Holiday Gift Ideas

 |  December 2, 2013

Thai, American, Italian Marisa Marchitelli is ridiculously prolific; she is a travel writer, photographer, filmmaker and now bespoke tour guide based here in Chiang Mai. If you are into shopping, get in touch for a private tour of some of Chiang Mai’s best kept secrets – outlets, boutique shops, and of course yummy places to eat to keep the energy going while credit cards get depleted.

If you want to join Marisa on one of her shopping sprees, visit

In the meantime, here are her top picks for this Christmas!


You can’t go wrong with a Ginger gift. Ever. These melamine cups, spoons, bowls, plates and all sorts of kitchen-gadgets are for sale at whopping discounts at their outlet shop.

70 baht upwards


Okay, it’s her mum’s shop. But seriously, French lavender organic coconut oil soap bar dusted with gold.

300 baht

Metal Studio (two rings on the left)

Award-winning jewellery designer whose works have graced the royal digits of Kate Middleton.

2,500 baht

Soi 17 Nimmanhaemin Road

Sipsongpanna (two items on the right)

Antique and fauxtique Lanna-inspired jewellery made of silver and bronze.

1,000 baht upwards

6/19 Nimmanhaemin Road (next to Hong Tauw Restaurant)

053 216096


Technicolour baskets wicker and rattan woven with some bamboo trays, all in fabulously festive colours.

300 baht upwards

Check out their hidden outlet shop in zone 5 of Baan Tawai in Hang Dong.

Photos by Marisa Marchitelli

a. Fit to Be Thai-ed

A brand new edition of Very Thai by Philip Cornwel-Smith is a great gift for any expat, with fabulous photos and insights into popular Thai culture. 895 baht.

b. Dazzling Digits

Epoxy-colourful rings in sterling silver to glam up your special someone’s pretty fingers. Special Christmas discount of 15% between15-31 December. 2,000 baht.

Delann Jewellery,158 Tha Pae Road

053 581361-3, 083 573 6880

c. For the Ladies… 

Miguelle La Salle’s Sabrina Bag of genuine leather with beaded zip tassel in red, green and turquoise.

Colour Factory, 154-156  Charoenrat Road.

053 246 448,  085 694 6448

d. Tusks and Trunks

Elephants galore painted and decked out in creative outfits and styles…and all for a good cause! Free wrapping during holiday season. 1,299 baht.

Elephant Parade House

e. Blinging It Up!

Gold, silver and bronze-lined wooden bowls of mango wood, perfect to brighten up someone’s living room. 2,500 baht.

Khumpoon Shop,158-160 Charoenrat Road

Facebook: Khumpoon Chiang Mai

052 089 209