Stuck for what to buy your family and friends this silly season? We’ve curated the best of what’s on offer this Christmas for everyone in your life, so before you brave the crowds, let the Couturing Gift Guide help take the stress out of gift giving this year!
No matter what kind of dad you have, a man can never be without good, classic basics. We love the R&A range currently at Myer, especially the leather iPad sleeves (which can be monogrammed in store!) and rustic-themed grooming sets. If your dad is more of a suit and tie man, T.M. Lewin have put together classic gift sets with a tie and pocket square – super affordable at $64.95, and come cosy in a branded gift box, leaving you more time to shop and less time wrapping. For the more casual dad, we love Saba’s super comfortable tees, and Bared footwear’s simple but stylish lace ups.
This year, surprise your mum with the gift of luxury with gifts from leading designers (and a few affordable options!). We love the limited edition Night Before Christmas candle from Glasshouse Fragrances, stunning slides from Ancient Greek Sandals, the uniquely beautiful handcrafted jewellery from A Space Made Beautiful, and carry-all tote from Oroton. For the more arty mum, give her the gift of culture with an NGV membership (that will come with a complementary pass to Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk) and top it off with JPG’s signature women’s fragrance.
Buying for siblings can be hard, but heaps of our favourite stores have put together Christmas ranges that are immediately covetable. We love the Sunny Life Underwater beach camera from Glue for capturing candid shots over the Christmas period (and yours for the borrowing for the perfect underwater selfie!), the Le Coq Sportif Blocked Again boardies, and the Lacoste Backcroc backpack for affordably awesome gifts. If you want to go high end, we love the Air Jordan XX9 Men’s Basketball shoe from Nike for the sport lover (they’re limited, so you’ll have to get in quick!), or the Bose noise cancelling headphones from Myer if he’s a video game enthusiast.
2014 has been the year of collaborations, and just in time for your sister (or sister figure) in your life. For a stocking filler, we love the Glasshouse On The Go Duo, featuring stunning illustrated cosmetic bags by Megan Hess, and for the beauty lover in your life, we love the lip trio from the Karl Lagerfeld and Shu uemura collaboration, Shupette. Glamour girls will love the Jean Paul Gaultier Classique set or the ‘Missing Link’ bracelet from Mimco, and if she’s not afraid to share, get the amazing Inflatable Flamingo Pool Toy from Glue Store for summer fun!
Christmas is always a great opportunity to get the ones you love what they won’t buy for themselves, and if your boyfriend needs a wardrobe overhaul, now’s the time! Every man needs a chambray shirt, and Autonomy’s Indigo shirt is a winner, as are the Loop boat shoes from Julius Marlow. If your boyfriend loves the finer things in life, splurge on a decadent timepiece like the Flinders timepiece from Melbourne Watch Company, a leather iPhone 6 case, or Encounter fragrance from Calvin Klein.
If your girlfriend is someone who has everything, you’re in luck! Some of our favourite artisans and designers have put out special edition pieces that she’ll absolutely love. Typography legend, Jasmine Dowling has created some amazing new pieces that she’ll love, and Witchery’s First Edition range is sure to impress with pieces like the California sleeveless vest. If she is a fashion lover, Diane Von Fustenberg’s biography will go down a treat, as will Dior’s Addict Extreme lip colour. If she’s more of a DIY kind of girl, give her the gift of her one-of-a-kind fragrance from Fleurage, with a gift certificate for her to create her own fragrance.
Spoil your best friend with designer gifts this year, but ones that won’t scare your credit card. We love Samantha Wills’ ‘My Heart’s Infinity’ ring and Viskaprint’s customised Initial stationery for the girl who has everything. For the riskier, we recommend Umbra Insta-frames set, perfect to preserve your very best selfies, Karl Lagerfeld’s Melissima flats, or Calvin Klein Reveal fragrance.
Still stuck for ideas? Have a look through our store for any last minute necessities!