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Last minute Christmas gift guide

We all joked about putting the tree up and calling it a year back in July, but now we’re almost a week out from the real deal.

While 2020 deserves nothing but a lump of coal this Christmas, those closest to you might be expecting something a little more exciting in their stocking. Let’s be real, you’ve left it pretty late in the game, but there’s still time to pull through for that special someone. Here are some gift ideas still promising delivery by Christmas Day.
Philips GoZero Smart UV Bottle

As its $119 price tag might suggest, this is no ordinary water bottle. It’s actually a self-cleaning smart bottle that uses UV-C LED technology every two hours to eliminate almost 100% of waterborne pathogens while also preventing any weird smells reusable bottles tend to emit after you leave them in a hot car for a week. Get it in store or online at the Good Guys.

Business & Pleasure Co Beach Umbrella

For those who want to look like a million bucks on the sand, Business & Pleasure Co’s premium, vintage inspired beach umbrellas should do the trick. Dubbed ‘the Ferrari of the beach’, they feature a UV- and water-resistant canopy with fibreglass ribs, natural cotton fringe, and a reclaimed timber laminated pole. The closest you’ll get to Positano this summer. Order here by the 20th of December for Christmas delivery.

Jaffle Maker

When was the last time you had a jaffle? Go on, let your mind trace back to that magic, cheesy last bite. A kitchen staple of the 90s, the humble, classic jaffle maker fell out of favour somewhere along the way, forced to forfeit its spot on the kitchen counter for fickle foodie trends like the Nutribullet and Air Fryers. It mightn’t seem like an obvious gift-hit, but presents seeped in nostalgia rarely disappoint. Check out this simple yet slick Breville jaffle maker. Too cumbersome? Perhaps a novelty Teflon toaster sheet’s more up your alley.

Masked Santa Christmas Ornament

For the ultimate 2020 stocking stuffer, look no further than this resin tree ornament featuring a masked-up Santa carrying a sack of pandemic essentials, including hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and toilet paper. Looking for other Covid-centric gifts to immortalise this “unprecedented” year? How bout a 1000 piece toilet paper puzzle? You’re welcome.

Life Cyckel Mushroom Extract

Byron-based mycelium biotechnology company Life Cykel make mushroom tinctures that are magic and legal. Various species of mushrooms have been used for centuries to cure all kinds of ailments, be it sleep issues, concentration problems, and even energy woes. Be it Lions mane extract for extra brain function or Reishi to lull you into a good night’s sleep, there’s something for every wellness guru here. Sceptical? Just read the endless 5 star reviews. Starting at $35 a bottle, give the magic of fully legal mushrooms here. Alternately, luxe health and wellness store Orchard. St are offering an array of consciously inspired gift bundles that include juice cleanses, apothecary, and more. Visit their store in Paddington or Bronte, or order online here.

Apple Airpods Pro

For that special someone who has really gone above and beyond this year—there’s no better gift than Apple Airpods Pro ($399). Actually, there is one better, and that’s the freshly announced $899 Airpods Max. According to their website, you’ve got all the way until Dec 23 to pull the trigger on this purchase and still have it turn up before Santa arrives. If you’re working with a smaller budget, this handy waterproof case ($49) with a wallet clip is a lifesaver for anyone who makes a habit of misplacing their Airpod case (AKA every Airpod owner ever).

Samsonite luggage

We can’t travel overseas yet, but we still need a quality carry on for those interstate getaways now that all the borders have opened up, and soon, the NZ bubble! Online fashion retailer The Iconic just announced a huge sale on their Samsonite range, including this super sleek Evoa Spinner suitcase reduced from $399 to $199. Order withing the next few days for guaranteed Christmas delivery.

Messina Gift Packs

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Metro Sydneysiders, you have until Friday to order this in time for Christmas delivery for that special someone—and may we suggest it be that special someone you also happen to share a pantry with. There’s the luxe condiment pack including smoked salt from famed Surry Hills restaurant Firedoor, alongside Melbourne’s San Telmo’s famous Chimichurri, or for the ultimate sweet tooth, you can’t go past Messina’s signature dessert spreads–dulce de leche, choc hazelnut, and waffle cone spread.

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