Hello my loves, I can hardly believe there is only three weeks to Christmas, where did 2016 go???
In the lead up to Christmas I really enjoy looking through blogs and watching vlogs of gift suggestions (especially when they are a little bit extra nice) to help me with my shopping inspiration, so I thought I would do one of my own filled with things I think are truly beautiful gifts that suit our Aussie season and are available to buy and or ship here. This list is all gifts for girlies, I will be doing one for guys this week too, so stay tuned for that if you need some inspo for the special men in your life.
Obviously everyone has different budgets and I have tried to include a variety of different price points but I will say as a bit of a disclaimer, I have a penchant for inconveniently expensive items and I am sharing with you things that I love and would be over the moon to find under my tree and feel very very good about putting them under someone elses.
1. A Christian Louboutin Lipstick
$120 from Bergdorf Goodman
I think this is a really clever and beautiful gift to give someone. Most people would not spend $120 on a lipstick for themselves, so to receive one you would feel incredibly spoiled. The packaging on these is on another level to any other lipstick I have seen on the market it really is just so special, and from all the reviews I have watched, it is actually an incredible product to use. My pick is the Rouge Louboutin Matte Lipstick, it is the iconic red color of the soles of Christian Louboutin shoes, and a perfect red for Christmas.
2. A Jo Malone Candle
From $85 at Jo Malone
I feel people underestimate the pleasure of receiving and using a really beautiful candle, they so often get overlooked as a gift I think because of all the tacky ones out there but there are some incredibly luxurious and beautiful candles available and I don’t think I have a single girlfriend that doesn’t love being gifted one. Jo Malone’s products are all really chic, and the simplicity of the gorgeous packaging means it will be a beautiful addition to anyones decor. A candle is a lovely gift too as the person you give this to will put it in their home and think of you when they use it. My pick is the Peony & Blush Suede scent, its fresh and a little sweet without being overpowering.
3. A Camilla With Love Sarong
From $149 at Camilla
Camilla pieces always make a great gift for anyone that loves their fashion, with our Christmas being in Summer, it is the perfect time for beach ready gifts. A beautiful sarong is a really chic way to cover up a little without looking frumpy. The longer ones have the added bonus that they can be converted into a cape when tied at the corners. My pick from this seasons prints is the short Alice in Essaouira, the colors are just so summery and pretty.
4. Mohave Ghost, Byredo Perfume
$240 for 100ml from Mecca Cosmetica
This is a beautiful, beautiful perfume. I don’t need to sell the idea of perfume as a gift, its a no brainer, this is just a really special perfume that I wish to share with the world. And again, how beautiful would this bottle look on the dressing table – big tick. Byredo do an extensive range of truly stunning scents, perhaps you need a Chrissy present for yourself?! If you haven’t already seen or smelt them, go into a Mecca Cosmetica and have a play, you won’t be disappointed.
…they are a very luxurious version of an everyday item, which in my opinion is clever gifting
5. Christie Nicolaides ‘Nonia’ Earrings
$239 from Christie Nicolaides
These are a stunning statement earring with a bit of a nostalgic 90’s vibe to them (they remind me of the movie The Craft). I like that the design is quite intricate and really makes a statement, but the colors have been kept simple in black and gold, making them very easy to wear with any outfit for some extra sparkle. Costume jewellery makes a beautiful gift and obviously its nice that you get a bit more for your money than if you were buying fine jewellery and can have a little more fun with it.
6. Artis Elite Smoke Five Brush Set
$211 from Net-A-Porter
Usually I am against buying women any kind of tool or appliance as a gift, however I have a couple of exceptions to that rule The Kitchen Aid and these Artis Brushes. These brushes are seriously very beautiful, in every way, but particularly to use. Hands down the most pleasurable foundation application of my life. Its like you are pampering yourself while you are using them and when you aren’t they very happily live on display on the bathroom counter. This is the perfect brush set and actually I think very good value for money, though still pricey for brushes, similar to the Louboutin Lipsticks – they are a very luxurious version of an everyday item, which in my opinion is clever gifting.
7. The Tom Ford Coffee Table Book
$152 from Booktopia
Coffee table books make beautiful gifts and I believe you can never have too many nice ones. This is an amazing book, perfect for someone that loves interiors and fashion. This book is the perfect piece for a coffee table or dressing table, and through the year on drab days it is hours of stunning fashion inspiration and beauty. It is a timeless gift that will stay with the recipient and remind them of you always.
8. Gucci Tian GG Supreme Key Case
$305 from Gucci
A designer SLG (Small Leather Good) is a really beautiful and practical gift for any luxury brand lover. This one clips onto your keys and then holds your cards and a bit of cash – perfect to pop inside smaller day bags so all your essentials are in one neat (stylishly packaged) parcel. This particular one is so pretty with the humming bird and the other side of it has a butterfly on it. Gucci have also done these in their blooms print which is really gorgeous too.
9. Aquazzura ‘Mira’ Pump
From $850 at Farfetch
Dear Santa, Pleeeeeease! Haha, but really these are seriously stunning. Playing very nicely to two big trends for the current and coming seasons – Velvet and Bordeaux – with a thick platform and chunky heel for extra comfort, these are the perfect shoes for the festive season. I am imagining them with a gold, white, nude, navy or black party dress, just yes! How totally special and luxurious do these look and what girl doesn’t love beautiful shoes. All I can say is make sure you get her size right!
**hot tip, snoop in her wardrobe or ask her sister/best friend to get her size.
10. A Bvlgari ‘Serpenti Forever’ Bag
$2760 from Bvlgari
This bag is seriously beautiful, the jewelled serpent head makes it so special, she will love and wear this forever. In my opinion every girl should own a metallic evening bag, however even if you aren’t much into metallics this comes in so many gorgeous classic and statement colors, there is one to go with every wardrobe. The brilliance of a bag as a gift is that there are no sizing issues, it will fit her now, it will still fit her when she is eight months pregnant, it will fit her always. If you are looking to blow it out of the park this Christmas and this is in your budget, it is an absolutely incredibly stylish and beautiful gift.
Happy shopping my loves