Kiana Beauty Christmas Guide 2020 - Stav, Co-owner's Top Picks
I'm Stav, co-founder of Kiana Beauty Melbourne, mum to 3 amazing boys, partner, pharmacist and many other things.
I love the holiday season, although this year Christmas will look a little different.
While I will still enjoy the slowing down of time, the carols, and the baking and decorating, we are unlikely to be able to fill our houses with loved ones or to mix across households for Christmas drinks.
More than ever, I want my beautiful friends and family to know how grateful I am to have them in my life safe and well.
This year, my Christmas gift giving will be widened, for it has been a year that has opened my eyes and my heart more than ever to how lucky I am for the people that I have in my 'village'.
Here is my selection of top Christmas gifts 2020, that I will wholeheartedly be giving to the people that I cherish.
Christmas Gift Ideas for MEN
Gifts for HIM: My Husband
This fragrance is sophisticated, refreshing and grounding and completely suits my husband's personality.
It is an exotic woody perfume for men and women, inspired by the Kakadu region of the Northern Territory, a favourite holiday destination of my husband's.
When I smell this fragrance, the Blue Cypress, lavender, patchouli and clove instantly transport me to my favourite part of the day - dewy mornings with dappled sunlight streaming through towering trees.
Gifts for HIM: My Dad
This fragrance is fresh and vibrant, yet tender, just like my funny, loving and easy going dad.
It is an aquatic woody cologne for men created to be enjoyed day or night in smart-casual attire.
The freshness of this yuzu scent meets with notes of cypress and coriander, and it reminds me of a summer's day outdoors- my favourite way to spend time with my dad. Warm notes of nutmeg and sandalwood bring a elegant trail.
Gifts for HIM: My Father-in-Law
Much like my father-in-law, this fragrance is a classic and has stood the test of time.
Ralph Lauren Safari for Men is an exotic medley of glowing wood and leather that tenderly mingle with sparkling citrus from lemon and bergamot. As the fragrance develops, the warmth of lavender, clove and vetiver bring a sense of calm, exactly like my father-in-law does.
Gifts for Him: My Brother-in-Law
This woody-oriental scent is inspired by adventure and exploration which reminds me of my brother-in-law. However, with a new baby on the way, he will be exploring uncharted territories, accompanied by this fitting fragrance.
Magnetic notes of mandarin and musk command attention at first, while the dry down unveils masculine notes of infinium and soft woods that leave a memorable impression.
Christmas Gift Ideas for WOMEN
Gifts for HER: My mum
This fragrance is sunny, energetic and brings joy, just like my beautiful mum's presence.
It is a fruity floral fragrance that is an expression of freedom and femininity. It opens with radiant notes of tangerine essence, that sparkle, just like my mum. These give way to heart notes of vivid blackcurrant and rose. The cedar and white amber base bring a contemporary elegance, which totally suits my mum's vibe.
Chloe Rose Tangerine Eau de Toilette, from $95
Gifts for HER: My Mother-in-Law
My mother-in-law enjoys the warmth and simple pleasure of being at home.
I know she will love this limited edition Circa Home gift set as well as the Australian-made scented soy candle.
The gift set contains a stunning ceramic tray and a full-sized Kitchen Alchemy White Tea & Wild Mint Hand Wash and Hand Lotion which will add an uplifting vibe of mint, white tea and bergamot to my mother-in-law's kitchen.
Gifts for HER: My sister
Much like my sister, this perfume lives in the moment and is a fun and happy-go-lucky fragrance, which is true to my sister's vibe.
It is an award-winning, sweet smelling perfume that gives off an air of spontaneity with vibrant notes of grapefruit and roses commanding your attention, while cedar and peach deliver warmth and charm.
Gifts for HER: Myself!
This gorgeous Nudie Glow rose quartz face roller is a wonderful act of self care for my skin and well being. I will use this face roller to boost circulation to my skin and improve cell rejuvenation. It will also improve absorption of my skin care products, meaning that I will get the best possible outcomes from my serum and moisturiser.
The pretty pink rose quartz will also bring a sense of peace and joy to my skin care routine.
In the spirit of keeping it real, 2020 has been a challenging year. I can feel the tension in my jaw and face following a prolonged period of home learning and lock down in Melbourne.
This gua sha will not only will it help to improve my skin's elasticity and reduce puffiness in the face, but it will also relieve tension in my face and jaw at the end of the day.
I love that ancient wisdom has been incorporated into the Nude Glow Gua Sha- the jade is reported to carry a healing energy that will balance internal energies and relax my nervous system.
Gifts for HER: My sister-in-law
With a baby on the way and more time spent at home, my sister-in-law is in nesting mode. She will love the luxurious ambience that the Glasshouse Fragrances triple scented candles will add to her home.
Her hands will also love the shea butter enriched Glasshouse Fragrances hand cream and the sweet scent of coconut and vanilla will indulge her senses and create a moment of self care each time she uses it.
Christmas Gift Ideas for My BEST FRIEND
After spending so much time at home this year, my best friend has decided it's time to re-fresh her living space. I think these sophisticated Moss St Fragrances candles and Moss St diffuser will fit right in her home with their understated and elegant design and delicious scent.
These Australian made candles and diffusers are environmentally friendly, sustainable and vegan friendly, which aligns perfectly with my friend's sensibility.
Christmas Gift Ideas for KIDS
Gifts for: Teenage Girls (My niece)
My niece is beautiful inside and out and I want her to love the skin she's in. She's at an age where she is curious about skin care and products and makeup.
Jojoba Company Australia Jojoba is perfect for her. It is an introduction to good skin care for teens, bursting with Vitamins A, D, E & omegas and fatty acids, while being free from chemicals and other nasties.
Jojoba Company Australia Jojoba, from $19.95
Gifts for: Teenage Boys (My nephew)
My nephew is a cool kid. He's quite sporty and is at the age where he is becoming a little more body aware.
This Clinique deodorant is the best deodorant for teen boys. It is an easy-to-use roll on, and will keep him dry and odour-free all day long. The design is sleek and will give him instant cred when he pulls it out of his sports bag at school.
Christmas Present Ideas for Teacher Gifts
Boy-oh-Boy have teachers worked hard this year to transition to online learning! As a parent who has had my children home learning for 8 months of the year, I have a huge amount of respect for school teachers, particularly Victorian ones.
These are my picks for teacher gifts. I'm buying for the children's class teachers, which includes male teacher gifts, the art teacher, music teacher as well as gifts for male principal. I better not forget the kindy teacher gifts!
Natio For Men Wild Gift Set, $22.95
Gift Ideas for My Neighbours
I have the best neighbours! I want them to know how grateful I am for the texts they regularly sent during lock down to check how we were all doing. I loved our chats over the fence and I love that they let me dispose of my 4yo son's endless craft activities in their recycling bin, so that he wouldn't notice it in ours.
Given we will be working from home for the foreseeable future, I want my neighbours to create a moment of calm in their workday with this beautiful Circa Home Scented soy candle and wick trimmer.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Secret Santa
I find Secret Santa gifts the hardest to buy because they're usually for someone that I don't know too well myself (e.g. husband's work colleagues) or they have a tricky price range to comply with.
These gifts are also usually opened publicly, so the pressure is high to have an amazing gift that is beautifully wrapped too.
These are the Christmas gift ideas that I'll be gifting my Secret Santa work colleagues and my husband's this year.
Natio For Men Cliff Gift Set, $14.95
Our Christmas gifts 2020 tick all the boxes. We have a great selection of gifts for her and gifts for men and, they come beautifully wrapped in our free signature gift wrap.
So, that's my Christmas gifts 2020 done!
If you need some help finalising your Christmas shopping list or need help buying the perfect present for someone special, feel free to touch base with me via our Ask an Expert feature and I'll be happy to help you. After all, it is my favourite time of the year!
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