When it comes to technology, we can all get by with the basics — phone, laptop, camera and tablet, and you’re pretty much set. But some of the best Christmas present ideas are the add-ons you never knew you needed until you realised how cute and functional they were. For example, a phone that’s used all the time deserves to be housed in an adorable designer case, or someone who chats on their mobile non-stop should be introduced to a plug-in retro handset. The gadgets inside this gift guide are so cool I’ve actually added them to my own mental wish list — hopefully you’ll find something for your tech-obsessed loved ones, too!
Christmas is a great time to ask for that new hairdryer or straightener that you've had your eye on — but haven't wanted to fork out $300 for yourself! Don't forget there are other great beauty gadgets too: electric toothbrushes, curling tongs, mini massagers, epilators and more. They all make great gifts for others or will give you some last-minute inspiration for your lists!
Where we would be without all our technology? Since the chances of you knowing people with mobile phones, iPods and other tech-related things are very high, our latest gift guide brings together an assortment of cute but functional items that would make perfect Christmas presents. From a sparkly, designer iPad cover to an adorable tulip USB hub, check out our picks for the gadget lovers in your life. And for even more ideas, head to our brother site Gizmodo for presents that are equally geeky and girl-friendly.
I can't imagine ever tiring of beautiful things. It's in my genes. I have a glam Nan. And I intend to be one, one day. Far from being dowdy and sitting in a corner, glamorous grans are often the ones responsible for our love of beauty. I have a girlfriend whose grandmother taught her everything she knows about fragrance. And she knows a LOT. And it's impossible for me to use a hand cream around my Nan—she steals it right off me and claims that religious application of it is what leads her to constantly be asked if she's really old enough to have a granddaughter that's in her late twenties. So indulge her this Christmas with these gorgeous gifts. Some are exxy, some not so much, but whatever your budget, there's certainly something to keep a glamorous gran very, very happy this year!
Did you know that Garnier Pure Active was the first instant-action skincare range to be formulated with Salicylic Acid and natural regenerating HerbaRepair so that pesky pimples and blemishes are not only treated, but acne marks are also erased. So, y’know, they kinda know what they’re talking about when it comes to skin and keeping it clean and clear.
And now they’ve added a new revolutionary product to their line-up that a) features their proven-to-work Salicylic Acid and HerbaRepair formula, b) is gentle enough to clear acne-prone skin and c) effective enough to exfoliate away dirt, oil, impurities and dead skin.
The Garnier Pure Active ExfoBrusher ($11.95) has been designed to instantly target those hard-to-reach areas that frequently breakout, such as the nose and chin. It’s so simple to use — you simply squeeze a small amount of gel out of the brush head, which oozes directly onto 170 ultra-soft micro-bristles that are super flexible to accommodate the natural curves of your face. You then simply start scrubbing away using the brush to cleanse and exfoliate. Talk about time saving!
Results have shown the ExfoBrusher delivers better exfoliation and a deeper clean than by applying the product by hand, giving you instantly cleaner, clearer skin. Impressive. ‘Specially for under $12.
I've been a fan of pretty boy Chace Crawford ever since he graced our screens as the tortured Nate Archibald in hit show Gossip Girl so I was excited when I stumbled across this video of him at Grazia UK HQ. The Grazia girls had him doing everything from making tea, to giving his opinions on perfumes and even dishing on his co-star's latest gig as Herbal Essences global brand ambassador. Now he's being asked to guess the beauty gadget. And just so you know, Chase, you're welcome at BellaSugar Australia anytime. And bring along Chuck too . . .
Granted Daniel Craig's shorts still top the list of our most-talked about Bond moments, but that doesn't mean that the gadgets are just boys' toys. We still want in on the action and these beauty palettes give a girl the best of both worlds: they're pretty, practical and come chock-full of hidden compartments, talking voices and Swiss Army style.
Stila Limited Edition Surprise and Shine Record a Message Palette ($85); Bloom Makeup Palette - Smokey Glamour ($39.95); JK Jemma Kidd Limited Edition Strike a Pose Swivel Palette ($62.95); Rouge G de Guerlain Rouge Lipstick Compact in Gems ($68) Pop Beauty Limited Edition Cabaret Bouquet Palette ($58.95); Bobbi Brown Chrome Palette ($160).
Stockists: Guerlain (02 9695 4800)