Guilt-Free Christmas Gift Guide: 2018
Christmas rolls around at the same time every year. Somehow, knowing that it’s coming doesn’t make buying gifts any easier. Save yourself the stress and use our Christmas gift guide to find the perfect present for the people in your life, while boosting their health and well-being!
Christmas Gift Guide for Her
This is the year you’re going to get her the best gift possible—there’s just one problem: what is it? If there’s one thing we know, it’s that no two women are alike. Avoid going generic and think about what she’s into: whether it’s fitness, movies, outdoor adventures, or trying new things, this gift guide can help.
|Garmin Forerunner 35Whether she loves to walk or run, this sleek GPS watch is a great accessory for women who like to keep track of distance. It’s not as bulky as traditional GPS watches, which makes it great for sport or casual wear.|
|Jade Face RollerThis funny little contraption is her answer to a quick spa session. It’s said to increase circulation and decrease puffiness, giving you a glowing complexion.|
|Red BalloonWant to give her an experience she’ll never forget? Try a Red Balloon voucher, which can be redeemed for over 5000 gifts or experiences across Australia. Choose from things like gourmet dining, hot air balloon rides, or sunset sails.|
|Luxury Beach TowelMake the most out of the warm summer days with a luxury beach towel. This gorgeous plush round towel from Beach Bella comes in a range of patterns, so it’s pretty as well as practical.|
Christmas Gift Guide for Him
Whoever said men are easy to shop for was clearly out of their mind, especially if he’s the type that buys what he wants, when he wants it. If you want to surprise him this year, you’ll have to be a step ahead. These gift ideas are what he never knew he always wanted.
|Escape Room VoucherThe ultimate challenge for people who love to figure things out. Your group races against the clock to solve a puzzle that will break you out of a room. Escape rooms like Enigma Room, Mission, and Escape Hunt are popping up in capital cities across Australia.|
|TicketsTickets to an event are on our mens Christmas gift guide because they give the recipient something to look forward to. Search for upcoming concerts, sporting events, or performances in your area to find his favourites, then grab a pair of tickets before it’s too late!|
|Amazon Prime MembershipAmazon Prime members get two-day domestic shipping and free international standard delivery on eligible items. There are plenty of other perks as well, from a free library of books to streaming services that will keep him entertained all year long.|
|TomTom Runner 3 Cardio Sports WatchMake 2019 the year he hits all his fitness goals, starting with this TomTom runner’s watch. It’s got a built-in heart rate monitor, GPS tracking, and over 50 workouts that can be tailored to the wearer.|
Gifts for Mum and Dad
They’ve given you so much over the years, it seems like no gift could adequately convey your thanks. But it’s Christmas, so you have to at least try! When it comes to your mum and dad, aim for pampering, entertainment, and memorable. Instead of giving dad socks and golf balls or mum wine and books again, step it up by gifting them something a bit different.
|Personalised CalendarSurprise your parents with a 12-month calendar that’s personalised with family pictures they’ll love. Think grandkids, pets, family vacations, or even include some throwbacks to their own childhood!|
|FitbitThe Fitbit is a wearable fitness device that provides ongoing motivation to hit your daily steps. Challenge your parents to engage in a step counter competition throughout the year!|
|NutribulletSmoothies never go out of fashion, and summer is the perfect time to whip them up. A Nutribullet makes it easier than ever, so this is one gift mum and dad will actually use. Throw in some frozen fruit, yogurt, and milk and you’ve got a delicious, icy concoction in minutes.|
|TV Streaming SubscriptionAfter all that activity and healthy eating, your parents are probably keen to relax. With a gifted subscription to Netflix or Stan, they can choose from hundreds of entertainment options on demand.|
|Yoga ClassesThis one’s more likely to interest mums, but dads can get involved too! Check out local yoga classes and purchase a term’s worth for your loved one. Yoga is calming and makes for some great exercise.|
Gifts for the In-Laws
Shopping for the in-laws? We sympathise. Whether your partner’s parents are easy to please or perpetually impossible, at least one of these gifts may fit the bill. Think about what your in-laws like, what they already have and where you can fill the gap in between.
|Himalayan Salt LampShow your in-laws you care with a lamp that looks nice and could even improve their health. Himalayan salt lamps are said to have healing properties; whether or not it’s true, they do give off a warm, soothing light.|
|Chemex Starter KitThis one’s for the coffee lovers! Including a six-cup Chemex, special filters, and coffee grinder, your in-laws will be forever grateful that you introduced them to the wonder that is pour-over coffee.|
|Digital Photo FrameStep up your game with a digital photo frame. Load it up with photos for a present that will bring a smile to their faces. Even better, they can add photos to the digital collage or change it up at any time.|
|Sushi KitBring a taste of Japan into your in-laws’ kitchen with this fun sushi starter kit. It’s got everything you need to make a mean sushi roll, with no experience necessary.|
Gifts for Kids
No matter how many toys they have, kids unfailingly get excited about the prospect of more. As Christmas gifts shift towards electronics and technology, here’s a list of options that will remind them that not everything has to be plugged in. These gifts are so engaging, kids may not even realise that they’re learning while they play!
|Colouring PillowcaseKids can colour right on their pillowcase, wash it out, and start again! Great for budding artists and creative thinkers. Includes washable markers and pillowcase.|
|Little PassportsKids love getting mail addressed to them, and this subscription means they’ll get that thrill all year round. Little Passports sends out an activity pack each month focused on a different country—kids will have so much fun, they won’t even realise they’re learning.|
|Glow StarsHelp budding stargazers create their own galaxy inside their bedroom with these star stickers. These handmade stickers are surprisingly realistic, and will have kids counting the hours until it’s time for bed.|
|AnimaliaAnimalia has sold over 3 million copies since it was first published in 1986, and one look at Australian Graeme Base’s illustrations will tell you why. Great for younger kids who are still learning their alphabet, this is one they’ll want to look at again and again.|
Gifts for Babies and Toddlers
Babies and toddlers just might be the easiest group to shop for, as they’re usually too young to appreciate the gift. Let’s be honest—it’s really the parents you need to impress! With so many adorable and practical options, buying Christmas baby gifts might actually be fun this year.
|Baby RashieKeep baby safe from the sun’s rays with a zipped long sleeve rashie. This Bonds baby rashie has a dipped back seam for extra coverage, and works well over a nappie or boardies.|
|Baby Romper SetIt can be tough to buy baby clothes because they grow out of them so quickly! Sweeten the deal with this themed gift set that includes a romper, soft Jellycat giraffe, and finger puppet book.|
|Baby SwaddleThis set of three baby swaddles from aden anais is classic, breathable, and versatile. Use them as burp cloths, pram covers, blankets, or cosy wraps.|
|Teething JewelleryIt’s hard to tell if this is a gift for bub or mum, because teething
jewellery does double duty. Natural-looking silicone is waterproof, non-toxic, and stylish, keeping everyone happy.
Gifts for Clients and Coworkers
The holidays are an ideal time to show your appreciation to the people you work with all year round. But shopping for a professional gift can present a challenge. You want to give something useful without being off-base or overly expensive. Here are a few go-to ideas.
|WineAustralia has a number of world-renowned wine regions like the Barossa Valley, Hunter Valley, and Margaret River. Gift a bottle or two from a local winery for a classy gift that is always appreciated.|
|Specialty Olive OilNot sure if your client or co-worker likes wine? Err on the side of caution and opt for some specialty olive oils instead. Wine regions and fine food go hand in hand, so where there are grapes you’ll often find olives. Australia makes some of the finest extra virgin olive oil in the world, so just check with your nearest wine region!|
|Spice BoxGive your foodie co-worker a 3-month subscription to Spice Quarter, and they’ll get a shipment of hand-blended spices each month. It’s a great way to try something new and experiment with different flavours.|
|Cord TacoDoes your co-worker hate clutter? If the sight of twisted charging cords drives them crazy, they need Cord Taco. These compact pouches aren’t as tasty as tacos, but they’ll tidy up any desk in a hot second.|
Gifts for Teens
Teens come in all shapes and sizes—from girly girls and gym-goers to music lovers, book worms and, well—everything in between.
Even if you have no idea whether they’re a gold or silver person, or what their personal style is in general, it can help to think about their hobbies, interests and personality instead. Do they love sport? Live near the beach? Go out a lot? No doubt—shopping for a teen is not easy, but no matter how ‘out of touch’ you might feel, there are a few things you can’t go wrong with.
|Portable Bluetooth SpeakerThis portable speaker from JB Hi Fi makes the perfect gift for a music loving teen, or anyone who enjoys music on the go. Teens will get plenty of use out of this neat, compact speaker when it comes to hitting the beach or park this summer.|
|Kanken BackpackGreat for uni, or any teen who is studying or working, this Kanken backpack is good quality, dirt & water resistant, durable
and comfortable. It comes in a range of colours to suit any teen, with handy compartments to keep them organised and feeling good throughout the day.
|Sephora Brush Set: Rose GoldFor the ladies, this rose gold brush set is sure to impress any makeup guru! You can never have enough brushes. Pick one up online or at Sephora.|
|Men’s Nike Running TeeFor the sporty teen, you can’t go wrong with this black Nike tee. It’s good quality and will match any athletic teen’s style.|
Lost on where to shop for teens? Here are some popular brands for jewellery, accessories, clothing, and sport.
Secret Santa Gifts
Secret Santa: two words that can strike fear into the hearts of workers across Australia. Time to wrack your brain for a gift that’s personal (but not too personal), lighthearted, in budget, and—most importantly—appropriate for the workplace.
This year, you can relax; we’ve done the hard work for you.
|Keep CupHelp the environment and get in your Secret Santa’s good graces with a reusable Keep Cup. Choose from a range of sizes, colours, and materials to fit your needs.|
|Cards Against HumanityThis offbeat card game is great for adult game night, no matter who receives it. Though it could be a little awkward if it ends up being your nan!|
|Westfield Gift CardWhen you’ve got a price limit but no other idea what to give, a Westfield voucher can take care of that for you. These gift cards can be purchased online in a variety of denominations and they always come in handy.|
|PuzzleIf it’s been a while since you completed a puzzle, you don’t know what you’re missing. Puzzles are a way to calm your mind and de-stress. It could be just what your Secret Santa never knew they needed.|
Tips for Meaningful Gift-Giving
There are a few things to keep in mind if you’re struggling to pick out a gift for someone.
Disclaimer: The above information is correct and current at the time of publication
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