The World Outside May Be Frightful, But a Thoughtful Gift Can Be Delightful

Hong Kong Dec 1, 2020

Stumped again by what to get your special someone? We've got Christmas gift ideas to help your loved ones cope with a difficult year.

Across the world, we're seeing new waves of Covid-19 resurging, which can only mean tighter social distancing measures and even a return to lockdowns in some countries.

Hong Kong itself is facing a fourth wave of infections, prompting much stricter social distancing measures and the deferment of the much awaited Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble.

In spite of such disheartening news, Christmas carols wafting from every corner is a reminder that the holiday season is finally here.

As the season of sharing and giving, why not opt for thoughtful gifts that will help your loved ones cope with lockdown or mental doldrums associated with the pandemic.

We have some gift ideas for 2020 that will ensure your family and friends stay warmly connected, and lastly to send love and Christmas cheers to those less fortunate than us. All this while also supporting local Hong Kong businesses!

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The pandemic made 2020 expert bakers and house farmers out of just about anybody. Just because the year is coming to a close, why stop now?

One gift idea to make waking up each day still exciting and refreshing for the receiver this holiday season - and for the foreseeable future - is a plant growing kit!

We recommend checking out Rooftop Republic, a Hong Kong social enterprise with a focus on creating sustainability through urban farming. The organisation offers not only urban farming solutions, organic produce, and gardening supplies but also various grow kits, including Organic Seeds Variety Pack, Basic Microgreens Grow Kit, and Organic Seasonal Seeds Set.

Rooftop Republic Urban Farming
We build urban farms to transform under-utilised areas into natural spaces and empower communities to lead a sustainable lifestyle.

Complete the gift set by throwing in books on house plants, herbs, indoor flowers, cookbooks, or cocktails guides with recipes using herbs and plants from the grow kit. There is nothing more rewarding than witnessing the growth of your own sowing, especially when you can also use them in cocktails!

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If you are an appreciator of handmade gifts then don’t forget to check out Yarn in the Works and The Knitting Room during sweater weather. Yarn in the Works supplies yarns from over 20 brands of different types from silk to Merino wool making it a perfect place to source everything you need to knit that customised scarf or beanie. An alternative idea this year would be a personalised throw blanket as a knitted gift to keep your loved ones warm, as it is likely that we all will be spending more time indoors this winter.

If you like the thought of keeping your loved ones warm but lack the patience to do it yourself, don’t worry, you can check out The Knitting Room. Starting from only HKD 300 per set, you can send beautifully packed knitting gift sets to your friends and family to make sure they are entertained while keeping their social distance. You can purchase from both stores online, meaning safe and socially responsible shopping!

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We have one more idea that shouldn't come as a surprise. Instead of buying more for those who have it all, why not consider giving to the less fortunate in your community instead? Here is a list of local Hong Kong charities that could benefit from the giving season.

  • Box of Hope: To share useful and educational gifts with underprivileged children in Hong Kong and all over Asia.
  • Impact HK: To improve the lives of homeless individuals in Hong Kong.
  • Enrich: To empower migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong.
  • Lifelong Animal Protection Charity (LAP): To find safe homes for all animals.
  • Food Angel: To provide cooked meals to those needed in the community.

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Nontawan Kraitat

Senior Sales Manager at Hmlet. Thailand born, Hong Kong based. As a team we strive to give our members the most memorable coliving experience and change the way people live!