The 2021 Christmas gift guide to help you find the best gifts for women, men, babies, the home and a feature on beauty gift ideas.
CHRISTMAS IS GOING TO BE HERE BEFORE WE KNOW IT!
This year, I am excited about Christmas for a whole different reason than I usually am. Yes, you guessed it, I am due to give birth a week or so before! Therefore, in all honesty, all I want for Christmas is my happy, healthy baby girl. My goodness, it will be a very different Christmas and one that I will never forget. It’s all so exciting!
All the same, I, of course, wanted to keep up my tradition of sharing the best gift ideas I’ve been able to find. My Christmas gift guides are something I look forward to putting together every year. And I’ve been sharing them now since 2015! This year I am naturally including some baby gifts since it is largely what I have been buying lately! Or being given, since we were given so many beautiful and practical baby gifts at our baby shower. I am planning to share a vlog on what we were gifted and those bits and pieces we end up using and loving the most after our first couple of months with our newborn. Keep an eye out.
So, how is your Christmas shopping going? Are you needing some direction? 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. Below I am focusing on men’s gifts, women’s gifts, things for the home, the best of beauty and wellness. There is something for everyone.
I WISH YOU A HAPPY AND MEMORABLE CHRISTMAS!!
I truly hope you have a wonderful and magical Christmas. This year with all of the baby prep, moving and buying a new house (see the empty house tour video here!), I’ve been unable to blog as much as I like. Who knows if I will find a lot of time in the new year! I think I’ll be a little preoccupied with all things baby but it might just be the outlet I miss most. In the meantime, be sure to follow my Instagram @inspiringwit and subscribe to my YouTube channel Inspiring Wit TV. I’ve been sharing more videos throughout the year and love that if I am honest.
And before I go any further, thank you! Thank you so much for your support, for visiting this blog and any of my pages across all the platforms. I am truly grateful for your visits, support and being able to bring exciting things like this guide to you. It means the world to me to be a resource to help people navigate things like shopping for loved ones. So again, THANK YOU!
WOMENS AND MENS FASHION GIFT IDEAS
This stunning clay linen dress is just lovely for warm summer days and heading to events. I wore it recently to a brunch and felt so nice in this dreamy clay colour. Sportscraft are a go-to for beautiful wearable dresses, linen blazers, shorts, loungewear, staples, you name it! Mum and I shopped at the new Sportscraft store in Karrinyup when she came to visit and I loved seeing how excited she was about their pieces. Her matching loungewear set she came home with is so gorgeous too. Perfect for women on your list who want to feel chic, comfortable and elegant. Sportscraft is a must!
Not only for the women on your list, I have been buying Sportscraft pieces for Mario for many years. Particularly their shorts, shirts, pants and blazers. I took a look in Mario’s wardrobe recently to see if he had any gaps and noticed a lack of short sleeve shirts, and as always need for more pants. (He loves cooking and food so unfortunately, he spills on most of his clothes all too often!) These linen staples from Sportscraft are the perfect additions. He wore this out to high tea with me, and I feel it could easily translate to a casual wedding or if he paired it with his natural linen blazer, any event through summer. Comfortable, relaxed and elegant, the men’s Sportscraft range make for lovely gifts.
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This was actually the sweetest gift! My Mum and I were shopping on her visit and she bought me this stunning linen dress for a belated birthday gift. The idea is that I can wear it for Christmas, but it being so lovely, I have worn it already a couple of times. This one also comes in cream, black, navy, olive, and white. Assembly Label is another Australian brand that has such beautiful muted tones, lovely linen and choice of fabrics. I wear their linen shirts often, particularly during pregnancy over a knit dress. Again, Mum ended up with a few new pieces too, I loved the colours on her so much! And you better believe I’ve bought Mario the menswear pieces!
These are some of my sparkling pieces from APM Monaco that are so special for occasions over the festive season. If you want to spoil a loved one with a little sparkle go no further! They have stores globally, including here in Perth.
A unisex cap that will always be in style, I bought this one for myself with the promise that Mario can maybe wear it too. So far he hasn’t had the chance! hehe Either way, I love a classic accessory from a brand like POLO Ralph Lauren. They make such good gifts, a little touch of luxury that can be worn and used every day. This cap comes in a bunch of classic colours too, of course. I should really let Mario wear it. Right? No? Let me know your vote below!
LOUNGEWEAR GIFT IDEAS
One of my all-time favourite family-owned brands, Boden are always a go-to for gifts. This time around for women, I’ve been loving their loungewear and nightwear. Perhaps because I anticipate spending more time at home with a newborn coming up! Either way, I adore their collection of cotton pyjam as, dressing gowns such as this one and loungewear. A pair of softer than you can imagine cashmere knit pants make for the ultimate in cosy and luxurious pieces to wear at home.
Add a matching silk cami top and this is the nicest set to gift a loved one for Christmas. We all learned the value of good comfortable loungewear last year and none of us is really ready to give that up just yet! Boden is great for unique prints, colours and quality that will last for years to come too. How many loungewear new additions do you think you have invited home over the last year or so? Fess up below!
The iconic slippers from worldwide favourite EMU Australia, these Mayberry slippers are divine. Cosy, cute and effortless to stay in all day or night should you wish! They are a comfortable must-have and she will love you for them! These come in a bunch of colour options too!
I love TKEES for all things minimal footwear and loungewear and these new Ines slides perfectly combine both. Made from beautiful fabrics, these are cosy enough to wear all day at home and chic enough to wear out too! The gift for a luxury minimalist.
SKIN CARE GIFT IDEAS
I always love giving skin care gifts! They are always welcomed and often, particularly when it comes to a luxury brand, might be something that people already know and love but won’t buy for themselves. Below I’ve included some of the best gift sets, some of my own favourites and some new brands I’m excited to try.
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Biossance is one brand I just had a bit of an intro to before falling pregnant and swapping to products I knew were pregnancy-friendly. Prior though, I loved the Squalane Lactic Acid Resurfacing Serum, which is included in both of these sets.
The Lifted Spirits Set is a two-piece skin care set that features two bestselling, gift-sized formulas. The Serum and Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream. These are perfect introductory products to this natural brand. The eye cream instantly lifts and visibly firms the eye area, while the serum rapidly resurfaces dull skin.
The Unstoppable Glow Skin care Set features bestsellers to plump, hydrate, and illuminate skin. This three-piece set of bestsellers features a gentle resurfacing serum, a deeply nourishing repair cream, and a brightening vitamin C rose oil. Another great value option to gift as an intro to this well-loved natural skincare brand.
New to me, to the market, to Australia, Rose Inc by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley offers a curated collection of modern beauty that delivers conscious formulation, skincare benefits, and low environmental impact. Complete with bioengineered botanicals, universally flattering pigments and satisfyingly sustainable packaging. Below, I will share my makeup picks from the collection, but first, skincare.
The Rose Inc Skin Resolution Clarifying Toner is a beautiful product inside and out. This alcohol-free toner helps to gently exfoliate, detoxify and brighten the complexion. It is gentle enough for daily use, personally, I use it at night and is non-comedogenic.
The Rose Inc Radiant Reveal Brightening Serum instantly brightens the complexion and leaves skin with a lit-from-within glow. Enriched with vitamin C, 100% plant-derived squalane and sea fennel extract to help even out skin tone. I have loved applying this morning and evening, it makes for a beautiful canvas for makeup application. Available in Australia at Mecca, this was one brand I was dying to try and have not been disappointed. If she loves quality skincare and makeup, she will already be keen to try out Rose Inc, so it’s an excellent choice.
A brand that I have recently been introduced to, Holifrog is all about the ingredients and making sure they matter. The Superior Omega Gel Wash face wash is perfect for those with oily or oily-combination skin or any skin type that needs a deep clean. I know a lot of people tend to focus more on moisture than cleanse, so a great cleanser is something I am inclined to gift. It could really be the kind of gift that keeps on giving. Conventional ingredients such as soap, foam, fragrances and alcohol have been deliberately avoided in order not to dry out and irritate the skin. For me, it is exactly what I am looking for in an effective cleanser. So, I cannot wait to try this one out.
The Sunnyside C Glow Serum is an advanced vitamin c serum formulated with a select group of antioxidants, acids, adaptogens, and biotechnologically-produced plant-based actives that when combined, work together to gently transform and revitalise the skin. What does that mean? It improves signs of ageing, helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, discolouration, dryness, uneven tone and texture and helps repair environmental and UV damage. Vital for anyone!! Another gift idea that will keep on giving. You have to love that!
The Grand Amino Cushion Cream moisturiser is a concentrated high-performance formula of peptides, ceramides, vitamins, antioxidants and a blend of 11 amino acids. Thoughtfully formulated to contain everything needed to repair, brighten, stimulate collagen production, revitalise and strengthen the skin barrier. Its creamy, adaptable texture is beneficial for all skin situations and types. Making it another perfect gift. Essentially it all boils down to knowing what you give will do the work!
The La Mav Sweet Orange Balancing Cleanser is a purifying, foaming cleanser suitable for oily, combination and normal skin prone to breakouts and congestion. This cleanser contains skin-balancing bio-actives like Papaya Enzyme, Desert Lime and Moutain Pepper Leaf Extract to remove excess oil, makeup and impurities. Made in Australia with 83% Organic ingredients. This one retails for about $35 for 100ml which is pretty good value and maybe the perfect gift for someone who has acne-prone skin.
La Mav Bakuchiol 4% Natural Retinol Alternative Booster has a powerhouse anti-aging formula that helps to improve the structure of the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Continued use over time helps deliver long-lasting results and fewer signs of ageing. This one is certified organic and a good alternative if Retinol is a little too strong for anyone on your gifting list.
The Retinol Ceramide Capsules Holiday Set contains Retinol Ceramide Capsules 60pc, Retinol Ceramide Line Erasing Eye Cream 5ml and Ceramide Micro Capsule Essence 10ml. Valued at $197. The lightweight serum combines two of the biggest names in skincare in one, easy-to-use capsule: Retinol, the clinically proven wrinkle-smoother, and moisture-boosting ceramides. Perfect for someone who is familiar with Elizabeth Arden and loves advanced skincare.
The All I Want For Christmas Beauty Box is stunningly packaged and includes best selling favourites: Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules 60 piece, Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules 30 piece, Ceramide Purifying Cream Cleanser 50ml, PREVAGE® Anti-Aging Daily Serum 2.0 5ml, Superstart Skin Renewal Booster 5ml, Eight Hour® Lip Protectant 13g x 2 Tins, Eight Hour® Cream Intensive Moisturising Hand Treatment 30ml, Lasting Impressions Mascara in Lasting Black 8.5ml. This is the ultimate gift for the Elizabeth Arden lover on your list. It is exclusive to Elizabeth Arden online too, so it’s not something you can find in stores.
And the Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules Holiday Set features Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules Hydra-Plumping Serum 60pc for visibly plumper, firmer, hydrated skin. Plus, Advanced Ceramide Capsules 7pc, Ceramide Purifying Cream Cleanser 50ml and Superstart Skin Renewal Booster 5ml. Valued at $206. This one is all about plumping up the skin with boosted hydration.
Over the last few months, I had the chance to try out the new skincare line from Australia’s favourite natural makeup brand Nude by Nature. I used the range for four solid weeks to test it out and some of my favourites from the line happen to be bound together in these holiday limited edition sets.
The Energise & Renew Set is one I am already keeping for myself. Brimming with over 40 pure plant-derived actives and peptides, each product in the Nude by Nature Skincare range is also supercharged by a bioactive concentrate of 10 Australian plants and botanicals. It leaves my skin feeling clean, refreshed and I love the inclusion of silicon cleansing pads in this set.
I will pass on the Hydration Essentials Set as I still have more to finish, these are PH balanced, nourishing and of course all-natural. The set contains the day and night creams as well as a mist for in between.
2D Hyaluronic Hydro Boost Serum introduces volume, hydration and plumpness back into your life. Rehydrates and redensifies skin in need of water-based hydration. These Boost Lab serums are the perfect addition to a skincare routine or make a great stocking stuffer.
Boost Lab’s Vitamin C Brightening Serum helps to even out skin tone and brighten the look of dark spots, supports the production of collagen and protects skin against free radical damage.
This Votary Brightening Hyaluronic Serum makes skin looks more even and luminous. Formulated with narcissus extract to unify skin tone, restore radiance to dull skin and hyperpigmentation is rebalanced. AHA Glycolic Acid accelerates skin’s natural renewal process and provides an even exfoliation, lifting dead skin cells to reveal a fresh and dewy complexion. Hyaluronic acid provides intense hydration, plumping and smoothing away fine lines. Natural neroli flower water delicately hydrates and refreshes. This one has been on my list to try for a while now, and would make a luxe gift idea!
This lovely Arbonne gift set contains a Lavender Cleansing Facial Soap Bar, Lavender Calming Face Mask with Hyaluronic Acid, and a Waffle Weave Wash Cloth made from 100% organic cotton. All three come packaged in a fabric gift bag that can be reused and enjoyed for many years to come. Of course, lavender is one scent that everyone loves, so it’s a nice gift for a friend, colleague or family member.
FRAGRANCE GIFT IDEAS
Vibrant mandarin sweetened with honey and wrapped in the powdery warmth of coumarin. This absolutely stunning cologne, new for the holiday season, is a dream. The bottle alone is designed to turn heads, those star details are just stunning. I love this blend of citrus and honey, it’s such a sweet balance.
A few weeks ago I even had an event with Jo Malone London to celebrate the launch of this one, in which we cooked a beautiful cheesecake desert online with the very talented Jessica Nguyen. They were so sweet to supply baking supplies, which you can see below. Did you catch my cooking attempts on my stories? If you did, you will know how it turned out. And how I think I was the only one not finished by the end of our class! haha I am slow but steady.
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A sensuous scent blending the rich sap of the Namibian myrrh tree with whispers of warm almond and lush vanilla. Pamper skin with a luxurious Body Crème (50ml), then finish with a spritz of Cologne Intense (50ml). How beautiful would it be to unbox this?! Another incredible scent, taken one step further with the moisturising body cream.
How cute is this decorative ornament? Filled with an inviting Poppy & Barley Cologne (9ml) and sea salt-fresh Wood Sage & Sea Salt Body Crème (15ml). Two of my favourite scents, this is such a beautiful little gift, with handbag size treats!
Three favourite Glasshouse scents inspired by destinations near and far with the limited edition Glasshouse Fragrances Mini Candle Trio. Containing three mini-sized candles, gift this pack as a set, or split them apart to use as stocking stuffers.
Who doesn’t love a Christmas scent? They are worth waiting all year for!
Three Christmas mini candles bundled for the perfect gift. Alternate Night Before Christmas, White Christmas and Gingerbread House to capture the spirit of the season. Gift it for someone in the office or your family to ensure you get to soak up those stunning Christmassy scents. I look forward to burning Christmas scented candles every year, these are all beautiful and stunningly packaged too.
This ambery fragrance calls to mind a city in the full bloom of spring, blending light white florals with the warmth of sandalwood and vanilla. Inspired by Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion, this fragrance is rich and sophisticated, and perfect to wear at any time of year. It opens with light notes of citrus and green leaves, with pineapple adding just a hint of sweetness. Camellia and Lotus blossom in the mid notes, while sensual base notes of sandalwood, amber and vanilla linger on the skin. Beautiful to display on their vanity, another stunning scent and perfect gift.
MAKEUP GIFT IDEAS
When Rose Inc launched into Mecca, the first products I bought were the Blush Divine Radiant Lip & Cheek Color. A huge fan of cream blush and multi-use products, this was high on my radar. The colours are all so beautiful, that I know I will collect them all in time. These are long-wearing and buildable colour that melts into skin for a smooth complexion that glows. The pigment-rich formula contains a spectrum of skincare ingredients that improve skin health with each use: hydrating squalane, protective vitamin E and barrier-strengthening ceramides work together to support the skin while cheeks are washed in a radiant flush of colour. I am OBSESSED and any makeup lover in your life will be too.
Over the last year or more, I’ve found myself, like many women, skipping the foundation and opting for a concealer alone. Rose Inc cleverly considered this when curating their initial collection, starting with the Softlight Luminous Hydrating Concealer. This long-wearing liquid formula minimises the look of fine lines, redness and discolouration for an even complexion that glows. Enriched with hydrating squalane, protective vitamin E and colour-corrective botanicals, it delivers comfortable wear with buildable coverage. There are 20 shades in the range, the packaging is absolutely dreamy and I could not recommend it more highly. Add this to a gift set!!
When you think of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, it is difficult not to picture her incredible full pout. Naturally, I was keen to try the Rose Inc Lip Sculpt Amplifying Colour. An enriched long-wearing lip crayon that delivers saturated matte colour with the benefits of a balm. This velvet-soft formula sculpts lips with a look that’s smoother, fuller and more defined. Infused with hyaluronic acid, squalane, ceramides, hemp and vitamin E, it glides on to “fill” lips with plumping moisture as it conditions delicate skin. I personally have much thinner lips than Rosie, but find this product creates the illusion of fuller and plumper lips by a good 50%. I am in love.
The Rose Inc Brow Renew Enriched Eyebrow Shaping Gel is a buildable, brow gel that conditions, sculpts and strengthens each hair with squalane, pea sprout and Vitamins E and B5, so even sparse brows take on more substance. With a smudge-proof, flake-proof formula, it fills and sets brows in place all day. I have been loving this to fill out my brows, darken them slightly and create the perfect frame for my eyes. A must-try, add this one to a gift set!
I am not sure if this really fits into the makeup category but I store my nail polishes in my makeup drawer so here we are. When it comes to nail colours, I like to keep things pretty neutral for the most part and prefer the most natural options available. I am loyal to about four brands and Smith & Cult is one I can’t get enough of. Their polishes feature a high shine, chip-resistant finish and evenly glide onto nails – all in an 8-free, vegan, and cruelty-free formula. With a slimline brush, Smith & Cult nail lacquers deliver precision application, with self-levelling formulas that dry evenly on the nail.
It takes the fuss out of doing nails, which is great for someone on your gift list who is as lazy as I am about painting their nails but also feels like they should. Or they want to! Think these colours will get them enthused? They did for me. These make a great mini gift or stocking stuffer too!
I’ve been wearing the Ciate Dewy Blush Glossy Cheek Tints all year. They add a flush of healthy colour and glow. The gel-balm vegan formula glides onto the skin effortlessly for an even, soft hint of colour. Available in four universally flattering shades, I love them all. Infused with hydrating hyaluronic acid, yuzu and dragon fruit extract to enhance skin’s radiance.
The Ciate Pump Plump Lip Gloss is a nourishing gloss that coats lips in a cooling, non-sticky wash of glossy colour while helping to plump up the natural volume for a smoother, fuller-looking pout. Frescolat™: delicately plumps the lips while creating a refreshing, cooling sensation. Hyaluronic filling spheres: help reduce the look of fine lines for smoothed, hydrated and softened lips. If you are looking for a stocking stuffer, either of these is the perfect thing!
Nude by Nature released a whole lot of their vegan, cruelty-free favourites in a variety of gift kits for Christmas. There is something for everyone. I’ve decided to keep one of the Naturally Radiant kits with all kinds of ready to go essentials. As for the rest? I will be looking for friends and family to spoil with some of these. Brushes sets, lip glosses, mascara and more. Who would not love!
Give a little or a lot, brush sets, makeup sponges or brushes on their own. These are affordable gifts for a workmate, friend or stocking stuffer. Personally I appreciate the wooden handles!
As for the mascara? Arbonne’s vegan mascara in a giftable bauble is so cute. For a festive full lash effect, each swipe enhances the look of volume, length, curl and separation. The lightweight formula includes a proprietary blend of polypeptides and botanicals, including Pea Peptide, Radish Root, Green Tea and Larch Extract to help create fuller, longer-looking lashes.
A little stocking stuffer or just a cute tree ornament? Both? Why not. The Lip & Cheek Mini stick has a smooth, creamy formula that glides over foundation without streaking and applies to lips or cheeks for a beautifully easy touch of colour.
HAIRCARE GIFT IDEAS
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Ugh, I can not tell you how much I have loved using these stunning hair products! I waited so long to try these! If you know anyone on your list who loves their hair and to take care of it, give the gift of beautiful hair with Gisou. This honey-infused oil is used during pre-styling and finishing to tame frizz and flyaways, polish split ends and nourish locks. Enriched with Mirsalehi Honey from the Mirsalehi Bee Garden, this formula is designed to add shine while rebuilding and repairing hair. A natural humectant, honey restores hair’s natural moisture balance, for healthier, softer and stronger locks with a silky shine. The ultimate multitasker, this oil can be dropped into hair masks for an added kick of moisture or used as an overnight treatment. I love it so much, I’ve never had a hair oil deliver on results quite like this one. It is both beautiful to look at, and effective!!
The Propolis Infused Polishing Primer is a lightweight primer infused with Mirsalehi Propolis, a resin-like material produced and used by bees to build strong beehives. It fights off and protects against frizz while reducing drying time and ensuring hair is left with workable hold for heat styling. The results are enhanced hair texture with more volume and definition. Again, I love this one! It is the perfect primer for anyone you love who regularly styles with heat tools. Save their hair with this thoughtful gift!
The new Wella Fusion range is designed for up to 95 % more resilience against breakage, to repair and protect the hair. The formula is designed with the silk steel fusion program, inspired by spider silk, one of the strongest fibres in nature. It penetrates deep down the cortex and instantly recovers hair fibre and help to prevent future hair breakage. The set contains the Shampoo, Mask and Conditioner, everything set to repair and strengthen hair. Wella worked with artist and Wiradjuri Woman, Amanda Hinkelmann to tell the story of the Wella Woman through First Nations Art & Symbolism in their Christmas collection. As you can see in the gift set, the artwork is stunning.
This gift set includes a full-size shampoo, conditioner and hair serum, all of which have been formulated to deeply moisturise your hair as they work. With a scientific blend of natural oils, Wella SP LuxeOil Collection provides long-lasting smoothness, deeply hydrating while protecting the hair’s keratin. Argan Oil nourishes, almond oil hydrates and provides a lightweight texture, jojoba oil strengthens fragile and dry ends. Hair is conditioned and moisturised inside and out. The small molecule size of this unique formula penetrates the hair to lock in moisture and bond the keratin for long-term hair health. Easily another go-to for hair health and a beautiful gift!
I couldn’t go without sharing Klorane in any hair gift ideas round up. I use Klorane daily! My personal go-to, the gentle and effective Klorane ranges are beautiful, each designed to target a different hair concern. The latest range to hit the market, the Volume Flax range is beautiful! The Volume Shampoo with Flax Fiber and Volume Conditioner’s lightweight formula washes and detangles without weighing down fine, flat hair. Thanks to flax which is traditionally recognised for the quality of its supple and resistant fibers, this exclusive formula delivers perfectly textured, protected hair that has supple full volume. Both are paraben-free, silicone-free and vegan too!
The plant-powered volumising dry shampoo is enriched with 100% Organic Flax to naturally lift and support fine, flat hair from the roots. A breakthrough, clean formula that is proven to add long-lasting volume for up to 8 hours. Driven by a unique combination of flax fiber and highly absorbent and texturising powders, this dry shampoo cleans hair without water. Dull and lifeless hair is left easier to style and instantly clean for improved next-day hair and next day volume! Inexpensive hair solutions that they will appreciate make these such good little gifts! Are you yet to try the Klorane Dry Shampoo?
BODY CARE GIFT IDEAS
Earlier this year, I began to try the Aroma Shower range from Weleda. We are now about four bottles in. And totally in love!! I adore the Energy Shower Gel for the morning, it is so invigorating! Made with spicy ginger, citronella and cedarwood, it is fresh and spicy. At night I’ll opt for their Relax, Harmony or Love Body Wash.
The LOVE Creamy body wash delicate floral garden of romantic rose, precious jasmine and sweet ylang-ylang. Containing organic ingredients, GMO & Cruelty-Free, Certified Fair Trade and Vegan these are blissful! Either gift them to your loved ones or stock the bathroom for your Christmas house guests and they will be sure to make comments. (My Mum did during her visit!).
Another of my personal go-to products, I use Weleda’s Skin Food Body Butter and Moisturiser every day. Actually, while pregnant I’ve been lathering the Body Butter on and then adding the Weleda Stretch Mark oil over the top every night. Weleda Skin Food is an ultra-nourishing and hydrating moisturiser that’s most recommended for dry skin types. The Body Butter has a whipped texture. It is quick to absorb, with a comforting, luxurious feel.
Weleda Skin Food’s award-winning formula has remained unchanged since 1926 making this one of the most effective and time-honoured moisturizers available. Weleda Skin Food provides deep moisturizing and hydration and contains 100% natural ingredients including soothing chamomile, rosemary, lanolin and sweet almond oil. It is also handy to pop the 30ml size in your bag for touch-ups during the day. I even use it as a highlighter! They will love you for this gift!!
BABY GIFT IDEAS
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A new category for the Inspiring Wit gift guides!! I usually share kids gifts but this time around I wanted to focus on baby. I mean, I have baby brain and our baby on my brain! Hehe Plus at the moment the kids on our list are only requesting Lego sets or Nintendo Switch games, so I will leave those up to you!
Shopping for baby gifts or Mama gifts? That is a lot more exciting! We have recently had our baby shower and were given the most beautiful and useful gifts from our friends and family too. Actually, we were incredibly spoiled and have so many amazing gifts I could include that this category could really be a whole blog post on its own! Alas, at 38 weeks pregnant with my little one wriggling around as I type, I am crunched for time already. I did film some of our opening up the gifts from the shower and will share the nursery reveal on YouTube at some stage too, so make sure to subscribe to my channel here.
SIDENOTE: WHERE TO SET UP A GIFT REGISTRY FOR A BABY SHOWER
If you are also putting together a gift registry for your own baby shower, let me go no further than to recommend The Memo.
My goodness, The Memo’s gift registry made my life so easy. I could research, add and update products to our gift registry list (if you want to see mine, click the link here and get a peek at what we wanted), email it out, or share the link on our baby shower invite page online. Better yet, they arrange for everything to be shipped to me together.
The Memo has everything I could want or need with considered, smartly laid out lists and categories. Perfect for a first time Mama! The gifts arrived wrapped nicely with cards from each person. And The Memo also included thank you cards that I can send out to everyone as well. So helpful!! I wouldn’t have thought to organise that for a while, so this takes the pressure off. I also appreciated that 5% of the proceeds go to St Kilda Mum’s, I’ve not seen other registries take that kind of initiative to give back.
CURATED GIFT SETS FOR BABY OR FOR MAMA
For the holiday season, The Memo has excellent curated gift sets available too. I’ve talked about these on the blog before because they are just so clever. They curate both baby and Mama gift sets, with ideas like ‘Breastfeeding Basics’, ‘Baby Loves Bathtime’ and many many more. I could go on and on about them honestly because they have been my go-to website for all the things I needed to get set up for having a new baby!
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A little maze with beads to practise those fine motor skills? Good idea! These Trixie Wooden Beaded Maze Start with the beads, designed in with different colours and shapes that slide along the wire and stack the different parts until the animal friend is complete! Guaranteed to give hours of fun to your baby as they learn to develop motor skills. A classic game for a growing child. These come in a few different animals all so cute!
The Miffy Plush Toys are super cute! A good little gift for all different ages, they come in a range of colours and textiles! I love them!
The Magic Beach Alison Lester Book was given to us by a friend and school teacher. Such a cute book, it is celebrating its 30th anniversary, which is such a good sign! I remember some of Alison Lester’s books from my own childhood. We have already been reading this one and many others to our little one. I can’t wait to read this to her in person soon!
Mushie Stacking Cups Let’s do it again! And again! This colourful round tower is a fun and engaging baby activity toy to look at and play with. Eight cups can be stacked high or low, helping them develop both the body and the brain and improving fine motor skills, a great foundation before they move onto more complex tasks like using a writing instrument. I have these on display at the moment because they are so cute.
Another brand I have gone a little bit crazy over has been Purebaby. I have loved everything that has arrived from them, and to be honest, I ordered a lot! Established in 2002, Australian-owned label Purebaby only uses the finest organic materials to create their range of clothing and accessories for babies and children. Perfectly executing their vision of simple yet beautiful products created with awareness and care, each piece is lovingly crafted with soft, organic fabrics that are gentle and soft against the skin, and don’t compromise on social responsibility. Timeless, simple, and high quality, Purebaby is the ideal brand for parents that are searching for natural alternatives to dress their little ones. And make for the best baby clothing gifts!! Everyone loves buying baby clothes for gifts! Guilty? Me too!
Most of their pieces are made with the softest 100% organic cotton and this romper and sun hat are no exception. With an all-over salad inspired print, it is a lightweight and breathable set to wear all summer long. I ordered this one for our baby for next year, as I loved it so much and didn’t want to have her grow out of it too fast this summer. The newborn phase goes so quickly!
This adorable sunsuit rashie and the matching hat were on our gift registry and I was so excited to be given both pieces. Thank you to our beautiful friends for these!! The Sunsuit and hat are perfect for days at the beach or pool. The fabric is Chlorine resistant, UPF 50+ and made from recycled plastic bottles and other ocean landfills, making it kind on the environment.
Of course, I just love the whale print so much! Again this one we got for next summer, and I appreciate the long sleeves, legs and even the higher collar for added sun protection. The hat will also be perfect for days outside in the sun, the wide brim makes it the perfect added cover.
These sweet Boden Baby Leather Baby Shoes are made for tiny crawlers. They come in versatile tan with classic brogue detailing and are made from supersoft leather (inside and out) and have foam padding to cushion little feet. Comfortable, durable and as cute as a button, they’re the perfect footwear for Mini explorers. How cute are baby shoes? This is my babies first pair. And they even came in a tiny shoe box. How adorable is that?
The adorable star print tights keep baby’s legs cosy, as well as protect their delicate skin. Choose from different designs for a sweet finish to any outfit. And they’re cotton-rich, but with a touch of stretch to make them easy to pull over bulky nappies. The star print was so sweet, I could not go past them!
Made of super soft 100% cashmere, this adorable blanket is expertly designed in Britain and a piece to treasure. It’s designed to keep baby warm and happy during afternoon naps or morning cuddles. Delicate stitch detailing features all the way around with a contrast border for extra loveliness. This special piece comes in a sweet presentation box – ideal for gifting. Added bonus? It is machine washable! And there is also a matching bonnet, which I may have on order.
LIFESTYLE AND WELLNESS GIFT IDEAS FOR EVERYONE
Each year, I always include something in the gift guide from the beautiful UK brand Papier. And every year, I get to enjoy their beautiful stationery every day. The notebooks, diaries, journals and more are personalisable and of such high quality. I adore their attention to detail and always look forward to writing in them.
This time around, I wanted to share some new notebooks in their range, including the recipe books. Scribble. Sauté. Savour. Take culinary memories from plate to page with Papier’s recipe journals. Dream up new dishes or remember family favourites. And for days you don’t want to wear the chef’s hat, create lists of reliable restaurants and new places to try. There is space for breakfast, lunch, dinner and treat recipes and blank lists for favourite stores, restaurants and places to try. All bound as always in hardback with a ribbon marker. I am not always enthused about cooking but I used to make my own recipe journals and can’t wait to fill this out!
The Modern Wellness Journal is a habit I have to get back into filling out. I got one of these last year and loved how accountable it made me. Know someone who would love this too? There are a lot of different designs to choose from, and you can personalise with their name too.
They can start and end each day with a fresh mindset, set intentions and take note of the things that make them feel good. Inside, there are 12-weeks of pages for reflecting on mindful goals, habits, meals, water intake, sleep and the things to be grateful for. Such a good mindful gift!!
Know someone who loves having plants in their home? Me too! Me! As such, I was very excited to open this stunning kit! Whoever thought I’d be describing a plant care kit as ‘stunning’? But truly, this chic set is just that.
The Plant Runner Essential Kit just got better, with their Indoor Plant Food and Neem Oil Leaf shine now partnering with the potting mix powerhouse – The Soil & Microbe Booster. The essentials for a thriving plant fam all housed in a beautiful bespoke gift box. The kit makes it simpler and more beautiful to look after plants, so they can enjoy watching their plants grow. Plants give us beauty and joy. The least we could do is return the favour. Agreed?
Eunoia means ‘beautiful thinking, a well mind’. The Australian label, Eunoia make beautiful sets that are designed to infuse your daily routine with mindfulness and intention. The Eunoia Daily Rituals Deck is a unique interpretation of an affirmation meets oracle card deck. Printed on 100% sustainably sourced and recyclable materials. This deck includes 37 goddess cards, printed front and back.
To choose a Eunoia Daily ritual, shuffle the cards with the illustration card facing down. Ask the question ‘What is ritual I need the most today?’ Each card has a message, mantra and ritual to learn. The message is the guidance the card provides. The Mantra is the affirmation to repeat and the ritual is the practice to do to bring the intention of the card to life.
I was gifted this beautiful deck a few months ago and have loved the ritual of opening up, shuffling the cards and selecting a card each day. I keep the mantra in mind as I go through my day, which keeps me focusing on something positive and grounded. The gift that keeps giving, it is a wellness alternative gift idea for a friend, colleague or loved one.
One thing I love to gift is an experience. A truly memorable experience that is perfect for a couple or for anyone who genuinely appreciates experiences over things. Recently Mario and I went on our first Mystery Picnic with Amazing Co, which offer unique experiences in cities worldwide. We decided to try the Fremantle picnic which led us on a tour of the port town while we solved clues and collected local food from a bunch of different locations. It was so fun to solve the clues, have someone else take care of the itinerary for the day and in the end sit down with a delicious picnic meal in a beautiful location.
If you know someone who would love this idea, then you have come to the right place! Click through to check out what is on offer in your local city. They offer experiences for couples, families, friends or even some unique at-home experiences. Secret menu tastings, Mystery weekends or food walks, there are a lot of cool options! Do you have a food lover on your list this year? I think you have your gift idea!
This year I have been lucky enough to visit Bodhi Spa’s three times!! How lucky was I? I was given a pregnancy massage from Mario’s family for my birthday which was the best I have ever experienced. If you are a local or know someone in Perth who would love a spa treatment, Bodhi is my go-to and most recommended. The locations are all beautiful, they offer personal attention, you feel completely at peace the minute you step inside and leave feeling blissful. One really can not think of a better gift. Right?
They of course offer a HUGE range of treatments so check them out here.
A beautiful Perth based small business, ALMA offer the most stunning curated gift sets featuring local artisans goods. I was very kindly gifted the Chockies gift set, which is perfect, given I adore craft chocolate! Who doesn’t? Even better, ALMA offer so many curated gift sets there is something for everyone.
Until the 20th of December, you can take 25% off all ALMA gift boxes range & free shipping using the code: ohohoh21. Don’t hesitate as quantities are limited and these will get snapped up fast! And your loved ones will be very grateful!
WHAT DO YOU WISH FOR THIS CHRISTMAS?
That is it for me and this year’s Christmas gift guide. Unless something pops up on my Instagram of course! Keep an eye out, as always! I’m so happy to have put the time in as always to find gift ideas to really serve and be useful and loved. I hope you have managed to find some good ideas. What do you wish for this Christmas? I’d love to know below. It’s always lovely to hear from you. Have you got time to spend with loved ones? Finally, get to stop working from home? Have a whole new life chapter starting like me? Let me know below in the comments!
As for my Christmas wish? A happy, healthy baby!! It’ll be the best present ever. Agreed?
Merry Christmas everyone! xx Jenelle (MAMA to be!!!!!) Can you tell I am excited?