The A-Z of Christmas Gifts We're Wishing For This Year

A, B, C, D . . .

by Michaela Fulton | Mon, December 04, 2017

Stuck for ideas on what to get your friends and family this Christmas? Perhaps you're wondering what you can stuff their stockings with, or trying to figure out how to add some winter sparkle to their wardrobe. Well, fret no more. Become known as the best gift-giver they know by following our A-Z guide of 26 hand-picked presents for loved ones near and far. Whatever your budget, we've got you covered.

A is for awesome chocolate adventures

Zotter Chocolate Factory

Some of you might not know this neat little fact, but there's an actual chocolate factory here in Shanghai. For those who are chocolate obsessed, give the gift of chocolate this Christmas with a tour around The Zotter Chocolate Factory! A smaller version of the original Zotter Chocolate factory in Austria, you can tour the entire factory and learn all about cocoa; taste everything, from the cocoa bean to the chocolate bar – over 250 samples, and come up with your own crazy, creative recipes. English-language tours (¥180/adult, ¥150/teens, ¥120/kids) run every hour from 11am-4pm Tuesdays to Sundays. Children below 1.3m enter for free, but need adult supervision. 2866 Yangshupu Lu, near Neijiang Lu.

B is for Bold & Hill

Bold and Hill Jewelry

As an affordable Spanish jewelry brand for kids and adults, Bold & Hill's designs are inspired by 13 years worth of travel experiences, unforgettable sights and Mother Nature. Ranging from earrings and necklaces to bracelets and rings, the pieces are made from a combination of materials, like 925 silver, stainless steel, and other non-tarnishing materials that will keep the next statement piece looking fabulous. Geometric lines and natural stones make trendy additions to a daily look with their Stone Collection, whilst The Essentials are the next piece of the puzzle in a versatile signature look. Visit boldandhill.com for more information, or follow them on WeChat: BoldandHill.

C is for ColorMAD Nails

ColorMAD Nails

 

Women shouldn't have to compromise their health and ethics for fashion and luxury, and ColorMAD Nails are here to help. Committed to providing high-quality products with a focus on safety and innovation to ensure the health of their customers, they have collaborated with the world's top laboratories to develop some revolutionary manicure ingredients. Utilizing nanotechnology along with a 4-free formula (Toluene-Free, Formaldehyde-Free, Camphor-Free, DBP-Free), they create some nail polishes that come in great gifts sets too! Ranging from party sparkle that's chocolate scented (that's right!) and beautiful blues in Christmas gift set cross-over with Lane Crawford (¥398/set) to beautiful pastel shades that you can peel off in one go, these are a great stocking filler for your beauty mad ladies. Visit ColorMAD Nail Bar at Lane Crawford Shanghai or color-mad.com for more information. 99 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Pu'an Lu​.

D is for Dragonfly

Dragonfly Treatment

As one of the more popular spas in Shanghai, Dragonfly's many locations offer an escape for busy urbanites, including treatments from TCM sessions to massages, facials, and nail appointments. Treat your loved one to a session of combatting the wear and tear of passing time with a chance to escape into an oasis of calm, or some awesome gift sets for Christmas, including: a Biodroga Gift Set for ¥999, a Dragonfly Holiday Gift Bag for ¥999, or Dragonfly Gift Certificates between ¥100-¥796 for different treatments. The only problem you're going to have now, is deciding what treatment they'll appreciate more. Visit dragonfly.net.cn for more information on the treatments they offer.

E is for Epermarket 

Epermarket Gifts

Holiday shopping can be stressful, but with Epermarket you can find some crowd-pleasing gifts for you and your loved ones too! All you need to do is sit down with a hot cup of cocoa or mulled wine, and order from the comfort of your own home – easy! They have everything from chocolate gift boxes from Lindt (¥98-¥155) and Valrhona (¥256) to home accessories from Pinyin Press (¥140-¥210) and an Ornamental hand-carved Mahjong set (¥299) for the perfect Chinese souvenir. These are a great way to wish someone a Merry Christmas! Visit epermarket.com for more information.

F is for Floatation Spa

Floatation Spa

Floatatian is a luxurious, Swedish floatation spa in Shanghai that provides at unique gravity-free experience. Designed for city dwellers who are looking for increased well-being, Floatation Therapy (¥450) means reaching a state of absolute tranquility by floating. Treat a loved one to a session that will reduce stress, muscle tension and pain, increase well-being, the ability to focus and more. Visit 247tickets.com to book.

G is for gaming with Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch tekshanghai

If you're looking for an out-of-the-box and lightweight console for your favorite gamer, the Nintendo Switch (¥2,880) is a new addition to the scene that could win you many favors. With a durable and intuitive design, it can be used on its own or plugged into a television set. The powerful processor delivers stunning graphics, supporitng a range of new games that we can only hope will least longer than your holidays, including: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, L.A. Noire, Super Mario Odyssey and more. Check out tekshanghai.com for more information.

H is for holiday goodies

Jing'an Shanghri-La HamperLet's be honest, the best part of Christmas is tearing open new presents, as well as the joy on your loved ones faces as they see what you chose for them. In partnership with Jing'An Kerry Center, Jing'An Shangri-La presents a pop-up store where you can find excellent stocking-fillers and a gift variety to suit all lucky recipients. With sweet Christmas goodies like a Gingerbread House, Chocolate Christmas Santa and Raspberry Macaroons to choose from – alongside three hampers and festive Turkey giveaways for all the family to indulge in. Open until December 22nd, 10am-2pm. 1218 Yan'an Zhong Lu, near Tongren Lu​

I is for Instax Mini

Instax Mini

For our beloved teens, we're taking a step back from everything digital and traveling back to the time of polaroid cameras. With an Instax Mini, they'll be able to capture special moments and print them instantly. Offering a range of instax cameras to choose from, Fujifilm offers up a quality camera for those "old-fashioned" photograph feels. Head to the awesome photography department store on Luban Road and hunt one down (around ¥400-¥500). 288 Luban Lu, near Xietu Lu​

J is for Jedi and Sith light saber umbrellas

Star Wars Umbrellas

This is the umbrella your Star Wars fan has been looking for. Perfect for protecting themselves in the rain and turning heads, they're available in two different colors – blue, used by Obi-Wan and Skywalker and red, used by Darth Vader, Darth Maul and other evil forces. Whilst these umbrellas (¥216.95) are non-luminous, they'll be sure to outshine the regular umbrellas that ordinary folk have. Check them out here on baopals.com.

K is for Kindle

Kindle

Passionately crafted for readers, the Amazon Kindle Voyage (¥1,498) is a device with high-resolution display that reads even more like a printed page. It's the perfect gift for him, her, or the kids and comes with a range of features that make the reading experience even more enjoyable that it already is. The PagePress function enables you to turn the page without lifting a finger; adaptive front-lighting provides ideal brightness, day or night; and the battery lasts weeks rather than hours! The only question now is, will you be seeing your giftee for the rest of the Christmas period? Or will they be nose-deep in their next adventure. Check out tekshanghai.com for more specs.

L is for Lu Ming Tang

Lu Ming Tang

Lu Ming Tang is a high-end skincare brand born and nurtured by French founder Marie Amiand. Their products harness the incredible active power of exceptional teas through cutting-edge bio-science to detoxify, depollute, and revive the radiance of urban skins. This month, you can treat the ladies in your lives to a festive LMT Chrismtas gift set which gathers together bestsellers and hit-items starting at ¥95. Vitamins, Rose Bliss, and even a tea candle will more than equip you for a great stocking stuffer. Visit lumingtang.com.cn for more information. Get in touch via WeChat: lumingtang_official or by phone with 021 6403 5363. 183 Anfu Lu

M is for Music Pillow

Pilo Music Pillow

Buying for someone who's music mad this Christmas? Ensure that they're with their favorite tunes all day long – even when they sleep – with this cosy looking pillow that will streamline their music to their ears even as they snooze. There are heaps of options to pick from if you're looking online, but we love this geometric design by Pilo complete with memory foam! Ranging from ¥152.90 to ¥1,791.95 and colors of grey, white and navy, this is sure to be a wonderful gift of comfort this winter. Visit baopals.com for more information.

N is for Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

Noise-rejecting headphones are a blessing in disguise, and this set from Bose (¥2,988) is sure to give your giftee the peace they need to relax this Christmas. With them, it's psosible to adjust the level of noice cancellation to suit the environment; enable volume-optimized EQ to make music sounds great no matter if you're in a plane or office, as well as up to 20 hours of wireless play time! And, with a dual-microphone system for clear phone calls and voice access to your phone's virtual assistant, they can still talk to people with ease should they want to. Visit tekshanghai.com for more details.

O is for Old Town Tour

Yuyuan Garden

It doesn't matter if you've been here for five days or five years, getting stuck into local culture is a great way to learn about the city you're in. So why not give the gift of exploration by booking yourselves in for a tour around Shanghai Old Town (¥349), where you can hunt for hidden treasures, find the last city wall of ancient Shanghai, meet a personal Taoist protector and try some local snacks! Visit 247tickets.com to find out more.

P is for Pinyin Press

Pinyin Press

Photo credit: Pinyin Press.

Inspired by the everyday icons of contemporary Asia, Pinyin Press celebrates the unique and vibrant culture with detailed hand-drawn illustrations, prints and patterns. Applied to a variety of homewares and gift items that you can choose for some fun-filled gifts this year. For those who are baozi crazy, you'll aprons ($30), canvas tote bags ($21) and salt and pepper shakers in the shape of dumplings ($24.50-$27.50). Sweaters ($43) and t-shirts ($25) covered in baozi will also make any fanatic look super cool. For those not obssessed with food, you'll also find knitted cushions sporting the infamous lucky cat ($58) and gift cards for any occasion. Check out what they make on pinyinpress.com.

Q is for Qipao

Chou Chou Chic Qipao

Photo credit: Chou Chou Chic

If you're buying for the little fashionista in your family, look no further than Chou Chou Chic for the most adorable little Qipaos. Created in Shanghai, Chou Chou Chic offers a range of new children's classics with European influence and oriental roots. Their Qipaos are made of 100% cotton and come in a range of different colors and designs such as pink sakura blossoms (¥198), birds (¥228), pink fish (¥283) and more. Visit chouchouchic.taobao.com for more information.

R is for Rent

Rent

No, we're not talking about paying the bills. We're talking about an original rock musical by a then little-known composer that opened on Broadway in 1996. Jonathan Larson's Rent continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. Now, the masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary tour. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this is a timeless celebrations of friendship and creativity that will remind your giftees to measure lives with the only thing that truly matters – love. Visit 247tickets.com to book fast!

S is for Straight Up Razors

Straight Up Razors

Show your appreciation for father this year with Straight Up Razors, who are key for any dapper dad. Their line of handmade shaving items will guarantee a high-quality, stylish shave. At present, they offer up a handmade shaving kit (¥1,288) – including all of it's components – in their own designed line. This is a kit that's ready to go, available in black sandalwood or red bloodwood, and includes everything that your man needs to enhance his morning routine: razor, brush, stand, soap and bowl! Visit straightup-razors.com or weidian.com/?userid=913859998 to shop. Follow them on WeChat: straightup-razors for more information.

T is for Traveller Collective

Traveller Collective

Photo credit: Traveller Collective

There's something about that feeling of being on the road, truly living in the moment that gives you a wonderful feeling of wanderlust. With Traveller Collective, you or your loved ones can document your travel memories in the form of engraved tokens. Traveller Collective's goal started as a simple one: to create something for people who love to travel, and do something to help inequalities seen around the world. With items ranging from apparel and keychains to necklaces and more, you can collect your travel memories through a range of tokens that will remind of you countries and cities you have visited. 20 percent of all profits fund the Traveller Collectives Education Project to help build a school, provide supplies and materials to the children of Dum, Ethopia. Friends will be green with envy of this one. Visit travellercollective.com for more information.

U is for Ultraviolet

Ultraviolet

Conceived by Paul Pairet and opened in 2012, Ultraviolet invites diners to a fully immersive dining experience with multi-sensory technology. Mysteriously located somewhere in Shanghai, UV holds a single table of only ten seats, plus a 20-course 'avant-garde' set menu, that will make for an unforgettable dining experience your loved one will enjoy. Each course is enhanced with its own taste-tailored atmosphere: lights, sounds, music, scents, projection, images, and imagination . . . food. Open from Tuesday to Saturday evening, set menu prices start at ¥4,000, including "Atmosphere and Drinks".

V is for Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality

Shopping for someone who loves to step into another world entirely by racing down broken rollercoaster, exploring mazes for treasure or hunting ghouls? Then a virtual reality headset might be what you're looking for this Christmas. With it, they will be able to immerse themselves in 3D movies, indulge in simulated games and more just by downloading content to their smartphone and inserting it into the device. You can find a range of different options on baopals.com, with prices (¥164-¥604) to suit all budgets.

W is for Whiskey Stones

Whiskey Stones

Whiskey is one of those drinks that can be enjoyed both by itself and on the rocks, but the taste of whiskey can change significantly with the addition of water to it. For the whiskey drinker in the family, this creative set of whiskey stones (¥174.95) is a sleek collection to allow for an enjoyable drink – minus dilution. The small stones can be frozen easily, before dropping them into their favorite dram of choice. You can find this set on baopals.com, that comes in four different shapes – including cube, cylinder, and sphere – to make that drink look extra stylish.

X is for Xiaomi

Xiaomi Ninebot Mini

For the gadget fiends, Xiaomi has a bunch of droolworthy tech to make life an adventure. For the young and adventurous, the Ninebot Mini is a portable ride that's easy to learn in just three minutes and four times faster than walking. For the health conscious, Xiaomi's Mi Band allows time to step up your fitness game and track stats. While, for the explorers, the Mi Drone allows for a new perspective at your fingertips. Visit mi.com for more specs.

Y is for Yunnan

Yunnan Travel

Nothing beats the gift of adventure, right? If that's the case for a loved one in your family, Traveler's Society are putting together some awesome trips, including one located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site fo Lijiang (¥6,699/two people)! Staying the The Bivou – a designer guesthouse created for the modern adventurer –  you'll get to watch a renowned Yunnan cultural performance; ride horses to Baisha Village; wander through Lijiang Old Town; visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge and more! Check out 247tickets.com for more information.

Z is for Zurita

Zurita Clothing

From a luxurious cashmere maxi coat ($375) and Bamboo Bodycon Dress ($125) to Silk Tuxedo Blouse ($125), Zurita is a socially and environmentally conscious fashion brand for the fashionistas in your family. Their collections are made in small numbers to eliminate unneccessary over-production for sustainable fashion and patterns made from at least one third of small family studios; making fashione human(e) again. Visit wearezurita.com for more apparel options.