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.



“Organisation” is Katrina Springer’s middle name. This Gold Coast mother of three (twins aged 12, and a 10 year old) began her blogging journey five years ago as a way to share her tips and tricks to keeping a happy and ordered home. With three kids under two, Katrina says she had to get a handle on home organisation very quickly – for hers and husband Scott’s sanity.

“I want to share with my community that if you are struggling, you can gain back the control, to have a home you enjoy spending time in and create calm to replace the chaos,” she says. Katrina knows that every home and every family is unique and there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to life, but she believes everyone can adapt her ideas to suit their circumstances. And this gal loves a chart, checklist, or planner to help bring even more organisation (read: calm) into the home. Here’s a hot tip: There are some ace printables on her website to help us all get started on our own organisational journeys. What a great idea for the New Year!


Tell us what Christmas means to you:

Christmas is all about family and the time we spend together, laughing, playing games and switching off technology. I have such beautiful memories of cooking Christmas treats in the kitchen with my kids each year since they were toddlers. I always cook the signature dishes of the loved ones that are no longer with us, to remember them at this special time of year.


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

We decorate, but it’s usually the food the brings out the spirit of Christmas; delicious rum balls, easy Christmas puddings, BBQ lunches etc.


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

My sister in law is hosting Christmas this year. As we live on the Gold Coast, we typically have a cold lunch. The table is filled with fresh seafood, prawns, oysters, ham, turkey, various salads and trifle (as it was my mum’s signature Christmas dessert).


Your best Christmas gift ideas for:

  1. Young girls: Activity/craft idea cards from Finley and Me, to help their creative minds. Visit www.finleeandme.com.au
  2. Young boys: A magic trick set or try a set of glow-in-the-dark stars and planets from Lime Tree Kids. Visit www.limetreekids.com.au
  3. Mums: Mox shoes. So comfortable and such a wide range of colours! www.moxonline.com.au
  4. Dads: Orbitkey leather key holder from Atticus Fox. An awesome key organiser. Visit www.atticusfox.com
  5. Grandparents: One of my “Grandma’s favourite people” downloadable prints, available in my online store at www.theorganisedhousewife.com.au
  6. Teachers: A pot plant with a little label saying “Thank you letting me grow”


Visit www.theorganisedhousewife.com.au


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 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.