Christmas Gift Guide 2020

Yep. It’s here again. How did a year go by so quickly? It’s not long to go before Santa arrives (in a COVID safe way). We take the work out of finding the best inspiration for your stockings in the first part of our shopping guides (with a lot of booze)!

Shoezie

Shoezie is the only tote bag specifically designed for carrying your shoes. Its satin divider inside the bag protects your shoes from rubbing against each other and the inbuilt pocket with microfibre doubles as a shoe shiner with hand strap. It also doubles as a great shopper too! With female co-founders this is one from the girls to the girls – get a bumper pack and share around From $34, FREE for all orders over $100, $5.95 all orders under $100.

Archie Rose – Cocktails (in a tinny!)

Shaken not stirred? Now you can get all the flavour and none of the hassle. Perfect for picnics and parties, Archie Rose launches into cocktails. Created by Rachelle “Rocky” Hair, one of Australia’s most acclaimed international bartenders. Simply choose from Gin & Tonic with Lemon & Pepperberry; Vodka & Soda with Native Blood Lime; Gin Blackberry Spritz with Lemon Myrtle & Juniper and Vodka Mango Spritz with Lime and Chilli. The four flavours are made from their award-winning Signature Dry Gin and Original Vodka. We loved our Vodka, Lime & Soda which had a big kick thanks to native blood limes not those boring garden variety limes. Available from the Archie Rose Bar, and bottles shops around Australia. RRP: $24.99 4 x 200ml pack

Personalised Milo – My Milo

Get your own personalised Milo tin!

MYMILO gives fans the opportunity to create a bespoke 460g MILO tin for themselves or a loved one this Christmas. Pick from 8 limited-edition designs to create the perfect stocking filler for the MILO lover in your life Just head to the My Milo website where you can create your own personalised tin which will be shipped to your door for $11.99 AUD plus $8.00 nationwide shipping.

Lark Whisky – Symphony No.1

It’s the first blended malt from the House of Lark, representing a composition of exceptional Tasmanian single malt whiskies. Crafted from a symphony of complementary casks, Head Distiller Chris Thomson has expertly woven the complexity of American oak bourbon with the balance of sherry and heavier depth of port to form a creamy, oily melody of flavours; a malt whisky that’s full of life from start to finish and carries the uncompromised signature of Lark Whisky—a Tasmanian icon. $139 Free shipping on all orders over $100.

Blunt Umbrella

This is the umbrella for those who care. It is made for extremes (wind tested in winds of up to 113km/h), made for life and has innovation at its core. The patented BLUNT tips open like miniature umbrellas within pockets at the canopy edge, performing multiple purposes giving it’s superior performance. Plus this means you are not going to poke someone’s eye out on George Street. Our favourite is the Blunt™ + Flox collaboration limited edition. It pays homage to the beautiful landscapes here in Australia and in NZ with a range of both native birds and botanical images. Its so darn hot right now – dont just save it for the rain. $129 (free shipping with orders over $199).

Lavazza Modo Mio SMEG Coffee Machine

It’s the first of its kind collaboration between much loved coffee brand Lavazza and design buffs at SMEG (who brought us the D&G toaster and the British Union Jack fridge!) . Available in three colours (red, cream and black) it will be the most stylish thing in your kitchen. It’s a breeze to use and makes a superior coffee compared to its rivals. Choose from ten different pod flavours. Our pack of nine covers most of the bases from Passionale – a blend of Brazilian, Asian and Central-South American Arabica, its intense and big (intensity score 11) through to organics which are more floral and fruity. $349 and is available exclusively at The Good Guys, Harvey Norman and through Lavazza Australia’s new eCommerce store 

Coolamon Cheese Co. Hand-Crafted Artisan Lactose Free Cheeses

This is the ultimate gift for anyone who is lactose intolerant – a happy, pain-free Christmas. Did you know that 90% of Chinese and 40% of Indian people are lactose intolerant? Award winning Coolamon Cheese Co. has just launched the country’s first hand-crafted artisan lactose free cheese range. We taste tested 5 cheeses – Blue Vein, Soft Blue, Double Brie
(bronze medal at the coveted World Cheese Awards in Italy in 2019) , Fetta and Cooloumi. Riverina dairy milk is beautifully creamy and really shines in the Brie style. Soft Blue has a delicate strain of buttery Roquefort mould and is great paired with nectarines while the semi hard Blue Vein is more crumbly with a bit more attitude! Lactose Free Cheeses can be purchased via  Coolamon Cheese Co.

Craft Cartel Liqour

100 days of happiness…

Two people, weight lifting expertise and a huge fridge is what is needed here. This epic 100 can case comes in a limited custom-made timber box, with ten $20 vouchers to share and oh! it weighs over 40kg so you’ll need a mate. Craft Cartel Liquor, are super passionate about supporting the local craft beer community (and Victoria has really suffered here). Their new Craft Cartel – 100 Can Case supports 25 independently owned Australian craft breweries across the country, including Hawkers, Young Henrys, Moon Dog, Two Birds, Sauce Brewing and more. You can drink a beer and feel really good about it and the impact you are having. Get on the wait list. Cost $499 (pus 10 x $20 vouchers to share!). FREE shipping is included for Sydney, Brisbane, & Melbourne metro areas.

About the author

Karen’s corporate job back in the UK had included entertaining clients in some of the best restaurants. This ultimately sparked a curiosity 'Just how do they do that?' (she confesses she was brought up on meat and vegetables, so this was all very exciting). Currently a Mr & Mrs Smith 'Tastemaker', she’s flashpacked around the world, learning about wine, experiencing different cultures and cuisines and had a two- year love affair with it all. Originally from England, she finally settled in Australia and continues to be besotted by food, wine and travel preferring to focus on the luxury end of town (thread count does matter).

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