The festive season can be a stressful (and expensive) time – there are presents to buy, sides to cook and social engagements to attend! Even the period leading up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve can take its toll, with loads of deadlines to be met before you go on break. But we’re here to show you that with a little bit of planning, a few DIY projects and budget-busting buys, you’ll be able to find joy in the season again…
1. We have found the perfect swimwear for all shapes and sizes
The only things you should be worried about at the beach is not missing your sunscreen applications and how to avoid getting sand on your towel, not about how your bikini looks. Your swimwear should make you feel confident and care-free! Head to our fashion pages and pick your new swimming costume from our round-up of figure-flattering designs.
2. Learn more about your favourite celebrity foodie, Sarah Graham
Our December cover star Sarah Graham chats about growing up in Zimbabwe, discovering her love for food, being a mom of three girls and finding the right work-life balance. Plus Sarah shares some of her best Christmas dinner tips and recipes.
3. Make shopping for Christmas presents that much easier with our gift guide
No matter your budget, we’ve got a present you can afford in our ultimate gift guide. From goodies your little ones will love to luxurious buy you can spoil yourself with, you’ll find something to wrap or stuff into a stocking.
4. How to get all dolled up in 15 minutes
Have a busy schedule this festive season? Then you’ll love our quick beauty fixes that will speed up everything from your nails to your blow-dry routine. Feel confident and look your best with our beauty section this December.
Read more: How to apply your make-up in 5 minutes
5. In the kitchen with Sarah Graham this Christmas
Sarah takes us through foolproof recipes for a crowd-pleasing Christmas lunch. From a one-pan roast pork to mini pavlovas with white chocolate mousse and berry coulis, you won’t be disappointed by adding one of these dishes to your menu…
6. A survival guide on how to deal with festive frenzy… and your relatives!
Whether you have to put up with a snarky monster-in-law or the annual Christmas office party makes you want to fake your death, we’ve got a useful solution for almost every nightmarish scenario that could happen during the holidays. Plus, valuable advice on how to successfully brave the new year panic.
7. Spoil yourself with our December reader offers
Spoil yourself with a stunning leather accessory for 25% less from Willow Tree or get 20% off your favourite SoyLites product. Plus, [email protected] are currently running a special where you can get 50% off a year’s subscription to a monthly magazine.
8. Stunning party dresses you’ll love
From pretty florals for a boho-chic look to laid-back button-down designs, we have a dress for you!
9. Want to take a year off? These ladies say you can…
Two women share what life has been like since they said goodbye to nine-to-five routines, and set out to explore the world instead. One inspiring explorer and her husband even took their three kids with them, turn to page 24 to find out more.
10. Learn how to DIY the prettiest Christmas decor
Don’t have money to splurge on fancy decorations? We got a few festive craft projects for you. No space for a Christmas tree in your house? We have a hack for that too.
11. Sshhh… We’ve found the secret to staying young
Well, 13 of them to be exact. Head to the health section in our December pages and find out how you can turn back the clock with our round-up of clever, youth-boosting tips. And the best part? Most of them won’t cost you a cent.
12. Wow-factor desserts that are actually super simple to prepare
Hopefully, one thing we can all agree on is that the silly season is no time for counting kilojoules… If you agree with that sentiment, you’re going to want to try every dessert in our December food pages. Plus, each one will wow guests at any party!