November 07, 2014
Thank goodness I've reached an age where clothing (particularly handmade by Great Auntie Jean) is no longer a possible gift given she is fossilised. I'm not knocking knitting as I'm a knit one purl one aficionado myself, and rather partial to passing the slipped stitch over, but a reindeer jumper? Really? It's a gift of mockery suited to a nasty neighbour who you repeatedly spy dropping their doggie-do in your recycling bin.
But what if you have the ultimate person living next door? Someone who epitomises generosity, who doesn't have a mid-life crisis involving a throaty motorbike, or a late-life yearning to master an annoying musical instrument? It's time to reward them.
Clockwise from top: Wixen vintage candle handpicked and hand poured $24.95; buffalo horn bowls perfect for jewellery or condiments $12 each; give the gift of peace and love with a paper crane hope in a box which also makes a gorgeous Christmas tree bauble $20; coconut mosaic bowls are excellent for dips and party nibbles $20; light the way with a paper glass lantern $19.95.
The same goes for an awesome teacher, colleague or mentor because let's face it, you can always rely on them for peppermints when they pick up you've been eating too much garlic.
Clockwise from top: mini paper glass lantern $19.95; happy pills are a daily dose of humour with quirky quotes for every occasion $25 for 31 pills or $42 for 150 pills; L'ascari man candles offer the whiff of vodka and schnapps, sawdust, espresso or an open field $29; Sprout pencils are plantable once you've finished writing with them $35 for 8 pencils; Key bottle opener fits neatly on your key ring $14.95; Pencil stylus will activate your touchscreen and avoids all fumble finger errors $14.95.
Take your pick, because the world is your oyster (or should that be your purl?) when it comes to Who'd Have Thought?
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