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Splurge vs steal: 10 Christmas gift ideas
If you’ve been keeping a keen eye on your calendar, you would have noticed that we’re a mere month away from Christmas. Which is only about 720 hours. And after you factor in store opening hours, you’ve actually only got roughly 270 to smash through your Christmas shopping.
So to make sure you don’t spend those precious hours flustered, running from store to store in a panic, and on the verge of a nervous breakdown, we’ve put together some pretty excellent gift ideas for you to add to your shopping list (or your mum’s, partner’s or bestie’s shopping list as a giant hint). Oh, and we’ve got all budgets covered!
FOR THE LIP LOVER
Everyone has a friend who loves experimenting with lip colours, so why not indulge the obsession and give them the gift of bright, vibrant, and nourishing lipsticks?
Splurge: Napoleon Perdis Greatest Lips Collection, $145
Valued at $258, this collection of five lipsticks features a Mattetastic Lipstick shade for every occasion as well as an Auto Pilot Overnight Lip Balm.
Steal: Clinique Chubby Colour, $42
This adorable cosmetics case comes with the equally adorable Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in four shades. And pretty perfect shades, at that.
How can you go wrong with a pair of classic sparkly stud earrings? They can be worn every day and go with just about everything. An absolute winner.
Splurge: Secrets Shhh White Gold Classic Stud Earrings, $180
The Secrets signature diamond simulants are cut by a master craftsman to the exact proportions and standards demanded by the diamond industry, so each stone is absolutely flawless.
Steal: Blomdahl ‘Tiffany’ Created Diamond Earrings (7mm), $59.95
These medical-grade titanium earrings are comfortable to wear for hours, while the sparkling stone jazzes up any outfit. Plus, the price is very nice on the bank account.
A DELIGHTFUL SCENT
Give someone a candle, and not only will they love it, but so will everyone who enters who house. Also, nothing says ‘you’re fancy’ quite like an impressive candle collection.
Splurge: Molton Brown Frankincense & Allspice Single Wick Candle, $60
Exclusive to David Jones, this scent was created especially for Christmas. And if you really want to go all out, you can pick up the Myrrh, Musk & Cypress one, too.
Steal: Crabtree & Evelyn Noël Small Candle, $22
It may be small, but this candle boasts a brilliant burn time. Enjoy the glorious Christmassy scent of fresh balsams, persimmon, citrus, spicy star anise, clove and nutmeg for up to 20 hours.
HAND CREAMS GALORE
When a girl (or guy, let’s not discriminate) is a fan of hand cream, there’s nothing she’ll appreciate more than a brand new stash of the good stuff.
Splurge: Jurlique Hand Care Essentials, $85
On Monday you can use the Rose scent, followed by Citrus on Tuesday, Lavender on Wednesday and a hit of Jasmine on Thursday. As for Friday, well, you’ll just have to close your eyes and pick one.
Steal: MOR Modern Apothecary Star Bright Hand Cream Trio, $29.95
If your friend/mum/cousin is a sucker for delicious smelling hand creams, then buying this trio is a no-brainer. Oh, and it comes in the cutest little case that can be used for all kinds of trinkets and treats.
While you may not be able to give the gift of mad curling skills, you can be the person who gives an excellent curler that basically does all the hard work anyway.
This curler heats up quickly and works like a charm to give locks classic, round curls. And the fancy roll bag makes it incredibly easy to pack when travelling.
Steal: Remington Stylist Extra Long Curler, $39
This curling iron gives hair of all lengths glorious curls, and its ceramic plates are infused with Moroccan argan oil, meaning your tresses will look super shiny.
SULTRY, SMOKY EYES
Christmas is the best time for your make-up loving mates, mainly because there are some truly amazing make-up packs and palettes floating around. Eyeshadows tend to steal the spotlight.
This bad boy contains eight smokin’ hot shades, a dual-ended application brush and a handy how-to guide to make nailing that smoky eye a breeze.
Steal: Designer Brands Glam Addict, $9.99
When a palette contains 10 shimmery eyeshadows and an eyeliner, and costs less than your daily lunch, you’d be stupid not to pick one up for yourself.
A NEXT-LEVEL CLEANSER
Electronic and manual cleansers became all the rage this year – and for good reason! Nab one for the friend or relative who’s on a mission for clearer, brighter skin.
Splurge: Clarisonic Mia 2, $190
The younger sister of the iconic Clarisonic, this sonic cleanser is one of the best on the market. Without getting too sciency, it’ll leave your skin cleaner, softer and healthier in no time.
Steal: Manicare Facial Cleansing Brush, $11.95
While this one isn’t battery operated, the bristles still work a treat to invigorate and cleanse skin when used in a circular motion. It’s perfect for travelling, too – you won’t need to worry about recharging!
NAIL LOVER’S DREAM
“You can never own too many nail polishes,” says your friend who buys a new polish every couple of days. So save her some money, and send one of these packs her way.
Splurge: OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday Mini Holiday Stars, $24.95
The glittery red shade is perfect for Christmas, and the rest of the colours are great for life in general. The names of the shades are super-cute – just saying!
Steal: Colour by TBN Sweet Romance Nail Kit, $9.99
This handy set contains all the classic shades: white, red, burgundy, nude, and pink. Brilliant for the friend who likes to keep it simple, and even more brilliant for you to ‘borrow’ down the track.
It’s a universal truth that women like to smell great, but mostly prefer to spend their money on other things. This is why presenting someone with a perfume will score you so many points.
Splurge: DKNY MYNY City Chic Set, $110
The set contains the DKNY MYNY perfume and lotion, which means the wearer can layer the scent for a longer-lasting fragrance.
Steal: Benefit Crescent Row Delcta-belles, $54
Delightful scents and an even more delightful price. And when you think about it, you’re getting four fragrances for less than $14 a bottle. Bargain!
BRUSHES FOR DAYS
Who hasn’t used something way longer than they should have? Force your mum or sister to chuck out her old, ratty brushes by giving her a brand new set.
Splurge: Rae Morris Personal Set, $299
If you’re going to splash out on swanky make-up brushes, you may as well get ones designed and developed by one of Australia’s greatest make-up artists. The bristles feel like heaven on your skin.
Steal: Colour Theory Colourful Brush Set, $20
This easy-on-the-eyes set has you covered when it comes to foundation, powder, and eyes. The basics behind those show-stopping make-up looks.
Napoleon Perdis Greatest Lips Collection, 1800 814 572
Secrets Shhh White Gold Classic Stud Earrings, secrets-shhh.com
OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday Mini Holiday Stars, 1800 812 663
Rae Morris Personal Set, raemorris.com
Colour Theory Colourful Brush Set, amcal.com.au
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Which of these gifts have made it onto your ‘to buy’ (or ‘to own’) list?