So when I was thinking of the gifts I would love to receive/give I wanted to find unique, sustainable, special presents, with a story and in most cases a brilliant design idea behind them. Below is my list. I know I am a little late and there is only one week left till Christmas, but I just had to share these really cool brands that I found with you. Hope you are having a fun weekend and are being more efficient than me with your shopping!
1. HK Honey - I love their products and have ordered lots of their honey jars and candles for Christmas for my family and myself. Hong Kong is home to more than 7 million people. Amongst the high rise apartments, product designer Michael Leung founder of HK Honey, has created his own space bringing nature back into the metropolis one box at a time. Check out their amazing video below. Available online and in Konzepp
2. Grown - from Australia; smells good, looks good, has brilliant typography and is organic. Need I say more?
3. QueenBlob - quirky handmade statement necklace made by Vina Goh from Canada. (All the wooden beads are sourced in Canada and metalsmithed in QUEENBLOB's Vancouver studio). Love the shape, the lightweight geometric simplicity and the super weirdly cool lookbook.
4. Loveramics - is my favourite ceramics store on Tung Street, where local and international artists and designers sell their beautiful porcelain creations. I love colibri and think these Peter Ting plates are stunning and would make a perfect gift for my mom.
5. So…Soap! - is an organically-produced soap as well as an initiative to create sustainable employment in the community of Tai Po (Hong Kong’s New Territories). Founded by green entrepreneur Bella Ip in 2008. I love the lavender one. Check out the super cute video :)
6. Lara Melchior - I discovered her thanks to my all time favourite blogger Garance Dore. Her jewelry definitely ain't cheap, but it's beautiful, delicate and exquisite.
7. Choolips - Is a really inspirational brand doing what Edun failed to do. Each scarf is hand printed applying local Batik traditions and stitched by the Gold Coast in Ghana, West Africa. It takes up to 2 weeks for each scarf to be made, so no next day delivery here.
8. Baking party with girlfriends - instead of secret Santa, try inviting all your girlfriends over for an evening of baking, to make things more naughty and fun make sure to prepare lots of mulled wine. Bonus these star cookies are low carb, made wholly out of almond flour and require little preparation. Make sure to bring a Polaroid and take lots of silly photos. Finish the night with karaoke singing Britney Spears and Christmas carols.
9. Bodkin - Caos recycled wool jumper - my new favourite brand introduced to me by Christing C. Manufactured in New York City and sourced as environmentally and socially ethical as possible, Bodkin strives to embed sustainability in good design and produces beautiful lookbooks.
10. Kiva gift card - A simple and brilliant idea. An old Chinese proverb says: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime". Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the Internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. The process is very simple and every little helps.
What's on your wish list? Have you already managed to get your gifts? Or are you last minute shoppers like moi?