This year’s guide is about thoughtful gifts that won’t get thrown away – and, while we know a few of them are a little pricey, we think they’re an investment. If you can’t afford one on your own, why not go in with your friends, colleagues or family members?
Lots of these gifts are by our Premium members with small businesses, and they’d love you to support them – you know they’ll be doing a happy dance if you do!
The throw-on silk frock by SABA
Best for: Your special person
Okay, so this SABA maxi dress does come in at $449, but we say it’s worth every penny, especially if you’re buying it for someone you love. Crafted from a premium, lightweight linen-silk blend, it has a flatters-everyone v-neckline, adjustable back straps and a sweet print. The breezy fabric will keep you cool and polished on sticky summer days, and it goes extremely well with sandals, a wide-brimmed hat and an ice-cold rosé. Nab it for your mum, dearest girlfriend, or send this link to someone who would love to buy it for you.
The good-hair-day gift set by Dyson
Best for: A time-poor mum who needs a boost
Want to give someone the gift of great hair? A limited-edition copper colourway has been unveiled in celebration of the core copper technology powering the Dyson Airwrap Styler, $799, and Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $549. They’re both time-saving, game changers for hair, and they’re available as part of exclusive gift sets. Perfect for a time-poor mum in your life, your beauty-junkie mate … or, er, yourself.
The feel-good gift set by Mettle
Best for: Someone who’s had a bad year
Mettle Women Inc. (Mettle) is a national gift delivery service employing women who are experiencing homelessness due to domestic and family violence. It equips survivors with the skills, confidence and financial security required to secure and maintain employment and in turn, safe and stable housing. Plus, its locally sourced and made organic products are just divine. The Big Love Gift Box, $70, is sure to brighten someone’s day: it includes treats like a Made by Mettle Buttered Popcorn & French Vanilla Candle, Yellow Australian Clay Face Mask, Neroli & Lavender Bath Soak & Scrub, and a Robert Gordon Granite Dish.
The coolest cossie by Une Piece
Best for: Your stylish friend
The Positano Collection by Une Piece (founded by Premium member Carly Brown) makes us want to be in Italy swilling an Aperol spritz, stat. Sadly, that’s not on the cards yet, but you can channel some Amalfi vibes in this Classic One Piece, $189, and Original Sexie Rashie Top, $179 – or anything from the collection. The Positano Collection features Une Piece’s first bikini, too. Crafted from high-quality Italian fabric, seen on A-listers everywhere and designed to flatter, gift one of these to yourself or any stylish woman you know.
The travel lover’s treats by The Gifting Guild
Best for: Someone in your life who had big OS plans this year
The Gifting Guild – founded by Premium member Susan Hawkins – has some of the most unique, sweetest gift sets we’ve ever clapped eyes on. The Armchair Travel Gift Set, $117, is perfect for someone you know whose trip of a lifetime fell through: it includes a Literary Places (Inspired Traveller’s Guide) book, School of Life book of bookmarks, Koko Black Chocolate and Red Hill Candle in Champagne and Pomegranate. Check out the other gorgeous gift sets here.
The planet-happy pressie by Sustainable Wraps
Best for: A sustainable stocking filler for anyone
Sustainable Wraps are handmade beeswax fabric used for covering food and dishes in place of single-use plastic, and they come in the loveliest prints. Founded by Premium member Petalyn Walker, they’re designed to be used again and again for up to 12 months, and make perfect covers for sandwiches or a bowl of leftovers. Try the Lucky Dip 4 Pack, $49, which has different sizes and patterns.
The spoil-yourself getaway by Retreat Me Happy
Best for: All your girlfriends
Fancy heading off to a retreat to reset for 2021 (who doesn’t?) Well, round up your mates and treat yourselves to a little escape before a big new year. Your one-stop shop for retreats is Retreat Me Happy, founded by Premium member Sarah Willmott. Here, you’ll find a ton of retreats on offer, from yoga getaways to plant-based cooking and laughter holidays (yup, really!).
The magic mask by Esmi Skin Minerals
Best for: Your mate who has everything
We’re more mindful than ever about what we’re putting on our skin, seeking ethically sourced, homegrown products that are free of skincare nasties. Esmi Skin Minerals is a proudly Australian-made and owned brand which is vegan- and cruelty-free, and includes everything from serums to foundation. They believe in a less is more approach – no harsh chemicals, parabens, SLSs or fillers, just high levels of actives, antioxidants and vitamins to target any skin concern. Gift this Face Mask Gifting Bon Bon, $95, to that person who’s so hard to buy for because they seem to have everything (and now they’ll have Insta-filter glowy skin, too). Save 15% storewide until 31 December by using code BC15 at checkout.
The 2021 toolkit by Business Chicks
Best for: Your burnt-out mate
Our new five-part virtual series, 2021 + me, makes a perfect pressie for someone who needs to learn a smarter way of working and living (read: your stressed-out friend who seems permanently overwhelmed) so they feel in control, calm and productive for the new year – because burnout is so 2020. Early-bird prices (before end of year) are $187 for Premium members and $217 for non-members.
The eco-friendly yoga mat by Yogasuthra
Best for: The yogi (or wannabe yogi) in your life
Yogasuthra – founded by Premium member Michelle Meek – stocks eco-friendly, sustainable yoga equipment. This Natural Rubber and Cork Mat, $99.50, is made from high-quality sustainable materials and has natural antimicrobial properties so it doesn’t get smelly. It’s also non-slip and foldable, and will feel lovely and soft on your back during savasana (the best bit of yoga, obviously).
The holiday read by Booktopia
Best for: Anyone under the sun
Nothing’s better than diving into a good book over summer (poolside with a G&T, please). With titles like our own Emma Isaacs’ Winging It, Jen Atkin’s Blowing My Way to the Top and Elizabeth Gilbert’s City of Girls, there’ll be something for everyone – even your bearded hipster cousin (how ’bout this?).
The day-brightening calendar by Courageous Ladies
Best for: Your sister or favourite colleague
Courageous Ladies is a community that celebrates women and inclusion, created by Premium member Amanda Morton who sadly lost her mum and dad to cancer by the age of 25. She’s on a mission to turn her pain into purpose with positivity, and offers the sweetest, sunshiny gifts like this 2021 Courageous Calendar, $49.95.
The golden ticket to self-growth by Business Chicks
Best for: Your mate who’s looking for a change
You didn’t think we’d make it through a gift guide without mentioning a Business Chicks Premium membership, did you? If you’ve got someone in your life who you want to share some Business Chicks love with, gift them 12 months of magic (yes, we know we’re humble) for $199. They’ll get free access to our masterclasses and a community of cool women, juicy discounts to events, and bucketloads of inspiration to live their best life in 2021. (And you’ll get major brownie points.)