The countdown is on with weeks to go until Christmas Day. To make your life easier, the Daily Telegraph brings you the ultimate guide to the best gifts of the holiday season.
We have put them through their paces to make choosing gifts stress-free, from homely creature comforts to affordable stocking stuffers, you’ll find the perfect gift for your loved ones.
TECH AND GADGETS
From gifts that will simplify your loved ones lives, to super cool toys, we have road tested them all so you can easily pick the best present for the tech-obsessed.
Print your favourite photos from a smartphone with the KiiPix. No batteries or wires are required and the compact size allows you to take it anywhere from beachside road trips to music festivals, Christmas BBQ’s or overseas adventures.
For the eternal teenager in your life, the new Razor X Cruiser is an electric skateboard uses an innovative, geared, rear-wheeldrive motor and lithium-ion battery to deliver electrifying skate action at speeds up to 16km/h for up to 40 minutes of continuous knarly use.
Bass in your face
Thanks to extra bass and live sound mode, the Sony SRS-XB501G lets you feel as well as hear your music. The in-built Google Assistant lets you play your favourite tunes without lifting a finger. Sony’s wireless speaker is also water resistant so no worries about taking it pool side.
Charge me up
A practical gift that will get used every day. The mophie charge stream powerstation lets you wirelessly charge your Qi-enabled smartphone anywhere with a push of a button, or charge any smartphone using the USB.
Wired for sound
It took a decade and a half of research to produce the technology in the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II headphones. They’re engineered with world-class noise cancellation and direct access to Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant for simple voice control on the go.
$499 ($299 for Anaconda members)
Stand Up Paddle Boarding is the fastest growing watersport for good reason, it’s awesome fun and it’s good for the whole family. Easily compactible and a great entry-level inflatable SUP board, the Aqua Marina Pure Air is perfect for those completely new to it.
HARD TO PLEASE
We all know who this person is. We bring you some options they didn’t even know they needed in their life.
Learn to relax
If you know someone who needs a refreshing slap to help them lead a more contended, grounded life, then the Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson might be the perfect gift. Sometimes sh*t is f*cked up and we have to live with it.
Born to be wild
From the founder of 2XU, Saint has created the world’s strongest denim jeans — they’re 200 times stronger than regular denim. Anyone coming off their motorcycle is highly protected from impact abrasion — you can slide along the road for up to 5.9 seconds without tearing them.
You’re not really drinking if you’re learning
The tonic tasting set from the Cocktail Co allows your loved one to play G & T matchmaker. Each set comes with a fullsized bottle of festive award-winning gin, five mixers and tasting cards. Perfect for festive seasons gatherings.
A functional, rugged duffel bag is a necessity and Thule make the best — how many bags offer a 25 year warranty? An oversized opening, removable backpack straps, durable and waterproof fabric make this the ultimate adventure buddy.
If you’ve taken it all year, time to give it back
Whether it is a work colleague, your brother or your neighbour, there’s always that special person in your life that deserves this smiley, giant inflatable poo. It’s big enough to lay back in the pool or at the beach, or just to lounge around in the sun.
Yes, take it personally
The personalised journals from Australian designers Corban and Blair are made from recycled leather and make a subtle style statement. Temple & Webster will emboss with two initials in either rose gold, silver or gold on the front cover.
STYLE AND BEAUTY
Something extra special for your beauties to take care of themselves and to feel fabulous well beyond Christmas.
Give a little glow
These are my favourite beauty products because of their efficacy and sheer pleasure when I apply them — the aroma sends me right back to my grandmother’s rose garden. Australian icon Jurlique have released The Iconic Set that will transform skin to look glowing, fresh and radiant.
These are almost too cute to open! Glasshouse Fragrances’ new decadent body lotions are beautifully packaged inside six festive Bon Bons. They include bestselling fragrances — Cyprus Saffron and Sea Salt, Tahiti Tiare Flower and Kyoto Camellia and Lotus. These are great value if you want to split them up and give as individual gifts.
Next level facial treatment
Anyone want to look ten years younger? This professional device from Trophy Skin is like having a skin specialist at home, and it’s good for girls and guys. Using a hi-tech combo of diamond exfoliation and gentle suction, the Microderm buffs away dead skin and promotes cell turnover, all in a few minutes.
Meaningful and stylish
With a personalised message on the front and back, these hand-poured soy candles come in the yummiest scents — we love the Day Spa Dreaming. These are perfect token gifts to teachers, grandparents or your best mate.
We love this cherry blossom pendant necklace in sterling silver and gold with a pink sapphire from Simone Walsh. Cherry blossoms represent renewal and the beautiful, but fleeting nature of life. Perfect for a creative, independent-minded woman who has a unique sense of style.
Transform into a goddess
There’s nothing quite like wrapping yourself in 100 per cent sumptuous silk and Australian designer Camilla Franks delivers on style and quality. These garments are investment pieces that make you feel graceful and elegant as soon as you slip them over your head.
Back to the gypsy that I was
This little bottle of heaven combines the oils of Neroli, Prickly pear, Meadowfoam, Camellia, Apricot seed and Bergamot and smells as good as it looks. This dry oil is the ultimate in skin health to boost skin tone and texture and it’s free from any synthetic nasties.
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