We all need a little something to boost our moods in lockdown. Treat yourself to a mini indulgence to make your day a bit special.

Luxe Italian stationery

Rediscover the art of letter writing at Il Papiro, bringing a touch of Florence to Melbourne. They specialise in exquisite stationery, and their green monogrammed paper is a standout. The 10 watermarked sheets of ivory note paper are printed in Italy with your chosen initial. They’re accompanied by tissue-lined envelopes.

Shelves of books and notepads in a stationery store
Il Papiro

Kuwaii aesthetic candles

There’s nothing like candlelight to create a relaxing atmosphere. Kuwaii’s candles are handmade in Melbourne, and no two are exactly the same. The Daiquiri set of two artisan dinner candles comes in watermelon pink and green. Or light up the room with a single Cherry Bomb, in yellow, pink, lime or blue.

Hot chocolate rescue pack

A melting-hot cup of Mörk cocoa is the essence of comfort. Take it a step further and spoil yourself with Mörk’s Hot Chocolate Time pack of perfection. Take a canister of original 70 per cent dark hot chocolate. Add two chocolate-dipped almond Florentines and six vanilla-bean marshmallows. Add on house-made marshmallows and the result is sheer bliss.

A woman putting a marshmallow into a steaming takeaway cup of hot chocolate.
Create Mörk magic at home

Designer incense holder

Soothe your soul and refresh the living room with the seductive fragrance of sandalwood or lemongrass. Re Incense has these aromas and more, made from essential oils. For a stylish holder, see what Dinosaur Designs has in-store. Their simply silver round incense holder will look at home in any setting.

Iconic Marimekko poppy mug

To brighten up the day, start with the essentials. Like a brand-new coffee cup. For the latest contemporary homewares, see the range at Make Designed Objects. The Unikko mug features Marimekko’s signature red poppies, and can be safely used in the oven, microwave, freezer or dishwasher.

A red floral mug of tea on a marble table.
Marimekko's iconic poppy print

Mocktail mojito kit

Settle in for the evening with the Damsel Store’s Drink’s on Me gift box. Inside you’ll find a tumbler and bottle of alcohol-free Mezcalita. The mandarin and peach fruit punch is perfectly matched with almond-pistachio biscotti. There’s also a posy of everlasting flowers for your new vase.

Premium dessert tea

Believe it or not, the festive season is on the horizon. Contemplate Christmas to come while sipping a warming cup of organic gingerbread tea from Gewürzhaus. Spices like cinnamon and cloves instantly conjure Yuletide memories. Infuse for five minutes, and add a spoonful of honey.

A woman's hand reaching for a spice rack
Gewürzhaus

Disney sheet masks

For a beauty routine with a difference, cartoon sheet face masks from ACMI Shop are luxe but fun. Pop the single-use mask onto your cleansed face, and be transformed into Minnie Mouse or Snow White. The masks are infused with goodies like antioxidant apple and cooling cucumber for a radiant complexion.

Essential oil scent sprays

There are all kinds of locally made products to browse on Clementine’s online store. Give yourself a lift with a spritz of Dindi body mist spray. Choose from calm, focus and sleep for aromatherapy zing. The small-batch essential oil treatments can also revitalise your home, with room mists in calm, bush lemon and fresh.

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