THE IN-TRAY

6 gifts delivering on the calm and relaxation we all need after 2020

2020 has thrown just about everything at us (we repeat: everything), and to be able to come together with our friends and family at the end of it is the greatest gift in and of itself. But with birthdays missed, weddings postponed, and overseas trips cancelled, the opportunity to indulge our nearest and dearest with thoughtful gifts is bigger and better than ever. To make that task easy, we’ve curated a list of pointed gifts that scream ‘I care’.

FOR THOSE THAT MADE IT THROUGH MASKNE:

Omorovicza Glow Discovery Set

This year’s most collective skincare concern was one we had never heard of prior—maskne . Just in case stress-induced iso-skin wasn’t enough, our protective masks were creating a breeding ground for spots, bumps, and irritation. These hydrating, soothing and glow-inducing wonders are part of the reason we made it through with clear, radiant skin, and whether for travel (interstate, at least) or trying them for the first time, this set makes it easy to look and feel glowy into 2021.

FOR THOSE ENJOYING THEIR NEWFOUND FREEDOM:

NARS VIP Audacious Lipstick

For Melbourne especially, the bottom half of our faces have been somewhat of a mystery since July; so as we reveal them to the great outdoors à la Valentina in her Drag Race elimination, a pop of feel-good colour is a warmly welcomed addition. Our pick? NARS’ limited-edition VIP Audacious Lipstick, packaged in glimmering gold (making it an extra-special gift) and starring with the brand’s award-winning formula for opaque, creamy, bleed-free lips.

FOR THOSE IN NEED OF SERIOUS R&R:

REN Clean Skincare Scent to Sleep

More than ever, these holidays we all deserve a rest—and not just the post family feast kind. For the overworked, over-Netflixed and just plain over it, REN’s Scent to Sleep duo will calm the mind with hops, lavender and frankincense, encouraging a deep sleep that recharges, reinvigorates, and resets. With clean formulas and 100% recyclable packaging, this gift feels as good to give as it does to get.

FOR SANITISER-STRUCK HANDS:

Tocca Crema Veloce

If you’ve ended your year with soft, smooth hands, unscathed by the drying side effects of hand sanitiser, you’re one of the lucky ones. For those not as lucky, Tocca’s Crema Veloce set makes the perfect gift. The beauty of this set is that you can gift it as one—a cream for the bag, the bathroom, and the kitchen—or split them up, and treat three friends to healed, softly scented hands courtesy of coconut oil, shea butter and aloe.

FOR 2020’S MVP, THE HOME:

Diptyque Ambre Plume Candle

The home truly is where the heart has been this year, and with stay-cays a more realistic option than vacays, achieving a cosy, wintery holiday feel down-under requires an olfactory approach. Enter Diptyque’s limited-edition Ambre Plume Candle. With notes of ginger and cinnamon followed by a citrussy zest, its scent will create the illusion of mulled wine steaming from the stove. Warm, calming and charming, it’s a gift that delivers on feel-good holiday spirit.

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