My 2020 Christmas gift guide to help you find the best gifts for women, men, for the home and a touch of wellness.
IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!
I can tell you with complete certainty that I am excited for Christmas. After this year, the changes in plans, worry, confusion and inability to see loved ones, I am embracing Christmas. Wholeheartedly! While I am still waiting to find out if I can actually go home and see my family on Christmas day, I’m holding onto hope. So, to bring you some Christmas cheer, enthusiasm and spirit I am here! Now let’s talk Christmas gifts. How is your shopping going? Are you needing some direction? Well, as I do every year, I have rounded up the products I’ve loved the most this year. Plus I have sourced the best new releases and gift ideas. This time I am focusing on men’s gifts, women’s gifts, things for the home and wellness. There is something for everybody.
MY 2020 CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE
Throughout the guide below, I’ve kept in mind wellness, practicality, longevity and excitement too. As with anything I recommend, I think a great deal about how useful something is, how often it’ll be used and why it makes the best choice. I’m known as being rather stingy with where I put my money day to day. I save up for designer or luxury items when it comes to fashion, home and beauty. Then I mix those in with well made affordable items. I don’t like wasting money, so by scrimping on some things, I put money into things that go a long way. As with any of my posts, I hope you get value out of this one!
GIFT IDEAS FOR ANYONE
When it comes to buying designer sunglasses, I love the range from Vision Direct. I’ve had some of my pairs from them for almost a decade, I recently realised! The great thing is that they carry such an extensive collection of designers. Even better, they are often able to price items at a lower cost given they are such a big company specialising in eyeware.
This stunning Chloe pair of heart-shaped glasses were on top of my summer wishlist. They are 45% off too so I am glad to have found them! They come in other colours too. I’m such a huge fan of Chloe for vintage feeling but modern frames that add something fun and polished to any outfit. Further than Chloe, Vision Direct carry brands like Celine, Tom Ford, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Dior, Victoria Beckham, Ray-Ban and many more. MANY more.
I also spotted my Bottega Veneta glasses in stock too, which are as good on Mario as they are on me, if not better. When it comes to luxury gifts, I love opting for sunglasses as they can truly elevate an outfit and make you feel special and polished. Below I’ve saved some of my favourites from Vision Direct, so scroll through for added gift inspiration.
Re-usable coffee cups & bowls
Pottery for the Planet are an Australian company hand-making ceramics that make a difference. Their aim is to save over 10 million disposable coffee cups going into landfill each year. Pottery For The Planet exists to contribute to the Earth’s long and healthy life, by eradicating single-use culture and plastic waste across the globe. More people and homes are switching from mass-produced items to something more personal. No two ceramic pieces are the same, every product is unique, making them a perfect gift. Clay is one of the few natural resources which is being created faster than humans are using it, making it one of the most sustainable materials on the planet.
I have had my 12oz pink ceramic take away coffee cup for a little over a year now, switching from a glass reusable cup that I loved, but I wanted something a little more unique. Adding to my collection, I’ve recently gotten in this beautiful ‘Midnight on Mars’ rippled cup. Really, Mario might end up using this one, as he picked it out. The colours of each cup are stunning, the cups keep hot drinks warm and are easy to clean. They come with silicone lids that prevent spills too, something my old glass cup caused me dramas with. RRP $33-39.00
We also got one of the ceramic travel bowls, which comes with a silicone lid too. They are perfect for taking food to work, picnics, or having takeaway meals put into when you order. Designed to stack, these ceramic serving bowls with a lid make picnic dates, group lunches, or shared meals super easy. This is a large size in ‘Desert Ochre’, I’m thinking I’ll add more to my collection soon. RRP $45-59.00
Party time gifts
A bottle of Prosecco for your Christmas dinner party table or a gift for that Prosecco loving friend. I’ll be gifting this one to my friend Jess if we can actually manage to plan a dinner catch up! Fingers crossed. Made from grapes picked from the Banksdale Vineyard in the King Valley. This drier style of Prosecco is bright, zesty and vibrant, with aromas of apple and citrus. It’s one to pair with seafood or goat cheeses.
Sugar Coat It is one of Perth’s finest Dessert Box companies. Offering a large selection of dessert boxes, donut bouquets, and savoury boxes. You have the ability to personalise each box to suit the recipient. They make a perfect gift for anyone hosting a party or who has a bit of a sweet tooth. Since I don’t eat lollies, I let Mario raid this one and the rest is definitely coming with us to a party soon. RRP $86.95
Festive scents for the home
Enhance a merry mood with the scent of chestnuts roasting on a crackling fire. Seasoned with nutmeg, cinnamon and clove and sweetened with soft caramel. A rich and smoky scent from Jo Malone London, dressed in a limited-edition design. This is such a stunning gift, I have loved burning this while I get into the Christmas spirit at home. RRP $95.00
A Pineapple and Mint Fizz scented candle from the holiday 2020 collection by Glasshouse is another beautiful scent to give. Available exclusively online, it is a light and fun scent for the summer holidays. RRP $54.95
When it comes to tech gifts, I think they tend to depend largely on the person. How they live, what they need, it’s all pretty personal stuff. One constant is a phone case. Everyone needs to protect their phones from smashed screens. Over the years I’ve tried many brands. Some broke in weeks, some lasted a long time. My favourites are by Casetify. They have been the strongest, hard-wearing, and long-lasting cases. Plus they have a huge range and are customisable! Casetify has something for the minimalist boyfriend, your fashion-forward sister, your bestie who loves putting her name on everything she owns, and, of course, you.
Eco-friendly phone case
Even better, Casetify has introduced an eco-friendly option. I jumped on this, already feeling guilty that my previous phone cases were likely to be ending up in landfill. (To be fair, we have packaged up old phones, reset them, along with the cases to nieces who use them as music players/ cameras and digital notepads.) The Casetify conscious collection is designed to protect your tech and protect the planet.
They have partnered with Earth Day Network to design three limited-edition Earth Day prints, and are also offering custom fonts for the first-ever customisable, compostable and biodegradable case. They are also military-grade 4ft. drop–proof approved. Made with ecotify™, a proprietary blend of biopolymers, starch, and bamboo, each compostable and biodegradable phone case breaks down into carbon dioxide, water, and other naturally occurring minerals that seamlessly mix back into the earth. No toxins left behind!
Gifts for good sleep
When it comes to sleep, I no longer scrimp or mess around. Finding a supportive pillow is a gift that keeps on giving. This Cool-Touch Gel-Infused pillow molds to your head and neck, providing pressure-relieving comfort and support. Gel-infused memory foam provides for a night of better sleep. I’m so excited to try this and report back soon. I’ve secretly been updating my whole bedroom and bed setting. While I’m still waiting on a few pieces, I’ll share everything in the new year, if not sooner.
A blissful night’s sleep is the first step in any beauty routine. Crafted from the finest mulberry silk, Slip’s lightly cushioned navy eye mask is designed to sit softly against your face to block out light and prevent damage to the hair and skin. I’ve been using mine more and more this year, they have helped me to create a sleep routine, I fall into a deep sleep when I put the mask on. RRP $77.00
Gifts to get organised
Collagerie is the curated shopping platform of former Vogue editors Lucinda Chambers and Serena Hood. Their Papier collection is inspired by simple shapes and colours that talk to each other. This notebook is chic, fun, and perfect to keep on your desk. This year, more than ever, it’s the little, thoughtful touches, and loving, personal gestures, that’ll make it feel like Christmas. I adore Papier because you can personalise stationery and really make it special.
A hardback diary to make getting organised a ton of fun. Inside, you’ll find weekly, monthly and yearly overviews, plus plenty of space for all your goals, important dates and to-dos. Complete with the smoothest paper pages, a navy ribbon marker (so you won’t lose your place) and a cover you can personalise. I’ve been using Papier diaries for a few years now and I have found them to have the most intuitive layout. RRP $46.99
WELLNESS GIFT IDEAS
Inner beauty gift ideas
A daily beauty powder for radiant skin and gut health, now with a SUPERCHARGED FORMULA. With 18 Certified Organic wholefoods including bio-fermented maqui berries, queen garnet plum and pomegranate fruit peel extract, vitamin C to help boost collagen production and zinc to support healthy hair and nails. Plus provitamin A, broad-spectrum B vitamins and more probiotics and postbiotics^ thanks to our more potent fermentation process, this berry-flavoured blend promotes luminous skin—from the inside out. I’ve been taking Glow since 2014. It is a must-have for my skin and overall gut health. This is one gift I always add to my wish list so I had to start with it here! RRP $65.00
A bio-fermented elixir to brighten the skin from within and nourish your gut. Still with papaya and green tea, now with added elderberry and selenium for immunity, vitamin C to help protect against free radical damage and a new light strawberry flavour. Mix in water, a smoothie or your favourite drink once a day. RRP $25-45.00
A vegan elixir to plump the skin from within and nourish your gut. Still with bio-fermented papaya and grapeseed extracts, now with added pomegranate peel extract, gotu kola, organic goji, acai and maqui berries, plus more vitamin C to support collagen production and zinc to support skin structure and healthy hair and nails. This one is always selling out, it is so popular. I love it! RRP $25-45.00
A bio-fermented elixir to replenish thirsty, lacklustre skin from within and nourish your gut. Still with coconut water, now with added magnesium for electrolyte balance, cucumber water, finger lime and trace minerals. RRP $25-45.00
Cook books for wellness
Founder and Director of The Beauty Chef, Carla Oates, has always believed that ‘beauty begins in the belly®’ and having experienced her own issues with eczema and allergies as a child, she has always understood the connection between what we eat and how we look and feel.
The Beauty Chef Gut Guide delves into our relationship with our microbiome, shedding light on the latest science and research. With more than 90 recipes and meal plans, you’ll be guided through The Beauty Chef’s Gut Guide protocol so you can experience the benefits of improved gut health for greater wellbeing. I bought this one as a gift to myself earlier this year and have been trying out some of the incredible recipes. RRP $39.99
In this comprehensive cookbook, Carla provides more than 150 of her favourite delicious, gut-loving gluten and dairy-free recipes: food that she cooks to nourish her family and friends. With simple family meals, healthy spins on traditional dishes, time-honoured ferments, smoothies, snacks and special-occasion treats that pack a powerful nutritional punch, this is a book that makes eating well easy and enjoyable.
I’ve turned to this cook book for years, even the salad on the cover! It is my favourite to make! RRP $49.95
Tea break gift ideas
I’d bought myself one of these tea cup and saucer sets mid-year and have used it daily since. So, this week I bought Mario one so we could be matching. I love that it is minimal, easy to stack, clean and look after. I’m including it in the wellness category as I tend to prefer herbal calming teas. They work wonders! RRP $22.00
A delicious blend of skin-brightening ingredients handpicked to help with dull lacklustre skin. Liquorice Root, Lemon Grass and Orange Peel are powerful detoxifiers and rich in vitamin C to boost your skin’s radiance. Turmeric Chips & Ginger Root are anti-inflammatory and packed with antioxidants to help fight free radicals for a brighter clearer complexion. I’ve been using this one a few times a week. I love the taste. RRP $35.00
This year’s been a little different to say the least – make time for yourself with a daily wellness journal. Start and end your day with a fresh mindset, set intentions and take note of the things that make you feel good. There are 12-weeks of pages for reflecting on your mindful goals, habits, meals, water intake, sleep and the things you’re grateful for. I think this one is just the coolest notebook. I am so excited to get stuck into using this one and making a habit of it. RRP $49.95
For those who need to relax
Take a moment for yourself. Breathe, quieten your mind and let it all go – just for a moment. EpZen Relax Body Lotion is a gentle blend of 100 per cent natural essential oils, natural magnesium and skin-nourishing ingredients intended to be part of your relaxation ritual – whenever you need it, throughout your day. These are a lovely relaxing gift to give busy family members and encourage them to take a wellness break. RRP $35.95
A gift voucher from Bodhi J Wellness Spa Retreat is the perfect way to spoil the one you love or say thank you to a special friend or hard-working colleague. A range of treatments from massage, wellness, facials, spa journeys and more add ons are available. I recently checked out the new Cottesloe location and I am so looking forward to returning. I think I’ll book in for a massage treatment, something I would not usually book for myself. However, even a five-minute shoulder massage was enough to convince me I need one! Taking that time out gives back two-fold, making it the perfect gift.
WOMEN’S GIFT IDEAS
Jewellery gift ideas
Stay effortlessly chic with these asymmetric Météorites earrings. Perfect to wear this festive season or for a nice sparkling touch all year. Material: Sterling silver Stones: Micropaved white zirconia stones. RRP $237.00
Add versatility and elegance to your style by adjusting the length of the silver triple Météorites necklace that draws its inspiration from a starry Mediterranean sky. APM’s MÉTÉORITES Collection is the brand’s signature line. This Triple Météorites Silver Necklace is an all-time favorite. Material: Sterling silver Stones: Micropaved white zirconia stones. RRP $189.00
The ancient symbol at the centre of this collection is a Ghanaian symbol of UNITY. The symbol represents the union required of people from different cultural backgrounds to come together despite their different opinions and views about the world. It’s about the world uniting in HOPE to overcome the issues we face globally, together. Material: Solid 925 Sterling Silver RRP $109.00
The Compass Necklace provides guidance and direction through life. Ideal for travellers, adventurers and free spirits. I am obsessed with this necklace, it reminds me of those travels I’ve taken and the ones to come one day. Material: 2 micron 18 KT Yellow Gold plated onto brass. RRP $189.00
The Brave Statement Earrings features beautiful freshwater pearls crafted in a contemporary style. Pearls are a forever classic and symbolise purity, integrity and loyalty. Material: 2 micron 18 KT Yellow Gold plated onto Brass with Fresh Water Pearl RRP $199.00
Investing in hair health
Includes all Dyson Airwrap™ styler attachments to curl, smooth and dry hair without extreme heat. Using direct extreme heat alone, like some conventional hair curlers, can create tight, flat curls. The Dyson Airwrap™ styler uses air to curl, creating voluminous, natural-looking curls and waves. This one arrived early for me and I am loving it! This is a gift for anyone who is keen to invest in their hair health. RRP $799.00
My favourite hair product this year has been The Dyson Corrale™ straightener! I’ve been using it since the launch and I adore it. Plus my hair has never been healthier or grown so fast. The Dyson Corrale has flexing plates that shape around your hair, gathering it neatly together. This extra control means you can achieve the same style but with reduced reliance on heat. It also means enhanced styling, for less frizz and fewer flyaways. It can also be used corded, or cord-free to provide extra versatility and freedom while styling. RRP $699.00
MEN’S GIFT IDEAS
Grooming Gift Ideas
Looking for the perfect gift for your partner this Holiday Season? I think I’ve found it. The Perfect Package 3.0 by MANSCAPED™. Inside, you’ll find their Lawn Mower™ 3.0 which is the best men’s below-the-belt grooming trimmer which can also be used on any part of the body.
Hairy chest or back? Look no further. Hair down there? The MANSCAPED™ Lawn Mower™ 3.0 is designed to reduce cuts and makes for a smooth trim. In addition, you’ll find other liquid formulations inside the Perfect Package like their Crop Preserver™ ball deodorant, Crop Reviver™ ball toner, and reduced-chaffing boxer briefs. The formulations are all Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Dye-Free, Sulfate-Free and Paraben-Free. I must admit, when I mentioned this one to Mario he knew all about it. And I let him unbox this one early so I could photograph it.
I also have an exclusive deal for you! Get 20% off auto applied at the checkout when you shop from Manscaped this Christmas via this link.
Hands up who kinda hates when your partner doesn’t groom their toes and fingers? Not to worry, I have good news! The Shears 2.0 is a luxury 4-piece nail kit featuring tempered stainless steel tools and it includes: slashed tipped tweezers, rounded point scissors, fingernail clippers, and a medium grit nail file. So there are more no excuses. Get your man the best nail kit for men on the market! It’ll make a good stocking stuffer for your Dad or brother too.
And don’t forget, I have an exclusive deal for you! Get 20% off auto applied at the checkout when you shop from Manscaped this Christmas via this link.
Stocking stuffer gifts
This mighty soap bar contains activated charcoal powder derived from bamboo — a heavy hitter at cleaning your pores deep down. It’s balanced by aloe vera leaf juice to moisturize and soothe, along with an invigorating scent of spicy turmeric and bergamot. Use it daily for a refreshing wash any time of day. | 5 oz. RRP $15.00
Inspired by major cities around the world, the Metropolitan range is crafted with the professional urbanite in mind. In a handy B6 size, the Metropolitan Sydney diary has a vertical week to view format spread across two pages. Made of bonded leather the Metropolitan range is the perfect accessory to urban style. I’m gifting this one to Mario so he can make notes and keep track of work (he works three jobs and helps me with my shoots on top of that!). RRP$38.50
Men’s wardrobe update gifts
After Mario saw me unbox yet another pair of amazing Bared shoes, it was time he got his own. What I love about Melbourne-based brand Bared is that they are all about fit, comfort, and of course beautiful shoes. The Beryllium combat boot is set on a cleated rubber sole, making it a wardrobe essential. It features Bared’s unique removable biomechanical footbed with multiple fitting options to suit most foot types and a Padded heel cup. RRP $289.00
Classic JWA design that allows you to enjoy unique colours. These combine UNIQLO’s focus on design, fit, fabric and functionality with JW ANDERSON’s focus on traditional British apparel into innovative designs. I may have gotten a few for Mario, but I also wear my own all the time, so I can vouch for how perfect they are. RRP $5.90 or 3 for $14.95
Cotton on the surface for easy styling, and AIRism on the inside for comfort. The Paris design team, led by Christophe Lemaire, created a new collection of LifeWear using innovative fabrics and modern designs. Double-face jersey material that uses high-quality cotton yarn on the surface and AIRism yarn on the inside. RRP $19.95
I think more than anything Mario has Uniqlo on everyday. Practical, cool and effortless, he always manages to find the perfect cuts and colours from Uniqlo. The pants are hardwearing and comfortable, making them a cool but practical gift.
WHAT DO YOU WISH FOR THIS CHRISTMAS?
That is it for me and this year’s Christmas gift ideas. Unless something pops up on my Instagram of course! Keep an eye out. I’m so happy to have put the time in this year to find gift ideas to really serve and be useful and loved. In this guide, I hope you have managed to find some good ideas. If you missed the 2020 beauty gift guide, it is live now. Check it out for more exciting gifts!
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As for my Christmas wish? I would love to see my family and best friend, so I am going to keep hoping and wishing.
Merry Christmas every one!