If you’re thinking of ways to give your Christmas presents that extra special touch this year, why not explore Chinese-themed ideas.The trick is to give a gift that’s not so ethnic that it seems like pure indulgence on your part, with no thought to what the receiver might like, yet has that unique touch that makes your gift memorable.
Here are a few ideas to start you off.
My favourite motif for Chinese ware is the fish, simple, yet pleasing to the eye. The fish is regarded by the Chinese as a symbol of fortune, so it’s very appropriate for greeting the new year.
If you have a higher budget, why not look at collectible 19th century porcelain ware?
JEWELLERY IN A BOX
The Chinese have all kinds of jewellery boxes, from those made of porcelain to those made of wood. If you’re planning to give a piece of jewellery, why not add a special touch by putting it into a Chinese jewellery box?
FOR THOSE WHO LOVE TO COOK
If you know someone who loves cooking, this idea is sure to delight. Get a pretty Chinese claypot. Complement that with a Chinese cookbook, and complete your gift with Chinese sauces and spices mentioned in the cookbook.
GIFT FOR KIDS: Dolls
FOR THE EXECUTIVE
A copy for Sun Tzu’s Art of War is sure to please your ambitious boss or colleague. Accessorise your gift-wrapping with old Chinese coins (the ones with holes in the middle).
CHINESE EMBROIDERED SILK JACKET
I’m sure you can think of other ideas. Use your imagination, and surprise friends and family this Christmas!