It's Christmas: Where to Go for Last-Minute Shopping in Hong Kong
These festive one-stop shops and streets will solve your present woes.
Do It All Online
Worried about your presents not getting to you on time? Never fear. These stores offer next-day delivery. Unless you live in DB, because it’s some kind of delivery blackout zone.
A Boy Named Sue
Super-cool eco-boutique stocking sustainable fashions from all over the globe. Perfect for the stylish, ethical giftee. aboynamedsue.co.
Hong Kong brand which sticks to simple, high-quality basics. Good gifts if your recipient could do with upping their everyday look. grana.com.
Add some “urban luxe” to your life with this carefully curated wardrobe. bkrm.com.
Easy-going rompers and beautiful statement dresses from Hong Kong designers. cartecollective.com.
Gift a sex toy for Christmas and you’ll get to play with it too! Just make sure a) you know it’s going to be well received and b) you don’t wrap it in the same paper you’ve put aside for mom’s present. sallystoy.com.
Sprint Across Town
It’s December 24, you bunked off work early and while all your colleagues are getting drunk you’re sprinting around trying to buy enough presents so your family doesn’t hate you. Head to one of these shopping areas to get it all done inside of 20 minutes.
Gough Street retains its hipster cool with plenty of boutique stores to brighten up anyone’s Christmas. Stop by Homeless (29 Gough St., Central, 2581-1880) for funky décor then pop into WOAW! (“World of Amazing Wonders,” 11 Gough St., Central, 2253-1313) for hip, hard-to-find items such as foldable Polaroid cameras, on-trend watches and cutting-edge kicks. Then head up the steps of Mee Lun Street, where Über Tunique, Gold Yard and Callixto (7, 9 and 11 Mee Lun St.) form a row full of super-trendy jewelry, clothes and acessories for women, men and everyone in between.
Tai Ping Shan
Need awesome gifts? Hit up Tai Ping Shan in Sheung Wan. Salon-slash-clothing-boutique Mood (22 Tai Ping Shan St., Sheung Wan, 2559-8308) is the epitome of cool, with Japanese and vintage-inspired clothing and home accessories for sale. Rat’s Cave (18A-B, G/F, Tai Ping Shan St., Sheung Wan, 2858-9001) sells post-industrial art and accessories by street art crew Start from Zero. SWY (“Scent With You”, 18 Upper Station St., Sheung Wan, 2499-1098) stocks scented candles shaped like macarons to brighten up the house. Wrap up your gift run at Zixag (G/F, 40 Sai St., Sheung Wan, 3585-7467) which showcases awesome items from local and overseas designers alike.
Causeway Bay Plaza + Island Beverly
Island Beverly (1 Great George St., Causeway Bay, 2890-6823) stocks unique Japanese and Korean fashions that we guarantee you won’t be seeing anywhere else on the street. One + One is a one-stop shop for handbags and clutches, while V Love U is your go-to for silk and lace. Once you’re stocked up on hip Asian fashions, walk across the road to Causeway Bay Plaza I (489 Hennessy Rd., Causeway Bay) for knick-knacks, stuffed toys and more fashion. And there’s always Sogo (555 Hennessy Rd., Causeway Bay, 2833-8338) just up the street to knock those last few items off the list.
PMQ (35 Aberdeen St., Central) is full of one-of-a-kind items if you have the patience to brave the maze. Head to Kapok (HG10-12, 2858-8170) for designs in everything from candles to shirts to mini gold satchel bags. Alternative Country (R311, Block A, 3580-2910) is great for expertly crafted leather work boots that are cool enough to wear casually. Stop by Home.Works (S506, Block A, 2858-8135) to pick up cool stationery, handcrafted soaps and beautifully designed notebooks. End your shopping spree at A O G P (“An On Going Project”, S202, Block A, 3170-3965) for gorgeous, intricate jewelry that you’ll want to keep instead of gifting.