Emma of @emma_lauren is Adelaide-born, Hong Kong based and the owner of an Instagram account bursting with pastels, lust-worthy travel destinations, vintage inspiration and sheer prettiness. So you know when she curates something gift related, it’s going to be fabulous. We’re excited to have Emma showcase her shopping picks from the USA and Korea and guest post today’s shopping guide for those of you who want to surprise your family and friends with thoughtful picks from two of the best shopping destinations (the USA and Korea) out there:
With Christmas just around the corner, I’m personally not a fan of battling the crowds at this time of the year, so I usually try and do most of my shopping online. This year I tried ShopandBox’s global personal shopping service which helps you shop easily overseas by linking you with a personal shopper (“Boxer”). I was connected with Boxer Yan from the US and Boxer Jess from Korea. The benefits (apart from being able to shop in your pajamas) include getting items overseas that are often a lot cheaper than both Australia and Hong Kong. Plus, a personal shopper allows you to shop in stores brands that are not available outside that country—this means you can wow your loved ones with items they likely haven’t seen before.
Below, a curated Christmas gift guide for friends and family according to their quirky preferences.
My foolproof gift for the gourmands in my life is a food hamper—they always go down a treat! Boxer Yan helped me find some unique and delicious hamper items from America including white chocolate with freeze dried strawberries, toffee flavored tea and some amazing rose gummy bears from luxury candy boutique Sugarfina. To add an extra special twist to your food hamper, include wooden spoons and contemporary matte plates and mugs from Korean lifestyle brands like Sinon Shop.
The Friend Who Has Everything
Candles make the perfect gift for both the person in your life who has everything. I found this Korean brand Soohyang had the absolute perfect range for gifting, team with a box of oversized matches for a present they will enjoy using and appreciate year round. Boxer Jess recommends their iconic “Itaewon 565” scent and enjoy a virtual tour of Soohyang’s gorgeous store here.
Stationary is a practical and useful gift and there is nothing better than starting the new year with fresh new notepads to inspire and brighten a workspace. For my friend who works in an office I found new stationary, notepads and a memo pad. The Ecobridge stationary set is packaged in a boxed winter scene – absolutely perfect for Christmas! I also found Dear Maison, another trendy Korean brand that has cute prints like polka dots and marble notebooks.
The Make Up Lover
Makeup in the US is a quite a lot cheaper compared to both Australia and Hong Kong. With an American Boxer helping me shop like a local, what better time to get some cult cosmetic items for the makeup lovers in my life (at a price I will love). The Becca highlighter has been this season’s must-have item and would definitely add a touch of luxe to any stocking and the adorable packaging of the Too Faced blush, makes it a perfect gift. Boxer Yan was so lovely to use a sale coupon only available in the USA on top of the lower price just to get me an additional 20%!
If you have a friend who is constantly on-the-go, why not inspire them on their next adventure and remind them of the great memories from previous ones with a decorative map? Maps always look great framed, or if you are feeling creative, why not combine with photos from previous trips for a scrapbook-resembling moodboard?
I couldn’t go gift shopping without thinking about my furry bestie. With winter quickly approaching Hong Kong it was the perfect time to buy some cozy sweaters from canine fashionista brand Meaningless. I love the Korean range of petware, as well as sweaters and collars. They also had some amazing beds I have never seen before which I am definitely going to get my Boxer Jess to help me purchase with next time!
Spread the Cheer
I also bought the cutest stamp stickers and stationary from Korea and cannot wait to start the holiday season by spreading Christmas cheer to the mailboxes of my overseas friends and family via making and sending Christmas cards.
Shop Emma’s X’mas Curated Collection:
*Shop Emma’s full collection here.
Get started in less than 10 seconds here!
- Simply click on the ”Add To Wishlist” links above!
- This will automatically add the items into your ShopandBox wishlist after it prompts you to sign in/sign up.
- You can add as many items as you want into your wishlist (even items not mentioned above).
- Once you’re ready, simply select the items you want bought, name your order, and hit the “Submit Order” button.
- You will be assigned a personal Boxer who will help you buy all your coveted items.
- Your box of goodies gets shipped to your door in 1 – 3 days wherever you are in the world!