Christmas time is creeping up fast, but there’s no reason to stress over shopping for gifts. Giving should be one of the best parts of the Christmas season, there’s nothing like watching your family and friends unwrap something they really love.
For all the 12 days of Christmas, we’ve handpicked a dozen of our favourite things for our Broadsheet gift guide, from swimwear to French linen bed sheets, gentleman’s skin care, retro lamps and even something nice for your dog. The best part? We’re giving every single piece away over the next 12 days. This Christmas could be the best yet.
For their debut swimwear collection, local label Kuwaii have produced a super cute Magic Eye One-Piece in various colours, including one with black stripes, black straps and a belt. Available at Kuwaii in store and online for $195.
Retro Print Revival Lamps
When we visited Tamara Watt's studio recently it felt like stepping back into another era with an explosion of colourful '60s and '70s textile designs featuring Frida Kahlo, The Hungry Caterpillar and our favourite, the Flamingo Fuchsia Tall Disk Lamp. Available at various stockists and online for $260.
30 Scoops of Gelato Messina
Now that the famed gelato maestros at Messina are scooping up in Melbourne and Sydney over summer, what could be a better gift than a month's worth of gelato - 30 single scoops! Gelato vouchers are available at various prices at the Smith Street store in Melbourne and at the Darlinghurst store in Sydney.
Sheet Sets by IN BED Store
Created by Pip Vasset, former fashion director at Yen magazine, IN BED store includes a range of soft French bed linens, stone-washed and dyed in a range of classic colours, cashmere and cotton. We have a set of white bed linen, plus pillow slips, to give away. Available separately online starting from $140.
Vide Poche by Henry Wilson
The 'Vide Poche' or (empty pockets) is a reversible, double-side dish for all your daily bits and pieces, created by industrial designer Henry Wilson. One side features a single scoop for those who like a bit of chaos. The other is divided in two for people who prefer more structure in their day. We have one to give away in polished silver aluminium. Available online for $165.
Gentleman’s Brand Co. Daily Regime 3-Pack
An elegant, Australian-made skincare brand for the modern gent, this collection of face wash, moisturiser and body wash uses formulas sourced from Australia’s rich landscape that are uncomplicated and free from synthetics and parabens. We have one Daily Regime 3-pack including all three products to give away so you can put your best face forward over summer. Available at various stockists and online for $79.95.
Best in Park Lead and Collar
Melbourne-based purveyors of quality goods for dogs, Best in Park, don’t do things by halves. This collar and lead set is crafted locally from thick leather, quality hardware and bright nylon webbing for all mod-style dogs out there to look sharp this summer. Bedford Lead (in chocolate) and Old School Collar (stripe 103) are available online for $70 and $50-$55 respectively.
Made Measure iPad Sleeve
Crafted in Melbourne from high-quality leather that is designed to gain character with age, this durable sleeve protects your iPad and gives it a bit of old-school charm for good measure. Each wallet is lined in suede to complement the sturdy construction. iPad sleeve is available online for $110.
Note to Self Chinos
The imaginative local denim label uses soft twill cotton, minimal branding and a comfortable fit to create the perfect chino pant – an illusive beast. Constructed in Melbourne, the capsule collection of pants and shorts are perfect for those summer days when denim should stay in the closet. These chino pants are available at online and at Doomsday for $160.
Chin Chin: The Book
Designed to be the literary equivalent of a trip to the restaurant itself, the 256-page tome is appropriately colourful, cheeky and offbeat. Complete with crisp photography and a huge array of recipes from the Chin Chin menu, you might soon have a line out the door of your kitchen. Chin Chin: The Book - $49.95, is available at Chin Chin and online.
The Fortynine Studio Plates
At The Fortynine Studio, everything is unique. Made in small quantities in their Sydney studio, these hand-painted platters each have their own character and elegance. Flip Flop Slip oval platter, black & white is available online for $95.
Men's and Women's Sleepwear by Masini & Chern
Masini & Chern’s debut sleepwear collection has removed all teddy bears, ducks and clouds to recreate the traditional pyjama. The brand's luxe designs look just as at home tucked under the covers on a rainy Sunday morning with a cup of Earl Grey as they do at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc ordering afternoon spritzers. We are giving away a pair of grey women's and a pair of striped men's pyjamas so you sleep sweet. Available online for $230.
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Photography by Nick Blair and styling by Sarah Banger.