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The Cream Christmas Gift Guide 2021

It’s been a tumultuous year, hopefully more ups than downs for you. And we bet you cannot wait to catch up with family and friends after all those on-again, off-again lockdowns.

For more though, while we still have you cosied up on your sofa (or resting in bed), allow us to present our Christmas Gift Guide 2021.

There are plenty of wonderful products for you to ponder – be it for your other half, your BFF, the kids, Mum, Dad, or even your trusty postie – rest assured, there’s something here for everyone.

Happy shopping!

Gift guide compiled by Antonino Tati, Michael Mastess & Lisa Andrews.

↑ WHAT: EPOS H3 Hybrid Gaming Headset. DESCRIPTION: This here is a serious set of cams. Up until recently, we’d been using Bose headphones in the office, but EPOS has quickly replaced those. First positive point, the EPOS H3 Hybrid Gaming Headset provides the options of wired connectivity with USB/console cables or wireless Bluetooth connectivity. An adjustable headband and angled ear cups provide ergonomic fit and comfort, even during long gaming sessions. And a lift-to-mute, detachable boom arm mic provides crisp, intelligible game chat. We’ve actually gone beyond using these cams for gaming; even adopting them for audio editing and Skype chats. Compatible with PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, mobile phones, tablets and PCs.

And did we mention its extensive battery life? On a single charge, the H3 Hybrid can deliver up to 37 hours of premium audio via Bluetooth; 24 hours when playing on a 3.5 mm console cable connection; or 19 hours with dual connectivity (3.5 mm cable and Bluetooth). Also, the headset charges when connected via USB, even as you play. RRP: $399.00. AVAILABLE FROM: JB Hi-Fi and through www.eposaudio.com.

↑ WHAT: ‘Gucci’ Secret Hidey Book. DESCRIPTION: This cunning looking object is actually an empty case bound with a sleeve to look just like a book but, really, it’s a hiding spot for your secret things! Material: Artboard 400 gsm. Size: 26.7 cm (height) x 17.5 cm (width) x 4.2 cm (thickness). RRP: $12.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thepopshop.shop. Use the promo code CHRISTMAS25 for 25% off your order from now until December 25, 2021.

↑ WHAT: Charlie Chaplin Fruit & Vegetable Peeler. DESCRIPTION: Make the boring chore of fruit and vegetable peeling fun with this clever peeler paying homage to silent film star, Charlie Chaplin. It peels potato skin with ease, as well as carrot, apple, tomato and other skins.

Safe to use, with excellent grip, and the blade is made of high-grade stainless steel with strong corrosion resistance. Material: PVC and stainless steel. Figure height: 6 inches Figure width: 14.3 cm x 9.8 cm. RRP: $18.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thepopshop.shop. Use the promo code CHRISTMAS25 for 25% off your order from now until December 25, 2021.

↑ WHAT: UL-Tech Black 720P Wireless IP Camera. DESCRIPTION: At a glance it looks like one of those old Bakelite telephones, only without the receiver. Or like a mini Dalek. In actual fact, it’s an IP camera, fully equipped to survey your home or office – and all wirelessly. This discreetly sized camera can connect to your wireless router and record straight to your computer’s hard drive. A built-in chip enables features such as recording triggered by motion detection, email alerts and remote access from popular web browsers. The camera boasts an HD 2.0 megapixel 1080 resolution, with smooth pan and tilt monitoring. Motion detection can be customised and with the XMEye app, you can view the pictures on your phone or laptop device. As a safety precaution, the camera also has data protection during power outages and up to 128G recording on a TF card for easy playback. RRP: $59.95. AVAILABLE FROM: Myer.

↑ WHAT: Revitive Medic Coach Circulation Booster. DESCRIPTION: This whiz-bang gizmo provides real relief when it comes to treating leg cramps, aches and pains. Several factors can lead to poor circulation, including being overweight or diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. Using OxyWave Technology, Revitive sends tingles to legs and feet as it pumps muscles to increase oxygen-fuelled blood flow. Indeed, it’s the best circulation booster we’ve tried – and very modern in its functionality. Easily connected to your smartphone, this app-controlled booster offers a suite of unique features, which are exclusive to Medic Coach, including Personalised Therapy Plans, and Hydration and Motion Sensors to coach you to optimal intensity levels – basically helping you get the most out of every physical therapy session.

Developed by experts, and even endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Revitive has been used and proven by millions of people worldwide. [I’m onto using it twice a week with consistent results and less pain week on week – Editor]. RRP: The Revitive Medic range starts from $449.00; the Revitive Medic Coach pictured above is RRP $549.00. AVAILABLE FROM: The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, Shaver Shop, Chemist Warehouse, JB Hi-Fi and via www.revitive.com/au.

↑ WHAT: DJ Headphones Pendant on Necklace. DESCRIPTION: If music is your life, wear it with pride. The pendant on this necklace is a mini set of headphones made of sturdy alloy. Together with snake-textured chain, they’ll add a bit of bling to his outfit. Also available in silver. Headphones pendant size: 3.2cm x 2.3cm. Snake chain length: 59.0cm. RRP: $18.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thepopshop.shop. Use the promo code CHRISTMAS25 for 25% off your order from now until December 25, 2021.

↑ WHAT: Stormie Mills Leather Card Holder. DESCRIPTION: Keep a little modern street art in your pocket at all times with this limited edition handcrafted leather card holder featuring an iconic character from the brushes of Perth-based artist Stormie Mills. RRP: $120.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.stormiemills.myshopify.com.

↑ WHAT: The Groomed Man Co. Men’s Grooming Products. DESCRIPTION: When it comes to men’s grooming, there is not a lot to write home about. Often the choices are so stark and severe, a dude is better off cleaning his face with sandpaper. But now there’s a new brand on the block that is truly dedicated to men’s grooming – appropriately named The Groomed Man Co. Seriously, our Editor has just switched to the brand and already results have been remarkable. Applying one small pump of the Facial Fuel Cleanser, for example, and massaging for 30 seconds, leaves the face feeling taut and invigorated. The liquid itself looks like tar (mainly for the activated charcoal ingredient within) but together with green tea extract and delicious marshmallow root extract, this product leaves the skin looking nicely even in tone and highly hydrated.

Other excellent products in The Groomed Man Co. range include a ‘Face Magnet’ exfoliant, packed with kaolin clay and the magical-sounding magnetite (which is a magnetic mineral containing oxide from iron ore – very butch); a ‘Smooth Operator’ face moisturiser (never greasy); and a ‘Man Mint’ body wash. We’ve also heard there’s a yummy-sounding Cool Cola hand and body wash which we’re aching to get our hands on. RRP: Prices vary but start at $46.00 for the Facial Fuel Cleanser. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thegroomedmanco.com.

↑ WHAT: Lonely Planet’s The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country In the World. DESCRIPTION: So we may be under travel restrictions, unable to venture much further than within the borders of our own states (in most cases) but that doesn’t mean we can’t fantasise about exotic places far and away. Lonely Planet brings the world to you with this stunning coffee table book that does indeed go on a journey through every country in the world. In this fourth edition of The Travel Book, each nation features an all-new profile that includes details of when best to visit, what to see and do, and how to learn more about the country’s culture through its movies, music, food and drink. The book features brand new photography illustrating each country, including portraits of each country’s people. A premium 416-page hardback package that’s sure to inspire wanderlust in even the most ardent traveller. RRP: $60.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality bookstores.

↑ WHAT: Retro-Style Tin Signs. DESCRIPTION: The Pop Shop offers a pretty cool selection of wall art including retro-style tin signs. Choose from Space Invaders as a cool throwback to the ’80s, or the Joker in his modern guise. Made from 0.5mm thick aluminium, the signs are suitable for indoor or outdoor hanging. Perfect for the man-cave, then. Material: 100% aluminium. Size: 30cm x 20cm each. RRP: $16.95 each. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thepopshop.shop. AFL Fans Only Tin Signs also available at $9.95 each. Use the promo code CHRISTMAS25 for 25% off your order from now until December 25, 2021.

↑ WHAT: Javelin Zero-X Drone. DESCRIPTION: The Javelin Zero-X is a great entry-level drone with inbuilt camera that boasts 720 high definition video capture; a battery of 550mAh allowing for 10 minutes of flight time at a time; 200-metre flight range; and frequency of 2.4Ghz with 360-degree flip.

Kit includes the drone, drone battery, battery charger, remote control, 4x spare rotor blades, and user manual. Remember, the higher you fly, the windier it gets and the harder the drone will be to control. Good that you’ll be giving it to them in summer, then. RRP: $199.00. AVAILABLE FROM: City Beach Australia or via www.zero-x.com.au.

↑ WHAT: 12 Nights of Wine Advent Calendar. DESCRIPTION: They say variety is the spice of life. If you’re like us, you like to vary the wines you pair with your meals and will see perfect sense in an advent calendar of 12 different drops. Following its success in 2020, this exciting explorer pack is back with a new selection of wines that are certain to take their palates on a different journey each evening. From a splendid Pinot Noir to a big, bold Shiraz, to a crisp Sauvignon Blanc – it’s got us thinking that ‘varietal’ is the true spice of life! A wondrous wine adventure awaits, and all for a fantastic price. RRP: $50.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Selected Dan Murphy’s and BWS stores.

↑ WHAT: Koéna Skincare Self-Care Set. DESCRIPTION: Scientific-based skincare brand, Koéna, have launched a self-care skincare set just in time for Christmas. Featuring its iconic moisturiser, cleanser, clay mask and a bonus face towel, the set is the perfect gift – even for the fussiest of shoppers. 

Koéna is suitable for sensitive skin including eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis prone skin. It’s pH-balanced with no added fragrance and is Australian developed, owned and made. RRP: $99.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.koena.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Classic Instagram Logo Throw Pillow. DESCRIPTION: If you spend a lot of time on social media apps, and in particular Insta, you may as well rest your head on this stylish pillow while doing so. Design is in the classic Instagram logo. Material: 65% Cotton, 35% Nylon. Size: 45 cm x 45 cm. RRP: $14.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thepopshop.shop. Use the promo code CHRISTMAS25 for 25% off your order from now until December 25, 2021.

↑ WHAT: Kurgo Core Cooling Vest. DESCRIPTION: Having a thick coat during the hotter months is never fun. It’s like wearing a thick jumper on a hot day. Dogs are more susceptible to heatstroke as they can’t sweat through their skins like humans can. They instead regulate their body temperature through panting and releasing the heat through their nose and paw pads.

The Kurgo Dog Core Cooling Vest absorbs heat from the dog’s body by using ‘Evaporative Cooling’ to keep your dog cool on hot days. It’s as easy as wetting the vest with cold water, wringing it out and putting it on your dog. No more panicking about your pooch on hot days, then! RRP: $102.19. AVAILABLE HERE: https://www.readypetgo.com.au/kurgo-core-cooling-vest.html. Right now, all Kurgo products are 20% off at ReadyPetGo! Head to www.readypetgo.com.au to take advantage of this offer.

↑ WHAT: ScoopFree® Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box. DESCRIPTION: Strike scooping the litter box off your to-do list. With the ScoopFree® Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box, there’s no scooping, cleaning or refilling your cat’s litter box for weeks. It uses crystal litter that provides 5 times better odour control than traditional clumping litter by absorbing urine and dehydrating solid waste. This low-tracking litter also helps keep your floors clean because it is 99% dust free and doesn’t stick to your cat’s paws. Safety sensors ensure that the scooping cycle only occurs when your cat is out of the box. It uses disposable trays that have a plastic lining to help protect against leaking, and each tray comes with a lid for quick and easy disposal. 

There’s even a health counter that tracks how many times your furry feline uses their cat toilet, which is a convenient way to detect early signs of a health issue. And the included privacy cover gives your cat a secluded bathroom! Trust PetSafe® to help keep your pet healthy, safe and happy. RRP: $268.75. AVAILABLE HERE: https://au.petsafe.net/collections/self-cleaning-litter-boxes/products/scoopfree-ultra-self-cleaning-litter-box. From now until December 10, PetSafe is offering 10% off all products purchased via their online store. (https://intl.petsafe.net/en-au) Use the code PETSAFE10 at checkout. (Valid on all products except the ScoopFree Replacement Trays).

↑ WHAT: Spacewhite Eco-Friendly Products. DESCRIPTION: If you’re wanting to give a hamper that matters this Christmas, make it an eco-friendly one, packed with house-cleaning goodies from Spacewhite. From the kitchen to the bathroom, laundry to the washing line, home cleaning is sorted with Spacewhite. Delivered to your door in 100 percent plastic-free packaging, this brand has its gentle footprint covered, even replacing sticky tape with a planet-friendly, zero-waste adhesive!

Pick the products to suit their cleaning needs, from dissolvable laundry sheets (in place of ordinary laundry powder), stainless steel clothing pegs, bamboo paper towels, reusable bamboo multi-purpose wipes, even bamboo toilet paper! Do your bit for the planet – and look lovely and minimalist in doing it. RRP: Prices vary. AVAILABLE FROM: www.spacewhite.com.

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↑ WHAT: La Mer Nourishing Moisture Collection. DESCRIPTION: An essential ritual for the skin and lips, this kit includes Crème de la Mer 15ml and The Lip Balm 9 grams. Fun fact: Crème de la Mer was created by German aerospace physicist, Max Huber, who once suffered severe burns in a lab explosion in the 1950s, then spent the next decade experimenting with Macrocystis pyrifera, a type of kelp found in the Pacific Ocean. Ultimately, he created an elixir that healed his wounds and restored his skin to glowing health, the evolution of this elixir now the famous Crème de la Mer. RRP: $180.00 and includes free makeup bag as gift-with-purchase. AVAILABLE FROM: Mecca, David Jones and via www.cremedelamer.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Ultraderm Renew Radiance Kit. DESCRIPTION: Australian cosmetics company Ultraderm was founded in 2009 and since then has proven itself to be a true cutting-edge cosmeceutical skincare brand. This beautifully presented kit contains Ultraderm’s ever-popular gel Skin Renew Cleanser gel (200ml), Skin Renew Moisturiser (30ml), Face & Body Polishing Cream (30ml) and Absolute B3 Serum (10ml). Created to suit all skin types, especially sun-damaged, congested or pigmented skin. The results are non-sticky, non-greasy, yet leaving a gorgeous glow. Oh, and a little goes a long way, too, so you can expect this kit to get you through the Summer. RRP: $99.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Selected beauty salons, clinics and spas or via www.ultraderm.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Shotgun! The Hilarious Family Road Trip Card Game. DESCRIPTION: Keep the kids entertained on the next road trip with this classic travel game. It’s a card game packed with hilarious dares, fascinating trivia, challenges and questions that’ll keep ’em guessing and debating. Shotgun! comes with a convenient drawstring pouch so that it can be kept clean in the car’s glove compartment. RRP: $26.99. AVAILABLE FROM: www.YellowOctopus.com.au.

↑ WHAT: ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ Art Print by Ben Frost. DESCRIPTION: Australian artist Ben Frost is renowned for his bold, irreverent style of pop art, often incorporating taboo subjects such as sex and drugs.

This work is from a series of ‘At Home Drug Test’ prints of archival pigment on 290gsm board, each at 11.8 x 11.8 inches. Each print is signed and numbered by Frost and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Limited edition of 100 per print. RRP: $200.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.benfrostisdead.com

↑ WHAT: Wahu Pool Pets Croc. DESCRIPTION: Kids will love these awesome new inflatable pool racers in bright Wahu colours. Perfect for racing up and down the pool against their mates or simply to practise getting their balance on, there’ll be hours of fun on a Wahu Pool Pet this summer. RRP: $24.99. AVAILABLE FROM: Target, Big W, Woolworths and other leading retailers.

↑ WHAT: Plus & Minus Zero-Alcohol Prosecco. DESCRIPTION: So, you have a couple of friends who don’t imbibe in alcoholic concoctions? That doesn’t mean you have to rock up to their house empty-handed. Plus & Minus is a celebrated brand that offers non-alcoholic wines and sparklings which taste like top-tier varietals but don’t have the alcohol (or at least, a maximum of 0.5% alcohol by volume, similar to the level found in some fruit juices). The brand’s latest addition, the Plus & Minus Zero-Alcohol Prosecco, has a certain hint of apple and just the right amount of cleansing acidity on the finish. Perfect for a summer’s evening! The Prosecco also makes a fine ingredient to add to cream pasta sauces and risottos. Yum, yum, yum. RRP: $15.00 per 750ml bottle. AVAILABLE FROM: Major liquor retailers nationally. For more information visit www.fourthwavewine.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Peleg Design ‘Dip’ Sea Oil & Vinegar Dipping Dish. DESCRIPTION: Oil and balsamic vinegar don’t mix but together with fresh bread they result in a delicious appetiser!
Using the different colours of the two liquids and resting on the fact that oil is lighter than vinegar, the Peleg ‘Dip’ Sea dipping dish creates a sophisticated visual effect. To achieve this, the bottom of the dip bowl has a groove in the shape of a whale. Pour some balsamic vinegar into it and add olive oil. The two components will remain separate, with the vinegar collecting in the whale shape. The bowl is actually made of wheat straw, an innovative, eco-friendly alternative to plastic that is BPA-free. Take that, Masterchefs! Size: 15.3cm x 15.3cm x 3cm. Weight 850 grams. Dishwasher safe. RRP: $29.90. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thedesigngiftshop.com.

↑ WHAT: Nintendo Coin Candy Tin. DESCRIPTION: Video games provide a lot of entertainment. But how much better would they be if you got delicious sour fruity candy when you beat the boss? This might not be a tin full of real coins, but the candy is almost as good. Tin takes its aesthetic cue from the classic question mark block from the Mario games. A great stocking stuffer for fans of retro gaming. Size: 5cm x 5cm x 5cms. RRP: $8.99. AVAILABLE FROM: www.YellowOctopus.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Cazcabel Tequila Honey Liqueur. DESCRIPTION: Now, this is a delicious drop! Cazcabel tequila is created in a micro distillery in the town of Arandas, located in the highlands of the Jalisco mountains in Mexico. You can’t get more genuinely Mexican than that. This special edition honey liqueur is made using their Blanco Tequila as a base, with honey sourced from local bees. Sweet and smoky, it has a definitively festive taste. RRP: $59.99, 700ml bottle. AVAILABLE FROM: Dan Murphy’s, BWS and other liquor outlets. For more information visit www.cazcabel.com.

↑ WHAT: Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Christmas Cracker. DESCRIPTION: A vibrant, stylish scotch crafted using whiskies that have been chosen for their sweet, honeyed qualities – Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve offers rich layers of flavour in every drop. This is the perfect scotch to toast with this festive season, and wrapped in handsome bon-bon style, will make a great decoration at the adults’ table. But back to the good drink: there’s a a distinct creamy vanilla flavour to this scotch, and a hint of tropical fruit for full summer effect and a lingering finish. RRP: $35.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Costco and local independent bottle shops.

↑ WHAT: Johnnie Walker ‘12 Days of Discovery’ Advent Calendar. DESCRIPTION: Some scotch drinkers have their favourite label and stick to it through thick and thin. Others like to dabble across the whisky board. If you know someone in that latter category, they’re going to truly appreciate the Johnnie Walker ‘12 Days of Discovery’ Advent Calendar. This impressive gift pack contains six different award-winning Scotch whiskies, to be discovered over 12 days. There’s the fruity and spicy Johnnie Walker Red Label; perfectly balanced Johnnie Walker Black Label; its smokier expression in Johnnie Walker Double Black; the honeyed Johnnie Walker Gold Label; elegant Johnnie Walker 18 Year Old; and finally the rich, smooth and smoky Johnnie Walker Blue Label. It’s up to the drinker if he or she wants to dabble in these neat, on the rocks or, heck, as a refreshing cocktail. As a serving suggestion, try a Johnnie & Blood Orange Highball. Pour 30mL of Johnnie Walker Black Label into a highball glass, add 15ml of freshly squeezed orange juice, fill the glass with 120m’ of blood orange soda (or lemon, lime & bitters if you like things a bit sweeter), add lots of ice, and garnish with a fresh orange wheel. Delish. RRP: $99.00 for the full advent calendar. AVAILABLE FROM: Leading bottle shops, independent bottle shops and online.

↑ WHAT: Upcycled Champagne Candle. DESCRIPTION: Created by Champagne Collective – a team that understands the need for upcycling and the value of beautiful things – these candle holders are made of upcycled Veuve Clicquot bottles, then filled with an all-natural custom soy/coconut wax blend. The wax is non-toxic and burns cleaner and longer than your usual paraffin candles. Because it is 100% natural, you can enjoy a consciously stylish Christmas. Champagne Collective have collected and repurposed thousands of bottles – rescued from events, restaurants, bars and hotels since 2016. Normally these bottles would up in landfill, a bottle crusher or, yes, recycle bins. Once your candle has burned down, the beautiful (half) bottles can be repurposed again and again, even making for a stylish vase for flowers. Upcycle, and then some. RRP: $24.95 to $99.95 depending on candle size. AVAILABLE FROM: www.champagnecollective.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Fun Light Reading. DESCRIPTION: Whether you’ll be laying on a hammock or by the pool this summer, you’ll want your reading to remain light and breezy. For laughs, we recommend Betootaisms – a guide to the many memorable slang words and phrases, nicknames and sayings regularly bandied about by (ironic) Queensland publication The Betoota Advocate. Packed with references to politics, pop culture, sports, and the god-awful pandemic that’s rightly f-ed us all up, Bettotaisms is divvied up into easy-to-digest chapters including Style & Fashion (“MAFS Mouth: a budget filler injection in the lips”); Dining & Cuisine (“plumber’s picnic: a KFC Zinger box and Solo/Sunkist”); and Australian Archtypes (including Terry Tough Cunt, BCF Jeff, and of course Karen). It’s one heck of an hilarious page-turner. If you prefer images over words, The Joy of Photoshop is a mini bible of all the things that can go wrong when touching up a photograph. Internet sensation James Fridman is asked time and again to “please fix this photograph so that it…” with twisted results. Often taking requests literally, Fridman’s image alterations are beyond the far side. And if music is your thing, delve into the history of the Rolling Stones in Hot Stuff, a hardcover book that presents all the coolest Stones memorabilia from 1962 to now. There are tour posters, rare records, homewares, and even a toilet seat cover, all stamped with Stones imagery. A big bright coffee table tome. RRP: The Betoota Advocate (Pan Macmillan, $29.99); The Joy of Photoshop: When You Ask The Wrong Guy For Help (Welbeck through Murdoch Books, $24.99); Hot Stuff: The Story of The Rolling Stones (Welbeck through Allen & Unwin, $49.99). AVAILABLE FROM: Good bookstores.

↑ WHAT: Baileys Apple Pie Limited Edition Liqueur. DESCRIPTION: You know that moment after a big meal when you’re unsure if you should round it off with a coffee, digestif or round of dessert? Well, Baileys have the answer for you: all three in one! Baileys Apple Pie blends the delicious flavours of homemade apple pie, with the creaminess of vanilla ice-cream and Baileys Original Irish Cream, topped with hints of cinnamon and spices, and creating the ultimate taste indulgence. So versatile, this liqueur can be enjoyed neat, poured over ice, drizzled over ice cream, or mixed into an apple-based dessert, or as a fabulous cocktail (deconstructed Appletini, anyone?). RRP: $36.99 for 700ml (17% ABV). AVAILABLE: From quality liquor outlets.

↑ WHAT: ‘A Clockwork Orange’ Framed Poster. DESCRIPTION: It’s a film featured in most film buff’s Top 20 lists. Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange is bold, brazen, claustrophobic and revolutionary… and that’s just the first ten minutes. This poster will suit any home theatre suite. It’s printed on sepia-toned craft paper, protected in a black wooden frame, and ready to hang. Size: 42cm x 30cm. RRP: $22.99 framed; $12.99 unframed. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thepopshop.shop. Use the promo code CHRISTMAS25 for 25% off your order from now until December 25, 2021. Also available at The Pop Shop are film posters featuring artwork for Fight Club, Joker, Cabaret, Creature from the Black Lagoon and more.

↑ WHAT: Little Fashion Books. DESCRIPTION: If buying them a Chanel bag or pair of Louboutin shoes isn’t within your budget, the next best thing would be to get them a gorgeous book on their favoured designer. Some of these pocketbooks are so compact they actually fit in your pocket. The Little Guide to Coco Chanel is packed with facts and quotes by and about the infamous designer. (Did you know, for example, that Coco invented the shoulder bag? Yep, until 1955 women carried purses in their hands, hence the term ‘handbag’. But Coco thought there was a better to carry a woman’s belongings, adding a chain shoulder strap and a “mademoiselle lock” allowing for comfort, practicality and security). The Little Book of Christian Louboutin and Louis Vuitton (see, they rhyme!) teach the reader about the iconic shoe brand and fashion house, respectively, covering the trying lows of their beginnings and the highs of their revolutionary breakthroughs. We love some of the quotes in these, such as Louboutin’s “a woman can carry a bag, but it is the shoe that carries the woman”. Meanwhile, What Alexander McQueen Can Teach You About Fashion is a radical lesson in design and marketing, profiling fashion’s enfant terrible of the 1990s. These books make for perfect little stocking stuffers – and stylish ones at that. RRP: The Little Guide to Coco Chanel (Oh! Publishing, $12.25); Little Book of Christian Louboutin (Murdoch Books, $24.99); What Alexander McQueen Can Teach You About Fashion (Murdoch Books, $24.99); and Little Book of Louis Vuitton (Murdoch Books, $24.99). AVAILABLE FROM: Good bookstores.

↑ WHAT: Orange & Pink Flora Cotton Blend Socks. DESCRIPTION: Sure, socks are a bit of an easy-way-out gift but when they come from the fabulous, extensive selection available at The Pop Shop, they put the fun back into gift-giving. Material: 86% Cotton, 12% Polyamide, 2% Elastane. Unisex, one-size fits most. RRP: $10.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thepopshop.shop. Use the promo code CHRISTMAS25 for 25% off your order from now until December 25, 2021.

↑ WHAT: FroliCat® Fox Den Toy Automatic Cat Teaser. DESCRIPTION: The Frolicat® Fox Den Toy Automatic Cat Teaser is a motion-activated toy that lets your cat play all day! This interactive game excites cats with a realistic fox tail hiding in its den. 

‘Play-All-Day’ mode allows for fun throughout the day, and the automatic shut off and motion sensor conserves battery while still being available for play when your cat is ready. Trust PetSafe® to help keep your pet healthy, safe and happy. RRP: $45.19. AVAILABLE HERE: https://au.petsafe.net/collections/play-challenge/products/automatic-ball-launcher. From now until December 10, PetSafe is offering 10% off all products purchased via their online store. (https://intl.petsafe.net/en-au) Use the code PETSAFE10 at checkout. (Valid on all products except the ScoopFree Replacement Trays).

↑ WHAT: Ecosa Pure Mattress. DESCRIPTION: Created with sustainability in mind; Ecosa mattresses are not only good for you, they’re great for the environment. Made from eco-friendly, high-performance materials, you’ll rest easy on natural latex covering 2000+ micro coils. The Ecosa Pure Mattress is an OceanCycle-certified product, with 80 plastic bottles collected from the ocean and repurposed into the Pure mattress cover. All carbon produced to create and deliver the Pure mattress is offset via Green Story. As for actual comfort? The Pure mattress has it in spades, offering all the support in all the places you need it. With thousands of individual micro coils to allow for maximum contouring support, this mattress moulds to the body, creating cloud-like comfort as you snooze the night away. Plus, firmness can be adjusted to suit, allowing the user to switch between medium and medium-firm with ease. Our Editor, who has been sleeping on an Ecosa for the past year, insists this mattress is comfortable, ergonomic, and tailored to the individual. Even with two people in bed, Ecosa’s ‘No Disturbance’ technology means individuals can enjoy undisturbed sleep, no matter how much their sleeping partner tosses and turns. RRP: $3,200.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.ecosa.com.au. Make the most of the current promotion with 20% off sitewide from now until 21 December, 2021.

 WHAT: Bundaberg Limited Edition Rum Ball Liqueur. DESCRIPTION: Get ready to ‘rum ball’ this Christmas with this distinctive liqueur that features notes of heart-warming rum, sweet spices, biscuit, vanilla, cocoa and coconut. Bundaberg’s Rum Ball Liqueur is bursting with festive flavour and can be enjoyed neat, on ice, drizzled on a dessert, or as the key ingredient in a summer cocktail. RRP: $49.99 for 700ml bottle. AVAILABLE FROM: Dan Murphy’s, First Choice Liquor and other physical outlets. More information at www.bundabergrum.com.au.

 WHAT: Wooden Bowling Skittles. DESCRIPTION: Just when you think you’ve run out of old-school game ideas to while the days away through Covid times, comes this neat set of bowling skittles and balls. Set this kit up in the backyard for some fun in the sunshine. The polished wooden skittles bring some old-fashioned charm to the party, brightened up with the pop of red from the three balls included. The set comes with a carry bag so you can easily transport it to parties or take it on a weekend away. Inclusions: 10 x wooden skittles, each skittle measures 22cm x 6cm x 6cms; 3 x 7cm balls, carry bag, game rules. RRP: $89.99. AVAILABLE FROM: www.YellowOctopus.com.au.

↑ WHAT: ‘Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal’ Enamel Pin. DESCRIPTION: A key line from one of the most popular Christmas films of all time, Home Alone 2, this hard enamel pin that is the perfect alternative if you don’t actually want to wear a bulky Christmas sweater! And with temperatures in Australia reaching 50 degrees this summer, you’d be crazy to be putting on an actual sweater! Pin size: 2.5cm x 3.0cm. RRP: $12.99. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thepopshop.shop. Use the promo code CHRISTMAS25 for 25% off your order from now until December 25, 2021.

↑ WHAT: Blue Q ‘Made From Scratch’ Oven Mitt. DESCRIPTION: A nifty oven glove marked ‘Made From Scratch’ to handle all those cakes and pastries you’ll be making from scratch! This is a great novelty gift for that chef who has everything including a good sense of humour. The mitt is made from 100% cotton and features extra-quilted insulation inside. Size: 31cm x 17cm. RRP: $29.90. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thedesigngiftshop.com.

↑ WHAT: Campos Coffee Superior Blend. DESCRIPTION: Every Christmas, Campos Coffee releases festive-themed packaging for its Superior blend of coffee beans. This year’s packaging features gorgeous native Australian flowers, illustrated by Sydney artist, Ilana Bodenstein. In fact, the packaging is so beautiful, you won’t have to wrap the gift! As for the quality of the coffee itself? A superb and, yes, superior blend. RRP: $15.50 for 250gm of beans; or $49.00 for 1kg of beans. AVAILABLE: To purchase online at www.camposcoffee.com and at partner cafes.

↑ WHAT: Kurgo G-Train Dog Carrier Backpack. DESCRIPTION: Going for a day hike? Then you’ve got to pack the necessities, including your dog! The Kurgo G-Train is a durable backpack designed to fit dogs up to 11kgs in size. The bag features a spacious interior area with ventilation through the back and side panels. Additionally, you dog can poke its head out of the window – simply roll up the mesh and secure it in place to allow them to do so, and when it’s not in use, simply zip it up.

The backpack also features load lifter straps, sternum straps, and a hip belt for support during hikes. Suitable for cats too! RRP: $263.39. AVAILABLE HERE: https://www.readypetgo.com.au/kurgo-g-train-k9-pack-black-k01683.html. Right now, all Kurgo products are 20% off at ReadyPetGo! Head to www.readypetgo.com.au to take advantage of this offer.

↑ WHAT: Aussie Meat Pie – Vanilla Scented Lip Gloss. DESCRIPTION: It looks like a typical meat pie complete with sauce shaped like our great nation, but whip open the bottom and you’ll discover a sweet vanilla-scented lip gloss inside. This is an ideal stocking stuffer, and a great gift for ex-pats, tourists (if you spot any), or bogan Aussies at heart. Size: 4.3cm x 2.3cm. Net weight: 1.5 grams. RRP: $7.99. AVAILABLE FROM: www.YellowOctopus.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Yes Way Rosé. DESCRIPTION: A top-selling wine in the USA, Yes Way Rosé has only recently landed in Australia – and to the rejoice of rosé appreciators nationwide. A passion project of friends Erica Blumenthal and Nikki Huganir – whose main motto is to “drink pink” – this delicious rosé has been created with fruity hues in mind. Fermented in the classic French Provençal style, it’s very easy to drink and, with hints of strawberry, citrus and peach, it the pink drink we’ll be drinking a lot of this summer. RRP: $21.99 a bottle; $20.90 each in 6-pack; or $125.40 for a case of 6. AVAILABLE FROM: At Dan Murphy’s stores nationally.

↑ WHAT: Jurlique Essential Face Trio. DESCRIPTION: There’s something about Jurlique products that beautifully typify Christmas for us. Maybe it’s the beautiful packaging that we can’t wait to ‘unwrap’ from under the tree. Perhaps it’s the red and rose hues on the bottles. Or maybe it’s because a spritz of Jurlique Balancing Mist alone refreshes like no other tonic on a hot summer’s day. Enjoy three signature Jurlique products in this essential face trio: the infamous Rosewater Balancing Mist (50ml), a bottle of Activating Water Essence+ with delicious marshmallow extract (75ml), and a jar of Moisture Plus Rare Rose Cream (50ml).

You can also incorporate Jurlique’s Moisture Plus Rare Rose Serum into your regime, a light, cooling gel that delivers great hydration. Microcapsules release rose extract onto the skin, helping maintain moisture, while Dwarf Lilyturf Root extract also helps protect against moisture loss. And each product smells so good. RRP: $115.00 for the Essential Face Trio pack; $75.00 for Jurlique Moisture Plus Rare Rose Serum. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality beauty outlets and via www.jurlique.com/au.

↑ WHAT: Invisible Jen Action Figurine. DESCRIPTION: The perfect novelty gift, ‘Invisible Jen’ is the ultimate action figurine, designed to be the most adaptable heroine in the market. Invisible Jen is just that – invisible – and she arrives on the 20th anniversary of Invisible Jim, the original invisible action figure whose mission is “to save the world from crap dolls”. They’re the perfect Christmas gift for a friend that has everything, or a child with an overactive (or underactive) imagination. Poking fun at the commercialism of the toy industry, the invisible figurines come in tongue-in-cheek packaging and encourage kids to use their imagination and step away from screens. With package cover lines such as “To take the object out of objectified superheroes”, you know the postfeminist message here is strong. RRP: $15.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.elsewheretrading.co.

↑ WHAT: Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker. DESCRIPTION: When this big cracker crossed our desk, we were too keen to keep it under the tree. A cosmic cracker available in two different options, pull apart the cream design to reveal a Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne (9ml), English Pear & Freesia Body & Hand Wash (15ml) and Peony & Blush Suede Body Crème (15ml). The silver version includes an English Oak & Hazelnut Cologne (9ml), Grapefruit Body & Hand Wash (15ml) and Wood Sage & Sea Salt Body Crème (15ml). The only trouble is deciding which to buy between the two. Oh, heck the halls… get them both! RRP: $70.00 each cracker (3 products in each). AVAILABLE: Online and in store at Myer, David Jones, and at the Jo Malone London Woollahra Boutique. For more information visit www.jomalone.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Samsung Galaxy Watch4. DESCRIPTION: Integrated with Google’s ecosystem, Samsung’s Galaxy Watch4 offers easy access to favourite apps such as Spotify, Strava and Google Maps right from your wrist. Get your own tailored lifestyle and wellness routine, with smart tools like the 3-in-1 sensor that can measure blood pressure, body composition, and even perform an ECG. There are over 90 supported exercises for you to choose and track, as well as be able to share informaiton with friends to get the competition going. RRP: $349.00. AVAILABLE FROM: Rebel Sports, JB Hi-Fi, Dick Smith Electronics, Officeworks, and other select retailers.

↑ WHAT: House of Immortelle Iconic Rose Lovers Christmas Pack. DESCRIPTION: A rose by any other name… well, it would smell as sweet, actually, and would also make for a fine ingredient in cosmetics. House of Immortelle have taken the rose and incorporated its essence into a range of luxurious beauty products, most of which feature in this here pack. Along with a Gentle Milky Cleanser (200ml) there is a Hydrating Rose Facial Mist (100ml); Hydrating and Moisturising Emulsion (50ml); the brand’s award-winning B5 Rose Hydra Serum (30ml) and a Hydrating Rose Gel Mask. Throw in an award-winning Tightening Eye Cream (10ml) and stylish signature cloth bag, and that’s beauty all wrapped up in one rosy package. Cleanse, tone and moisturise knowing that a little of nature is going a long way. Products are all sulphate-free and proudly Australia-made. RRP: $158.00. AVAILABLE: Via www.houseofimmortelle.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale and Soda. DESCRIPTION: Puritan gin lovers can handle their gin neat but, if like us, you’ll be enjoying your gin this Christmas with a touch of fruity elixir. Crafted with a Tanqueray London Dry gin base and rich, juicy blackcurrants (from France, mind you) along with vanilla bean and a twist of black orchids, this concoction with a dash of soda is the perfect Summer libation. All the ingredients are already in there. Simply pour into an ice-filled glass and garnish with a handful of blackcurrants, or enjoy it ice-cold straight from the bottle. Delish. RRP: Four-pack for $26.99. AVAILABLE FROM: Leading bottle shops, independent bottle shops and online.

↑ WHAT: John Lennon Pop! Vinyl Figure. DESCRIPTION: It was in December 1980 that John Lennon passed away, making it a sad Christmas for fans that particular year. But time has passed, wounds are healed, and better memories float closer to the surface. Lennon will always be remembered as one of the most innovative and iconic artists in the history of music. This Pop! Vinyl pays tribute to his psychedelic bent with John in minimalist silver and his eyes a kind of ‘Lucy in the Sky’ kaleidoscope. Material: vinyl. Size: 9.5cm tall. RRP: $20.00. AVAILABLE FROM: EB Games, Zing and other physical games stores.

↑ WHAT: Kurgo Skipping Stones. DESCRIPTION: This one is for the dogs that love the water! Kurgo Skipping Stones are shaped like real pebbles, allowing you to skip them like real stones. Encourage your dog to fetch with each and every splash. Made from non-toxic materials, they float in water for easy retrieval. Available in bright neon colours for easy spotting on land or sea. RRP: $21.49 a pack, or $9.59 each. AVAILABLE HERE: https://www.readypetgo.com.au/kurgo-skipping-stones-k01488.html. Right now, all Kurgo products are 20% off at ReadyPetGo! Head to www.readypetgo.com.au to take advantage of this offer.

↑ WHAT: PetSafe® Automatic Ball Launcher. DESCRIPTION: Perfect for backyard ball or sprints down your hallway, the PetSafe® Automatic Ball Launcher is an automatic, interactive fetch system. Designed for dogs over 10 pounds who love to fetch, this water-resistant toy keeps your pooch happy while giving your physical arm a break. Adjust dial to launch 2.5 to 9 metres, with 9 distance settings and 6 angle settings. The ball launcher works best with standard-sized tennis balls and holds up to three balls at a time. By creating safe, stimulating games, you can trust PetSafe® to help keep pets healthy, safe and happy. RRP: $268.79. AVAILABLE HERE: https://au.petsafe.net/collections/play-challenge/products/automatic-ball-launcher. From now until December 10, PetSafe is offering 10% off all products purchased via their online store. (https://intl.petsafe.net/en-au) Use the code PETSAFE10 at checkout. (Valid on all products except the ScoopFree Replacement Trays).

↑ WHAT: The Nightmare Before Christmas Pendant on Necklace. DESCRIPTION: Aficionados of Tim Burton films would know Jack Skellington as the main protagonist of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack is the “Pumpkin King” of Halloween Town, a fantasy world based solely on the Halloween holiday. His first name is borrowed from the “jack-o-lantern”, his surname a play on the word “skeleton”. But then you probably knew that! Material: Sterling silver necklace; alloy metal pendant. Pendant size: 3.8cm in diameter. Chain length: 60cm. RRP: $14.99. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thepopshop.shop. Use the promo code CHRISTMAS25 for 25% off your order from now until December 25, 2021.

↑ WHAT: Welldoit Dachshund Chopstick | Cutlery Holders. DESCRIPTION: Stop your chopsticks from rolling away, or rest your fork and knife on these cool cutlery/chopstick holders, made from 304 stainless steel. Size: 9.0cm x 2.0cm each. RRP: $18.95 for a set of 2. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thepopshop.shop. Use the promo code CHRISTMAS25 for 25% off your order from now until December 25, 2021.

↑ WHAT: Jo Malone London Cologne Intense Collection. DESCRIPTION: Five signature Intense fragrances to use solo or together for unique scent pairings. Included in this stunning collection are 9ml bottles each of Velvet Rose & Oud Cologne; Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne; Cypress & Grapevine Cologne; Oud & Bergamot Cologne; and a special Christmas touch being the Myrrh & Tonka Cologne. Each is a gorgeous scent on its own, or you can be bold and adventurous and layer two or three together. Jo Malone London scents are best spritzed onto the wrists, neck and pulse points, allowing your body heat to help diffuse the fragrance as the day goes on. (Note: Jo Malone London products are sent to us to review and/or include in guides without bias). RRP: $205.00. AVAILABLE: Online and in store at Myer & David Jones, as well as at the Jo Malone London Woollahra Boutique, and via www.jomalone.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Rodan + Fields Total RF Serum. DESCRIPTION: Rodan + Fields have got both science and nature down pat with this miracle serum that promises – and delivers – a more youthful looking complexion. Adopting three key ingredients – combined and patented as the ‘TriEnergy Complex’ – the serum contains sandalwood to help minimise the look of fine lines, Indian Kino tree extract which gives skin a more even tone, and Omega 6 fatty acids which help the penetration of the aforementioned ingredients at the skin’s surface, serving as building blocks to leave a plumper-looking complexion. With added calcium to help firm the skin, Total RF Serum truly is the total solution to skin maintenance. Applied evenly over the face morning and night after cleansing, we witnessed definite positive results within a week. A serum that refreshes and invigorates all at once. RRP: $239.00, 30ml. Refills available at $203.00 each. AVAILABLE FROM: www.rodanandfields.com.au.

↑ WHAT: Skull Shot Glasses. DESCRIPTION: These shot glasses are cleverly cut; the shape of a skull becoming clearer as you pour in your booze. It’s fun to watch again and again… so you better enjoy having shots! Each shot glass holds 25ml of liquid. Available as a set of 2 or 4. RRP: 2 for $12.95; 4 for $24.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.thepopshop.shop. Use the promo code CHRISTMAS25 for 25% off your order from now until December 25, 2021.

↑ WHAT: Readly Magazine App Subscription. DESCRIPTION: An all-round excellent app, Readly provides readers with unlimited magazine reading including well-established titles and fresh indie ones. Flip through the latest issue of TIME or peruse the pages of the current Frankie. Hundreds of titles are at their fingertips and each is as easy to read on any device as looking through a good old hardcopy magazine. A Readly subscription allows the subscriber to use the app on up to 5 devices and you can create 5 individual user profiles, meaning a single subscription is enough for the whole family! And that’s brilliant value. RRP: Just $16.99 a month. AVAILABLE FROMwww.au.readly.com.

↑ WHAT: PlayStation Games (for PS4 and PS5). DESCRIPTION: When it comes to new releases this Christmas, PlayStation has all bases covered. Out in the first week of December alone are a variety of excellent games and updates including adventure platformer Solar Ash; the great strategy game set in the 41st millennium, Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector (PS4, PS5); a space combat action game Chorvs (aka: Chorus); and a surprisingly horror-themed but cutely titled Happy’s Humble Burger Farm which will be giving Overcooked a run for its food-themed popularity. All these titles are available for both PS4 and PS5. But wait, there’s more! Death Stranding has recently been released in its full Director’s Cut, two years on from the game’s original release. The levels are more gruelling to achieve closure on, but then you would want a challenge from a game which has been around for a couple of years. Included in the updates is a new firing range that gives players the chance to practice with weaponary both familiar and new. As well as practising shots against ‘paper’ targets, you get to compete against the clock across approximately 30 different VR drills. A lot of updates in a classic game. RRP: Prices vary on PlayStation games. Death Stranding: Director’s Cut, as an example, retails at $74.95 for the standard edition, or $94.95 for the Digital Deluxe Edition which includes new in-game suit colours and other patches, along with a digital mini art book. AVAILABLE FROM: www.store.playstation.com/en-au.

2 Responses to “The Cream Christmas Gift Guide 2021”

  1. Kimba Morgan

    I would be the BEST PET PARENT ever to receive some of these amazing gifts! ♥️🐈🐕‍🦺🐾 seriously!
    Well thought out, something for everyone to get excited about underneath the CHRISTMAS TREE 🎄🎅🏼🤶🏻🎁



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