The Design Files’ Christmas Gift Guide, left to right from top to bottom – medium sized gold paper bag by Uashmama from Safari Living, geometric diamond notebook by Astier de Villattes from Ganim’s Store, The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald from Readings, orange knotted necklace by Jenny Louey from Safari Living, quince jelly from Baker D. Chirico, paperweight by Futagami from Mr Kitly, Bruno Munari ‘Look Into My Eyes’ from Ganim’s Store, gold wooden facet bangle by Dani M from Modern Times, tin bowl by Nousaku from Mr Kitly, and gold spotty foil envelope bag from Harvest Textiles. Styling by Marsha Golemac, photography by Brooke Holm. Shot at The Establishment Studios in Melbourne.

The Design Files’ Christmas Gift Guide, clockwise from top to bottom – triangle bookend by Waka Waka from Mr Kitly, leather travel journal from kikki.K, geometric copper necklace by Jennifer Hagler from The Minimalist, Basia metallic wallet from Country RoadChristmas cake and pudding spice from Gewurzhaus, sea salt soap from Ganim’s Store, blue faux crystal bracelet by Rochelle King from Ganim’s Store, Charlie sunglasses from Gorman, and Eclectic London scented candle by Tom Dixon from Manon Bis. Styling by Marsha Golemac, photography by Brooke Holm. Shot at The Establishment Studios in Melbourne.

Can you actually BELIEVE it is Christmas NEXT WEEK!? Me neither.  Maybe I’m just getting old, or maybe I’ve just had an exceptionally busy year… but I gotta say December really did creep up on me this year!

So, this is a little later than usual, but today we are thrilled to have a gorgeous line-up of gift ideas for you today, which doubles as our ANNUAL CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY!  OH YES.  Each and every supremely photogenic item pictured in today’s post is up for grabs for 17 lucky readers  (yes, 17, random I know).

The items pictured here have all been sourced from some of our favourite local retailers, and we hope will spark your imagination and encourage you to shop local for your Christmas gifts this year!

NOW you might (I hope) be admiring the pictures in this post and thinking to yourself ‘GEE whizz, TDF is really lifting their game with these snazzy styled product pics!’.  If you are thinking this, then thank you, and please allow me to draw your attention to the ultra talented team who created these beautiful pics!  Photographer Brooke Holm and stylist / designer / all round creative Marsha Golemac have pulled this whole giveaway shoot together in record time, with about 1% input from me.  What AMAZING talent!  HOW HOT are the shots!?  MASSIVE thanks to Brooke and Marsha – you girls will be famous in about 5 minutes.

Now dear readers, before you pounce on the comment button, please note that in keeping with our annual tradition, in order to enter the Christmas Giveaway, there is just one little thing you have to do…  Please click here and fill out The Design Files 2012 Reader Survey!

We value your feedback immensely, and would be so grateful if you could spend just 5-10 minutes on the survey to let us know what you love about TDF, what we could do better, and how we can improve in 2013!  Click here to take the survey, and you will be automatically entered into the giveawayYou have between today and next Monday Dec 24th to take the survey.  17 winners (one winner for each stockist / giveaway supplier) will be drawn from all survey respondents at random on Christmas Day, and notified by e-mail.  Please note this giveaway is open to all, however bulky / fragile items will not be shipped internationally.

Today’s giveaway I hope goes some way to say a huge THANKYOU to all you awesome people who read The Design Files.  I heart you all to death. x

THE 2012 TDF CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY LINE-UP

Safari Living – Areaware Dovetail wooden elephant (rrp $30.00), Ferm small and medium candleholders (rrp $40.00 and $53.00), Pigeonhole giant peg (rrp $34.00), Jen Louiy orange knotted necklace (rrp $60.00), and Uashmama medium sized gold paper bag (rrp $34.00).

Ganim’s Store –  Sands Made triangle trivet (rrp $35.00), Papero model aeroplane (rrp $45.00), Rochelle King faux crystal bracelet (rrp $80.00), Swedish Dream sea salt soap (rrp $12.50), Astier de Villattes geometric diamond notebook (rrp $20.00), and Bruno Munari ‘Look Into My Eyes’ (rrp $55.00).

Country RoadAlbin small wooden bowl (rrp $17.95), and Basia metallic wallet (rrp $99.00).

Modern Times – Kate Banazi screen printed card and envelope set (rrp $25.00), Sophie Milne pink jug and beaker (rrp $110.00 and $45.00), and Dani M gold wooden facet bangle (rrp $120.00).

Harvest TextilesGold spotty foil envelope bag (rrp $85.00).

Manon BisEclectic by Tom Dixon scented candle (rrp $99.00).

Kester Black –  Milkyway, Supernova and Asteroid nail polish (rrp $16.00 each, total value $48.00).

KiitosSilver Saltwater sandals (rrp $85.00).

SomewhereField Notes set of three pocketbooks (rrp $15.00) and Dr Denim Punk Pink bowtie (rrp $35.00).

Mr KitlyMoite papier mache bowl (rrp $40.00), Nousaku beer cup and tin bowl (rrp $99.00 and $88.00), Waka Waka triangle bookend (rrp $90.00), Futagami paperweight (rrp $77.00).

BLANKThree-piece stacking houses (rep $24.00).

Gorman – Charlie sunglasses (rrp $199.00).

The MinimalistJennifer Hagler geometric copper necklace (rrp $42.00).

kikki.KRetractable ballpoint pen (rrp $3.95), essential notebook basics (rrp $12.95) and leather travel journal (rrp $49.95).

Baker D. ChiricoQuince jelly (rrp $9.80).

Gewurzhaus – Christmas cake and pudding spice (rrp $8.95).

ReadingsThe Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald (rrp $22.95).

MASSIVE THANKS to all the generous retailers listed above who have kindly offered up the beautiful products for this gift guide / giveaway!  Please do share the love with a little visit to their respective websites and/or shops if you’re in Melbourne!

Big thanks also to The Establishment Studios, our go-to studio space in Melbourne.



The Design Files’ Christmas Gift Guide, left to right from top to bottom – papier mache bowl by Moite from Mr Kitly, pink pouring pitcher by Sophie Milne from Modern Times, essential notebook basics and retractable ballpoint pen from kikki.K, Punk Pink bow tie by Dr Denim from Somewhere, beer cup by Nousaku from Mr Kitly, pink beaker by Sophie Milne from Modern Times, Milkyway, Supernova and Asteroid nail polish from Kester Black, Field Notes pocketbooks from Somewhere, and silver Saltwater sandals from Kiitos. Styling by Marsha Golemac, photography by Brooke Holm. Shot at The Establishment Studios in Melbourne.

The Design Files’ Christmas Gift Guide, left to right from top to bottom – triangle trivet by Sands Made from Ganim’s Store, giant peg by Pigeonhole from Safari Living, screen printed card and envelope set by Kate Banazi from Modern Times, small and medium candle holders by Ferm from Safari Living, Dovetail elephant by Areaware from Safari Living, Albin small wooden bowl from Country Road, three-piece stacking houses by BLANK, and model aeroplane by Papero from Ganim’s Store. Styling by Marsha Golemac, photography by Brooke Holm. Shot at The Establishment Studios in Melbourne.