Yep, I will admit it. After buying stacks of lovely Christmas presents for my partner, my kids, my parents, my siblings, my girlfriends… I like to buy a Christmas present for myself too.
So I often find “Christmas Gift Guides” to be quite problematic!
They often feature items that I never actually thought of owning or buying until it’s Christmas. Do I really need a celebrity branded tea cup set? Do I really need Festive Special Edition candles? Do I really need decorative lantern fairy lights? Haha probably not!
So instead of a typical Christmas gift guide, today I’m sharing a “wishlist” of things that I had wanted for aaaaaages and that I am now so, so happy that I own.
They all cost under $100.
Some of these items are classics, or brand favourites, or best sellers, or just affordable, good quality items that I have considered, tested, and acquired over some time – so they are not really a wishlist for me anymore.
I guess I hope to inspire you, during the upcoming season, to save up for things that you’ll truly love, beyond Christmas!
A really good set of active wear pieces.
This dreamy top and bottom (how gorgeous are the spots??) are from Abi and Joseph.
They are made from a luxurious, high-quality fabric that feels amazing to wear. I’m quite a fan of their gear.
Pieces from their collection are slightly more affordable than other brands, but I think they are equal in high performance support, design and quality.
For the Spot Me High Support Bra, I wear a size XS (I’m usually a AU6) and for the Spot Me High Waisted 3/4 Tight, I also wear the XS – and they both fit perfectly.
Lightweight Black and White Sneakers.
It’s a fact, black and white go with everything… and these sneakers are probably the most versatile and most worn sneakers in my entire collection right now.
Obviously they are great for running, going to the gym and working out, but they also look great with regular jeans, leggings and shorts too.
A most excellent purchase and wardrobe addition!
Nars Duo Blush and Bronzer (Orgasm and Laguna)
Everyone raves about these two colours. They have been best sellers for years and are constantly in fashion and beauty magazines. Everyone, online and offline, dark skin and light skin, gives it a 4 to 5 star rating. How can it suit such a broad range of skin colours and types? I was so skeptical!
Well I recently succumbed to the hype surrounding this Duo Palette and bought one without trying it. My response? OH WOW. The blush really does give my cheeks a subtle, natural glow… without looking glittery or fake and doll-like.
And the bronzer! Sheesh, out of all the bronzers I’ve ever tried, this adds the most natural boozing warmth colour to my cheeks ever!
A Luxe SPF50+ Sun Cream
There are so many on the market these days, but I suggest you pop into a specialty, multi-brand makeup shop like Sephora or Mecca, to find one that really works with your skin and DOESN’T make you look greasy.
I have tried so many pharmacy brand SPF50+ creams that cost around $15 – $23, that say they are “oil free, non greasy, no shine, matte formula”… but really, they are not!
So I have learned, if I just pay a little more for a really good quality SPF50+ sun cream that makes my face look and feel great under my makeup, then I’ll wear it more often. Simple as that.
May as well pay for something a bit nicer that I will wear more.
A Simple Silver Bangle
Although this bangle is just costume jewellery, I adore its simple and minimal design. I find that it goes with so many of my outfits, it’s easy to wear, it’s easy to match and I end up wearing it every day.
So I’m actually thinking I might save upfor next Christmas to get myself a real silver or white gold bangle, because I have a feeling that I’ll be wearing it for years and want it to last.
Pointed Toe Flats
These flats are a recent purchase. Most of all my other flats are more round-toe ballet style. I don’t know why I haven’t bought a pair of pointed toe flats before, as I have so many pointed-toe heeled shoes! They add such a stylish tick to all my casual outfits – especially when wearing jeans.
I prefer this simple, classic style to the strappy, lace-up ones which are pretty popular at the moment.
These are Charles and Keith Pointed Flats $63 or these ASOS Mouse Face Flats for $40.
You can’t really go wrong with luxurious Parisian scented candles!
With so many other candle brands and fragrances on the market, this is still my favourite scent, followed by Figuier.
I have been buying these for years… and I know I’ll be buying them till I grow old and wrinkly!
Lightweight Statement Sunglasses
These sunglasses are not very “statement” along the spectrum of “statement sunglasses”.
But they enough of a statement for me! They are fun, quirky and lightweight.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I wear my luxe sunglasses, I find that they can be quite chunky and heavy from the weight of the glass and acetate, and I’m often left with a mark on the bridge of my nose. Sometimes the marks stays for hours and it’s really annoying.
There’s much to be said for good quality, lightweight sunglasses that don’t cost the earth. There’s a certain liberation I feel, knowing I don’t have to be so precious with them, yet they look great.
These babies are from Hello Parry, who have a very nice collection of bold and affordable eye wear.
My Black Leather Watch
Constantly on my wrist, it feels like my second skin.
Lightweight, comfortable, simple, classic design – my watch is one of my favourite daily accessories. I also like it because it didn’t cost the earth.
Yep there are a few brands who have a similar design, but these are by an Australian label, The Horse and I bought it from SurfStitch when it was on sale.
Enjoy your Christmas shopping and I hope you find something that you like.