Here’s a true story. I haven’t received a proper gift for many many years. My parents gave up long time ago on trying to impress their hard-to-please daughter, and my boyfriends over the years tend to settle birthdays with food instead of gifts to avoid the “genuinely disappointed” expression on my face. Have we really given up on giving thoughtful gifts to our loved ones?
Recently I was invited to a blogger event organized by Giftwell. And by the end of it we were given a personalized gift card, selected by the organizer according to the our personal style. I was surprised what a difference this personalized factor made.
The idea of Giftwell is simple. By partnering with some of the most unique local retail businesses in Hong Kong, Giftwell hope to bring the concept of Gift cards to the city and encourage people to shop thoughtfully. A user can simply do a quick search on occasion, location and price range, browse through Giftwell’s recommendations and tips and decide what to buy for the loved ones. With the help of e-vouchers and next-day delivery service, we are all liberated from the numerous last minute shopping trips!
The following are my personal highlights, but please go ahead and see the complete list of partners of Giftwell! Stay tuned till the end for an exciting giveaway!
Vie – St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai
Vie on St. Francis Yard is your go-to Scandinavian fashion boutique.With a focus on cool designer brands from Scandinavia, the boutique presents a range of home, apparel, accessories, culture and lifestyle items, including the classic Swedish Hasbeens, minimalistic yet colorful TRIWA watches and Aarikka handmade wood necklaces from Finland, all recommended by the boutique.
TRIWA Havana Nevil in Orange | HK$2,500
Swedish Hasbeens Braidd Sky High in White | HK$2,500
Aarikka Necklaces | HK$550 – HK$750
+852. 2804. 1038
MANKS – Sau Wa Fong, Wan Chai
MANKS introduces the quality and simplicity of Scandinavian living to Hong Kong. The store is located at a quiet corner on Sau Wa Fong, one block away from the buzzing neighborhood of Star Street. The interior design showcases nordic simplicity, but also preserved the original Hong Kong flavor with its window decor. The store offers a carefully-selected range of ceramics, home decorations and kitchenware. If you wish to see their furniture collection, contact their showroom in Wong Chuk Hang.
36 SAU WA FONG, WANCHAI, HONG KONG
+852. 3796. 0137
KONZEPP I & III – Tung Street & Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan
Tung Street, Sai Street and Tai Ping Shan Street is another burgeoning creative area in Hong Kong. One can easily spend a few hours in the cafes, art galleries and shops in the neighborhood. KONZEPP, with its not-to-be-missed yellow facade designed by multidisciplinary designer Geoff Tsui, has opened up yet another store – KONZEPP III on Tai Ping Shan Street, focusing on street wear. Good news for us, they carry a good amount of womenswear!
Wood Wood (Denmark) Peplum Top | HK$ 1,900
Wood Wood (Denmark) Printed Skirt | HK$ 1,000
None The Wiser (Singapore) Bamboo Shades |HK$1680
+852. 2803. 0339
Kapok – Sun Street, Wan Chai
Kapok carries a well-edited selection of international and local brands and is known for introducing emerging exclusive brands to Hong Kong. In Kapok, you can find your daily fix of novelty candies, fashion accessories and lifestyle products. The store combines the concept of a lifestyle shop and coffee bar where visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee under the “community roof” and find inspiring designs.G/F. 3, SUN STREET, WANCHAI, HONG KONG
+852. 2520. 0114
LOVERAMICS – Tung Street, Sheung Wan
The Concept store of LOVERAMICS is located on Tung Street. The finest collection of their own designs are on display in the store. LOVERAMICS comprises aesthetic craftsmanship and practical usage, and is known for being affordable. My favorites are definitely the “A Curious Toile” and the new “Flutter” Collection.37 TUNG STREET, SHEUNG WAN, HONG KONG
+852. 2915. 8018
Russell Street – St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai
Previously at a blogger event organized by Giftwell, we were all given a personalized voucher and mine is for Russell Street, a fashion boutique on St. Francis Yard. It is very thoughtful of the founders of Giftwell to do so, and I think their selection represents my personal style very well. I had a styling session at their store and here are two of my favourite outfits.
Wearing FUNKTIONAL jacket (HK$ 1,480), Clover Canyon dress (HK$2,280) and ATALANTA WELER heels (HK$ 3,980).
Wearing FUNKTIONAL jacket (HK$ 1,480) and Zoe Jordan pants (HK$ 4,600)
Outfit photos by Inga Beckmann. Rest by me.
Already contemplating what to buy from these amazing businesses? The founders of Giftwell, Connie and Shirley Lee, had kindly offered the readers of The Style Voyager ONE HK$1,000 cash voucher for any ONE of Giftwell’s partners (see list). You only need to follow 2 simple steps:
1. Like Giftwell’s Facebook page here.
2. Comment below with
a) thoughts on your favourite local shops;
b) your Facebook profile name for us to cross-check your participation.
The giveaway is open from 3 to 10 May, 2013. (One day before Mother’s Day!!!)
Terms and conditions
This giveaway is open to Hong Kong readers only.｜The winner is picked randomly.｜ Please leave your correct email address when commenting, I will inform the winner through this channel only.｜The Giftwell voucher can be used in one shop of your choice only (See list of Giftwell partners.)｜ The Giftwell voucher is valid for 2 months from the day received.｜ Giftwell will be in touch with you about the delivery of the voucher.｜We will not transfer your personal data to any third party without your permission.
Disclaimer: I was gifted a HK$500 voucher to shop at Giftwell partner Russell Street. The HK$1,000 gift voucher which will be given away in this post is also sponsored by Giftwell. I have no further commercial ties with Giftwell and I am not affiliated with any of the shops listed above.
Gorgeous picks Sybil!
There’s always covetable dresses at Russell St.
And I love the store WDSG, love the vintage workwear vibes and the staff are super nice and casual too.
FB: Kitty Wong
So lovely! I NEED to have that KONZEPP printed skirt. I have a feeling I’m going to be gifting myself a lot of Giftcards 🙂
My Facebook: Suhani Jain
Wow! Lovely post. The concept of thoughtful gifting is fast becoming a rarity. Bouquets of flowers and dinner dates are so much more common than putting in some thought to a gift. Great to know about what Giftwell is doing, and well, I’m from India but still a good read!
FB name: Flo[rence] [L]ee
I love local vintage shops in Central… back alleyways and bargain finds in MK are also cool. Enter me in your giveaway!
oh didn’t know about this..thanks for the post!
I’ve been living in Hong Kong for about a year, but ever since I’ve stepped foot into KONZEPP, I have been utterly infatuated with everything in their store! I’m super stoked that local businesses like Giftwell give other local businesses an opportunity to shine. Kudos to them 🙂
I love Vintage in all his beauty and If I have to choose I’m going for Russell street, beautiful photos 🙂
That’s an amazing idea! And gorgeous pictures!!
Loving that pair of shorts at KONZEPP I & III!
FB name: Marsha Ho
❤ ❤ ❤ Kapok, KonzeApp I & II for nifty lil things! Lovearmics has such chic home products!
I love supporting local stores! All these stores are so innovative and just brimming with talented designers. If I win this, I cannot wait to get complimented on whatever I buy! The best thing about buying from local designers is telling people that you bought it from them (:
Facebook name: Natalie Chui
My favourite local stores are the Konzepp stores. I really love that they sell special foodstuff as well as quirky apparel, and all under the same roof. It is definitely on the top of my list of stores in the neighbourhood!
i was exploring some of these shops last weekend with jackie….there are some amazing little boutiques to be explored in wan chai. i have to say, some of my favorite (both from your pics and exploring them myself) are vie, kapok, konzeapp and russell street. so hard to choose! i’ve liked giftwell on FB.
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My fave thing about local shops would be, like Vie and Manks, they handpick some exotic stuff all the way from the other side of the world, so that I can get my hands on cool products without even having to leave the comforts of my own home 🙂
Facebook profile name: Gillian Chu
wow the photos are lovely and really make me wanna check out the shops right away. Vie and Konzepp look so good, can’t resist Scandinavian styles! Great ideas of buying unique gifts there. 😉
FB: Peyton Guan
I’d always loved to go to local shops.. it’s easier to get unique items there and it’s more fun to see interesting things around.
you’ve such a nice blog! 🙂
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I am crazily obsessed with lifestyle stores and I die for the selection at Kapok! Having a coffee area is so dangerous for me I can be there all day!!
Anyways thanks for hosting the giveaway there is my Facebook name: Cindie Chan
aww a tad late, but I LOVE these shops Sybil! Kapok, loveceramics, I haven’t been to MANKS, but that’s on my list to check that out!!! Loving all the blog updates, keep it up! xx
The giveaway was closed but I have some more coming up!
Hope to meet you again soon!