How ironic that the final Christmas Gift Guide I put together is for women like myself, maybe Mum’s, often the member of the family that is overlooked until the last minute, partner/husband frantically rushing to the mall on one of the final shopping days before Christmas to grab something, anything to pop under the tree. Let’s not be martyrs ladies because, honestly, no-one likes those types. If someone asks you what you want for Christmas, for god’s sake TELL THEM!
Or send them the link to this blog post for some hints ; )
I’m a simple creature (HA!), 99% of the time I’m rocking super fun, cotton Bonds boy leg underwear. I love this underwear. I’ve been wearing it for years and years and swear by the fit, quality and comfort. This season’s Glow range from Bonds has some very cute prints and pieces available – perfect stocking stuffers for the whole family – but mostly you Mama!
BONDS Boyfriend Triangle Crop, BB Holo, RRP $25
BONDS Boyfriend Hot Shortie, BB Holo, RRP $18
2016 OTi Organiser RRP$34.99
I’ve tried pretty much every app based diary/organiser/planner there is and I’ve not been able to make a habit out of any of them. I need a visual, tactile point of reference, one that works with an actual pen. How old school I know!
It also needs to look gorgeous and inspire me to organise my ridiculous life.
The OTi (On To It) organiser comes in three super stylish cover designs, you will want to take this everywhere with you I promise. The main consideration however is function and the OTI delivers; the range focuses on wellbeing with a week-to-a-spread layout and value-add inclusions such as;
- Removable Contacts and Info booklet. A single place to store important numbers – both phone and account numbers, plus usernames and passwords for websites and important annual dates.
- Refillable shopping list post-it notes
- Pen loop and pen included
- Elastic enclosure
- Bookmark ribbon
- Pocket for loose papers
- Durable and wipeable cover
I love candles, I really, really do. I just need to remember to burn them more often lol. If you want to support a local business this Christmas then look no further! Candle-maker Megan Harris has put her artist husband Paul to work for the latest Essence soy candle collection. Each of the gorgeous marble-finished candles in the range have been hand-painted by Paul at their Auckland, studio.
Totally on-trend with their marbled finish and striking brushed gold lid, my Peony candle was super easy to style and looks beautiful on our mantle. Megan prides herself on loading them heavily with fragrance, and the scent totally fills your home when lit. These candles are 100% soy wax, have a 70 hour burn time, cotton wicks and their fragrance is phthalate free. Gorgeous!
The big blenders are getting a lot of coverage this Christmas, and they’re totally amazing. I love my Nutri Bullet dearly but if you’re not whipping up smoothies for a family of four daily you may consider the price prohibitive. The slimline design and fab price point of the George Foreman Mix & Go sets it apart from it’s competitors. You’re definitely not losing much of that valuable bench-top real estate with this gadget! Plus, now you can guarantee that your smoothie will always be chilled to perfection with the NEW George Foreman Chill Sticks, included with your purchase of a George Foreman Mix & Go or available separately for your existing collection.
The Great New Zealand Colouring Book RRP$24.99
I’m not sure a Christmas Gift Guide is complete this year without the addition of an adult colouring book, but this one is a little different. Available exclusively at Warehouse Stationery stores, this is a high quality coffee table art book created by kiwis for kiwis. Who doesn’t need to de-stress over the Christmas period? I personally can’t think of a prettier way to do it.
I’m not going to dwell on this one too much because, well, TMI. There are only 2 regular beauty appointments I can handle, and neither of them are for waxing. I have to wear togs year round at the moment because I’m still in the pool with Nixie during swimming lessons so ‘things’ have to be maintained. This bright little gadget is perfect for us gals who take care of bikini trimming at home. It does what it needs to, is simple to use, battery operated and compact enough to take away in your toilet bag over the summer holidays. Super good price point too.
I haven’t used anything but GHD’s on my hair in over 8 years so I was super keen to try out the latest straightener from Remington. It delivers, I’m super impressed with this guy, it’s a top of the range, feature packed straightener that still comes in $160 cheaper than the GHD Platinum. A little more lightweight in the hand but the plates are seriously silk smooth and glide right over your hair.
- High heat to 240°C
- Turbo boost function
- Heats up in 10 seconds
- Informative digital temperature display indicates the best temperature for your hair type
- 5 variable heat settings 150°C to 240°C
- Memory function remembers the last temperature used
- Floating plates for constant contact and fast styling
- Temperature lock function
- Automatic safety shut off and worldwide voltage
- Heat resistant storage pouch
- Hinge lock
- Salon swivel cord
MAC Irresistibly Charming Lip Gloss Mini-Kits RRP$95
Oh swoon! I pretty much want to take this little briefcase of epic glosses with me every where I go. They are amazing, but you already know that. The Pink Palette is perfection for me, containing;
- JUST SUPERB neutral pink (cremesheen glass)
- CRÈME ANGLAISE rosey mid-tone pink (cremesheen glass)
- COLOUR SATURATION deep wine (cremesheen glass)
- SUGARRIMMED milky pale pink w/multi-pearlized pigments (dazzleglass)
These are Limited Edition M.A.C Holiday releases so don’t dilly-dally, head in-store to your nearest counter now!
Trilogy Rosapene Beauty Collection RRP$46.90
Ahhh Trilogy. I recently stated that their Age Proof range was my favourite release of 2015 and I totally stand by that. This is a brand that knows women’s skin. A gift set like those offered this season is the perfect introduction to some wonderful new products that I’m sure you will fall in love with.
With a full-size, award-winning Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ and deluxe minis of Vital Moisturising Cream and Rosapene™ Night Cream, this premium pack will have your skin glowing around the clock. Harnessing the power of Trilogy’s potent antioxidant complex, Rosapene™, which repairs and protects for optimum skin health and radiance, this is the perfect gift for someone you love.
- Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ (full size 30ml)
- Vital Moisturising Cream (20ml)
- Rosapene™ Night Cream (25ml)