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FESTIVE SURVIVAL KIT

If you’ve braved the Christmas shopping crowds, or spent countless hours serving them, cringed in embarrassment as your Uncle makes a pass at a family friend after one-too-many New Year’s bevvies, or been at the mercy of friends for attracting ‘that’ guy at the work party sundowner, you’ll know the Christmas period is all but a jolly affair. Fret no longer – there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and we’re here to help with this handy festive season survival kit.

 

SOL Republic Noise-cancelling headphones, JB HiFi
SOL Republic Noise-cancelling headphones, JB HiFi

Yule Of A Time 

Sick of Christmas carols, New Year’s gossip and/or general holiday white noise? Say goodbye to the trash and hello to some sweet, sweet tunes with some noise-cancelling headphones.

 

The Beach People Roundie, from $99, Cranmore Home
The Beach People Roundie, from $99, Cranmore Home

Not For Squares

It’s beach time and change is in the air, so stop using that mangy bath towel that’s almost frayed and has suspicious stains all down its middle. Looking to stand out a little? Think outside of the box with the Beach People’s ‘Roundie’ – a circular-shaped towel with eclectic patterns and bordering fringing that also comes with a neat leather strap for easy transportation.

 

Metallic temporary tattoos
Metallic temporary tattoos

Permanence Lacking

Ah, summer. It’s the time when many-a-bank account hits negative thanks to the plethora of festivals on almost every week. Get into the festive (replace the ‘e’ with an ‘al’ and we’re all happy) season with a metallic tattoo. Get them as necklaces, bracelets, or just stamp your body all over like a ’60s flower child.

Flash temporary tattoos, various sizes, prices and stores.

 

Cancer Council’s Everyday Sunscreen
Cancer Council’s Everyday Sunscreen

Summer Skin

Unless you want to look like Magda from There’s Something About Mary, don’t forget to slip, slop, slap! The less oily and thick the sunscreen, the better! You can’t go wrong with the Cancer Council’s Everyday Sunscreen. Just look for the orange label. Various prices and stockists.

 

Banaban Organic Coconut oil, various prices and stores.
Banaban Organic Coconut oil, various prices and stores.

All Oiled Up

Has spending too much time in the sun turned you into a shrivelled up prune? Keep you’re skin luscious and smelling divine with a morning lathering of coconut oil – just don’t wear it pre-beach tanning, as you’ll end up roasting like a Christmas ham.

 

Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Stand Up Paddle Boarding

 

SUP Bro?

Bit of the active-love-water type but too unco for surfing? Why not hire out a Stand Up Paddle Board from Soul Kite Stand Up Paddle Boarding, and paddle your day away? It’s swimming with the fishes without getting dunked or drowning, and, if you’re a true SUP master, you won’t even get wet!

Hire a board for $20 an hour, or book a lesson at Soulkiteaustralia.com.

 

 

Sprite, is there anything it can't do?
Sprite, is there anything it can’t do?

Hangover Cure

Too much eggnog+8am family breakfast+40 degree-day–sunnies and self-esteem=one hung over sook in need of replenishing. Can’t find Berocca? Give Sprite a go. Turns out the carbonated drink is one of the best ways to fix your post-drinking blues. Shame it can’t help you forget that two your beer goggles mistook for a 10. Shoulda listened to your friends.

 

 

Rock On A Lens, Brambel
Rock On A Lens, Brambel

Shady Days

Hide those blood shot eyes behind these glitzy, jewel encrusted sunglasses from local brand Rock On A Lens. The shades’ outlandish design provides the perfect distraction to hide the death that you’re feeling from the night previous, all the while protecting your eyes from those bright summer rays.

 

 

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