December 10, 2020
Yes, yes it really is almost Christmas. How? We have no idea. But after months of lockdown it feels nice to have a real life celebration on the horizon. But rather than waste your precious freedom on retail queues you can shop for the entire family right here, and then use your time for more important things (like cocktail hour). Read on for our expertly curated Christmas gift guide for the whole family.
For Dad: If socks and jocks are your go-to it might be time to mix it up. A little grooming goodness will up the ante from his usual bar of Imperial Leather, and make him feel special. If he’s got a beard, there’s nothing more fancy-feeling than the Badger Balm Beard Grooming Kit, $59.95. But if he’s more of a basics man, you could start him off with his own moisturiser, like Weleda’s Moisture Cream for Men, $20.95. If that’s all a bit too much, how about just upgrading his sunscreen, to Salt & Stones's 50+ Suncreen, $29.95.
For Mum: She’s the one that often gets overlooked, and the one who needs the pampering the most. Look after Mum this Christmas with a beautiful skin-loving gift pack, like this Weleda Day and Night Radiance Pack, $42.46, or a stunning, scented candle like this Lollia This Moment Candle with Cloche, $89.10 that’s just for her. Mama more on the practical side? A chic, reusable tote is always a winner, like this French inspired one from Tokyo Milk, $11.48.
For the Little Miss: Niece? Neighbour? Daughter? If there’s a tween in your life you can sure as heck become her favourite this Christmas with beauty treats that are both cool and age-appropriate. These clear Mini Roll on Lip Glosses from Blossom, $19.95, are infused with real dried flowers for extra cute factor, or introduce her to the world of signature scents with this Demeter Fragrance Library Candy Cane Truffle Cologne Spray, $19.95 that will remind her of Xmas (and you!) all year round.
For your Sister: Winning sister of the year is easier than you think. Gift her some relaxation with this 100 percent natural Soak Society Originale Wellness Soak, $23.95, or a fresh update to her usual, predictable neutral pedi with this Hanami Tootsie Mini nail polish pack, $38.95. Or, if you really want to go all-out, this Urban Apothecary Bay Berry Diffuser $69.00 will have you permanently in the good books.
For your Bestie: Masking is always a good idea – and not just on #selfcaresunday. And giving your bestie great skin is pretty much the best thing you could gift her. For brightening and clarity try The Unnamed Brightening and Anti-Ageing Sheet Mask, $12.95; For a deep, pore-cleansing clean opt for The Cottage Greenhouse Sea Mud Dry Clay Face Mask, $31.47; or for a good-old skin detox Cedar and Stone The Detox One Mask, $45.
For Granny: Just because she’s 90 doesn’t mean nana doesn’t like soft hands. A beautiful, luxe hand cream is a never-fail gift so get amongst these favourites and make granny’s Christmas. Lollia Always in Rose Hand Cream, $39.95; Tokyo Milk Let Them Eat Cake Hand Cream, $34.95.
For the Husband: It doesn’t matter how rugged a bloke he is, every guy secretly loves a self care routine (we know because our products go mysteriously missing all the time). Set up him with his own grooming kit so he can keep his mitts off yours. Bloke Soap Hands on Peppermint Natural Soap Bar, $14.85 is a great place to start, accompanied by the Exfoliating Hand Glove, $16.95 because they love the coarse texture. Complete the routine with a Weleda Aftershave Balm, $27.95, and a new fragrance like Bleu Perfume Oil, $29.95 and you’re good to go.
For that kooky Aunt: Every family has one. You know the one whose clothes have a distinctive art teacher vibe and who always wears handmade earrings? No regular hand cream will do for this aunt… she needs something unique. Which is precisely why this fragrance (dubbed a “foody floral”) which mixes vanilla and chocolate with jasmine and Amber is perfect. Demeter Fragrance Library Moonbeam Cologne, $29.95.
The backup gift (for that person you totally forgot about): Someone unexpected popped around on Christmas Day? Your co-worker rocks up to work with a gift? This is why you need the backup gift that doesn’t cost a bomb, but is a total crowd pleaser. A lush packaged soap is just the ticket, because, well, everyone needs to shower, right? Ena Ylang Ylang Bergamot and Sweet Orange Natural Soap Bar, $12.95; Washpool Manuka and Goat’s Milk Body Cleanser/ Soap Bar, $7.50.