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By Hira Desai | December 14th, 2018

Between preparing your home for guests, finding the perfect outfit, and prepping holiday meals, it’s easy to forget gifts. But don’t panic, because we’re showing you exactly where to do your last-minute Christmas shopping in Hong Kong!

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 Malls: For high street/designer goods

If you’re looking for Christmas gifts from designer or high street stores, you’re spoilt for choice in Hong Kong with some of the most impressive shopping malls in the world. For the most exclusive shops and chicest boutiques, head to Landmark, located conveniently in the heart of Central. Alternatively, visit Pacific Place, set over three levels and reminiscent of a luxurious hotel. Over in Kowloon, Festival Walk boasts over 200 shops, including both mainstream and boutique clothing, jewelry and toy stores as well as restaurants and a multi-screen cinema, in case you fancy catching a movie after your shopping spree. If you don’t mind battling the crowds, head to Harbour City. With over 450 shops, the city’s biggest mall has everything from home goods and beauty to fashion and electronics. Other popular malls include the iconic Times Square, and the stylish Elements in West Kowloon, home to a number of contemporary retailers and European fashion houses.

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Tai Yuen Street (Toy Street): For kids or vintage collectors

Located a short walk from Wan Chai MTR station, Tai Yuen Street – also known as Toy Street – is a great alternative to the big toy manufacturers and stores when shopping for kids or vintage collectors. Though toy manufacturing moved to Mainland China in the 1980s, some of the classical toys that were once made in Hong Kong still survive today. Whether you are shopping for a local, a friend, or family member from overseas, here you can find everything from limited edition figurines and collectable retro tin robots to dolls, Disney character items, bath toys and stationery. Rummage through the fun goodies to find exactly what you’re looking for without having to break the bank.

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Fashion Walk and Sneakers Street: For fashion lovers

Fashion Walk in Causeway Bay is packed with cutting-edge stores and brands perfect for trendsetters.  The eclectic mix of flagship and concept stores include the first Hong Kong boutique of French label Heron Preston and the first overseas store of Japanese fashion retailer STUDIOUS, together with designer labels such as OFF-WHITE, MSGM and more. Whether you’re looking for international designers or something unique from an independent rising star, this vibrant spot is perfect for finding must-have gifts for fashion connoisseurs. If you’re shopping specifically for athletes or someone who simply loves sports shoes, head to Fa Yuen Street in Kowloon – namely Sneakers Street – where you can find everything from high-end branded trainers to Sketchers, Keds and even discounted running shoes.

Live Goods Markets: For nature and animal lovers

If you’re visiting your partner’s parents, need a hostess gift or something for plant lovers, at the Flower Market in Mong Kok, you’ll quickly find the perfect gift. Explore rows upon rows of shops, stalls and stands brimming with potted plants, exotic blooms, bonsai trees and more.  Just a short walk from the Flower Market, you will also find the Yuen Po Bird Garden and Goldfish Market where you can find everything from exotic birds and beautifully crafted bamboo cages to tropical goldish and saltwater aquariums.

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Local Markets: For overseas guests or family aboard

Surprise your overseas guests or family aboard with fun, quirky Chinese-themed gifts from the city’s bustling local markets. Bag yourself a bargain at Ladies Market or Temple Street Night Market while shopping for T-Shirts, Cheongsams, tea sets, chopsticks, trinkets, jade and more. At Western Market you can find beautiful fabrics, fine silks and handmade Chinese crafts. Other local markets include Stanley Market and Discovery Bay Sunday Market, where you’re sure to tick souvenirs-to-buy-Aunt-Jackie off your shopping list

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Online shops: For everyone

 If you’re looking to shop from the comfort of your couch, there are plenty of online shops that will ship gifts right to your door. You can now discover thousands of deals on Amazon from electronics and toys to holiday essentials and designer clothing brands for the whole family. Opt for the “Priority” shipping for delivery within 2-5 business days. Home to custom, vintage and handmade items, Etsy is the perfect place to shop for something unique. From unique jewelry and trendy clothes to personalized baubles, collectibles and everything in between, you’re sure to find something cool here. Other online shops that ship to Hong Kong include popular department stores John Lewis (delivers within 3-6 working days) and Selfridges (delivery within 5 working days) as well as Book Depository, the world’s international online bookstore with free delivery worldwide.

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