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Buying Christmas presents can be time consuming and overwhelming, particularly if you are like most of the population and leave it until the last minute and as a previous HuffPo article discovered, Australians will be spending less this Christmas. But there’s no need to be unoriginal or gift something meaningless this year. Here’s a list of helpful suggestions to ease your Christmas shopping and “empty bank account” panic:
Gift of comfort
Buy someone the luxury of fancy pyjamas, showing them you love to see them comfortable and luxuriating. Grab yourself some gorgeous Peter Alexander sleepwear:
Give the gift of buzz by arranging fresh coffee delivered to the home of a loved one. The only problem becomes which roaster to choose.
Yoga gift card or subscription
According to beyondblue three million Australians are living with depression and anxiety. Yoga has been proven to significantly help with both.
Let’s face it, Netflix is the new religion.
Because there is no better time to be a slovenly human right now. THESE.
If you’re a digital native or pretty savvy with something that was made by Apple and have parents/grandparents/friends that still haven’t quite mastered how to update their apps or take a photo or “do a tweet”, then perhaps you might like to offer a few hours of your time and patience to help a family member set up a modem, learn to use their iPhone to its capacity or give them a run through on some social media platforms to help them connect with friends and family.
Corporate branded gifts
If you’re gifting to clients but know they already have an office full of wine or don’t drink alcohol, why not send them what my branding agency did – a branded bottle of olive oil. Every time I cook, I’ll be reminded of them.
A journal of love
Buy a beautiful blank journal but add a personalised touch by writing something you love/admire/notice about the ‘giftee’ on each page. Smiggle have some great ones here:
Dream or goal box
Fill a box with items to show someone you believe in their dream. For example, if they are an aspiring writer, buy a nice pen, notebook and book of quotes. Be sure to add a card or a note and handwrite three reasons why you believe in the person and their ability to achieve their goals
Avocados are a wonder berry and loved by many. Why not send a box of mail order avocados?
Have you ever considered buying Lego or building blocks for an adult? Deep down every adult is really just a big kid and we all love to play and utilise the creative and problem solving parts of our brains.
Nobody likes chores. Make someone’s life easier and more pleasant by committing to making someone dinner, cleaning their car or doing their ironing once a week/fortnight/month.
Shades of cool
Get someone the gift of badassery with some of the hottest on trend sunglasses around. Like these bad boys: