Congratulations – it’s December. You made it to Christmas in what has been, for many, a year of hardship. Reward yourself or someone you love with something a little more luxe than usual under the tree on Christmas Day. We all deserve it.
Deep relaxation has been an elusive state in 2020. One place you will find it, though, is in a floatation tank – a water-filled pod designed to eliminate external stimuli such as light and sound to create a meditative state for the person encased in it. The water in the pod is mixed with magnesium sulfate (Epsom Salt) and heated to skin temperature, creating the sense that you’re floating in a gravity-free environment. Floatation therapy has been shown to reduce pain, stress and anxiety, which goes a long way to explaining its growing popularity. A gift that calms the mind and improves wellbeing is exactly what we all need right now. Sydney Float Centre, which has locations in Darlinghurst and Brookvale, offers a three-float pack for $199 and at Melbourne’s Beyond Rest in Collingwood, you can float for $75.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Receiving a gadget you actually need on Christmas Day is the dream, right? About as sleek as they come, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is a full-screen phone that can fold in half thanks to its flexible glass, making it compact enough to fit in your pocket. When operated in “Flex” mode, apps split in half, putting controls on the bottom half and turning the top half into a viewing area. It’s packed full of other features including a powerful camera capable of hands-free video chats and extra options for night photography, as well as a long-lasting dual battery.
Fairley, launched by Melbourne-based jewellery designer Susannah Fairley in 2013, is famous for its beautifully crafted pieces inspired by travel that have earned the attention of bling-loving civilians and celebs alike. The latest collection, Champagne Sunsets, draws on natural forms and materials, featuring opulent pearl hoops, striking cocktail rings set with malachite, clover-shaped pendants set with smoky blue Amazonite, and earrings made from spectacular millefiori glassware, all set in sterling silver and 18- and 24-carat Italian gold plate. Any of the above is guaranteed to impress this Christmas.
The beach – whether Bells, Bondi or Byron – is the perfect place to decompress after a year that challenged us in unexpected ways. The elemental mix of sun, sand and surf is always restorative – especially when you’re sporting luxe swimwear from Australian fashion house Zimmermann. The latest season features flattering one-shoulder floral swimsuits and cute bikinis with crochet detailing that will delight fashion-loving beach bums this Christmas. There are some nifty printed board shorts for men, too.
Art from Modern Times
Art elevates a space and helps creates a sense of home when we hang it on our walls – but naturally, it can be a little pricey. Investing in art is a wonderful way to support Australia’s arts community, and as a gift, a painting is something to cherish and pass down through generations.
Modern Times stocks original artwork, photography and sculpture by emerging and established contemporary Australian artists such as Elizabeth Barnett, Sarah Kelk and Christopher Jewitt, as well as Modern Times Editions and giclee prints. Visit the website or the bricks-and-mortar store on Smith Street in Collingwood.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Samsung.