Hosting a gift exchange party, unsure what to get for the office secret santa, or looking for cute and thoughtful stocking stuffers? We’ve got you covered with our list of indulgent treats that are sure to impress any loved one. For more gift ideas for the beauty addict, the keen home chef or the fashion-conscious gent in your life, be sure to check out our other guides.
If you’re stuck on what to give a difficult secret santa, the gift of relaxation is sure to be welcomed by guys and girls alike. We love the products by This Works, created by former Vogue UK Beauty Director Kathy Phillips, which use blends of sleep-friendly essential oils such as lavender, vetivert and chamomile to help coax your body into deep relaxation. The Sleep Tight set is the perfect nighttime ritual fit in a bauble: a stress-relieving travel roll-on, plus two powerful pillow sprays to send you off to snooze-town.
HK$150 from Lane Crawford
For the friend who loves to glitter and shine from tip to toe, we’d suggest the new Diorific Vernis nail polish collection: four new jewel toned shades of amethyst, emerald, shimmery ruby and deep lustrous garnet are available for your choosing. They’re adorably festive, encased in bauble-shaped bottles, too. For the lady who likes nail art, bring on the glittery liner — perfect for drawing ribbons, stars and other sparkly details to amp up your manicure.
HK$230 each from Dior
Who doesn’t love a warm and cosy cup of mulled wine during the winter months? Tizzy Shots are adding onto their regular menu of healthy tonics with a Christmas staple made from founder Mia Williams’ Swedish family recipe, made from a blend of festive spices, Manuka honey, pressed ginger juice and more. It’s made to be stirred into your favourite spirit or wine, or you can even drink it as a mocktail. Whether if you’re serving it for guests or gifting it to friends, you can all forget about needing to detox between all the holiday feasting this year with this healthy addition to your Christmas drink roster — it’s all about balance right?
HK$299 from Tizzy Shots
Be the hero at your next office secret santa for shopping the good stuff (because honestly, no one wants another mug): Feather & Bone’s got an impressive deli and liquor selection perfect for gourmet gifting, especially for fans of wine and cheese. The fancy pot of Cropwell Bishop Stilton (HK$140/100g) makes for a decadent surprise, best paired with a mini bottle of Taylor’s Reserve Port (HK$110). The only trouble is stopping yourself from clearing out the cheese wheel aisle…
Feather & Bone, Gage Street, 18 Gage Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2325 8570
Looking for a tasty, sophisticated gift that isn’t yet another box of truffles? Look to LA brand Sugarfina for a whimsical sweet fix: The Sweet & Sparkling Holiday Candy Bento Box features eight boxes of assorted goodies, including Bellini peach hearts, rosé rose candies, champagne bear gummies (they’re apparently made with Dom Perignon, too) and more.
HK$650 from Lane Crawford
For luxuriously soft lips (all the better to wear all your new holiday makeup), the intensely hydrating blend of camellia oil, rice and macadamia nut oils and anti-inflammatory liquorice extract will save even the most chapped skin. This limited edition trio features the new Plum Blossom tinted balm, plus red camellia and cherry blossom flavours as well — each featuring a subtle hint of 23-karat gold sheen.
HK$650 from Joyce Beauty
With wine being a holiday essential, it’s the perfect time to indulge in the anti-oxidising properties of grapes. Caudalie’s signature sweet-smelling body scrub is made from Cabernet grape seeds, brown sugar, honey, and an essential oil blend to give a smoothing and draining effect, meaning you’ll look and feel more sculpted afterwards. The accompanying Vine Body Butter is made with fair trade shea. The duo is perfect for busy bees who need a good pick-me-up after work (glass of wine not included, but definitely encouraged).
HK$130 from Caudalie, 3-5 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2319 1006
Everything is set to be tinged in gold and silver for the holiday season — why not your eyelashes too? For an unusual take on the glittery look, Guerlain’s 2017 holiday collection includes a liquid gold ‘top coat’ mascara, which is perfect as a beauty gift that’s a little out of the ordinary.
HK$220 from Guerlain, Shop G42, Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, +852 2265 7064
We can feel the winter chill settling in (finally), and everybody is in the market for a pair of fine socks. Falke offers the best and most extravagant socks and hosiery, particularly the No. 3 Finest Camel & Silk Gentleman socks, which are woven in Italy using pure silk and downy camel fur — sheared when the camel is just 18 months old (fear not, they remain unharmed in the process). With the softest camel fur, the socks insulate well for breathable and cooling socks in the summer and keeping you warm in the winter.
HK$690 from Sogo
For the type who gets anxious when others grab your phone to swipe at photos (holiday season is peak time for that with all those family reunions), here’s an ingenious gadget as a gift idea. This simple but neat smartphone projector will allow you to instantly display all your photos and videos on the wall. It’s also suited for Christmas movies, sharing holiday photos and just about anything you want.
HK$280 from Lane Crawford