12 Christmas gifts that you’ll want to keep for yourself

December has arrived and it’s time to start chipping away at that ever-growing list of presents on your Christmas gift list.

Here’s a list of pressies that are not only perfect for Secret Santa, but they’re all things I’d love to find under the tree come 25 December. Plus they’re affordable, pretty AND will save you last minute shopping, plus if someone doesn’t give you a present, you can totally keep it for yourself!


Soap & Glory Make Your Smooth, $9

This limited edition duo features Soap & Glory’s Flake Away Body Polish and the ultra-softening Righteous Butter, which will leave your skin feeling amazingly smooth and buffed to perfection.

Frank Body Coconut Coffee Scrub, $10.95

Sensitive-skinned but want to join in on the scrub action? Fear not, this nut-free take on the original has you covered.

Kitsch Metallic Hair Coils, $7

Upgrade any ‘do with a metallic twist while showing your hair the kindness it deserves with these chic and gentle spiral hair ties.

UNDER $15 

Lanolips Holiday Bauble Apple Red, $14.95

This tinted balm is housed in a transparent festive bauble, making for a super-cute addition to your tree, and a perfect little treat this holiday season. Plus it’s deeply hydrating and conditioning, so get the mistletoe ready.

Mecca Max Glam to Go Shadow Quad Palette, $12 

A pocket rocket of high pigment payoff for a perfectly pretty price, these four-shade eyeshadow quads have everything you need to create your next party look wherever you go!

Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask 4 Pack, $14

This ultra-hydrating and rich mask, made with Japanese Seaweed, is a thirst-quencher for dry skin. With enough moisture to not only give an instant boost of hydration, you’ll notice a difference the whole day after application

UNDER $20 

Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Bauble, $19

Give the gift of radiant, youthful, healthy-looking skin thanks to this holiday exclusive bauble.

Two Faced Better Than Sex Ornament, $17 

Deck the halls and trim your tree with voluptuous volume with this limited edition Better Than Sex tree ornament!

This Works Dream Team, $19 

Take a breather and unwind from the stresses of the day with this calming duo of miniatures designed to rescue troubled sleepers and lower stress levels.

UNDER $50 

Mecca Max Beyond Bronze Luminiser, $28 

Packed with luminous pigments for all-over glow, this lotion will bronze, shimmery lotion polishes skin with sheer, buildable, light-fuelled colour for summer sunset glaze. Plus it’s 100% Vegan & Cruelty Free

Mecca Cosmetica Helping Hands Hunger Project Set, $36 

This set features one dreamy and deluxe hand cream for your handbag and one for your nightstand. Plus 100 per cent of proceeds will directly benefit The Hunger Project Australia, which aims to educate marginalised women in rural villages across Africa, India and Bangladesh. Talk about feel good gift-giving!

Mecca Cosmetica Mask Library, $40 

A must-have for any Mecca beauty lover, this pack includes Mecca’s Hydrating Fresh Faced Face Mask; Urban Defence Protect and Purify Sheet Mask and Lit from Within radiance mask.

Brooke wears Sheike dress and Nine West heels.

U on Sunday Fashion Editor Brooke Falvey knows what it means to dress for the occasion. After living in London for just over a year, Brooke Falvey returned home to Brisbane to share her style storytelling talents on her blog, Blonde Ambition. With a background in journalism, Brooke shares thoughtful lifestyle and fashion pieces through her Instagram account, What Brooke Wore, and her blog, Blonde Ambition, inspiring her readers to start doing what they’ve always dreamed of doing—and giving them tips on how to look good at the same time!. Ready to dress like you mean it? Get to know the girl behind What Brooke Wore.