Top 10 Christmas Shopping List 2015


Post by Portia


Hi Lovelies,

We are HURTLING towards Christmas with speeds previously unknown to mankind. How did this year disappear so fast? It seems like only yesterday I was having Christmas at home with Mathew, Jin & Kath, opening up my presents, eating, laughing and having a stunningly relaxing day. Jin, Kath & I were all living in an apartment in Redfern (on the edge of the Sydney CBD) and it was great. You know, I can’t believe I’ve been sporting the BEARD for a year!

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Many of you are not Christian, have horrible Christmas memories or are very lonely at Christmas. Depression is made even harder when the world expects you to be joyful and smiling. I too have spent Christmas with the black dog. One of the things that helps me through is organisation, make a plan for the day and stick to it. Leaving the house can seem like an insurmountable mountain, especially in the dead of winter, but if it’s safe to do so then getting bathed, dressed and outside for a short while can really help. Even if it’s just to a porch or balcony. Inside, spend an hour tidying up your kitchen and table and making it a really nice place to have a meal, polish the damn thing if you have to and if you have a placemat put it down, set up your cutlery and condiments. Even if all you have for lunch is a Cup-A-Soup please make it a SPECIAL Cup-A-Soup moment. Do you know someone else who is lonely or in need? Nothing puts the Christmas blues behind as much as helping someone else. Just do it for yourself, helping them will help you through, selfishness harnessed for the greater good is still wonderful.

Anyway, here are my Top 10 Christmas Gifts 2015, I know you have some great ideas to help people with their gift giving, please leave your comments below. Also good ideas for beating the Christmas Blues would be great too.

Top 10 Christmas Shopping List 2015


L’Occitane Shea Fabulous Oil: Seriously, L’Occitane Shea Fabulous Oil is FAN fricken TASTIC! It smells so beautiful, sinks into your skin in moments, leaves your skin feeling soft, supple and with a light sheen. I can’t imagine anyone male or female who would not be thrilled receiving a bottle of this beautiful baby at Christmas (or any other time). Whoever you give this to will be seriously impressed with your good taste and sense. Retailing AUD$45/100ml at L’Occitane Australia

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Miller et Bertaux – A Quiet Morning: On our first trip to Europe together while shopping with Birgit and Sandra Jin spritzed some Miller et Bertaux – A Quiet Morning. It was instant love. We were busy buying other things at the time but later in the evening I got a whiff of him and it still smelled killer. The top notes and heart are put together in such a way that they smell like nothing in my scent memory and are based around Saffron, Rice & Neroli but the deep Woody dry down is where it really shines. First In Fragrance has €98/100ml

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Surrender To Chance Gift Certificate: Don’t know what to get someone? Know they like fragrance and don’t want to double up or worse give them a scent nemesis note? Surrender To Chance Gift Certificate‘s are a great idea. Your friend will have the joy of receiving your card explaining their gift, you can send them a Gift Voucher via eMail, they will have enormous fun picking their order and once it arrives the fun of wearing a bunch of brand new fragrances. Excellent gift from $1 to $200. I usually give $25 or $50, depending on my financial status and our friendship.

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Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet Bath Oil: I love baths, and here is a fabulous way to soften and lightly scent your skin while enjoying that most relaxing and mentally detoxifying pursuit. The Blenheim Bouquet range from Penhaligon’s is chock full of fabulous stuff, from Shaving Soaps and Shower Gels to EdT and Body Lotion and it all comes beautifully packaged. Aimed at the men but blissfully unisex. Parfum1 has $85/200ml Bath Oil.

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Lolita Lempicka EdP: The original Lolita Lempicka fragrance. One of the loveliest, and much more wearable, Angel spin offs. Licorice, Sugar & Violets all drizzled with Vanilla Praline and smoothed over with Musks. I often gift this one. It suits all ages and everyone loves the fun bottle, even the men. It’s sweet but won’t rot your teeth, light enough to wear to most events but fragrant enough to be interesting. Perfumery Australia has AUD$40/50ml

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo: If any book could change your life then this is the one. Imagine being surrounded by ONLY the things that bring you joy. Perfect if you or someone you know needs to de-clutter. Marie Kondo is clever and a bit whacko but her book really does give an excellent guide to making your life cleaner, sparer and more able to let in the joy. I’ve not done the full clean but it will happen when I’m ready. Book Depository has the hardback for AUD$19.20 delivered.

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Amouage Body Lotion: You want to make someone feel like they are incredible beautiful and important to you? Want them to think lovely thoughts of you every time they get out of the shower and are moisturising themselves? Top quality and smells amazing, my favourite of the Amouage Body Lotions is DIA filled with glycerine, shea butter, aloe vera, almond oil and silicone. A softly fresh bouquet on a base of powdery woods, vanilla & incense. Sensual and elegant. Libertine has $119/300ml with FREE Australian Shipping

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Magnolia Grandiflora – Michel: You are looking for something different, beautiful, easy to wear and vibrant to gift your partner. You are expecting to pay a bit of money but cant go too far over the top. Magnolia Grandiflora – Michel is an excellent choice. Citrus and fresh green up top through a softly white floral bouquet and into a dry patchouli and vetiver skin scent to finish. Unisex, magical and Australian. Peony Melbourne has AUD$185/100ml

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Rancé 6 x 104 ml Iris Royal Soap Box: Rancé has been producing excellent soaps in Italy since 1795 and their production methods remains basically unchanged from their founding. That’s quite an amazing thing. The soaps are presented beautifully, six in a box and they smell incredible. The soap leaves your skin clean, moist and lightly fragrant. This is the good stuff. FragranceX has AUD$73.50

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CHANEL Misia: You want their friends to be as impressed as they are. Grab the 2015 release from CHANEL, Misia. It shows you are cool, clever and bang up to date. There’s nothing like the thrill of finding something by CHANEL under your tree or given any way a gift can be given. Make sure the sales person wraps the box and ties with CHANEL ribbon, roll it in the CHANEL bag and only then can you put your own Christmas paper on it. Give them the whole thrilling experience. It will be worth it. CHANEL Boutiques and large department stores have 75ml or 200ml bottles.

Did any of these tickle your fancy? What would you like to give or be given?
Portia xxx


13 thoughts on “Top 10 Christmas Shopping List 2015

  1. Lovely list Portia, and I’d love to give or receive everything on it (except the Kondo book – pshaw!).

    My kids are getting older now so we are almost (but not quite) past the toy phase. So I thought I’d spend a bit of money upgrading our dismal outdoor furniture this year. The kids will be with me for the evening meal, stuffed full of food by then, so we thought we’d just BBQ some salmon and have it with salad (tomatoes and herbs from our own garden) and bread. Nice and simple, eat outside next to the rose bed and watch the sun go down.


    • Sorry Steve,
      If I don’t remind you then you’ll be shopping Christmas Eve.
      This way you get to make your list now and start shopping next weekend.
      Portia xx


  2. The book is PERFECT for my mother! She is a clean freak but has too many knick knacks and the house feel.. Too much! I’m a minimalist so it’s my worst nightmare haha! Definitely gifting her that book!
    And the Chanel I will buy for my sister. She is a single mum of three and works way too hard, and has never owned anything Chanel.. I’m going to spoil her with the luxe experience, throw in her first Chanel lipstick in there.

    I would love a voucher or $$ for a pair of Face à Face cat eye opticals. Lord knows I need to replace my old current pair.

    Can’t believe Christmas is so soon! Im dreaming for a white Christmas with Jo Malone candles burning above the fireplace and Whiffs of Serge Lutens Jeux De Peau in the air!


  3. I do love your list Portia! I am reminded every day of how close Christmas is. The city is buzzing already and the lights and decorations are beginning to go up. I started my shopping yesterday- yay!! Now I have to make a list and stick with it. Thank you. The boys are so excited that you will be in Vienna again. Sandra xoxo


  4. I love Magnolia Grandiflora Michel! That’s on my wish list for Christmas as is the L’Occitane Fanulous oil. Thanks for some fabulous suggestions as well as recognizing Christmas can be a difficult time of year for some. You’re always so considerate. Hope you get everything you want this year as well!


  5. Love your list, Portia ! Especially THE Occitane oil, it sounds delicious. Must try it, as I remember you mentioned it before. The book sounds interesting as Well, about decluttering, I wonder if she says something about collecting perfumes or other things 🙂


  6. Hi gorgeous.
    Having a horrible time with work and your blog is one of my many escapes. Thank you!

    Lovely list… Some great ideas for giving. My current Xmas gift list has a few candles to give out. Personally I don’t really need anything else but needing quality times with friends and family away from work.

    Thank you for a thoughtful post.
    XXX… Tim


  7. Portia, you are a most thoughtful person. I was profoundly moved by your Christmas post. Because of your thoughtfulness, many people will bring in someone from Christmas with the black dog. I promise to seek out someone in need of a little comfort and share my good fortune with them.
    On a more cheerful note, I love your list! So many great ideas.


  8. The bath oil and the Misia by Chanel are on my wish list. Beautiful words about the black dog thank you for reminding us of what life is all about xo


    • Hey there Anna Maria,
      I can just imagine you swanning around smelling of Misia. If I get it first come over and swan here.
      Portia xx


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