Thursday, November 27, 2008

Poison Doughnut gift guide

My Christmas gift ideas, all available locally in Brisbane.

For her

  • Funky handmade jewellery or bags (check my Shopping links, Made It, Strutt Sisters, etc)
  • Champagne
  • Basket of dry goods from the deli or specialty shop
  • Chore IOU
  • Skirt or top from Maiocchi
  • Clarins or Clinique skincare gift pack
  • Aromatherapy candles (Dusk)
  • Set of champagne flutes (Wheel and Barrow are good)
  • Selection of vintage and unusual teatowels (try craft markets, trash and treasure, Lifeline, etc)
  • Gorgeous coffee table book on exotic destinations, like the Greek islands (Riverbend Books)
  • Set of Sharpie pens in every colour, nicely packaged in a cute pencil case

  • Huge fluffy white bathrobe and matching towel, dayspa-style (David Jones)
  • Peter Alexander sleepwear
  • Limoncello
  • Snow Goose fruit box delivery

For him

  • Selection of unusual imported beers (make your own from the bottle shop)
  • Threadless T shirt
  • Lawnmowing or chore IOU
  • Magazine subscription
  • Kitchen tools
  • Old-fashioned Christmas pudding
  • Gift certificate from JB HiFi
  • Skincare that he'll never buy himself
  • Beach umbrella
  • Cooking classes from Black Pearl or Executive Chef
  • Cocktail set (glasses, premixes, recipe book)- try Wheel and Barrow
  • Funky neon sneakers
  • Digital photo frame
  • Homemade chutney or gentleman's relish
  • Gourmet free-trade coffee
  • Hibachi grill (from BBQs Galore)

For the kids

  • Complete set of Harry Potter novels (Target)
  • Beautiful old-fashioned wooden puzzles (K and K Creative Toys, Enogerra)
  • Camping gear
  • Cooking lessons (try James St Cooking School)
  • Printer (less than $60 at Officeworks)
  • Rollerskates
  • Selection of dance-themed DVDs (Bring It On, Step Up, Save the Last Dance, Rize, Happy Feet, etc)
  • Sleepover kit (pyjamas, fluffy slippers, secret diary, marshmallows)
  • Novelty USB drive
  • Jewels from Diva or Equip
  • Kite
  • Remote-control car
  • Easel
  • Digital camera
  • Handmade apron

For the teacher

  • MOR soaps (David Jones or Myer)
  • Whiteboard pens in multicolours
  • Rafaello chocolates
  • Lovely mug or plate for the staffroom
  • Calendar
  • Interesting notepaper
  • Homemade jam or preserves
  • Homemade cookies

For the grandparents

  • IOU for a lunch at Pearl, Belle Epoque or Piaf
  • Threadless T-shirts
  • Comfy cushions for the couch or bed
  • IOU for lawnmowing, weeding or other household chores
  • Beautiful scented flowers (peonies, roses, lilies)
  • Computer / email lessons
  • A homemade painting on canvas (from Art Shed, West End)
  • Language lessons
  • A musical instrument and lessons
  • Wii Fit
  • Nintendo DS Brain Train
  • Magazine susbscription
  • DVD collection of their favourite film genre (Western, musical, 1970s crime, etc) or actor
  • A few bottles of their favourite liqueur
  • Budgerigar or lovebirds
  • Luggage or travel gadgets

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