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Christmas gift guide
Although Jeremiah was a bullfrog, Three Dog Night may still
have wanted to get him a Christmas present, and there's plenty
of other reasons to enjoy a musical-oriented Christmas.
Joy to the world
So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear ones
The old and the young So sang John Lennon in a message of
hope for Christmas, one of count-
less songs about Christmas that have
emerged over the years.
There's Do They Know It's Christmas
(Band Aid), Last Christmas (Wham), Merry
Christmas Everyone (Slade), All I Want For
Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey), Christmas
Time (Darkness), Another Rock And Roll
Christmas (Gary Glitter) . . . and there's plenty
more before getting to White Christmas (Bing
Crosby) and all the Christmas carols.
Christmas time and music - joy to the world
and all the boys and girls - they seem insepa-
CDs by the thousands find themselves under
Christmas trees each year, but here we have
stepped away from the CDs themselves, and
let the music take us on a spree of
homeware gifts that could also
find their place under the tree
on December 25.
Like the wise men, they all
come in threes.
EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK (Elvis Costello
and The Attractions)
Everybody appreciates a good book for Christmas, and
there are plenty out there about the home.
Building Green, by Clarke Snell and Tim Callahan, is a
how-to guide to alternative building methods, including
earth plaster, straw bale, cordwood, cob and living roofs. It's
Room by Room Storage Solutions by Monte Burch tells you
how to organise your stuff and then has chapters on how to
create storage in various rooms, such as the kitchen, bath-
room, bedrooms and children's rooms. It's $24.99.
Junk Beautiful Outdoor Edition follows up Junk Beautiful,
with Sue Whitney and a new writing partner in Kimberley
Melamed turning this time to the great outdoors. It's $37.99.
All three books are available through Capricorn Link.
CHEAP LOVE SONG (Robbie Williams)
Looking for something that's not all that expensive as a
stocking stuffer, something that looks good and is useful but
won't break the bank?
Avanti has a mango cutter/pitter for $11.95. Stockists
From Ciroa there's some stylish mugs for $7.95. Stockists
For something a little more in the Christmas spirit, there's a
Villa Christmas Elves nut bowl for $11.95. Stockists Myer.
LITTLE OLD WINE DRINKER, ME
A nice bottle of wine can never go wrong as a present -
when in doubt a bottle of the Hunter's iconic semillon style
never goes astray - and there are plenty of things that can
Bodum's cool 1.5-litre, double-wall ice bucket with tongs
sells for $169. Stockists www.bodum.com.
Cuisinart has a very professional-looking cordless wine
bottle opener on the market for $99.95.
To keep the wine cool before opening, Cuisinart also
has a range of thermoelectric wine cellars. The one here
with eight-bottle capacity sells for $299.
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