It's the most wonderful time of the year, and for many, also the most stressful. If you, like us, have a shopping list a mile long and are panicking about getting names crossed off your Christmas list, here are some suggestions to get you started.
For those looking for gifts that can double as souvenirs for family and friends back home, check out our Guide to Souvenirs Shopping.
Fifty Shades of Fun
Where: V Spot, 5/F, 218 Xinle Lu (near Donghu Lu) 新乐路218号5楼 (近东湖路)
High-end adult store V Spot brings the fun to climax this Christmas with a couple of cheeky gift sets. If you're planning a romantic treat for the missus, the Sensual Tranquility (RMB558) set is perfect, with a bottle of Bisol Jeio Cuvee Rose prosecco, YesforLov sheet fragrance, massage oil, and rose petals. And though V Spot markets themselves as women-oriented, they don't discriminate. There's also something for the boys, in the form of the Pleasure (For Him) set (RMB498). It contains a Blow-Yo male stroker, a bottle of Intimate Earth oral glide, and two packets of YesforLov Sexy candy explosion for that extra little zing in the bedroom. Or if you want something both of you can enjoy together, the Fantasy (RMB778) takes a leaf out of the Fifty Shades fantasy by wrapping up ten different his and her toys under one pretty bow.
Here's a gift that will keep on giving, long after the holiday season is over. The GENTbox is a monthly subscription box for men; each contains a mix of six to eight daily essentials covering areas of fashion, lifestyle, grooming, travel, home, and electronics. There are three different plans to choose from—monthly (RMB238 per month), six months (RMB218 per month), and 12-months (RMB198 per month)—available as individual plans or as gift subscriptions. Every product is handpicked, with the guarantee that the same item will never be delivered twice, then sent straight to your door in sleek, stylish packages. It's perfect for those that hate the whole hubbub involved in a shopping trip. Simply sign up for one, sit back, and wait for the gifts to roll in monthly.
Where: SiDo, 60 Yongkang Lu (near Xiangyang Nan Lu) 永康路60号 (近襄阳南路)
SiDo may be small but it's packed full of surprises, and it's the perfect shop to cross a couple of items off your shopping list. Their best-sellers are their house-made soy candles—buy a set for a pretty, practical gift, or nab them separately to use as little stocking fillers. The playfully named "Hangover Cure" (RMB55) is perfect for those bleary, post-festivities mornings, while their recently-launched "Ginger Biscuits" ensure it'll always smell like the holidays whenever and wherever.
Made in Zhongguo
If you're hunting for gifts that can double as souvenirs for those back home, look no further than NAH Studio. Established by Dutch designer Lorain, the WeChat store offers a small collection of notebooks, pouches and bags sprouting the quirkiest, cheekiest Chinglish phrases. Take your pick of "Ting Budong Chinese" totes (RMB120), "You're So Mafan" laptop sleeves (RMB80), "Meiyou Money" zip pouches (RMB60), and "Laowai" phone covers (RMB80).
Where: Kate Wood, 336-338 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu (near Fuxing Zhong Lu) 乌鲁木齐中路336-338号 (近复兴中路)
Gift-hunting for a fashionista? Kate Wood Originals might have just the thing. This Dutch brand, founded in Shanghai, has a funky selection of statement accessories made out of natural wood—watches come in 36mm (RMB988) and 44mm (RMB1,088) sizes, while their sunnies (RMB380 to RMB780) are a chic and playful collection named after cities like Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Ibiza. If you're feeling generous, their bamboo bikes (RMB7,500 to RMB15,000) are stunning and one-of-a-kind.
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