A SPARKLE on darling ChristmasPart #1
Not sure what to get your loved one, best friend or colleague for Christmas (or what to add to your own wish list)? SPARKLE on darling is here to help! I have put together some of my favourite things for gift idea inspiration. Think everything from everyday wellbeing, wholesome eating and simple living.
for the active warrior..
'VIVRA Lifestyle Pouch'
This magnetic belt-free pouch has to be one of the best everyday accessories I've ever owned. It comes in a variety of colours and designs, snaps right onto what you are wearing whether you're about to go on a walk, head to the farmers markets or are an on-the-go mum (Vivra have a range for your little one too so you can play matchy matchy!), inside you can fit your house keys, money and phone, it also doubles as a super cute clutch when you take it off so you can go from your morning walk to that brunch coffee date with your bestie. The VIVRA Lifestyle pouch is the perfect addition to any modern woman's accessory wardrobe (or if you have a stylish other half - they have suitable styles for guys too!).
Not only are reusable coffee cups a much needed step in the right direction when it comes to saving the planet, but how many times have you burnt yourself drinking out of a paper coffee cup, spilt coffee all over you in your car because the lid just doesn't stay on or by the time you actually get to drink it if you are on the go, it's gone cold (and let's be real - you just bought it right!)? Well, let's just say that one of these is the answer to all coffee prayers when it comes to all of the above, and so much more. It comes in 2 different sizes, you can style your own by choosing the colour of the base and two parts of the lid, they are an on trend modern design that fits most (if not all) cup holders, what's not to love? The Frank Green Reusable Smart Cup is by far, in my personal opinion, the best on the market, and trust me when I say that any coffee lover out there would not leave home without it, as once you go Frank Green you'll wonder how you ever caffeinated before it.
Have you been told to turn the light off on more than one occassion? I've been there. A book light is an absolute must for the nightly reader. Not only is it more subtle on the eyes (hello happy circadium rhythm!), but they are so small, some like this one are pocket sized even, that you can take it with you wherever you and your novel travel. Pop it in the drawer next to your bedside table, in your handbag or your pocket when you are travelling (these work much better than the plane night lights if you are going on a long flight!). They come in a range of different colours, shapes and sizes. A book light would be a great secret Santa gift or stocking filler for the one who has everything. Imagine being able to read anywhere, anytime. A book light is one of the most useful accessories you might ever own.
Whether you have short hair or long hair, these are the perfect hair accessory to style it out of your face leaving you feeling fresh and of course, stylish! These can be styled up or down, from home casual to dressing up and heading out. They come in a range of different colours and designs along with two sizes for yourself and your little one. This would be another great secret Santa gift or stocking filler, or even gift for yourself to go with your outfit on Christmas Day. Say goodbye to bad hair days and welcome a beautiful handmade Just Peachy Apparel Headband.
Let's not get into how bad plastic bags are, but instead talk about how everyone needs a quality reusable shopping bag in their repertoire, the environment will thank you later. ChicoBag's are reusable, this particular one shown has an 18kg carrying capacity (for carrying all the things!) and long straps for ease of use, they come in a variety of colours and are (one of my favourite perks of this product) machine washable (unlike the standard supermarket ones which tend to get a little well, unsanitary)! Whether you are doing the grocery shopping, picking up fresh produce from the farmers markets or need an extra bag throughout your day because you're doing some unplanned shopping, a ChicoBag rePETe Shopping Bag (or any reusable shopping bag) is a must have for everyday life.
If you have been into Peter Alexander or any other luxe boutiques that smell amazing, I can vouch and say that what you are smelling is most likely a Glasshouse Candle. The signature scent when you walk into Peter Alexander is usually the one featured here, though there are many other scents that will easily take you to some tropical island north of here, sipping a cocktail with the breeze flowing past you (we can all dream!). No need to dream though, bring a little slice of paradise to home with one of these carefully handmade candles. A Glasshouse Candle for me is an investment piece as they have a long burn and would also be the perfect item to add to your home on Christmas Day or an extra special luxe gift for someone you love.
Featured: Glasshouse Candle in Tahaa Mini Vanilla Caramel 60g purchased in store from Peter Alexander
for the treat inclined..
'Pana Chocolate Ganache'
Talk about a taste of heaven. This beautiful little bar of chocolate ganache is handmade from organic ingredients and is an absolute delight to the palette when it comes to smoothness and taste sensation. For all the chocolate lovers out there, and those that fancy a luxe treat over the store bought kind, this is next level at the least. Whether you are looking for a small gift or something special for after Christmas lunch or dinner, this is the perfect teat. Pana Chocolate Ganache comes in 3 flavours and unfortunately have sold out online (so believe me when I say they are out of the treat world!). If you can get your hands on one from one of their stockists (or more than one) snap it up quickly and put it away (I mean hide it!). This would also make a super cute gift for your guests on their table setting or to give them as they leave.
Featured: Pana Chocolate Fig & Walnut Ganache 80g purchased in store from Biome, Brisbane City (currently sold out online - check out in store at Biome or look into other retailers)
I hope after reading this blog post you are feeling a little inspired and excited for your Christmas shopping and the gift giving festivities to come. Make sure to subscribe to SPARKLE on darling back on the home page to ensure you don't miss the next blog post from the 'A SPARKLE on darling Christmas' series.
All my love,