Looking for unique gifts that also support local businesses this festive season? We’ve done the work for you and found some great gift ideas from our community’s enterprises.
With travel restrictions still firmly in place, most of us will be spending the festive season in Hong Kong. If the idea of a long Christmas shopping list and hours in a crowded mall makes you break out in a cold sweat, check out our handy gift guide below. As an added bonus all of these shops are online which means you’ll be able to safely shop from the comfort of your own home. Start scrolling and surprise your loved ones with a few #localislekker gifts this year.
Afrojewellery.hk stock a great range of handmade accessories and homeware from Kenya. They are the perfect choice for unique gifts such as Maasai blankets, carved wooden animals, bags and jewellery that will add a colourful African touch to your home or wardrobe.
Run by African refugee women, this collective creates beautiful clothing and homeware from Liputa (Congolese wax fabric). Their newest African print scatter cushions are the perfect gift to brighten up any home or office space.
With limited outdoor space in Hong Kong, these smokeless charcoal Lotus Grills are the perfect gift for any braai lover. They’re portable, lightweight, easy to clean and can be used on balconies, boats or on picnics.
Shop now at Coba Grills. (Regular grills start at $1786.)*
Nxiba-Oku offer a wide range of social justice clothing and lifestyle products – the perfect gift for those wanting to express who they are and what they stand for.
These handmade, one-of-a-kind polymer clay earrings made by South African mother and daughter duo are the perfect choice for the ladies. They have a massive range of wearable art earrings to choose from.
South Africa Scratchmap
This is the perfect gift for travel enthusiasts. Featuring over 50 iconic landmarks, these A1 sized scratch maps are a great way to plan and document your travels to South Africa. South Africa Scratchmap also offer delivery in South Africa, making these maps the ideal gift for friends and family at home too!
Shop online at South Africa Scratch Map (HK$250 for map and postage in Hong Kong and ZAR 350 for map and postage in South Africa.)
Africa Coffee & Tea
If you can’t make your way to their restaurant in Wong Chuk Hang this festive season, fear not – Africa Coffee & Tea’s single-origin coffee beans and specialty teas are also available online. Their products are packaged in beautiful, environmentally friendly tins, making them conveniently gift-ready.
Shop in store or online at Africa Coffee & Tea (Starting from $165 and up.)
Bonus discount – get 15% off online orders using the discount code ‘WEARE2GATHER’
Why not spoil your loved one with some unique biltong or droëwors this festive season? Apart from their usual products, Biltong Chief now also stock Wagyu biltong, ostrich biltong and organic pecan droëwors. Combine it with a bottle of delicious South African wine (also available on their website) for a gift that’s sure to please.
Shop online at Biltong Chief (See website for product pricing.)*
Started by four South Africans who share a love for good coffee, Cowbird Coffee Co stock a great range of hand-roasted beans as well as some stylish environmentally friendly coffee cups.
Shop online at Cowbird Coffee Co (Starting from $80 and up.)
Hou Hou Mei
Apart from their usual delicious baked goods, the ladies at Hou Hou Mei are also offering a ‘build your own Christmas cookie gift box’ option. Each box contains either 6 or 12 cookies and you can choose from limited edition flavours such as triple chocolate, vanilla chai and red velvet delight. (The cut-off date for Christmas orders is 18 December at 12:00).
For a wide range of artisanal treats, look no further. The Artisan’s products are made to order and include jams, chutneys, baked goods, liqueurs and locally sourced honey. Don’t miss their limited edition Mulled Berry jam – the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas feast.
Shop online at The Artisan (See website for product pricing.)
For Wine Lovers
If you’re looking to spoil the wine lovers in your life with boutique wines from Franschhoek, check out Babington Wines. They are the exclusive stockists of Holden Manz and Lynx Estate wines and offer mixed cases that take the guesswork out of wine shopping.
Shop online at Babington Wines (See website for product pricing.)*
Cellar to Door
For award-winning wines, look no further than Cellar to Door. They stock wines from Cederberg, Dieu Donné, Eikehof and Rijk’s Wine Estate. Cederberg Private Cellar won three awards at the 2020 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition so their wines will make a great gift for all the wine aficionados in your life.
Shop online at Cellar to Door (See website for product pricing.)*
We don’t know about you, but we’ve really missed our Haute Cabrière Chardonnay/Pinot Noir in Hong Kong! Lucky for us, Lekker Laa stock a wide range of South African favourites including Haute Cabrière, Pierre Jourdan and Vrede en Lust, making it the perfect gift shop for any wine lover.
Shop online at Lekker Laa (See website for product pricing.)
If you’re shopping for an environmentally conscious wine drinker, check out Progeny Wines – your one stop shop for organic and vegan boutique wines from vineyards such as Avontuur Estate and Graceland Vineyards.
Wine Impala stock a big range of premium South African wines and you’re sure to find the perfect bottle. If you’re not sure what to get, they also offer digital gift cards ranging from HK$200 to HK$2000 – the perfect present for even the most picky wine drinker.
Shop online at Wine Impala (See website for product pricing).
SAAHK members qualify for the following discounts – 7.5% discount at Biltong Chief, 15% discount at Coba Grills, 20% discount at Babington Wines and 10% discount at Cellar to Door.