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19 Awesome AF Christmas Gifts For Your Bestie

Your BFF status will be ensured with these next level gift ideas.

December 14, 2016

13 Non-Boring Christmas Gifts For The Guy In Your Life

We might want to borrow a few of these.

December 8, 2016

Christmas In July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

Who doesn’t love a bit of Christmas in July? It marks the halfway point until Christmas Day, and gets us all more than excited for the festive season. If you’re out of ideas in the presents department, try these bespoke gifts from just some of our favourite online sellers.

RELATED: 5 No-Stress Wedding Gifts

For him

Men are generally easy to shop for, especially if they know exactly what they want! A personalised key ring is always a great idea (since they’ll actually use it), and cufflinks are a no-brainer for a formal event.

Christmas in July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

Personalised Square Bar Keyring, $43.23

Christmas in July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

Personalised Cufflinks, $51.98

For her

Even a picky wife or girlfriend is bound to love these bespoke gifts which are made just for her! Choose to incorporate her name, or get a little trendy with something on the fashionable side of life.

Christmas in July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

Personalised Story Of Us Print, $119.18

Christmas in July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

Personalised Stripy Accessory Clutch, $62.84

For friends

Gift your friends something for the home which fits into their aesthetic. Some of our favourite gifts include wine glasses (for those cheeky afternoon drinks), personalised wall hangings for the living room, and some special pieces of art.

Christmas in July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

Personalised Things We Love About Print, $19.50

Christmas in July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

Personalised Drinks Measure Wine Glass, $38.13

For the kids

Who said that kids are difficult to buy for? We have some of the cutest personalised gifts for babies, toddlers, and even those already at school. Anything colourful is sure to be a hit with the kids!

Christmas in July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

Personalised Name Crayons, $5.20

Christmas in July: Bespoke Gifts For The Entire Family

Big or Little Sibling T Shirt, $39

Images via Not On The High Street

July 19, 2015

The Small But Mighty Christmas Gift Guide

I love Christmas – the decadent food and cocktails, the parties, the family get-togethers – oh and the amazing, limited-edition Christmas beauty gift sets on offer! These highly covetable beauty miniatures are great bang for your buck, make great travel kit must-haves and are the perfect gift for a loved one or yourself. All items are available at David Jones stores and via davidjones.com.au.

Related: Crazy Sexy Cool Christmas Gift Guide

Little luxuries: Your giftee will be in seventh heaven with Chloé’s My Little Chloés, $120, a limited-edition collection of three 20ml eau de parfum miniature fragrances which each celebrate a different facet of the rose, the now iconic floral embodiment of the Chloé design house. Love it!

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Absolutely flawless: This Laura Mercier Flawless Expressions For Eyes, Cheeks and Lips Set, $90, is a gorgeous must-have for the party season. You, or your giftee, can create subtle or smoky eyes and then add a splash of colour to cheeks and lips. It contains six eyeshadows, two cheek colours and three lippies. It’s exclusive to DJs.

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Skin saver: Have you been partying harder than Charlie Sheen? Gift yourself this beauty: Jurlieque Herbal Recovery Essentials, $199. These potent botanicals and antioxidants help to smooth fine lines and even skin tone to deliver fresh, revitalised skin. There’s a serum, night crème and an eye cream. Nice!

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Body rockers: A thoughtful and indulgent gift this holiday season, the Molton Brown Stocking Fillers Collection, $60, contains 12 exquisitely scented body washes. From Coco and Sandalwood to Pink Pepperpod, it’s a gorgeous and luxurious gift box set for the beauty junkie in your life.

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Top-to-toe beauty: This Clarins Gorgeous Getaways Set – Face & Body Care Collection, $70, will pamper your giftee from head-to-toe. The limited-edition gift set features Clarins’ best-sellers in a lovely white travel pouch. Goodies include: Beauty Flash Balm, Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, Eye Contour Gel, HydraQuench Cream and Moisture-Rich Body Lotion. Great value, lady!

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Pull an all-nighter: Planning to stay out all night, your dirty stop-out? A trio of party circuit eye-essentials. Napoleon Perdis’ All-Nighter Eye Collection, $55, allows you to turn up the heat with sultry lids that have after-hour appeal. The gift pack contains an eyeliner, mascara, make-up remover and travel-size make-up bag. Love!

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Hands-on gift: I love, love, love this pretty gift set and its exquisite packaging: Crabtree & Evelyn Big Top Hand Therapy Musical Tin, $79. Give the gift of soft, smooth and supple hands with this much loved and ultra-moisturising Hand Therapy gift set in 12 favourite fragrances, beautifully presented in a large, decorative wind-up musical tin. Purrty!

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Paint it black: Embrace the dark side with this stunning gift set: the Tom Ford Black Orchid Holiday Set, $162. A luxurious and sensual fragrance of rich, dark accords with a burning heart of black orchids and spice, Tom Ford’s Black Orchid is both modern and timeless. This beauty set contains a 50ml parfum and Hydrating Emulsion.

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December 17, 2014

Crazy Sexy Cool Christmas Gift Guide

Looking for that perfect, last-minute Christmas gift for that hard-to-buy for person? Check out these fabulous and unusual gifts which won’t break the bank. What’s more, they’re so cool and quirky, they’re bound to please. Shop to it, Santa baby!

Related: Super Deluxe Christmas Gifts To Cover Over $100

Beach bliss: The Coleman Beach Mat, $29.99, allows you to stretch your legs out over a durable molyester mat, making it more comfortable and earier to avoid messy sand or bug-infested grass. Featuring an adjustable A-frame back rest with mesh, this cool and quirky beach accessory will help you relax entirely this summer. Find it via www.colemanaustralia.com.au.

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Raw deal: Jump on the raw food bandwagon and gift a loved one the Raw Blend Gift Pack, $69.95. The perfect Christmas gift for the health enthusiast or budding raw foodist, the pack includes the 8-in-1 Raw Slicer, the 1L Green Smoothie bottle, a Raw Blend enviro bag, a Raw Blend spatula for vitamix blenders and an “I love smoothie” bumper sticker. Shop it via www.rawblend.com.au.

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Get cheeky: Does your giftee like unusual and quirky undies? Check out Aussie underwear brand Stonemen, which designs for both men and women, in brief, trunk and cheeky styles (pictured, and above). I’m loving the great prints and quality – there’s everything from city skylines and colourful sunsets, to wild horses and flying ducks. Men’s boxers, briefs and trunks are $44.99, while women’s briefs and cheeky undies are $39.99. Each  illustration  is  digitally  printed,  creating  a  wrap-around  image  on  premium  cotton. Grab yours via www.stonemen.com and at leading boutiques.

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Time to man up: Back by popular demand, the engraving service of Gentleman Jack bottles is a great, quirky and cool Christmas gift for that hard-to-please man in your life. A  bespoke  bottle  of  Gentleman  Jack,  engraved  with  your  very  own  personalised  message,  will only be available until December 17.  Gentleman Jack is born of the legendary Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 and charcoal-mellowed twice, a claim no other   whiskey maker in the world can make. Visit Gentleman Jack Australia FB page: facebook.com/gentlemanjackaustralia. Gentleman Jack, 700ml, is $64.99.

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Small but mighty: Perfume lovers will dig the Amouage His and Her Miniatures, six X 7.5ml, $299 each. Exuding sensuality and elegance, these Amouage Christmas gift packs each contain six best-selling men and women’s fragrances in unique miniature sets. Each bottle is the perfect miniature size, ideal for travelling, and the packs showcase cult, classic fragrances Lyric, Jubilation XXV, Reflection, Gold, Dia and Silver for both men and women. All Amouage fragrances are available in Australia at Libertine Parfumerie, via www.libertineparfumerie.com.au, as well as exclusively through selected David Jones and Harrolds department stores. Phone (02) 8002 4488 or visit www.agencedeparfum.com.au for more information.

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Cup half-full: Coffee or tea lovers can get their daily fix via this stylish Eclipse Collection by Limoges, which comprises nine bright and pastel hues in a mix of gold and platinum trims. The sexy-cool collection even has a mix-and-match concept. Synonymous with French tradition, refined and always elegant, the heritage-listed Limoges Porcelain is a stylish and luxe Christmas gift. For exact pricing, visit www.francalia.com.au for more information.

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December 14, 2014

Super Deluxe Christmas Gifts To Covet Over $100

When only the best will do, gift the gift of good taste, opulence and luxury this Christmas with these highly desirable goodies in this top-end festive gift guide. And if any of my loved ones are reading this: I’d like one in every colour, please. All items are available at David Jones stores and via davidjones.com.au. Shop to it!

Related: Tightarse Christmas Gift Guide: Presents For Under $25

Wander lust: Travelling has never looked so glam thanks to the American Tourister Prismo 75cm Spinner, $319. Made from polycarbonate, which is both strong and lightweight, the Prismo Spinner features ample internal compartments, 360 degree spinner wheels, a 3.4kg capacity and a fully lined interior. And while it comes in an array of colours, why wouldn’t you choose pink? This baby is exclusive to David Jones.

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Wired for sound: Engineered to make music sound better, these Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones, $229, deliver deep, clear sound. They’re said to be lightweight and comfortable, yet heavy-duty. Want! Featuring a softly padded headband and carrying case, they make a great Christmas gift for the music lover in the family.

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Domestic goddess: You don’t have to be a MasterChef contestant to covet this gorgeous KitchenAid Platinum Collection Stand Mixer in candy apple red, $849. It features a metallic finish, glass bowl and power beater for quick, complete mixing. And this mixer also allows for the attachment of numerous accessories which can turn it into a pasta machine, meat grinder, ice-cream machine and more. Winning! I desperately want this for my kitchen.

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Silver bullet: Your man about town will likely love these snazzy silver Propellor Shape Cufflinks, $109.95 by Simon Carter London. They’re from the designer’s Silver Jubilee range, to mark his 25th anniversary, and have a nice vintage feel. Inspired by one of Carter’s original pewter designs, now reissued in rhodium plate and onyx, they’re perfect for anyone who’s crazy about old planes.

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Make-up must-have: I’m definitely adding this one to my wish list: the divine, new Yves Saint Laurent Palette Multi Colour, $150. This all-in-one holiday palette will fit perfectly in your evening clutch. What’s more, it’s wrapped in a chic leopard print case and contains all the glamorous, luxurious party eyeshadows, blush and lip colours a gal-on-the-go could ever want. Love!

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Master builder: Lego enthusiasts will get a kick out of this Lego Creator Pet Shop, $269.99, which will see them build a pad for pampered pets in this three-story shop. Part of the Lego Modular Buildings series, this highly detailed, building and townhouse with full internal and external detailing is the perfect gift for Lego lovers, both young and old. Exclusive to David Jones, it includes mini-figures with accessories.

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December 2, 2014

Tightarse Christmas Gift Guide: Presents For Under $25!

Think you can’t get amazing, thoughtful and awesome Christmas gifts for your loved ones for $25 or less? Think again – SHESAID’s done all the hard work for you this festive season with these fabulous gifts which won’t break the bank. Shop to it, Santa baby!

Related: Christmas Gift Guide: Sexy Summer Fragrances For Him And Her

Smooth operator: This Natio Explore Gift Set, $24.95, is a great gift idea (if I do say so myself) for any bloke. It’s convenient, no-fuss and straightforward skincare that’ll leave him feeling clean, comfortably smooth and invigorated. Complete with a toiletries bag, this gift set from Natio Men includes a cleansing face wash, SPF 30+ facial moisturiser and body wash. It’s exclusive to David Jones stores and via davidjones.com.au.

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Bag it, baby: I am in love with this gorgeous Lulu and Lipstick Make-up Bag, $24.95. It’s small, but mighty – the perfect pineapple make-up bag for yours or a BFF’s handbag! Lulu and Lipstick’s signature make-up bags are big enough to fit a range of lipsticks, pencils and your powder compact. Find it at Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.

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Feeling festive: This philosophy peppermint stick duo, $20, features cooling and invigorating peppermint guaranteed to put you, or a loved one, in a festive spirit. The super-cute and handy Christmas gift pack contains a shampoo, bath and shower gel and lip shine. Find philosophy’s Christmas gift sets at selected David Jones stores, via davidjones.com.au, Mecca Maxima and adorebeauty.com.au. Phone 1800 812 663.

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London calling: Get the London look, so the slogan goes, with these amazing, little star performers: the Rimmel Keep Calm Lip Balms, $3.95 each. A nourishing lip balm with a fresh hint of a tint, in a long-wearing formula, this powerful, little bullet softens and protects lips while helping to seal in moisture. Presented in eye-catching, bright lipstick-style packs, the five shades each have a playful name and personality – Keep Calm And Shop, Kiss, Rock, Play Or Party. It’s the perfect gift for everyone! Find them at Priceline, Priceline Pharmacy, Target, Chemist Warehouse and selected pharmacies. For stockists, phone 1800 812 663.

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Nail it down: Could this pink nail polish be the hottest ever party colour? It makes me feel happy just looking at it: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Anime, $24. OCC’s Nail Lacquer range is densely pigmented, quick-drying and long lasting. The result is lots of colour, using very little product – winning! Best of all, the OCC range is 100 per cent vegan and cruelty-free. Find it at Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.

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Love actually: Scottish Fine Soaps Soap In A Tin Occasions Message in Love You, $11.95, is cuter than any snowman. Exclusive to David Jones, this snazzy, little gift is presented in a collectable embossed metal tin and wrapped in Scottish Fine Soaps paper. And this luxurious triple-milled soap has a pleasing sea kelp fragrance. Love, love, love! Find it at David Jones stores and via davidjones.com.au.

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Miracle drug: If perfect nails elude you, as they always do me, this might be a cute and inexpensive Christmas gift for yourself: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel gift set, $19.95. This baby is said to offer a salon-quality manicure with the first-ever part lacquer, part-gel manicure system which can deliver up to 14 days of lasting colour and shine in two steps. You simply apply the Miracle Gel Colour Coat, followed by the Miracle Gel Top Coat. Done! Find it in nine shades at Priceline, Priceline Pharmacies, Target, Terry White Chemists, Chemist Warehouse and independent pharmacies nationally. Phone 1800 812 663.

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Bees’ knees: Having a baby, or know someone who is? Gift them this fabulous Christmas gift set that’s both pretty and practical: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Getting Started Kit, $24.95. Filled with a collection of Baby Bee favourites, it includes: Baby Bee Nourishing Lotion; Baby Bee Shampoo and Body Wash; Baby Bee Diaper Ointment; Baby Bee Nourishing Oil and Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap. It’s everything a baby ever needs for soft, smooth skin and – even better – these products are sulphate, paraben, phthalate and petrochemical free. Find it at David Jones stores and via davidjones.com.au.

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November 28, 2014

Give The Gift Of Good Skin This Christmas

Get your inner and outer glow on this holiday season with these beautiful Christmas skincare gifts. Treat yourself, or your loved ones, to some much-needed, luxury pampering! This handy Christmas gift guide is everything. Shop to it, Santa baby!

RELATED: Christmas Ideas For New Mums

Handy help: Keep hands and cuticles hydrated this summer with the philosophy hands of hope ornament (30ml), $14. This trial-size intense hand cream makes for a perfect mini-gift for a rele, friend or even yourself. Even better, you can hang from your tree this Christmas. Find philosophy’s Christmas gift sets at selected David Jones stores, davidjones.com.au, mecca maxima and adorebeauty.com.au. Phone 1800 812 663.

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Love and lemons: Get your glow on this festive season with the Simplicite Lemon Night Creme, $53.50. Simplicité, a luxurious natural and organic skin care range developed from pure plant extracts, swears by this hydrating night moisturiser formulated for all skin types. It’s said to brighten and clear the complexion and improve the appearance of hyper-pigmentation. Find it at Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.

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Face off: The philosophy hope favourites holiday gift set, $60, will give that special someone the gift of a beautiful complexion. This gorgeous Christmas gift pack contains some of philosophy’s famed, best-selling skin care: hope in a jar high-performance moisturizer (60ml), hope in a jar night intense retexturizing moisturizer (15ml) and eye hope (7ml). Find philosophy’s Christmas gift sets at selected David Jones stores, davidjones.com.au, mecca maxima and adorebeauty.com.au. Phone 1800 812 663.

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All the buzz: UK skin sensation Beetox has been hailed as the natural alternative to Botox, so give this baby a whirl: Beetox Manuka Honey and Bee Venom Facemask, $110. A luxurious and unique formula containing bee venom and Manuka honey, it rejuvenates the skin; boosts the renewal of damaged skin cells; and stimulates the facial muscles. It’s all about creating lifting, tightening and firming effects. What’s more, no bees were harmed in the ingredients sourcing. Find it at Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.

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You glow, girl: Is this the best holiday care package? philosophy glowing days ahead, $99, has got to come very close. It features purity made simple3-in1 cleanser (240ml); the microdelivery exfoliating wash (240ml); microdelivery peel in-home Vitamin C/ peptide crystals (30ml) with activating gel (30ml); hope in a jar high-performance moisturiser (30ml) and hope in a jar night intense retexturizing moisturizer (30ml). Find philosophy’s Christmas gift sets at selected David Jones stores, davidjones.com.au, mecca maxima and adorebeauty.com.au. Phone 1800 812 663.

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Green queen: I’m a big fan of the eco-friendly, natural and non-toxic Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, $86.25. Having recently tried this for the first time, I can see why it’s a huge favourite of A-list stylist extraordinaire Rachel Zoe, whose famous tagline “MAJ” is now on the Tata Harper labelling. It’s luxurious, gentle and anti-aging – winning! It also acts a 4-in-1 product to thoroughly cleanse and improve skin glow while purifying, minimizing the appearance of pores and helping to protect the skin’s natural hydration balance. Find it at Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.

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November 19, 2014

Great Gifts For The Garden Guru

Don’t give your gardener yet another plant! We’ve done the homework for you, hunted through cyberspace and come up with 5 top picks for your gardening guru. They are guaranteed to suit any budget and are highly recommended by people who genuinely love gardening!

Tubtrugs and colanders

TubTrug and colanderMost gardeners have ditched their old buckets for Tubtrugs. They are so versatile, tough and convenient that there really are hundreds of uses for them around the home and garden. If you are looking for a highly versatile gift that fits most budgets, this is it. They come in heaps of colors and sizes.

Luckily, someone has used their noggin and come up with a way to make it even better by adding a colander. It’s basically a giant strainer. It’s great if you want to wash freshly picked produce, garden tools, pots, whatever!

End-of-hose floFlow controlw controller
There are so many different attachments for hoses, but anyone who uses one will love you for this little beauty. It provides users the control of the tap, but it’s conveniently located right where you need to use it, at the end of the hose. Once it’s attached, users turn the tap on and never need to touch it again. For under $10, this is possibly the best gardening gift you will ever buy. It saves time, energy, water, money and the possibility of getting soaked when changing nozzles.

Vertical gardens

vertical gardensAs land becomes more precious, gardens are growing up instead of out. That’s why these are becoming a massive trend world wide. Even people without a green thumb are able to manage a vertical garden with a few favorite herbs for their kitchen.

They are excellent for small spaces, like inner city apartments to large country farms. They require minimal care for maximum effect and labor output, plus there are varieties for all budgets; starting at under $10 and going up to the thousands.

Good gardgood gardening-glovesening gloves
Boring right? Now, being a gardener I can tell you that not all gloves are created equal. There isn’t a gardener alive who wouldn’t love a pair of decent sweat-free, second skin gardening gloves. You know, the type which you can actually feel what you’re doing, pick up a drink while you’re working and can be thrown in the wash after a hard day’s work.

Yeah, I know it’s asking a lot out of a pair of humble gloves, but there are some great ones out there. They aren’t going to break the bank, so you can either wrap them up alone or team them up with some other ideas.

Strawberry rocks/protectors
Growing fruit and veggies is back in gardening trends in a big way, so these little things are a must have for anyone who grows strawberries. Instead of the birds hoeing into their nurtured fruit, these rocks deter them by changing tStrawberry rocksheir behavior.

When the strawberry rocks are placed around the plants as they grow, the birds peck at them thinking they are nice and ripe. They aren’t of course. They are hard rocks. Birds will try pecking a few more times and then give up, knowing that if they peck at them they will hurt their beaks. By the time the real strawberries are ripe, they won’t bother touching them. Violá! Cute, mini strawberry protectors.

Now, they can be a bit tricky to buy. They aren’t usually available at major garden retailers, so  check on-line. Alternately, what a great gift idea for the kids to make for the grandparents. It’s cheap, easy and will keep them entertained for ages!

Images via presenciapr.com, pinterest.com,1001gardens.org, gardeners.com and telegraph.co.uk

November 18, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide: Sexy Summer Fragrances For Him And Her

Coco Chanel allegedly once said: “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” Now, clearly Coco needed to seriously lighten up, but she does make a good point in that a fine fragrance is a wardrobe essential – for both men and women. Here, SHESAID has done the hard work for you this Christmas, with our top picks of both men’s and women’s fragrance Christmas coffrets, new-to-counter. Scents deeply influence emotions, so all the more reason to gift yourself or others the joy of these gorgeous, sophisticated and delectable summer offerings.

RELATED: The Bold And The Beautiful

All fragrances, unless stated otherwise, are stocked at Libertine Parfumerie, via www.libertineparfumerie.com.au, as well exclusively through selected David Jones, Myer and Harrolds department stores and niche perfumeries in Australia and New Zealand. Visit www.agencedeparfum.com.au for more information.

For Her

Penhaligon’s Ellenisia Eau De Parfum, 100ml, $219: Love your floral scents, ladies? Ellenisia is an extravagant floral containing heady, white blooms wrapped in swathes of sweet plum and vanilla. Elegant and romantic, it has top notes of bergamot, mandarin zest, violet leaves and pear. Bliss! Even better, this baby comes in a special Christmas gift set of Ellenisia EDP, 50ml, and hand cream for $169.

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Robert Piguet Fracas Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $199: Lauded as “the most Parisian of fashion designers,” Robert Piguet’s perfumes exude luxury. And Fracas, described as the “Ferrari” of fragrances, is the jewel in the crown of his collection. This cult fragrance worn by screen legends Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot is an intoxicating combination of tuberose, gardenia and orange blossom. At once sensual and sweet, it has top notes of bergamot and mandarin. A special Christmas coffret, $199, is the ultimate gift, containing both a 100ml EDP fragrance and 200ml body lotion.

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Amouage Gold Woman Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $395: I wore this opulent and sensual, best-selling floral fragrance on my wedding day, I love it so much. And now, it makes the perfect Christmas gift! A Gold Woman 100ml EDP and 300ml Body Milk set, $395, are encased in delicate marble-like gift boxes – oh yes please, Santa baby! This soft floral has top notes of lily of the valley, rockrose and frankincense and I can tell you my husband loved it on our big day, too. Amouage also has luxurious fragrance sets in its other premier scents.

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Costume National Scent Intense Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $199: With its magnetic and sensual effect, Scent Intense is the strongest version in the Costume National Scent Trilogy. The woody oriental is a best-seller for its gorgeous top notes of jasmine tea, heart notes of mother of pearl and hibiscus flower and base notes of amber. Grab the special Christmas coffret while you can, also $199, as it comprises Intense 100ml EDP, 100ml Shower Cream and 100ml Body Lotion. Winning!

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For Him

Amouage Reflection Man Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $340: This sexy woody oriental has top notes of orange leaves (bitter), peppercorns (red) and rosemary. Mmm. Reflection Man is refined, elegant and sensual. It ain’t a best-seller for nothing, so chances are you’re man will love it too. Better yet, gift him this Christmas with the Reflection Man 100ml EDP & 300ml Shower Gel pack, encased in delicate marble-like gift boxes, $340. This is excellent bang for your buck!

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Costume National Homme Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $189: The Italian fashion house teamed up with one of world’s great perfumerers – Dominique Ropion of Calvin Klein Euphoria and Thierry Mugler of Alien fame – to create their first dedicated men’s fragrance. And this best-selling woody oriental doesn’t disappoint with its top notes of grapefruit, cardamom and bergamot. Now, your man can smell like heaven thanks to the lush Christmas coffret comprised of a Homme 100ml EDP and 100ml Hair and Body Wash for $189.

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Issey Miyake Nuit d’Issey Pour Homme Eau de Toilette, 125ml, $125: This masculine and powerful scent is said to draws its strength from the mystery of nature. Fresh notes of bergamot and grapefruit blend with addictive notes of tonka beans for an elegant finish. Loving the sexy, black bottle – your modern metrosexual is bound to love this one! It’s a woody/spicy fragrance that’s sharp, crisp and mysterious. Hot! Find it at David Jones stores and via davidjones.com.au.

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Bvlgari Man in Black Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $111: Bvlgari celebrated its 130-year-milestone by launching this new fragrance to complement its original Bvlgari Man from 2010. The fragrance is said to be bold and charismatic, inspired by the myth of the birth of Vulcan, the god of the earth. A modern man’s ideal scent, it has an intense composition of amber, leather, spices and woods. It also opens with accords of natural rum and luminous spices. Did I mention rum? Now what bloke won’t love that?! Find it at David Jones stores and via davidjones.com.au.

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November 11, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide: Best Charity Gifts

Let’s face it: nothing feels better than giving a gift that helps others at Christmas, so we’ve rounded up the best Christmas charity gifts. Whether you’re looking for a gift for the person that has everything, or a life-changing stock-stuffer for the whole family, consider one of these worthwhile causes, from guide dogs to sending an underprivileged girl to school.

Guide Dogs Victoria Bow Project
Purchasing a gift card from The Bow Project helps fund a range of vital, life-changing projects by Guide Dogs Victoria, from providing food for a Guide Dog in training for one week ($18), paying for a Guide Dog’s vet check-up ($55) or going all out and enabling a 10-week old Guide Dog litter to attend their very first puppy training class ($1,050).
Purchase your Bow Project gift here.

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CARE Gifts
CARE have an entire Santa sack of gift ideas that can change people’s lives starting at only $10, from training a village health volunteer to sending a girl to school. Wouldn’t it be great to give your kids a gift that helps others and show them the true spirit of Christmas?
Browse all CARE Gifts here.

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Global Goods Partners
Not just an amazing source for charity gifts, but your new go-to destination for fashion, accessories, homewares and year-round gifts. Global Goods Partners is a non-profit organisation that sells handmade, fair trade products in order to improve the economic status of women in marginalised communities around the world. How stunning is this decorative woven vase made by women in Swaziland – hmm, may keep this one for myself!
Buy online at Global Goods Partners.

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Hands Across the Water
Every year between 700,000 and 4 million children are trafficked around the world, with Thailand being one of the prime locations for child trafficking. Hands Across The Water is an Australian charity that is helping to change the fate of these young Thai girls by providing them with a stable home, education, healthcare and food. You can sponsor a child, which is a life-changing gift for both the child and you, or purchase a Hands Across the Kitchen cookbook, with 81 delicious childhood recipes from top chefs.
Visit the Hands Across the Water Online Shop.

What are your favourite charities/causes? Share them in the comments!

December 18, 2013

Christmas Gift Guide: For The Guys

Get your man something he’ll really love this Christmas, whether he’s into beef, beer or zombies.

Home Brewing Kit
I don’t know any man that hasn’t wanted to brew their own beer. This stylish kit comes with everything you need to make a refreshing Summer Citrus Blonde Ale, but this Melbourne-based company also makes kits for Wheat Bear, Porter, IPA and more. Buy online at Etsy. $70.

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Caipirinha and Caprioska Muddler
If your man is more cocktails than Corona, this will be his new barkeeper’s friend. We’re in love with this cocktail muddler, which is not just a super stylish tool, but makes authentic caipirinhas and caprioskas in seconds. Just muddle lime, mint and sugar, and top with rum, cachaça, or vodka. Or make any number of drinks by muddling your favourite fruit – think passionfruit or peaches – and top with bubbly for the easiest summer cocktail. Extra points if you package it with a bottle of his favourite tipple. Buy online at Etsy. $44.88.

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Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide
If your man is as obsessed with The Walking Dead like mine is,, we’ve found him the ultimate stocking stuffer. This genuine Moleskine notebook is hand-stamped and has a built-in pocket to keep special treasures such as tickets stubs, movie tickets and notes on future zombie attacks. Buy online at Etsy. $13.41.

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Humans of New York
Brandon Stanton is a street photographer in New York that turned his photo blog into one of the biggest bestselling books of all time. Not just stunning photos of the people of New York, but the stories behind each portrait. A stunning keepsake that he’ll pick up and read over and over again. It’s sold out pretty much everywhere, but you can preorder your copy now. $35.99.

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Tegu Blocks
We used to love gifting Buckyballs, but since they were banned, we’ve become obsessed with the cult Tegu Blocks. Guys love playing with trinkets, especially at their desk to cure mental blanks, and these bitty wood blocks in jungle colours let you build an infinite number of cool creations – think animals, cityscapes, cars and more. Buy online. $69.

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Butchery class
Probably not the best idea if he’s vegetarian, but if he’s a meat lover, unleash his inner butcher with a butchery class. In Sydney, there’s no better place than Victor Churchill, and we love Hudson Meats in Surry Hills and Toorak. And he’ll come back with delicious treats you can both enjoy! Prices vary, from $120.

What are you buying your man for Christmas?

December 12, 2013

Christmas Gift Guide: For Mum, Grandma, Aunty, BFF

Spoil the ladies in your life with treats they wouldn’t buy themselves, but make them feel ultra special and loved. We’ve got Christmas gift ideas for mum, grandma, aunty and your BFF.

Strawberries & Champagne Candle
Remember when Gwyneth Paltrow suggested you buy a $530 candle in her Christmas gift guide? Insane. Our suggestion comes at a much more reasonable price, is handmade in Sydney and smells just like strawberries and Champagne! Buy online at Etsy. $32.

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Essential Oil Burner
Unique…personal…special…There aren’t enough good things to say about this beautiful Oil Burner by Page Thirty Three. Inspired by classic science design, the dark heaviness of the metal create a beautiful contrast with the Tasmanian Oak hardwood base and glass flask. The height of the clamp is adjustable, so they can personalise to suit the size and strength of the candle and essential oi. Designed and handcrafted in Australia, the kit comes with the burner unit and flask5ml Australian grown lavender oil, Australian made beeswax candle and glass dish. Available at the QTique gallery shop in Sydney, $179.95.

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Givoni x Florence Broadhurst sleepwear
Beautiful sleepwear is always appreciated, and this year there’s a few special offerings we’re excited about. Sleepwear label Givoni‘s collaboration with David Jones for the Florence Broadhurst collection is both elegant and fashion-forward, and the range comes in satin, modal and cotton. Our favourites from the range include the Flamingo Kimono, $89.95, Short Chemise, $89.95 and the Long Pyjama Set, $99.95. Buy at David Jones.

oralbOral-B Black Power Toothbrush
This is the Rolls-Royce of power toothbrushes. The brand-new Oral-B Black has seven independent functions and six high-performance brushing modes. Plus a sophisticated pressure-sensor technology alerts you if you’re brushing too hard and automatically decelerates the pulsation and oscillation speeds of the brush head. $299.99.

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Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me
How cute is the Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machine? It doesn’t just start your day with cafe-quality coffee, but it’s the perfect size for smaller kitchens. Plus at only $149-$199, you’ll save your special lady a lot of money on her daily coffee run! Buy at department stores.

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Pure Fiji Travel Bag
Whether she’s travelling over the holidays or wish she was being whisked away somewhere exotic, this is the perfect essential summer beauty kit, containing 60ml bottles of lotion, oil, shampoo, conditioner, sugar rub and body butter. And all with that luscious, tropical scent. Buy online at Pure Fiji. $39.95.

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Pukka Revitalise Tea
This is “Christmas in a cup” – packed with cinnamon, ginger root, elderflower, orange peel, green tea and spearmint leaf for your favourite gal to put her feet up during the mad festive rush and take a moment for herself. In addition to being fabulously festive, this Ayurvedic  tea works to balance our kapha nature, which is when we are full of good intentions, but feel overwhelmed. The perfect stocking stuffer! $7.95.

What are you buying your mum/BFF/special lady for Christmas?

December 11, 2013

Christmas Gift Guide: For Kids

Kids can be really hard to buy for, but luckily we’ve tried-and-tested Christmas gifts that they’ll really love, from little ones to teens.

Monty the Sleepy Fox
How lovely is Monty? He’ll soothe any little one to sleep and be their best friend when they wake up.
Buy online at Etsy. $44.88.

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Bananagrams
This runaway success is a game for the whole family. Bananagrams is a fresh take on popular word games packed up into a bright banana shape bag. Perfect for family game nights or even a quiet afternoon with the kids, it can entertain them for hours. It tests your mind, patience and vocabulary skills, catching you out when you least expect it! Suitable for ages 7+. $25.

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RSPCA Kids Membership
It’s never too early to instil the value of giving at Christmas. Help them learn about animals while explaining that their donation goes towards the protection of animals, from homing rescued pets to fighting animal cruelty. They’ll receive a magazine, cap, stickers, plus a birthday card on their birthday! Look for the RSCPA in your state. About $25.

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Models to the Runway
Inspire your budding Balenciaga or Coco Chanel with this jam-packed fashion and play kit. First, design your 10 paper dolls using stencils, fashion tape, stickers and more, then set up a runway, complete with working spotlight, and stage your own catwalk show! Buy online at Amazon, about $44.

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Glow in the Dark Star Kit
Send them on an intergalactic voyage with this pack of 50 glow in the dark stars. Buy at Australian Geographic stores and online, $7.95.

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Mad Magazine Subscription
The perfect magazine for teens (both boys and girls), MAD still delivers its famous pop culture satire and cheeky humour. Subscribe online. $65.

What are you buying your kids for Christmas? Share your gift ideas in the comments!

December 11, 2013

Gwyneth Paltrow’s (Slightly Insane) Christmas Gift Guide

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle newsletter Goop has released its annual Christmas gift guide, and in keeping with tradition, it’s just as loopy as previous years’.

“I am overwhelmed and a disaster,” Paltrow shares before listing her favourite things. “So our gift guide comes at just the right time, at least for me. We have included some old favourites and some new finds, all of which will make Father Christmas proud.”

A very, very rich Father Christmas, that is.

And sure, what do you get the woman that has everything (she even has Beyonce as a BFF)? But, come on, no one in their right mind is gifting half these things, unless they have more money (and space in their house to dump it all) than brains.

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Paltrow gushes over a limited edition neon slingshot that comes in at $130.

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Candles make a great gift, but Gwynie thinks you need this $530 Fornasetti candle. There’s just nothing that could justify a $530 candle.

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Under the section Knick Knacks, a Malle W. Trousseau Kitchen Set that’s only $6,230. Yep, that’s right.

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We think these Olivia Von Halle Lila Alexa Monogrammed Pajamas are pretty and all, but at $570 plus $20 for each monogrammed letter, we’ll be getting our PJs somewhere else…

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What Christmas gift guide comes without a useless dust collector or two, and we think these flashing Vegaz letters would make a fun gift, especially for a teenage girl, until we saw the price. They start at $550 and go up to $684. Whoa, Nelly.

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And, of course, her own cookbooks – signed! – for $59 each.

Her children Apple, nine, and Moses, seven, also have a say on what they would love to find under the Christmas tree, and luckily, it’s a lot less precious. Apple opts for a Kipling backpack on wheels and an iPod, while Moses wants to follow in daddy’s footsteps by asking for an acoustic guitar, and adorably, a hamster.

OK fess up, what would you really love for Christmas?

November 15, 2013

Christmas Gift Guide: Books For Him

From Stephen King’s latest mystery to Billy Connolly’s funniest read yet, we’ve got 10 books that he won’t be able to put down all summer.

Scarecrow and The Army of Thieves, by Matthew Reilly. Macmillan, $44.99.

At an abandoned Soviet base in the Arctic, the battle to save the world has begun…
The Secret Base – It is a top-secret base known only as Dragon Island. A long-forgotten relic of the Cold War, it houses a weapon of terrible destructive force, a weapon that has just been re-activated…?A Renegade Army – When Dragon Island is seized by a brutal terrorist force calling itself the Army of Thieves, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and there are no crack units close enough to get there in time to stop the Army setting off the weapon.?One Small Team – Except, that is, for a small equipment-testing team up in the Arctic led by a Marine captain named Schofield, call-sign SCARECROW. It’s not a strike force; just a handful of Marines and civilians. It’s not equipped to attack a fortified island held by a vicious army. But Scarecrow will lead the team in anyway, because someone has to.

Mawson, by Peter FitzSimons. Random House, $49.95

Sir Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, remains Australia’s greatest Antarctic explorer. On 2 December 1911, his Australasian Antarctic Expedition left Hobart to explore the virgin frozen coastline below Australia, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot. He was on his way to fulfil a national dream he had first conceived three years earlier, while on his first trip to the frozen continent on the Nimrod expedition under the leadership of the charismatic Anglo-Irishman Sir Ernest Shackleton.??Even as Mawson and his men were approaching Antarctica, two other famous Antarctic explorers were already engaged in nothing less than a race to become the first men to reach the South Pole. While Roald Amundsen of Norway, with his small team, was racing with dogs along one route, England’s legendary Scott of the Antarctic, with his far larger team, was relying primarily on ponies and ‘man-hauling’ to get there along another. As Mawson and his men make their home on the windiest place on earth and prepare for their own record-breaking treks, with devastating drama to be their constant companion, the stories of Amundsen and Scott similarly play out.??With his trademark in-depth research, FitzSimons provides a compelling portrait of these great Antarctic explorers. For the first time, he weaves together their legendary feats into one thrilling account, bringing the jaw-dropping events of this bygone era dazzlingly back to life.

The Litigators, by John Grisham. Hodder/Stoddard, $29.99.

Oscar Finley: street cop turned street lawyer.Wally Figg: expert hustler and ambulance-chaser. David Zinc: Harvard Law School graduate. Together, this unlikely trio make up Finley & Figg: specialists in injury claims, quickie divorces and DUIs. None of them has ever faced a jury in federal court. But they are about to take on one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the States.
David gave up his lucrative career at Chicago’s leading law firm for this: the chance to help the little guy stand up to the big corporations. But if Finley & Figg have right on their side, why do his new partners feel the need to carry guns in their briefcases David thought he was used to cut-throat law from his days at Rogan Rothberg, but this is something else. He knows he was right to get out. He just may live to regret his new choice of firm…

Zero Day, by David Baldacci. Macmillan, $29.99.

John Puller is a former war hero and now the best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Division. He is a loner with few possessions by preference, but he has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable determination for finding the truth. His father was the most decorated U.S. Marine in history, but now resides in a nursing home far from his battlefield glory. Puller’s older brother, also a military vet, is serving a life sentence in Leavenworth Penitentiary.
Puller is called out to a remote, rural area far from any military outpost to investigate into the brutal murder of a family in their home. The dead husband was in the army and the wife worked for a Pentagon contractor. The local homicide detective, a woman with personal demons of her own, clashes with Puller over the investigation. What neither of them knows is what is waiting for them across the street from the murdered family’s home. Absolutely nothing, and nobody, Puller’s so far seen in this small town, are what they seem. He is truly one man against an overwhelming force.

The Impossible Dead, by Ian Rankin. Orion, $32.99.

Malcolm Fox and his team from Internal Affairs have been sent to Fife to investigate whether fellow cops covered up for a corrupt colleague, Detective Paul Carter. But what should be a simple job is soon complicated by intimations of conspiracy and cover-up – and a brutal murder, a murder committed with a weapon that should not even exist.

Man Lab, by James May. Hodder, $35.00.

James May’s mission to save modern man…Thirty years ago, men were resourceful, practical and dependable, but not anymore. Today we have lost the once familiar skills all men had – the skills to build things, make things and mend things. In Man Lab, James May leads a team of today’s lost male souls on the slight muddy but invigorating path to enlightenment.

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, by Walter Isaacson. Little Brown, $45.00.

From bestselling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs’ family members, key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

Billy Connolly’s Route 66, by Billy Connolly. Sphere, $35.00.

Having always dreamed about taking a trip on the legendary Route 66, Billy Connolly is finally heading off on the ride of a lifetime. Travelling all 2,488 miles of this epic road, known as ‘The Main Street of America’, the Big Yin will share the experiences of the countless travellers who have taken the journey before him. The tales he’ll gather on the way, from the skyscrapers of Chicago through the Wild West badlands of Oklahoma and Texas, and on to the beaches of the Pacific coast, will tell the story of modern America. And they might just inspire a few readers to get on their bikes as well.

11.22.63, by Stephen King. Hodder, $34.99.

A riveting, high-stakes political story like Under the Dome, a love story like Bag of Bones, a 1950s community like It, Stephen King’s incredibly ambitious, heart stoppingly dramatic time travel novel, 11/22/63 is a “What if…” story like no one’s ever read before – a one thousand page tour de force. What If you could go back in time and change the course of history? What If the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination?

11/22/63, the date that Kennedy was shot – unless . . .With extraordinary imaginative power, King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.

Devil’s Gate: Numa Files, by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown. Penguin, $39.95.

Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala and the rest of the NUMA® Special Assignments Team are back . . . and they just may have met their match.??A Japanese cargo ship cruises the eastern Atlantic near the Azores – when it bursts into flames.  A gang of pirates speeds to take advantage of the disaster – but their boat explodes.  What on earth is happening?  What does it have to do with the kidnapping of a tip scientist from the streets of Geneva.  With the defection sixty years ago of a mysterious Russian?  With the discovery of an extraordinary underwater graveyard of ships and planes littered across the sea floor???As Austin and Zavala and the rest of team rush to investigate, they find themselves drawn into the extraordinary ambitions of an African dictator, the creation of a weapon of almost mythical power, and an unimaginably audacious plan to extort the world’s major nations. The penalty for refusal?  The destruction of the world’s greatest cities.  Starting with Washington, DC…Filled with the high-stakes suspense and boundless invention that are unique to Cussler, Devils Gate is one of the most thrilling novels yet from the grand master of adventure.

What are you getting the men in your life for Christmas?

December 21, 2011