10 last-minute gift ideas for staff, family or friends

Realised you left someone off your Christmas shopping list? Or perhaps you left all your gift buying to the last minute? Whatever the reason, we’ve curated a list of great gift ideas for you to consider.

The festive season is renowned for celebrating sunshine, good food and great friends. And what better way to celebrate friends than with a token of appreciation?

And, as the weather heats up, so do our hip pockets (as a result of the increased friction caused by constantly buying stuff).

According to Roy Morgan Research data, Australians are tipped to fork out $51.5 billion in Christmas retail purchases this year, an increase of nearly three percent on last year’s splurging.

READ: Giving tax-deductible and FBT-free Christmas gifts

If you’re the sort of person that has all their Christmas shopping completed by Boxing Day of the year previous, this article isn’t for you. But if you’re still frantically trying to think of that last perfect gift idea for an employee, colleague, friend or distant relative, the following should be of interest.

The below list contains a variety of products perfect for an end of year gift, as well as a link to a local stockist.


10 gift ideas for every type of personality


1. For the creative: Alison Turnbull designs

From gift cards to prints and even custom commissions, Alison Turnbull’s unique designs are the perfect gift for someone that will appreciate a little extra beauty in their lift.

Starting from as little as $6, you can shop Alison’s range of products via her website, or enquire about having an original made directly.

2. For the speedster: Hunt Skateboards

Ideal for kids and big kids, if you know someone who rides a skateboard to work or just for fun, you should check out Hunt Skateboards.

Made by hand on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, each of Alex Hunt’s pieces are sleek and individual. Starting at $199, if you’re buying one of these for someone at the office you’ll probably want a few colleagues to chip in as well.

Hunt SkateboardsCheck out the Hunt Skateboards website today.

3. For an overworked dad: Sample Brew

With summer out in force and the kids out of school, Dad (or Mum!) could probably do with a refreshing beer. Luckily, Sample Brew have a range of beers to suit just about any taste and they’re brewed locally.

While you may not be able to order directly from the Sample Brew website, you’ll still find their list of stockists and there’s bound to be a bottle shop with them available. This one’s an easy win for any Kris Kringle.

4. For the overloaded: Black Caviar Designs

Crafting vegan leather bags, purses and more, Black Caviar Designs has something for just about everyone especially those known for carrying their entire life around with them.

This family-run wholesale and retail business is based in Sydney, but you can shop their entire range or find a local stockist on their website. Prices start as low as $29.95.

5. For the charitable: Make a strategic donation

So you’re trying to think of something for that one person who’s always impossible to buy for. Perhaps they already have everything a person could dream of? In that case, a meaningful donation to a deserving charity.

Of course, there are plenty to choose from, but if you’re looking for thought starters, we can recommend a couple:

  • Helping Hoops this organisation makes the most of its funds by conducting after-hours basketball clinics for underprivileged kids in a variety of locations around Melbourne. A small donation could help a young person achieve their goals. They also have tees and other merchandise you can buy, with the revenue going directly to support Helping Hoops clinics.
  • Rural Aid founded in 2015, this charity acts to provide support to farmers and other regional business owners afflicted by drought and other disasters. The more donations, the more Rural Aid is able to support hard-working Aussies.

6. For healthy skin in summer: Manuka Honey Skincare

Manuka Honey Skincare giftboxBringing the healing properties of New Zealand’s botanicals to Australia, Wild Ferns distributes a range of Manuka Honey Skincare products around the country, which can also be purchased online.

Whether it’s a facial scrub, moisturizer or any other of their products, a Manuka Honey Skincare gift is the ultimate in affordable, versatile stocking stuffers.

7. For the surfie: Zak Surfboards

While buying an entire surfboard for a colleague or employee is probably considered going overboard, there are plenty of other price points to check out at Zak Surfboards.

A landlocked, Thornbury-based institution, Zak Surfboards not only stocks a range of boards and assorted accessories, they also offer rentals and even surfboard making courses. So if you have someone just dying to hit the beach this summer, check out the Zak Surfboard website for the ultimate gift idea.

8. For the office: Seven Grams Coffee

An army may march on its belly, but your staff grind on with coffee.

Seven Grams Coffee are the ultimate corporate supplier of beans and coffee machines, and with free shipping on all orders over $120 you’ve even more reason to deck your halls with some new kit while also making sure the staff don’t go without caffeine this holiday.

9. For a lady with an eye for style: Ryder Label

Ryder Tote $30This fresh, quintessentially Australian womenswear brand has an outlet in Cremorne, Victoria while also turning a ripper trade online.

Focused on long-lasting fabrication and always-relevant styles, a gift from Ryder Label might be as simple as a top or scarf, but it’s also (probably) the beginning of a life-long obsession.

10. For a happy hamper: Ladybird Gifts

And if, after all the above, you’re still unsure of what to buy for that last-minute gift, you can’t go wrong with a traditional hamper.

Ideal for those special clients and suppliers  and even your boss  Ladybird Gifts offers a broad spectrum of hampers for every occasion and they even stock a range of Australian-only products.

 

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