We’re into December and Christmas is creeping up so fast it is scary! Cue panicked last minute shopping; feverish trawling through shops as you desperately search for the perfect gift for the parents, best mate and that person in the office you got for Secret Santa, swearing under your breath the whole time that next year you will be more organised, damnit!! It really is the most magical time of year. 

‘Tis the season to be jolly, so we have prepared our handy Christmas Gift Guide to keep you merry and help you get on top of the gifting and in the good books this year. Two things that definitely make your life richer are food and travel, so share the wealth with these snazzy presents! 

Pukka Organic Teas [$7.95 each]

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On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… twelve teas of Christmas! Pukka have a range of organic, natural herbal teas to suit any mood or mug, and they have a selection of ‘Twelve teas of Christmas’ all wrapped up in pretty packaging. You can pick from flavours such as Revitalise (described as ‘Christmas in a Cup,’ how could you go past this one?) which has cinnamon and ginger, elderflower, orange peel, green tea and spearmint, or for the more adventurous, how about Peppermint and Licorice? Teas are available in select health food stores and independent grocers or online at www.pukkateas.com.au

Taste of Sardinia by Pilu Snowgoose Hamper [$300]

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Hampers are like a gourmet care package or a picknicker’s delight. Wish your loved one a very Cherry Christmas this year with a Snowgoose hamper. The Taste of Sardinia by Pilu hamper brings the finest ingredients from Pilu at Freshwater together with Snowgoose’s orchard-fresh produce (including sweet, sweet cherries) to deliver the ultimate tasteful gift. For the oh-so-hard to buy for person that has everything already, the hamper features produce from some of Australia’s leading artisan growers and providers. Some of the contents include a Giovanni Pilu hand-signed ‘A Sardinian Cookbook’ (so they can whip up a bit of Sardinia at home this Christmas), Pilu Extra Virgin Italian Olive Oil, Giovanni Fabbri Spaghetti and of course fresh seasonal produce from Snowgoose. For more information or to order a hamper, visit www.snowgoose.com.au

Cooking Classes at Sydney Seafood School [$90-$165]

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Experiences are always a good bet when it comes to gifts, so why not give your loved one a cooking class? This is the gift that keeps on giving, and the win-win is that you benefit from it too! Once your giftee is an accomplished cooking school graduate, you can be the taste testing volunteer! Seems only fair right? The Sydney Seafood School runs a range of classes, and you can even take the option of joining your recipient in a class. For more information or to buy a gift certificate, call (02) 9004 1111, drop into reception between 8am-4.30pm Monday-Friday or visit the website.

Similarly, you can also buy an I Ate My Way Through gift voucher for any of our food tours or events.

Wine-O-Saur Wooden Wine Rack [$49.30]

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Conventional wine racks are so prehistoric. Let your loved one’s wine walk with dinosaurs with the Wine-O-Saur wooden rack. The rack is decorative as well as practical, and makes a great ice-breaker at any dinner party (and then once the wine is cracked, you’re all good!). This is one dinosaur that won’t go extinct, because it’s so damn nifty. 

Polaroid Socialmatic Digital Instant Camera [$299.99]

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Does your hipster friend need hard copies of their Instagrammable moments? Well worry no longer, it’s now possible to Instagram and insta-print! The latest camera from Polaroid is set to be released on January 1, 2015, and is pretty much what Instagram would look like if it was a material object. They can now Instagram their food, print out hard copies of said pictures and hand them around the dinner table so everyone not on Instagram doesn’t miss out!  It’s the perfect gift for a summer of sun-soaked pictures and holiday snaps, so pre-order to get one before they run out! But first, let me take a selfie!

Packing Cubes [$19.98 or 3 for $25]  

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It is the holiday season, so give your wanderlust-affected friend a practical gift for their adventures. The packing cells help to simplify packing and help organise any cluttered suitcase. Indulge their neat-freak tendencies or give some order to their chaos with these handy storage cells. 

Sushi Soap Set [$12.33]
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Sushi may be clean eating, but it can also be clean showering! These quirky soaps are the perfect stocking stuffer, and would make a cute addition to any bathroom. Just make sure they aren’t confused for the real deal; it would take clean eating to a whole new level! And if sushi isn’t your cup of tea, how about something a bit sweeter like a donut

Glasshouse Candle [$42.95]
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T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house… was the beautiful aroma of a Glasshouse candle! Candles can often be seen as a blasé gift option, but there is nothing boring about these candles. The sheer weight of it suggests you are holding a high quality object, and its sleek glass case will make it a stylish addition to any home. Get the ‘Night Before Christmas’ fragrance for a limited time – and your loved one will be breathing in dancing sugar plums as well as dreaming of them! For a more year-round scent, they also have plenty of other delicious options; Fudge Brownie, Vanilla Caramel, Coconut and Lime, Burnt Sugar and Fig. Is your mouth watering yet? 

Travel Map [$30.81]

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We all have that friend who loves to brag about their fantastic travels and adventures… Well now they can display their life accomplishments in all their glory. Help them check off all the countries to visit on their list with pins and map out future travel plans. Rubbing in travel accomplishments has never been easier! 

Power Cup Adapter [$29.99]

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With the busyness of the silly season in full swing, why not give the technological whiz in your life something to recharge with? If they’re always on the go, they won’t have time to wait at home for their phone or tablet to charge. Recharge in the car with this handy gadget. It plugs directly into the cigarette lighter and nestles out of the way in the cup holder, meaning all your recharging devices (coffee AND gadgets) can fit neatly in your car. 

Fairy Garden Kit [$28.46]

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I’ll let you in on a little secret… fairies do exist. Or, at least they can, in this little garden haven. Give some magic to that little person in your life and let them create their very own fairy garden. It is the perfect holiday project for kids, and as they say; if you build it, they will come.

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The biggest decision of Jess's day is often what to have for lunch. A coffee addict, sweet tooth and glutton all rolled in one; Jess has a love for food. She has a reputation among her friends as a big eater, and has taken on several eating challenges just to prove a point. Jess loves to bake, mainly to indulge her own sweet tooth, but also to share the dessert love! Jess works in hospitality and is constantly surrounded by delicious food - she is always first to volunteer as taste tester when any new recipes are being created. There’s no need to ask if Jess is hungry – she almost always is.