It might be hard to believe, but Christmas is just around the corner. Yes, it’s crept up on us again. Despite so much time in lockdown this year, 2021 has flown by. Now it’s time to spend some time picking the perfect gift for your nearest and dearest.
Don’t do what you did last Christmas and make a last-minute online voucher purchase. You’re better than that. You still have time to order these online, so they arrive in time for Christmas. But you don’t have too much time, so think quick.
We’ve done most of the work for you. Now all you need to do is pick from the list below to find the most suitable present for the one receiving it. Happy hunting.
FOR THE FITNESS FANATIC
Suunto 9 Peak
Made for the wrists of hardcore sportspeople, adventurers and those pursuing excellence. Suunto was founded more than 80 years ago in Finland by adventurer, Tuomas Vohlonen, who was needed a reliable piece of equipment to navigate the all-day Arctic darkness. Fast forward nearly a century and Suunto is still based in Scandinavia and is now one of the world leaders when it comes to GPS watches.
The new Suunto 9 Peak is its thinnest, smallest and toughest powerful sports watch yet, designed to not only make you look good but perform at your peak. It boasts up to 170 hours of GPS recording capacity in Tour mode, blood oxygen measurement, a full battery charge in one hour to make it the ultimate training tool and adventure partner.
Whether you’re using it to track your running on roads, trails or tracks this summer or out in the mountains on weekend hikes, you won’t find a better option than the Suunto 9 Peak.
FOR THE OUTDOOR MUSIC AFICIONADO
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore
Summer has arrived and that means plenty of time in the great outdoors over the next few months. From camping to the beach to climbing up mountains, the time is now to make up for spending so much time inside over the past two years. Who wants to do that without decent tunes? Not us.
High-end Danish audio juggernaut Bang & Olufsen have designed the perfect portable speaker for your summer activities. The Beosound Explore won’t break the bank and delivers the power and volume necessary for your listening pleasure while camping or hiking over the next few months.
And just like everything Bang & Olufsen touches, it is meticulously designed to ensure it’s the chicest portable speaker you’ll come across this summer. Wrapped in a hard aluminium shell, the Beosound Explore is scratch and corrosion resistant, as well as dust and waterproof. With up to 27 hours of battery life, you can’t go past this option.
FOR THE WANNABEE ELITE ATHLETE
If you haven’t heard of a Theragun, then you’ve either been living on the couch over the past two years or physical activity isn’t your thing. But, if it is your thing, then you would know just how effective this fitness tool is for your training.
The Theragun Elite by Therabody provides powerful deep muscle treatment without making much noise, courtesy of new advanced sound insulation. It means you won’t get any grief from your partner or housemate as you drill away on those tight calves while sitting on the couch watching the latest episode of Succession or Dopesick.
Felt, not heard is the mantra they live by. The Theragun is 75 per cent quieter than previous incarnations, but that doesn’t reduce the quality of the treatment. And with 120 minutes of battery life, it will be ready whenever you need it.
FOR THE CONSTANT WEEKEND TRAVELLER
July Daybreak Weekender
It might be slightly too early to get too excited about travelling again in 2022, but just try and stop us. Many in the northern hemisphere have returned to the skies this year, but Australians have remained grounded. When it comes to chic luggage, we always think of July.
The Melbourne brand has quickly established itself as an elite operator in this space, but it isn’t all about carry-on and check-in luggage. They also do weekend travel bags that are the perfect Christmas gift amid a time of year where everyone is hitting the road.
The Daybreak Weekender will set the tone for your next weekend away from the city. The cotton duffle bag with leather handles and an adjustable strap will make a statement without standing out, just the way things should be.
FOR THE SUN SOAKER
Grand by RIXX Eyewear
We couldn’t provide you with a Christmas gift guide without an Australian flavour. And it doesn’t get much more Australian at this time of year than sunglasses. We all want them, but sometimes they are pushed aside for other wardrobe options. That’s why they are the perfect gift.
Perth-based eyewear label RIXX Eyewear have been doing amazing things this year. First they expanded into prescription eyewear to keep you looking sharp after dark. Then they released the New York collection, which is a home run. Founders Tommy Sheridan and Coen Rodgers are five years into their journey with RIXX Eyewear and really hitting their straps.
We’ve picked the new Grand style for the suave operator in your life. The pair to be seen in this summer if you’re trying to channel your inner Steve McQueen.
FOR THE ONE WITH THE GREAT HAIR
Oliver J. Woods Haircare
This is all you need to know. Oliver J. Woods is one of London’s best hair experts, working for superstars Daniel Craig, Jude Law, Robbie Williams and many other A-listers we won’t bore you with. In 2017, he launched his eponymous haircare line to improve the work he does.
From Abyssinian clay to Blackseed Wax to Formentera Salt Spray, Oliver J. Woods has everything you need to look like a hairstylist has just done your hair for you.
The UK brand has a range of different packages this Christmas, perfect for the one who takes far too long in the mirror ahead of a night out. You know the one.
FOR THE ONE WHO LOVES SMELLS
PORTABLE XMAS TREE by D.S. & Durga
We’ve told you all about the cool Brooklyn couple behind D.S & Durga before. How they tried their hand at the perfume business with no prior experience and create a global brand. Remember that? Click here if you missed it.
Now they have turned their attention to candles, and with plenty of success, as is to be expected from David and Kavi Moltz.
Just like most of D.S & Durga’s scents, this candle requires little introduction. It is called Portable Xmas Tree and smells exactly like it sounds. With top notes of black spruce cardamom, heart notes of forest cedar and base notes of red cedarwood and Nootka cypress, this candle is destined to be another hit by the New Yorkers.
FOR THE PHONE GADGET OBSESSED
Oakywood Slim Wireless Charging Station
Oakywood wooden wireless charging station
It is hard to remember what an office actually feels and looks like after the past two years – yes, it’s actually almost been that long. But with a return to work slated for the new year, you need to start preparing your look.
And that shouldn’t just be down to what you wear. People need cool gadgets on their desk, which is where this trendy Polish brand comes in. Oakywood is the brainchild of a pair of brothers who love to work with wood and wanted to run their own business.
Now the wooden wireless charging is the sleek option to give the person in your life who likes to look cool doing anything and everything.
FOR THE SKIN EXPERT
Personal Microderm Elite Pro
PMD Beauty is an industry-leading skincare device company that offers tech-driven beauty
solutions to encourage brilliant skin. Each of their innovative and meticulously designed products
provides skincare enthusiasts with the tools to achieve professional-grade results at home, that
enable you to look & feel your best. The Personal Microderm Elite Pro works by using gentle suction and PMD Beauty’s patented technology: replaceable microdermabrasion discs, to remove dead skin cells and dirt for cleaner, clearer and healthier looking skin.