Need some Christmas shopping inspiration? Our Christmas Gift Guide has you covered with some of the best gift recommendations to show the important people in your life how much you care.
Koko Black is spreading the love this festive season with the gift of chocolate designed to be shared. You can count down to the most magical day of the year with your nearest and dearest by sharing one of the new Yours & Mine Koko Black Advent Calendars. Fruity, nutty, spicy and sweet, Yours & Mine means double the treat, including two Christmas countdown calendars. So spread the love and come together in the lead-up to Christmas with a bespoke praline treat to share with your favourite person (600g RRP $149.90). Another option is the A Very Koko Advent Calendar – the go-to gift for little elves, grown-ups and everyone in between. This one will make the festive season merry and bright, with a moreish milk chocolate set to delight (200g RRP $39.90). Also available is The Christmas Advent Calendar where a delectable milk, dark or white chocolate praline surprise awaits behind each door. Packed full of festive flavours including Christmas Pudding and Speculoos crumbs pralines, this calendar is guaranteed to make your day as bold and bright as Santa’s sleigh (280g RRP $74.90). Available for a limited time, Koko’s advent calendars are the perfect gift to surprise and delight loved ones. Available at Koko Black stores nationally or online at www.kokoblack.com.
Baileys Tiramisu Flavoured Liqueur has just landed in Australia for a limited time only. Marrying the velvety deliciousness of Baileys Irish Cream with the decadent flavours of a traditional Italian tiramisu, this exciting new launch offers a delightful and innovative way to savour the classic flavours of this iconic treat in liquid form. Indulge your palate with the creamy decadence of mascarpone perfectly intertwined with the bold richness of espresso, all finished with delicate hints of chocolate. This take on the iconic Italian dessert is perfect for entertaining and special occasions, from getting together with friends, creating memories and of course celebrating the festive season. Craft unique cocktails, infusing your gatherings with a dash of dolce vita. Elevate your dessert game by using this indulgent liqueur as a key ingredient, turning everyday treats into extraordinary Italian inspired flavour experiences. And for those who appreciate the uncomplicated pleasure of a classic sip, savour its pure allure over ice. Baileys Tiramisu Flavoured Liqueur (700ml) is available now for a limited time only in liquor stores nationwide and online for AUD $42.99 – until stocks last.
Top Tech from IKEA
From convenience to style, the IKEA gaming range has the perfect picks to help the pro gamer in your life level up. One of the top options this year is the ELLOVEN Monitor Stand with Drawer ($39). This one will allow your loved one to place their monitor at the right height relieving strain on their back and shoulders. It supports productive working, studying and creating – and helps keep the desk neat and tidy. The IKEA beauty storage range also has some great options to help organise and inspire beauty lovers. The top pick has to be the LÅNESPELARE Ring Light with Phone Holder ($59) – a must for every video streamer. It features a round LED light and sturdy mobile phone holder that you can direct and adjust exactly as you like to create the perfect video clip or selfie. For more ideas, watch out for the IKEA 12 Days of Christmas Deals to pick up other great bargains with one special offer per day in the lead up to Christmas. Check your local IKEA website for details.
White Glo’s White Christmas Bundle is the perfect package to make teeth sparkling white this Christmas. This special trio includes the Advanced Whitening Kit, Advanced Whitening Strips and the Express White Toothpaste, all designed to give a dazzling smile that’s as bright as Christmas lights (RRP: $60, Value: $98.97). Another great choice is the White Glo Holiday Hygiene bundle – the ultimate way to keep oral hygiene at the centre this Christmas and maintain your healthy and glowing smile throughout the festive season. The bundle includes 205g Total Protection, Bamboo Toothbrush (4pk), Eco-flossers, Mouthwash & Eco-refill, White Glo branded cosmetic case (RRP: $30, Value: $47.95). Both bundles are available now from whiteglo.com.
Top Beauty Gifts
The Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Solution Set (50ml) is a top pick for the beauty lover. Powered by patent Viniferene and glycolic acid, this powerful brightening trio visibly combats dark spots, brightens eye circles and evens skin tone, and even boosts glow. Featuring a full-size of Caudalie’s cult Vinoperfect Serum, this is the perfect gift-set to kickstart the New Year (RRP: $105, Stockist: Sephora AU). Another top pick is the Hemp Seed Oil Flawless Face Mask Box ($11.00 – $50.00). ALMAdeLIA’s Flawless Sheet Mask clears and clarifies all types of skin, especially for those with acne and scar prone skin. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties purify and detoxify your skin. It also soothes the skin by reducing redness, preventing inflammation, minimising blotchiness, and clearing dead skin cells that brings out that radiant and healthy glow that comes from within. Sodashi also have some great choices this festive season including the Rejuvenating Face and Neck Moisturiser. Rich in antioxidants and super-hydrating plant oils and extracts, this anti-ageing and rejuvenating face cream smooths and tones skin as it seriously moisturises. Macadamia and Avocado oils protect against free radical damage, Rosewood supports cell renewal whilst Geranium and Sandalwood combine to minimise lines and even the complexion. This luxurious pure botanical formula absorbs quickly to leave skin radiant and plumped. While the Brightening Marine Mineral Mask has been dubbed the “hot date” mask due to its glow-inducing benefits! Seaweed and Spirulina packed with phytonutrients and marine minerals detoxify and revitalise skin for a rich, once-a-week treatment packed with Shea Butter, Jojoba, Macadamia, Rosewood, and three types of clay, to moisturise, firm, strengthen, and refine.
Introducing the ultimate holiday indulgence: Bundaberg’s new limited edition Xmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce Flavoured Liqueur. This delightful concoction captures the warming tastes of dried fruit, treacle, spices and a hint of Brandy for a deliciously seasonal drink – perfect for sharing amongst friends or as a gift! Bundaberg’s take on the classic Christmas staple is available for a limited time in the lead up to the holiday season. This special festive liquid comes off the back of the success of Bundaberg’s adored holiday-inspired Rum Ball Liqueur and features delicious Bundaberg Original Rum distilled with the finest Christmas flavours. Xmas Pudding Liqueur can be enjoyed neat over ice, or served over a dollop of ice cream for an indulgent dessert. Bundaberg Christmas Pudding Liqueur is available now to purchase across Australia for RRP $55 per bottle or buy in a 4-bottle bundle direct from the Distillery or online. Another great option this Christmas is Bundaberg Rum’s new innovation, Bundaberg Campfire, a smooth and mellow blend of the finest Aged Reserves and Bourbon Barrel finished rums. This welcome addition to Bundaberg’s permanent repertoire tastes different because it is different. Featuring a harmonious and complex balance between the rum’s toasted caramel and vanilla notes, it is complimented by burnt sugar and toffee aromas which make this a great drink to be shared between mates. The mellower than mellow Bundaberg Campfire is best enjoyed neat over ice or with a splash of cola, surrounded by good company around the crackling fire, beachside or at your mate’s place for a barbeque. This Bourbon Barrel Finished blend is available now (RRP $55 – 700ml, 37% ABV) at all major retailers.
Launched just in time for Christmas, BlueAnt has pushed the portable speaker soundstage into the future, delivering supreme audio power, enhanced active speaker technology and immersive sound with the new X-3D MAX Wireless Bluetooth speaker. The waterproof X-3D MAX utilises four active speaker drivers, each driven by their own dedicated and optimised amplifier channel, to deliver pristine sound. Its active architecture allows crystal clear mids at all volume levels, resulting in musical instrument separation and transparency normally only heard in much more expensive speakers. The X-3D MAX delivers on the versatile promise of the form factor with superior sound and four colours to suit any aesthetic, indoors or outside, and is one of the only speakers on the market to offer continuous play; listeners simply need to plug in the supplied fast charger, and the X-3D MAX will provide endless uninterrupted audio. It features two 50mm active woofers, two 20mm active tweeters and two passive radiators, designed to deliver audio consistently regardless of the angle and to expand the soundstage. At $279, the X-3D MAX offers the best bang and bass in its class of premium speakers. It is available nationally in select Telstra stores and also direct from the BlueAnt website.
Brooks Brothers have some great clothing and accessory offerings this Christmas. For the woman in your life, there’s elegant sheath dresses, soft knit dresses, everyday dresses, work dresses, party dresses and more to choose from. For easy-wearing style, their shirt dresses are perfect and wear like a dress, style like a shirt. For the man in your life, you can expand their shirting repertoire with a non-iron, woven, chambray, twill or flannel fabric shirt. Pair with chinos, trousers or suiting to really make his day. Our top pick this year is the Stretch Slim Fit Dress Shirt: Non-Iron Pinpoint Ainsley Collar Check. This non-iron finish is iconic for a reason: a unique finish that’s been perfected over decades that keeps your shirt virtually wrinkle-free from morning to night for one of the easiest ways to stay sharp. The one and only Brooks Brothers button-down collar and signature 6-Pleat Shirring complete the update to timeless style. The Slim fit is tailored to fit close to the body with a higher armhole and back darts for a clean appearance. Available from here.
The perfect gift for the audiophile or the designated driver is the Shokz OpenFit – the Open-Ear True Wireless Earbuds. Its open-ear concept allows for all-day comfort and allows users to enjoy their own personal speaker whilst still maintaining situational awareness. Those who find themselves always wanting to listen to something on the road can opt for these ultra-lightweight headphones to immerse themselves in their favourite songs, podcasts and audiobooks. The Openfit earphones can fit under helmets and gives users the ability to hear both your own audio and every sound around you, making it a safe and valuable gift for cyclists and motorcyclists. Shokz OpenFit open-ear headphones also include: Ultimate Comfort (open-ear design allows for up to 28 hours of listening with no strain on your ears), Audio Experience (enjoy incredible audio with powerful bass) and Stability (a flexible ear hook design that allows for comfort and secureness). Available now from here.
McConnell’s Irish Whisky
For the whisky lover, you cannot go past McConnell’s Irish Whisky. McConnell’s is a fine blend of Irish malt and grain whiskies which have been gently rested in select bourbon casks, bringing beautiful overtones of vanilla sweetness, ripe fruits, butterscotch, and pepper spice. McConnell’s signature blended Irish Whisky is aged for five long years in handpicked, first fill, ex-bourbon barrels which add a delicate, subtle sweetness to the whisky and also provide a deep oak woodiness and light char to the finish. Nose: Light citrus notes, peppered spice and vanilla undertones. Taste: Earthy fruits, butterscotch and vanilla sweetness from bourbon barrels, white pepper followed by an oak woodiness. Finish: Sweet, spice, oak, with lingering ripe fruits. McConnell’s Irish Whisky (ABV: 42%) is available to purchase in Australia from Dan Murphy’s and BWS for $74.
Morphy Richards Gifts
For the loved one looking for the ultimate way to beat the heat and indulge in their favourite iced drink this Christmas, look no further than the Morphy Richards Iced Coffee Maker. With its sleek design and advanced brewing technology, this innovative machine delivers perfectly chilled drinks in minutes. Simply add ice into the travel cup and pour over brewed hot coffee grounds and enjoy. Features 600ml insulated travel cup with straw, Automatic shut off and Reusable nylon filter (RRP $79). Another great option this year is the Morphy Richards Ice Maker. A bartender’s best friend, it produces up to 15kg of ice every 24 hours, maximising the efficiency of cocktail making at home. Gone are the days of beautiful cocktails tampered by cheap, cloudy ice from the servo or with notes of back of the fridge. Paired with an Aperol, this at-home spritz will rival even the best bars in town (RRP $349).
LEGO® Gift Ideas
LEGO® Australia has something for everyone – for those young and young at heart. To give your loved one the gift of play, you could pick them up a LEGO® Speed Champions Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34). This buildable replica model has been inspired by the iconic car from the 2 Fast 2 Furious film. Kids aged 9+, car lovers and fans of the popular film franchise can experience a rewarding build before proudly displaying this car toy or recreating fast-paced street racing scenes. A great gift for car lovers This Fast & Furious toy is packed with authentic details from the real-life model, including iconic livery on the side, a wing at the back, a grille on the front, impressive wheel arches and a nitro fuel canister on the passenger seat. The LEGO® Explorer Diving Boat (60377) is another outstanding gift idea this year. Endless imaginative adventures await with this playset for kids aged 5+. The inflatable toy boat comes with lots of realistic features, including a working crane, a mini-submarine, coral reef setting and a treasure chest. There are three explorer mini figures and manta ray, hammerhead shark, crab, two fish and two turtle figures as well as lots of story-inspiring accessories. LEGO City playsets come with cool vehicles, realistic structures and fun characters for hours of imaginative play and can be combined with other sets from the LEGO City range.
Netatmo Weather Station
The Netatmo Smart Home Weather Station lets you analyse your environment straight from your smartphone, providing real-time updates ahead of your hosting season this Christmas. Your Weather Station measures indoor and outdoor temperature, noise levels, indoor air quality as well as air pressure with incomparable precision. The weather and humidity data lets you organise your outdoor summer parties better, while the indoor temperature and air quality readings help you make your home more comfortable for Christmas gifting and gathering this December. Available from electrical retailers or online at Legrand Australia (RRP $279.00).
Christmas is looking a little wild this year, with sustainable beauty brand INIKA Organic unveiling its Safari Christmas Collection for 2023! The collection includes a range of products suitable for gifting this holiday season. One of the top picks this year is the INIKA Organic Moonrise Magic Night Duo. Rejuvenate skin while you sleep with this luxurious evening routine, backed by clinically proven results. The set includes Bakuchiol Serum 30mL (A natural retinol alternative to help minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve problem skin and protect skin from further damage); Phytofuse Renew™ Night Cream 50mL (This whipped Night Cream bursting with Natural and Organic botanical actives is the ultimate rehab to promote skin cell renewal and regenerate skin overnight); and a Sustainable Keepsake Box to store all your beauty favourites. Application: 1. After cleansing, massage 2-3 drops of the Bakuchiol Serum into face and neck. 2. Massage a pea-sized amount of the Night Cream all over the face, neck and décolletage. The INIKA Organic Moonrise Magic Night Duo is available from here ($119).
Navman Dash Cam
Peace on earth? This Christmas why not give peace of mind to your loved ones by getting them a brilliant MiVue™ 900 DC dash cam (RRP $299). With two cameras front and rear, both recording in Full HD 1080P at 30 frames per second (the world standard for clear high-definition video that doesn’t overload your SD card). The front camera has a Premium STARVIS™ Ultra Low Light Sensor for all light conditions. So rather than getting into an argument at the side of the road about who did what, your loved ones (and their insurance excess) will be protected with the proof they need in the event of an accident. If there is an impact, event recording instantly triggers and the footage is saved without the driver even having to think about it. And, if you add a Smartbox accessory for them (RRP $79), they can access Parking Mode which will record any motion and impact with their vehicle even when the engine is switched off. The MiVue™ 900 DC cash cam also comes with premium safety alerts, including speed and red-light cameras, school zones and accident black spots that can be updated monthly for free, and footage can be viewed, downloaded and shared via wifi on the MiVue Pro app. Navman is winner of the latest Canstar Blue award for best dash cams and has a full range of dash cams available on its website starting from RRP $159. Visit www.navman.com.au
Pinot Grigio has become the leading Italian white varietal wine worldwide, and the Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Valdadige continues to be its flagship. A modern and versatile wine, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio boasts clean yet intense aromas, with unexpected floral notes, and hints of citrus and white-fleshed fruit, with a freshness and tanginess in perfect balance, giving way to fruit on the palate that is both delicate and stimulating. Pick it up this Christmas for RRP $23.99 across Dan Murphy’s and BWS stores nationally. Goodradigbee Ironbark Red is another top option using accelerated maturation cubes built from Australian hardwoods to produce a truly unique Australian spirit. Creating a completely new spirits category, the distilling method includes a much higher wood-to-liquid volume than spirit matured over years in an oak barrel. Ironbark Red Malt Spirit is a rich, red and surprisingly complex spirit. It has a sweet honey and charred citrus flavour upfront, then moves to dark chocolate and golden syrup swiftly followed by subtle notes of seasoned wood and a nutty maltiness. The finish is powerful and succinct. Available in Dan Murphy’s nationally, or online at goodradigbee.com (RRP $88.00).
App Cam Solo PRO
Add one of Uniden’s latest smart security cameras to your list of gifts to get this Christmas. The new App Cam Solo PRO is a 100% wire-free, rechargeable, solar powered, spotlight and security camera in-one. The compact device can be placed anywhere around the home exterior to keep watch day and night. Designed for Australian homes and weather conditions, the App Cam Solo PRO can withstand exposure to the elements to continuously and reliably capture footage with a 120-degree wide viewing angle. The addition of the spotlight allows users to better see the appearance of anyone approaching the property, while also acting as an effective deterrent to unwanted visitors. The Full HD 1080p resolution delivers exceptional clarity. The Starlight CMOS sensor, together with the built-in spotlight, adds colour to the night vision footage up to 10 metres away to ensure a high-quality image. The optional Uniden Solar Panel can also be used alongside the camera. Users can easily facilitate contactless delivery to their home as it provides visual verification of when items are at the door, with the added benefit of two-way talk to provide further instruction to couriers, trades and other visitors. Live and recorded footage can be viewed using the Uniden SOLO App via a smart device, securely accessed from anywhere in the world. Footage can be stored directly to SD card or the Uniden Cloud ensuring important moments are captured and available to replay when required. Available now from here (RRP $249.95).
Gift the book lover with Kobo’s friendliest eReader yet, the Kobo Nia. Escape into a story, learn something new, and remember why reading is fun. Kobo Nia’s a big deal in a small package: you can carry up to 6,000 eBooks with its 8GB of storage. Bask in the sun with your favourite read on its glare-free 6” touchscreen, or snuggle up with a bedtime story thanks to adjustable ComfortLight. Read as much as you’d like with Kobo Nia’s long battery life, where a single charge can last for weeks. And when you’re ready for your next read, the Kobo eBookstore is open 24/7 right on your eReader. Love the way you read with Kobo Nia. Pick it up this Christmas from here ($179.95).
For the beauty expert
As the festive season draws near, gin lovers and those who relish in luxury scents can rejoice as The Botanist Gin announces a special partnership with Vahy Artisanal Fragrance House this Christmas to create a limited edition gift pack. This premium ensemble pairs the oceanic Isle of Blanc with a 200ml bottle of The Botanist Gin. With its blend of sustainability, universal appeal, and unmatched quality, The Botanist Gin x Vahy Christmas Pack stands out as the perfect gift this season for those who appreciate luxury and care about sustainable products. Whether it’s a token of appreciation for a loved one or a festive treat for oneself, it promises to be a highlight of the Christmas celebrations. This limited-edition Christmas Pack is now available online at Vahy.co for $250.
Cointreau x CLINQ
As we gear up for Christmas, the Orange liqueur Cointreau has partnered with Australian homeware brand CLINQ to bring some cocktail magic into your Christmas gifts. This special holiday partnership features a pair of coupe cocktail glasses with rose gold detailing and a 700ml bottle of Cointreau that are bound to take your cocktail game to the next level. A great gift for a significant other, friend or family member. Available now for $119 on the CLINQ website.
Glengoyne 12YO Whisky is a perfect gift for those who appreciate the finer things in life. A refined expression of time-honoured craftsmanship, this distinguished spirit promises to elevate the joy of the season. Glengoyne has been crafting exceptional Scotch whisky since 1833, and its commitment to slow distillation and oak cask aging ensures a smooth and luxurious flavour profile that stands out. Glengoyne 12 Years Old offers a perfect balance of rich intensity and citrus freshness, bringing notes of toffee apples, ginger, shortbread and a delicate hint of spice, rounded off with a soft and smooth oak finish. Available now from Dan Murphy’s (RRP: $99.99).Sydney Unleashed is one of Australia’s premier entertainment publications exploring the latest in lifestyle trends. From Sydney’s finest restaurants, cafes and bars to the hottest in gadgets, products, and home entertainment, Sydney Unleashed is your one-stop lifestyle platform.