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Sydney, Oct 31: With only two months to go till the year ends, we have decided to start an early gift guide compilation in the lead-up to everyone’s favourite holiday of the year – Christmas and the New Year celebrations.
This would be a four-part series giving you some ideas on what you should get your loved ones this Christmas, with one guide appearing each month in the lead-up to the holidays.
This guide has slightly more expensive products in them because there are some international brands included in the list which use American dollars as their main currency of trade.
In part-two of the guide, we will be featuring three products under AU$1,000 because several brands are based overseas.
All of these products are available to a worldwide audience and so to our international readers, worry not as all of these products can be shipped to you as well.
Franco Sarto – Boots That Move You
First up we have Franco Sarto, a brand born of Italian shoemakers and rooted in artistry and craft, is raising the bar on footwear innovation with the FLEXA Collection: boots with contour, form, and flexibility like never before.
Inspired by historic shoe making techniques originating from the University of Bologna, the Franco Sarto design team takes stretch technology to new levels with an ultra-light, ultra-flexible shankless shoe construction with 7mm of luxurious hand stitched foam for cloud-like cushioning and a contoured, glove like fit unlike any other.
The result: sleek, high-heeled styles with a destructed feel and tangibly increased comfort and flexibility like never before.
Comprised of three essential fall styles, the FLEXA collection features a tall boot (FLEXA Tall), mid-calf bootie (FLEXA Bootie), and square-toe slide (FLEXA Slide), crafted in stunning stretch leather with rich, fall-inspired hues.
FLEXA styles are now available starting at US$160.00 on FrancoSarto.com or at select retail partners.
This Little Farmer Went to Market
Next we have a great children’s book that can jumpstart a young reader’s imagination and foster a lifelong love of reading.
To help improve early literacy and put more high-quality children’s books in the hands of young kids, Southwest Human Development, one of the nation’s largest nonprofits dedicated to early childhood development, published its second children’s book, This Little Farmer Went to Market. With every book purchased, a book is donated to a family in need.
This Little Farmer Went to Market follows the journey our food makes from farm to market. Engaging young readers using bright colours, recognisable foods, and characters representing diverse backgrounds and communities, This Little Farmer Went to Market provides children and their parents with the opportunity to learn, discuss and explore together where food comes from and how it gets to families—in this case, a local farmers’ market. Written by B. G. Hennessy, known for her work on the award-winning Corduroy children’s book series, and illustrated by Mary Ann Fraser.
This Little Farmer Went to Market is available for sale online at swhd.org and Amazon.com.
Rag of Colts
Rag of Colts, a brand borne out of family history, love for British heritage and a passion for repurposing leather saddles that would otherwise be discarded in a landfill.
A few years ago, Caroline Strecker was having dinner with her friend David de Rothschild, when engrossed in conversation about bridle leather (the leather used in equestrian grade tack) she came up with the idea to create dog collars and leads made of repurposed leather. Born and raised in a family of artists and makers, armed with a childhood fascination for saddlery leather (Caroline’s great grandfather won the Gold in polo in the 1920s Summer Olympics) and entirely self-taught, she started experimenting with cutting and stitching until she created her first bag; out of necessity, just for her. A prototype was made. More bags followed, different shapes and styles for different clients, some well-known.
At Rag of Colts, Caroline makes everything by hand, from the very first cut, to the very last burnish. Each leather saddle is transformed into a unique bag, aged to perfection with its own one-of-a kind patina. The bags are each named after a family ancestor.
We believe that this would make a perfect gift for someone who loves horses or is into equestrian, the sport.
Finally, if you are looking for quirky and funky jewellery pieces, then might we tickle your fancy with London’s TATTY DEVINE, the quintessential brand for sustainable acrylic jewellery founded by Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden and sold worldwide.
The brand’s most delightful collaboration with the estate of FRIDA KAHLO has resulted in a bold, stunning collection that pays homage to the artist and the woman. The brand does ship worldwide but you’ll have to be quick if you want it to reach Down Under just in time for Christmas.
kendi lux Candles
Great for enhancing bath of dinner time!
Sometimes celebrating the holidays can be as simple as taking an invigorating bath.
Baths can reduce stress, and alleviate sore and muscles.
When you run a bath, consider adding therapeutic benefits to the scene, such as luxurious salt soaks, bath bombs, and of course, kendi lux candles!
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