Get crafty this season with our guide to custom-made gifts and cool places to DIY. From bespoke shoes to unique art, handmade furniture and personalized stationery, this is your key to a truly special gifting time.
A Hong Kong favorite, the seamstresses at Margaret Court do a great job in creating custom-made clothes or copying dresses. Bring your tots (or yourself!) here to be measured up for some bespoke party threads.
Margaret Court, 8/F, Block A, Winner Building, 27-37 D'Aguilar St., Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 5596
Spotted a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture in a designer magazine that would be perfect for your home? Mobilias Mei Choi in Macau will custom make the piece to your liking for one-gazillionth the price! If you know exactly what you want (and prefer the no-ferry route), then email the company directly to place your order. Your bespoke piece will be delivered to your door in Hong Kong within weeks. International delivery is available for those looking to outfit their pads elsewhere.
Mobilias Mei Choi, Rua De Sao Paulo No. 32, Macau (very close to Ruins of the Church of St. Paul), +853 2835 7625, firstname.lastname@example.org
Specializing in South East Asian and Indian furniture and rugs, at Amazing Inspiration, you can also submit your child's artwork for them to blow it up into a custom rug for their little nest. Amazing idea!
Amazing Inspiration Workshop, Room 7, 26/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, +852 2552 5388
Creating customized art for plain walls, the design gurus at Blank can add pop to even the plainest of spaces! Using initials, phrases and silhouettes set against funky backgrounds on on 30cm or 60cm canvas, these are both fun and timeless pieces of art.
Blank, www.blank.com.hk, +852 2239 4303
Been Here, There, and Everywhere Canvas Company offers personalized wall art using words and colours that fit both the person (little or big) and their decor! Choose from four different sizes, place the order, confirm the proof, and in seven days your custom art will be ready for delivery. Fast, affordable, and deliciously original!
Order online through Hip Little Bubba! www.hiplittlebubba.com
Child's Own, www.childsown.com
Stuck On You create personalized items for kids branded with a name or a message – ideal for those who like to stand out from the crowd. Drink bottles, small name labels, personalised calendars, hair brushes, towels and so much more – pick your design, message and then it’s just a matter of waiting for delivery 2-3 weeks later. Place your order soon!
Stuck On You, +852 2549 2245, www.stuckonyou.biz/hongkong
Get the kids involved with Seedling’s super fun DIY sets. There’s something for enterprising boys and gals, with tie-dye tees, growing crystals, worm farm and solar-powered plane sets on sale. Just plant the seed of creativity and watch their minds grow!
Seedling, +852 6015 4050, www.seedling.com.hk
Boutique graphic design firm Studio M can create beautiful bespoke stationery, invitations, baby announcements and more. Contemporary, classic, Asian or Western designs and custom-made coasters, calling cards, stickers, notepads, photo cards and beautiful envelopes are a sure-fire way to make an impression in 2012. Or, opt for a gorgeous pret-a-print Lemondrop design and receive it in just 3 days.
Studio M, 1/F Tung Yiu Commerical Building, 31-A Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 0765, www.studiomhk.com
Lemondrop by Studio M, www.lemondrop.bigcartel.com
Shoe Girl, G/F,35 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2834 1023, www.shoegirl.com.hk
Hong Kong’s craft central, Sham Shui Po is a treasure trove of beads, ribbon, buttons, lace, craft stores, accessory stores and sewing shops. You can pick up all kinds of feathers, crystals, fabric, plastic and glass goodies from the vendors on Yu Chao Street, and Ki Lung Street is your go-to place for semi-precious stones (perhaps more on the semi than precious side – for decoration only!).
Shum Shui Po, Yu Chao Street and Ki Lung Street, Sham Shui Po, Exit A2 (Pei Ho Street).