The Christmas carols are on repeat at the local shopping centre, the trees in the local neighbourhood have been wrapped with tinsel and solar lights, and the advent calendars are safely tucked away in the cupboard (the second lot because sometimes you just got to eat all the chocolate in the house). Yes, it’s here yet again! And whilst we love the Christmas period, the shopping for it is another story. If you are anything like us, you will want to get it out of the way well before the silly season parties start.

With all the entertaining, baking and decadent Christmas feasts, we are tied to our kitchens come December. Naturally, we can’t think of a better place to start for some Christmas gifting inspiration. To make your life that little bit easier we have done the leg work and found some fabulous foodie and kitchen gifts for every taste and budget.

Under $50

The entertaining neither starts nor stops on Christmas day and if there is one item in the buffet that gets a workout this time of year, it’s the humble platter. Whether it’s a sea of prawns, a mountain of Christmas cookies or even the odd BBQ cook up on Boxing Day, the platter hosts it all. We think this stunning platter from Myer is the perfect gift for friends and family that like to entertain. Its gold trim gives it an elegance and festive season charm that sets it apart from the rest.

 

Under $100

Nothing gets our pulses beating faster than ripping off the reindeer printed recycled Christmas paper only to discover a kitchen appliance underneath. In our households everyone loves to spend time in the kitchen and nothing looks better on the benchtop than a sleek modern appliance in just the right colour scheme. The Russell Hobbs new Inspire collection has our hearts all a flutter (hope you are reading this friends and family). Their kettle and toaster in black make for the perfect Christmas gift, and if you, or someone you love, have been thinking about upgrading to a 4 slice toaster for a while now, what better time than the season of giving (and receiving).

Also, Russell Hobbs are running a competition at the moment where you can go into the draw to win $40,000 for a kitchen renovation if you purchase the Inspire kettle or toaster. Amazing right?! Head here to find out more.

 

Under $200

There is no gift like the gift with caffeine. With Nespresso machines now available for under $200, why not transform your instant drinking friend or family member’s life for the better. After all, next time you drop by for a cup of coffee you will be super grateful you were so generous at Christmas. Make it a double shot thanks!

Over $200

After completing our underground cellar/wine tasting room in our most recent Albert Park project, we have been a little distracted by all things wine. This stunning decanter from David Jones is the ultimate talking piece at a sophisticated dinner party and a most memorable gift for a loved one.

 

 

Christmas shopping is a lot easier when you plan ahead, and we never advise leaving it to the last minute. The car parking alone is enough to send shivers down the most retail savvy enthusiasts let alone the lack of floor staff and the long lines at the register. Apart from our gift guide, our top tip is to make the most of your ‘click and collect’ and online shopping services. There is no greater feeling than a cupboard full of wrapped, tagged and ribboned gifts by mid-December (and a 3rd round of advent calendars because they drop to half price once it hits December). We hope our Christmas gifting tips have you somewhat motivated and inspired. Happy holidays to all!