefully learn about some local independent companies who rely on your patronage- especially during these uncertain times. We have SO much talent, and SO many passionate and creative people right here on our doorstep- let’s show them our support!