Christmas covered – our 2019 gift guide

It’s the most wonderful… who are we kidding? Let’s just put it out there. Christmas is stressful! But never fear, if you haven’t done your Christmas shopping, don’t panic, there is still time, and we’ve got some hot tips on how to make all your loved ones feel special this festive season.

Huawei FreeBuds 3

We challenge you to find anyone who doesn’t like noise cancelling headphones – and these just aren’t any noise cancelling headphones. These are earbuds! Yes, that’s right, you can be cable free, cord free, and ready to go with these sleek little babies. Just double tap the left earbud to active noise cancelling. We road tested them on a long haul flight to London the other day and can give the tick of approval. Your beats, Netflix and sleep sounds will come through loud and clear. There’s also a built in bone sensor (yep!) that helps speech stay sharp. Honestly, buy these, but beware, you’ll want to keep them for yourself! RRP AUD$299, Vodafone, Optus Selected Stores, Amazon, Mobileciti, Kogan, Happytel and Huawei Authorised Experience Store.

OriginalLUX Luxey Cup

Upgrade your besties’ morning coffee with these super cute reusable coffee cups. Not all coffee cups were created equal you know. Borosiliciate glass is the secret material here, paired with a silicone base and removable lid, that makes the cups lighter and softer. Available in dreamy pastel shades like ‘Noosa Sky’ and ‘Minty’ and ‘Strawberry’, it makes for an all round stellar experience before you’ve even taken a sip. And then there’s the fact that the cup has etched lines for 6, 8 and 12 once drink sizes. RRP AUD $34.95 https://www.luxeycup.com

Black Chicken Remedies Pyramedial


G’day Gorgeous! The packaging says it all when you’re shopping for Black Chicken Remedies. This organic skincare range created by Bondi local Chey Birch is all about self care. The latest product is the Pyramedial – a lavender filled pouch shaped like a pyramid that’s designed to help bring on sleep. An ode to the energy of pyramids, the Pyramedial packs a punch, simply give it a squeeze to wake up the lavender buds and get ready to drift off to sleep. We’re also big fans of the natural nasalettes. Next time you feel a cold coming on whip out this dream team! RRP AUD $19.95 www.blackchicken.com (stockists listed or buy online)

Rufus & Coco Una Unicorn Rope Toy

Fur babies deserve to be spoilt too. Keep your pup on trend with this unicorn rope toy, with the added bonus of helping out a good cause. Thee profits of this cute and colourful stocking stuffer go to the Australian Pet Welfare Foundation, dedicated to ending unnecessary pet euthanasia in Aussie pounds. Soft and cuddly, but tough enough for play time, the unicorn is just one of the toys in the I Give A Wag range if mythical creatures aren’t your mutt’s thing. RRP AUD $12.95 Woolworths stores and online at www.rufusandcoco.com.au

LG X-BOOM ThinQ™ AI WK7 Smart Speaker

Gone are the days when you used speakers just to amplify your music. Old school! The WK7 will blow your socks off – it’s the speaker that speaks back. The compact Bluetooth speaker has a built in Google Assistant, and a built in Chromecast. To us, that’s space age tech, and we’ll take it! Play music, change the volume or song with your voice, stream podcasts, broadcast phone content – the audio world is your oyster. RRP AUD $299 Stockists: Harvey Norman, Bing Lee, JB HI-FI and Myer

Adairs Dana Kinter collection

We dare you to walk into Adairs and leave with just one thing. The homewares heaven has just launched their brand new Dana Kinter collection, and we want one of everything. Celebrating sustainability and Australian flora and fauna, the design is heavy on proteas and parrots – think black cockatoo platters made from mango wood, dreamy protea bed linen made from certified organic cotton, and our favourite, handy linen cosmetic cases covered in wattle and eucalyptus print. If you want to give someone an extra special treat, grab a set of the organic cotton bedlinen. Guaranteed to make sleep dreamy. Cosmetic cases RRP AUD $29.95 https://www.adairs.com.au/story/dana-kinter/

ID Pet’s personalised pet treats

You’ve got your initials all over the place, why shouldn’t your pooch has something monogrammed too? IdPet has things covered with the cutest range of personalized gift packs. Hello Chewy Vuiton! If your pup likes the finer things in life, they’ll love this LV monogrammed bone, treat bag and biscuits. The cookies are made from human grade ingredients if Santa gets desperate… Even better, the toys are made, sewn and printed in Melbourne. There’s also the Gingerbread gift pack – every pet needs their own Santa sack right?! RRP from AUD$39.95 http://www.idpet.com.au

Koi Dessert Bar’s Christmas Treats

Know someone who’s been naughty and nice? We’ve got the perfect gift for them. Koi Dessert Bar’s limited edition Christmas cakes take sweet treats to the next level. We’re talking gold white chocolate baubles filled with gingerbread crumb, rum raisin cremaux and the cutest little speculoos Snowmen we ever did see. Not too cute not to eat, but close! Then there’s a deconstructed Santa suit – glossy cherry ganache and a chocolate ‘belt’ – and the Candy Stick – rhubarb compote wrapped in vanilla Cointreau custard with a green and red glaze. And these are just the bite sized beauties you’ll find in the cake displays. Up your game and go full size – Christmas wreath fruit cakes, coconut mascarpone ‘Tiffany blue trees’, even a pimped up Santa’s List swiss roll will have you drooling. There’s also Christmas themed dessert degustations and afternoon teas. See http://www.koidessertbar.com.au/christmas-celebration-cakes for prices and pre-orders.

Peggy & Finn

Our favourite Aussie men’s accessories brand has taken the humble pair of undies from practical gift to real winner. Pegg & Finn’s botanical influenced pocket squares, ties and bow ties are on point, and now your man doesn’t have to get suited up to look good. Grab him a pair of wattle or flowering gum patterned bamboo underpants – there’s 14 different native Australian plant prints to choose from. RRP AUD $39.95 https://www.peggyandfinn.com.au

Whether you’re getting pressies your bestie, undies for your loved one, or just want a few goodies for yourself, go on, get into the festive spirit!

About the author

Lisa used to use Sydney as a base to drop off souvenirs before heading off on the next adventure but these days she’s got her feet almost on the ground, with a desire to try every high tea in Sydney, and a cute cavoodle puppy at home. Travel writer, photographer and Kitchen Aid freak, she loves to eat, bake and write.

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