Gifted ideas for presents

Gifted ideas for presents

Your Christmas shopping is easy thanks to our pick of the top pop-up stores and markets.

We can already hear the sleigh bells ring. It's time to start doing your Christmas shopping. Instead of wrestling with the crowds on the high street, wrap up warm and head for the city's seasonal fairs for unusual gifts and locally-handcrafted goodies.

With so many pop-up stores and markets opening, we know it'll be hard to make up your mind which to visit. Don't worry. We've done all the hard work, and chosen the best four.

Voxfire Holiday BazART

Date: December 6-22 (Tue-Fri: 2pm to 8pm; Sat-Sun: noon-6pm)

Venue: 1/F, 52 Gage Street, Sheung Wan

Get up to speed with Hong Kong's fashion scene here! The gallery's festival event features nine creative types, including PlayBack Handmade Accessories (its founder Chan Po-fung's good at turning trash into fab fashion items), NOTHINGLASTSFOREVER (their leather baseball-shaped coins bag is a must-have for boys) and Swallow Up (their clocks with comic-and-poem-inspired illustrations are really lovely).

Handmade Hong Kong

Date: December 7 (10am-5pm)

Venue: The Vine Centre, 29 Burrows Street, Wan Chai

Date: December 15 (10am-5pm)

Venue: Discovery Bay Main Plaza

Expect scrumptious nibbles, handmade accessories and beauty products, fun games and more from the 250 stalls. We recommend you check out Forbidden Beans' decadent chocolate cups topped with caramelised bananas, Every Little Thing's Christmas-themed bookmarks and cutesy cable holders, and Nicework's sausage-dog-shaped leather handbag.

Made in HK Pop Up Market by Green Queen

Date: December 8 (10am-6pm)

Venue: The Space, 210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan

Entry fee: HK$20

It's a foodie haven. You'll have a blast sampling artisanal bread, organic snacks and sweet apple pies, while selecting the best to take home to your family and friends.

Happy Cow's gluten-freeice cream made with coconut milk and Sesame Kitchen's chickpea miso are well-worth trying.

Fifth Kowloon City Book Fair

Date: December 7-8 (Sat: 11.30am-9pm; Sun: 11am to 8pm)

Venue: HKICC Lee Shau Kee School Of Creativity, 135 Junction Road, Kowloon City

The two-day event is not only for bookworms and poets. With more than 150 booths selling one-of-a-kind handicrafts, you'll be able to tick a few gifts off the shopping lists.

You can find 2014 calendars with Japanese ink paintings at Wordist's booth, or have a seal custom-made in Chinese, or Western style, by Sealing Stone DIY Studio.


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