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A Christmas gift giving guide

December 4, 2016
Christmas gift guide

Christmas Photo: made by mary; www.madebymary.se

My top five online Christmas stores

Christmas can be mayhem if you follow the crowds. Why leave the serenity of the coast or the country to enter the city crush and chaos of the super-malls when you can have it all delivered to your doorstep?

Yes it’s nice to touch-and-feel the products, hear the Christmas carols on the overhead speakers, but in all fairness  how often do you have to hear ‘Deck the Halls’ without going insane?

There’s also the etiquette around gift giving at Christmas. It can be treacherous,  and every family has different traditions and expectations.

So I’ve pulled together a list of ‘water-tight tips’ for gift giving and online shopping,  so we can avoid the ‘awkies’ this Christmas.

Be an Amazing Gift Giver:

There shouldn’t be any rules, but you don’t want to get it wrong. Try these tips.

1.It should be appropriate to the person. Don’t buy them what you secretly want yourself. Put some thought into who they are, their interests or values in life. Consider what they appreciate and savour.

2. It should be high quality. I am not talking expensive but it should have an element of workmanship to it, whether that be design, materials or functionality.

3. It should not be a fake. Don’t ever give someone a fake version of anything – even if they ask for it. It is tacky.

4. Don’t go over the top. Christmas is a mutual exchange of gifts, so if your gifts are so flashy and expensive, you will put everyone else’s to shame, you will just alienate your family and probably embarrass the recipient.

5. Always try and tip your cleaner and or anyone else who helps you around Christmas time if you like their work. It shows that you appreciate them.

Favourite shopping online shopping stores:

1/David Jones

It’s a bit of a safe choice, but if you are short on time and imagination, this is the perfect option.

The brands, the quality and something for every member of the family, all delivered straight to doorstep by the postie. They offer free deliver for transactions over $100 and express post options if it’s a bit of a last minute exercise for you too.

Great for: Male shoppers, the time-poor.

Such a gorgeous array of homeware bohemia, mixed with colour and fun. Linens, throws, cushions and homewares. These girls are locals on the Bellarine Peninsula and ‘so hot right now’.

Great for: The fussy female, hard-to-buy for, fashion-forward, arty-crafty type.

3/ Mud Australia

Mud Australia offer a tactile selection of hand moulded porcelain in the most subtle, muted colour palettes. The soft uneven edges and the delicate, yet precise crafting of all Mud pieces, make them a delightful and thoughtful gift for anyone – (except children.)

Great for: Anyone who truly appreciates good design and serving ware.

4/ Entropy

Toys are everywhere at Christmas, but if you want to find something a little more traditional or educational try these guys. There is not one Disney character in sight here. Just a lovely collection of quality toys that will last – even if left out in the rain once in a while.

Great for: Kids.

5/ The Barwon Heads Wine Store

A local choice for those living or visiting the Bellarine Peninsula. Barwon Heads Winestore offers a home delivery service, and can hand-pick a mixed dozen box of wines delivered as a gift to whomever you please. They also have GH Mumm at a set price of $49 for that last minute gift, and offer other delightful options such as Le Cresuet cookware, cookbooks, bar snacks and wine accessories, coffee and chocolate.

Great for: Your host, in-laws or spouse.

I hope I have helped to kick-start some inspiration for presents for the silly season. Start now and it will be delivered to you within weeks of the 25th.

Best of luck and Merry Christmas!

Pic credit: This gorgeous image was kindly supplied by the wonderful and talented Made By Mary blog. (Thank you again Mary.) You really must check out her work.

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