So you’ve booked your holidays, scheduled your social catch-ups, even invested in a dapper new wardrobe for the party season. But hang on… There’s still the gift shopping list to get through.
Fear not, for Cream has once again compiled our trusty Christmas Gift Guide featuring stacks of cool products for you to ponder. Be it for your other half, the kids, your folks, or your BFF – rest assured, there’s something here for everyone.
And guess what? Not a scented candle in sight!
Compiled by Antonino Tati and Lisa Andrews
↑ WHAT: Retro Turntable Wall Clock. DESCRIPTION: Celebrate the age of record-spinning, flared pants and lava lamps with this bold red retro wall clock. Reminiscent of an LP turntable, the metal clock boasts smooth lines and metal dials for a cool vintage look. Features retro-style time-keeping and silent sweeping movement. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The friend who fist-pumps every time a song by Bon Jovi, Led Zeppelin or AC/DC hits the waves. COST: $79.99. AVAILABLE FROM: www.yellowoctopus.com.au.
↑ WHAT: Alessi ‘Lula’ Dog Bowl. DESCRIPTION: The truly is the cutest dog bowl, with its holder made of red polypropylene, and the bowl itself of hygienic 18/10 stainless steel. A stylish cover with a howling doggy for a handle allows you to cover your pet’s food, so that your dog can’t overeat and so that leftovers can be saved for later. Dishwasher safe. Holds 600 ccm of contents. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: One very special pooch. COST: $129.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thedesigngiftshop.com.
↑ WHAT: Victorinox Classic Swiss Army Knife. DESCRIPTION: More than a century since its invention, the Victorinox Classic Swiss Army Knife is still an icon of sleek functionality. Each one is built to last a lifetime and in the ‘classic’ knife you’ll find all the functionality you need for your everyday adventures that you’ll want to keep on you always. Put it this way: it’s the easiest lifetime commitment you’ll ever make. WHO TO BUY FOR: The handyman or handywoman about the house. COST: RRP $39.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.victorinox.com.
↑ WHAT: Koziol ‘Shadow’ Utensil Set. DESCRIPTION: Out of the frying pan, onto the grill: the bright, bold shapes of these Koziol’s ‘Shadow’ utensils make cooking an even more delicious statement. Archaic in style but modern in function, these tools have the look and feel of true classics. Specially processed plastic makes the utensils heat-resistant and ultra-friendly to coated cookware. Available in red, white, green, and black. Heat resistant to up to 220 degrees Celcius. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The master chef of the house. COST: $39.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.optoco.com.au.
↑ WHAT: Ben Frost Package Artwork. DESCRIPTION: Few Australian artists are as daring and as bold as Ben Frost, who manages to make a mockery of big-name brands while delivering picture-perfect pieces of pop art. Lately, the artist has been using product packaging as his canvas, deconstructing pill packets and fast food boxes in the name of awesome art. Like his ‘Generation Winchester’, acrylic on bullet packaging (2018), pictured. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The friend who loves using words like ‘postmodern’, ‘deconstruction’ and, most of all, ‘ironic’. COST: Price on application. AVAILABLE FROM: www.benfrostisdead.com.
↑ WHAT: Mariah Carey Gift Bag from Typo. DESCRIPTION: Nothing says Christmas quite like Mariah Carey. For the serious fan, or to simply take the piss, ensure you pop their gifts into this nifty bright sack. The bag comes with drawstring, can be re-used for shopping or storing stuff in and, the best bit is, all proceeds go to the Cotton On Foundation – a mission that aims to establish 20,000 educational places globally by the year 2020! Dimensions for large bags: 56 (W) x 62.5 (H). WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The True Mariah Fan, or someone who’ll just get the joke. COST: $6.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Typo outlets and through www.cottonon.com.
↑ WHAT: Rude Little Sock Monkey. DESCRIPTION: It’s adorable and outrageous all at once. This sock monkey may be cute in appearance but press him too hard and his rude mouth will throw sharp quips at you. Most of the phrases he says are too rude to even mention here, suffice to say the Rude Little Sock Monkey is not for the conservative. Comes with 11 very rude phrases. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: Your bad-mouthed buddy, to let he or she know they’ve met their match. COST: $9.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.yellowoctopus.com.au.
↑ WHAT: Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey. DESCRIPTION: Made with Canadian Whiskey and natural cinnamon flavours, Fireball was originally concocted to battle the harsh winters of North Canada. Its popularity grew with the beverage being enjoyed with friends on “shot” occasions “to ‘ignite the night”. Indeed, as its name suggests, Fireball leaves an explosive taste in the mouth with a warm, fuzzy feeling once the glorious-hued liquid has gone down. It can also be enjoyed on ice, sipped. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: Your Dad or Uncle with better taste than their beer-swilling buddies. COST: RRP $48.95 700ml. AVAILABLE FROM: Dan Murphy’s nationally and independent retailers. See more information at www.fireballwhisky.com.
↑ WHAT: ‘Neva’ Table Lamp. DESCRIPTION: A simple style statement but still potent enough to bright up any room – literally – the Neva Table Lamp comes in tangerine with a natural wood stem. Dimensions: 32.5cm W, 15cm D, 43cm H. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The trendy, bright office buddy. COST: $99.95. AVAILABLE FROM: Beacon Lighting stores.
↑ WHAT: Corban & Blair Leather Travel Wallet. DESCRIPTION: With secure press-stud closure, this generously gusseted leather travel wallet from Corban & Blair is perfect for keeping important travel documents together. Features pockets for cards and small notes. Height 12cm, Width 24cm, Depth 2cm. You can even initial the wallet to make the gift more personal (refer to checkout instructions online). WHO TO BUY IT FOR: Your dapper sis or stylish, well-travelled BFF. COST: $49.50. AVAILABLE FROM: www.stemonline.com.au.
↑ WHAT: Typo ‘Tiger’ Coin Purse. DESCRIPTION: A novelty coin purse from Typo makes the perfect stocking stuffer. Practical and available in various designs, a coin purse will help keep the holder organised, avoiding all that digging through dark handbags. Oh, and don’t forget to throw in a few coins, otherwise it’s bad luck to give a purse or wallet without dosh in it! WHO TO BUY IT FOR: Makes a great “under $10” Kris Kringle gift. COST: $9.99. AVAILABLE FROM: Typo outlets and through www.cottonon.com.
↑ WHAT: Deco Delight Wall Art Print. DESCRIPTION: A stunning art deco print, made using advanced latex printing technology. Printed on premium cotton/polyblend canvas. Gallery-wrapped around a 4cm kiln-dried timber frame. Best of all, it’s coated for protection against UV light and dust damage, guaranteed against fading and warping for 20 years. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: Your neighbour; but check first to see they have great taste (eg: art deco or retro cool) in art. COST: $39.99. AVAILABLE FROM: www.wallartprints.com.au.
↑ WHAT: Taschelini Carry Bag. DESCRIPTION: A handy bag to transport all those indispensable things that beg to be toted or stored in style: stationery, makeup, bottles of bevvy, you name it. The bag also works as a nifty flower vase, believe it or not. Measures 16 cm L, 8.5 cm W, 18 cm H, Volume 1 L. Also available in orange, denim, blue, and black. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: Your big or little sis, packed with lots of other li’l gifts, of course! COST: $9.90. AVAILABLE FROM: www.optoco.com.au.
↑ WHAT: Spun Bamboo Salad Bowls. DESCRIPTION: A practical and attractive set of three salad bowls in bright lime green. Thoughtfully sized to enhance coordinated dining and serving experiences and equally suited to add a ‘pop’ of color to any stylised space. Dimensions 32cm D x10cm H, 25.5cm D x 9cm H, 21cm D x 8cm H. The best bit is, spun bamboo products are naturally antibacterial and durable. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The eco- and health-conscious Mum. COST: $90.00 for set of three bowls. AVAILABLE FROM: www.satara.com.au.
↑ WHAT: Recycling Tidy Bin. DESCRIPTION: The Italplast Recycling Tidy Bin makes it easy to separate and sort your recyclable stuff from other waste. With 15 litre capacity, it is the ideal size for keeping under your desk or in your kitchen. And its vibrant green colour makes it easily identifiable for recycling purposes. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The office colleague with OCD. COST: RRP $17.50. AVAILABLE FROM: Officeworks instore or at www.officeworks.com.au.
↑ WHAT: Smenggi Coffee Table. DESCRIPTION: Designed by Danish manufacturers and handcrafted from solid timber, the Smenggi coffee table sees form and function blend beautifully. Features a clover-shaped table-top design in green accent, solid lip, and steel legs. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The other half, so that you can enjoy it at home yourself (or on visits if you don’t live together!). COST: $527.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.satara.com.au.
↑ WHAT: Eva Reclaimed Dining Table. DESCRIPTION: Give your dining decor a modern update. A formidable and captivating design, this everyday essential is complete with clean lines for a sleek contemporary appeal. Its rustic look will suit any cosy home. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The friend with minimalist, practical tastes. COST: $1,250.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.interiorsecrets.com.au.
↑ WHAT: Alena Pouf. DESCRIPTION: Simple and chic, Alena embodies everlasting elegance and contemporary style. Velvet and metal textures enhance its minimal silhouette, infusing balanced contrast with a timeless modern appeal, while its soft pink hue will suit most interior colour palettes. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The friend with cool retro and practical taste. COST: $340.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.interiorsecrets.com.au.
↑ WHAT: Sampar ‘Smart Skin In The City’ Gift Set. DESCRIPTION: Stunningly packaged, although it’s really what’s on the inside that counts. Sampar Paris create quality beauty products where just a little drop goes a long way, leaving behind beautiful, balanced skin. We’re guessing the brand’s name is an extrapolation of ‘sample’. Example of gift set, pictured, contains 1x ‘Prodigal Pen’ Anti-Blemish Roll-On 6 ml, 1x ‘Dry CleanSing’ Cleanser 15 ml, and 1x ‘So Much To Dew’ Day Cream 15 ml. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The no-fuss friend who appreciates a simpler, quality beauty regime. COST: Prices vary. AVAILABLE FROM: www.adorebeauty.com.au.
↑ WHAT: Brilliant books published by Simon & Schuster. DESCRIPTION: Homely holiday reading including Academy Award–winning actress and producer Reese Witherspoon’s Whiskey in a Teacup which invites the reader into a world infusing southern style, parties and traditions; celebrity chef Christine Manfield’s Tasting India: Heirloom Family Recipes, a collection of recipes and stories gathered from Manfield’s many visits to India; and comedian/media favourite Mikey Robins’ Seven Deadly Sins, a fascinating, funny and downright bizarre history of food in hardback. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The homely bookworm. COST: Whiskey in a Teacup RRP $45.00 / Tasting India: Heirloom Family Recipes RRP $49.99 / Mikey Robins’ Seven Deadly Sins RRP $35.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality bookstores, physical and online.
↑ WHAT: Magic Box Wines. DESCRIPTION: Inspired by the magic of winemaking, the Magic Box Wine collection offers exceptional flavours based on classic varietals, starring four wines with charming designs and names. Pictured here are three of these: the PepperBox Shiraz, BerriBox Rosé, and cedar box Cabernet Sauvignon (there is also a ButterBox Chardonnay). Each one as unique and delicious a drop as the next. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The wine connoisseur keen to explore a new world of wine full of extraordinary taste. COST: RRP $14.99 each. AVAILABLE FROM: Dan Murphy’s and BWS nationally, as well as selected independent retailers. And follow the trail of magic online at wwww.magicboxwines.com.
↑ WHAT: Case-Mate Protective Cases for Apple iPhone. DESCRIPTION: Designed with fashion and function in mind, Case-Mate’s latest collections feature something for everyone while focusing on three different personas: ‘The Dropper’, ‘The Minimalist’, and ‘The Street Smart’. The ‘Street Smart’ collection, for example, introduces 10ft drop protection, which we think is way impressive. If you like, add a dash of floral print to their device with a ‘Pink Poppy’ Case, where genuine flowers are delicately pressed and suspended in resin. Tens and tens of other styles to choose from, all the way from matte black to ‘Hundreds & Thousands’. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: ‘The Dropper’, ‘The Minimalist’, or generally anyone with ‘Street Smarts’. COST: ‘Barely There’ Purple Leather Case for iPhone XR, RRP $59.95 / ‘Ditsy Petals’ Pink Poppy Case for iPhone XR, RRP $69.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.case-mate.com.
↑ WHAT: Pucci Cotton Scarf. DESCRIPTION: Few designer houses deliver prints as bright and beautiful as Emilio Pucci. Crafted in Italy, this 100% cotton scarf in fuscia and celestial blue print is quintessentially Pucci with its swirly, breezy look and feel. Can be machine-washed at 40 degrees. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: Mum, or your BFF. If they fancy bold, adventurous labels like Hermès and Versace, they’ll adore their Pucci. COST: RRP $385.00. AVAILABLE FROM:www.mytheresa.com. NOTE: The site is currently offering 30% off retail prices hence the scarf above is actually available at $269.00).
↑ WHAT: PetSafe Chilly Penguin Freezer Toy. DESCRIPTION: The Chilly Penguin Freezer Toy is a treat-holding toy with a bowl-shaped cavity for ice and treats. Multiple penguins can be stacked on top of one another in the freezer for easy storage before playtime. The toy will extend playtime and act as a fun treat for your dog! Key features include a snowflake design that works similarly to a treat meter and will help secure the ice or treat, and a rounded base that lets the toy wobble as dogs play and lick the contents! WHO TO BUY IT FOR: Your pooch who is about to have the time of his life. COST: RRP $8.99. AVAILABLE FROM: www.petsafe.com/au.
↑ WHAT: Alicia One-Seater Sofa. DESCRIPTION: Express your cool side while making a bold, luxe statement with Alicia, a timeless furniture addition for the modern home. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The friend or partner who deserves a little luxury, and a decent rest. COST: $1,190.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.interiorsecrets.com.au.
↑ WHAT: EFM Wireless Magnetic Car Mount and Desktop Stand. DESCRIPTION: With fast and intuitive charging, the EFM Wireless Magnetic Car Mount and Desktop Stand allows you to charge your Qi-compatible devices quickly and efficiently. With an output of up to 10 Watts, it offers 1.4 times faster charge rates than most standard 5W wireless chargers. Included is a clip-on desktop stand that is ideal for most surfaces and includes a reliable 3M adhesive pad to mount it to rougher, more irregular surfaces. Plus it boasts a sleek, polished design that will complement all interiors (house or car) while offering a safe and speedy wireless charging solution whenever you need it. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The tech collector who can never have enough gizmos. COST: RRP $99.95. AVAILABLE FROM: myefm.com.
↑ WHAT: iFLY Virtual Reality Flight Experience. DESCRIPTION: The iFLY VR experience is one of the most cutting-edge, technology-driven adventure experiences on the planet. With zero skydiving experience, you could be wingsuit base jumping “The Crack” – one of the most extreme base jumping sites in the world. Or skydive over the Swiss Alps or Hawaii in airspeeds of 200kph+ through the use of our virtual reality goggles and the iFLY wind tunnel. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: For the adventurous at heart, this is one of the most unique and exciting experiential Christmas gifts around. COST: From RRP$149.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.ifly.com.au.
↑ WHAT: Enjoy a Sky-High Experience Flying a Boeing 737 this Festive Season. DESCRIPTION: This Christmas select the ultimate gift for that special someone give them the unreal opportunity to become a pilot of a flight with Flight Experience Perth – the world’s top flight experience simulator. Under the guidance of a qualified instructor, pilots will feel the ultimate adrenalin rush thanks to the high definition wrap-around visuals of the Boeing 737-800 series cockpit. It’s as close to the real thing as you can get. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Great Indoor Adventurist. COST: 30-minute flights from $156 (with 20% discount). NOTE: Book now for Christmas and receive 20% off all packages! AVAILABLE FROM: www.perth.flightexperience.com.au or call (08) 9228 8737 to book.
↑ WHAT: Logitech K600 TV Keyboard. DESCRIPTION: Give someone deserved the gift of painless Netflix searching with the K600 TV Keyboard. Enter passwords, browse the internet, or play, pause, rewind and fast-forward their favourite shows. Binge-watching has never been better with a streamlined keyboard that can do it all. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The couch potato / binge junkie. COST: RRP $99.95. AVAILABLE FROM:
↑ WHAT: Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Mouse. DESCRIPTION: Whether your loved one is a (self-confessed) online shopping queen or a workaholic who is always on the go, the ergonomic design of this mouse will prevent your loved one’s hand from cramping after spending hours on their computer. The best part, it tracks on any surface including bedsheets. Netflix and Excel in bed, anyone? WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The busy bee who’s always on the go. COST: RRP $99.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.logitech.com/en-au.
↑ WHAT: Wacom Cintiq Pro Pen & Tablet. DESCRIPTION: Since introducing the world to the digital pen 35 years ago, Wacom technology has come a long way with the latest Cintiq Pro pen and tablet being testament to this. The ‘Pro’ connects to both PC and Mac and packs a 13” full HD display and powerful pen into slim, compact and portable formats, offering creative types software on the go for digital drawing, painting and photo editing. It’s like having your own graphic design studio in your suitcase! WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Graphic Artist, The Fashion Designer, The Illustrator… anyone in the arts, really. COST: RRP $1,199.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.wacom.com.
↑ WHAT: NutriBullet Balance. DESCRIPTION: The new NutriBullet Balance and its free app take the guesswork out of juicing and blending by weighing your ingredients in real time, then breaking down the nutritional information and calorie intake. NutriBullet Balance has a built-in Smart Nutrition SensorTM that connects to the app via Bluetooth through any smart device (Android or iOS) to visually count calories, protein, carbohydrates, fat, and sugar intake based on the chosen ingredients. It’s like having your very own virtual nutritionist! Plus, the new machine also looks super-slick in matte black, while it instantly connects to the user-friendly app within seconds. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The health-conscious, juice-loving buddy or member of the family. COST: RRP $279.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality electronic outlets and at www.originalnutribullet.com.au.
↑ WHAT: Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee Machine. DESCRIPTION: Why have them put up with dull instant coffee when they can have café-style espressos courtesy of the Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee Machine. This streamlined beauty looks perfectly subtle on any kitchen benchtop, and fires up in seconds to deliver a delicious, genuine brew. With a range of 24 choices in the Nespresso Vertuo coffee range and a diverse variety of cup sizes, they’ll never need to venture to a coffee shop again. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The coffee lover, of course. COST: RRP $299. AVAILABLE FROM: Nespresso stores Australia-wide and at www.nespresso.com. NOTE: Nespresso’s new Variations coffee range includes three flavours inspired by the true Parisian café experience – Exotic Macaron, Madeleine and Paris Black. RRP$10 for a sleeve of 10 capsules.
↑ WHAT: Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur. DESCRIPTION: Mr. Black is a coffee liqueur made for coffee purists. With an overwhelming fresh coffee taste, this potent tipple is best enjoyed on ice or in cocktails. It is especially good in an Espresso Martini. Simply pour one shot of your favourite vodka into a cocktail shaker; then pour in a shot of Mr. Black; fill a martini glass with ice to chill; fill the cocktail shaker with ice as well. Put the other half of the shaker on top and give it a good shaking. Pour generously over the ice – et voila – it’s wake-up time! WHO TO BUY IT FOR: Yourself so as to serve something really special at that Christmas cocktails get-together. COST: RRP $51.99 700ml. AVAILABLE FROM: Dan Murphy’s nationally and independent retailers. See more information at www.mrblack.co.
↑ WHAT: French Louis Chair. DESCRIPTION: Simple yet elegant, this French-style Louis chair features gracefully curved legs, a solid oak frame with charcoal linen upholstery. Beautifully crafted, it would look great in any bedroom or living room. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The decadent friend. COST: $623.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.lavenderhillinteriors.com.au.
↑ WHAT: Medik8 Products. DESCRIPTION: Having tried a batch of beauty products here in the Cream office, we can honestly say the Medik8 range is one of the most beautiful, most impressive, and most effective. Begin with the Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil, an ultra-gentle cleanser that gently dissolves impurities and even waterproof makeup to reveal radiant skin (great for even the most sensitive skin types). Then try the ultra-hydrating formula of Liquid Peptides that work well to target visible signs of skin ageing. Combined with moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid, the peptides leave skin nourished, rejuvenated and ultimately more youthful-looking. End the day using the Retinol 3TR+ Intense, a lightweight Vitamin A night serum that refines skin tone to visibly diminish lines and wrinkles while you sleep. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The BFF who treats their beauty regime like it’s a strict science. COST: Medik8 Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil, RRP $52.00 / Medik8 Liquid Peptides, RRP $98.00 / Medik8 Retinol 3TR+ Intense, RRP $82.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.medik8.com.au or phone 1800 242 011 for stockists.