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No one likes a dud Christmas present.

4 years ago my friend woke up on Christmas morning to a glistening diamond and a proposal for marriage.  By wake up to – I literally mean poked and prodded at the crack of dawn to a handy-cam in her face and before she had time to wipe the sleep from her eyes, her besotted boyfriend was on one knee asking for her hand. (Asking if she wanted time to wake up first prior to asking her to be his wife probably would have been helpful, but he was excited, and bless him he just couldn’t wait).

She said yes, of course. What a happy Christmas…. But this poor guy is going to find it hard to top that gift for sure!

There are just 12 sleeps left until you and your loved ones wake up to a gift that will either provide swoon worthy attention at Christmas lunch from your jealous siblings, or cause you to hold back tears until the point (quite likely after too much festive cheer) you finally burst with disappointment about the Dustbuster he bought you. He thought it would make things easier for you. You think it stinks.

With that in mind, don’t be a bad-gift-giver this year. Don’t risk getting it wrong, because no one likes a dud Christmas present. That old saying It’s the thought that counts” is bullshit.

We have you covered with a number of gift guides from people who are in the know when it comes to gifts. No tricks here – we can happily endorse these people and their lists (because they have proven to consistently have their crap together throughout 2012, and have quite frankly, got me out of binds on various topics before).

Pour yourself and cheeky G&T and leisurely scroll these lists knowing you have a good chance of winning the best gift-giver competition this year.

For your mum, sister, bestie, and nana

First up, do a good deed by supporting Australian designers whilst also spoiling your love one.

Lady Melbourne’s annual gift guide is out and fabulous! Featuring local labels, Lady Melbourne is a pro when it comes to finding unique pieces. And yes, of course she has included sorella & me in her guide, and has featured our organic lounge wrap. But because you are a regular sorella and since it’s our official best seller, you already knew it was a great gift idea didn’t you?

sorella & me organic sleepwear bag (image by Lady Melbourne)

sorella & me organic sleepwear bag with our cosy lounge wrap inside!  (image by Lady Melbourne)

Get more bang for your buck and check out her fab list from last year while you’re there which again, is chock-full or lovely ideas.

For the Guys

I am the worst at trying to figure out what to buy J1. I love gift giving, and I do usually sort him out with some decent stuff, but I often find myself repeating old ideas. No longer a problem with these great guides. We’ve added a couple because let’s face it, no matter how hard you try, not every man is a Vogue man.

Vogue Australia Men’s Gift Guide – Not for everyone, but a girl can dream can’t she?

Vogue Australia Mens Gift Guide

image via Vogue Australia

Men’s Health Gift Guide  – Note this is the magazine’s American version so not all products will be accessible down under, so treat it as ‘inspiration’). What Aussie man wouldn’t want a pair of skis or a kegerator home-brew system? Santa might have some trouble with these ones in his sack though….

Nordica skis via Mens Health

Nordica skis via Mens Health

The Kegerator

Lipstick & Cake’s Gift Guide – Stephanie from fab blog Lipstick & Cake has some selected some great products here all of which would be really easy to track down both online and in retail stores.

image via Lipstick & Cake

image via Lipstick & Cake

For anyone and everyone

Nikki and her team at Styling You have got you completely covered with not 1, but 5 gift guides! … and who knows if they are done just yet, perhaps there will be a 6th! If you can’t find something on any of these lists there’s something wrong with you. Seriously.

In addition to some fabulous gift ideas, Nikki has also provided some handy tips for approaching your shopping, including suggestions of who you may have forgotten on your list! Each of the gift guides are listed below and will take you direct to the guide…

Lots and lots of gift ideas! via www.stylingyou.com.au

Lots and lots of gift ideas! via www.stylingyou.com.au

Gift Guide 1

Gift Guide 2

Gift Guide 3 – I know what I would want from this list – can you guess? (I’ll give you a hint, it starts in ‘sorella’ and ends in ‘me’?!)

Gift Guide 4

Gift Guide 5

For those that are (bless them!) expecting!

You can’t go past the experts in all things maternity – Babyology. These guys only suggest the gold standards when it comes to maternity and baby products.  That’s why you can trust their gift guide for the woman in your life lucky enough to have one in the oven (a baby that is, not a turkey).

Babyology Christmas Gift GuideAnd yes, of course sorella & me is included! We just can’t help being so loveable. (And if we are taking the time to gloat, it would be remiss of me not to point out it’s not the first time Babyology have confessed their adoration for us… See here and here!).

For those that need your love the most

And finally, a reminder through this article by Belinda Pate from (another fabulous) blog Coping with Jane. There’s certainly lots of giving you can do this year that doesn’t have to be for someone you know. It’s a busy time for a lot of us but for some, Christmas can be very lonely. Celebrations can also be out of reach financially for families and many children, perhaps from a family in your own street, just won’t experience the same things your child will this year. Belinda suggests buying a gift for the Kmart Christmas tree or donating your time at one of the many charities in your local area. Great ideas.  I think buying a gift of hope through Oxfam Australia’s Unwrapped Gifts is another really easy way to contribute. Sharing a little bit of love can make a big difference in someone’s life, especially at this time of year.

Oxfam Unwrapped www.oxfam.org.au

Oxfam Unwrapped www.oxfam.org.au

We hope these ideas have helped get your stress levels down, and some ideas sorted! 

If you have a gift or gift guide you recommend, we’d love for you to share it in the comments section below!

~ anna

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