December 18, 2012

Christmas Gift Ideas from the DSTS Gift FairyShe’s been in the game for a while now, she’s got the inside track on everything gift related from traditional treats to the hottest this season must-haves. She’s not only skilled in providing perfect present ideas, she’s also a walking, talking A-Z of exactly where to buy each gift. Best of all, as the premier present specialist, she’s privy to the wish lists of everyone from your next door neighbor to Hollywood’s elite…she’s the DSTS Gift Fairy! And as Christmas is a time for giving, she’s generously agreed to leak some A-list letters to Santa to inspire your shopping…

The Kids

The Harper Beckham
She’s sugar and spice and all things nice. She loves dressing-up and anything sparkly; she’s the perfect little fashion mogul in the making.  Her Christmas Wish List? A chic romper – Apricot Jumpsuit HK$600, Velveteen, www.velveteenclothing.com, A pair of sparkly kicks – Tiny TOMS Glitters, Lane Crawford; A creative outlet – Melissa & Doug Princess Crayon Set, HK$35, Tiny Footprints, www.tinyfootprints.com.

The Knox Jolie-Pitt
He’s a blur of mud, noise and mischief. He’d move into his treehouse if only his Mum would let him, he keeps a pet snail in a jar in his bedroom and he loves nothing more than playing tricks on his sisters. He’s an out and out little rascal.  His Christmas Wish List? A cool ride  – Mini Scooter by Janod, HK$1700, Tiny Footprints, www.tinyfootprints.com; A rustic jacket – Fairisle Fur Trim Cardi HK$645, Seed, www.seedheritage.com, A puppy –  Various Beautiful Breeds Available, Hong Kong Dog Rescue, www.hongkongdogrescue.com.

The Lourdes Leon
She loves Twilight and Gossip Girl, she’s adept at homework dodging and she’s thoroughly overexcited about the news that Topshop’s opening up in Hong Kong next year. Like all tween girls, she’d really like a date with One Direction for Christmas, but if that’s asking a bit too much, she’d settle for front row tickets to see Justin Bieber… Her Christmas Wish List? Cosy Booties – Snug Uggs, Ugg Pop-up Store, 7 On Lan Street, Central, Instagram-esque Lomography Camera – Diana Baby 110 Camera and Lens Package HK$498, Lomography Gallery Store, G/F, No.2 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Festive Lipbalm – Lipsmackers Coca Cola Gift sets priced from HK$75, Sasa and Mannings.

Stocking Stuffers

Main gifts sorted? Now there are just the little extras to pop into those Christmas stockings. When it comes to stocking stuffers, this year the DSTS Gift Fairy suggests giving traditional treats a 2012 twist…

For those on the nice list…

A veritable treasure trove of all things quirky and fun, G.O.D. is the perfect one stop shop for small gifts to have big kids squealing with glee on Christmas morning. Whether you’re in the market for a pair of panda slippers (HK$295) or a door stopper shaped like a wedge of cheese (HK$95), G.O.D. is sure to have something to take your fancy. G.O.D.

Skip the candy canes and Terry’s Chocolate Oranges in favour of a sweet treat with a little Ooh La La! Parisian purveyor of macaroon amazingness, Laduree has finally set up shop in Hong Kong. Pop in to the harbor City store to snap up a box of the divine, pastel coloured confections. Our top pick are the salted caramel flavour! Ladurée, Shop 3224, Level 3, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, TST

Swap the usual clementine for something a little more appley… bring music to their ears with a teeny tiny, candy coloured iPod shuffle (HK$388) or keep them running with special neckband sports headphones (HK$648). Apple Store, IFC Mall, Festival Walk, Hysan Place

Chocolate coins are a stocking stuffer staple but how about trading that foil covered cheap confectionary for coins that leave you with more than a bigger tummy… Giftwell is a brand new online service providing gift cards for a carefully curated group of luxe Hong Kong restaurants and boutiques. With partners ranging from fash favourites, Rue Madame and Vein to gourmet gems like Vero Chocolates and the Principal, Giftwell really offers something for even the most hard to buy for. Giftwell www.giftwell.hk

And for those on the naughty list…

There was a time when all of our worst Christmas morning nightmares revolved around waking up to discover a stocking filled with coal. These days we’re much less concerned and would be more than happy to wake up to a bottle of coal black nail varnish poking out of our stocking. Our top picks are Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Black Satin or Black PearlChanel Cosmetics, www.chanel.com

And Finally

Last Minute Lulu? Spent too much of December eating mince pies, drinking Christmas cocktails and idling hopefully under the mistletoe? If you’re flying home for Christmas with a present shaped gap in your suitcase, the DSTS Gift Fairy has a few favourite airport shopping suggestions…

Shanghai Tang
One stop shop for luxe loveliness with a distinct hint of the Orient. Stock up on a polo shirt for Dad, scented candles and silver photo frames for Mum, an empress coaster set for your Auntie and zodiac chopsticks for anyone and everyone. The perfect place for gifts that look as though you’ve spent hours seeking them out rather than moments before your gate opens… Shanghai Tang, Hong Kong International Airport, T1, Departures East Hall, Level 7

This large outpost of the Spanish High Street favourite does a great line in Men’s and Women’s fashion. Top gift suggestions include chunky knit scarfs, statement necklaces and trophy jackets. Just try not to get too distracted and end up buying more for yourself than all the other lovely people on your gift list. Zara, Hong Kong International Airport, T1, Departures North Concourse, Level 6

La Perla
Boys, if you come out in a cold sweat at the sudden realization that you’ve forgotten to bag your girlfriend/wife a gift moments before you board the plane, then thank your lucky stars for Italian purveyor of luxe lingerie, La Perla.  Bits of silky, lacy loveliness don’t come much more covetable and let’s face it, lingerie’s a gift you’ll love just as much as she does…
La Perla, Hong Kong International Airport, T 1, Departures East Hall, Level 6

Duty Free & DFS Beauty
Want to minimize shop hopping and get straight to the lounge? You really can’t beat DFS. A wealth of options for everyone from Grandpa to your God-daughter. Load up on a bottle of everyone’s favourite tipple as well as perfumes, make-up, chocolates and sunglasses – guaranteed to make you the most popular gift-giver on Christmas morning. Duty Free & DFS Beauty, Hong Kong International Airport

For even more gift ideas for everyone on the list, check out our Holiday Shopping Guide.

Happy Shopping and Safe Travels!

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