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The best way to nail Christmas shopping — in other words, buying your friends and family gifts they’ll treasure at a bargain price — is to plan ahead. If you have an idea of what to buy for everyone, you can monitor the item’s prices, jumping in to buy them when you see them in the sales.
This is where this handy Christmas gift guide comes in. While you might not want to buy a specific gift on this list, it’ll still help you to get ideas flowing for presents you do want to get.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up our picks for Christmas gifts that’ll suit everyone, from the colleague you barely know but drew in Secret Santa, to your aunt who, let’s be honest, already has everything she possibly needs. Basically, there’s a gift idea to suit every Christmas gifting situation — and, importantly, budget.
Gifts Under $50
Sure, candles might seem ‘done’, but they’re done and done again, for a reason — they really do make for great gifts. For some sweet-smelling options, consider Palm Beach Salted Caramel and Vanilla, $49.95, or Glasshouse Lost in Amalfi, $54.95.
Quality Sheet Set
Most of us could do with a bedding upgrade and would appreciate getting gifted a beautiful set. If you don’t know the person’s tastes all that well, go with white, black or cream colour. These Sheet Society Eden Cotton Butter Bed Sheets, $85 for a fitted sheet, will brighten any bedroom.
File packing cubes among the things you didn’t know you needed until you got them and now can’t live without. Any jetsetting giftee will appreciate these Kathmandu Packing Cube 3pk, $49.98, made from two recycled plastic bottles and featuring a clear front panel so they can easily find their gear.
A well-made backpack makes a great gift for someone who’s always on the go. The Kanken Re-Wool, $279.95, is made from recycled wool and, helpfully, has a back panel and a base, while the Lululemon All Day Essential Backpack, $109, comes with a padded pocket for a laptop.
For any giftees you know who love to cook, get them an investment cookware item. Ironclad Co’s Lil Legacy, $200, is made with the highest grade recycled iron and has been designed to withstand at least 100 years of daily use. Another option is the Venice Pro Noir Frypan Set, $131.98 (down from $329.95), which includes a 26cm frypan and a 30cm pan, both with a lifetime warranty.
Crew Neck Jumper or Hoodie
While you might never have thought to gift someone a crew neck jumper or hoodie, it actually makes for a great present. You often don’t need to know the recipient’s exact size when you buy a hoodie, or whether they actually need one — most everyone could do with another. The Nike Forward Crew, $150, uses thin layers of fibres for a super lightweight feel and, compared to other Nike jumpers, reduces its carbon footprint by an average of 75%.