Thursday, November 24, 2005

Relookage's Gift Guide 2005

Because I am here to help. And it's a month until Christmas.

For yourself: Anything from MAC; a good haircut; Mariage Freres tea or Fairtrade coffee; a bottle of Moet for when the madness subsides and you can drink it in the bath.
For mum: Ridiculously expensive body cream, a la Laura Mercier's Creme Brulee Souffle Body Creme; replace any CDs or books that have gone missing; afternoon tea at the swishest hotel in your city; gift vouchers for the local car wash so she doesn't break her back doing it herself (make sure it has a cafe so she can sit back with a coffee and the paper).
For dad: Good towels; a kick-arse bottle of his favourite tipple - with matching glasses; a goat, immunisation or eye surgery for a village in a poor country (Oxfam, World Vision et al arrange it and send you a giftcard).
For your sister: Facial/mani/pedi/something pampering - look, everyone does it but it's hard to beat; two tickets to the next outdoor cinema festival with a voucher for a picnic; earrings that match her eyes.
For your brother: A dozen gourmet beers with nuts and chips; a smart polo; his favourite childhood DVDs.
For grandparents: Beautiful frame with photo of you/the whole family; posh tea and tea cake.
For your best friend: Have you been paying attention? They've probably dropped hints or whined about something they'd love all year. And if you still have no idea? A beautiful coffee table book; poker lessons; their favourite travel photo framed.
For your pet: A big walk followed by a good brushing; the Ralph Lauren polo shirt (I still think this is the most adorable thing ever) .
For your boss (assuming you don't hate them): A good bottle of wine; an interesting holiday read; coasters.
For your boss (assuming you already have a Voodoo doll of them): Cheese and cracker hamper (provided the cheese has been sitting under your desk for 24 hours).
For your favourite deli server/post office assistant/pilates teacher/landlord: A small box of panettone in the prettiest box you can find.
For your ex-boyfriend you're friends with again: Ah...
Last-minute gifts: Beach towel, Champagne, leather wallet, magazine subscription, Peugeot salt and pepper shakers.
For me: Have you checked out my Lust-Haves?


Anonymous Agathe said...

Any boyfriend gift ideas? This is the first year where I'm totally blank and I'm starting to freak out.

4:05 AM  
Anonymous Vanessa said...

What a smashing list. Thanks so much for the ideas.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

Thanks Vanessa :-)

Agathe, the present that got the most 'woo hoos' was a racing car day experience. They learn the ropes with a professional driver then get a few laps solo (unfortunately he never redeemed before the voucher expired and they refused to let him redeem it, even offering to pay extra). Something fun and creative and unexpected is best. I'm happy to workshop some ideas!

8:58 AM  
Blogger Jeepers said...

Julia, you are wonderful and so is your gift list! I especially like your last minute gifts and gifts for little brother. On your suggestion, I'm going to buy a few bottles of champagne and tie them with a bow. As always, I enjoy reading about your beautiful life, and about the ways you work to keep it that way. kiss kiss,

1:55 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

Hi Emily! I'm so glad you like the suggestions. And yes, everything is that much better with a beautiful bow :-)

8:57 AM  

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