Mariah Carey, Queen of Christmas, is rumoured to earn a cool one million dollars every holiday season thanks to the constant streaming of her festive bop, All I Want For Christmas Is You. But given not all of us can shatter glass with our vocal cords, we must get a little thrifty when it comes to the art of gifting. The brief is cheerful, but not cheap; fun but not frivolous. So give your well-worn credit card a much-deserved kip and hand out these heartfelt treasures instead. But Santa baby? Feel free to still slip a Rolex under the tree…
Solid and Striped The Josephine Belted Bikini Briefs and Triangle Bikini top via Matches Fashion, $46 and $34 respectively. SHOP NOW
Give Rudolph a run for his money with this blindingly bright bikini from Solid and Striped. Perfect for lolling about in the shallows at Bondi, an itty bitty swimsuit is the calling card of a Christmas spent down under. Just add prawn cocktail and a game of backyard cricket.
Chanel Coco Bath Soap, $34. SHOP NOW
Lather up head to (mistle)toe this Christmas courtesy of Coco Chanel and her chic iteration of the classic cake soap. Its fine frothy lather (should you choose to actually use it) is a paradoxical scent, blending spritely mandarin with the sexiness of patchouli. A lot of Chanel for a little bit of cash – very merry Christmas, indeed!
Jo Malone Christmas Ornament, $45. SHOP NOW
Christmas just makes scents with Jo Malone and its wondrous selection of tiny treats. Deck the halls with this all-pleasing ornament; the fact it’s filled with bluebell body butter and a compact cologne is just the icing on top of the Christmas cake!
Mecca Cosmetica Summer Sunkissed Duo, $45. SHOP NOW
Have Yourself a cheeky little Christmas with this dewy doubled-up cheek tint from Mecca Cosmetica. With a rosy hue on one end and creamy highlighter on the other, you’re sure to shine brighter than any twinkling light display this silly season (and beyond).
Sportsgirl Pearl and Multi-Bead Bracelet, $13. SHOP NOW
Consider this a gifting pearl of wisdom: one can never have too many treasures and trinkets when it comes to jewellery. Sportsgirl and Santa alike get this notion, so why not wrap this delightfully bright bracelet up under the tree this year? Tis the season, after all.
ZimmermanN Hair Clip Pack Stripe, $55. SHOP NOW
sugar rush. The crafty folk at Zimmerman get that sometimes, our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, so why not sweeten the deal without these candy cane inspired clips instead? All the more room left for the second helping of pudding. And pavlova. And pistachio turkey stuffing. Yum.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, $45. SHOP NOW
Père Noël is coming to town, and he’s bringing L’Occitane! All the way from Provence, this hydrating hand cream is, like most French things, rich and buttery and decidedly delicious. Joy to the world, and to our supremely soft mitts.
Le Specs Body Bumpin Sunglasses in Powder Blue, $59. SHOP NOW
Rose-coloured glasses take one a whole new (blue) meaning with these festive frames from Le Specs. It really is the most wonderful time of year, so why not have an outlook just as merry?
The Eveleigh Bottling Co Negroni Bottled Cocktail, $17. SHOP NOW
Santa loves his milk and cookies, but our festive tipple of choice is this already-bottled Negroni. Perfect for those who aren’t culinarily gifted, simply serve on ice with a twist of orange peel. Buon Natale, as the Italians would say!
Lucy Folk Poolside Scrunchie, $45. SHOP NOW
Every Christmas angel needs a halo, but one fashioned from terry towelling feels like a very timely trade off. Look towards the crafty Lucy Folk and her tribe of Christmas elves to serve up these sweet scrunchies – perfect for sisters, secret santa’s, and gifts to self, obviously!