It’s that time of year again. When our social feeds are flooded with Christmas countdown content, and our holiday cheer is tinged with that lingering sense of dread that comes with choosing the perfect gift for that special (or not-so-special) someone.
Trust us, we get it. And to help you take yet another thing off your to-do list, we’ve rounded up a list of the gifts real people (aka our Australian team) will actually be giving this holiday.
The thoughtful gift for someone special
If they don’t already have them, and if they have an iPhone, Apple’s AirPods are a life changer (I love listening to podcasts while I’m cooking, hanging out washing, tidying up…) Otherwise, monogrammed leather luggage never goes out of style.
Let the festivities begin with these luxury, eye-catching champagne or wine glasses with handmade coloured stems.
For creatures of comfort, some his or hers luxury sleepwear is a great gift to encourage lounging in style. Otherwise a lovely ceramic filled with a beautiful plant is a gift that keeps on giving.
While creating something yourself will always be the ultimate gift, it’s just as great (and probably more aesthetically pleasing, let’s be honest) to commission a local artist to draw something for you.
Able and game do great custom pet illustrations, while DG designs can illustrate anything your heart desires (perhaps a portrait of you and a loved one, or of your family home).
Kris Kringle for under $30
I like to match KKs to personality, but this cheeky water bottle probably covers most people in my life. Just add a taster bottle of gin to make the price point.
I can’t go past movie tickets. Arthouse or blockbuster – or to Open Air Cinema, where you can sit back and escape with the big screen.
Because they’re right on the price point, it’d be wild of me not to recommend my bro-in-law’s niche art series Beers In The Sun. Win over a beer lover’s heart with a little piece of can art.
A bottle of natural wine from P&V is guaranteed to be a delicious talking point on the day. Pick up the medium-weighted, fruit forward ‘Poets on Payday Red’ from Orange, or the bright and cheeky ‘Wizards Piss Shiraz’ from Yass.
The best stocking stuffers are things that keep the kids entertained for a few hours while mum and dad get a bit more sleep. That’s why I’ve spent a small fortune with Lego over the years…
Monopoly Deal is the best quick Monopoly hit fix ever – no batteries or screen, and fun for all the family.
It may not actually fit inside the stocking, but these 1,000 Dot-to-Dot books are seriously meditative to do, and surprisingly pleasing to the eye once complete!
Fancy socks! It’s a cliché, but everyone loves them. Gorman and Happy Socks are my go-to.
Sustainable gifts (or a gift that’s not a thing)
What could be better than a gift that keeps giving every single month? Set them up with an Audible subscription for $14.95 a month, and they can listen to their choice of books whenever they want.
In our house it’s the gift of time, in the form of home-made chore vouchers. Everyone has their own booklet, and the kids have great pleasure in knowing there are times they can get someone else in the family to do their dirty work – whether that’s washing the car/dog, taking out the garbage or doing the dishes. If this fails, try an Airtasker voucher.
Not only is this gift delicious, it also supports remote Aboriginal communities who cultivate traditional bush foods and turn them into delicious sauces, jams, dressings and seasonings. The Outback Pride story is worth checking out too.
I love giving tickets for an event I know they’ll love – an art show, concert, talk or workshop. If you’re stuck for ideas, there’s bound to be something for everyone at Sydney Festival in January.