It’s fun to give people gifts. The unique feeling of finding a present both thoughtful and pleasantly unexpected is one of the lovely little wrinkles of life. Such finds can come in all sizes and shapes, from destinations far and wide and – importantly – at all kinds of price points. That’s why we’ve tailored our annual Broadsheet Christmas Gift guide to suit lovers of design, food, fashion, whisky and more – at every kind of budget.
As an added bonus, we’re offering five readers the chance to win the Broadsheet x Chivas XV Christmas prize pack below:
For your chance to win, fill out the entry form at the bottom of this article. (If you’re a current Broadsheet subscriber, enter your email, too.) The competition is open from Dec 4 to Dec 16, 2019.
Here's our guide to some of the best selections for the Christmas gifting season, from stocking fillers to something a little more luxe.
Hey Tiger chocolate
The handy thing about giving Hey Tiger chocolate as a present is it looks like it’s already wrapped. Handmade in Melbourne, each bar’s packaging is emblazoned with festive decorations, making it a present ready to go – like the Christmas-specific Owl Night strawberry bar ($4). Inside them hide equally evocative flavours, including candy cane, rum-soaked currants, and even a vegan mulled wine jelly.
Splurge for the whole family on a gift box featuring a selection for $137.
Eleven Australia sea salt texture spray
Just as they should be, Eleven Australia’s products are cruelty free and made from natural ingredients. The sea salt texture spray ($9.95) combines hydrolysed wheat protein and sea salt to give beachy tresses volume and texture.
The Eleven Sea Salt Texture spray is included in the five prize packs.
Fancy Hanks hot sauce
The home of Melbourne’s finest American barbeque, Fancy Hank’s makes its award-winning hot sauce in-house. The Cayenne & Watermelon Hot Sauce ($11) is mild, fresh and fruity, while the sweet and tangy Jalapeno & Peach Hot Sauce ($11) packs a punch.
The Jalapeno & Peach Hot Sauce is included in the five prize packs.
Stellar sleep mask
Give the gift of a good night’s sleep this Christmas courtesy of Stellar’s sleep mask ($39.95). Made from high-grade Mulberry silk, this luxurious mask protects the fragile area around the eyes and blocks out distractions.
Kevin Murphy Texture comb
Kevin Murphy is one of Australia’s top stylists and the brains behind a prestigious range of haircare and styling products – ideal for packing in the summer swag for holidays. The Kevin Murphy Texture comb ($19.95) is a tool to help tame any member of the family’s unruly summer frizz.
Remy scrunchie set
Remy elevates the ultimate ’90s hair accessory from the schoolyard to something infinitely more sophisticated. The limited-edition Clay set ($32) features terracotta and natural linen scrunchies, and comes with an eco-cotton produce bag.
The Remy scrunchie set (clay) are included in the five prize packs.
Stellar rose quartz facial roller
Further aiding a sweet night’s sleep is the rose quartz facial roller ($39.95), which with a gentle roll aims to help boost circulation, reduce puffiness and fine lines, and improve skin elasticity.
The rose quartz facial roller is included in the five prize packs.
The Hannah clip (orange) and the Rebecca clip (marble) are included in the five prize packs.
Chivas XV whisky limited-edition gold bottle
A gift any discerning whisky lover will welcome to the top shelf this Christmas: a Chivas XV whisky limited-edition gold bottle ($80). Aged for 15 years, Chivas XV is smooth and fruity with flavours of poached pears, butterscotch and caramel in a velvety texture drawn from its time spent in cognac casks – ideal for a premium yuletide nightcap.
Bonus: if you purchase before Jan 3, 2020 you can receive a Gold Class cinema ticket while stocks last.
Chivas XV whisky limited-edition gold bottle is included in the five prize packs.
Best Jumpers Mate hat
Aussie designer Dylan Best founded his eponymous unisex fashion label Best Jumpers in 2018. You might have seen his Mate washed twill hat ($45) bobbing around on the street. Either way it’s a perfect gift for a best…mate.
The Mate washed twill hat is included in the five prize packs.
The Broadsheet Italian Cookbook
Edited by our very own, The Broadsheet Italian Cookbook ($49.95) features 80 essential recipes from Australia’s leading restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as advice about where to source the best ingredients. It’s a must-have for anyone with a passion for Italian cuisine – or just eating in general.
Mecca Cosmetica and Mecca Max
The range of summer beauty essentials from Mecca Cosmetica and Mecca Max make for a chic special item or full-on stocking stuffer. Try the Summer Sunkissed Duo ($45), a nourishing vitamin E-enriched balm and cheek tint; Liquid Light Trio ($40), a smart selection of three best-selling highlighters; or Hydration Staycation ($75), a moisturiser and eye cream to keep thirsty skin glowing during the warm weather.
Or try the Eye Shadow Quad ($12), available in three shade edits, for a no-brainer KK option.
Kevin Murphy Shimmer Shine
Hair turned unruly from ocean swims or those few skipped showers over the summer break? Give it some love with Kevin Murphy’sShimmer Shine ($42.95) a treatment spray that adds lustre to hair without weighing it down.
The Kevin Murphy Shimmer Shine spray is included in the five prize packs.
Cult Design Paper Porcelain series
The Paper Porcelain series by Dutch design studio Scholten & Baijings for Hay features ceramic products with a slightly coarse texture recalling recycled paper. The collection comprises an espresso cup with saucer ($55 each), a coffee cup with saucer ($70), a mug ($85), and a tea plate ($85). Each item is available separately.
If you want to splurge, the vase ($340) makes a fine centrepiece.
Isaac Francis is a qualified bootmaker and industrial designer who makes all his products by hand. Simple, durable and beautifully made, IEFrancis wallets are made from kangaroo leather and come in different styles and colours, including the Landscape fold wallet ($110) in redwood and the Duo card wallet ($79) in terracotta.
Mihan Aromatics oil parfum
Based in Fitzroy, Mihan Aromatics creates fragrances with a difference. Available in 8 millilitre vials of oil parfum ($75), this could be your most lovely smelling present yet. Scents include the heady Guilty Story, calming Sienna Brume, fresh Mikado Bark, and Petrichor Plains, which evokes drought-breaking rain. If you can’t decide, The Discovery Set ($30) contains samples of all four fragrances.
Four different scents (Sienna Brume, Mikado Bark, Petrichor Plains, Guilty Story) as well as the Discovery Set are included in the five prize packs.
Købn beach towel and hand towel
Quality fabrics and a muted palette are the order of the day at Australian textile label Købn, which applies Danish minimalism to its towel range. Quick-drying and generously sized, the Købn clay beach towel ($79.95) is made from soft terry fabric and features highlight stripes in black and white. Makes an elegant pairing with the Købn hand towel ($34.95).
Mud Australia platter
Mud Australia has forged a global reputation for creating beautiful servingware. Made by hand in Sydney, each piece features tiny irregularities in size, glaze and texture that adds to its appeal. The Mud Australia platter ($90) is an indispensable piece for anyone who enjoys entertaining.
HEW pearl picnic hoop earrings
Ema Hewitt established Melbourne fashion label HEW in 2014, and five years later her designs are still on point. Her rattan pearl picnic hoops ($99) are the perfect accessory for a summer of al fresco wining and dining.
Best Jumpers Tyrone Mate hoodie
Designer Dylan Best’s Tyrone Mate hoodie ($136.50), blends New York street style with a laidback Australian attitude. Ensure the receiver of your gift no longer walks the streets without people pointing at them and saying “Maaaate.”
Tait Geo tray
The Geo tray ($160) is part of the Terrace collection by Australian designers Bernabeifreeman. Made from powder-coated aluminium and featuring delicate perforations in its base, the hexagonal tray is ideal for both indoor and outdoor entertaining.
Wootten leather apron
Local cordwainer and leathermaker Jess Cameron-Wootten creates beautiful, bespoke leather products in his Ballarat studio. His meticulously crafted leather apron ($220) is made to order and will last a lifetime.
Pared Serra sunglasses
Creative sparks flew when Australian jewellery designer Holly Ryan met Pared creative director Sam Stevenson at fashion week in 2017. The result is a special collaboration for SS19 featuring statement sunglasses ($260) inspired by American sculptor Richard Serra.
The sunglasses are included in the five prize packs.
P Johnson Gattopardo print swimmers
Patrick Johnson’s menswear possesses a distinctive European flair (the Young Pope, anyone?). His princely Gattopardo print swimmers ($225) are made from luxuriously soft fabric and feature invisible pockets.
Henry Wilson x Modern Times
Henry Wilson designs timeless objects that have a sculptural beauty and serve a practical purpose. He has a particular affinity for bronze, as evidenced by the lustrous Vide Poche Rond ($220), designed to hold the contents of your pockets. His smart set of three stack trays ($350) can be used together or separately.
Respiro Studio Alexa bag in yellow
Respiro Studio makes fabulous bags with just the right amount of sass. The golden-hued Alexa Bag ($279) is the smart accessory for any family fashionista this Christmas.
So-hot-right-now photographer Gareth Sobey captured the luminous Sunset on the Central Plateau ($350) while on assignment in Tasmania. The print is available framed or unframed via Broadsheet Editions, our in-house showcase of spectacular images taken by Broadsheet photographers and available to purchase framed or unframed.
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This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Chivas XV.