Ms Darlinghurst’s Christmas Guide 2014

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Stuck for ideas? Check out this ultimate Christmas gift guide

The countdown to Christmas is on and if you’re anything like me you’ve left it to the last minute to start your shopping. This year, I’ve decided to share some Christmas gift ideas to help make the process easier. Below are Eat, Drink and Play gift ideas of products and experiences I either have, want or intend to buy for other people this year. Hope it helps!

EAT

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Uuni pizza maker

Uuni is a new generation of wood-fire ovens. It can cook wood-fire pizzas in just under three minutes and is designed to be affordable, quick and portable. So you can have it in your backyard ready for afternoon barbies with family and friends or you can take it with you on your camping trip. You can order them online, orders placed this week SHOULD make it in time for Christmas. Otherwise you can buy a gift voucher that will be emailed to you just in time. It’ll set you back $399 and is available here: http://uuni.net/ 

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Panattone Simon Johnson

One of my favourite things about Christmas time is getting stuck into Simon Johnson’s panettone. I remember one year my flatmate’s mum bought us one and we tried to savour it as long as we could. Each day we’d have little nibbles like mice until one day it was all gone :( It’s a little expensive for a big Italian sweet bread but it uses high quality ingredients like dried fruits and spices and a mother yeast which has been renewed every day for over 70 years! It also comes in a really beautiful box so it makes for a nice present. I got given this one for my bday…i’m trying to savour like a mouse again. Panettone is $59 here http://www.simonjohnson.com/

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Secret Foodies Gift Voucher

Ok, naturally I’m a bit biased with this one but Secret Foodies gift vouchers are super popular this time of year and an awesome gift idea for food lovers. It’s a really unique experience and perfect for anyone who loves food, meeting new people and trying new places. You can buy vouchers starting from $60-$150. They’re valid for 6 months and will be emailed to you upon purchase so you can easily slip them into a card- voila, easy! http://secretfoodies.com.au/vouchers/

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The Aromatherapy Co. Kitchen Therapy Range

This Therapy Kitchen range can deodorise and naturally eliminate unwanted cooking odours from your kitchen, perfect for any chef or someone who loves to cook. The natural fragrance of Lemongrass, Lime & Bergamot will invigorate and cleanse your environment. The range includes candles, hand wash, room spray and more with a starting price of $16.95. http://www.thearomatherapycompany.co.nz/range/Therapy-Kitchen?i=31

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Kenwood Chef Sense

This kitchen machine comes with five dedicated bowls and tools to cater for all types of cooking requirements. Starting from $699 it comes with a Creaming Beater, Dough Hook, K-Beater, Whisk and Folding Tool. It can accurately sense what it’s mixing to deliver the best mixing results. A good gift that can make cooking and baking easier for someone who does it a lot. www.kenwood-australia.com

Create Your Own Gift Set

Max Brenner Chocolate Masterpiece

Max Brenner chocolates are kind of a no brainer- who doesn’t love chocolate?! They’ve got everything from decadent gift sets for the chocoholics to chocolate treats to fill in those stockings. Starting from $17.00, these gifts are beautifully presented with creative designs, and not to forget, delicious chocolates!

DRINK

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Regal Rogue Vermouth + Cointreau + Sugar Syrup + Coriander + Martini Coupes

Why not make someone their very own mini cocktail kit? Here’s an awesome recipe for a cocktail called Regal Rogue’s Lord of the Court. You’ll need 30ml Regal Rogue Bianco, 15ml Cointreau, 30ml lime juice, dash of sugar syrup and a pinch of fresh coriander to bring out the lovely green/herbal floral notes. Buy all the ingredients, but it in a cool box, tie a ribbon on it and you’ve got a swell pressie. Hopefully your loved one will be kind enough to share it with you! 😉

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Nespresso Lattissima Machine 

My folks bought me a Nespresso Latissima machine a few years ago for Christmas and I use it every day in the office. Nespresso recently released the new Special Reserve Maragogype Grand Cru. These pods are my favourite at the moment. The machine will cost you around $450. If someone already has the machine you can buy them some pods- great gift idea, I’m always running out!  http://www.nespresso.com/au/en/home

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SodaStream 

SodaStream is so retro it’s cool again. They’ve just done a collaboration with ABSOLUT Vodka and released some tasty cocktail recipes. SodaStream comes with a carbonating bottle so you can make bubbly drinks at home. You can also add different flavours to your drink with their selection of over 50 flavours. Starting price of $99, it comes in a range of different colours and designs.

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Chivas Regal Extra

Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky, has introduced a brand new expression to complement its collection, the Chivas Regal Extra. I’ve had the pleasure of trying it several times this year and can vouch for it’s smooth taste and excellent finish. It’s an awesome gift idea for your dad, grandpa or father-in-law, the price is around $60 at https://www.danmurphys.com.au/

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Versace for DISARRONO

This is a present for the fashionistas in your life who love cocktails. Holding the title as the world’s favourite Italian liquor, this year DISARRONO released a glamorous limited edition look, designed by Versace. The design takes inspiration from the Versace Home Collection and is available from Dan Murphy’s, duty free and independent liquor stores. It costs around $40 from https://www.danmurphys.com.au/

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Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker have a variety of special Christmas gift packs available ranging from $34.99 – $235.00, these include the Gold Label, Black Label and Red Label.

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Beer Days Beer Boxes

The perfect gift for a Beer lover. You can buy the Beer Box as just one gift that has different craft beers inside. Or go for the gift that will keep on coming with quarterly or monthly deliveries. With no obligation deliveries, you select how many beers you want – 8, 12 or 16 – with prices starting from $54.95http://www.beerdays.com.au/

PLAY

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Chappelli Bike

This is the bike Mr Woolhara bought me for my birthday last month. I had been pining over Chappelli bikes for quite some time and was completely blown away when he walked through the door with this present. I use it every day to ride to and from work, to meetings and often events. It’s how I can justify all the eating and drinking I do! Chapelli Cycles pride themselves in producing one of the highest quality bicycles in Australia and in 2012 were award of best Australian Design. Starting from $395 for a single speed bike or around $460 for the 3 speed I cannot recommend this gift enough. I love it! One thing I would say is after riding a fix gear bike for a year in Sydney the gears definitely help 😉

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The Fonzarelli 

Simple to manoeuvre and easy to balance, the Fonzarelli 125 is a new eco-friendly scooter with a portable and lightweight battery. The perfect gift for urban dwellers, the scooter will be hitting Australia this month. From $3,999 you can pre-order this bad boy on their website. Also available in silver.  Now to get the motorbike lisence! www.thefonzarellis.com

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Glamping on Cockatoo Island 

One for the outdoors lovers. Experience the laid-back luxury of camping where all the hard work is done for you. Everything is organised for you ready for your arrival – simply bring your clothing, food and non-alcoholic drinks, a good book and of course yourself and your partner. There is a selection of packages available starting from $130 a night.
http://www.cockatooisland.gov.au/stay/glamping

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The Chivas Shave

The Chivas Ultimate at The Barber Shop is an awesome present for whisky loving men in your life who need a spruce up! I treated my dad to this experience earlier in the year and he loved it! Read about it here and watch a video. Gift includes a Chivas Signature Cocktail, Haircut, Hot Towel Shave, Face Scrub and Chivas Whisky Tasting Flight (Chivas 12yr, 18yr and 25 yr) at The Barber Shop, Sydney’s first barber-and-bar-in–one. http://thisisthebarbershop.com/
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Underground Cinema Gift Voucher

This is the perfect gift for the movie buff in your life! Underground Cinema is releasing gift vouchers for their 2015 season. Valid for any session in the new year with a special limited pre-sale option, UGC gift vouchers are the ideal Christmas present for those hard-to-buy for people who love all things secret, film and adventure. Vouchers are $55+bf and only a limited number have been released so best jump on these pronto here:  http://undergroundcinema.iwannaticket.com.au/event/ugc-gift-vouchers-ODQzMg

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