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.
Here is a list of the ultimate souvenirs and gifts to buy when traveling in Hong Kong…
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.
- 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.
- Chinese Art
Artwork 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.
- 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.
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 jewelry 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 jewelry, 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.
- 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.
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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