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Gift guide part 2: Shanghai-made gifts
You could wimp out and get the same old gifts this year, or you could support local craftsmen (and women) and give someone a truly unique gift. We suggest option two
Looking for more gifts? Check out our Shanghai green gift guide.
Hand-painted Chinese scroll
Forgot those mass-produced scrolls you’ll find at tourist markets, and treat someone to the real deal. Shanghai artist Lu Duo Jia designs and paints his scrolls with traditional calligraphy, scenic mountains or intricate floral designs. The best part? The prices are still very reasonable (RMB 50-100), despite Lu’s works being featured in several Chinese newspapers.
Chinese Ink Painting, 134 Nanchang Lu, near Maoming Nan Lu 南昌路134号, 近茂名南路, +86 21 5386 3997
Limited-edition holiday bell
This local ceramics store attracts artists from around China who create the brand’s sleek designs in a Shanghai workshop. Afterward, the concepts are sent to Jingdezhen, the country’s porcelain capital, where they’re hand crafted. This holiday season, artists have designed the elegant limited edition Christmas bell RMB 180, a great gift to bring to a holiday party.
Bldg 3, 758 Julu Lu, near Fumin Lu 巨鹿路758号3号楼, 近富民路, +86 21 6279 2545
Revolutionary panda hoodie
This Shanghai-designed shirt combines two of China’s most adored national symbols -- Chairman Mao and the panda -- into one comfy sweatshirt (RMB 188). While you’re shopping at this trendy nook, be sure to look out for fun stocking stuffers such as vintage technology-inspired notebooks (RMB 28).
Remix, 187 Jinxian Lu, near Maoming Nan Lu 进贤路187号, 近茂名南路, +86 138 1629 1182
A pair of custom-designed leather shoes
Solo Per Te opened six months ago to cater to those with individual tastes -- and those whose feet are too big for local shops. Stop in with your favorite someone to get their personal shoe mold made, and then impress them with your style and color selection (prices vary). The shoes are designed in-house and assembled right here in Shanghai.
Solo Per Te, 202 Nanchang Lu, near Ruijin Lu 南昌路202号, 近瑞金路, +86 21 5382 8896
Chinese-silk teddy bear
A Taiwanese designer named Lulu lovingly handcrafts these adorable bears in Shanghai. This teddy (RMB 120) is distinctively Chinese with its majestic red silk attire. The teddy has movable arms and legs and comes with a large scarf, clearly in preparation for the Shanghai winter.
Esydragon, No. 51, Lane 248 Taikang Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu 泰康路248弄51号1楼, 近瑞金二路 (multiple locations), +86 21 5465 8382, www.esydragon.cn