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Christmas Gift Guide 2014

Food, travel, booze, family and more food: that’s what Christmas is all about, right? Oh, and perhaps the chance to unwrap a little special something from under the tree. Here’s what’s on our wish list.
Oigen Kettle

Food, travel, booze, family and more food: that’s what Christmas is all about, right? Oh, and perhaps the chance to unwrap a little special something from under the tree. Here’s what’s on our wish list.

1803 ham sword

1803 ham sword

This beautifully crafted ham sword from artisan blade-maker 1803 is made from recycled carbon-steel with its signature brass-trimmed deer antler handle. Perfect for slicing and dicing the Christmas centrepiece. $540

KitchenAid Diamond blender

KitchenAid Diamond blender

KitchenAid have added a blender to the family – among its key functions, the ability to chop, mix, purée, crush ice and create hot food such as soups. And, in true KitchenAid style, it comes in a range of exciting colours, such as this popping fire-engine red. $329

Nespresso Breville Citiz & milk Chrome coffee machine

Nespresso Breville Citiz & milk Chrome coffee machine

Here’s some hardware that’ll keep the coffee obssesive in your life well-caffeinated with its ability to pump out straight espresso and milk-based coffees with equal facility. $399

Harman/Kardon Onyx wireless speaker system

Harman/Kardon Onyx wireless speaker system

What’s a party without good tunes? Harman/Kardon’s Onyx speakers don’t just look great with their sleek leather exterior – they’re also wireless, meaning you can take the celebrations on the road, and, most importantly, they promise to push out some pretty superb sound. $699

Chanel Christmas make-up

Chanel Christmas make-up

Get sparkly this party season with Chanel’s spotlight-grabbing Christmas make-up collection. _From $44, for stockist information visit Chanel’s website_

Krug sharing set

Krug sharing set

The end of the year is for popping corks. This gift set from Krug comes replete with a bottle of the house’s Grande Cuvée and two custom-made Riedel glasses for toasting the festive season. $399

Oigen cookware

Oigen cookware

Give the Nipponophile in your life something to smile about with this cast-iron cookware piece from Oigen’s Palma range, designed in collaboration with British designer Jasper Morrison. We’ve got our eye on the kettle. From $115

Osaka Suzuki Silky beer tumbler

Osaka Suzuki Silky beer tumbler

Liquor more their thing? Give them something fun to drink it from with these handmade beer and whisky tumblers from Japanese tinware pioneers Osaka Suzuki. From $125.95

Aesop gift pack

Aesop gift pack

Give the gift of glowing skin with one of Aesop’s six new skincare gift packs – perfect for scrubbing-up post plane, beach or party. From $65

121BC wine package

121BC wine package

Christmas is a good time to step up your entertaining game. This package from the team at 121BC, consisting of a hand-blown Brian Hirst decanter and a bottle of 2012 Langhe Nebbiolo from Olek Bondonio, should get the party started. $220

Whisky kit

Whisky kit

Whisky enthusiasts take note: Sullivans Cove distillery in Tasmania are brewing, malting and distilling 20 litre casks of the world’s best single malt whisky, to order. Choose between an ex-Port or ex-Bourbon cask, then visit your new liquid friend as it matures for a taste test. $4250

Sony Bluetooth and Noise-cancelling Headphones

Sony Bluetooth and Noise-cancelling Headphones

These new bluetooth and noise-cancelling headphones from Sony, complete with an airplane jack, handy USB charger and lightweight travel case, will ensure smooth journeys ahead. $279.95

Six-Day Pastry Intensives

Six-Day Pastry Intensives

For the more experienced chefs among us, Melbourne-based pastry chef Pierre Roelofs is offering a six-day, intensive pastry workshop, featuring five of his top desserts. But move fast, spaces are limited. From $3,000

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Night & Day watches

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Night & Day watches

A gift for him and her. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vous watches are light on the wrist (a little heavier on the pocket) and big on sophistication. Available in stainless steel for $11,600 and pink gold for $20,400

Penguin Cookery Postcards

Penguin Cookery Postcards

This set of one hundred postcards, each one documenting a different cookbook cover from the last sixty years, is a gift you and your penpals can enjoy throughout the entire year. $29.99

Le Creuset Signature Roaster

Le Creuset Signature Roaster

Come Christmas day, you’re likely to need a good roasting dish. Our vote? This cast-iron, festive red option from Le Creuset. $390

Edward Gilbert Travel Wallet

Edward Gilbert Travel Wallet

Designed in Australia and made in Spain, this handy travel companion from Edward Gilbert will fit your phone, your passport, and all of your cards and currencies in one; and in this bold orange hue, you’ll be less likely to leave it behind. $250

LP’s Quality Meats maple-cured smoked ham

LP’s Quality Meats maple-cured smoked ham

We know – a ham isn’t your traditional Christmas gift. But hey, there’s so much to love about this maple-cured applewood-smoked pork shoulder from LP’s Quality Meats that we couldn’t help but add it to our wish list. They’re $150 a pop and can be ordered by contacting [email protected] before 1 December.

The English and Australian Cookery Book

The English and Australian Cookery Book

After being out of print for over 100 years, The English and Australian Cookery Book, Australia’s first ever cookery book, by Edward Abbott has been republished. If you’re an adventurous cook (emu or swan, anyone?) or one who just likes to pay tribute to the classics on the kitchen shelf, then this is a must. $75

St John tee

St John tee

You’ll have to rush to get it in time for Christmas, but St John have made a new bone marrow and parsley salad tee to mark the restaurant’s 20th anniversary, illustrated by Fergus Henderson himself. £18.50 from stjohngroup.uk.com

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