all about those little luxuries (on a small budget)
It is that time of year again when everything comes together all at once and you are left wondering where the year went. And then Christmas! Presents! God, presents… Mum, sister, friend... yourself… How can one get something that will even slightly communicate how much someone means when one has a strict end-of-year budget?
Little luxuries are here to save the day.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Give the most common and most loved present with a twist.
The New Zealand-made chocolate comes in many decadent flavours to suit all tastes and dietary requirements. Pictured is the award-winning Salted Brittle Caramel Bar and Coconut Milk Chocolate.
Wellington Salted Caramel Bar & Coconut Milk Chocolate, NZ $13.50 each, Available at Iko Iko & at most organic food stores or online
Get into the festive vibes of Christmas with iconic red nail polish. Tom Ford red tones are the perfect way to bring Christmas spirit in the classiest of ways. Pick up these gorgeous shades at the Tom Ford Beauty counters in Smith & Caughey's on Queen st.
Nail Laquer, Tom Ford Beauty, NZ $60, available at Tom Ford Beauty counters
The Body Shop creates the perfect matte lip shades for summer ($29.95 NZD). With the affordable price, you can splash out on more than one. No hard choices between your favourite shades!
The Body Shop Matte Lipsticks, NZ $29.95 each, available online and in-store
What else says 'treat yourself' much like Deadly Ponies and Karen Walker?
The Deadly Ponies Metallic Large Poucher is perfect as a luxury yet 'handy' gift to give. This clutch has multiple uses such as a cosmetics bag for your handbag, a clutch wallet for events, etc. It adds elegance and style with its use.
The Karen Walker Split Flame Earrings is the perfect statement piece. Pair it will the Metallic Large Poucher and you are set to stand out at all festive events this Christmas.
Deadly Ponies Metallic Poucher, NZ $119, available online and in-stores
Karen Walker Split Flame Earrings, NZ $45, available in-stores (limited in stock)
What’s Christmas without gifted soap? But if you are going to do it, do it well! Swedish Dream's sea salt soap gives you a bit of the ocean to you right in your own bathroom.
Marvis Jasmin Mint Toothpaste : The apothecary-inspired tube can spruces up any bathroom. Marvis is an Italian brand with toothpastes imported directly from Florence.The Jasmine Mint flavour toothpaste gives an exciting aroma to the average toothpaste.
Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap, NZ $15 & Marvis Jasmine Mint Toothpaste, $25, available in-store at WORLD
Red lipstick is the ultimate holiday accessory. You cannot go wrong with these delectable shades of red from Bobbi Brown and L'Oreal Paris.
Sunset Orange, Bobbi Brown, NZ $62, available in-stores and online
Perfect Red, L'Oreal Paris, NZ $26.99, available in-stores (Farmers) and online
Words | Bella Williams
Photography | Alethea Lim
Market Edit | Zeenat Wilkinson