7 awesome gift ideas for last-minute shoppers
And all the malls are closing late for Christmas, too!
This mixology kit is the ideal gift set for your cocktail aficionado friend. It contains all the essentials needed to create the perfect tipple, from mojitos to martinis: a 500ml cocktail shaker decked out in a stylish black and grey speckled pattern, a 15ml jigger, and a handy stainless steel muddler to mash herbs, fruits, spices, and other ingredients. That eye-catching shaker would look pretty snazzy in your cabinet, too. We likey.
Where to buy: Another Story, 4/F, The EmQuartier, or order at anotherstorybangkok.com
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When it comes to inhalers, there’s more to it than the shove-up-your-nose Poy-Sian sticks found at 7-Eleven. Just look at the packaging—who would have thought a local home remedy could look this cool? Our favorite goes to the lemongrass scent, which comes in an attractive green Tossakan design. Made from more than 10 natural Thai herbs mixed with lemongrass essential oil, this inhaler’s mild, refreshing aroma can instantly uplift the mood and helps relax the mind—like a spa treatment for a fraction of the price.
Where to buy: G/F, Central Embassy (in front of Eathai), or order at anonathailand.com
Run by Ukrainian Maria Kalita, Bangkok Soap Opera is dedicated to recycling old cooking oil and everyday kitchen ingredients into lovely handcrafted soap and other skincare products. Kalita’s products are really affordable and, most importantly, are safe for the skin, as they’re made from botanicals, fruits, and vegetables that are completely free of synthetic colorants, scents, preservatives, and parabens. Check out the “Home Spa” Beauty Box set, which comes in a pretty handwoven basket brimming with lush beauty care items including a multi-functional body oil made from frangipani, a vanilla and chrysanthemum body scrub, a soy wax aroma candle, a moringa anti-aging face mask, and chrysanthemum hydrosol face mist.
Where to buy: Bangkok Soap Opera, 46/3 Sukhumvit Soi 3 (Soi Phum Chit), 085-348-9791. Open Mon-Fri 11am-7pm; Sat-Sun 10am-2pm, or order at soapoperabkk.com
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Your modish friend would be happy to receive eco-friendly totes from this local brand. Madmatter makes minimal yet chic totes that can easily fall in with your wardrobe staples. What’s cool about this brand is that they breathe new life into deadstock fabrics and second-hand clothes from landfills, transforming them into useful everyday totes in understated, muted colors with eye-catching patchwork designs. Currently, they’re teaming up with popular illustrator Suntur for a special collab collection featuring designs from the artist’s “A Little Letter from Someone Somewhere” exhibition, but our favorites definitely go to their signature patch totes in Sandstone and Monochrome.
Prices: From B890-990
Where to buy: Order via Line: @madmatterstore or DM at fb.com/madmatterstudio
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Looking for cheerful gifts to give to the homebody in your life? Look no further than Bornn’s bright and bold tableware. Featuring a wide range of artisanal products, from plates, mugs, and bowls to baking dishes, trays, and tea pots, their enamelware can jazz up your dinner table or work as unique home decorations. Among the many joyful collections, we can’t get enough of the “New Marble” lineup in dreamy, pastel candy colors and the speckled “Island Breeze” that features colorways inspired by the perfect, bright summer holiday.
Prices: From B480 for a mug to B1,580 for a tea pot.
Where to buy: Co-Creation Space, 3/F, Siam Discovery
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This multidisciplinary design studio is all about giving modern twists to traditional Thai craft items. The two designers, Visrut “Ped” Taweevorasuwan and Manatsanun “Kookai” Taweevorasuwan, work together with panan pandanus artisans from a small Muslim village in Trang province to give a contemporary touch to local wickerwork. The result? Really tasteful lifestyle products featuring their signature dok chan or asterisk pattern, ranging from wallets, totes, clutches, and camera straps to eyeglass cases, desk mats, and mouse pads. If you’re looking for something a bit extra to give to your mom this Christmas/New Year’s, then definitely check out their “Origin Clutch,” available in three variations.
Prices: From $61.20 (around B1,839) for camera straps to $258.50 (around B7,765) for totes.
Where to buy: sarnsard.com; Sansiri Winter Market Fest (Dec 19-20 at T77 Community)
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If your friends already have everything related to coffee and are impossible to buy for, this is the perfect gift. Left-Hand Roasters flies the flag for Thai small-batch coffee by working with family-run farms throughout Northern Thailand to bring you fresh, interesting flavors. You can choose between blends, espresso roasts, or single-origin beans to be sent to your home, or your friends’ home, every two weeks. Ceresia Coffee Roasters also launched a coffee subscription earlier this year, offering single-origin and house-blended coffee sourced from a variety of farms worldwide and roasted in small batches. If you want to share the gift of great coffee, this is the thoughtful way to go.
Prices: To subscribe to Left-Hand Roasters, you can choose between two-week (B246/200g for blends and espresso roasts; B307/200g for single-origin beans) and three-month plans (B1,471/200g). For Ceresia, you can choose between three, six and twelve-month plans (from B3,840/250g for three months; from B7,680/250g for six months; from B15,360/250g for twelve months).
Where to buy: lefthandroasters.com, ceresiacoffeeroasters.com