Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The Gift Guide Collection: The One For Secret Santa

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Welcome to our 2021 Gift Guide Collection! Over the next month we’ll be dropping a new gift guide every few days so you’ll never be lacking inspiration – even for the hardest to buy for!

In this guide, it’s your go-to guide for Secret Santa – whether you’re drawing names out of a hat for a under $20 gift in your workplace, or your extended family plays Stealing Santa/Dirty Santa/White Elephant Gift Exchange. If you’ve drawn Beth in accounts, and you’re not quite sure what Beth in accounts likes, or you just need a present that would suit pretty much everyone, here are our top picks:

Gingerbread Cookie Jar Mix

For 15 bucks this is such a cute little present – particularly if you’re not sure who you’re buying for! From the lovely folks at GoodFor, this mix has everything your recipient needs (bar a few wet ingredients) to whip up a batch of festive gingerbread cookies with zero fuss, and only 8 minutes in the oven!

The jar is perfect for reusing in the pantry, plus it comes with a gingerbread man cookie cutter – with which you should get about 26 cookies out of this jar. And because it’s from GoodFor, you know you’re buying good quality ingredients and materials that are environmentally friendly. Win, win!

Gingerbread Cookie Jar Mix, $15

Father Rabbit 2022 Daily Diary

Sure, most of us have smart phones these days, but nothing quite beats an old school paper diary. Whether you’re using it to keep track of appointments and meetings, as a journal, a place to keep to-do lists or just a place to jot down ideas, they’re super handy.

And if you’re going to buy one, you might as well buy one of the very best – the beautiful Father Rabbit diaries.

This A5 hardcover daily diary in bold red comes with a number of features to help keep you organised, inspired and ready for the day ahead. There’s weekly to-do lists, monthly double-page planners and 2021 reminder pages amongst it’s handy features. Plus, it’s beautifully made and chic!

Father Rabbit 2022 Daily Diary, $59

Fegg Foldable Wine Glasses

We’ve all got a lot more used to picnics lately and for all those summer beach days, BBQs and picnics, these little glasses are SO handy. They fold down, so are super easy to transport, plus, they’re unbreakable! 

Not only are they foldable, they’re beautiful to drink from, dishwasher safe, light, portable and made from FDA-approved food grade silicone. What’s not to love?

They come in a range of different colours and are available with or without stems. They come in a handy two-pack (with each glass able to hold up to 350ml). Cheers!

Fegg Foldable Wine Glasses, $34.99

Where the Crawdads Sing

I am yet to find someone who didn’t LOVE this book. And I’m definitely not alone – it’s won multiple awards and topped best-selling lists, in fact, according to Amazon it was 2019’s most popular title, and sales have barely slowed down in the last two years. It’s also been featured in many book clubs (including Oprah’s) and Reese Witherspoon loved Where the Crawdads Sing so much, it’s not just one of her Book Club recommendations, but she’s currently making a screen adaptation of it.

Remarkably, it’s Delia Owen’s first novel. It follows the story of ‘Marsh Girl’, Kya Clark, a vulnerable young girl who is abandoned by her mother and siblings, owing to her father’s alcohol abuse and violent tendencies. It’s a heart-breaking coming-of-age read, combined with a whodunnit possible murder mystery.

It’s the perfect book to read for summer and a book you can gift, almost guaranteed that it’ll be well received.

Where the Crawdads Sing, $24.99

Lovisa Red Sequin Mask

Did someone say ‘Festive face mask?’ This red sequined facemask looks like something Beyoncé would wear to a Christmas party but also is a very ‘Christmas 2021’ kind of gift. We love a gift that is topical, practical and also has sequins.

Lovisa Red Sequin Mask, $20

Salted Caramel Scorched Almonds

As either a stocking stuffer or a secret Santa present, cost isn’t going to matter diddly squat when it comes to these bad boys because everyone – I mean EVERYONE – loves salted caramel.

You just can’t get more Christmas than a Scorched Almond. And if you’re really stretched, the old ‘One for Mummy AND Daddy’ vibe still works even if you’re well into your 30s because, nostalgia.

Nestle Salted Caramel Scorched Almonds, $5.49

Ardell Magnetic Lashes

Party season is here people, so that means dipping into the old bag of dressing in real clothes and slapping on some face to head out into the big bad world.

Help a sister out with some Instagram-worthy lashes that look fantastic but are also super easy to apply and won’t fall off in the middle of your dinner (yes that’s happened and no I don’t want to talk about it.)

Try these Ardell numbers – dramatic without being tacky, magnetic and reusable. Winning.

Ardell Magnetic Lashes, $29.99

Huski Short Tumbler

We live in New Zealand, so anything you can give to a loved one that will make a beverage portable and also keep it cold will always win.

Huski have a great range of vessel options depending on your poison, including holders for beer bottles, cans and even an entire wine bottle and cooler so you’re well taken care of. We love this little tumbler that’ll hold 250mls of fizzy drink.

Who are we kidding. Wine. It’ll hold wine.

Huski Short Tumbler, $35

Portable Yellow Beach Mat

Now this could just be a sign of me and my friend’s advancing ages, but in this year’s Secret Santa the most popular item BY FAR to steal was a picnic blanket, so here it goes onto this list too.

We love this option from The Market – fun and playful and absolutely oozing summer, give the gift of minimal sand up the jacksie this year. I mean can you really put a price on that?

Portable Yellow Beach Mat, $43.69

Fever-Tree Easy Mixing

Do you have someone in your life that became a bit of a cocktail whizz during lockdown but could, er, use a little bit of direction with their concoctions?

Help is here! Whether you’re looking for a boozy brew or a non-alcoholic option, this handy mixing guide will help your budding mixologist achieve potion master level.

Fever-Tree Easy Mixing, $35.60

Eve Morning Person Mini Supplements

I (Kelly) was once VERY anti-supplements, purely out of my own laziness. Who can remember to take a pill every day?! (Ok sure a lot of women but I am NOT one of them. It’s a miracle I’m still child-free).

But these little babies really did the trick for me, and would make a great little stocking stuffer or Secret Santa for that person in your life who struggles in the mornings, or suffers from brain fog and tiredness. They’re a little burst of energy, without the jitters. Oh and they’re all natural.

Eve Morning Person Mini, $16.95

Villa Maria Lightly Sparkling Rosé

Villa Maria Private Bin Lightly Sparkling Rosé 2020 750ML

Look, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of something. Even if the person doesn’t drink it, it makes a great re-giftable item and there’s always a BYO or a BBQ lurking around the corner.

And if you’re going to go with a bottle, go for something fun, festive and fizzy like Villa Maria’s Lightly Sparkling rosé. It’s a summer crowd pleaser.

Villa Maria Lightly Sparkling Rosé, $14.99

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel

I (Emma) always think secret santa gifts should be both festive and a little bit ridiculous (tis the season) and this candy-scented body wash is both of those things, in that it is pink, glittery and smells like you are bathing in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

Any age of human will enjoy this, because who doesn’t want to feel like the Sugar Plum Fairy when they bathe? Plus, it’s only available at Christmas time and that’s special!

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel, from $11.90

Boujee Pussy Cat Bauble Gift Pack

I mean, the name alone. Who amongst us doesn’t consider themselves a boujee pussy? With this set of Christmas baubles for the tree, you can give your pet-loving a friend that says ‘I love Christmas’ and also ‘Cats rule my life.’

These decorations of cats (!) wearing bow ties (!) are both silly and also genuinely very pretty, which is the ultimate novelty gift combo.

(yes, there is also a dog version, if you must).

Boujee Pussy Cat Bauble Gift Pack, $19.99

Harney & Sons Gingerbread Festival Tea

This tea tastes like the richest and most decadent gingerbread and sticky date pudding of your life and smells like you’ve been baking for hours.

Harney & Sons is a very fancy brand of tea, known for their elegant tins, and this chic little gold and cream tin says ‘festive’ in a very understated and minimalist-decor way.

Harney & Sons Gingerbread Festival Tea, $24

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