Have you made your Christmas gift list yet and checked it twice? If you are still wondering what the heck to get those family members in your world who have everything already, here are some hip and cool (and downright sensible!) ideas from some of the savviest women of the interwebs.


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School Mum Samantha Jockel might label herself “slightly crazy” but we can tell you that with hundreds of thousands of social media followers, Sam’s got her finger on the parenting pulse. With three little tackers of her own (including Eden, 8, Maisie, 5, and Ellis, 1), Sam’s website is full of tips, tricks, advice and fun “for School Mums by School Mums”.

“There are thousands of experts who claim to know the best thing you should be doing for your child but depending on who you’re listening to and what you’re reading it can differ from one extreme to the next,” Sam admits. “This website is not about experts it is about stories.”

Sam’s personal story contains a myriad of colourful chapters and pages filled with crazy fun tales. Based on Brisbane’s northside, she’s a pro hula hooper (true!) and found national (and international) fame just last month wearing a Wayne Cooper dressful of vaginas. Nuff said.


Tell us what Christmas means to you:

I grew up in the church, so Christmas was always a special and meaningful time of year for our family. It was not just all about presents and Santa, but being thankful for what we had and kind and generous to those around us.


What do you do to get your house/family into the spirit of Christmas:

We put up lights around the front of our house with a few special decorations inside. We also have a family tradition of watching Elf a few times in the lead up to Christmas and you will also hear the Sufjan Stevens Christmas albums on rotation.


Describe what Christmas Day will look/feel/taste/smell like for you this year:

Sadly Christmas day is often quite stressful in our family mostly because we are driving around all day with three small children in tow. We normally have three families to visit so it gets a bit hectic. This year I am very excited as we have decided to spend the morning at a nursing home with my parents who will be dressed up as Santa and Mrs Clause while our three kids will be their little elves. We will be handing out presents to the oldies who have been forgotten. The kids are so excited, which make me so happy.


Your best Christmas gift ideas for:

  1. Young girls: Anything from Spencil or Smiggle
  2. Young boys: Something with wheels
  3. Mums: Anything that involves giving her time to herself with no little people present!
  4. Dads: Anything that involves giving him time to himself with no little people present!
  5. Grandparents – Family photos on canvas have always been a winner in our house.
  6. Teachers – Movie tickets.


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To read more ideas from blogger Nikki @ Styling You, click here // www.havenmagazine.com.au/bloggers-guide-to-christmas-styling-you

To read more ideas from blogger Kat @ The Organised Housewife, click here // www.havenmagazine.com.au/bloggers-guide-to-christmas-the-organised-housewife

To read more ideas from blogger Chantelle @ Fat Mum Slim, click here // www.havenmagazine.com.au/bloggers-guide-to-christmas-fat-mum-slim


Belinda Glindemann

Belinda Glindemann  

Belinda knew she was destined for a career in communications and publishing from the age of 11 when her Year 6 teacher introduced her to poster projects and glitter pens. She completed her journalism cadetship in the Whitsundays and went on to hold various newspaper and magazine editor roles across Brisbane in a media career spanning more than a decade. When Belinda's not writing for haven, she runs her own PR agency, kid-wrangles two young daughters and drinks way too much sweet tea.