Tis the season of giving. But before you reach for that good old bottle of vino, box of handcrafted premium chocolate or velvety hand cream, consider a present that lasts all year long – and perhaps beyond.
The best gifts are the one’s that keep on giving – welcome additions that serve a purpose and become a much-loved practical part of the home.
With only a week to go before Christmas, these gifts will help you complete your holiday shopping without a fuss and be sure to delight the house-proud.
Home assistant – Google Home – $129.00 Officeworks
Honestly, who would not want an assistant? It’s like having a helping hand, not just for Christmas, but all year round. Simply talk to it, ask it any question or command an action and it will be taken care of. Google, how do you cure a hangover? Google, call mum. Google, turn off the lights. Note to self, make sure you have a smart lightbulb. It’s the gift that really keeps on
A Portable garden – Bunnings – $39, pinnacle raised garden planter
For those in apartments who can’t exercise their green thumbs, a portable planter is the perfect solution. Ideal for balconies, courtyards or patios, your giftee can plant their favourite blooms or create a veggie patch for endless green smoothies. You’ll also be gifting a lifetime hobby.
An Outdoor setting – IKEA – $465, Applaro
Wanting to splurge for someone special? Give the gift of comfort for those unused outdoor spaces. Create a cosy nook with a quality outdoor setting that can withstand all seasons. Excellent for those long lazy Sunday afternoons, sipping cocktails or a cosy winters night in front of a fire.
Mirrors – Bed, Bath n’ Table – From $39.95 – Morgan & Finch Chain mirror
While practical, mirrors also double as décor for the home. They give the illusion of a bigger space within the home, a touch of luxury and provide a self-checkout station for when you visit – winning.
Faux indoor plants – Freedom – $80 – Fiddle leaf tree
For those lucky enough to have ducted air conditioning, it’s understandable to not want to sit outside in the dry heat of Canberra. So why not bring the outside in? Specially made for that friend or family member who cannot keep a plant alive, faux greenery is the way to go.
Candles – David Jones – $34.95 – Circa Home Christmas Miniature candle trio
Christmas definitely has a familiar smell. The mix of pine from the tree, the sweet smell of freshly baked cookies and in good old Aussie tradition, glazed ham. Lucky for the world, there are many beautiful options for candles including fruit, dessert and candy aromas that last beyond January.
From everyone at Perspective, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We’ll be back on board, mid-January to talk more property and Canberra.