AUSTRALASIA LIFESTYLE PRODUCT REVIEW REVIEW

Christmas Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers

Christmas isn’t all about the big presents and there is nothing better than finding a stocking hanging in the living room on Christmas morning. Don’t forget the little guys and make sure you pop together a stocking for your friends and family. Whether that is some Lush treats, beautiful earrings or a small tipple….

Royal Albert Hall – Tickets

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For the movie nerd

The Hall is fast gaining a reputation for putting on the best movie experiences around, with some of cinema’s biggest blockbusters getting the spectacular film-and-live-orchestra treatment. Sell-out screenings of Jurassic Park and Aliens attracted rave reviews and on-stage appearances from the likes of James Cameron and Sigourney Weaver, and the 2016 programme reaches a grand finale with E. T. on 28 December. Next year’s programme is looking similarly spectacular. There’s Titanic in March, followed by the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone two months later, along with a 21st birthday celebration of the homegrown classic, Brassed Off, complete with live accompaniment from the Grimethorpe Colliery Band (who’s story inspired the movie), and a live Q&A with cast and crew, including Stephen Tompkinson.

Various | BUY HERE

Gin & Tonic Bathing Gel

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We all love a cheeky drink, whether you go for wine, spirits or beers. Now you can smell deliciously alcoholic with this Gin and Tonic Bathing and Shower Gel scented with lemon and juniper. Fear not! You won’t end up smelling like the night before, it’s the ideal way to freshen up after a night out on the town. Great for either putting in your bath to fragrance it with G&T or you can even use it as a body wash. With a simple, classic glass bottle packaging and label this bathing gel will look great in any bathroom!

£6.99| BUY HERE

Superwoman Smartbox by Buyagift

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Struggling to find the perfect gift for her? Well fear not – here are handpicked gifts from over 1000 Afternoon Teas, Spa Days and Adrenaline Adventures to choose from! Whether the lady in your life loves being pampered, appreciates the succulent tastes of fine dining or gets her thrills from adrenaline-pumping days out, you’re sure to find the ultimate gift for her to enjoy.

£49.99| BUY HERE

gruum Beard maintenance kit 

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Keep his facial fuzz in tip-top condition this Christmas with our beard maintenance gift set. For a chin warmer that could rival the likes of Mr Claus himself, we’ve put together a selection of products to nourish, protect and style. What’s included: Beard wash, Beard oil (x 3 scents), Beard wax (x 3 scents), Moisturiser, Face wash.

£29.95 | BUY HERE

MR BLACK Cold Press Coffee Liquor

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“We’re Australian. We like coffee, we love a drink. So we made Mr Black. Both in a bottle. If you like coffee, drinking and having a good time, we’ll get along just fine”

It starts from the coffee. Specialty beans from Ethiopia, Brazil and Papua New Guinea are chosen for their flavour and texture, and roasted individually and ground in house. Cold extraction produces a full-flavoured coffee hit without the acidity or eye-squinting bitterness of espresso. This process takes a day, but it’s worth every minute. A 65kg basket press (stolen from a winery) is used to extract the richly extracted coffee from within the grounds. The coffee is left deliberately unfiltered to retain the unadulterated coffee flavour. Our coffee is then blended with pure Australian grain spirit which allows the rich flavour of our coffee blend to shine through.

Various | BUY HERE

Dove Hand Cream

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Treat your hands to the Dove Youthful Vitality hand cream, and let them look as young as you feel. They gathered together the people who know skin, and the people who know beauty and came up with the latest advancements in dermatological care: Cell-Moisturisers – Key moisturising actives compressed from natural seed oils. The new revitalising formulation, helps accelerate skin resurfacing, leading to improved skin appearance and texture.

Various prices | BUY HERE

No Bare Brows 

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This Universal 4-in-1 eyebrow shaping kit transforms your brows from bland to beautiful. With a universal brow color at one end and invisible taming wax at the opposite end, No Bare BrowsTM/MC works for everyone. Caps with built-in sharpener and brush keep all brow tools conveniently together to create brows that wow.

Various prices | BUY HERE

Grace Cole

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Grace Cole is an award winning bath and body product company. They produce the UK’s finest bodycare products, from shower gels to body creams, hand lotions to lip balms, body scrubs to body mists. You’ll recognise our famous collections Boutique, Fruit Works and Tea Tree & Witch Hazel… And this beautiful body set smells great and looks stylish!

Various prices | BUY HERE

Sponsor a Puppy

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Sponsor a puppy today and you’ll receive four printed updates, a fantastic welcome pack plus bonus content in our online Puppy Pen. Donate £3 a month and receive a welcome pack including a sponsorship certificate, fun collection kennel and other goodies plus regular photo-updates on your puppy’s progress through their training. And if you donate £5 a month and you’ll also receive a cute cuddly toy dog and Royal Canin pet food voucher.

£5 per month| BUY HERE

Alexi earrings

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Simple but sparkly, the Hexagon earrings are perfect for everyday wear and are the perfect gift for someone special. These stunning earrings from Alexi make a great stocking filler; made from Sterling Silver and are micro set with cubic zirconia.  Alexi also has a selection of other earrings, necklaces and rings in gold, rose gold and Sterling Silver.

£30| BUY HERE

Kopparberg’s Spiced Apple

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Kopparberg’s Spiced Apple beverage is the perfect winter drink that can be served warm with a cinnamon stick garnish during the colder winter months. With the cold chill setting in and the early dark evening’s upon us, plan ahead and keep cosy with Kopparberg Spiced Apple – a festive Swedish cider set to liven up even the coldest nights when it hits the shelves this winter Kopparberg Spiced Apple can be sipped warm to thaw out the chill or cold for a refreshing yet wintery twist on flavoured cider. Inspired by the Kopparberg forest that is tucked away in the heart of Sweden, Kopparberg Spiced Apple has a warming apple sweetness and subtle woody aroma that is balanced with a hint of cinnamon, making it the ultimate winter spice. Kopparberg Spiced Apple captures the spirit of the season with a touch of Scandinavian cool and is the ultimate winter warmer to stock up on for cosy nights in with friends.

2.29 | BUY HERE

Pinkster Gin

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Pinkster makes a refreshingly different G&T, with their delicate flavour appealing both to seasoned gin drinkers and recent converts. Best of all, they recycle the raspberries, albeit slightly intoxicated, and sell them in farm shops and food halls as Boozy Berries. It all came about when founder Stephen realised wine and beer no longer agreed with him. A keen maker of sloe liqueurs and other concoctions, he turned his attention to spirits and started experimenting at home, mashing assorted fruits with different spirit strengths.

Various from £5| BUY HERE

Blackpool Zoo Animal experiences

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Blackpool Zoo is offering once in a lifestyle experiences for you animal lovers. Why not choose one or more of the mini experiences to make your day trip to Blackpool Zoo even more memorable. If you would like to Meet an Aardvark, Feed the Lemurs, Tickle a Tapir or Waddle with a Penguin then these unique encounters will make you dreams come true. Or indulge a little more and meet an elephant, feed a sealion or give a drink to a giraffe!

from £60 | BUY HERE

Cardology Christmas cards

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Penguins, or Pengwings? There’s a bit of a Benedict Cumberbatch, CBE crush happening in Cardology Towers right now, so when we started mapping out designs for our Christmas 2016 range, the famously mis-pronounced word was always front of mind. Plus, everyone loves Penguins, right? We certainly do, which meant plenty of research trips to the London Zoo’s penguin enclosure were required just to ensure we’d got the card exactly right – at least, that’s the reason our neice and nephew gave us.

Various| BUY HERE

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte

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“A WELL-STRUCTURED BRUT CHAMPAGNE BOASTING FRESH AND FRUITY NOTES.”

Discover the most extensive range of Champagnes Nicolas Feuillatte, to suit every mood and moment, receptions, gift sets, business gifts, advice, tasting. Fresh and floral aromas with subtle white fruits such as apples and pears. On the palate dry, creamy texture with sweet citrus fruit flavours. This is the perfect champagne for aperitif.

Various | BUY HERE

Grants Whisky

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Grant’s award winning flagship blend, first created in 1898 by William Grant and these days based around grain whisky from Grant’s own Girvan distillery. The Grant family motto is ‘Stand Fast.’ Five generations later and still producing world class whisky, we stand by our words with our patiently crafted flagship whisky. The perfect gift for a friend who knows you well, and likes you anyway.

Various | BUY HERE

Smith & Sinclair Cocktail pastilles

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Smith & Sinclair believe we should all make time for play. Their Vodka Edible Cocktails are expertly mixed for your pleasure with triple distilled vodka (38% ABV), fresh fruits and syrups to create a range of sweet and refreshing pastilles. Each Cocktail holds a kick at 6% ABV per pastille, and they expertly recommend two bites. With a unique consistency the pastilles are to be chewed, allowing the flavour to mellow on your tastebuds.

from £9.99 | BUY HERE

Espensen Spirits

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Espensen Spirit is a delicious range of flavoured vodkas, gins and whiskies made by Sam Espensen and ‘Team Spirit’ in St George in Bristol. They only use fresh ingredients, so our drinks should be drunk in the same season they are made and bought in. They include Gin Genie Blueberry Gin, Ruby Cuby Rhubarb & Custard Vodka and Pump Up The Jam Raspberry Gin.

from £4| BUY HERE

Zubrowka vodka

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In a remote corner of Poland, in the North Podlasie Lowland, lies a mysterious place called Białowieża, the last primeval forest in Europe, home to the continent’s only herd of bison and a distinctively aromatic plant – bison grass. This wild grass resists cultivation and, to this day, is still carefully harvested by hand. For centuries, bison grass has been used to create a unique flavoured vodka, Żubrówka.  The infusion adds smoothness and unparalleled freshness to the original singular spirit from Poland.

£20| BUY HERE

Eucerin Day + Night Cream

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As skin ages, levels of naturally occurring Hyaluronic acid deplete causing surface lines and deeper wrinkles to form.
Each product in the clinically-tested Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler range contains a combination of high and low molecular Hyaluronic Acid as well as bio-active Glycine Saponin, a substance proven to increase the skin’s own Hyaluronic acid synthesis. Why not gift someone to either a hyaluron-filler day cream for dry skin with SPF 15 and UVA protection!

Various | BUY HERE

Hello Geronimo

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Hello Geronimo is a modern design studio working with collage and print to produce a range of greeting cards and wall art, with a focus on bright colours, varied textures and beautiful applique. Why not treat yourself or a loved one to a hand-finished giant giraffe print or a selection of their adorable christmas cards like the ones above!

Various | BUY HERE

Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate

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Sumptuous, delicate and temptingly good, Elizabeth Shaw’s delicious Flutes are the irresistible chocolate for all your special moments of indulgence. The unbeatable combination of tangy orange flavoured milk chocolate, covered in rich dark chocolate. Elizabeth Shaw think their flutes are perfect for the stocking and should be enjoyed all year round, with friends or in a moment’s peace – whichever you prefer!

from £2.59 | BUY HERE

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