Christmas is just around the corner and you’ve probably been super-busy, out buying gifts for friends and family. But did you stop to think about what you might like for Chrissy? Well, Cream is here to look after numero uno. And. That. Means. You.
We’re giving away five super-duper bumper hampers to lucky, dedicated readers.
Each hamper contains packets of lollies from The Natural Confectionary Company; soothing teas courtesy of Fusspot and Clean Tea; essential oils by Mumma Nature; a bottle of gourmet olive oil from Taralinga; double passes to see A Christmas Gift from Bob, and tix to see Eric Bana in The Dry, and Naomi Watts in Penguin Bloom; an Agatha Raisin DVD box-set; plus the biggest stack of excellent books you ever did see.
The book selection is brilliantly diverse and includes Humans by Brandon Stanton; poetry collections by Lana Del Ray, Halsey and Rupi Kaur; the new hardback by Jerry Seinfeld; and cookbooks courtesy of Luke Hines, Emmylou MacCarthy and Duncan Welgemoed.
In case it hasn’t hit you yet, that’s your entire summer entertainment taken care of!
There are also five consolation prize packs for the next set of lucky readers, each containing a double pass to A Christmas Gift from Bob, and a copy of Ben Lawson’s gorgeous book To My Country.
The competition closes and winners drawn at 5pm AWST, Monday 21 December, 2020.
For more information about the awesome items up for grabs, see the descriptions below.
And a very Merry Christmas to you and yours!
↑ WHAT: ‘Merry Christmas’ Clean Tea. Celebrate the festive season with a comforting cup of hot or iced tea courtesy of Clean Tea – makers of 100% organic herbal teas and gift boxes. With over 50 varieties, each product is hand-blended, sustainability sourced, organic, gluten-free, vegan, and free from chemicals and artificial flavours. The ‘Merry Christmas Tea’ box includes 3 x 30g teas and a festive infuser shaped like a Chrissy tree and makes a wonderful stocking filler. As an example of the quality ingredients within, the ‘Merry Christmas Tea’ itself includes Siberian Ginseng, Withania, Korean Ginseng, Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, Celery Seed and Hibiscus. Healthy and noms. AVAILABLE: Online at cleantea.com.au. VALUE: $34.90.
↑ WHAT: In-season double passes to see A Christmas Gift from Bob. Based on the international best-selling books, this heart-warming tale is the sequel to the hit film A Street Cat Named Bob; based on the true story of homeless busker, James Bowen, and his handsome ginger tom Bob, a stray cat he nursed back to health… who pays him back big-time in the karma stakes. James is a struggling street musician who finds himself the target of an animal welfare investigation which threatens to take away his beloved cat at Christmas time. And a ton of people pitch in to help to stop this. SHOWING FROM: A Christmas Gift from Bob is in cinemas now. See the trailer here. VALUE: $42.00.
↑ WHAT: Together by Christmas, a novel by Karen Swan. This seasonal story is about a woman named who moves to Amsterdam with her newborn baby and a well-hidden secret. Five years later, her career as a celebrity photographer is flourishing, her son Jasper is growing up, and they are enjoying the run-up to Christmas with a tight circle of close friends. But all this changes one morning when Lee finds a book in the basket of her bicycle – and scrawled inside it, a desperate message. Who left it for her, and why? Suddenly everything she holds dear hangs in the balance. AVAILABLE: From quality bookstores, physical and online. Published by Pan Macmillan Australia. VALUE: $16.00.
↑ WHAT: Humans by Brandon Stanton. Humans is a book that connects readers as global citizens right at a time when erecting more borders is the order of the day. It shows us the world’s astonishing diversity, one story at a time, through stunning pictures and simple words. Ignoring borders himself, Stanton’s travels have taken him from London, Paris and Rome to Iraq, Dubai and the Ukraine; from Pakistan, Jordan and Uganda to Vietnam, Israel and back to the USA, always chronicling the lives of unique individuals as matter-of-factly as he does fascinatingly. AVAILABLE: From quality bookstores, physical and online. Published by Pan Macmillan Australia. VALUE: $44.99.
↑ WHAT: Home Body by Rupi Kaur. From the bestselling author of Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers comes her greatly anticipated third collection of poetry. Rupi Kaur embraces growth, and in this particular book she walks readers through a reflective and intimate journey that visits the past, the present, and the potential of the self. Home Body is a collection of raw, honest conversations with oneself – reminding readers to fill up on love, acceptance, community, family, and to embrace change. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality bookstores, physical and online. Published by Simon and Schuster Australia. VALUE: $18.00.
↑ WHAT: Mumma Nature Aromatherapy Blends. Essential oils are a powerful natural medicine that, when inhaled, stimulate the limbic system: the part of the brain that holds emotion, memory and stress. Created by women, for women, Mumma Nature essential oils also help support the ever-changing landscape of womanhood: from hormone imbalance, post-partum, menopause and beyond. The concise range of oil blends have been specifically chosen for their emotional benefits and physical responses, each oil complementing the next, be it to reduce stress, get better sleep, more energy, or better balance. And the best part is, all Mumma Nature blended essential oils are synthetic-free and come from sustainable and responsible sourcing. Stop. Breathe. Centre. AVAILABLE: Online at mummanature.com.au. VALUE: $26.00. Winners receive one oil blend per hamper.
↑ WHAT: Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass by Lana Del Rey.Reading Lana Del Rey’s debut book of poetry, you can’t help imagining soft beats lulling your mind as the esoteric words bounce off the pages. Indeed, the style of poetry is very Del Rey: soft, dreamy and inviting to begin with, then suddenly jarring with a jolt back to reality. Referencing everything from architecture to literature, fashion to fame, it’s apparent Del Ray is one well-travelled, well-heeled, won’t-be-fooled-with woman. Heck, we even spotted a reference to Australian fashion label Zimmerman in there. The book is brought to life with beautiful photographs that possess a kind of Lomo meets Frankie lo-fi vibe. AVAILABLE: From quality bookstores, physical and online. Published by Simon and Schuster Australia. VALUE: $39.99.
↑ WHAT: In-season double passes to see The Dry. An excellent crime flick that sees its central character Federal Agent Aaron Falk return to his hometown after 20 years to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke. It turns out Luke allegedly killed his wife and child before taking his own life – a victim of madness that has ravaged the local community after more than a decade of drought. Falk is called upon to investigate the crime, meaning opening up old wounds, including one he’s had to bear for much of his own life. SHOWING FROM: The Dry is in cinemas from New Year’s Day. See the trailer here. VALUE: $42.00.
↑ WHAT: BBQ This! by Luke Hines. Barbecue This! is a fun, modern cookbook for anyone who wants inspiration and ideas for simple meals to whip up on their barbie. Luke Hines shares his absolute favourite barbecue recipes, featuring more than 80 quick vibrant and flavour-packed meals for weeknights, entertaining or at any other time, especially when it comes to summer nomming. AVAILABLE: From quality bookstores, physical and online. Published by Pan Macmillan Australia. VALUE: $24.00.
↑ WHAT: Confidence in the Kitchen by Emmylou MacCarthy. The debut release from one of Australia’s most engaging influencers, Emmylou brings a down-to-earth and fun ethos to the kitchen, and to the pages of this stunning cookbook come entertaining guide. AVAILABLE: From quality bookstores, physical and online. Published by Plum through Pan Macmillan Australia. VALUE: $39.99.
↑ WHAT: Taralinga Estate First Press Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Taralinga Estate olives are grown and harvested on the pristine Mornington Peninsula, producing a divine olive oil, now awarded two Golds at the prestigious 2020 New York International Olive Oil Competition. And that’s worth writing home about. The olives are hand-picked and pressed within hours, locking in powerful antioxidants and creating uniquely rich and traditional colours and flavours. Enjoy the fruits of his labour and the internationally acclaimed winning taste of a local Victorian producer. The gorgeous bottle makes a great addition to any Christmas food hamper and will add some liquid gold to their cooking. VALUE: $23.00 per 500ml bottle. AVAILABLE: Taralinga Estate can be purchased at selected retailers or online at taralinga.com.au.
↑ WHAT: The Naked Farmer by Ben Brooksby. A collection of stories and photographs of Aussie farmers, by the brains behind the life-changing mental health initiative The Naked Farmer. Proceeds from the sales of this book go to the Royal Flying Doctor Service Mental Health Unit and The Naked Farmer Trust. Enjoyable reading; great cause. AVAILABLE: From quality bookstores, physical and online. Published by Pan Macmillan Australia. VALUE: $32.99.
↑ WHAT: I Would Leave Me If I Could, a collection of poetryby Halsey.It really must be the year of brilliant female music talent turning their hand to fine poetry. American singer songwriter Halsey turns her hand to the art of the poem and has done a dandy good job of it. The writing within this beautifully bound book is bold for the most part (who dares to use ‘spastically’ within the first few lines of a poem?), honest, pertinent, and always simply lovely. It’s interesting to note in the copyright section that Halsey’s real name is Ashley Frangipane, and with poetry in her blood, it makes you wonder why she’d ever want to change that beautiful birth name? AVAILABLE: From quality bookstores, physical and online. Published by Simon and Schuster Australia. VALUE: $35.00.
↑ WHAT: In-season double passes to see Penguin Bloom. This film tells the true story of Sam Bloom (Naomi Watts), a young mother whose world is turned upside down after a near-fatal accident leaves her unable to walk. Sam’s husband (Andrew Lincoln), her three young boys and her mother (Jacki Weaver) are struggling to adjust to their new situation when an unlikely ally enters their world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin. The bird’s arrival is a welcome distraction for the Bloom family, eventually making a profound difference in their lives. SHOWING FROM: Penguin Bloom is in cinemas from January 21. See the trailer here. VALUE: $42.00.
↑ WHAT: Fusspot Tea 35 gram pack plus sampler pouch. Fusspot Tea provides a new way of consuming tea – as a beauty product! The cleverly titled brand has developed a tea product that is tasty, organic and packed with natural ingredients that provide powerful antioxidants and benefits to stimulate better looking skin. Tea has always been a pretty healthy choice in beverage, but now with Fusspot Tea, you can match good taste, well-being and beauty. We’ll drink to that! Approximately 30 serves in each 35 gram pack. AVAILABLE: Online at fusspottea.com. VALUE: Each hamper winner will receive a 35 gram pack of Celebrity Skin tea plus a mini sampler pouch, valued at $34.95.
↑ WHAT: Memorial by Bryan Washington. The award-winning young US author is set to make a splash with Memorial, a highly anticipated novel about family and queer love. Benson and Mike are two guys who live together in Houston. Mike is a Japanese/American chef at a Mexican restaurant and Benson is a Black day care teacher. The pair have been together for a few years – good years – but now they’re not sure why they’re still a couple. There’s the sex, sure, and the quality meals together, and, well, they love each other, but… Well, you’ll have to read it to find out. AVAILABLE: From quality bookstores, physical and online. Published by Allen & Unwin. VALUE: $29.99.
↑ WHAT: Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld. The first book in 25 years from king of ‘nothing’ comedy, Is This Anything? features Seinfeld’s best work across five decades in comedy. Some works you’ll recognise as the seeds of famous skits, others you would never have heard or read before. The title comes from the question Jerry would always ask his friends when testing a joke. The content itself is wisely curated, organised decade by decade. In page after hilarious page, one brilliantly crafted observation after another, readers get to witness the evolution of one of the great comedians of our time. No matter what Kesha might think after that red carpet snub. AVAILABLE: From quality bookstores, physical and online. Published by Simon and Schuster Australia. VALUE: $49.99.
↑ WHAT: Agatha Raisin Boxset Series 1-3. High-flying, PR whiz Agatha Raisin (Ashley Jensen, Extras) leaves London to retire to the quiet, picturesque Cotswold village of Carsely. Entering a local competition, she somehow finds herself the prime suspect of a murder, and by launching her own investigation to clear her name, Agatha accidentally becomes an amateur sleuth. As she settles into the village and life she always dreamed of, trouble is never too far away, with Agatha always a step or two ahead of the local police, proving to be a dab hand at solving the village’s bizarre murder cases. AVAILABLE: From quality DVD outlets, physical and online. VALUE: $59.95.
↑ WHAT: The WW Essential Guide to Healthy Eating. Being stuck in lockdown for much of the year, and now heading into the big buffet that is Christmas lunches and dinners, many of us might have lost the habit of healthy eating. That’s where Weight Watchers’Essential Guide to Healthy Eating comes into play. For more than 55 years, WW has helped millions of people live more healthily and lose weight with the latest nutritional and behaviour-change science. The WW Essential Guide to Healthy Eating provides with more than 100 most popular recipes that have been tried and tested by real members. Also in the book are inspiring member success stories, the SmartPoints system explained, science-backed expert advice, and practical tips for organising your kitchen, meal planning and making smart swaps when eating out. AVAILABLE: From quality bookstores, physical and online. Published by Pan Macmillan Australia. VALUE: $36.99.
↑ WHAT: Lollies from The Natural Confectionery Co. Enjoy lollies that are, well, better for you! The Natural Confectionery Co. has created an online community with the launch of the ‘Storybook of Real’, a digital storybook that encourages parents to let go of expectations and just go with the real. Mums and Dads across Australia have been invited to share their #gowiththereal laugh-out-loud parenting moments, all of which are collated into an interactive Facebook messenger storyteller called ‘Nat’. Check out some of the more out-there stories here and realise you’re not alone in the crazy stakes. Oh, and enjoy some delicious lollies, while you’re at it. AVAILABLE: From supermarkets and quality lolly outlets. VALUE: Up to $10.00 of delicious lollies per hamper.
↑ WHAT: Africola by Duncan Welgemoed. You’ve seen him on Masterchef, and he’s a huge hero in Adelaide. Now celebrity chef Duncan Welgemoed presents his fearless, take-no-prisoners, bold and exciting approach to food in the form of a stunning cookbook. Welgemoed cooks African-inspired vegetables, grilled and smoked meats, flatbreads, pickles, ferments, vegan-inspired desserts alongside cheeky cocktails and natural wines. The food and experiences presented in Africola link directly back to his South African birthplace, Johannesburg, and if his multi-awarded, South Australian-based restaurant Africola was a type of music, it would be a full-on mash-up of Kwaito meets Euro pop meets black metal. Yep, eclectic. AVAILABLE: From quality bookstores, physical and online. Published by Murdoch Books. VALUE: $49.99.
↑ WHAT: Honeybee by Craig Silvey. A heart-breaking, life-affirming coming-of-age novel, set in contemporary Western Australia that brims with vivid characters and luminous words. Honeybee is about two lives forever changed by a chance encounter. At the heart of the story is Sam: a solitary, resilient individual battling to navigate the world as their true self; ensnared by a loyalty to a troubled mother, scarred by the volatility of a domineering step-father, and confounded by the kindness of new alliances. Author Craig Silvey presents one of the most highly anticipated books of 2020, with Honeybee set to continue the success of his international bestseller Jasper Jones (which sold over 600,000 copies globally alone). AVAILABLE: From quality bookstores, physical and online. Published by Allen & Unwin. VALUE: $32.99.
CONSOLATION PRIZE PACKS
Cream is also giving away five consolation packs for the next lucky readers plucked from the barrel. Each consolation prize pack contains a double pass to see the heart-warming film A Christmas Gift from Bob, and a copy of actor-come-writer Ben Lawson’s gorgeous new book To My Country. Ben’s book is a response to the bushfires that ravaged Australia earlier in 2020, and is an ode to the endurance of the Australian spirit and the shared love of our country. It’s packed with heartfelt words and stunning illustrations, with Ben and book publishers Allen & Unwin donating proceeds of To My Country to The Koala Hospital. Nice! VALUE: A Christmas Gift from Bob double pass, $42; To My Country by Ben Lawson, RRP $29.99.