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A Christmas gift guide with a difference

'Tis the season for giving, and we've got all of your bases covered this Christmas - including gifts that can have a lasting impact long after the festive season ends.

The malls and main streets are adorned with Christmas decorations and we're getting gently (and not so gently) reminded of the importance of giving. The holiday season is a busy time of year, so don't make it busier by leaving your gift buying til the last minute.
We've got a number of gift ideas to take the stress out of Christmas. And if you're a gifter with a social conscience, we've got you covered too.
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Gifts for him

Glencairn 'Skye' Cut Crystal Tumbler x 4 set
The perfect old fashioned glass for the whisky lover in your life, these tumblers are crafted from the finest 'Skye' style hand-cut crystal and come in a beautiful satin-lined presentation box. Available from Whisky Galore.
Marley No Bounds Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The Marley No Bounds Portable Bluetooth Speaker can go everywhere he does. Dustproof and waterproof - it even floats in the pool. Available from Noel Leeming stores.
Dark Green and Silver Cufflinks
These rhodium plated cufflinks from 3 Wise Men are the understated way to take his shirt and jacket combo to the next level.
Cadet Waxed Canvas Wash Bag
The Cadet Waxed Canvas Wash Bag in classic navy features brass hardware and an internal zip pocket and is made from 100% durable cotton canvas. Available from Citta.

Gifts for her

Status Anxiety Fixation Clutch in Teal Croc
Perfectly sized to carry all of her everyday essentials, the Fixation wallet from Status Anxiety is made of soft, matte Italian leather and features an internal zipper pouch for cards and coins and a detachable wrist strap. Available at Smith & Caughey.
Elizabeth Arden 5th avenue Royale EDP Spray
Boasting oriental notes with a hint of raspberry and orange, followed by a sultry Amber Oud and golden musks, this fragrance is inspired by the mystery and intrigue that defines New York City nights. Available at Life Pharmacy.
Next Cami Short Set
Add a bit of luxury to sleep time with this gorgeous pyjama top and bottom set from EziBuy. It comes in a tropical summer print as well as a fun pink and blue polkadot design and is made from 100% Viscose.
Small Willow Pendant In Sterling Silver
For those who want to celebrate new beginnings and new adventures, the sterling silver Willow pendant from Michael Hill is a beautiful and ethereal addition to her jewellery collection.
Glasshouse Night Before Christmas Diffuser
Inspired by plum puddings, Grandma's treats and festive fruits, the Night Before Christmas fragrance diffuser combines Blackcurrant, Plum, Lemon and Lavender to remind you of everything that's magic about Christmas. Available from Redcurrent.

Gift sets

Cook & Nelson gift boxes
Whatever their tastes and tendencies, there's a Cook & Nelson gift box to suit. A BBQ hamper made out of firewood, a Cocktail kit that will light up the evening with non-alcoholic alchemy, refined selections of the finest products in The Entertainer and Designer gift boxes and then there's the Victory - the ultimate collection, showcasing Cook & Nelson's greatest hits.
The Aromatherapy Co. Therapy Trio Hand Cream Relax, Uplift, Balance Gift Set
Three luxurious Aromatherapy Co. hand creams infused with the natural essential oils of Lavender and Clary Sage, Cinnamon and Vanilla Bean and Sweet Lime and Mandarin to purify and rejuvenate the skin, all in a beautiful presentation box. Available from Farmers.
Salmon Lovers Sushi Socks from Shut the Front Door
Novelty sushi socks hand rolled for you by a professional sock chef and presented like a typical Japanese sushi tray. Gives new meaning to the term 'rolling up your socks'. Available from Shut the Front Door.
Essano On The Go Gift Set
A full size travel bag full of goodies for the face, hair and body, Eessano On The Go is the perfect gift when you're stuck for ideas for her. Available from The Warehouse.

Gifts for a good cause

World Vision Smiles
Change lives this Christmas with a World Vision Smiles gift, the perfect present for loved ones who want to make a difference. Whether it's helping girls get an education, providing communities with clean water, ensuring children get access to all-important healthcare and more, World Vision Smiles gifts are changing the lives of families in need. And as a bonus, for every Smiles gift purchased, you can get a limited-edition card designed by Karen Walker.
Illumina Rose Gold Candle from Downlights
These handcrafted biodegradable soy candles are not only beautiful, they empower people with disabilities. Downlights is a Kiwi company with a social conscience, employing people with Down Syndrome. And if that wasn't enough of a reason to choose this candle, $10 from each purchase goes directly to Fundraiser - supporting Kiwi schools, community groups and charities.
Food for Thought recipe book
From the generous team behind Eat My Lunch comes Food for Good. This 192 page book not only features recipes by Award Winning Chef Michael Meredith, it's an easy way for Kiwis to help do good in our community. For every book you buy, a lunch will be given to a Kiwi child who would otherwise go without.
BLAKE glasses frames from Mr Foureyes
OK, gifting someone a pair of glasses can be a tricky endeavour, but it's made all the more easier in the knowledge that for every pair of sunnies or prescription glasses sold, Mr Foureyes gift a pair of glasses to the Foureyes Foundation, helping out Kiwi children who needs them.