Reality Chick’s Christmas Gift Guide 2010

Reality Chick’s Christmas Gift Guide 2010

We love Christmas, but don’t you just wish the present-buying part could be all sorted for you? We sure do. Anyhow, as you know we get to review a lot of awesome products, books and DVDs here at RC HQ. We’re always earmarking things during our online travels that could make great gifts. So, if you’re struggling to buy for your loved ones, here’s a selection of gift ideas and great websites to get you started. Some are also offering discounts for reality chick readers, so you really can have yourself a merry little Christmas! Enjoy.

Sydney Picnic Company
Picnics scream romance and as a present? Bring it on. Christmas picnics for two ($155) are available now, and include marinated olives, dates filled with goat’s curd and wrapped in proscuitto, poached prawns with gremolata and aioli, lemon and thyme chicken, strawberry Eton Mess and infinity sourdough baguette. OMG. So, for something different, you might want to take your beloved on a mystery picnic for a present, or present him or her with a personalised picnic voucher. Sure beats socks and undies in the old stocking. Thanks to @innercitychic for suggesting this one. http://sydneypicnic.com.au/index.php

Hard To Find
Oh boy, do I love this online store. Gifts for her. Gifts for him. Gifts for kids. Gifts for foodies. Gifts for your boss. Gifts for home-lovers. Gifts for decorators. Gifts that are, in a word, gorgeous. Things I want to stuff into every corner of my home, even though I’m trying to declutter. Like this Blink Designs French clock ($89). Or this green random wall clock by top3 by design. Or these silk cushions, this elephant stationery, this amazing bowl that I could never afford, and so on. Just go there. Especially if you’re lazy like me and want to get all your Christmas shopping done in one hit. http://www.hardtofind.com.au/

Little White Dish
If you’re after something really special for your significant other, check out these sweet porcelain ceramics by Deb Taylor. Some of Deb’s treasures include paper-thin tea-light holders (from $40), dimpled jugs (from $58) – and delicate bowls or mugs (from $35) which can be printed with a custom message, like ‘butter me up’, ‘spoon me’ or ‘cherished’. Deb also makes stunning porcelain pendants branded with whatever you like. Gorgeous. Check out www.littlewhitedish.com.au

Uberkate [RC offer]
A family-run jewellery company, Uberkate is the brainchild of the very talented Kate Sutton, a former TV producer. Kate started creating jewellery that kept her family close to her heart – and the Ubercircles, a signature piece made up of sterling silver rings branded with the names of her husband and children – were so admired, she ended up in business! Uberkate designs are customisable and if you order online before Dec 3, 2010, and mention reality chick, you’ll receive a free pair of sterling silver feather earings with your order. www.uberkate.com.au

aXbo alarm clock [RC offer]
In my family an alarm clock in your stocking would be a joke present. But this little Austrian-designed gizmo is no joke. It’s a sleep phase alarm clock that works on a patented waking system, calculating your ideal waking time on the basis of your body movements, and by identifying sleep phases. You do have to wear a soft wrist band with a sensor which tracks your body movements and sends a signal to the alarm clock, so you’re waking in your lightest sleep phase. Available for singles ($279) and couples ($319), with sensors and wristbands. Now, all it needs to do is learn how to make a cup of tea. Mention the promo code realitychick when you order and you’ll receive a $50 discount. www.axbo.net.au

Love Paper Scissors
Sometimes, you just have to say it with art – and we dig the super-cute cut-outs at this Melbourne online store, particularly this Birds Of A Feather artwork (from $45) featuring vintage bird cages on gorgeous backing paper. The artworks here are courtesy of former police officer-turned artist Chelsie Sharp, who cuts out everything from miniature butterflies to birds, fairies to dragonflies, to make framed, paper miniature 3D art. Her cut-outs can also be personalised with your own message. Check out the range at http://lovepaperscissors.com.au/

Kindred Gifts
Betcha wondering what that little gizmo on the left is – and, well, it’s a handy little stocking stuffer for the bike-loving bloke in your life that we stumbled on at Kindred Gifts, an online gift site which specialises in ethical gifts. All of the products are either eco friendly, fair trade, handmade or charitable, like this keychain bottle opener made from recyled bike parts. Check out the site for Alchemy bags, wallets and laptop cases made from ‘upcycled’ seat-belts (from $14.95); Fuz winepocket carriers ($34.95) and media pocket carriers for iPod, iPhone ($27.95), Dogeared organic totes and journals, and Fleabags canvas totes ($595) reportedly loved by Anne Hathaway. Check out the range at http://www.kindredgifts.com/

Calendars, calendars
I do love a cheeky calender in my stocking, because I’m a practical girl, and I like to get organised the minute I get over my New Year’s Eve hangover. Anyway, calendars. The folks at Calendar Club have some cool ones on offer for 2011, and let’s face it, you can’t beat a calendar if you’re sending gifts overseas. There’s Audrey Hepburn, Paul Frank, Dali, Lonely Planet and Grand Prix Race Car calendars available. But Santa, if you’re listening, please make sure the cupcake calendar, the talking fortune teller calendar (complete with buttons to press) and Retro Mama calendar are under my tree this year. I’ll find the wall space somehow. http://calendars.com.au/

Fancy Little Me [RC offer]
We LOVE the personalised artworks at Lety Kemp’s gorgeous website. Kemp, whose background is in graphic design, takes your treasured snapshot and, through digital means, turns it into something quite special. Here’s just one example – check out the website for more, including the new Grafitti Love style, ideal for giving a traditional snap or wedding photo a funky new look. Prices start at $187. Mention reality chick when you order to receive free postage for the ‘Print Only’ option, valid until NYE 2010. http://fancylittleme.com.au

The Hangoevr Coobkook
Out December 1 in hardback (Random House, RRP $19.95) Milton Crawford’s book is a gift for the person who has everything, and is sure to make short work of those festive season hangovers I mentioned earlier. No gimmicky cures promised, but it does identify six different kinds of hangover (The Broken Compass, The Sewing Machine, The Comet, The Atomic, The Cement Mixer and The Gremlin Boogie), while providing over 100 recipes to whip up once you stop worshipping the porcelain. Don’t expect gourmet – this is hangover food: bacon sarnies, pancakes, mustard and cheese mash with sausages. As Crawford says, don’t just endure your hangover – enjoy it! Mmm, right. Available online here.

Couples massage class at the Como [RC offer]
Live in Melbourne? Don’t know what to buy for the couple who has everything? Vouchers are available for couples massage classes at the Como. There’s a 2-hour basics course ($199 per couple), or a four-hour course ($350 per couple) which includes how to apply oil, warm up muscles and work out all those pesky knots, plus a hand and foot massage, afternoon tea and take home starter kit. Mention reality chick and you’ll score a bottle of Chandon NV when you book. www.makeyourpartnermelt.com.au

Pure Fusion Botanicals [RC offer]
No time or inclination to battle the crowds, but want to buy presents with meaning? Check out this online boutique skin care company, which has recently added beautiful ‘Om’ bracelets to their organic skin care range. These bracelets are made by the Karen Hill Tribe people in Thailand and feature semi-precious gemstones and an Om silver charm ($25). Choose from Turquoise, Amethyst and Picture Jasper – each comes in a little muslin bag with a card stating the properties of the gemstone and the meaning of Om. Mention reality chick when you place an order and you’ll receive a free skincare sample pack. On that note, check out the skin care range when you’re there – just more-ish. www.purefusionbotanicals.com.au

Treasure Nest
Italian muslin love notes ($5), ‘you rock my world’ silver guitar picks ($49), ‘you are my sunshine’ pillows ($59)… yep, this site has lots to leave your loved one feeling all warm and fuzzy. For something ultra spesh, check out these leather luggage tags ($39), which you can personalise with your own hand-stamped word and address details. We quite like what they’ve chose for the display tags, though, which read: ‘The luggage of Mrs Smith, in love with Mr Smith since 1998. Bon voyage’. Awww. Just the thing if you’ve got a special Christmas escape planned. www.treasurenest.com.au

I Ran The Wrong Way: A Trader of Good Finds
Again, thanks to @innercitychic for suggesting this site, which I didn’t know about. Lovely Sydney store with an online arm, specialising in ethical, sustainable and local products. They have a range of Christmas gift packs, including Kris Kringle packs under $15, $25, $55 and $85. I love this Mediterranean Fig hand cream ($23.50), handmade in Australia and presented in an apothecary style brown bottle. Check out the range at http://www.iranthewrongway.com/

Wine Love Story Day Tours [RC offer]
The trouble with visiting a wine region is that someone always has to be designated driver – or else you’re stuck on a bus with a load of increasingly drunk strangers. The solution, of course, is your own chauffeur. Which you can have if you’re willing to splash out on an indulgent Luxe Tour. Each tour includes pick-up and drop-off at your home, a choice of dining options (picnic, BBQ or 3-course a la carte), impromptu stops, take-home vino and a professional chauffeur. It costs $1200, but you can split it with another couple – and mention reality chick for an added 30 percent discount.  http://www.whichwineisthat.com/luxe-tours-romancing-the-wine

Fragments
Who was Marilyn Monroe? We think we know everything about her, and that her short and tragic life was an open book. But this book, a compilation of her poems, intimate notes and letters, jotted down in notebooks, typewritten or scribbled on hotel letterhead, offers a never-before-seen peek into the actress’s private world, along with a collection of rarely seen photographs. Her real scribblings are scanned alongside the transcripts, and although you’ve got to wonder how Marilyn would feel about her private thoughts being shared with the world, it does lend a unique insight into the actress as a real woman, rather than the icon. Edited by Stanley Buchthal, producer and family advisor to Monroe’s estate, and screenwriter Bernard Comment, it’s available in hardcover for RRP $49.99, at this online store.

 Ethikl Online Marketplace
From another gift store specialising in cool ethical products, we couldn’t go past these vintage, upcycled herb markers by Melanie Eagleson ($20). Each set of three is handstamped with the name of the herb onto a vintage silverplated dessert or soup spoon all ready for you to stick in your garden bed. Melanie can create the names of the herbs you’d like, too, making this a great stocking stuffer for a loved one with a green thumb! Ethikl is a marketplace for consumers to buy and sell recyled, handmade, ethical and fairtrade products, and you’ll find everything from body products to bush spices here! Visit  www.ethikl.com.au

Jubly-Umph Originals
Handmade in Melbourne, Jubly-Umph artworks are perfect for anyone who wants to get in touch with their inner cool cat. Inspired by old school tattoo, rockabilly and pin up designs, each piece takes an original design which is hand painted onto a solid polystyrene plastic and then coated with a high gloss resin. It is then hand cut, sanded and finished with stainless steel chains and findings and a Jubly-Umph tag. This sweetheart necklace ($35) is just one item from the rather quirky range. http://www.jublyumph.bigcartel.com/

TipsyToes [RC offer]
If you’re anything like me, you put on heels at the start of the night and feel like a princess. By the end, you’re cursing said heels, hobbling like an 80-year-old and screeching for any available taxi. So, I love the idea of a pair of fold-up emergency ballet flats like these. They’re lightweight, flexible, funky and available in four different styles. And, reality chick readers get  20 percent off by quoting promo code Realitychick when they place an order. A great one for the gal in your life. www.tipsytoes.com.au

It’s In The Stars Relationship Report [RC offer]
Fancy a hardcover astrology report for you and your love muffin? These unique, personalised 30-35 page reports are sure to be fascinating reading whether you’re in a new relationship or have been together for years. All astrologer Elizabeth Ball requires is the couples names, genders, birthdate, birth times and birth locations, and the report is express-posted to you, so you’ll have it before Christmas. Reports usually cost $99 but reality chick readers can get a 20 percent discount until December 31, 2010 by entering PROMO2010 in the gift certificate box code at the website’s checkout. For info, visit http://www.itsinthestarsonline.com/

Ideas Book
Ditching all those haphazard post-it notes stuck on a corkboard or computer screen is possible – with tools like interior designer Bronnie Masefau’s Ideas Book. Handbag-sized and packed with homey tips, it’s for keeping track of everything, from to do lists to favourite restaurants. Bloggers you like. Birthday gift ideas. Shopping websites. Pictures from magazines. There’s also a fold-out envelope for storing scribbled notes and business cards. It’s $24.95. www.bronniemasefau.com.au

Girl’s Night In – 10th Anniversary Edition
This doorstop of a book features a treasure trove of good writers – Marian Keyes, Jessica Adams, Candace Bushnell, Maggie Alderson, Nick Hornby, Kathy Lette, Chris Manby, to name a few. Perfect for any reader with a short attention span (or a gaggle of kids demanding attention), a collection of short stories is just what a gal needs on Christmas Day, so she can run off to a quiet corner with a glass of bubbly, feverishly devour the stories from all her favourite writers, then use the next three or four days to leisurely get to know those she’s never read before. Romance, drama, comedy, speed dating, divorce and even Barbie’s boobs pop up in this edition – with proceeds going to War Child, a charity with projects helping children in war-torn areas. So, a good read and helping a good cause – perfect. It’s $29.95 and available here.

Borne Naked [RC offer]
One of those items you’d use all the time but never buy for yourself, the Borne Naked handbag liner is a great pressie idea for the girl who’s always scrabbling around in her handbag for phone, make-up, bus ticket etc. It not only declutters your handbag, but makes it easy to swap from bag to bag when you’re rushing out the door. Borne Naked liners are available in small, medium or large (costing from $24.95) and there are others in the range for gym junkies, new mums and even blokes. Order a small, medium or large liner and mention RC in the promo box to receive a 10 percent discount (not available with any other offer). www.BorneNaked.com

KoolKitchen
Is your dad, brother or lover a pizza man? Silly question, probably. Well, the Manly Man’s Pizza Cutter (Pizza Boss 3000) – see left – could well start out life as a sort-of joke present only to become a kitchen tool staple he can’t wait to whip out at every casual TV pizza night. After all, it looks like a mini circular saw, is made of rugged engineering grade plastic and stainless steel, and claims that it will assist any man get the better of a defiant pizza. It’s just one of loads of great cheffy tools for ‘Kitchen Gods’ and ‘Godesses’ at this gift site. Check it out at www.koolkitchen.com.au

Adopt a baby elephant
We do love a gift that keeps on giving. Like this chance to help a baby elephant through Animal Works, a non-profit conservation organisation. You can give a baby elephant milk for Christmas ($10), adopt an orphaned baby elephant for a year ($75) or three years ($195) in the name of your family member or loved one. You receive a gift card to give to your loved one, and all proceeds go to support victims of human-elephant conflict in Assam, India. Love it.  http://animalworks.com.au/products-page

 

Hampers for Him  [RC offer]
It can be hard… nay, excrutiatingly difficult, buying gifts for guys. Solution? A big, well-stocked hamper. There are loads here to choose from, starting around $50 – but I like the Chef’s Kit ($134.95) which includes recipe book, cook book stand, mortar and pestle, wine, green curry paste, Marrakesh Magic spice mix, Chimi Mild marinade and Doodles Creek Blue Cheese Dressing. Better yet, reality chick readers who place a hamper order during the month of December receive a 10 percent discount by entering the promo code RC1210 at the checkout page. http://hampersforhim.com.au

Dendy Box-set
Long hot Chrissy nights, nothing to do but nibble left-overs and watch DVDs… Mmmm. If that sounds as good to you as it does to us, check out this awesome Christmas pressie box-set ($59.95) packed with five great Dendy films: Amelie, starring Audrey Tatou, Motorcycle Diaries with Gael Garcia Bernal, World’s Fastest Indian, featuring Anthony Hopkins, The Piano, starring Holly Hunter and Anna Pacquin and Becoming Jane with Anne Hathaway. Easy to wrap, too – it’s a win-win. Available now at Myer/Borders.

Pamper Boxes [RC offer]
Everyone needs a little pampering and this Indulgence for Her PamperBox ($52.50), has you covered with an affirmations gift book, aromatherapy candle, designer soap, strawberry chocolate truffles and choc hearts, all bundled up in a pink gift box.  Other boxes include Girl’s Night In ($119), Me Time for Mothers ($125), Wellness ($79.95) and boxes for boys and for couples, too. reality chick readers receive free delivery Australia-wide between now and Christmas. www.pamperboxes.com.au

My Secret Admirer
A gift-giving site with a difference, this novel approach to spoiling someone you love is all about the unexpected. You can send a quick gift, or opt to purchased several gifts ahead of time to be delivered over a one, two or three-month period. (No better time than Xmas to start.) There are themed packages available like The Metromale, The Glamour Queen, The Secretary or The Hippie. Click on one and you see the gifts that your loved one will receive, at intervals you choose. You can also tailor your own packages. www.myownsecretadmirer.com.au.

Meals Men Love
From ‘Land A Man Lasagne’ to ‘Nana Was Married For 69 Years Because of These Cookies’, first-time author and keen cook Lana Vidler has the answers (and 150 tried and tested recipes) for any gal who’s ever wondered if the way to his heart really is via his stomach. A great pressie for a woman who likes to get her hands dirty in the kitchen – and blokes thinking about buying it for their cooking-challenged girlfriends do so at their own risk. It could work in your favour, but worst case scenario? You may end up cooking for HER (but I’m sure she won’t be complaining).  It’s $19.95 with free postage from www.mealsmenlove.com.au

Half Price Palm Reads [RC offer]
It’s a late entry to the gift guide, but anyone who read our interview with palmist Susan Taylor, or followed the competition we did with three RC readers, might like to check out Susan’s great Christmas offer for reality chick readers. She’s offering palm reads for the whole of December for just $50, which is half-price – and although Susan is based in Melbourne she’s able to provide your palm-reading report over the phone or via email. Don’t forget to mention ‘Reality Chick’ when you book. http://www.susantaylor.com.au/

 

Freelance journo, blogger, self-appointed advice-giver and co-author of Get Lucky. If you've got a dating or relationship issue, feel free to ask a question. (PS. You can also find me at The Mama Files and Letter To My Ex).

6 Comments

  1. Ella Hyden 1 year ago

    I liked the gift ideas. Just amazing

  2. Stephanie 7 years ago

    Love the gift suggestions, especially the cool pizza cutter, clock and silver jewellery.

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    reality chick 7 years ago

    Pleasure! Glad I could introduce YOU to some cool stores for a change 😉

  4. Lisa 7 years ago

    Thank you introducing me to these guys! http://www.jublyumph.bigcartel.com/ and http://www.treasurenest.com.au/honk.html!

    Totes awesome!

  5. Rachel 7 years ago

    I love the clock. I have just finished designing my Christmas Festive Animals Stationery Collection, which is a printable collection. Make your Christmas Parties look fab without spending loads. My website is http://www.creativelittlestars.com

    Let me know your thoughts.
    Rachel.

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