Christmas is one of several days each year where we shower mum with gifts to let her know just how appreciative we are. I mean, she raised us, wiped our bums, cooked our means and possibly allowed us to get away with a little more than we should. To help you say thanks, we’ve curated this excellent Christmas Gift Guide full of skincare products, cooking utensils, fashion, easy-to-use technology and more!
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Help mum elevate her skincare routine with Shea Butter Hand Cream from L’Occitane. Enriched with 20 percent organic Shea Butter and blended with honey, almond and coconut oil, this formula is tough on cracked, chapped hands and won’t leave oily traces. Often called “life-changing” and a “beauty-must-have”, this miraculous little hand cream is essential for home, work and on-the-go. There are lots of great reasons why a tube of this cream is sold every three seconds. – AU$45
Aesop Marrakech Fragrance
If mum doesn’t use Aesop branded products, it’s only because she hasn’t discovered them yet. Help mum out by gifting her the Marrakech Intense fragrance distinguished by its fresh florals, and woody, oriental notes. The key natural ingredients are clove, sandalwood and cardamom and Aesop says there’s a hint of the animalistic in every bottle. – AU$95
Synergy Oil Burner
Carved from a solid piece of stone, the Travertine Synergy Oil Burner features a minimal design and would suit the aesthetic of any home. It’s accompanied by an essential oil, an Australian beeswax candle, a brass dish and tea light holder. As the oil burner is carved from natural stone, each piece will be similar, but unique in its own special way. – AU$190
Posie Candles: SUR
This hand-made candle from Byron Bay possesses sharp amber notes complemented by sweet patchouli, rich cedar and sandalwood. The earthy, woody aromas are inspired by Big Sur – a fantastic stretch of earth along California’s Pacific Coast. The candle itself is made from 100% natural soy wax and comes in a subtle amber-coloured glass jar. It will burn for around 60 hours. – AU$56
Made by Fressko Tea/Fruit infuser bottle
Designed in Melbourne, this Fressko Tour bottle is a stylishly sustainable, alternative to takeaway cups. It keeps drinks hot for 4 hours and cold for 6, with a leak-proof bamboo lid and 2-in-1 Infuser Filter. This unique Fressko technology will allow mum to create her favourite fruit-infused waters and unique tea blends. Or, she can ignore it entirely and just take her coffee on the go. – AU$66
Audible Gift Membership
It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Each month, mum can download a brand new audiobook of her choosing and receive stacks of discounts along the way. Audible offers new releases, classics, exclusive podcasts and more, covering true crime, romance, comedy and every genre under the sun. It’s challenging to find time to read. With Audible, mum can explore her favourite books while staying on top of her schedule. – From $16.45 per month
Deco Mini Soap Collection
Luxury label Claus Porto has launched this selection of 9 elegant soaps as the Deco collection, presented in a stylish box and perfect for gifting this Christmas. Each soap features a unique fragrance and personality. Blended with shea butter, these colourful soaps draw on the dramatic designs that first made Claus Porto’s name in the early 20th century. – AU$117
Guide to Easier Living
If anyone deserves an easier home life, it’s mum. Whether she lives in a city or out in the country – has modern or traditional furnishings – this Guide to Easier Living encouraging people to discard rigid, old-fashioned patterns and create a new informal standard. The authors offer timeless advice, such as how to plan the arrangement of rooms to serve their purposes most efficiently, how to choose the most practical furniture and lighting for your specific needs, and much more geared toward increasing the enjoyment and satisfaction of life in the home. – AU$26
Parachute Waffle Bath Towels
These lightweight, minimalist towels textured with honeycomb weave will make any bathroom look and feel like a fancy day spa. Made from 100% Turkish cotton, these towels are exceptionally absorbent and quick-drying. Go for the bath towels, hand towels or waffle robe in a variety of different colours to lift mum’s bathroom to the next level. We just know she will love it. – From $25
Saltverk Sea Salt
Hand-harvested in Iceland using 100% geothermal energy, Saltverk is one of the world’s only sustainable sea salts. Consisting of just one raw material—i.e. pure Icelandic seawater—it delivers terrific flavour and impeccably flaky texture. It’s a mainstay in five-star restaurant kitchens, where master chefs use it to spruce up their already tasty dishes. Surely your mum will love it.
So you got mum that fancy candle. For an extra Xmas treat, pair it with a stylish box of Tiger matches. Letterpressed in Oxfordshire with a timeless and fun design, the packaging looks incredible and is a keeper once the contents are used up. Just think – every time mum goes for a match, she will be reminded of you and your thoughtful gift. – AU$10
Prose The Essentials
Take personalised gifting to the next level with custom hair care products tailored to your mum’s hair goals. What you do is purchase a Prose Gift Card and hand it to mum at Christmas. Then, she jumps online and answers a brief series of questions so Prose can understand her hair needs, lifestyle and environment. Prose then crafts unique products for mum, drops them in the mail and lifts her haircare routine to the next level. – From $50
Spongeware Oil & Vinegar Set
This hand-painted Spongeware Oil and Vinegar Set is based on the 19th-century English stoneware ceramics and covers a basic kitchen necessity in classic style. The duo of cruets and their matching caddies are ideal for any occasion and work well in mix-and-match place settings when mum prefers the traditional homewares and furnishings over modern design. – AU$128
Drake’s Lambswool Herringbone Scarf
From luxury label Todd Snyder, the Drake Herringbone scarf features a modern striped New York style and is made in Scotland from naturally insulating lamb’s wool to keep mum ready for the cold months ahead. This scarf will go with virtually any outfit and is available in your choice of green, navy and wine colours. – AU$258
Amazon Echo Auto
Echo Auto is a nifty little gadget that adds Alexa voice support to mums car and plays content through the car’s speakers. Mum will be able to select and stream from Audible, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio and more – all while keeping her hands firmly planted on the steering wheel. With 8 microphones and far-field technology, Echo Auto can even hear over the music, A/C, and road noise. – AU$50
Audible Gift Card
With an Audible gift card, mum can experience all the aforementioned benefits of membership, while saving you the hassle of managing reoccurring payments being withdrawn from your account. So what are the perks of Audible again? Each month, mum can download a brand new audiobook of her choosing and receive stacks of discounts along the way. Audible offers new releases, classics, exclusive podcasts and more, covering true crime, romance, comedy and every genre under the sun.
Vollrath 12-Inch High-Heat Tongs
Here we have a kitchen staple taken to the next level. This hi-temperature 12-inch stainless steel tong with nylon end and coated handle will not scratch or mar non-stick surfaces, and the concave scalloped utility end gently grips food for with ease. The handle is even equipped with antimicrobial protection and provides a cool, comfortable grip for mum. – AU$9
Big Green Egg (Large)
A BBQ grill is an essential part of any backyard or outdoor entertainment area. Styled on the Japanese kamado charcoal grill, the Big Green Egg provides anyone with the equipment necessary to cook and smoke their favourite meats. This multi-function grill is perfect for cooking entrées through to mains and desserts and can accommodate for occasions of all sizes. With its dark green complexion and oval shape, the Egg could even blend in with the landscaping.
Opinel Oyster Knife
This is the go-to knife for shucking oysters and getting the juicy meat out of crabs, lobster and other shellfish. The folding design makes it extremely compact, and locking mechanism keeps it safe to use. The blade itself is made from stainless steel, and the handle is made from beautiful New Guinea Rosewood. Why not pair the knife with a couple of KGs worth of seafood for the ultimate gift? – AU$20
The Bondi Shoe Club Shoes
Comfy, stylish and 100 per cent recyclable and vegan certified, The Bondi Shoe Club shoes are an easy win for getting that special someone a fresh pair of kickers for summer. With tropical prints inspired by Sydney beaches, these lightweight canvas espadrilles are the perfect shoes for hot days spent in and out of the sand sipping rose.