Sunnylife’s colourful collection of pool floats and inflatables make a great gift for kids and adults.
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Christmas gifts that won’t be re-gifted!

One of the best parts of Christmas is giving gifts and many of us put quite a bit of effort into choosing and finding the perfect presents for our family and friends. It’s therefore disappointing for both the giver and the recipient when a gift isn’t met with delight. The recipient may put on an Academy Award-winning performance to convince everyone it’s just what they wanted but at the end of the day, December 25 in fact, it’s heading straight for the re-gifting cupboard.

Re-gifting – the recycling of presents we don’t want – may be a popular and universally accepted practice that can save us money, get us out of a tight spot when we forget to buy a gift, and even be eco-friendly thanks to the recycling involved, but many of us still strive to choose a gift that is truly wanted, perhaps even cherished!

One way to reduce the likelihood of a Christmas present being re-gifted is to make a list of your family and friends and write next to each of their names their passions and pursuits. For example: Aunt Jenny, loves opera and plays; Uncle Tom, keen fisherman; Emily, loves animals. As the late American author Charles Dudley Warner said, “The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than its value”.

With everyone from Big W and Gifts Australia to Latest Buy and Red Balloon offering endless Christmas ideas – many at very affordable prices – there is certainly no shortage of places to shop for even the fussiest of friends and family members. To make it a little easier, we’ve hand-picked a few gifts geared for everyone from beach bums and animal lovers to mums with bubs.



Yogis and beach bums

For your yoga and beach loving friends and rellies, a soft and luxurious pure cotton terry round towel from Beach Bella is a useful and stylish gift choice – and a nice departure from the traditional rectangular shape. The Beach Bella range is created by brother and sister Rhyees and Giarne who regularly release new designs drawing on their backgrounds in fashion, travel, styling, photography and graphic design.



Animal lovers

Spending the night at the zoo used to be the stuff of dreams but now it is a reality thanks to overnight stays. Roar & Snore at Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo, the ACT’s Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Roar’n’Snore at Melbourne Zoo, Slumber Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo and Wild Nights at Adelaide Zoo all offer guided night tours and up-close experiences with exotic animals, along with dinner, breakfast and accommodation (in either lodges, cabins or tents). Perth Zoo and Queensland’s Australia Zoo may not offer overnight stays, but you can gift Close tickets with their animal residents.




Water lovers who love to chillax

For kids and kids at heart who love relaxing or cruising around the pool, a giant inflatable ride-on pool float by Sunnylife from Gyrofish will be accepted with glee! There’s swans, flamingos, peacocks, pelicans and unicorns to choose from, and for littlies, the Sunnylife Unicorn Kiddy Pool Float from Yellow Octopus means they won’t miss out on the fun.



Active water lovers

For those who find chilling on inflatables so last year, S.R. Smith’s stylish diving boards, diving platforms, jump boards, water slides, basketball hoops and volleyball nets are the perfect gift solution for sporty families. All have been designed specifically for home swimming pools with fun and safety a priority. Made from quality, marine-grade 304 stainless steel, the games can be removed when a clear pool deck is desired, with stainless steel anchor caps available to protect pool coping and paving. You’ll find the entire range available at Swimart.



Food fad lovers

Heard of unicorn food, one of the most Instagrammed food trends of 2017? If you have a foodie friend or rellie, chances are they have, which means you can gift them Unicorn Food – Natural recipes for edible rainbows by Sandra Mahut, a book bursting with recipes for creating their own highly Instagrammable unicorn-inspired treats. Unicorn food is any food, savoury or sweet, that has been dyed, decorated or iced in a variety of pastel and bright colours: cupcakes, donuts, pancakes – nothing is safe from being unicorned! Published by Murdoch Books and available from Dymocks and Booktopia.



Theatre and opera buffs

What performing arts lover could resist a behind-the-scenes tour? The Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth all offer backstage tours, which give a glimpse of areas inaccessible to the public and the possibility of rubbing shoulders with performers, directors, stage managers and choreographers.




Puzzle lovers

Family and friends who enjoy giving their grey matter a work out will enjoy puzzling over Yellow Octopus Mindbending Lateral Thinking Puzzles and Mindbending Classic Logic Puzzles, which are jam-packed with brainteasers of varying difficulties within their pocket-size hardcovers (if they get stuck there’s frustration relieving solutions included!).



Eco-conscious body product lovers

We all have a friend or rellie who can’t resist a responsibly made, natural pampering product. Allendale Alchemy Spicy Orange soap and organic Olieve & Oli Hand Cream from Hattie and the Wolf make the perfect presents as they are made from sustainably grown natural ingrediants.



Candle addicts

There’s also those who can’t resist a scented candle! The perfect gift is a Blue Haze Décor glass-encased natural scented candle, which is crafted from soy and burns for a solid 55 hours. It might be difficult to choose just one with a choice of Lemongrass (pictured), French Pear, Mediterranean Fig, Vanilla, Coconut and Lime, Passionfruit and Guava, Tahitian Frangipani, and Pink Lychee and Melon (they also make matching scented hand washes too).





Your gaming buddy can play in comfort with a Love Bomb Cushions Gaming Controller cushion, which come in a choice of four fab colours in durable vinyl and the option to have it personalised.


Keen cooks

Anyone who cooks knows all too well how quickly a stirring spoon can spread sauce across a benchtop! Thankfully the clever Joseph Joseph designers, renowned for their stylish, user-friendly kitchenware, have created the no-mess Spoon Base Vertical Utensil Rest from Yellow Octopus. Its name might be a tad boring, but by supporting the spoon in an upright position, it’s oh so easy to grab when you need to stir and the non-slip weighted sauce collecting base keeps benchtops nice and clean. Also check out the clever kitchen gadgets from Dreamfarm, which solve common culinary dilemmas in style.



For babies

Pamper nappy-wearing ones with the Baby Trio skincare pack from Frankly Eco, which includes a Chamomile and Aloe Vera Baby Wash, Coconut, Rosewood and Shea Butter Baby Moisturiser, and Melaleuca Oil and Green Tea Baby Bum Cream, all made from natural, vegan ingredients and organic essential oils that make them gentle on baby’s skin. Frankly Eco also make a Nipple Ointment for breastfeeding mums with Candelilla Wax that creates a natural barrier to moisture and Chamomile and organic Calendula to soothe (which can double as a lip balm!).

Happy shopping and gifting to one and all!

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Jane Ryder

Jane Ryder is a writer and PR and marketing consultant who brings over 25 years’ experience creating content and promotional strategies for clients big and small. Motivated by a love of music, design, food, wine and travel, her career to date includes writing, producing and styling for some of Australia’s leading fashion and lifestyle magazines, promoting artists at record company Sony Music, and running her own consultancy. When not at her desk, Jane spends far too much time coaxing Bailey her cavoodle to get off the couch and her teens do their chores and far too little of it swimming, reading and enjoying long lunches with friends.

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