Stocking stuffers to some, top of list gifting to others – to T Australia’s editors, beauty and fragrance buys have always been a fail-safe option for holiday presents. If you’re still shopping (or haven’t started yet), don’t hit purchase until you’ve read our round up of the best in makeup, skincare and perfume.
Carmina Eau de Parfum
Creed’s new Carmina Eau de Parfum, a modern woody floral, blends sensuous Rose de Mai and cashmere wood with black cherries, pink pepper, saffron, myrrh, and musk for a captivating Christmas scent. $469, creedperfume.com.au.
Setting the right mood for the holidays often begins with scent. Leif’s new candle range is packaged in sleek glass vessels, handcrafted in Australia with soy blend wax. Base notes of Buddha Wood intermingle with bergamot, orange and patchouli, for a fragrance that evokes smoky leather, dry wood and dark earth.$79, leifproducts.com.
A rich barrier treatment, Necessaire’s The Body Cream features 5 Essential Ceramides – 5 per cent Niacinamide, 5 per cent Glycerin, and 1 per cent Linoleic/Linolenic Acids. Ideal for summer use, the cream heals dryness, soothes sensitivities, and repairs the skin barrier. $77 for 200ml, mecca.com.
Christmas is often a period of homecomings. But in the southern hemisphere, it also collides with summer holidays – a period of escapism, off-grid exploration and luxurious getaways. If your Secret Santa pick has a taste for wanderlust, shop our Travel themed Christmas Gift Guide – a curated edit of the best luggage, travel tech, sun protection and swimwear for their next getaway.
C-Lite luggage collection in Chili Red
Crafted in Europe from innovative Curv material technology, the C-Lite collection (available across four sizes: 55cm, 69cm, 75cm and 81cm) features smooth rolling double wheels, dual tube handle, TSA lock and USB port in the 55cm. The sleek and minimalist aesthetic of the C-Lite series makes it a standout choice for those who seek sophistication in their travel accessories – with a vibrant, summer-ready Chili colourway. $489.30, samsonite.com.au.
Embrace hands-free convenience with Bellroy’s compact sling, designed for travel essentials. Featuring quick-access compartments, a magnetic clasp, expandable gusset, padded paneling, soft nylon webbing straps, and water-resistant, recycled nylon fabric. Backed by a 3-year warranty, the Sling bag in Bronze includes an internal Apple AirTag slip pocket.$149, bellroy.com.
For waterside getaways, look to the masters of resort wear, Orlebar Brown’s, mid-length Bulldog swim shorts, boasting modern style with bold stripe tape. Signature adjustable side-fasteners ensure a perfect fit for all shapes, combining fashion and function. $445, orlebarbrown.com.
For the regular jet setter, this travel edit is crafted from luxurious cable-knit cashmere and includes a coordinating blanket, eye mask, and zip storage pouch, which can also accommodate a pillow.$822, farfetch.com.au.
Whether we like it or not, Christmas is around the corner. And no matter if your head’s been buried in the sand or you’ve been quietly assembling gift concepts for months, the lead-up to the holidays can be a stressful period — trying to locate the perfect present that speaks to the recipient’s spirit (and your budget).
A fail-safe option in our books is, well, books (pun definitely intended). Portable portals to other worlds, give your loved ones the gift of escapism this year and take your pick from our 2023 Christmas Book Guide.
“The Korean Cookbook”
Junghyun Park and Jungyoon Choi
For the foodie in your life, “The Korean Cookbook” (Phaidon) celebrates traditional regional dishes and everyday food found in home kitchens from Seoul to Jeju Island. Find more than 350 recipes are organised into traditional Korean meals, from pantry staples to noodles, stir-fries, soups, dumplings, rice cakes, and desserts. $74.95. phaidon.com.
Many readers are already familiar with Alderton’s work: “Everything I Know About Love”, “Ghosts” and “Dear Dolly”. Her latest novel, “Good Material” (Penguin), arrives at the perfect time for beach reads. After a sudden breakup, the book’s narrator Andy grapples with confusion and grief. Surrounded by new dad friends and facing career challenges, the story weaves humour and warmth. Brace yourself for page-turning writing and, sometimes, uncomfortable truths. $26.99. dymocks.com.
“Archive” marks the film director Sofia Coppola’s debut book, encapsulating her influential film career through a personal collection of photos, ephemera, and behind-the-scenes insights. Covering all eight of her films, from “The Virgin Suicides” to “The Beguiled” and previewing “Priscilla”, this art book, edited and annotated by Coppola, provides an intimate exploration of her cinematic legacy. Approximately $105. mackbooks.co.uk.
“Lance Franklin: My Football Journey”
“Lance Franklin: My Football Journey” is a captivating tribute to AFL legend (and former T Australia cover star) Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin. From his Hawthorn Hawks draft in 2004 to the 2022 Grand Final with the Sydney Swans, this authorised book showcases Franklin’s iconic moments. Brimming with sports photography and personal insights, it’s a must-read for footy enthusiasts everywhere. $55. shop.sydneyswans.com.au.
“Camping Around Australia”
Hardie Grant Explore
In its fifth edition, “Camping around Australia” is the essential guide for recreational campers, featuring over 3000 campsites with detailed descriptions, facility symbols, and updated information post-2019 bushfires, 2021–2022 floods, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Organised by state, it offers easy cross-referencing with atlas maps, making outdoor exploration seamless for all camping enthusiasts. $55.00. dymocks.com.au.
“Just Friends” (Ultimo Press) delves into the essence of modern friendship, celebrating its diverse forms – from workplace camaraderie to bonds forged in motherhood or neighbourhoods. Reflecting on the profound impact of friendships, the book explores what it means to be, make, and occasionally lose a friend. It’s an ode to those who shape us, a timeless read to cherish and share. $34.99. ultimopress.com.au.
“Signature Cocktails” (Phaidon) spans nearly 600 years of cocktail history, offering a uniquely focused collection. Perfect for cocktail enthusiasts, entertainers, food lovers, and industry professionals, this elegant book features 200 iconic drinks that have left an indelible mark on cocktail culture worldwide. $59.95. phaidon.com.
For fans of “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “The Lost City of Z”, pick up the bestselling author’s riveting new tale of shipwreck, mutiny, and murder, “The Wager” (Simon & Schuster UK). Set in 1742, survivors of The Wager, marooned off Patagonia, tell conflicting stories—some hailed as heroes, others labeled mutineers. A court martial ensues, unraveling a shocking truth with life-and-death consequences. $28.25. booktopia.com.au.
Sonic Youth’s founding member, Thurston Moore, crafts a passionate memoir tracing his journey from a small-town Connecticut music obsessive to the legendary rock group’s thirty years of creation. Set against New York’s vibrant No Wave scene, “Sonic Life” (Penguin Random House) offers a firsthand account of cultural evolution, alternative rock dominance, and a profound love letter to music. $35.00. penguinrandomhouse.com.
From left: Tod’s cardigan, and polo, tods.com; Marine Serre pants, marineserre.com; and JW Anderson shoes. Model’s own clothing and hair clips. Photograph by Jessica Madavo.
Whether it’s slipped your mind completely or you’ve been quietly assembling gift ideas for months, the countdown to Father’s Day 2023 is well and truly on (September 3, for those playing at home). If your dad, or dad figure, is the “I just want quality family time” type, lucky you. For the fathers whose love language is gifts, Father’s Day can be an inadvertently stressful occasion.
Here, T Australia’s editors and contributors share the gifts they’re eyeing off for their own dads. From the best in wellness, tech, fashion and wine, this edit is guaranteed to rescue you from the perils of the novelty gift section.
Join us this year in honouring fathers in all their remarkable dimensions, for their unwavering presence, their indelible impact, and the ever-echoing lessons they impart. This Father’s Day, guided by T Australia, venture beyond the ordinary with a selection that pays homage to the extraordinary fathers who shape our lives.
Original Fragrances and Indulgent Skincare for the Dad Who Has Enough Socks
When it comes to wellness, some fathers just need a nudge. We’re longtime advocates for gifting beauty essentials on Father’s Day. From the best new scents to aptly indulgent moisturisers, give dad the ultimate in personal indulgence this year.
The Best Local Wines and Flavourful Whiskies for the Dad Who Appreciates a Good Drop
For a gift that’s sure to raise spirits (literally), restock Dad’s bar with an array of wines and whiskies. Whether your dad is a connoisseur, a budding enthusiast, or simply enjoys the occasional sip of something special, buying a special bottle as a Father’s Day gift is a fail-safe choice.
Desktop Tech for the Dad Who Loves Gadgets
If your father is the kind that goes ga-ga for gadgets, indulge his tech side and look to these new releases from Sonos and Bellroy.
Fashion Favourites for the Dad Who Needs a Spring Wardrobe Refresh
Start Dad’s new season right with the best in fashion, jewellery and timepieces. From Venroy’s printed silk camp collar shirts to Cartier accessories and watches from Zenith, any of these are sure to get you in the good books.