A MINDFUL GIFT GUIDE
“The true purpose of a present is to be received” - Marie Kondo
No matter how old we are, the joy of being given a gift does wonders for the soul, don’t you think?
Gifts are more than just gifts – they are bespoke memories, expression of love and kindness or symbols of a simple thank you. Not to forget, it’s also someone’s precious time to find the best purchase for you.
Both giver and receiver should be left with a warm and grateful glow but what if the present doesn’t suit in the end? The more a relationship matters the more we worry about getting it right. To find a simple yet meaningful present that guarantees joy upon receiving can be challenging.
But what’s a perfect gift?
For some it’s the amount you have spent, for others it’s something handmade, created with love from the bottom of someone’s heart.
For us at Cimelia, a worthwhile gift is a mindful gesture that speaks to the heart, expresses the character of the receiver (and the person giving) and sparks joy from the beginning. It doesn’t have to be expensive rather it has to prove its value day after day. Grounded in less but with meaning and purpose.
To gift mindfully needs time. Nothing worse than having to find a last-minute gift for someone that truly matters to you. I always feel truly guilty when buying something that’s not as thoughtful, just more like an ordinary way of making a present.
To help you find inspiration in gifting with intention, Rebecca and I created a tried-and-true favorites gift list for all sorts of occasions. We classified our beloved choices with four different characters in mind and hope that our gift guide helps you to give meaningfully and purposefully to everyone near and dear to you but also to send little hints to ensure you get just what your heart desires.
THE RESTLESS TRAVELER
HYDRATION MASQUE by Nature Republic
An excellent choice to wish someone a comfortable flight by buying an in-flight beauty essential to keep your skin hydrated and glowing. Rebecca introduced me to this ritual for my regular flights down to Sydney. Trust me, after 21 hours on the plane it does make a difference!
TRAVEL MAGAZINE by Suitcase
The purest inspiration for those who are travelers but not tourists and embrace the adventurous spirit of a new generation. Order the latest issue for a taste and maybe gift a subscription later on if this is something you think they will love all year.
PERSONLIZED TRAVEL DOCUMENT WALLET by LoverofLuxe
A lightweight, labeled travel wallet that holds all your essential travel documents. A perfect, simple pick for the organized traveler!
PORTABLE TRAVEL KIT VIENNA by Aesop
This portable travel kit comes in a simple yet beautiful crafted case filled with travel sized essentials for normal to dry skin types or for all skin types, which would be the São Paolo Set.
LEATHER TRAVEL CASE SET by Cuyana
When it comes to handcrafted leather goods, Cuyana is my favorite! I cherish their practical and beautifully crafted Leather Travel Case Set, which contains a large case to stow all your travel-sized toiletries and a small case for your make-up. I gifted this bestseller to my mother and sister-in-law both and added a personal touch by monogramming their initials.
SIGNATURE Escape by Bare Escape
A boutique travel agency that makes you feel like having your holiday planned by a long-time friend: personal, memorable, unique and relaxed! Rebecca organized her South Korea trip last year with Bare Escape and the whole trip was everything she hoped for and more. She would book with Kim again in a heartbeat. I think this would make a great wedding present, to which several people could contribute, for example.
THE HEALTH CONSCIOUS
PILLOW SPRAY by Votary
Being health conscious not only means better exercise and better eating, it all starts with better sleep. This pillow spray by Votary formulated with lavender, chamomile and rose oils helps you to unwind and
gently drift off to sleep with ease.
SUBSCRIPTION by Headspace
A personal meditation guide right in your pocket. A very special thought for someone who is under recognized stress and needs a little more peace of mind. Help them to start the journey to health and happiness with a one month subscription to Headspace.
WAKE-UP LIGHT by Philips
An excellent way to enhance the quality of your sleep. Besides getting rid of the annoyance of a loud, disruptive alarm, this wake-up light produces an artificial dawn and pulls you out gently of your deep sleep. My husband calls it a game changer!
SET OF TWO DIFFERENT GREEN TEAS by Paper and Tea
There is nothing more beautiful than sharing a cup of tea together. Surprise your tea friend next time with this daily tea set of refreshing green tea, which has several known health benefits too.
GET BENDY EGUIDE by Elle Fit Active
Gift a few stretches every day with this e-guide to someone who doesn’t like to spend heaps of money on yoga lessons. A seamless way to start your day body conscious.
SALAD COOKBOOK INSPIRED BY ARTISTS by Salad for President
A rich collection of more than 75 salad recipes inspired by artists with a uniquely vegetable-obsessed perspective. A distinctive cookbook for a true health conscious friend who wants to live, cook and host like an artist.
This is going to be my next gift to my sister in law Sophie Cape who is an incredible, talented artist, based in Sydney.
THE BEAUTY JUNKIE
MINERAL HAND CREAM by Ahava
This absorbent cream is one of the best seller skin care products of the Israeli cosmetics company Ahava. It’s made with nutrient-rich dead sea water and quickly nourishes dry skin. An ideal addition to your on-the-go beauty essentials.
MIRACLE FACIAL OIL by Omorovicza
Omorovicza skin care is epitome of Hungarian beauty wisdom. This miracle facial oil is suitable for use in the morning to mix one or two drops into your moisturizer and at night three to four drops onto face and neck before your night cream. It was my husband’s choice for one of my birthday’s after he got advised by Rebecca, who placed this more expensive product right at the top of her list of suggestions. It’s one of my must have beauty products now and part of my daily skincare routine.
ROSE TONIC WATER by Santa Maria Novella (AUS, USA)
Santa Maria Novella is a mecca for beauty junkies and lovers of history. It’s one of the world’s oldest operating pharmacies in the world and certainly the oldest in Italy. During my wedding dress scouting in Milan, Rebecca and I (she was my maid of honor!) gifted ourselves with the famous, refreshing rose water. It’s one of their signature products and a marvelous gift for a bride to be or anyone who appreciates the divine smell of Rose Water.
TROPICAL BLOSSOM BODY BUTTER by Evolve Beauty
Make a beautiful treat for the skin with this soft organic shea butter mixed with Tahitian coconut Monoi which is made by maceration of thousands of Tahitian Gardenia blossoms into Coconut Oil. I came across this product on my last trip to Barcelona and just adore it!
MIRACLE HAIR MASK GOJI by My. Organics (AUS/USA)
This hydrating hair mask is one of the best I’ve ever tried out! The smell is splendid and since I have been using this product once a week my hair feels healthier, shinier and more silky. To add an extra touch of inspiration to this gift, combine it with The Organic Angel Potion GOJI (AUS/USA) which helps to protect against split ends.
SCENTED CANDLES by Moments of Sense and Style
A different way of gifting tranquility, from a brand with an incredible, moving backstory. Get the foundation collection for an all day busy human with the purpose to slow down and restore their souls.
RECHARGE GIFT SET by Woodlot
For the ones you love, give the gift of wellness with a thoughtfully curated set by Woodlot. Woodlot is a Canadian line of premium, natural home and body basics who values plant based products.
THE HOME COOK
COOKBOOK “SIMPLE” by Ottolenghi or “MODERN Israeli Cooking” by Danielle Oron
For those who found love for cooking and admire Middle Eastern dishes.
The stunning new cookbook of the famous Yotam Ottolenghi, filled with flavour-forward dishes, in less than 30 minutes or the very first cookbook of the food blogger Danielle Oron of"I Will Not Eat Oysters". A vibrant, passionate culinary exploration inspired by ancient food traditions with a wonderful modern take.
RECIPE BINDER PRINTABLE KIT by Tumbleweed Press
An excellent way to create an ever-growing recipe collection of all your family recipes in a binder for years to come. This attentive purchase can eventually pass down to other family members of the receiver.
SPICE RACKS by klotzaufklotz
This stylish spice storage is a great tool to organize your spices, herbs or teas. These pottery containers protect your high-quality spices from light and air and preserves the quality for a long time. I bought this product years ago and I’m still very, very happy with my choice. Thanks to the chalkboard paint exterior, you can label the pots with a slate pencil and change it anytime if needed.
FRESH SPICES by RAWSPICEBAR
Freshly ground and hand blended spice sets inspired from around the world, for home chefs who love cooking global dishes.