Christmas Gift Ideas
It’s that time of the year again. The silly season is upon us, the decorations are starting to spring up and the shopping lists are getting longer by the day. Yes, we’re talking about Christmas. And as much as we would all like to hide under a rock at this crazy time, we can’t, so here are a few ideas to make the chore of Christmas gift shopping this year a little easier.
For the Mini Mes
If you are struggling to find something fun to for the kids that doesn’t involve a screen and wifi, then Soffritto’s Christmas Make & Gift Baking Set, $49.99, is the perfect way to keep the kids entertained and their tummies satisfied. The 40-piece set includes all the gear you’ll need to make sweet treats, from an assortment of cookie cutters, icing bags and nozzles, and gift wrapping materials. You can jump in the kitchen as a family and create fun and thoughtful gifts for extended family and friends. If you want to keep the ball rolling or have a future pastry chef in the making who needs a bigger baking challenge, Soffritto also make a Gingerbread Train Making Set, $19.99, which makes a great gift.
For the Wanderlust Traveller in your life
Let's be honest, everyone loves an island holiday, and instead of forking out the big bucks to get your special someone there, you can now bring the islands to Christmas (or the scent anyway). Inspired by the beautiful islands of the Indian Ocean, Max Benjamin’s Ocean range offers a range of diffusers and candles to transport you to breathtaking white sand beaches and crystal blue oceans.
Named after the islands of Mauritius, Seychelles, and the Maldives, each scent is characterised by its island’s elements. The Mauritius scent contains notes of nectarine, bergamot, and orange blossom, ylang-ylang, lily, sandalwood, vanilla, amber and musk. Seychelles contains notes of orange coriander, rosemary, cardamom, thyme, and patchouli. Finally, Maldives features coconut, orange and bergamot, monoi, tiare flower, tuberose, vanilla and white musk. And from $49.99 each, they make an affordable gift for teachers, mother-in-laws and employees.
For the Man of the House
Sick and tired of buying the same old ‘socks, undies and hanky’ combo for the man in your life? Why not spice things up and try a manly homeware or two? The Furi Pro Classic 2 Piece Knife Set, $139.99, offers Japanese pressed stainless steel perfection, so if your man is a pro in the kitchen (or just thinks he is), he will be able to wield these 9cm and 20cm balanced blades with ease and style.
Or for the true whisky connoisseur, the LSA Whisky Islay Decanter, $199.99, is the perfect addition to your man's collection. A smart, mouth-blown glass decanter with a solid walnut wood base, it commands attention and is a beautiful display piece on any shelf. Complete the set with the matching LSA Whisky Islay Tumblers, $119.99, for a set of two.
For the person that has everything
Challenge: Finding that special gift for the person who has everything. Solution: extremely funky cocktail, spirit and beer glasses. Durobor has a selection of glasses to suit anyone. Our favourite is the uniquely shaped Durobor Alternato Cocktail Glass, $19.99 a pair; a fun fish-bowl-shaped glass with a solid base, perfect for a dramatic looking cocktail or two this festive season. We also love the Durobor Grand Cru Beer Glass, $29.99 a pair; a tulip style beer glass to make you feel a part of Oktoberfest all year round.
For your special someone
Looking for a sweet stocking filler for your sweetheart? Grab some Bennetts Chocolate, $4.99 each, handmade in our very own Mangawhai, New Zealand. With Mangawhai Sea Salt; Blueberry; Caramel; and Vietnam Milk to choose from, there will be a flavour your lover will love. The 60g of mouthwatering, chocolate goodness will leave you and your loved one feeling extra sweet this Christmas.
For that tricky person that you can never think of what to give
Last, but not least, that person that has you pulling out your hair at the end of a long day Christmas shopping. From a fussy Aunty, to your sibling’s new partner or your kid’s babysitter, you can’t go wrong with a scrummy Christmas-scented candle. Christmas Joy Pine, $19.99, will have their home smelling like a fresh walk in the forest, while the Christmas Festive Cinnamon and Clove, $19.99, gives off that Christmas baking aroma just like mum’s kitchen. Both come in cute tins that can be used again after the candle is long gone.
Alternatively, the belly is the way to the heart, so check out our gourmet ranges of salts, peppers and spices, from $9.99; Wildly Delicious Bread Dipper Trio, $39.99; Lillie’s Q Smoky BBQ sauce, $22.99; and 5 Olive Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $44.99. We can even stock and wrap them up in a Stevens Hamper!