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The Cream Christmas Gift Guide 2019

Overwhelmed by all those junk catalogues in your mailbox? And you still haven’t begun your Christmas shopping? Panic not! Cream has done the culling for you to present our annual gift guide – packed with fabulous ideas. From classic stocking stuffers to cutting edge technology, there’s something to suit every budget. Pour yourself an egg nog, put your feet up, and start perusing…
Compiled by Antonino Tati & Lisa Andrews

↑ WHAT: Beats by Dre Solo3 Wireless Headphones. DESCRIPTION: Feel freed up with these wireless headphones that deliver premium playback and fine-tuned acoustics. Boasting excellent noise isolation with a flexible headband and 360-degree pivoting ear cups, these ‘phones also have an inbuilt microphone so that you can make calls and even activate Siri. Bluetooth provides for extended range and cross-body performance, meaning fewer dropouts. Dig? Powered by the Applie W1 chip. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Music Lover, of course. RRP: $299.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.beatsbydre.com/au.

↑ WHAT: Swearing Mini Punch Ball. DESCRIPTION: Release your frustrations with this cheeky mini punching ball, perfect to prop up on the office desk. Each time you bop it, it’ll curse away, which you’ve gotta agree is better than punching someone in the face. Mounted on a sturdy spring so you can punch, flick, slap and it’ll just pop right back up. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Angry Office Colleague. RRP: $12.99. AVAILABLE FROM: www.yellowoctopus.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Lexon LM107 Spring Watch. DESCRIPTION: French designer brand Lexon is introduces a new timepiece which states its “for women” but which pretty much looks unisex. It comes with a case cover and wristband made of rubber. And you can choose from eight great colours, depending on his or her regular mood. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Classy Mate With A Soft Spot For Quirkiness. RRP: $79.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thedesigngiftshop.com.

↑ WHAT: Gentleman’s Manicure Grooming Kit. DESCRIPTION: The modern man isn’t afraid of a little manicure… and then some. This convenient tin case contains two sets of stainless steel nail clippers, nail file, and even mini scissors. And when all these go blunt after plenty of usage, he can recycle the tin as a nifty business card carrier! WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Hipster. RRP: $23.99. AVAILABLE FROM: www.yellowoctopus.com.au.

↑ WHAT: BeatsX Wireless Earphone. DESCRIPTION: Feel even more freed up with these wireless earphones made for all-day, every-day wear. Featuring excellent noise isolation and comfortablity with a variety of eartip options. Bluetooth provides for extended range and cross-body performance, and has a nifty feature called RemoteTalk which allows you to take calls, play music and activate Siri all without reaching for your device. Powered by the Applie W1 chip. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Music Lover Who Wants To Be Even More Freed Up Than The One Who Digs Beats3 (See review above). RRP: $139.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.beatsbydre.com/au.

↑ WHAT: Tickle & Roll Elmo. DESCRIPTION: Better than its predecessor, Tickle Me Elmo, Tickle & Roll Elmo laughs so hard that he rolls on the floor. Tickle the doll’s tummy to hear him giggle and wiggle and also press his tummy to hear such phrases as, “Oh boy, Elmo loved that!”. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Kid Who Loves Interactive Toys. RRP: $39.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Big W, Mr Toys, Toymate and Toyworld.

↑ WHAT: Bobbi Brown Major Crush Liquid Lip Set. DESCRIPTION: A set of four full-sized Crushed Liquid Lip Colours in new and bestselling shades for a variety of crush-worthy looks. The emollient-rich formula combines the glossy, vibrant colour you expect from a liquid lipstick with the nourishing comfort and moisture of a balm. Set includes new ‘Ginger Snap’ and ‘Current Affair’ and bestselling ‘Smoothie Move’ and ‘Mango Mood’. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: Read Our Lips: The BFF Who Loves Luscious Lips. RRP: $92.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics counters and online at www.bobbibrown.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Clover Fields ‘Shampoo With A Purpose’ Bar. DESCRIPTION: This product poses a sensible acronym – considering it makes for a great SWAP to the usual haircare regime. Each Shampoo With A Purpose bar contains natural extracts such as seaweed and collagen for volume (ie: the bar in the pink packaging) or Argan oil and coconut for all hair types (the original bar in light green packaging). The bar not only takes up far less space on the shower caddy, it froths up with just a few strokes through the hair and delivers similar – if not better – results as ordinary shampoo in a bottle. Free from palm oils, sulphate and plastic. Other varieties also available. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: Makes a great addition to any beauty hamper for the Well-Groomed Guy or Girl. RRP: $14.95 per bar. AVAILABLE FROM: Online outlets such as The Well Store and Wholesome Hub, and also at www.shampoowithapurpose.com.

↑ WHAT: Fighting Against Dementia with Recipes to Remember Celebrity Cookbook. DESCRIPTION: This Christmas, give a feel-good gift that will help fight against dementia. Recipes to Remember is Perth’s newest recipe book for charity, bringing together much-loved recipes from celebrities who have all generously shared their amazing entrées, favourite roast dishes or dreamy desserts, as well as their personal experiences with dementia. 22 celebs have taken part, including one of Australia’s most loved celebrity chefs Anna Gare, actor and singer Tim Campbell, singer/songwriter Phil Walleystack, Perth Glory soccer player Dino Djulbic, reporter Mark Gibson, TV presenter and radio announcer Carmen Braidwood, 6PR breakfast announcer Steve Mills, and Mindhacking Master Matt Hale. All sales of the recipe book go towards keeping the dementia bus rolling and expanding services to all those in need, supporting the 33,300+ Western Australians currently living with dementia. So give a thoughtful gift this Christmas and buy Recipes to Remember for your loved one to cook up delicious meals for a cause these holidays. RRP: $19.99 for the digital edition, $34.99 for the hard copy edition. AVAILABLE FROM: Recipes to Remember. NOTE: You can also call Community Vision on 1800 YOUR LIFE (1800 968 754) to purchase a book over the phone.

↑ WHAT: Karoto Vegetable Sharpener, Peeler & Curler. DESCRIPTION: Make dinner preparation a little more interesting with this crafty gadget. The Karoto works like a giant pencil sharpener, so you can sharpen (or skin) vegetables such as carrots, potatoes and zucchini. Or create curly cuts to garnish your meals with. It’s dishwasher-safe and measures 7.7 x 5.5 x 4 cms. Veggie peeling has never been funner. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Mum Who Needs A Laugh In The Kitchen. RRP: $24.99. AVAILABLE FROM: www.yellowoctopus.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Lapoche Shoe Bag. DESCRIPTION: This trusty carry bag keeps shoes in mint condition and separate from your other belongings when travelling. The shoe bag fits up to two pairs of shoes and features a mesh front panel for easy identification of its contents. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Gal Who Loves To Travel In Style. RRP: $22.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.lapoche.com.

↑ WHAT: Cailo Chocolates. DESCRIPTION: Crafted by Perth’s premier bean-to-bar chocolate company, these chockies are an ideal stocking stuffer. Made of quality cocoa beans imported from Panama and the Solomon Island, they’re available in a variety of exotic flavours including Lemon Myrtle from W.A. and Ooray (native to the rainforests of Australia’s east coast), Dark Milk (Silver Winner at the Australian Food Awards 2019), and Mountain Pepper (a delicious red berry with a purple tinge). Decadence that’s both yummy and healthy. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: Mum, Dad, Grandpa or Gran. RRP: $5.00 each. AVAILABLE FROM: Black Pig Deli & Co, 4 / 890 Beaufort Street, Inglewood. Enquiries: 0477 778 300 or visit www.blackpigdeli.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Noelle Stress Relief Duo Hand Care Kit. DESCRIPTION: Wash away stress and relax your tired hands with the healing powers of Noelle relief creams. Enriched with native plant extracts harvested from the Australian woodlands and rainforests including tea tree (a natural skin healer) and eucalyptus, each kit is packed with potent phytonutrients to help detoxify the body and mind. The ingredients are 100% Australian, 100% vegan, and free from parabens, phenoxyethanols and dimethicones. Because those big words are yukky! WHO TO BUY IT FOR: Big Sis. RRP: $24.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.noelleaustralia.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Gaensehaut Cosmetic and Vanity Bag. DESCRIPTION: The brand’s name means ‘goosebumps’ in German, with products inspired by and upcycled from cool, classic swimwear – like this rubber swim cap turned cosmetics bag. It doubles up as a quirky wash bag / vanity bag / cosmetic bag, equipped with a handy detachable key chain. Available in various colours, it’s perfect for the pool or beach. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Friend With Eco Consciousness & Humour Both In Mind. RRP: $48.90. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thedesigngiftshop.com.

↑ WHAT: Glenlivet 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. DESCRIPTION: One of the most famous malts in the world, Glenlivet delivers a soft smooth balance of sweet summer fruits and floral notes of spring flowers. The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky boasts a vibrant gold colour with a fruity, summery nose, and even hints of pineapple notes. The finish is long, creamy and smooth. Quite simply, t’s one of the nicest scotches we’ve tried… and we’ve tried plenty! WHO TO IT BUY FOR: The Seasoned Dad or Big Brother. RRP: $69.99. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality liquor outlets; more information available at www.theglenlivet.com.

↑ WHAT: Xd Design Tower Pepper Mill. DESCRIPTION: The stunningly elegant green XD Design Tower Pepper Mill is a tall (42 cm) restaurant-style pepper mill made of glass green lacquered wood with ceramic grinders. Easy to handle because of its slim body and comes packed in an elegant gift box. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Master Chef. RRP: $64.90. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thedesigngiftshop.com.

↑ WHAT: The Globber One NL 205 Scooter. DESCRIPTION: For such a compact mode of transport this scooter sure packs a powerful punch. The 205’s main frame is sleek and its aluminium T-bar super-wide. Both the frame and handlebars are foldable so as you can put it away neatly when not in use. Weighing in at just 5.76 kg, so as to give you extra confidence on the tarmac, it features an extruded aluminium rear brake allowing for easy stopping. Available in black-charcoal grey, lime green-dark grey, and white-black. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Buddy Who Deserves An Extra Set Of Wheels. RRP: $240.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.globber.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Brilliant Coffee Table Books. DESCRIPTION: Just a trio of the books we’ve been reading and relishing over the past week. For cinefiles, a hardbound tome on cult filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, revealing the director’s influences – and indeed his influence – on pop culture, beautifully boxed in thick gsm board. For music lovers, Bowie’s Books: The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life, a collection that outlines the literature which shaped David Bowie’s music and life, from A Clockwork Orange to The Great Gastsby and Madame Bovary and many a mad text in between. And for lovers of good food, Venetian Republic by Nino Zoccali: recipes from Venice and the Adriatic so as you can cook and serve like a true Euro master in the kitchen. Something for everyone, then. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Bookworm. RRP: Quentin Tarantino by Ian Nathan $49.99 through Murdoch Books; Bowie’s Books by John O’Connell $34.99 through Bloomsbury; Venetian Republic by Nino Zoccali $49.99 through Murdoch Books. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality bookstores, physical and online.

↑ WHAT: Vans Comfy Cush Shoes. DESCRIPTION: Vans has transformed one of its most iconic and classic silhouettes, the Era, with consumer-driven comfort technology to create the Comfy Cush shoe. We’ve been wearing ours for months and let us tell you, it feels like you’re floating on air. The iconic Era styles have been re-engineered to boast a softer sole for comfort that won’t quit. They’ll be wearing these way beyond the skate rink or sporting field. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Street-Smart Kid. RRP: $59.99. AVAILABLE FROM: Select footwear outlets and www.vans.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Zytho Brewing IPA & Zesty Pale Ale. DESCRIPTION: In 2018, 52 new breweries and boutique brew pubs opened across Australia, ensuring that the craft beer phenomenon is only on the rise. That’s one brewery for every 41,500 people aged over 18! Plenty of quality new brews have hit the market, too, like Zytho Brewing, whose IPA (5.4% alc vol) and Zesty Pale Ale (4.6%) are heaped with hops, giving them a firm malt backbone while lending them a piney tropical note and balanced bitter aftertaste. Refreshing; reinvigorating even. But don’t take our word for it – try one of these beautifully packaged things yourself! WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Beer Lover Who Thinks He’s Already Tried The Best. RRP: $5.00 each. AVAILABLE FROM: BWS so visit www.bws.com.au for bottle shop locations or to order online.

↑ WHAT: La Mer Limited Edition Twelve Days Of Glowing Renewal. DESCRIPTION: A 12-piece countdown calendar that provides its lucky recipient with a new La Mer luxury every day. From uplifting luminosity to soothing moisture, discover a collection of mini-treatments – all infused with La Mer’s cell-renewing Miracle Broth – for an entire season of radiance. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: Go on, Spoil Yourself! RRP: $560. AVAILABLE FROM: www.cremedelamer.com.au.

↑ WHAT: B. Blumarine Eau de Parfum. DESCRIPTION: A new fragrance from the legendary Italian fashion brand, B. Blumarine embodies feminity and beauty. It’s a complex fragrance built around the cabbage rose (being the flower-icon of Blumarine and a favourite of lead designer Anna Molinari). The rose note is flanked by floral accents of jasmine and passion-flower as well as fruity notes of pinkgrapefruit, pear and cassis. The perfume is rounded out with subtle notes of musk, sandalwood and cedar. A divine scent, simply put. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Feminine Fashionista. RRP: $79.00 for the Eau de Parfum 100 ml Natural Spray. AVAILABLE FROM: Priceline exclusively.

↑ WHAT: Gingko Gravity Cube Click Alarm Clock. DESCRIPTION: The Gingko Cube Clock has LED numerals that magically shining through its rubber fabric. The LED display is sound-activated, for example at the snap of your fingers or clap of your hands, it displays the time, date and temperature alternately. When you need to check the time in the dark, simply click of your fingers. Also features touch-sensitive snooze and gravity-controlled alarm. Just knock it over to its side and that alarm will stop. And that’s the kind of clock we like on lazy Sunday mornings. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Early Riser. RRP: $79.90. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thedesigngiftshop.com.

↑ WHAT: Eau de Juice 100% Chilled 50ml. DESCRIPTION: It’s the fab packaging that hooks you in first. Eau de Juice is shaped like, yes, a juice box complete with squished sides and a pseudo straw. There are four fragrances to choose from, each playfully titled to match a mood: Pure Sugar, Extra Concentrated, 100% Chilled, and Love Unfiltered. We tried the delicious 100% Chilled which unleashes top notes of red berries and bergamot, mid notes of orange blossom and coconut water, all rounding down to a woody scent of musk and sandalwood. Eau de Juice is created by Luxe Brands – the beauty company behind Ariana Grande’s award-winning fragrance franchise. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: Your Sweet Scented Bestie. RRP: $69.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Priceline exclusively.

↑ WHAT: A Bag To Put All My Sh*t In. DESCRIPTION: Give them something handy like a bag to put all of their shit in. Quite literally. It’s a bag… nothing really special about that. Except that these days, when there are stories of poor seals or jellyfish being choked by non-biodegradable plastic bags, a reusable bag becomes very special. Life-saving, even. But why not have a sense of humour about it? Made from durable cotton and machine washable. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: They’re great for putting each individual pressie in, saving you on wrapping paper. RRP: $14.99. AVAILABLE FROM: www.yellowoctopus.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Ethnotek Raja Lite Ecopack. DESCRIPTION: Ethnotek offers culture you can carry with you. The brand has one simple mission: to help keep culture alive by creating high quality bags and backpacks made from ethically-sourced, handmade textiles. Each purchase sustains employment for the art of hand-printing, weaving and embroidery with artisan village partners in Ghana, Guatemala, India, Vietnam and Indonesia – eg: the backpack pictured is Indonesian-made. By creating new demand for traditional textiles, Ethnotek is helping ancient techniques to thrive. They also make great camera and laptop bags; a lovely cross between ethnology and technology! WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Ardent Cross-Cultural Traveller. RRP: $290.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.ethnotek.com.

↑ WHAT: BlueAnt Pump Air 2 Wireless Ear Buds. DESCRIPTION: Being an Aussie company, it’s nice to see BlueAnt making the world’s smallest and lightest earbuds, ones that deliver the best bang and bass for the buck! These wireless microbuds, dubbed the Pump Air 2 weigh in at just four grams, boast 15 hours of playback, offer seven different ear tip sizes, and come in a nifty case. They feature a noise-isolating design so as to ensure awesome audio in any environment. Which is probably why plenty of peeps are wearing them to the gym and on long treks. Bluetooth 5.0 technology, simple one-touch controls and phone calling with Siri/Google Assist enables the all-round hands-free experience. Available in Black, White, and Black/Rose Gold. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Mate Who Takes Their Music As Seriously As Their Workouts. RRP: $169.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.blueant.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Bobbi Brown Hydrate & Glow Skincare Essentials. DESCRIPTION: Banish dullness and dryness with this trio of nourishing, radiance-boosting favourites for skin, eyes and lips. Refresh the delicate eye area with Mini Hydrating Eye Cream and add all-over golden luminosity with a full-size Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm in Golden Glow. Then give lips a soft, sparkling sheen with a full-size Extra Lip Tint in Bare Nude Sparkle. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The BFF In Need Of A Beauty Boost. RRP: $98.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics counters and online at www.bobbibrown.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Heartwood Timber Designs Routed Jarrah Board & Cheese Knife. DESCRIPTION: Add that true artisan touch to the lunch or dinner table: a cheeseboard made of routed Jarrah wood with matching ‘holey’ cheese knife. These boards and knives are designed by Tammy Scott at Eaton (WA) company Heartwood Timber Designs and are renowned for their sturdiness, minimalist aesthetic, and certainly their longevity. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Fussy Gourmand. RRP: $29.50 for the board, $18.50 for the cheese knife. AVAILABLE FROM: Exclusively from Black Pig Deli & Co, 4 / 890 Beaufort Street, Inglewood. Enquiries: 0477 778 300 or visit www.blackpigdeli.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Poach Pear Terrines, Patés & Relishes. DESCRIPTION: Perth’s popular Poach Pear brand continues to expand, delivering a glorious array of products that include terrines, rillettes, patés, and a vivid variety of relishes, quinces and other condiments. Each of these beautifully packaged, deliciously tasting products make the perfect addition to any Christmas hamper. Products pictured (clockwise from top left) Chicken & Pistachio Terrine (our favourite); Pork & Sage Terrine; Chicken Paté; and Beetroot Relish (delicious with just about anything). WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Even Fussier Gourmand. RRP: Prices range from $12.00 to $13.50. AVAILABLE FROM: Black Pig Deli & Co, 4 / 890 Beaufort Street, Inglewood. Enquiries: 0477 778 300 or visit www.blackpigdeli.com.au. And for other stockists visit www.poachpear.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Buckle | 1922 Knitted Bow Tie. DESCRIPTION: For the dapper gent in your life, give him a bit of standout sophistication and extra elegance with a Buckle 1922 bow tie in Christmas cocktail-ready prints and shapes. The Knitted Bow tie features a metal T-hook mechanism which means the bow tie can be adjusted without sliding (so they do not loosen throughout the day or night). WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Dapper Dude. RRP: $39.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Myer, David Jones and quality independent men’s retailers nationwide or online from www.buckle1922.com.au.

↑ WHAT: South West Honey Four-Pack. DESCRIPTION: A taste of nature at its purest. Anyone with an adventurous palate will love tasting and comparing these raw honey varietals from the pristine forests of South West WA. This four-pack includes 1 x 65g jars of Coastal (floral and aromatic), Jarrah (full-bodied and toffee-like), Redgum (for general wellbeing) and – our favourite – Creamed (gently whipped and buttery). The pack comes with a mini honey dipper to do your dippin’ properly! WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Sweet Tooth. RRP: $29.95. AVAILABLE FROM: Black Pig Deli & Co, 4 / 890 Beaufort Street, Inglewood. Enquiries: 0477 778 300 or visit www.blackpigdeli.com.au or www.southwesthoney.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Taralinga Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil. DESCRIPTION: Grown and processed on the pristine Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Taralinga Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil is not only delicious, it offers valuable health benefits. The olives are all hand-picked, and pressed within hours, locking in powerful antioxidants and creating a uniquely rich and traditional colour and flavour. This stunning local Olive Oil has also been awarded a swathe of prestigious awards including Best In Show at the 2019 Australian Golden Olive Awards for the second year in a row, Gold and Silver at the 2019 Australian Food Awards and a Gold for its Picual and Silver for its Blend at the New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC), the world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil contest. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: It makes a great addition to any Christmas food hamper. RRP: Prices start at $28.00 for 500ml. AVAILABLE FROM: Taralinga Estate can be purchased at selected retailers or online at www.taralinga.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Chivas Regal XV Gold. DESCRIPTION: Chivas is synonymous with premium whisky and the Chivas XV is a marvellous 15 y/o blend that makes for a perfect celebratory sip. The Scotch whisky is selectively finished in a Cognac cask, resulting in a fruity and velvety interpretation of the Chivas house style. For an added festive touch, the golden hued limited edition bottle would look great on any Christmas table setting, while the beverage itself makes for perfect accompaniment to any festive meal. Try it with a course of turkey and cranberry sauce, we insist! WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Discerning Gentleman. RRP: $90.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality liquor outlets; more information including cocktail recipes available at www.chivas.com.

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↑ WHAT: Clean & Pure Skin Nutrition. DESCRIPTION: Part of Clean & Pure’s Manuka Skincare range, Skin Nutrition is the natural rejuvenation skin needs to look and feel its best. This natural balm is infused with Manuka beeswax to assist with firming skin, smoothing out fine lines and rehydrating dry and irritated skin, resulting in a lighter, radiant, more youthful appearance. All natural and Australian-made! WHO TO BUY IT FOR: It makes for a fabulous last-minute stocking stuffer. RRP: $24.95. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality online beauty outlets or visit www.cpskin.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Buckle | 1922 ‘Daytona’ Ox Blood Plaited Belt. DESCRIPTION: For the man who’s go-to is true-blue classic denim and a simple tee, Buckle’s belt collection, available in a variety of rugged leathers, gives polish to practicality. All of Buckle’s belts are handcrafted in their very own Australian atelier. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: Mr Individual. RRP: $54.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Myer, David Jones and quality independent men’s retailers nationwide or online from www.buckle1922.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Jo Malone Pine & Eucalyptus Home Candle. DESCRIPTION: Welcoming guests over the festive season? The House of Jo Malone London includes plenty of delicious things to welcome and inspire, from gentle mists to refreshing body and hand washes. And of course stunning candles. This Pine & Eucalyptus Candle perfectly evokes the spirit of Christmas morning. Add a matching diffuser at the top of your staircase to ensure continuous scent throughout your home. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: It makes for an impressive house gift when visiting friends this Chrissy. RRP: $92.00. AVAILABLE FROM: The Jo Malone Christmas Collection is available from Myer, David Jones and Mecca Maxima as well as the Jo Malone London Woollahra Boutique, and online at http://www.jomalone.com.au. For stockist information, visit www.jomalone.com.au or phone 1800 661 062.

↑ WHAT: Medik8 Virtually Poreless Discovery Kit. DESCRIPTION: Medik8 products are good. Seriously good. When products have been reviewed by this publication, postive results have been visible within a week. There’s something very clinical about this brand, and the beauty is not just in its packaging. The Virtually Poreless Discovery Kit contains three essential products: a Pore Cleanse Gel Intense™ (just a small dot of gel foams up generously), a Pore Minimising Tonic™ which helps tighten the face and leave it feeling fresh, and a Refining Moisturiser™ to improve skin texture and tone for a smooth, healthy complexion. Try it and you’ll be hooked like we are. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: Haven’t you got the gist? After all that shopping, go on, buy it for You! RRP: $65.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.adorebeauty.com.au.

↑ WHAT: ESK Evidence Skin Care Ultimate A & A+. DESCRIPTION: Developed by husband and wife team Daniel Rubinstein and Dr Ginni Mansberg, Ultimate A & A+ are pinnacle examples of the quality cosmeceuticals in the ESK range. Ideal for all skin types, these products deliver a quadruple effect: helping reduce wrinkles, fine lines and hyperpigmentation while simultaneously improving skin barrier function. Specifically numbered and marked AM or PM – in this case, PM – each product is easy to incorporate into any beauty regime; simply apply 2 to 3 pumps following your preferred serum at night before bed. Ultimate A includes 0.7% glycolic acid to help stimulate collagen while Ultimate A+ contains 2% glycolic acid. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The True Beauty Queen. RRP: $105.00 for Ultimate A or $115.00 for Ultimate A+. AVAILABLE FROM: www.eskcare.com or phone 1300 884 875.

↑ WHAT: Tom Ford Soleil Neige. DESCRIPTION: A delicious fragrance that opens with scents of bergamot and carrot seed (original in a perfume, to say the least) with a floral heart of rose, orange flower, jasmine and karmaflor, then drying down to honey undertones, familiar vanilla and trusty musk. WHO TO BUY IT FOR: The Man Who Appreciates The Bold and The Beautiful. RRP: $340.00 for 50ml. AVAILABLE FROM: Myer and select fragrance outlets. Visit www.myer.com.au.

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