Christmas Gift Guide + Giveaway! · plus annual reader survey

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 18th December 2012

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


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.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 18th December 2012


  • Barbara Fisher 4 years ago

    And I have to agree Lucy, the styling and photographs are DEAD SEXY!

  • Robbie Sands 4 years ago

    It’s Sands Made ;-)

  • Kimmy 4 years ago

    Gorgeous styling..well done :-)

  • Anastasia 4 years ago

    Beautiful product and styling….

  • I like the sunglasses

  • Kate 4 years ago

    aaaaaarrrgh!!!!! I want one of everything!!!! (P.S I realise that’s a little greedy)

  • Tess 4 years ago

    Really love that you’re encouraging people to shop locally and support local business.

  • Carolyn 4 years ago

    As per usual, everything is just beautiful!

  • Liz Borham 4 years ago

    Such lovely things….thankyou for another year of beautiful local design. Merry Christmas!

  • Stephanie 4 years ago

    Always a great start to the day. Thank you and looking forward to what next year brings.

  • Kristie 4 years ago

    Woohoo! Who doesn’t love a giveaway!? Merry Christmas all!

  • Lauren 4 years ago

    Love the styling and use of graphics. Beautiful.

  • DG 4 years ago

    Hubba hubba styling and products TDF! Thanks for another year of awesome design updates. Merry Christmas xx

  • Nick 4 years ago

    I would like the big peg!!

  • Rochelle 4 years ago

    Oh I want it all! Thanks for posting some inspiring and wonderful posts this year Lucy, I love your blog and always feel inspired in some way or another after reading it! Rochelle xx

  • Caroline 4 years ago

    My kids won’t be getting me anything this gorgeous for Christmas. My daughter asked me the other day if I wanted a vacumn cleaner. Would love this under the tree.

  • Emily 4 years ago

    Amazing Dr Denim pink bowtie! I adore the pink photo. Kinda want to eat it… looks like marshmallows.

  • Laura 4 years ago

    Amazing x

  • alilovesdesign 4 years ago

    Just beautiful! :) Harvest’s gold envelope…too cute! <3

  • Maria 4 years ago

    A delightful Xmas visual feast….just divine!

  • Melissa 4 years ago

    Amazingly beautiful! I love reading this blog!

  • Melissa Simonetta 4 years ago

    Gorgeous styling & photos!! xx

  • Susy 4 years ago

    Survey completed, fingers crossed! Thanks again, love your work!

  • Amy 4 years ago

    Looks beautiful guys! Honoured to be included… :) Good luck everyone.

  • Annie 4 years ago

    Merry Christmas everyone x

  • gemma 4 years ago

    beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

  • Maria Malakellis 4 years ago

    Wow LOVE the styling of all these amazing products.A pleasure to be a part of this fantastic give away. We Heart Saltwater Sandals. Good luck everyone.

  • jas 4 years ago

    gorgeous gifts. love the styling. survey completed. xx

  • Leah 4 years ago

    Marsha Marsha you are brilliant and thank you for all the support this year Lucy, Beneath The Sun wouldn’t be where it is today without you! Truly massive thanks xxx

  • Fi 4 years ago

    nice one!

  • Elle 4 years ago

    Ohhh what a feast for my eyes ….. Xx

  • kate 4 years ago

    love it and want it all! delicious x

  • Carla 4 years ago

    As greedy as it is, I want it all! Oh so pretty!!

  • Amy R 4 years ago

    So many gorgeous pressie ideas!

    I did the survey (like the good design-files-girl that I am) but no chance to give general feedback so I though I’d just say here: Lucy- it is just getting better and better! I just love reading the TDF every day as a little design break- as essential as a coffee break! Happy Christmas and I look forward to lots more in 2013.

  • Kirsten 4 years ago

    Happy Chrimbo Design Files! :)

  • Rae 4 years ago

    We are sooooooo blessed to have TDF! The creativity continues to inspire! Thank you!!
    Keep powering forward in 2013!

  • Mel 4 years ago

    Thank you for the giveaway. I love your blog and here’s to more TDF in 2013!

  • Amanda 4 years ago

    Amazing!!!! Drooling!!! Love love love x

  • Claire 4 years ago

    I do love a good colour blocking. Everything looks so orderly and delightful.
    Well done TDF for another fabulous year and best of luck for 2013 – I look forward to reading/seeing more!
    x C

  • Doone 4 years ago

    Umm, having the age bracket 45+ sends an incredibly negative message to those of us 46 and up. We are also the demographic groups most likely to be able to afford to buy the items you show.

  • okologi 4 years ago

    i don’t think santa will be bringing me too much this year, so a design files present would be very exciting! xx

  • Marianna 4 years ago

    Such gorgeous, beautiful things, I’d be thrilled to win any one of them!

  • Claire 4 years ago

    Oh Lucy, yet again you’ve made all of our local stars shine in this giveaway! Colour block heaven!

  • leanne 4 years ago

    jeepers. wow. and all that!! survey done, fingers crossed, thanks for a fabulous year TDF xx

  • Laura 4 years ago

    done! super amazing giveaway once again x

  • Ashley Morris 4 years ago

    Beautiful photographs of amazing products. Would love to touch them.

  • frankie 4 years ago

    Thank you TDF you have given me inspiration each morning to be a little bit more creative in my ways and to support local designers with my xmas shopping. I would love the computer random picking robot to pick me please….. xxx

  • James 4 years ago

    Would love one of these to give to my wife for Christmas – I don’t have her anything yet!!

  • gill 4 years ago

    Twelve days of Christmas … covered (well, actually just the seven left!!)

  • Rachael 4 years ago

    We celebrated Christmas with extended family last Friday and we are on holidays at the beach. Can totally recommend unshackling from Dec 25 to enjoy relaxation while everyone else is running around in the lead up. Hope you have a good break Lucy!

  • stephanie @Babasouk 4 years ago

    Looooove it! The styling is absolutely rad.

  • Chrystie 4 years ago

    ooh, looking great! Count me in

  • georgie n 4 years ago

    Love the necklace.

  • ricci 4 years ago

    I love everything, styling is so beautiful and simple! Love the necklace, Tom Dixon candle, anything gold and wooden

  • Samantha 4 years ago

    Simply gorgeous! :)

  • Tracey Kastanaras 4 years ago

    Love your style as always.

  • janne Blacker 4 years ago

    I seem to be one of your older readers if the questions on the survey suggest ” Age.” Love starting the day with TDF.

  • megan 4 years ago

    lovely as always. totally loving seeing something from my favourite shop Kittos. I make an annual trip to barwon heads each year on my birthday to buy myself something pretty at Kittos, usually something marimekko. its beautiful and beachy all rolled in one.

  • Cassandra 4 years ago

    I don’t think there’s even 1 thing on there that isn’t totally awesome. love.
    Love TDF. love christmas. yyeeewwww. x

  • Tash 4 years ago

    Beautiful things as usual. You do such a great job of sourcing things for us, thank you!

  • lexi 4 years ago

    Be still my beating heart.

  • Christine 4 years ago

    Oh so pretty x

  • Thank you for another awesome competition TDF!

  • Priscilla Rule 4 years ago

    Thanks for a great start to every day – never disappointing, always interesting and inspiring.
    Love your work.

    A very Happy Christmas and New Year to you all

  • karina w 4 years ago

    What a lovely competition! I have completed the survey!

  • leah of sang the bird 4 years ago

    I agree!! Gorgeous products and the styling and photography are so sexy xx

  • Siri 4 years ago

    All beautiful and beautifully styled and photographed:-)

  • Aline Carvalho 4 years ago

    Gorgeous styling!

  • Kayla sharpe 4 years ago

    Grest job guys, thoseocs are RAD!

  • izzie 4 years ago

    Awesome styling pics! fingers crossed. Cheers for the rad work

  • libs 4 years ago

    When i close my eyes i can still see the pink image in perfect detail. Sending it through to Santa via ESP. Thank you for being so memorable.

  • Taryn 4 years ago


  • Carly 4 years ago

    I really love the blue and white collection with hits of copper! Gorgeous photographs x

  • Rebecca Senyard 4 years ago

    The styling is fabulous. Love all the photos!

  • Sally Cage 4 years ago

    Holy Mackeral. So much goodness in one post. My eyeballs hurt from looking at so much brilliance!

    Humongous kudos to Marsha & my beloved Brooke for the seriously sexy styling and photography!! FAVOURITES!

  • Alexandra Hanna 4 years ago

    Total fabulousness, the lot of it!

  • michelle bondfield 4 years ago

    Love the page , just found it . Can’t wait to read and be inspired for 2013.

  • Tara P 4 years ago

    I feel inspired whenever I visit and have been sucked into the giveaway with determined lust and envy for the sharp, sexy looking items (liked on FB as Bethany…)

  • Anish 4 years ago

    Count me in …. Hoping to win !

  • Anish 4 years ago

    Count me in …. Hoping to win ! When will you announce winners ?

  • Nancy La Rosa 3 years ago

    It would be a Very Merry Christmas for the lucky winner……….great prizes well done.
    Good luck to me.

  • Valerio 3 years ago

    Can’t believe that I always miss out on great comps like this one! I hope the winners used their prizes to create something truly spectacular for their homes (or someone else’s).

    Agree with you on the photographs – love them and how they draw the eye in.

  • Gorgeous styling..well done :-)

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