Still haven’t found the perfect Gift? Worry not! Our Christmas gift guide has something for everyone…
OK so we’re only a couple of days out from Christmas, and this is generally when those that still haven’t completed their Christmas shopping go into desperate “I’ll just buy anything” panic mode! And that’s why I think a gift guide is most useful right about now. Perhaps you’re still trying to find those last few extra special gifts? Or maybe you just need a few stocking fillers to complete your festive shopping. Well, worry not, my Christmas Gift Guide has got something for everyone…
FOR THE SHOE OBSESSED – Mr. W & Me
If you haven’t yet discovered Mr W. & Me, then it’s probably safe to say that you personally don’t fall into the ‘shoe-obsessed’ category, as Mr. W & Me is pretty much the hottest go-to for shoes! No chain-store shoes for this online store, Mr. W & Me stock only the highest quality (and super affordable) select range of footwear, only those that they deem worthy (and I have to say, I agree with all their selections they deem worthy). Mr. W & Me have been popping up all over the show – NZFW, VIVA, Remix Magazine, you name it, their shoes are noted and coveted. After discovering Mr W and Me some time ago, I featured them here on Gurlinterrupted.com as I was so enamoured (you can read about it here: The Mysterious Mr. W & Me). I fell in love with their Gold Italian Loafers named Sweet Revenge, and they still remain the best addition to my shoe collection. Recently I’ve been donning these amazing laceless white Italian leather brogues, aptly named Second Glance, and I see they’ve got a new addition to their already incredible lineup of shoes – Decent Exposure, a fab pair of sandals that have arrived just in time for summer. If you’ve got a shoe-porn addict in your life, hook them up with a pair from Mr. W & Me. Head to www.MrWandMe.co.nz
Pricing ranges from $34.00 to $149.99
THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THE PERFECT QUIFF (and a little pampering doesn’t go astray) – DRY & TEA Hair Salon
You all know my love [see: obsession] for DRY & TEA. Well, why not treat your loved one to a hair treatment of their choice with a DRY & TEA gift voucher. They can choose from DRY & TEA’s extensive menu that offers everything from a blow wave to an up-do, a specialised cut and colour service, to tints, foils & belliage. There’s nothing DRY & TEA don’t do when it comes to the full-service hair salon! Maybe a ‘mens mini groom’ for your guy, or the ‘catwalk and party ready’ for your girl. No matter the service they choose, they’ll be looking fab in no time. If you choose to get your gift card from the uber-trendy City Works Depot, then I have to recommend you see Kurt (and YES – I’m biased, because he’s my stylist and he’s beyond amazing!). Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that they share a space with Petal Cupcakes and have a tea menu to die for! For more info head to www.dryandtea.com
Gift Voucher pricing ranges from $25 – $405
FOR THE POKER PLAYER – Pokershop.net.nz
Ok, so I don’t know about you, but my guy is obsessed with poker! Whether it’s online, having his mates over for a friendly match, or heading out to a local pub tournament, he’s there! Gosh I’ve made him sound like a gaming nerd – he’s really not (to be fair, I think he probably got into it when pondering what to do during those hours I have my hands glued to the keyboard blogging), he just really enjoys playing poker when he has some down time, and it seems, after talking to my guy-friends, poker is where it’s at! It would seem it’s the hottest hobby on the block right now. So, wanna be the ultimate better half, mate, sibling… how about something from www.pokershop.net.nz I showed this site to my guy and you’d think I’d just shown him how to unlock an untapped superpower he never knew he had. Apparently this online shop is cooler than cool. From luxury poker tables to vintage playing cards, custom accessories to bespoke chips, this site has it all for the poker-champ! (oh, and apparently ceramic chips are where it’s at). What started as a ‘what’s the ultimate guys gift for Christmas’ has turned into losing my guys attention to this online store. You can find pokership.net.nz on FB too https://www.facebook.com/Pokershop.net.nz And if you’re not based in NZ, there are a tonne of online stores suited to any destination, so just google search your local online poker store and get shopping! PS: Poker isn’t just for guys – if you have a girl in your life that loves poker, this is still going to be the ultimate gift!
Pricing available online
This section is dedicated to the ultimate beauty babe, from hereon in – it’s all about the beauty….
FOR THE BEACH BABE – Sea Shine spray by Holistic Hair
If you have a beach babe in your life who suffers from dry, sun damaged, lack-lustre hair, enable them to look after their locks with Holistic Hair’s latest addition to their already fabulous range – Sea Shine. Leading Servilles hair stylist and tutor – Nigel Russell, uses only natural ingredients in his Holistic Hair range. Sea Shine spray contains Argon Oil (sans the silicone and any other nasty ingredients) as well as lemon and rosemary essential oils. Not only does it smell delicious, Sea Shine spray creates the ultimate shine, nourishment and hydration your hair needs to look its best, by banishing dull, frizzy, flyaway hair. It comes in a handy purse-size bottle, making it perfect for the girl (or guy) on the go! For more info, head to the Holistic Hair online store: www.holistichair.co.nz
Price RRP $21.00
FOR THE SOPHISTICATED BEAUTY BABE – Smashbox Wondervision Eye Set
From Smashbox’s new 2013 Holiday Collection comes Wondervision Eye Sets. Three fabulous Limited Edition collections feature a kaleidoscope of six eyeshadows, a mascara and eye liner. Ranging from matte to metallic, these covetable sets are available in Flash – pinks and pewters, Sparks (my personal favourite) a summery collection of shimmering bronzes and rose golds, and Cosmic – smoky neutrals and blues. Complete with the Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx and Full Exposure Mascara for an utterly show-stopping look. As with all Smashbox eyeshadows, each shade is velvety smooth in texture, glides on effortlessly with zero fallout and gives 100% colour payoff. The only downside with gifting Smashbox’s holiday collection… having to part with it!
Price RRP $83.00
FOR THE ECO BABE – Nude by Nature skincare
From the 100% natural range of Nude by Nature comes a skincare collection so luxurious and effective it’s hard to believe it’s 100% naturally derived. Cleanse, exfoliate, replenish and refine the skin all without using parabens, petrochemicals or fragrance. The range includes a daily cleanser, face scrub, intense moisturizer, oil-free moisturizer, bright eyes gel, nude oil for intense hydration, and a miracle serum to illuminate the skin from within. Buy the complete range or select the perfect skincare solution for your eco babe.
Pricing ranges from $24.95 to $38.95
FOR THE EVER-YOUTHFUL BABE – Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE
If you’re after skincare that TRULY provides an ever-youthful appearance that effectively delivers on fighting the signs of ageing, you cannot go past Elizabeth Arden’s PREVAGE range. The Anti-ageing Treatment Boosting Cleanser provides a multi-dimensional approach to deep cleansing that is second to none! It promotes cell renewal and focuses on enzymatic exfoliation that leaves skin more receptive to further anti-aging treatments, such as the PREVAGE Anti-aging & Intensive Repair Eye serum. This Eye serum has had such amazing results; it’s said to reveal youthful look eyes after just one use! Whilst it’s on the expensive side – with good reason – this is the BEST anti-aging eye serum you could ever purchase for your beauty babe wanting to erase the signs of time. It is hands down the best anti-ageing product I have ever used. I call it the ‘peter pan’ of skincare. I may not know what it is that makes this serum work, but I know that it does!
Pricing ranges from $75 to $230
STOCKING FILLERS FOR THE BEAUTY BABE – Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Skincare
If you’re looking for inexpensive, yet fabulously effective beauty and skincare items to top up your beauty babes Christmas stocking, the Palmer’s range has got you covered for summer essentials. The ever-popular Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E lotion is formulated with SPF15, so not only does this it smell fabulous and hydrate, it protects you from harmful UVA/UVB rays. RRP $13.50
Despite our best intentions, we all manage to get a little bit too much sun sometimes – Palmer’s extra rich Aloe Vera Formula is perfect for treating dry & sunburnt skin. It’s moisture-rich yet non-greasy and 100% soothing! RRP $11.50
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Gentle Cleansing Wipes – these luxurious, quick cleansing cloths, with the light fresh scent of white lily easily remove dirt, oil and even waterproof makeup. Each dual textured cloth is formulated for sensitive skin and jam-packed with skin comforting ingredients. Purse sized, it’s perfect for a quick refresh after a long day at the beach. RRP $9.99
Price RRP ranges from $9.99 to $13.50
STOCKING FILLERS FOR THE BEAUTY BABE – Australis
For the true beauty babe – these Australis makeup items are not only inexpensive, they’re great additions to any girls makeup bag, and they’re available in an array of fabulous on-trend colours.
The Australis Powder Liners come in 3 shades – smoke, navy & emerald. The preservative-free formula is extremely soft and glides on effortlessly, enabling you to achieve the perfect eye look in seconds! Not only are they easy to apply, they have great staying power and colour payout. A new take on the liquid eye liner – these ones are far easier to apply. RRP $16.00
Australis Cream Eyeshadow Duos. Available in 3 shades – Boys & Berries, Caramale Crush and Mint Choc Chicks, these deliciously devious shades will have your lids covered from day to night for an everlasting, intense splash of colour. Colour intensity is buildable, and once you’ve allowed the creamy shade to dry, swipe on the metallic sparkle for a show-stopping look. RRP $13.50
Australis Blush BFF’s complete your best day & night looks with perfection, with a matte to shimmer duo. These paraben free blush combo’s are absolute perfection, illuminating the skin so fabulously you’ll have a fresh, healthy, radiant glow from morning to night. Available in four shades – Shop & Goss, Text & Tag, Secrets & Hotties and Truth & Dare. RRP $15.00
Australis Velourlips Lip Crème – if your beauty babe loves a pop of highly pigmented lip colour, Velourlips is what you’re after. These city-inspired lip crème’s boast an intense full coverage with a velvety, matte finish. Velourlips Lip Creme’s are the answer to long-lasting colour that stays without flaking or fading! Available in 5 lush shades, take your pick from – MAL-I-BOO, NY-CEE, PAR-EE, RIO-D and TOK-I-O RRP$15.00
Pricing ranges from $13.50 – $16.00
Hopefully this has given you a few ideas to help you finalise your Christmas gift shopping. Right – I’m off to do some late night shopping of my own!
Christmas wishes and New Years cheer xx
A Girl Interrupted By Fashion, Beauty & Anything Pretty That Catches My Eye