Hey Posse SUDDENLY it’s Christmas is less than three weeks! I can’t believe it’s Christmas Already. No matter what your religion or lack of you must still have noticed how quickly this years celebrations have rolled around. Here in Sydney we have had lockdown which basically meant nine months of the year went by in a haze of weird. It took forever and no time at all. Personally, not working or earning for four and a half months was both blissful and heartbreaking. Also, I know I had it easy compared to so many of the world. Thankfully the worst seems to be behind us here and we are finally a highly vaccinated country. No matter how badly our government dropped the ball on the vaccinations.
In my Christmas already meltdown mode I’m trying to get myself fully organised. Gifting will be fairly frugal this year. I’ve been looking to give some packs of things. Over the year I’ve seen bargains and sales and grabbed bits and pieces. Here are some of the things I reckon you can still get your hands on as the gift or stocking/giftpack fillers
I can’t believe my last Giving Guide was 2018!
Christmas Already! WTF!
Nesti Dante Italian Cities 6 Pack Soaps
Everyone loves these soaps. They are beautifully wrapped, have pictures of famous Italian cities, they smell wonderful and give a smooth, foamy wash. Soap being such an important thing currently because of its ability to decommission virus. Breaking these up you then have six fabulous small gifts or extras to add into a little pack. It’s also MUCH cheaper to buy the sixpack than six individually. A perfect standby too in case you forget someone in the Christmas already rush. I bought two sets on deep discount earlier in the year.
The Perfume Companion: The Definitive Guide to Choosing Your Next Scent
by Sarah McCartney and Samantha Scriven
WANT!! This book, written by two of my buddies, is very high on my Xmas want list. An affordable read available in hard copy or for your Kindle/eReader. As I’m yet to read it, here’s The Black Narcissus take. I may wrap this book for myself and pop it under the tree.
KORRES Basil Lemon Renewing Body Cleanser
Ever since a girlfriend gave me a set of KORRES Japanese Rose shower gel and lotion I have loved the brand. Often you can find really good discounts if you keep an eagle eye out but even at full price they are very affordable. They smell excellent and are a good option to have a couple on hand just in case.
Where the River Bends by Jane and Jimmy Barnes
Friends & family not into perfume? No worries. My buddies Jane and Jimmy Barnes have done a recipe book set on their country estate, River Bend. Aussie rocker Jimmy Barnes and his wife Jane are renowned for their Sunday dinners. The extended family, friends and whichever celebrities are in town all come together and there is delicious food, booze and conversation all night. I’ve bought a bunch of these books for friends, and one for Jin who LOVES to cook.
Guerlain Habit Rouge Gift Set
I’m loving the 2021 Gift Sets. They are really luxurious looking and the extra 10ml travel size is perfect for gym bags and toiletries bags. You know I’m a huge sucker for a matching shower gel too. Aimed at the boys but I reckon this presentation is utterly unisex, so is the scent. Not ridiculously expensive either. You could spend a LOT more and not get something as beautiful.
Christine Manfield’s Indian Cooking Class
Another girlfriend of mine Christine Manfield, and her partner Margie Harris, who I’ve known for decades. Even before I knew the girls properly another friend of mine from childhood (Margie) worked in their restaurant Paramount, in the kitchen. It’s not often you hear a chef/owner spoken of highly by an employee but even decades afterwards Margie remembers the girls fondly and her time there as a huge learning curve, well curated. Christine and I share a love of India and her food tours are famous worldwide as the best way to get to know the sub continents cuisine.
Surrender To Chance Gift Voucher
Perfumista buddy? Don’t know WHAT to get them? Maybe you completely forgot them! Maybe you left it too late. The Surrender To Chance Gift Voucher will be in their eMail inbox within minutes. You don’t have to wrap it, they can enjoy hours of poring over the choices, the wonderful wait till the scents arrive and then the fun of trying or remembering fragrances that goes on for weeks. As little as $20 or the sky is the limit.
DIOR Cruise Collection Coffee Mugs
Want to drop some serious cash on a pair of earthenware coffee mugs? DIOR has the answer. You can only get them in store and they are decorated with mythological figures. The box is everything you’d hope such luxury would come in. For a jaw dropping Christmas.
CHANEL Première Chaîne Watch
When your loved one is CEO or oligarch (or if you need people to think they are) then this is what you might be asking for. Features include Steel case, Black lacquer dial, Onyx cabochon crown, Steel chain bracelet and clasp buckle, High precision quartz movement and water-resistance to 30m. It is perfectly simple, will forever show your bona fide entry to the elite and you will be able to brandish it like a weapon. It also tells time.
So yes, it’s Christmas Already!
What are a couple of things you’ll be gifting or getting?