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Souvenirs and Gifts to Buy in Hong Kong

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When I travel, I love to pick up personal gifts for my family members and special souvenirs for myself. Souvenirs are a great way to spark wonderful memories from holidays.

But buying souvenirs and gifts for our loved ones when we travel, can be both time consuming and difficult. How can we know exactly what to purchase for them? Will the recipient like the gift? Will I be able to bring it back home? How will I fit it in my luggage? These are all issues to consider when buying souvenirs and gifts. You also need to make sure you check with customs regulations and airline baggage/weight restrictions before bringing home gifts and souvenirs, as each country will differ.

On our recent trip to Hong Kong, we purchased some great gifts and souvenirs. Hong Kong offers excellent markets, where you can find treasures for your loved ones at bargain prices.

Here is a list of the ultimate souvenirs and gifts to buy when travelling in Hong Kong…

  • Tea

There’s nothing like a satisfying cup of tea. With the wide variety of tea available in Hong Kong, tea is an ideal gift. A few types you can choose from are: Pu’er, oolong, green, white, red and black authentic Chinese teas. Ying Kee Tea House, an award-winning tea company originating since 1881, is a great place to invest in good- quality tea.

Tea 3

 

  • Chinese Antiques

You could also pick up antique treasures and traditional Chinese wooden handcrafted items. Antique Street (Hollywod Road) and Cat Street (Upper Lascar Row) are both popular destinations, housing an abundance of antique stalls and shops. From Buddha statues to Ming furniture, these historic streets attract tourists from all over the world. But make sure you do your research, as you will find both authentic and fake handicrafts here.

Container, Traditional, Handicraft

  • Chinese Art

Art work and paintings always make a great gift idea. Check out Stanley Market to find affordable and contemporary pieces of work here. This popular open aired street market, is where you can find an array of modern and traditional pieces of art.

Stanley Market

  • Traditional Clothing

The elegant timeless cheongsam (ladies dress) is a traditional garment in Hong Kong. The classic dress can be found in boutique stores, tailors and markets. It makes an excellent gift idea for ladies and young girls as well.

 

Temple st Market

  • Jade

There are many types of jade in Hong Kong ranging in price and quality. Jade is considered lucky by the Chinese and symbolises dignity and purity. Traditionally jade is bought by grandmothers to give to their newborn grandchildren as gifts.

However good- quality jade can be quite expensive and may be out of your price range. Alternatively, you can find jewellery and jade trinkets at the many markets throughout Hong Kong. The Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon is a great place to find all types of jade jewellery, accessories, stones and ornaments.

 

  • Ink Seals

These traditional Chinese name stamps are a unique gift from Hong Kong. Made from jade, these customised name stamps can be found at most markets, like Stanley Market and Antique Street. In a little alley named Man Wa Lane, in the district of Sheung Wan, you will find this 3,000-year-old craft in full flair.

Image result for copyright free images chinese ink seals,

  • Traditional Hong Kong Snacks

Hong Kong has many traditional snacks, from delicious egg tarts to dim sum. However, bringing back these types of fresh food may not be the ideal way to go. Instead, why not head to the famous Kee Wah Bakery, which is renowned for Chinese pastries such as egg rolls, wife biscuits and pineapple shortcakes. These pre-packaged goodies are much easier to transport and can be purchased in gorgeous gift boxes and colourful tins.

In operation since 1983, Kee Wah Bakery has many locations throughout Hong Kong. There’s even a store conveniently located at Hong Kong airport where you can pick up sweet delicacies for family and friends back home.

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Kee Wah Bakery

Conclusion

With these seven gift ideas mentioned above, shopping in Hong Kong for loved ones can be an exciting adventure incorporated into your schedule.

There’s no need to make it a chore and leave it for the last minute resulting in the common fridge magnet and postcard.

Plan your trip when visiting Hong Kong and your loved ones will not be disappointed with the thoughtful gifts and souvenirs you bring back for them.

Disclosure: This post contains a mixture of my own personal photos and free images taken from Pixabay.

 

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52 comments on “Souvenirs and Gifts to Buy in Hong Kong

  1. I personally suck at giving gifts but I’d definitely love to receive food from Hong Kong. I think it’s so cool trying another countries snacks. Awesome list!

    Pearl || http://thepearlylife.com

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  2. Hong Kong looks really interesting, never been but always fancied it. Not sure I could choose a gift though.

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  3. Wow! So many great souvenirs to buy. I would want everything. Enjoyed reading the post. – Neek

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  4. AggieSoon

    We bought tea when we were last there! Enjoyed it very much when we got back home. Thank you for sharing your tips!

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  5. Neat ideas, Lorelle. The stamps would be great. One of my favourite activities while picking up gifts is to roam the aisles of supermarkets for dry cooking ingredients. I actually carted back mushrooms to Delhi from Hong Kong! :-/ I am glad the Indian customs wasn’t as stringent as the American. Hope your weekend has been relaxing. xx

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    • Hey Arundhati. I love roaming the supermarkets too. It’s like it’s customary when I travel. I’ve been pretty lucky too with customs when I bring back my goodies!!
      My daughter celebrated her 14th birthday with her girlfriends on Saturday and then took her shopping yesterday as she already had her heart set on a few things!! So the weekend was lovely thank you. Hope yours was a good one too. Xx

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      • That sounds like a fun weekend at your end 🙂 Belated birthday wishes for your daughter. I had a chilled weekend too spent rifling through the abundant postcards and travel maps I had stowed away into boxes and making travel plans. xx

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      • Thank you lovely 😊
        She had a great time. The kids always seem to stretch out their birthdays one way or another 😂😂
        Oohhh travel plans…. now I’m intrigued 🤔❤️

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      • A birthday month is the way to go 😉 End-of-the-year plans as usual. Takes a fair bit of mulling. xx

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      • For sure. It’s a whole lot of preparation. I too have been contemplating and of year plans. Still undecided though.
        Will you guys head back to India? X

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      • Yeah, would not do to not see my parents before the year is out. It was easier for them to stay with us in the UK with just an 8-hour difference. But now I feel guilty asking them to come over here. We break journey in Paris for a week before continuing to Delhi 🙂 That is our highlight! Do you have travel plans too?xx

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      • Of course. As they get older too it’s harder for them too travel such longer distances. Oohhh, Paris will be lovely. That would be my highlight too. ❤️
        I would like to get away with the kids. Was looking at Hawaii again. It’s hard as at that time of the year it’s Summer here and I hate leaving the heat to go to somewhere cold, which is the rest of the northern hemisphere at that time of year! We’ll see 🤔😊

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      • Hmm true, but Hawaii should be great any time of the year…we want to get there some day soon. So many places to see and not enough time 🙂 You have a lovely rest of the week. xx

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      • Very true. You too lovely ❤️

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  6. We rarely buy souvenirs or gifts any more, unless it’s for a special occasion. We don’t even buy much for ourselves, but I do enjoy looking at all the beautiful things in the shops.

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  7. Great post, Lorelle! So well-written. 😉 I didn’t realize there were such cool things in Hong Kong. The jade sounds cool. I saw a lot of it when I was in Taiwan as well, but I was too cheap to buy anything. What things did you end up buying for yourself from Hong Kong?

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  8. You are a much nicer person than me Lorelle. I don’t buy gifts! But then I don’t buy anything for myself either. Having to carry everything around really concentrates the mind. I even rip pages out of an exercise book so it gets lighter as I go along!

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  9. Amazing stuff!! Very good ideas. Such a different part of the world.

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  10. I would buy them all! I have never been to Hong Kong. Thank you for your interesting post, a very good read. Have a nice day 🙂

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  11. ink seals are such a unique present! fab ideas hope you had a great time xxx

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  12. I enjoyed this little idea list 🙂 I still love sending (and getting) postcards, old-school, hahah… but I don’t do it on short trips. Often I buy myself some clothes or accessories I’ll wear in my daily life at home – not traditional local style, but for example something that’s trendy where I am. Like when I was in Uruguay, I bought these cool beach canvas shoes, and the next summer they landed in Helsinki and everyone was wearing them but no one had the same brand and design as mine 🙂

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    • Oh I like to do that too. I bought some Adidas shoes in Vietnam and when I got back home, I couldn’t find them anywhere. Glad I did.
      It’s nice picking up trendy pieces like these. 👍🏼😊

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  13. great post and list of ideas of buying the souvenirs and gifts!

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  14. I lived in Hong Kong as a child and would love to go back one day. Great selections of souvenirs and gifts.

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    • Thank you Marje. You definitely should make a trip back there one day. I’m sure you would see a big difference to when you were there as a child, and recollect so many wonderful memories 😊

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  15. I’m like you Lorelle, Food is my usual go to gift, only because it’s consumable and everyone has so much ‘stuff’ now anyway. As a souvineer for myself I’ll usually buy a scarf, a nice piece of costume jewellery, or a Christmas ornament.

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  16. josypheen

    These are all brilliant ideas especially the stamps – I used to LOVE that kind of thing (especially if you can get the recipient’s name in kanji!!)

    I tend to bring home crazy or yummy snacks from my travels. Food is such a fun thing to share.

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  17. All these gifts are great! Love the art pieces

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  18. Lorelle, this is a great idea for a blog post! It really helps to know what gifts are available as unique souvenirs from a country – and Hong Kong has some wonderful ones! Jade is quite a healing stone and I love that you included tea (my personal drink in the morning). Sending you love! Debbie

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    • Thanks Deb. I always like to bring back gifts so having some sort of idea before I travel helps immensely. I love my tea too. Have a great week lovely ❤️

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  19. I love your images part its really awesome ❤

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  20. *sigh of extreme satisfaction*
    What a lovely way to start my morning – another chance to revisit my HK memories! You write such colourful, sense-ational travelogs which allow me to revisit old places and virtually enjoy new ones!

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