Looking for original gifts to take home over the holidays? Or want to surprise a Beijing local? We have compiled a range of gifts mostly made in Beijing with a Chinese flair. Ditch the online buys and find a truly original piece. These artists are gems making our Beijing a bit prettier and more fun.
Salt and Pepper Shakers (RMB 180)
We found these fabulous baozi salt and pepper shakers from a designer brand called Pinyin Press. Their home wear and gifts are inspired by life in China. They have a range of fun things for around the home like tea towels, plates, bags and more. Go to www.pinyinpress.com for more gift ideas.
Liuba Draws Wall Calendar – RMB 170
We are in love with this 2018 calendar from a Russian artist living in Beijing. Liuba draws scenes from the city on postcards, magnets, key chains, and even does commission work. This calendar is a must-have for the New Year. Check out more of her work on www.liubadraws.com.
Beijing Pillowcases by TCA Graphic Art
This City Art (TCA) creates Beijing-inspired home wear and other fun goodies with a very colorful twist. We love these pillowcases that can spruce up any living room or kids area. TCA can be found on many Christmas markets and on their WeChat store: 5253521
Beijing Charm Bracelet by Antonia Samson Jewels
Price range: RMB 450-RMB 1,200, depending on the number of charms
This all-sterling charm bracelet is one for the keeps, I still own the one that my mother gave me when I was young. This is a perfect Beijing gift with a bling. Add Antonia on WeChat for more information (AntoSamp)
Monk Magnet by Cultural Keys
We all need stocking stuffers and Cultural Keys has the cutest magnet monk for any fridge or other magnetic fields. Cultural Keys stocks a whole range of Beijing items in their store and online. From personalized Chinese scrolls, to sneakers, they have it. Check out their website at www.culturalkeys.cn
Beijing Pollution Globe by Plastered 8 – RMB 228 (Snow Globe)
If there is one thing on our wish list this year, it should be the Beijing pollution globe. Pollution has never made us smile as much as this inventive and fun “snow” globe. Perfect for kids and adults alike. Family members that don’t live in Beijing can get a taste of life here while shaking this globe created by the fun people of Plastered 8. Find locations for their stores on www.plasteredtshirts.com
Beijing Kitchen Towels – RMB 80
These towels are made by a volunteer group of mothers who make great pieces like felt bags, Christmas decorations, and embroidered products like these towels. All the proceeds go to children’s charities and causes in China. Do good while buying gifts for family, friends and yourself. For more information and selling spots, email email@example.com
Chopstick rests by GCdesign – RMB 340
Who does not need fancy chopstick rests? They can also be used as knife rests. These chopstick rests are created with golden brass and decorated with eggshells and come with a leather pocket holder. Find more pieces on www.gcdkdesign.com
Photos: Courtesy of the vendors
This article appeared on p16-17 of beijingkids December 2017 issue.