One of the first things that come to my mind about Hong Kong is cute gift stores. Cute gift stores mean places that sell everyday items that have cute designs on them, most likely to be Japanese. These include things like water bottles, stationery, bags, keychains, etc.
Now if you know me, I love cute stuff. Why buy something with a plain design when you can buy something that looks pretty?
People from Hong Kong like the kawaii culture, I included. It’s hard to find things like this in Toronto because cuteness culture isn’t as prevalent outside the Asian community. Being back in Hong Kong means there is an unlimited supply of kawaii things to buy at cute gift stores.
Favourite Japanese Characters
I have two favourite characters. Since its birth in 2002, my favourite Sanrio (the same family as Hello Kitty/My Melody/Little Twin Stars) character is Cinnamoroll.
It’s a long-eared puppy. Doesn’t it look more like a rabbit though? I thought it was a bunny for the longest time. The character is not as well known as Hello Kitty or My Melody around the world but it is still consistently rated as one of the most beloved Sanrio characters. I don’t know why it’s not more well-known. It’s way cuter than Hello Kitty.
I’ve been hooked on Cinnamoroll for years and have probably collected hundreds of items at this point. I’ve lost count at how many Cinnamoroll items I own.
Maybe it’s because I’m starting to get tired of Cinnamoroll but this year, I started liking another character called Peko Chan.
Isn’t she so cute?! Peko Chan is great and all but it’s hard to find her designs. I was able to find a Peko drawstring bag and love it so much I use it every day. They are also notoriously more expensive. It could be because it’s rarer. I don’t have as many Peko things because it is more expensive and it’s also a new character I fell in love with. I don’t have enough time to collect many Peko Chan items yet.
If you’re not familiar with Asian culture before, you might think these characters are babyish. Over here in Asia, it’s all about the cute culture. I once had a co-worker who had Hello Kitty items all over her desk. She was such a fan and she was in her 40s. It’s not surprising to see people in their 40’s or 50’s using a Hello Kitty lunch bag or Cinnamoroll t-shirt (but I still prefer stylish and affordable clothing).
Cinnamoroll and Peko Chan are both Japanese characters I love dearly. There are a few places I go to buy their stuff, which I will share down below. Even if you like other Japanese characters, you can still visit these stores because most of them have other characters as well.
1) Gift Net – Whampoa Garden
I’ve been visiting this shop for as long as I can remember. It’s been here even before I moved to Toronto back in 2005. Long history, huh.
This store can be hard to find because it’s inside a mall in the basement. You have to take the escalator down, turn right, walk all the way to the end before turning right again. You’ll then see a crowded store with rackets of cute things.
I don’t buy a lot from here because it’s a little out of the way. I would visit more often if I was near the area. I’m also the type to be loyal to the characters I like. Since there are minimal Cinnamoroll and Peko Chan products, it’s not one of my top choices for cute gift stores. They do have some Peko Chan products, more than Cinnamoroll but it’s not a huge selection.
I would say this store is more for the younger audience. They sell clothing and baby toys here. They have a Facebook and Carousell (I have quite a few Singaporean readers so I probably don’t need to explain Carousell. For those not familiar, think Craig’s list) pages so you can see what items are currently on sale.
2) Conquest World – Mong Kok
Mong Kok is one of my favourite districts in Hong Kong because you can buy basically anything there. Conquest World is in the heart of Mong Kok. The store can be hard to miss too because the entrance looks quite plain. I always have to be on the active lookout for this store because the entrance is small. Don’t be fooled though because it’s a big space inside.
I love the way they organize the store because it’s mostly by character. It’s easier that way because if I wanted to look at Melody products, it has its own shelf. They even have a second floor by the cashier. I don’t see people go up often and I can’t tell if it’s because they’re not interested, they can’t see it, or they think it’s an employee-only section. It’s not. The second floor is mostly for home goods (lunch boxes, water bottles, table mats, etc).
They have an Instagram account, Facebook, and an official website but this one is a shop I would go to in person. They don’t have all the products online. Depending on what time you go, Conquest World can get quite busy too. This is one of the two biggest cute gift stores on this list. There’s a wide variety of characters and there are tons of options for each character. You will be able to find at least one thing you like from here.
3) Sanrio Gift Gate – Jordan Prudential Centre
This store is also at the end of the hallway at Jordan Prudential Centre. It’s shop 2B-12. Seriously, why are all these cute gift stores so hidden?
They have a lot of items here to the point where it can feel like it’s chaotic and overwhelming. On the bright side, there’s a lot of choices! You’re really going to have to look around to find things you want. They separate most things by category so it’s easier to find. For example, if I want to buy a new pencil case, there’s a huge rack of pencil cases near the cashier at the front of the store.
I recommend this place for those looking for household products. There’s an area where they sell solely cute kitchen stuff but they also have a lot of cups, water bottles, plates, lunch boxes, etc. They do have stationery as well but the store seems to focus more on household items.
One of the great things is that you can go to two cute gift stores if you’re at the Prudential Centre: Sanrio (we will talk about that next) and this one. I know it might sound confusing because they are both called Sanrio but they are two different stores.
4) Sanrio – Multiple Locations
Sanrio is a Japanese cute gift store chain that has many locations in Hong Kong. It’s the most famous one on the list. The top characters you’ll find in the store are: Hello Kitty, My Melody, Little Twin Stars, Kuromi, Cinnamoroll, and more!
There are many store locations but the Sanrio stores I go to most frequently are:
- Tsuen Wan
- Tsim Sha Tsui (Toys “R” Us in Harbour City)
- Festival Walk
This is where I get most of my Cinnamoroll items. Where my love for Cinnamoroll first started. I must have bought HUNDREDS of items at this store. Most of the other stores only have one location so it can be extremely inconvenient to go to one place for one store. With so many stores scattered around the city, I can visit an area and probably find a Sanrio store nearby as well.
Here’s their online store if you want to see what new products they have.
5) Peko Pro Shop – Amoy Plaza
If you love Peko Chan, boy do I have good news for you. This entire store is dedicated to the character. I love that they even have an online website. I recommend browsing their website first to get a feel of what products you like. It’s pretty accurate but sometimes needs to be updated by the owner, Sarah.
I highly recommend contacting her first to ask when she opens. The official hours are 1 pm – 8 pm but it really depends on her schedule. I have been to her store a few times just to find that it’s not open.
This cute gift store is a bit smaller so it’s compact. There’s stuff EVERYWHERE and she tells me that she even has more things in the storeroom, wherever that is. She can’t fit all the items in her store.
Her items are on the pricier side but she does have a stamp collection program. You spend one stamp for every HKD $150 you spend. You collect 20 stamps, for example, or 60 stamps and you can exchange them for a free item. The best part is that you have options on what you want to exchange it for. I received my membership card in Jan 2021 and it expires in Jan 2023.
There’s another cute gift store on the same floor. It’s called Fun in Life. This store is also organized by category just like Conquest World. Amoy Plaza is great because you can visit the mall and go to 3 cute gift stores.
6) Wonderland Superstore – Multiple Locations
I view this place more like a stationery store although they remind me of a toy store as well. If you’re looking for regular pens or notebooks, this is a good store to come to but they also have some cute stuff.
Wonderland Superstore is pretty big, relatively speaking for Hong Kong so there are lots of things to see. However, I shop at this place the least. I don’t remember the last time I bought something from here but I still wanted to add this to the list because once upon a time, I did buy a few things from here.
I won’t go out of my way to Wonderland Superstore but I like to go to the store in Amoy Plaza and the store by Whampoa. It just so happens that there’s a Wonderland Superstore in both those locations. I’m there for another store already so why not check this one out too in case I do find something I like?
Remember how I talked about how it can be difficult to find pictures in my other blog post? This is still true for some blog posts but not for this one! I have a ton of pictures for this post so I’m actually happy about it.
Are there any cute gift stores that you know of in Hong Kong that I should visit? Are there any cute gift stores in your city? Let me know in the comments down below!