Shanghai's best gift shops

Get your presents for every occassion sorted at the city's top gift stores

The Squirrelz
Time Out track down the best places to buy presents in the city with Shanghai's top gift shops

271 Anfu Lu, near Wukang Lu
This little environmentally aware treasure trove is small but packed with potential gifts. It offers a range of colourful hand-made jewellery and accessories by Shanghai-based designers, but its stand-out point is the impressive range of organic soaps and smellies. Read more

Happy Salt

B1 IAPM Mall, Huaihai Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu
For random gifts ranging from the cheeky to the quirky, Happy Salt
remains a staple. You will find bright coloured iPhone covers, retro
stationery, bicycle bells, soft toys and ceramic jewellery at dirt-cheap
prices, making it a fun spot for browsing and gift-hunting alike. We love their extensive selection of nostalgic wind-up tin robots and Mandarin ducks (from just 10RMB), and their range of wooden toys. Read more

Basement, IAPM Mall, Huaihai Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu.
Simple Mill is full of cute knickknacks and toys for children and adults alike. Visit the new branch in the IAPM mall for Fujifilm Instax cameras, textile glitter and leather bracelets which can be personalised with specific letter and number decorations. The store also stocks cute decorations, leather doorstops in animal shapes and adorable animal-shaped lampstands. Read more

207 Fumin Lu, near Julu Lu
A great source of ‘China’ gifts for friends and family in the West, with an excellent selection of original 1970s propaganda posters (800-6,000RMB) and mounted prints of 1950s China. 

Fantastic Mao and propaganda print wrapping paper is 12RMB/sqm. They also stock jewellery made from sweet wrappers and apparel from local designers. Read more

Eco Village, 485 Fenglin Lu
This boutique picked up the award for best new shop at the 2014 Time Out Best of Shanghai Awards and presents numerous chances to pick up original and interesting gifts. Owners Bunny Yan and Nico Boulthors have mixed creative talents such as Jonas’ Design and Brut Cake with lesser-known upcycling whizzes including Two Little Olives and Somos Design. 

Meanwhile the shop’s’ own line of products includes ‘Scrubags’ (148RMB), foldable totes made from surplus medical scrubs. A delight of cute and socially good gifts. Read more.

1 Taojiang Lu, near Dongping Lu
This contemporary store is packed with modern and bright homewares, together with accessories for flower arranging and baking. Jing is a good choice for bright, colourful but classy gifts, including interesting products from smaller designers. Pick up animal-head Champagne glasses (399RMB) using signs of the Chinese zodiac, or stoneware candles (119RMB) which can be used as body oil after burning. Read more

Xintiandi Style, 245 Madang Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu.
The clue’s in the name: this achingly cool space in Xintiandi Style mall is one of the places to go for present inspiration. Hand-picked from 17 world-famous museum gift shops including MoCA and the V&A, the goodies on offer run the gamut from ‘gentlemen’s bicycle clips’ and novelty Band-Aids to pricey replicas of classic lighting and furniture designs. Read more