They say that home is where the heart is. I say it’s where the most chocolate is! That’s what’s inspired some of our choices for this gift guide for the house and home.
Thanks to Covid-19, we’ve all been at home a lot more than normal this year. Redecorating, DIY and home improvements have been on everyone’s mind, which has inspired this selection of Christmas gift ideas…
And also, who doesn’t like chocolate and baked goodies?
Here you’ll find treats to tingle the sweet tooth and the savoury savoir, plus some beautiful homewares gift ideas that bring elegance, energy and luxury.
These gift ideas are part of a broader Christmas guide we’ve created called Hint to give you some inspiration for the coming festive season.
You can view or download your copy of Hint Magazine here for a comprehensive guide to Christmas shopping with beautiful images, great ideas and entertaining stories:
Koko Black All-Star Advent Calendar – 25 Days of Pralines
From a national choccy icon, this advent calendar is packed with 25 of Koko Black’s best pralines. Behind each door is a delicious surprise – from macadamia and wattle seed to raspberry ganache.
Koko Black also has a number of other Christmas-based goodies to treat your partner.
Baked by Keiran – indulgent Christmas Hamper
From the ovens of this Sydney craft bakery, this boxful of delicious Christmas favourites is a festive foodie’s dream. These items can also be purchased separately as part of Kieran’s Christmas range:
In the hamper:
Signature chewy gingerbread, mince pies in crumbly pastry, Keiran’s ‘Drunken Pud’ Christmas pudding, buttery shortbread and jam biccies with blueberry jam, crunchy Christmas granola with cranberries, delicious spiced fruit mince Christmas caneles and the most divine creamy Christmas fudge with cranberries and pistachios.
Pick-up only from Elizabeth Bay or Dulwich Hill bakeries – Keiran McKay ay firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curiosity Chocolates from Jindabyne
Beautifully hand-made artisan chocolates from the Snowy Mountains, these bars embrace the ski-field aesthetic with cool artwork by local artist Simon Blazey (@rockerfellaindustries on Instagram) and stunning snowflake-like designs.
The bars have four flavours – caramel mocha, alpine pepper, strawberries and cream, and dark caramelised cocoa nibs – but there’s a wonderful range of other choc delights from Curiosity.
VanDeRo craft mustard X OzHarvest
For mustard with a conscience, VanDeRo takes it to the next level. Not only are these incredible condiments Aussie-made, every jar you guy also donates a meal to OzHarvest food rescue organisation. And if you’re looking for gourmet, these flavours are impressive.
The likes of nuts, seeds and port mustard (35% port), craft beer mustard (37% beer) and birdseye chilli mustard, these guys are just in time for barbecue season.
This six-jar variety set is $69.70 RRP, but there are other options.
Clare Makes – artisan scented candles
These small-batch hand-poured soy wax candles made with oils from Australian botanicals are a perfect gift for the home-lover in us all.
Free shipping within Australia and options for customising the pots with your loved one’s name, this is the best from Sydney’s Inner West.
OneWorld Collections for the home bar
For some serious Gatsby Art Deco swagger, this pineapple cocktail shaker and stunning antique gold mirrored bar cart are the ultimate entertainer’s centrepiece.
Imagine wheeling this into the end of your next dinner party, stirring up a negroni or manhattan. Very. Very. Cool.
Stoned Crystals – Love Triangle rose quartz pyramid
Beautifully and uniquely crafted, and amusingly named, the crystals from this Aussie company – run by Melbourne couple Ash and Jeremy – not only make a statement in your home but also help to balance its energies.
The Love Triangle is pure rose quartz and promotes love, romance, harmony, friendship and kindness. Who doesn’t want that in their home?
Futari Tomodachi tea cups
Elevate your tea with these antique teacups (chawan) from the Meiji period. The design shape of this particular style of lipped cup is known as hatazorigata and while made for tea, they would also be perfect for sake or even wine.
Esteemed travel writer and author Jane Lawson has curated an exquisite range of unique and antique Japanese homewares. She can also source one-off pieces to suit your home.
NYC fire escape shelf planter
New York fire escapes are an iconic part of the NYC skyline. White Moose have reimagined this understated urban masterpiece as a very cool wall-mounted shelf.
It also looks incredible as a spice rack in your kitchen or for skincare in your bathroom. And these guys plant a tree for every item sold.
Saardé bath sheet
These bath sheets are so soft and come in a gorgeous black and white design. This luxuriously soft, hand-loomed towel collection is made by just one family in central Turkey.
Find the full range at Add to Cart, a fantastic small online business run by two sisters in NSW’s Southern Highlands.