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Gift Giving

Gift giving can be a stressful event for many people. Whether you are on a budget or you never know what to buy that friend fitzgerald are going to give you some great Christmas gift ideas.

LUXURY GIFTS

We LOVE the Jo Malone range. Her luxurious range of candles, colognes and body products make the perfect gifts for all the women on your list. From the lime, basil and mandarin candle for your mother-in-law to the Red Roses bath oil for your grandmother, this sumptuous collection is sure to please even the toughest gal. It may even tempt you to treat yourself…

Why not take a look at the bewitching Liberty London website for inspiration? Their beautifully printed silk scarves will add stylish pops of colour to any outfit, and their beautiful cashmere and knitted range of scarves will keep you warm and chic in those chilly winter months.

A thoughtful weekend away in 5* accommodation is the perfect luxury gift. Perhaps a secluded beach villa with sea views for a relaxing couple of days. Or a boutique hotel in the bustle of the city for a weekend of shopping, cocktails and the theatre! MrandMrsSmith.com

BUDGET GIFTS

You don’t have to spend a fortune to give some-one a gift they will treasure. Sometimes it is the more thoughtful gifts which are the best because you know the person has really thought about you!

We LOVE the idea of giving an invitation to some-one for an tailor made occasion to spend time with you. How about a picnic in the park with Mum? Or a glass of bubbly at a ritzy hotel with your bff? An evening of facials, spritzers and gossip with your sister?

Hand made gifts can sometimes be the most poignant. Why not buy a beautiful notebook (available from most good paper or office supplies stores) which you can personalise into a collection of your favourite recipes, to which the person you give it to can keep adding. Or a collection of your favourite poetry? You could even compile a scrapbook of pictures and photographs which represent that person and your relationship with them.

And of course, don’t underestimate the op shops! You never know what you might stumble upon that just screams to be given to a particular person! A great op shopping trick is to hunt around the wealthier suburbs for bargains as you tend to find better quality clothes and bric-a-brac is donated.

Another lovely idea is to give jars of home made chutney or jam. Cover the jars with rounds of brown hessian and tie with raffia for a provincial touch. Add a personalised tag to finish.

FOR THE GIRL WHO HAS EVERYTHING

We all know that one person who has everything already. These people are the hardest to buy for, especially if you are on a budget. We have come up with a few ideas which may inspire you:

LESSONS! Flying, cooking, singing, wine tasting, learning a new language? The possibilities are endless and obviously depend upon the gift recipient.

Magazine subscriptions always goes down well with the busy professional who can have her monthly dose of fashion and gossip delivered to her door, ready for her to kick off her heels and open a bottle of wine.

Season tickets, memberships or gift passes are perfect for a culturally inclined friend. Theatres, opera houses and cinemas all offer their own versions. The Arts Centre Melbourne 

 The Sydney Opera House

Village Cinemas

And why not buy tickets to her favourite band? You could plan a whole evening of pre drinks, dinner, accommodation for her and a friend?

FOR HIM

It’s easy enough to go down the socks and jocks route for a guy, because you can guarantee he will be grateful for the basics he never buys for himself! In fact many men RELY on Christmas for such necessities. However, in the rare event you know a guy whose shopping pursuits extend to his underwear draw here are a few suggestions.

For the fashion conscious man a good quality shirt and tie combo are always well received. Drake’s of London offer high quality ties available to be shipped internationally. Good quality Melbourne shirt stockists include MJ Bale and Harrolds.

For the Foodie man there are some fabulous cookbooks available. Adrian Richardson’s “Meat” is a perfect example. Or how about a quality bottle of red wine or a set of Wusthof steak knives?

Pocket knives are another great gift for a young man. His first Swiss Army knife can be an epochal moment.

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