For those with Attenborough-like inclinations, who prefer to venture outdoors than idle indoors (but like to look stylish doing so), we present carefully curated gifts for the first-time eco warrior through to the bonafide Jackaroo.
Tap your loved ones nomadic spirit and gift them presents with a natural leaning; perfect for both a gentle amble along the coast, or a bumpy bush walk.
Hey there True Blue, these gifts are for you.
Pull strings this Christmas, and win their heart with this chic carry-all by local designers Hansen & Gretel. Natural string and a leather pouchette come together for a versatile bag that is both stylish and practical. Just the thing to stash leftover pudding in before you make your great escape from the in-laws.
Hansen & Gretel, Zentih String Bag, $179. shop now
in the flesh this Costume National Gift Set smells as good as it looks. Housed in a beautifully artful gift box, you receive not one, but two sizes of Costume National’s sexy floral oriental Eau de Parfum. Looking to rekindle a current romance this festive season? Go nude. So Nude.
Costume national so nude gift set, $199. shop now
for safe (and stylish) travels look no further than this luxurious cashmere scarf by Taxidi, from storied Melbourne stylist Wendy Bannister. Meaning ‘trip’ in Greek, travel from the terrazzo tiles of Siracusa to the Eucalyptus bark of the outback (or for the fancy, shade yourself under the umbrellas at La Fontelina in Capri), with this fine Italian modal cashmere. Wrap it like a pareo or tie like a neck scarf, either way, kalo Taxidi this Christmas.
taxidi by wendy bannister scarf, $249. shop now
a homegrown tipple is all you need come Christmas, so instead of a Pimms, spike the punch with a local spirit. This limited-edition Botanic Garden Grown Gin uses rare Australian botanicals from Australia’s largest botanical garden for a top-notch G&T – every time. Better still, it’s a cocktail with a conscience, with proceeds from sales of the limited-edition gin going towards the Garden’s horticulture and conservation initiatives, which preserve Australia’s precious biodiversity through seed collection, seed banking, and conservation research and training. We’ll drink to that.
Botanic Garden Grown Gin, $129. shop now
the top brass of homewares, this artisanal brass bowl from the Viennese workshop of Carl Auböck is truly spectacular. Melding traditional craftsmanship with modern design, this solid brass bowl features a beautiful patinated surface and polished edges, yet remains organic and rustic. The pièce de résistance under any Christmas tree.
Carl Aubock, Brass Circle Bowl, $455 at Mecque. shop now
a scent to pine for this Christmas, Diptyque’s glorious Sapin De Lumiere Room Spray is the only fragrance you’ll want to scent your abode with. A chic and refined way to usher the outdoors indoor, Diptyque’s stylish Room Spray evokes the warming, festive scent of the Fir tree and neighbouring cedar, for pine-filled festivities – sans the fuss of pine needles.
Diptyque Sapin de Lumiere Room Spray, $104. shop now
off the cuff presents are often the best, but why not take it literally and wrap her wrists in these beautiful Dinosaur Designs bangles. In a natural tobacco resin, they’re the perfect present for the naturalist who too likes to look stylish.
DINOSAUR DESIGNS, Large Resin Orchid bangle – Dark Horn $105. shop now
DINOSAUR DESIGNS, Resin Boulder bangle – $105. shop now
hats off to this little beauty by Spell & The Gypsy. A collaboration with local hat makers Conner Hats, Isabella is a modern take on an Australian classic, the Akubra. With feminine sensibilities, she’s just the thing to top off any crusader’s Christmas.
Spell X Conner, The Isabella Hat, $159. shop now
How time flies around Christmas! Gift the time poor the ultimate gift – a clock – but make it stylish. Rendered in a natural hevea wood, this superb timepiece from Left Amsterdam will keep any adventurer on time for Christmas lunch and beyond.
Leff Amsterdam, Scope Wall Clock in Natural Hevea Wood, $275 at Mecque. shop now
link up with your loved ones and look no further than Prada’s playful plexiglass necklace. In a natural mottled aqua, this oversized statement necklace is just the thing to brighten up any décolletage this festive season.
Prada, 100% plexiglass necklace, $500. shop now