The Christmas round-up: gifts for her
Why is it that at any given time of the year, women can easily rattle off about 20 (million) things she would like until you ask her what she wants for Christmas and she draws a complete blank? Save yourself the pain of schlepping aimlessly around the shops with our handy dandy gift guide. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for your missus or your mother, we’ve got you covered.
Score some serious brownie points this year with a personalised clutch, bag or purse from The Daily Edited. The piece will arrive monogramed with her initials so every time she pulls out her purse, she’ll be reminded of how thoughtful you are. Like crows, ladies also love shiny things. Emte in Burleigh Heads stocks an enviable selection of Samantha Wills pieces she is bound to swoon over and Violet Gray online is also well worth a look if she appreciates beauty and authenticity. For statement pieces with a little edge, look no further than local company Ford + Harris. Having adorned the likes of Lara Bingle, Jennifer Hawkins, Jesinta Campbell and Margaret Zhang, she’ll be in great company. As a rule, clothes can be mighty tricky, buy the wrong size and life as you know it is over. Having said that, this summery delight from Zimmermann is well worth the risk. This Metier Satchel from Oroton, some new shades the Gold Coast’s own Valley Eyewear or Oscar & Frank or this Sportivo timepiece from Mimco, actually anything from Mimco, is sure to bring a smile to her dial.
The Beach Babe
If she loves spending time with sandy feet and salty hair, kit her out with a beach essentials pack filled with a retro fringed beach umbrella like this one, a beach bag from The Beach People, a Turkish towel from local company Mayde and a new bikini from Gold Coast label peony swimwear. A new beach cruiser from Reid Cycles would be the cherry on top of the awesome sundae.
If she prefers the snuggly surrounds of her home over being out in public where there is a strong chance of seeing people, The Homemade Gin Kit provides all of the necessary implements to transform generic vodka into gin, right in your very home so she never has to leave. Treat her to some beautiful handmade pieces from Marloe Morgan Ceramics, Harvest Clay or swing by the Saturday Pottery market on December 12 or 19. Trust us, ceramic crockery is hotter than the sun right now. If she’s a caffeine fiend, these Kaffeeform cups are actually made from discarded coffee grounds. As they’ll be coming from Germany, you might want to shell out for expedited delivery. If she’s still rocking the pod coffee machine at home, give the gift of great filtered coffee with a Chemex filter coffee vessel or perhaps a cold-brew kit from CoffeeSock Co. in preparation for steamy summer days. Pretty smelling candles and fragrance diffusers are always happily received, some of our favourite local picks are Lemon Canary, The Hudson Tree and Gypsy and Pearl and this marble candle bowl by Murphy & Daughters is also mighty lovely. Forgo the flowers that are destined for the garbage bin in a weeks time in favour of some potted plants from The Borrowed Nursery at Miami.
The Beauty Queen
The power of a great red lipstick should never be underestimated. This NARS Steven Klein Magnificent Obsession Red Lip Set is sure to have her looking and feeling amazing. Complete the package with a delicious coffee body scrub from frank body, some luscious coconut moisturiser from Chinta Island or KORA Organics by Miranda Kerr’s Illuminate Gift Set. Channel a little Beyoncé with an ‘I Woke Up Like This’ make-up brush organiser from Mecca Cosmetica or treat her to a gorgeous new scent from New York’s fine fragrance house Le Labo. Sephora Australia recently launched its long (long long long) awaited online store so a gift voucher to splurge on some new makeup is sure to have her giddy with excitement. Treat her to a day of indulgence at a day spa. SpaQ at QT Gold Coast allows you to choose an amount rather than a set package so she can customise her own treatment depending on what she feels like on the day.
Sometimes, a girl just wants to get dressed up and treated to a fancy dinner. Some restaurants offer gift vouchers but if her restaurant of choice isn’t one of them, another idea is to make a cute little IOU card redeemable whenever she pleases. If she’s more of a picnic in the park kind of girl, this deluxe picnic basket is guaranteed to be a winner, even more so if you fill it with some of her favourite foods. If she can’t be trusted alone with a jar of Nutella (we like the cut of her jib), this personalised jar of Nutella with her name on it is pretty much as good as it gets. These sushi socks also make a pretty cute stocking stuffer or unexpected secret santa gift.
The Girl Who Has Everything
While it can be easy to get caught up in the hype of having something tangible to open on Christmas day, gift vouchers are a great option, providing you choose the right one. Give the ultimate gift of adventure with a travel voucher from Flight Centre, some well-earned down time with a Netflix voucher or a subscription to her favourite magazine. If you’re keen to make a real difference this Christmas, give the gift of compassion with a gift from Caregifts, Oxfam, World Vision or Unicef. Closer to home, The Village Markets at Burleigh Heads and Paradise Point provides the perfect opportunity to shop small and support local creatives and small businesses on the coast.