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.



Nikki Parkinson was an early tenant of the bloggersphere, setting up her virtual ‘house’ back in 2008. This style savvy former journalist and magazine editor developed her website, Styling You, as the place to go if you’re a busy woman yearning to look and feel your best. Nikki’s approach to style is sensible. Followers are encouraged to learn how to make the most of what they’ve got and only spend money on the things they actually love. And, girls, you haven’t really experienced Facebook unless you’ve hashtagged a photo of yourself #everydaystyle. A published author to boot, Nikki’s winning bloggy formula saw her take out a 2015 Telstra Business Award. Nikki is mum to Ben, 20, Alex, 19, and Flynn, 10 and lives on the Sunshine Coast.


Tell us what Christmas means to you:

It’s a time to breathe, relax and enjoy time with close family over good food and a few festive champagnes.


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

The tree generally goes up at the end of November/beginning of December depending on the social schedule (ours and the kids!). I’ll add other Christmas décor elements around at that time too. I start planning out our menu for the few days over Christmas and order food in advance. Everyone creates their Santa wishlists too!


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

We’ll have a Christmas Day breakfast with my husband’s extended family at home around the pool. The kids will be in the pool; adults mostly out. There will be fresh fruit, ham and croissants served up as well as one of those festive champagnes! Lunch will be just the five of us (my parents live overseas) and my eldest son will most probably work later that day (he’s a uni student but works in hospitality). My daughter is also a uni student and works in retail so she’ll be up early the next day for Boxing Day. My husband was born in the United Kingdom so insists on a turkey. The Aussie compromise is that it’s served up with salad. The afternoon will be spent reclining somewhere cool.


Your best Christmas gift ideas for:

  1. Young girls: Craft kits
  2. Young boys: Lego (it never goes out of date)
  3. Mums: Something luxe or pampering that they wouldn’t buy themselves
  4. Dads: A hardware store voucher
  5. Grandparents: A phonebook of the family
  6. Teachers: Combine with other parents and buy them something substantial


Visit www.stylingyou.com.au


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

To read  more ideas from blogger Sam @ School Mum, click here // www.havenmagazine.com.au/bloggers-guide-to-christmas-school-mum


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.