The Cream Last-Minute Christmas Gift Guide
So you’ve booked in your mani, your pedi and your haircut, bought a fabulous new-season outfit for yourself, but Christmas gift shopping for friends and family has totally slipped your mind?
Fear not for Cream has compiled our annual, trusty, last-minute gift guide for you. Plenty of fabulous products here for you to ponder: for your loved one, your folks, the kids in your life, and your BFFs – heck, there’s something here for pretty much everyone.
Compiled by Antonino Tati
WHAT: Print by artist Johnny Romeo. DESCRIPTION: Brisbane-based artist Romeo’s works range from celebrity-studded to comic-book macho, with each print splashed with so much colour that butch suddenly becomes beautiful and glamour even more glitzy. Pictured from the artist’s recent ‘Popism’ exhibition – ‘Poppy Rock, 2013’. COST: $220.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.burattieditions.com.
WHAT: Anorak vintage-style cooler bag. DESCRIPTION: A nifty cooler bag with a retro box shape. Reminiscent of vintage lunchboxes, it’s waterproof and durable, and comes in cool prints like the ‘Kissing Rabbits’, pictured. COST: $89.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.formfunctionstyle.com.au.
WHAT: Melbourne by Lumbi printed cushions. DESCRIPTION: Cool pillows emblazoned with popular Melbourne suburbs. Printed cotton front, plain black back, zippered. Available in suburbs in other states, too. COST: $49.95 for 40cm pillow with insert; $79.95 for 50cm pillow with insert. AVAILABLE FROM: www.lumbi.com.au and at The Melbourne Shop by Lumbi, Driver Lane, Melbourne City.
WHAT: Message In A Bottle. DESCRIPTION: Literally that – a rolled up scroll for you to write your own message on, housed in a bottle stamped with those all-important big four letters. From a new website called gifts4themissus which helps clueless guys find nice gifts – you guessed it – for the missus. COST: $18.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.gifts4themissus.com.
WHAT: Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa Tequila. DESCRIPTION: A delicious combination of Patrón Silver Tequila, quality coffee and pure cocoa, creating a unique and ultra-premium liqueur; perfect served over ice as an after-dinner bevvy. COST: $74.99 for 750ml bottle. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality liquor outlets.
WHAT: Pantone Coffee Maker. DESCRIPTION: Otherwise known as the trusty Italian perculator, this stove top coffee maker comes in three sizes (3-cup, 6-cup, or 9-cup) and six cool colours (Vintage Blue, Ketchup Red, Hot Pink, Midnight Blue, Emerald Green, and Green ‘Shoots’). COST: $49.95 for 9-cup coffee maker, pictured. AVAILABLE FROM: www.until.com.au.
WHAT: Monster iSport Freedom Headphones. DESCRIPTION: Wireless cam phones that deliver superb audio quality and are even sweat proof! A rechargeable battery provides 30-plus hours of playback and calls, while a clever button layout on the ear-cups allows for easy user interface to ensure making calls and controlling sound is a cinch. COST: $349. AVAILABLE FROM: Harvey Norman, JB Hi Fi or direct through www.monsterproducts.com.
WHAT: Beats by Dre ‘Pill’ Speaker. DESCRIPTION: A lightweight, portable speaker that’s totally wireless and Bluetooth-enabled so you can boom music anywhere you go from a variety of devices – even change tracks via your mobile phone. Small enough to fit in your hand, the Beats Pill packs a powerful audio punch. COST: $259. AVAILABLE FROM: www.au.beatsbydre.com.
WHAT: Lovisa Diamond Simulant Ring. DESCRIPTION: Cut just like a diamond, this man-made sparkler is designed to shine and is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. COST: $29.99. AVAILABLE FROM: www.lovisa.com.au.
WHAT: Vuerich B sunglasses. DESCRIPTION: The ultimate in upcycling, these sturdy sunnies are made from recycled bits of mapel-wood skateboard. Featuring high quality Carl Zeiss lenses to provide 100% UVA/UVB protection. COST: $439 for ‘Rad No. 439’ sunglasses, pictured. AVAILABLE FROM: www.upcyclette.com.
WHAT: Dosh Wallet. DESCRIPTION: A super streamlined take on the classic elastic wallet, it has four card slots on the outside and secure pockets on the inside. Super durable, hard-wearing and made in Australia from 100% recyclable material. COST: $45. AVAILABLE FROM: www.gyrofish.com.au.
WHAT: Faber-Castell Connector Paint Box. DESCRIPTION: The perfect kids gift with its slick modern design and clever functionality, these paint pots can be individually combined, thereby helping children to learn about colour relativity through play. COST: $19.95. AVAILABLE FROM: Officeworks.
WHAT: Tinny retro tin cooler. DESCRIPTION: Make your ‘esky’ stand out from all those generic ones at the next big picnic. Fits up to 24 cans, retains ice for up to 36 hours, and is polypropylene-insulated (big words for ‘it keeps drinks really cool’). Oh, and it’s CFC-free. We’ll drink to that! COST: $59.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.lifeliveitup.com.au.
WHAT: Murchison-Hume Classic Six Cleaning Set. DESCRIPTION: These quality eco-friendly cleaning products from Sydney-based brand Murchison-Hume might look all quaint and vintage in their packaging, but they pack a powerful punch in cleaning. Available in the range are nifty named products like the ‘Spit and Polish Chrome & Stainless Steel Cleaner’, ‘Everyday Furniture Spritzer’, and ‘Counter Intelligence Food Safe Surface Spray’. All products are 99.99% natural, non-toxic, 100% biodegradable, cruelty-free and the packaging itself 100% recyclable. How’s that for good and green? COST: $76.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.murchison-hume.com.
WHAT: Dr. LeWinn’s anti-ageing skincare range. DESCRIPTION: A great antidote to ageing with the introduction of this range of luxurious serums, each containing a high concentration of specially selected, effective ingredients. From left to right, the Ultra R4 Ultimate Lift Serum (RRP $69.95) with Triple Re-Sculpting Action: improves skin elasticity by up to 93% and firmness by up to 82%; Line Smoothing Complex S8 Instant Line Eraser Serum (RRP $69.95) with the power of five ‘wrinkle warriors’ including snowflake extract to enhance skin firmness and elasticity, and Fiflow ATX to visually smoothen skin; and Miracle Radiance Renewal Serum (RRP $49.95) for deep cell nourishment and renewal – a potent gel-oil to help renew dull and dehydrated skin. COST: (see prices in preceding information). AVAILABLE FROM: Myer, Priceline or visit www.drlewinns.com for other stockists.
WHAT: DKNY Fresh Blossom Set. DESCRIPTION: Gift set includes eau de parfum spray 50ml and body lotion 100ml. The delicious aroma includes notes of apple, grapefruit, blackcurrant, with a heart of lily and jasmine and a rich dry-down of blonde wood notes. COST: Prices vary outlet to outlet. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality perfumeries.
WHAT: La Mer LM – The Ageless Collection. DESCRIPTION: For the skincare devotee, the La Mer Ageless Collection offers a complete anti-ageing regimen to instantly renew, rejuvenate and revitalise the look of skin. The collection contains 60ml Crème de la Mer, 15ml Regenerating Serum, 15ml Eye Concentrate, 3ml Lifting Intensifier, all beautifully packaged. COST: $790. AVAILABLE FROM: For stockists visit www.cremedelamer.com.au.
WHAT: Clinique Skin Supplies for Men. DESCRIPTION: Men’s skincare that’s fuss-free and simple. Includes gentle face scrub, M lotion for daily hydration, post-shave healer, and anti-fatigue cooling eye gel, all packed into a handy, stylish beauty travel bag. COST: $69. AVAILABLE FROM: For stockists visit www.clinique.com.au.
WHAT: Essenzza Fuss-Free Facials. DESCRIPTION: Made from powerful, natural, active ingredients, these Japanese silk masks cling to every inch of the skin, are ready to be applied straight from the sachet, simple to use and easy to remove. Three varieties available: Carrot Seed & Coconut Oil to moisturise and smoothen skin; Citrus & Pineapple to cleanse and exfoliate; and Moroccan Argan Oil & Vitamin C packed with antioxidants to help with anti-ageing. COST: $14.95 per pack of three makes this a great, economical stocking-stuffer! AVAILABLE FROM: www.essenzzahealth.com.
WHAT: Cygnett iPad Air ‘Node’ Case. DESCRIPTION: Manufacturers of top-notch iPad accessories, Cygnett offer an array of fabric options to protect your trusty Apple device. To coincide with the release of the iPad Air comes a series of cases “inspired by book jackets, minimalism, earth elements and classic bespoke craft”, such as the ‘Node’, pictured: a slim folio case made of hardwearing woven fibre material and featuring both viewing and working angles, elastic closure, and handy inner document pocket. Available in grey or brown. COST: $39.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.cygnett.com.
WHAT: Louis Vuitton City Guides. DESCRIPTION: For its 15th anniversary, the Louis Vuitton City Guide gets a total redesign. This year, the collection explores 15 of the world’s most exciting cities across all its inhabited continents including Cape Town, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Moscow, New York, Paris, Beijing, São Paulo, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo and Venice. In addition, new features, new perspectives, new contributors and a new layout are presented alongside beautiful illustrations and exclusive photographs. Limited run of just 3,000 copies. COST: $645. AVAILABLE FROM: For store locations visit www.louisvuitton.com.au or for mail order enquiries call 1300 883 880.
WHAT: Cygnett iPhone 5c ‘Form’ Case. DESCRIPTION: Part of Cygnett’s ever-rotating phone accessories ranges, the ‘Form’ collection is designed to mix-and-match with the vibrant colour palette of one of this year’s bigger releases, the Apple 5c iPhone. Available in black, white, pink and blue, with each case featuring a unique, ‘secret’ patterned inlay and metal badge. (Other ranges cater for the just just-as-popular Apple 5s range). COST: $24.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.cygnett.com.
WHAT: Hollywood Costume. DESCRIPTION: Celebrating the contribution of costume to the world of cinema over the past century, this hefty coffee table book features outfits seen in some of the most famous films. From Hollywood’s Golden Age to contemporary classics, you’ll recognise everything from Dorothy’s ruby slippers from ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ right through to Meryl Streep’s starched uniforms in ‘The Iron Lady’. The book also contains specially commissioned interviews with leading actors including Streep, Robert De Niro and Debbie Reynolds. COST: $49.99. PUBLISHED THROUGH: Bloomsbury and available from quality book stores.
WHAT: Rome Secrets. DESCRIPTION: Anyone who’s been to Rome will tell you it is one of the most picturesque places on earth. With thousands of years of history, the Italian capital boasts some of the most magnificent architecture, fantastical gardens and the coolest of contemporary culture. This huge book compiled by avid travel writer Susan Wright is testament to all of the above: a modern guide for the urban aesthete; for travellers who’ve been there and done that, and those who just wanna dream of being there. COST: $59.99. PUBLISHED THROUGH: Images Publishing and available from quality book stores.
WHAT: PlayStation 4. DESCRIPTION: The long-awaited PS4 opens the door to immersive new gaming worlds with an awesome line-up of over 180 titles expected to be released over the next couple of years. Developer-inspired and gamer-focused, PS4 boasts stunning graphics performance, 500GB of memory, and processors with 10 times the power of PS3. The kids will love you for it, and what’s a bet you’ll be hooked on it yourself! COST: From $549.95. Also available in bundles (eg: PS4 with ‘Killzone’ or ‘Knack’) starting at $599.95. AVAILABLE FROM: E.B. Games, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith and other good gaming and technical outlets; visit www.au.playstation.com for more info.