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Gift ideas for the summer holidays, according to what we’d like to receive

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH RIP CURL
WORDS BY GIULIA BRUGLIERA

Your last-minute gifts, sorted.

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the years, it’s that the gifts that most impress are the ones I’d buy for myself. After chatting to my colleagues across the industry, it seems to be a common theme.

Perhaps it’s a symptom of working in fashion editorial and making product recommendations for a living, but we all seem to be great gift-givers. Not ones to let our talents go to waste, the FJ team have put our heads together to list the gifts we’d love to receive this summer and, therefore, are sure to please.


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There’s still enough time to order in time for December 25 if that’s your deadline, with free express shipping on all of the below. Or if none quite tickle your fancy, there are plenty of other options to explore here.

A ribbed knit dress
Recommended by:
Giulia Brugliera, Managing Editor

I’m yet to meet a woman who doesn’t look good in a rib-knit dress so, as far as gifting goes, it’s a pretty certain crowdpleaser. It’s also possibly one of the most wearable gifts you could give (short of a sarong, the real sartorial winner this season). Wear it over a baby tee, with an oversized shirt or thrown over togs. Or do as my best friend did, and pair with heels, chunky jewellery and wet-look hair for an occasion-appropriate outfit. Get one here.

A green one-piece swimsuit
Recommended by: Cait Emma Burke, Digital Editor

I love a one-piece swimsuit, and not just for swimming – in summer I often wear them as a bodysuit with Levi’s cut-offs or a pair of cargo pants thrown on over top. This particular swimsuit is right up my alley. I love this shade of green and the sleek look the low back and the white trim provide. Get it here.

Classic beach accessories
Recommended by:
Ella Taverner, Account Manager

Given the evil hellhole of a year it’s been, I simply cannot wait to spend my entire Christmas break horizontal on a beach. And although I’m pretty well-stocked in the swimwear department, I’m in desperate need of an accessory refresh. I’ve got my eye on this Valley Bucket Hat which will be perfect to throw on post-swim and pares back really nicely with this jacquard stripe Searchers towel (I do love a good tassel).

A white ribbed singlet
Recommended by:
Cait Emma Burke, Digital Editor

Honestly, who doesn’t love a good ribbed singlet? It’s an absolute essential during the warmer months, and an item I always feel comfy but cute in. The high neck, racerback cut of this white one is particularly appealing to me. I can see myself pairing it with some black linen shorts and an open button-up shirt – a classic summer look. Get it here.

A D+ swim set (for those who will fit)
Recommended by:
Giulia Brugliera, Managing Editor

As someone with a large cup size, I feel like now is our moment in the sun. A slew of brands have finally started releasing swimwear to accommodate those of us with small ribcages and big busts. If there’s someone in your life who sits above a D cup, I promise they’ll appreciate receiving togs that actually fit.

We’ve been wearing ill-fitting swimwear for so long, we’re happy with a pair or more to spare. This set from Ripcurl is an easy, understated cut that offers full support via its wide straps and hidden underwire. It also comes in a really modern series of colours like terracotta, olive and lilac. Get it here.

A shirt and short co-ord
Recommended by:
Ella Taverner, Account Manager

Just like my newfound appreciation for a slick bun (I know I’m late to the party, don’t judge), I love how polished and put together a colourful co-ord can make you look. I find myself constantly reaching for a green linen shirt and short set I purchased last year and, given the cost per wear, feel it’s an appropriate request to pop on my Christmas wish list. I love this funcolour block set from Ripcurl and can see myself wearing it both as a set and individually with blue wash denim and a baby tee.

The classic slugg
Recommended by:
Giulia Brugliera, Managing Editor

If you’ve not yet heard of a slugg, you’re in for a treat. The shoe is a slipper/ugg hybrid, making it the summer version of our country’s national dress. This set is made from 100 per cent premium double-faced Australian sheepskin and in an extra chic twist, gives off slightly Gucci fur loafer vibes. It’s the type of item you wouldn’t buy for yourself, making it a great piece to give others. Get it here.

This short-sleeve button-up shirt
Recommended by:
Giulia Brugliera, Managing Editor

Along with the rest of the country, this summer I’ve very much warmed to the short sleeve button-up shirt. It’s an easy staple style and one I can share with my partner (essentially halving our cost per wear). This is one of the most wearable ones I’ve seen recently, in two breezy, neutral tones and made from textured jacquard fabric that’s ideal for summer getaways or anyone who hates ironing. At $80 a pop, it’s an easy price point for gifting too. Get it here.

This tie-dye long sleeve
Recommended by:
Cait Emma Burke, Digital Editor

Melbourne is known for its unpredictable weather, so even during the peak of summer, it pays to have some go-to long sleeves kicking around. They’re excellent for chucking on post-beach and look good tied around your waist or thrown over your shoulders, too. I’m particularly partial to this blue and white tie-dye number. The pattern will add a little interest to even the most basic of outfits, and the blue and white colourway will fit seamlessly into my wardrobe. Get it here.

Browse Rip Curl’s full range here and find your closest Rip Curl store in Australia here.

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