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A last-minute gift guide

Still stumped this holiday season? Say it with a Taiwanese brand. In five categories, here are one-of-a-kind local boutique picks under NT$500 for the person who has it all

By Stephanie Hsu  /  Contributing reporter

■ Dawn Cake — Gongyuan Eye Clinic store, 20 Zhongshan Rd, Zhong Dist, Greater Taichung (台中市中區中山路20號), tel: (04) 2227-1927, open from 10am to 11pm

On the Net: www.dawncake.com.tw

Beauty & accessories

Little Fairies is a growing beauty brand offering a selection of balms and solid perfumes. Its versatile lip balms do triple duty as cuticle oil and a general facial moisturizer. They come in unique flavors and incorporate ingredients sourced all over the world, including root beer from the US and green melon from Hokkaido. The brand’s cheekily named Monkey Business lip balm (NT$280) uses the fragrance of Taiwanese banana as a base. The Merry Xmas solid perfume combines notes of Peruvian basalm, fir and frankincense and fir for a whiff of festive holiday spirit. Little Fairies’ products can be found in Good Cho’s — a charming cafe and design shop housed in a ramshackle veterans’ housing complex. Products can also be found on Pinkoi, an e-retailer that offers independent Taiwanese designers a platform to sell their work.

■ Good Cho’s, Xinyi Public Assembly Hall House C (信義公民會館C館), 54 Songqin St, Taipei (台北市松勤街54號), tel: (02) 2758-2609, open from 9am to 6:30pm, closed on Mondays

On the Net: www.pinkoi.com/store/little-fairies

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