KMART BIKINI SEPARATES, $12 each: We love that Kmart sells its bikinis as 'separates' - because hardly any woman is the same size up top as she is on the bottom. Here are our favourite looks from their latest collection ... so D&G (left) and Missoni (right). Available at Kmart.
KORRES INDULGENT TREATS SET, $40.41 (at 54 per cent off): All-natural Greek brand Korres is one of our all-time faves, and this awesome pack has a mandarin lip butter, a guava body butter, a nourishing hand cream and - the best bit - the famous Wild Rose moisturising cream (probably the best moisturiser we've ever used). Available at Asos.
LABOR DAY BY JOYCE MAYNARD, $25.95: Buy this book because your friend is better than chick-lit - the bestselling novel by Joyce Maynard spins a tale of damaged people seeking love. In fact, the book's just been turned into a movie that's slated to be the hit of next year (it stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin - need we go on?) so why not just watch the trailer to see if you fancy the synopsis (PS: the trailer actually made us well ... the book made us weep).
KAREN MURRELL LIMITED EDITION CHRISTMAS LIPS GIFT PACK, $49.90: This awesome trio of lippies features the perfect red, a fresh wearable pink and a summer-saviour lip balm. AKA, all the lip candy your fab friend will need for 2014. Plus, the box is cute. Available at selected pharmacies and health stores.
OTTOLOOM ZANZIBAR TOWEL, $49.94: Okay, we're aware that a towel is an oddly unsexy choice for a present - but not when it's a pastel Turkish pestamel. These light towels are so chic (they look way better on a towel rail than your classic fluffy jobs); quick drying (they're perfect for the beach and gym) and are just as absorbent as classic towels. Your friend may be bewildered by the gift at first, but once she goes Turkish, she'll never go back to terry. Check it out here.
BEADED CUFF FROM IKO IKO, $39.90: If your friend's a fan of Miu Miu, Missoni or DVF then she'll love this colourful cuff. This, a pair Ray Bans, some jean shorts, a white singlet and beach hair = the ultimate summer outfit. Check it out here.
CLARINS FEED 10 POUCH, $56: Okay, so this is a little bit over $50, but every one of these skin care packs purchased provides 10 school meals to the UN World Food Programme (so that extra $6 is worth it). Team Life & Style thinks Clarins is one of the most underrated brands, as everything we've tried from them we've loved. With this pouch you get a 15ml HydraQuench cream, a 100ml Moisture Rich body lotion and a 50ml Nail treatment cream (the perfect summer moisture kit). Available from leading department stores and select pharmacies.
ASOS iPHONE 4 CASE, $18: This plastic neon-crochet iPhone case is the perfect accessory (because, let's be honest, most of us spend more time with our phones in our hands than our handbags). Available at Asos.
THE ICONIC ZIG ZAG RINGS, $15: These fun stacking rings can be worn separately across two hands or can be stacked all on one finger - they're fun, fashionable and super-affordable. Available at The Iconic.
THE STAY AWESOME BAG, $25: Send the right message to your mate with this 100 per cent cotton gift bag, which is screen printed in NZ using vegetable inks. Available at Felt.co.nz.
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