Picking the perfect gift

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 September, 2011, 12:00am


What do you give someone who has just bestowed upon you the present of a lifetime? After receiving a shiny rock on their finger and the promise of marriage, two women share stories of gift giving to their husbands and wedding party.

A few weeks after becoming engaged, Christina Yeung gave her husband, Stan Chow, an identification bracelet. 'He mentioned wanting an ID bracelet a long time ago, so I figured now was a good time,' says Yeung, who married in 2009. On the front, Yeung had Chow's initials engraved, while on the inside was 'I found the one my heart loves', followed by her own initials.

For her wedding, Yeung decided not to have bridesmaids. However, six of her closest friends took matters into their own hands and threw a bridal shower regardless. 'I didn't ask them to, but they insisted. So for all my friends who helped out, I got them a variety of things,' Yeung says.

First, she ordered gold necklaces with miniature hummingbirds. 'The necklace had a message of friendship, and it was something they could wear with anything,' she says. Also included were red packets of lai see or lucky money.

For other friends who helped with the d?cor, flowers or a variety of tasks, Yeung bought gifts including a makeup kit, spa gift certificate, luxury French soaps and hand cream. 'I was very appreciative of my friends' help. I wanted to give them each something beautiful that they could use as a little treat - something delightful.'

The day after Emma Saunders married John Saunders in December last year at St Steven's Chapel in Stanley, she gave him a chess set. 'I knew he always wanted a nice one,' she says. 'He was surprised because it was something he always talked about. And he loved that it looked old and antique.'

Bought in London, the set came in a black leather box with wooden carved pieces for its black and white board.

On top of the engagement ring, Saunders' husband gave her a Girl with Balloon print on canvas by British graffiti artist Banksy. 'I love it and I know it was really hard to find,' she says.

At her wedding party, Saunders gave her bridesmaids an assortment from personalised tote bags and flip-flops to bracelets and a T-shirt with 'I love Hong Kong' printed on it.

For overseas guests, she also arranged a gift bag including a street map, city guide, candies, disposable camera and postcards of Hong Kong. 'I thought for people who have never been here before, it was a nice thing to arrive to ... I went a bit nuts [in spending] but I enjoyed doing it.'